Arrive in Rio. Trf GIG Airport / South Zone or v.v.- driver&guide
Overnight at hotel.
F/D Corcovado & Sugar Loaf w/ BBQ lunch - 8 hrs
Tour operates daily, leaving at 9h00.
The Corcovado mountain has been Rio's top attraction widely sung by famous Brazilian composers. Tour will leave the hotel riding along the beaches of Rio and taking the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (lagoon) will reach the Rebouças tunnel, a 2.6 km long complex that links the southern and northern parts of the city cut in half by the Tijuca ridge that makes Rio the only city in the world to have a National Park 5 minutes from downtown. Reaching the Cosme Velho district, tour members will take a cogwheel train of Swiss manufacture that climbs the mountain from its base at 15 mts to almost its summit at 670 mts. The very top is reached by climbing a flight of steps reaching the base of Christ the Redeemer statue. This statue covered with a mosaic of soapstone is one of Rio's finest Art Nouveau monuments. The view, from this vantage point, with the surrounding Tijuca National Forest spreading below and a circle of mountains closing the horizon at the very back of the Guanabara bay. Stop for lunch at one of the finest restaurants in town.
We will follow to Sugar Loaf, known world over as Rio's postcard and a must to visit.. Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian manufacture and takes 80 persons per trip on a 2-minute ride, each stage. The first stage, Morro da Urca - barely 170 mts high, has a restaurant, amphitheater, a helipoint for scenic rides and a privileged view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one up to the Sugar Loaf - thus named because of the loaves of sugar that were commonly used by the Portuguese at the time of the discovery of the city. The all-encompassing view of this privileged 270-meter high lookout is unrivaled.
We will head to downtown where Rio's major colonial buildings are located and where the city started to develop. We will pass by the Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandia. This square concentrates the best of late 18th century French style architecture in Rio de Janeiro: the Municipal Theatre, a scaled-down of the Paris Opera; the Fine Arts Museum; the National Library (reputed worldwide for the copies of Gutemberg's bible and other first editions dating back to 1500 - brought to Brazil by the Imperial Family of Portugal when they moved to Brazil fleeing Napoleon's threat). A fine example of baroque art - and usually unnoticed - the Sao Bento Monastery, which can also be visited.
Overnight at hotel.
Beakfast at hotel.
H/D Colonial Rio - 4 hrs
Tour operates daily, except on Sundays and holidays
Rio's major colonial buildings are located downtown where the city started to develop. At Lapa Arches we find the modern Cathedral located on the way to 15th of November square in the heart of downtown Rio. At downtown you will have the opportunity to see the influence from the French architecture among these: Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and Casa Franca-Brasil (France-Brasil foundation). The Casa Franca-Brasil was designed by the famous French architect Grandjean de Montigny, and is the finest example of neoclassical style in Rio de Janeiro. The tour will continue to the Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandia. This square concentrates the best of late 18th century French style architecture in Rio de Janeiro: the Municipal Theatre, a scaled-down of the Paris Opera; the Fine Arts Museum; the National Library (reputed worldwide for the copies of Gutemberg's bible and other first editions dating back to 1500 - brought to Brazil by the Imperial Family of Portugal when they moved to Brazil fleeing Napoleon's threat). A fine example of baroque art - and usually unnoticed - the Sao Bento Monastery, which is also visited. Stop at Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant - for a quick coffee - one of the most traditional restaurant in Rio. This restaurant is part of the city's cultural heritage, it's also one of the favorite downtown attractions for tourists from all over the world. The magnificent salons are lined with ornate jacaranda-framed mirrors imported from Belgium at the turn of the century. The art nouveau decor is found throughout its showcases, furniture and fittings, ceiling lights and floor dating back to this delightful pas
Rio by Night Dinner only(Show NOT included)3hr
Overnight at hotel.
Morning/Afternoon at leisure - -
Trf Hotel/Sambodromo/Hotel - SIB
Winners Parade Ticket - Bleacher - SATURDAY
Six Samba Schools parade on the Saturday of Winners, which is the first Saturday after Carnival: Champion and Vice-champion of Access Group A, fourth, third place of Special Group, Champion and vice-Champion of the Special Group.
Sector 9 is the tourist sector which means that tickets for there are mainly sold abroad and are priced significantly higher. This is the most expensive sector, because of the infrastructure that it offers to the clients private entrance, strong security, different options for food, shops, convenience stores. Besides all that, the major difference on sector 9, is the only sector, that has marked seats on the bleachers (and they accommodate 2300 people which sectors 3,5,7 and 11 accommodates 2900 people with the same size).
