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VIP Rio de Janeiro + Iguacu 8d/7n
Belmond Copacabana Palace Deluxe Ocean view +
Belmond das Cataratas Deluxe Falls view +BB
Day 1. Rio de Janeiro
Arrival at Rio de Janeiro airport. You will be met by a guide at the airport.* Transfer to the hotel. On the way to the hotel, our guide will briefly tell you about the city, answer your questions, and help you with currency exchange or purchase a local SIM card. During the entire program, we and our guides are ready to fulfill any of your requests! You will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the first impressions of the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. You can get this chance to see and feel the exciting life of the city or get relaxed among the palm trees drinking coconut water and listening to samba. Whatever you choose – you can find it easily in Rio! 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. 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. *or take Fast Track Gold service In the evening, we recommend you to have dinner at Cipriani restaurant (with a Michelin star) in your Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel.
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro – Sugar Loaf mountain (4 hours)
After breakfast a half-day guided excursion to the Sugar Loaf is planned. The first stop is on Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area, where you can eat in the restaurant or bar. 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. Then you will go by car to the central regions of the old Rio, where you will admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city, as well as buildings built in the colonial style. Our guide will take you to lunch where you will enjoy the delicious dishes of the local cuisine. Included: VIP Access to Sugar Loaf We recommend you to have lunch at Fogo do Chao Restaurant (meat, Brazilian churrasco) with a stunning view of the Sugar Loaf. In the evening you can have dinner at Al Mare Restaurant (seafood), located on Copacabana in luxury Fasano Hotel.
Day 3. Rio de Janeiro-Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue (4 hours)
After a delicious breakfast in your hotel, you will head out on a trip to see the world-famous Christ the Saviour statue on top of Corcovado Mountain. A specially designed train will take you from the foot of the mountain along a winding road through the magical Tijuca rainforest where you will see some of the enchanting tropical wildlife on constant display in Rio, such as toucans, monkeys and armadillos. At the summit of Corcovado, 700m above sea level, proudly stands the iconic image seen around the world – a 38m high statue of Christ the Saviour. But that is not the only breathtaking thing about this place – when up close to the statue you will be overwhelmed by the stunning panoramic view of the city, so high up it seems as though you are truly flying with the birds around you. From the far reaches of Guanabara Bay, to the Maracanã Stadium, all along to Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and Gávea Mountain, you can see the whole of Rio de Janeiro. After the tour enjoy a cup of coffee with Brazilian sweets in the unique historical Confeteria Colombo In the evening we recommend to have dinner at Marius Degustare Restaurant(seafood), where you will enjoy a unique and entertaining dining atmosphere in the interior of a sunken treasure ship.
Days 4. Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy free days to discover more of the city by yourself or ask for our optional tours. Tropical Islands Tour After breakfast at hotel you will go on a Tropical Islands trip. Enjoy a wonderful full day tour at Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande on a boat. You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning and you will go on a tour to discover amazing islands. 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
Flying over Rio by Helicopter
You will take a helicopter tour from the Sugarloaf mountain. During your flight you will get amazed by the mind blowing view of the city below with its infinite beaches, huge Christ statue, Botanical Garden and many more. Duration: 10-30 minutes
Caipirinha cocktail master - class
Caipirinha is the main drink of Brazil which is very popular with both locals and tourists! It is prepared from Cachaça. There are different types of Cachaça. The most expensive Cachaça resembles whiskey or cognac, and it has a color of weak tea with lemon. White Cachaça is usually sold in standard glass bottles with a tin stopper. During the master- class, you will learn the secrets of making this famous cocktail. And, of course, you will try it! The master -class takes place on the roof of one of the coastal hotels with a city view.
Brazilian churrasco master - class
Churrasco is Brazilian barbecue. You will enjoy cooking different types of meat on the fire and having dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city. Churrasco in Brazil is not only meat, but it is also cheese, rolls with garlic, corn, chicken hearts and even.. spiced with cinnamon pineapple on a spit!
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. It was founded by the Portuguese King Joao VI in 1808, just after his arrival from Portugal. There you can see orchids, bromeliads, cacti, huge bamboos, and carnivorous plants, among many others. The most famous one is Victoria, a huge water-lily 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
Sugar Loaf Trekking
For active tourists! The route starts at the first mountain (Urka) and leads you up onto Sugarloaf. You will walk along the paths, watching the life of wild monkeys and the amazing nature of Brazil. The trekking lasts about 30 minutes. If desired, you can climb the second mountain with special equipment guided by an instructor.
Recommended restaurants in Rio de Janeiro:
Gero Trattoria, Ipanema at the Fasano Hotel (Italian, European cuisine) Oro, Leblon (Brazilian cuisine) Satyricon, Ipanema (seafood) Aprazivel, Santa Tereza (Brazilian cuisine) beautiful view of the city
Day 5. Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguacu
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Foz do Iguacu. Arrival in Foz do Iguacu airport. Meeting your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 6. Foz do Iguacu.
After the breakfast, your guide picks you up at the hotel for a full day adventure in Foz do Iguacu. Today you will have an excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the most spectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racing furiously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has the mesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard to believe, such is the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views, the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Water crashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via a walkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds you from all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel. Optional: you can do Macuco Safari or visit Bird Park after the Falls.
You will enter the huge open-air cages, where amazing, fairytale birds of outlandish colors freely fly or walk among the rainforest.
You will go on a tour through the jungle, and then get to a wonderful boat ride. In the jungle you will ride in an open jeep for about 3 kilometers, accompanied by a guide who will tell a lot of interesting things about the ecology of the region. Then you will go on foot to the banks of the Iguazu River, from where they will take you by motor boat close to the waterfalls. You are expected by splashes and rainbows, the sea of delight and unique photos
Day 7. Foz do Iguacu
After breakfast you will go to the Argentinian side of the Waterfalls. The Argentinean side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. You feel the strength of the falling water from up close and enjoy the 55.500 hectares natural park surrounding this spectacular beauty! Within the park, take the train to the marvelous devils throat the strongest of all the waterfalls. Stand directly above the falling water and admire the strength of this natural phenomenon. Recommended restaurant for dinner: Itaipu in the hotel Belmond das Catartas (Brazilian & European cuisine)
Day 8. Foz do Iguacu
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The price of the program includes:
Accommodation in hotels BB Individual excursions according to the program Individual transfers with a guide according to the program Excursions and transfers in executive class cars (except Iguazu Falls)
The price of the program does not include:
o Additional excursions o International flight o Domestic flights o Meals and drinks during the transfers Note: All the hotels can be substituted by a similar class hotel This program availability and prices will be confirmed upon booking