Private tour

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Rio Smile Tours

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Activity provider: Rio Smile Tours

From US$ 229 per group up to 2

Experience Rio's most iconic locations accompanied by a local guide. See iconic attractions like Christ the Redeemer and Sambrodromo whilst learning about Brazilian culture.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off included, only in the areas of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Downtown.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive tour
  • Enjoy an intimate and flexible tour
  • Stop to sample Brazilian cuisine along the way
Full description

Visit Rio's top attractions on this exclusive private tour. Get picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and your adventure starts by visiting Christ the Redeemer.

Travel through a rainforest to reach it and then, after a photo at the awe-inspiring statue, head to visit the Maracanã Stadium, the main site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. Stop at the Sambadrome where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place, and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Continue the tour through the historic center of Rio and stop at Colombo Bakery, open since 1894. It still preserves its Art Nouveau décor (food and drinks available to purchase), and is closed on Sundays. Next, visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, a masterpiece of modern art that takes influence from Mayan pyramids. Drive past the bohemian Lapa district, where the monumental aqueduct was built in the mid 18th century to transport water from the Carioca River to the city center. Stop and explore the Selaron Staircase – 215 colorful steps, one of the most fascinating and original staircases in the world. Conclude your trip visiting the Sugarloaf mountain, taking the cable car from Urca hill up to the top. This unique rock formation also offers a fun way to reach its summit, enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings. At the end of your tour, enjoy comfortable transportation back to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pick up and drop-off 
  • Transport by air-conditioned and professional driver 
  • Local Tour guide
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 3 months. All participants who are under 18 years old must present a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • Pickup and drop-off from availalble in hotels located in: Copacabana, Leblon, Ipanema, São Conrado and Downtown.
  • If your hotel is not listed, please send a private message to the supplier, as other areas may require extra fees
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

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The tour is perfect to get to know the city. We had a great driver whi drove us around and waited for us after the visited the spots. The car was brand new and clean. Yet, the best part was our guide. Patricia was amazing. Super friendly, knew a lot about the places and was flexible when we wanted to stay a bit longer. Her english is excellent, she is open-minded and gave of many tipps for the remaining days we had in Rio. In addition, she helped us directly for organize further tours. We can truly recommend her!

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June 30, 2022

Patty organized everything perfectly and her explanations were very exciting. Your English is excellent. We visited so many beautiful places in 7 hours and personal wishes were fully taken into account. In addition, Patty is an excellent photographer and we have great souvenirs! If we come again - Patty is booked! Thank you very much!

April 12, 2022

Patty listened to what was important to us to see and do and then added amazing additional sights to visit. Patty English was very good. The Driver made our trip comfortable and safe The knowledge of Rio was insightful We packed a lot of sights into the day tour. Our guides were gracious with their time and energy

April 11, 2022

Product ID: 69574