While in port, take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day shore excursion to Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port, allows you to visit all of Rio's landmarks in one marathon day.
Rio de Janeiro full day shore excursion
Conquer Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain in one day
Board the cog train through lush Tijuca Rainforest
Admire the view of Rio's sprawling beaches from the top of Corcovado Mountain
Complimentary port pickup and drop off
Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
After disembarking your cruise ship in Rio de Janeiro's port, board your vehicle for the panoramic sightseeing tour of the city.
Start with visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, well-known for its unlikely pyramid shape, and the famous Sambodromo, which hosts the festivities for the yearly Carnavale and is the major exhibition hall for Rio's samba schools.
See Cinelandia Square, home to historic cultural buildings like the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library and the Municipal Theater. Then travel through Urca, the neighborhood where Sugar Loaf Mountain resides. Board the cable car up the mountain, making a stop for a scenic photo op and views over Corcovado Mountain, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Guanabara Bay on the way. At the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, pause to admire the expansive scenery, including the beaches of Niteroi, the Fortaleza Santa Cruz and the famous Copacabana.
Enjoy the included lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on your marathon tour in the afternoon. Head for the Cosme de Velho station, where you'll hop on the cog train and ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Spend 45 minutes at the top of the mountain, marveling at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings.
At the end of your 10-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour in Rio, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Rio de Janeiro for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Comprehensive One Day Overview of Rio
, Mar 2019
Took this tour over the cruise line's shore excursion because (1) it costs less, (2) included more sites and experiences, and (3) I was pleased that Viator now offers a guarantee not to miss your ship. The problem with Rio is heavy traffic, so you crawl from one site to another. Nevertheless, this tour took us up Sugarloaf Mountain on the cable car, the bog railway to see Christ the Redeemer and the viewing stands for Carnival. The only disappointment was that no drinks of any nature - water, soda, tea, coffee - were included with the lunch. For a few extra dollars, Euros, pounds, yens, pesos, reals, please throw in a complimentary, non-alcoholic drink.
The highlights of this three-part tour were the gondola ride to the top of Sugar Loaf and the visit to the Christ Redeemer statue. It was a cloudy day, so some of the vistas were not spectacular, but that's touring. Between the two was a lunch at a grilled-meat restaurant. Although the food was tasty, it was a bit much for us and we would have been just as happy with a more modest meal, reducing the tour cost.
For some reason, communication between Viator and the local company was incomplete. We had to pay for both the Sugar Loaf Gondola and the restaurant meal because the local company did not have a record of our payment credit card accepted, fortunately. Upon return to the US, we contacted Viator and they refunded the amount we were charged.
My friend and I had a wonderful day on this trip. The views from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer were wonderful. We were picked up from the port just after 8am and taken to a hotel to join a larger group for the tour. There were a few times during the day when the organisation was a bit chaotic as there were several gaps in the day when we had to wait for our transport to the next stage of the trip. The worst part was our return to the ship when we were transferred to a private taxi to take us back to the ship. The journey started well but, it turned out that the driver had no idea where the port was and it took almost 2 hours for us to get back to the ship. My friend and I do not panic easily however, given the warnings we had been given about safety in Rio I was worried. The content of the trip was great but, as a result of the return trip to the ship I wouldn't recommend using this company in Rio.
The points of interest were excellent. We loved the trolley ride up Sugar Loaf and the tram ride to see Christ The Redeemer. Lunch at the Brazilian Grill was great. Our morning guide was not very good however. He gave us very little information as we travelled along. That was a disappointment. Our afternoon guide was much better. However rating this tour against other Viator tours - the guides were not as good.
Nice to have both attractions on one tour. Things got off to a very rocky stock when, as required, I called to reconfirm my port pick-up. On three occasions, someone picked up the phone, said "me no speak English" and hung up on me. Fortunately, my hotel concierge was able to call for me and make the confirmation in Portuguese. City tour between the two main events was a bit of a waste. We whizzed by places of interest, such as the opera house and made stops at places that were marginally interesting at best.
we had problems getting picked up in the morning and eventually had to get a taxi to "catch up to them". we caught up and really had only missed the picking up of guest from all the different hotels ...so no harm really. the "morning part" of the tour sugar loaf was nice, but after that we started the drop off process of the people that were not going to continue to the "afternoon part". so what this tour is is the morning and the afternoon just put together. so you end up driving to hotels for pick up and drop off a lot.
lunch was good, a local steak house. put the help at the restaurant was VERY confused and it took a long time to get the food and to the right people. but they had AC so it was nice to get in for a bit. FYI, all drinks even water are NOT included. we had 3 cokes and 2 waters and it was $R27.
after lunch we headed with a new guide to the "afternoon" part of the tour. during the second part of the tour a few of us questioned wheather or not we (on a cruise ship) would have to go to all the hotels to drop everyone off, about 1.5 hours worth of driving or could we be taken straight to the ship. in the end they said they would get a bus and take us to the ship. so that was nice. would i do this tour again...no. would i go back to the sights, yes. after we got off the ship and checked into our hotel all of these tours were offered by our hotel and at a cheaper price. dont get me wrong i love viator and use them all the time this was a local tour hiccup. its alot of driving around. get a taxi for the day and do this on your on. it could be done very easily.
Two t5hings happened on this tour which were not expected. #1--thunder and lighting the night before closed down the visit to
We had 2 things happen on this tour which were not expected. #1--the Sugar Loaf tram was closed due to a thunder storm the night before which we could not reschedule due to our cruise departure. Not Viator's fault. #2--we wasted 2 hours over a lundh where we had to pay for a glass of water!!!! I stroongly suggest that they rethink that part of the tour. But---our ship was leavijng a 6PM and the tour guide got us up to see Christ the Redeemer which was fabulous and then arrange for our transpor back to the pier which turned out to be an empty 45 passenger coach!!! Good going Viator! M
Das Schiff musste seine Anliegezeiten in Rio aendern. Die Agentur, die diesen Ausflug buchte, war sehr hilfsbereit und hat meine Freundin und mich sehr gut an zwei Tagen untergebracht.