RIO DE JANEIRO
The group meets at OR Tambo international airport from various destinations in South Africa. Your Tour Director will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. You board an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Day 1 – Arrival and orientation
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro in the morning where the shuttle will take the group to the hotel to check in and refresh and rest after the long journey. The Tour Director will suggest nearby restaurants for the travellers to have lunch and stroll around the neighbourhood at leisure.
The group meets for early welcome dinner where the Tour Director will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Day 2 – the Christ Redeemer
You begin your adventure by visiting one of the most iconic landmarks in the world -the Christ Redeemer Statue. You will be picked up at your hotel and get on the road to Corcovado Mountain. You will get off at Cosme Velho station to take the cog train through the Tijuca Rain Forest. At the 700-metre summit, you find ourselves in the presence of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Your local guide will explain the history of the statue, constructed in 1931 from concrete and sandstone and named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. You will spend half an hour admiring the statue and taking photos of the panoramic views of the beautiful city of Rio.
After this you will return to your hotel where you will have the afternoon to yourself.
Day 3 – Sugar Loaf Mountain and Rocinha Favela
This morning you will explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during a guided morning tour. You will get to visit some of the city’s most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Copacabana Beach. Then, you will board a glassed-in cable car bound for Sugar Loaf’s peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. When you reach the top of Sugar Loaf at 396 metres above sea level, you will admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana, and Santa Cruz Fortress.
You will then stop for lunch (own expense) before a tour of Rocinha Favela, Brazil’s biggest. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel with a transfer to Rocinha.
Once at Rocinha, a resident guide will begin the tour with informative commentary about the history of the favela. You will learn about how favelas began in Brazil and discover the culture within the community and Rio.
Day 4 – Maracana Stadium
You get a chance to visit Maracana Stadium. You meet your guide and travel to Maracanã Stadium to immerse ourselves in the world of soccer. This 3-hYour tour gives you the opportunity to stand on the ground of this legendary stadium, renovated to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. You will get to stroll around the empty stadium, enter the locker rooms, decorated with the jerseys of famous retired players, and enjoy access to the press room. Your guide will tell you tales of the send-off of Garrincha’s earthly remains, Pele’s thousandth goal and other equally interesting stories.
You then go back to hotel for your free afternoon to explore this beautiful city on your own.
Day 5 – Museum of Tomorrow
This morning you will embark on a guided visit of the Museum of Tomorrow, where time you get to admire the eye-catching design of this ‘experimental museum’ and discover a range of exhibits covering topics including environmental sustainability, science, art, technology and culture. Afternoon
In the evening, there is an opportunity to explore Rio’s nightlife with the optional Ipanema Pub Crawl, where you get to dance, mingle and mix it up during a 5-hyourskip-the-line nightlife crawl set in Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Ipanema neighbourhood. Fuel your evening with some typical Brazilian snacks before joining some new friends for a crawl of the best local pubs and clubs in this buzzing evening area. Along the way you’ll play a fun selection of included drinking games, down free and discounted drinks and enjoy VIP entrance to one Rio’s hottest clubs. You enjoy double caipirinhas until 1am at your last stop help keep the party going until the use hours, if you so wish.
Day 6 – Shopping
After a hectic revel the night before, you will get to enjoy a free morning, lazing around your hotel or you could go for a dip in the beautiful waters of Ipanema beach.
Your day begins officially with an afternoon Shopping Tour. You will be in good hands on this shop hop to Rio’s hidden local street markets, shops, galleries, and workshops that would be difficult to find on your own.
In the evening you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant to toast to your unforgettable week.
Day 7 – Departure
You enjoy free morning before your departure. You will be transferred to the airport by a shuttle to catch your evening flights.