Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
from USD $107.25
Come with us to enjoy your day during this hassle free guided tour in Rio de Janeiro and have perfect presentation of the most famous attractions in the city.
While our tour guide and driver organize everything you can take your time to simply relax and have some fun.Take fabulous pictures of the Christ the Redeemer Statue before the crowds, take the cable car to the Sugar Loaf to have the best views of the city and see the landmarks at Downtown area like Maracanã (outside only), the Sambadrome area, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Sao Bento Monastery and to close the perfect day, spend some time at the Selarón Stairs.
And don't worry, you will also learn a lot about all the attractions visited as our guides are the best ones to explain everything about them.
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In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9 hours
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Small-group tour by minibus
Excellent value for money
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Copacabana Beach, Av. Atlantica - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-011 Brazil

After the pick-up we will start the tour from Copacabana Beach, one of the most famous beach in the world.

Pass By: Guanabara Palace, Rua Pinheiro Machado s/n, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22231-901 Brazil

The official residence of the State Governor

Pass By: Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Estrada da Cascatinha 850 Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590 Brazil

The Tijuca Forest (Portuguese: Floresta da Tijuca) is a tropical rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro covering an area of roughly 32 km² (12.4 mi²). The tour will reach Tijuca Forest with a stop at Paineiras to board the official vehicles of the National Park Authority to be able to reach the top of the Corcovado Hill where The Christ The Redeemer Statue is located.

Stop At: Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, Estrada Redentor - Alto da Boa Vista Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

From the top of Corcovado Hill you will be able to admire The Christ of the Redeemer statue, which has 38m in height and was made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, and also will have a chance to see some of the most beautiful views of the city.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Estr. Mirante Dona Marta, S/N Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

Only in case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado, we will make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta which offers one of the most incredible views of the city, guaranteeing the title of one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. From there, you can see the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Cristo Redentor, the Maracanã, the Guanabara Bay and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Duration: 25 minutes

Pass By: Boticario Square, Rua Cosme Velho 6 Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-900 Brazil

The Largo do Boticário (Apothecary's Square) is a square in the Cosme Velho neighbourhood of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The area is characterised by large, neo-colonial houses and Atlantic Forest vegetation.

Stop At: Morro da Urca, Praia Vermelha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-270 Brazil

This hill, 220 meters high, has at its peak the first stop of the cable car towards the Sugar Loaf.

From the top of Morro da Urca you have spectacular views of various points of the city, such as the beaches of Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Flamengo, Leblon, Pedra da Gávea, Tijuca Massif, Corcovado with a statue of Cristo Redentor, Guanabara Bay, Enseada Botafogo, Downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, Governador Island, Niterói, Rio-Niterói Bridge and, in the background, the Serra do Mar and the Dedo de Deus peak.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Sugarloaf Mountain, Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-255 Brazil

We will travel to the top in two steps by cable car. The first will take you to Urca Hill, at the height of 220 meters above sea level where you already will have great views from Baia de Guanabara. From there, after enjoying the views for a bit, will take the second cable car all the way to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, 396 meters above sea level. From up there, you will have a chance to see the most breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and will definitely understand why everyone says that Rio is “The wonderful city”

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portao 3 Portao 3 - Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20271-130 Brazil

After lunch, the tour starts with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium (outside only) where we will have a quick stop outside for pictures at the Bellini’s statue, a famous captain who led Brazil’s soccer team to win the World Soccer Cup in 1958.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai, Rua Marques de Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-100 Brazil

After seeing Maracanã Stadium we will head to the Sambadrome, which is the stadium for the city's main Carnival parade. We will then stop to take some photos and to try on the famous Samba School costumes used during Carnival.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170 Brazil

As we continue through the city, we will see the Lapa Arches, Lavradio street and Avenida Chile. There we will visit the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a major landmark in this Brazilian city and a masterpiece of modern art. With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. You will notice that acoustics are great in there!

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Carioca Aqueduct, Rua Riachuelo 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-010 Brazil

The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the centre of the city, in the Lapa neighbourhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian people. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city centre with the Santa Teresa neighbourhood uphill, the Santa Teresa Tramway.

