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Spend an epic day and night exploring all of Rio's attractions during this full-day tour. During the day, follow your guide to attractions like the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue on top of Corcovado Mountain, reached via a cog train ride through the Tijuca Rainforest. Take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of Guanabara Bay and enjoy a downtown tour including Cinelandia Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the evening, attend the Platforma show, a vibrant dance performance that celebrates the country's cultural roots. Lunch, dinner and round-trip port or hotel transportation are included.


  • Rio de Janeiro full-day Super Saver combo tour
  • Get an overall look at the vibrant city of Rio, from mountains to historic buildings to dance
  • See city attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square and the Sambadrome
  • Visit the summits of the city’s two famous mountains — Sugar Loaf and Corcovado
  • Enjoy an up-close look at the statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • Watch a 2-hour performance of samba and other Brazilian cultural dance and music styles at the Plataforma Show
  • Lunch, dinner, cable car ride and cog wheel train ride are all included

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What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show

Plataforma Samba Show

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour (10 hours)
Following pickup in the morning at the cruise port or your Rio hotel, set out on a guided tour of downtown Rio. Stop at the famous pyramid-shaped Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedtral) and see the historic buildings in Cinelandia Square. Pass the Sambadromo, where the yearly samba competition takes place during Carinval. Continue to the Urca neighborhood, where you'll board the cable car for the scenic ride to the summit of Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain). The car will stop halfway up the mountain at a scenic viewpoint that offers fantastic photo ops of the entire city and Guanabara Bay. At the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, enjoy views of Fortaleza Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Fortress), Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Mountain.

Stop at a local seafood restaurant for a traditional Brazilian lunch (included).

Drive through Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district, a large park and entertainment complex where many cariocas (residents of Rio) spend their leisure time. At Cosme Velho station, board the cog train for a scenic ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, the site of Rio's most photographed landmark: the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue. This iconic piece of art stands 98 feet (30 meters) high and its outstretched arms have a wingspan of 92 feet (28 meters). Spend 45 minutes here before descending the mountain and returning to your hotel for a short rest before starting the evening portion of your tour.

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro (5 hours)

Following pickup from your hotel in Rio, travel to the Plataforma performance venue in Leblon. Eat a buffet dinner at the Plataforma restaurant, including barbecued meat and seafood, salads and sushi; drinks and dessert are available for purchase at your own expense.

Find your seat in a prime location and sit back, ready to enjoy the 2-hour spectacle. Enjoy a show consisting of talented performers in outrageous costumes dancing to samba and other folkloric songs that capture the roots of Brazil's vibrant culture. As the drummers play popular music, watch a Capoeira demonstration, Brazil's unique martial art that incorporates dance and was invented by the Afro-Brazilian slaves. A typical Carnaval parade concludes the evening.

The show ends near midnight, after which you'll enjoy transportation back to your Rio hotel.

Customer Reviews

Jabari W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent and well worth the cost. The Samba show was terrific, way beyond my expectations. Our tour guides Fatima and Camille were great. The only setback was having lunch and dinner at the same Brazilian steakhouse...another place would be ideal. Other than that, enjoyed every minute of it.

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great all round. Possible evening dance hiccup, but sorted amicably. Thank you

Anna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We loved Rio!!. Definitely need to experience Rio on NYE! Amazing experience! Our next trip will be for Carnival.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip with fantastic views, the Samba show was really entertaining and the food was great. Picking up all the people is the worst part of the trip as it takes so long. The guide forgot my hotel and drove past it at midnight so delayed in getting back to hotel.

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We loved seeing Rio from both Sugar Loaf and Corcovdo and the fun ride on the cog railway. The rhythms of the samba show were really great, along with the costumes.

Herlena W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was outstanding, Sugar Loaf Mountain had a view that was unbelievable, Corcovado was amazing, and the Samba Show was fantastic. Note the all you could eat lunch and dinner was excellent, I ate until I could not eat another thing. I am already making plans to return to Rio and I will use your agency to book my tours.

twills Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Everthing went like clockwork. Small delay in picking up other tourists from hotels but nothing to complain about. Views were amazing and we went straight to head of queues every time. guides spoke alllanguages and things were at an easy pace. Highly recommended.

Ally Munro United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This full day is a great way to see the main highlights of Rio all together, particularly if you are short on time to spend in this wonderful city


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I enjoyed this tour even though its a bit too much activity for one day (3 tours crammed into one day), plus the 90+ degrees weather doesn't make it any easier. From Top of Sugarloaf Mountain you get a panoramic 360 degree view of the city below. The Christ the Redeemer Statue is a sight to behold, and as for the Samba show, the dancers (especially the girls) were gorgeous. The barbecue dinner before the show can easily take care of your hunger for the next 3 days!!!

Joanne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Good value for money - you saw all the main highlights of Rio all in the same day with rewards of some of the most fantastic views in the world. The samba show in the evening was excellent - good hearty meal before the show at a lovely restaurant with some fantastic dancing and costumes afterwards at the theatre. The male gymnasts were awesome.

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