Bleachers seats ("arquibancadas") are on big concrete steps. Besides the advantage of having marked seats, the Sector 9 has also another advantage. The drummers of every school stop, perform and play in the drummers' niche (between Sector 9 and 11) where the atmosphere is the most heated and intense. Sundays and Mondays.
The Parade starts at 9 p.m. and goes on until sunlight the next day, around 5-6 a.m. Each samba school has a time of 70 to 80 minutes to make it through the runway
F/D Petropolis Tour w/ lunch - 8 hrs
The city of Petrópolis first started as a farm where the imperial family of Brazil built its summer residence. Petrópolis is a fine mountain resort city that is famous for its museum, with a nice selection of imperial times memorabilia and many cultural activities. But Petrópolis even after the abdication of D.Pedro II retained its glory, maintaining the status of the summer residence of the President of the Republic. Petrópolis is today an independent city that is also famous for the manufacture of sports and knitwear with very good prices. There is time for shopping and bargain hunting. You will also have time to visit Quitandinha, which was built to be the largest casino hotel in South America. Nowadays it is a place for conventions and events. Its ball-rooms in Hollywood style from the forties are open to the public. Lunch at local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel.
Trf GIG Airport / South Zone or v.v.- driver&guide
Flight from RIO to IGU **
Transfer Airp Brazil/ Hotel Brazil or v.v.
Bird Park/ Round Trio Transfer
The park is situated in 4 hectares of native sub tropical forest. It offers the opportunity to enter huge 8 meter high forest aviaries to study and photograph birds in their natural surroundings without the restriction of netting and cages. There are over 500 birds, indigenous and from other continents. An exciting breeding program is in progress for some of the endangered species. Full facilities are available including a restaurant a public telephone
Dinner at Hotel
Overnight at Hotel.
Brazilian Falls/ Hotel Brazil - 3hrs
Trail winds towards the falls from the area in front of the Hotel das Cataratas, as you go along, the contis will show up. Long-tailed racoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists' feeding habits. At the end of the trail an elevator is the fastest access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls.
Argentinian Falls/Htl Brazil or Das Cataratas 5hrs
Departure from hotel, cross the border and the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. To visit the Devil's Gorge we will take a electric train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways which allows a different and more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil's Gorge largest of the waterfalls. Return by train to visit the upper Argentinean falls. If weather and time allows, a brief stop at the 3 Borders point, where Paraná and Iguassu Rivers as well as the borders or Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay encounter. For clientes staying at the Argentinean side, the border and the bridge will not crossed.
Dinner/ Show Rafain Cataratas from Hotel Brazil
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer Airp Brazil/ Hotel Brazil or v.v.
Flight IGU/GRU **
Transfer Hotel-SP to GRU or v.v.- one way
F/D City Tour - 8Hs - -
Pick up and drop off at GRU Airport
A tour through the city, visiting the residential areas of Higienópolis with its 1950's apartment buildings; Pacaembu Soccer Stadium; A tour through the city, visiting the residential areas of Higienópolis with its 1950's apartment buildings; Pacaembu Soccer Stadium; School of Medicine and Hospital das Clínicas complex; Campus of the University of São Paulo. A stop will be made at Butantan snake farm, a world-renowned institution where snakes are kept for poison extraction for snakebite serum manufacture. A sweeping view of the city and a photographer's favorite spot - the Morumbi hill. A view of São Paulo's Jockey Club and the unfolding of the city to the limits of the Paulista Avenue ridge. Tour will continue passing by the State Government Palace, Albert Einstein Hospital and the São Paulo Futebol Clube soccer stadium, moving on to Jardim Europa residential district. Tour will continue passing by Ibirapuera Park with beautiful gardens and lakes. At the entrance to the park, visitors will admire São Paulo's postcard monument - Bandeirantes, homage to the first settlers. This monument was sculpted on site by Victor Brecheret in the late 40's / 50's. To the left of this monument the Chamber of Deputies building. An integral part of the park - the obelisk - monument to the Constitutionalist Revolution Soldier, a mausoleum in memory of the republicans that were killed in the 1932 revolution. Also part of the park, Planetarium and the Contemporary Art Museum and the São Paulo Biannual Art Exposition site. Tour will move on to the Oriental District - where the Japanese have their commerce, being close to São Paulo's Cathedral. Tour will close passing by the Anhangabaú Valley - downtown bustling São Paulo. Lunch included in a local restaurant.
Butanta Institute closed on Mondays