Stop At: Escadaria Selaron, Rua Joaquim Silva S/N, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-110 Brazil

Next we will visit the Escadaria Selarón (Selaron stairs), a colorful tiled stairway, work of a self-taught Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Having traveled the world, Selarón moved to Rio in 1983, in a tiny house just in front of the desolate stairway connecting the areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 215 steps that he entirely covered with tiles collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from all around the world. Since 1990, Selarón has laid over 2000 tiles, mainly red-colored: unique pieces representing a “tribute to the Brazilian people”.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Sao Bento Monastery, Rua Dom Gerardo 40 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030 Brazil

Following we will then visit the São Bento Monastery. A place of monastic simplicity that is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Brazil where there is a surprising contrast between the austere, purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs. See for yourself the exuberant Rococo style in the engraving on the high altar, followed by a view of the dome and the Chapel of the Santíssimo Sacramento.

Duration: 25 minutes

Pass By: Ipanema Beach, Avenida Vieira Souto - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-002 Brazil

Ipanema is a neighborhood located in the South Zone, between Leblon and Arpoador. The beach at Ipanema became known internationally with the popularity of the bossa nova jazz song, "The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema"), written by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.

Pass By: Leblon Beach, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Separated from its more famous neighbour, Ipanema, by a narrow canal, Leblon is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Rio, and accommodation here comes at a price.


  • Christ the Redeemer ticket
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in selected hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon
  • Bilingual and licensed Tour Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer


  • Sugar Loaf cable car ticket. Our guide will assist you with your purchase
  • Children, Students, and Seniors receive a discount with a proper passport copy or an ID with photo at the Sugar Loaf.
  • Lunch and Drink - Entirely optional. You will have many options at your disposal, so choose the best one for you. A Brazilian steak house or a light sandwich. Are you vegetarian? No problem. Would you like to have Brazilian dish? Just talk with your tour guide.
  • Entry/Admission - Morro da Urca
  • Entry/Admission - Sugarloaf Mountain

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

1: Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22010-000, Brazil
2: Janeiro Hotel, Av. Delfim Moreira, 696 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22441-000, Brazil

Traveler pickup is offered
We do a fast pick-up to optimize our clients waiting time so for operational reasons we pick-up in selected hotels only.
If your hotel is not in the list, please contact us so we will help you finding the nearest pick-up point.
If you are arriving at the Sea Port please see our tour “Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port” for pick-up at that location

