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Private Essential Rio Experience

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Experience the sizzling culture of Rio on this private tour through its music, food, language and nature while visiting the most iconic attractions. It's so much more than a tour, it's a dive into the local culture.

Private Essential Rio Experience

This private and intimate "Ultimate Rio Experience" is so much more than a tour, it's an exclusive dive into the local culture just for you or your small group. Along with quintessential sights, your expert guide will teach you key Portuguese phrases, introduce you to the local flavors and musical sounds of Brazil, and share fascinating traits of the Carioca people, letting you in on the secret of their contagious joy.

You can choose to see exactly what interests you and go where you would most like to venture. Or, leave the day up to your local guide who can recommend an endless amount of sites to see and enjoy. This tour is completely customizable and the route can be up to you and at your own pace and on your own time.

As an example, you could start your Bom Dia (Good Morning) as you dive into Rio culture by making your way to the World Cup Maracana Stadium, home of the 2014 World Cup and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

You can see the Sambadrome stadium to view the stage for the city's glorious annual Carnival Parade. Drive to the heart of the city and get a look at Metropolitan Cathedral with its unorthodox modern style based on the architecture of Mayan pyramids.

Continue to the world's most beautiful staircase as you admire the intricate, colorful mosaic tile of the 215-step Selaron Staircase that was featured in the music videos of Snoop Dog and U2. Don't forget about the world-famous Copacabana or Ipanema, the beaches of Rio are some of the most breath-taking in the world. You could even choose to see the Copacabana Palace, with a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, Belmond Copacabana Palace is one of the best Rio de Janeiro hotels.

Take a break and relax with lunch at a local recommended venue from your knowledgeable driver. He can offer options with panoramic views to enjoy while trying the local and traditional cuisine (Lunch will be at guests own expense).

No trip to Rio would be complete without a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Situated at the top of the 2,300 foot Corcovado Mountain, this pedestaled art deco statue of Jesus Christ stands 123 feet tall with 98 foot outstretched arms that symbolically hug the city and its residents below.

Or if you would rather see the famed Sugarloaf Mountain, board a glass-paneled cable car and have the opportunity for a bird's-eye view of the Guanabara Bay before saying Boa Tarde (Good Afternoon) to this magical city.

Reserve your private tour today and be assured you will enjoy the most unique tour you could have in Rio, as you will get to arrange your own itinerary.

Please Note: Your tour includes a guide and either a visit to Christ the Redeemer or Sugarloaf Mountain, it will be your choice. Transportation is wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk on an incline and over unstable surfaces including paved, cobblestone and gravel surfaces at some sites that also require the navigation of steps. No wheelchair or walker access available at certain sites. It is recommended that you bring a light jacket due to winds on the mountain.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $240.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverages
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested. A light jacket may be needed while at the mountain, it can be windy.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone, and gravel surfaces, some of which are at an incline at certain sites. Steps are required to visit some sites, this will not be accessible for guests with wheelchairs or walkers.