Home of the samba, the jet-set capital of Brazil is a smorgasbord of experiences for first time visitors and veteran travelers alike. If you've always wanted to visit Rio, here is an opportunity to spend a few days in the city on your way home or before the start of your South America tours. Either way, it's a small detour with a big payoff. Rio is one of the most exciting cities in the world, dramatically set along the Atlantic. It is a city of palaces and museums, with a rich cultural history, not to mention its reputation as playground of the rich and famous. White sand beaches, delectable cuisine, a pulsing sophisticated nightlife and non-stop entertainment all await visitors on Brazil tours. Rio has it all. To make the most of your short stay here, this itinerary will show you the highlights of the city and give you plenty of free time to explore Rio according to your particular interests.

Additional $450
Single Supplement is the additional cost of a single traveler not sharing a room in double occupancy. We will match you with another same gender traveler unless you request single accommodations.

On your arrival, you will be picked up at Rio's Galeão airport and taken to your conveniently located beachfront hotel in the seaside neighborhood of Copacabana, birthplace of the bossa nova. The rest of the day will be yours to mingle with the sunbathers and other beautiful people who congregate on this famous beach and stroll along its boardwalk. In the evening, you'll be free to sample the vibrant night scene in the glitzy Zona Sul's Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon neighborhoods or elsewhere in the city. Overnight at your comfortable Rio hotel.
Today you'll get acquainted with the major sights of the city on a guided tour of Rio's most important buildings and neighborhoods including the historic downtown and various view locations. The tour culminates atop Sugar Loaf Mountain in the late afternoon, with stunning views looking back at the city, the mammoth Christ the Redeemer statue and the Copacabana coastline. You'll be delivered back to your hotel to spend the rest of the day and evening on your own enjoying enchanting Rio. Another pleasant night in your beachside hotel. (B)
Today you'll be picked up at your hotel to behold Rio's most famous monument, Christ the Redeemer, up close. Erected in 1931 to commemorate 100 years of independence from Portugal, the dramatic 130-ft sculpture in its breathtaking setting affords visitors on Brazil tours a panoramic view of the capital, Sugar Loaf and across Guanabara Bay to the city of Niteroi. To get there you'll ascend Corcovado Mountain aboard an antique train traveling through Tijuca Forest, a large national park located in the middle of Rio. Spend a final exciting evening on your own and a last relaxing night at your Rio hotel. (B)
You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your connecting flight to more Brazil tours, other destinations in South America or back home. (B)

Visit Rio de Janeiro - 4 Days

Per Person
Included in tour cost
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)

Visit Rio de Janeiro - 4 Days

Rio de Janiero
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.

"I have already recommended Southern Explorations to my friends. The phone calls at the hotel from you guys were very much appreciated. Checking up on me and making sure everything was good was very comforting in a foreign place. I trust Southern Explorations and will use them again. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime. My only complaint was that it was not long enough but I'm thankful for experiencing a little bit of So. America." - Debra Giancola, USA (Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu)

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