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Pick-up and Drop-off from selected hotels in Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
  • This tour will operate in any weather
  • IMPORTANT: Please be aware that during Carnival period this tour may need to be adapted and the itinerary may be changed in the last minute. We assure that the visit to the Christ the Redeemer Statue and to the Sugar Loaf Complex won’t be affected but due to traffic issues and streets closed around the city, some places may be excluded from visitation during the afternoon part of the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour is a great option to see many of the major sites in Rio in one day. I appreciated that this tour starts a bit earlier than others in order to beat the crowds at Christ the Redeemer. We were one of the very first groups to enter, enabling us to take many photos without wait or obstruction. Our guide, Kiko, really made the tour! He was so welcoming, energetic, and knowledgeable, sharing with us so much history and information about Rio that went far beyond the specific sites that we were visiting. Kiko truly made our tour quite memorable.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
Pick up was timely. There was Sufficient time at all spots. The guide Kiko was top class. Rio was HOT
• Submitted 18 Dec 2019
The tour of Rio was led by a well-spoken and knowledgeable guide. One complaint: Windows of bus were not clear.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
Very nice tour with Juan of the highlights of Rio de Janeiro. Nice to have a total group of four people. It made it a very efficient tour on a beautiful Rio day! Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain were spectacular. Also a beautiful little church at the Monastery and the massive new Cathedral. My wife and I opted out of the Steak House lunch, as our hotel was just down the street from it, on Copacabana Beach, so we could enjoy a few hours of beach time, and eat later.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
Sergio was absolutely an amazing guide providing very detail information about the city. He made the entire trip fun and entertaining. He was extremely organized and respectful of all the guests.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Aside from the great weather we had a lovely guide named Carmen and her driver Flavio. They made sure we got the best experience and schedule at each site to make our trio comfortable, educational and fun. Carmen is very knowledgeable and gave lots of insight on local life and history of the city. I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
Perfect for seeing all the famous sights in a short space of time. Bruno was a great guide, very knowledgable and funny :) would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 12 Nov 2019
Day trip of the Christ Redeemer, Sugar loaf and city tour. Vicence was knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He accommodated our requests and helpful with photos. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 05 Nov 2019
I recently travelled to Rio for business and had one day to see as much of the city as I could and this tour helped me do exactly that! My tour guide was amazing - he was well versed in the history of the city and was fun and organized. The bus took us around to all the major sights, made each visit a breeze, and kept us on schedule. We also stopped for an amazing rodizio lunch! I would absolutely recommend it!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
Great tour of the city hitting all of the hot spots. Our guide, Kiko was amazing and can tell that he really enjoys doing tours in his home city. The tour allows enough time at each attraction that you don’t feel rushed but move along at an appropriate pace to see all of the landmarks.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
Bruno and our drivers were great. Very knowledgeable about the city. We saw Christ the Redeemer early and avoided the crowds.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
I travel the world frequently due to my job and I usually book full day tours. I found that it's a gamble - some tours take you to 1-2 landmarks and the rest to "factory stores"... During my Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro - I hit the jackpot! It was an incredible tour that actually lasted 10 hours, seeing many landmarks and having a fantastic lunch together. The tour guide (Carmen) was super friendly and well educated about everything we saw, and she gave us a lot of information that was interesting and fun to learn. Highly recommended
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
Our guide Gabby was amazing. In addition to doing a superb job in describing the highlights of a Rio, she also made a dinner reservation for us at a restaurant that was fantastic. Gabby’s English skills were excellent (not always the case with Brazilian guides). She was cheerful, informative and made our day in Rio very special.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Kathy is knowledgeable and explained a lot of things, very friendly. I enjoyed the tour to Cristo redeemer, the view is awesome.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2019
From the very start of the trip Sandra was friendly and informative, helping us understand the culture and history of Rio. Clearly proud of her home city but honest in describing many aspects. Although a long day, well worth it to take in the popular attractions in a limited time, and Sandra was great at ensuring we all got the photos we wanted to remember this amazing trip. The coach was comfortable and Lino our driver was superb. Great way to learn about Rio and be with a safe and organised group, just enough time at everything, huge thank you Sandra and Lino
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Highly recommended,our tour guide Kiko is informAtive.very good tour package.we started at christ the redeemer and it was good..then we went to sugarloaf mountain and its worth taking.then we went for lunch in ipanema and food is delicious..after lunch we went to macarana stadium,then we went to place for carnival,,then we went to churches and catherdral and we went to Lapa..it was fun adventure,,i will recommend this..
• Submitted 21 Aug 2019
Kiko was great. Perfect orientation to Rio. He gave a lot of personal attention to each of us. .....
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
My husband and I had a fantastic day. Kiko is such a great tour guide, he has fun, is approachable and shares so much about the city.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2019
If you visit Rio de Janeiro, this tour is an absolute must. Sergio was our tour guide for 9 hours, and he was amazing. He's so knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great tour. The tour includes the main sites every visitor should see but adds sites that are "off the beaten path." Another added touch is the Brazillian lunch which gives you a real "taste" of Brazil but a chance to get to know other tourists visiting from other parts of the world.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
This was an extremely worthwhile tour. From the early pick up to the knowledgeable guide, I found the whole tour fantastic. The early pick up enabled us to be first in the queue to see Christ the Redeemer, this is something no other tour offers. The tour guide Vincent was very enthusiastic and helpful. He shared all his local knowledge with us. The lunch stop at the Brazilian Buffet was a great part of the experience. I had very limited time in the city and I found this tour covered everything I wanted to see. I was very impressed and didn't want it to finish. I would highly recommend, you wont be disappointed. Thank you.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Vincenzo was a terrific guide. He was always very eager to tell the group a lot of information regarding the places we visited and in my case, as a solo traveler, take my photos. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Our tour guide Maria Sandra was wonderful! we started out early in the morning and finished around 4:30PM - she was very informative and pleasant - We got to see everything that is on the itinerary - Definitely I would go again.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Thank you to our guide Bruno who was incredible through out our tour,very knowledgeable on all points,timing was perfect to avoid crowds and got us the best photos Couldn't recommend this tour enough!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Starting with perfect pick up time and amazing guide who is well conversant with almost all the languages. The best part of this tour is small group and we were the first to enter Christ the redeemer in the morning. What a timing to take photographs wherein we were only 8 people of the tour in the whole site. This was followed by visit to Sugar Loaf mountain and other remaining 2 location. In my view, this tour is enough to discover Rio if you have one day !!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019

In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9 hours
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Small-group tour by minibus
Excellent value for money
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day