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12 Days/11 Nights
Rio de Janeiro (4 n) + Buzios (7 n)
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
After arriving in Rio de Janeiro, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to get first impressions of the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. You can take this chance to feel the exciting life of the city or relax under palm trees drinking coconut water and listening to samba sounds. Whatever you choose – you can find it easily in Rio! Rio de Janeiro is green hills, blue sky, beautiful bays, islands and marvelous beaches. It is the second biggest city in Brazil (after Sao Paulo) and, certainly, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Beach hotels are situated along the whole perimeter of Guanabara Bay and, if you are staying in one of these hotels, the beauties of Rio de Janeiro are open for you all the time. Blue ocean water will call you to the beach. The most popular beaches - Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, are famous for their black and white tiled promenade. From early morning to late in the night you can see people playing soccer and volleyball on the golden sand of the beaches. For those who prefer active holidays, Rio offers opportunities to practice almost any sport: golf, tennis, surfing, rafting, diving, delta flight and many others. Numerous open cafeterias on the beach will offer you refreshing coconut water, freshly squeezed juices and other drinks. You can also see presentations of local musicians on the beach playing all kinds of music.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
City Tour and Sugarloaf mountain (4 hours) After breakfast you have the chance to go on a half-day excursion to the Sugar Loaf. The first stop is the Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area that also offers the possibility to have a snack in the restaurant on top of the mountain. On the mountain of Sugar Loaf you will have a beautiful view of Rio, Copacabana beach, the bay, the surrounding mountains, islands in the ocean, bridge Niteroi, and the statue of Christ on Corcovado Mountain. After going down by cable car, the tour continues by car to the central regions of the old town of Rio, where you can admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city, as well as buildings in colonial style. Our guide will take you to a local restaurant where you will taste the delicious dishes of the local cuisine.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue (4 hours) After breakfast we set off on a tour through the city. Arriving at the station, the environmentally friendly train will take us through the jungle to the top of Corcovado. On both sides of the railway you will have spectacular views of Tijuca forest, inhabited by monkeys and other exotic animals and birds. On top of Corcovado, at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, you will stand in front of the symbol of Rio de Janeiro- Statue of Christ the Savior (38m) that was built in 1931. From top of Corcovado, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings like the Bridge Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, the Botanical Garden, the world's largest Maracana stadium and the Sugar Loaf.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, you will have a free day to discover more about the city on your own or ask for our optional tours.
Botanical Garden The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is a worth-visiting magnificent 137-hec (338-acre) garden over 200 years old featuring a 750-meter (half-mile) avenue of 134 impressive royal palms and more than 7000 types of plants. There you can see orchids, bromeliads, cacti, huge bamboos, and carnivorous plants, among many others. The most famous one is Victoria, a huge water-lilly floating on the water that is capable of sustaining a 5-year old kid on it! Monkeys are sometimes visible during the visit, and there are always plenty of birds flying over the trees (the more recognizable ones are toucans). (Duration 4 hours) Tropical Islands Tour The town Itacuruça situated on an island 1,5 hours away from Rio de Janeiro, in Mangarativa, is active in fishing, tourism and agriculture. The town has small fishermen houses. In order to get there you need to cross the Cepetiba Bay in Sabeiro schooner. During the trip you will enjoy the romantic views of the tropical green islands. You may have the luck to see dolphins, huge fishes, parrots, turtles and poisonous stingrays. On the way the schooner will stop for you to take a bath in the ocean. You will have a delicious lunch at the island, take a walk on the island, swim in the bay or in the pool and return to our schooner that will take you back to Rio. (Duration 8 hours) Rio at Night: Samba & Capoeira Show You will spend an unforgettable night in Rio! Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the exciting show full of Brazilian samba and capoeira performed by beautiful and professional dancers. You can have dinner during the show. After the end of the show our guide will bring you back to your hotel. (Duration 4 hours) Royal Petropolis Petropolis is one of the most important Brazilian historic towns located in the mountains 60 km away from Rio de Janeiro. Pedro II bought this land in 1830 to build a summer palace and bring there his daughter who could not stand the hot climate of Rio de Janeiro due to her health conditions. The european founders of the city built many constructions there, the beautiful examples of German style architecture. The Royal palace still preserves many objects of Royal furniture and the Royal family's objects that are now exposed in the museum. Here you can find unique jewelry works; for example, a golden crown decorated with diamonds and pearls. Together with our guide you will visit the Gothic Cathedral where Princess Isabel, King Pedro II and his wife are buried. Then you will visit the Royal museum. Flying over Rio by Helicopter You will take a helicopter tour from the Sugarloaf mountain. During your flight you will get amazed by the mindblowing view of the city below with its infinite beaches, huge Christ statue, Botanical Garden and many more. (Duration 8-9 Minutes)
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro – Buzios
After breakfast you will be transferred to Buzios in your hotel at the tropical resort.
Day 6-11: Buzios
Enjoy your free days at the Tropical Resort of Buzios. Buzios is a small fishing village situated 105 miles away from Rio de Janeiro with more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water, wonderful landscape and exotic vegetation, privileged with a great year-round summer. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants visited by travellers who come from all over the world to savour its magic.
Day 12: Buzios - Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
-Hotels according to the program or similar ones -Transfer Airport – Hotel in Rio de Janeiro -Transfer Rio de Janeiro – Buzios – Rio de Janeiro with driver only -Excursions according to the program
THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-International flights -Additional excursions -Food and drinks not mentioned in the program -Personal spending