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The Best of Rio in a Full Day Tour - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Selaron and more

Badge of ExcellenceRio de Janeiro, Brazil
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From $84.50

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive, full-day tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana Beach, Botafogo Beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Visit Rio's "must-see" attractions in one fun-filled day
  • Revel in the scenery at world famous beaches
  • Enjoy lunch at a top steakhouse
  • Navigate the city with ease in the hands of a tour guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This early-morning tour heads straight to Christ the Redeemer to bag those rare, crowd-free photos.

What's Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in selected hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon
  • Multilingual and licensed Tour Guide
  • Optional: Tickets to Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf when selecting the option with inclusion
  • Optional: Barbecue buffet lunch when selecting the option with inclusion
  • Full Day guided tour through the city
  • Drinks and Dessert
  • Gratuites
  • Optional: Tickets and Lunch can be excluded when selecting the option

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the pick up location?

A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

Our driver always stayed with the van, so you can leave your items safely inside.
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.
596 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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very not customer centric
Christophe_D, Jan 2023
the whole day was unfortunately grey and rainy, so not due to the supplier here. But because there is a but, she was not taking care of the group. She always on her phone corresponding to whoever. At a moment on Corcovado I went t an opposite direction to look at something, but she didn't pay attention and kept moving forward without me. Hopefully, with a little bit of situational intelligence I join the group back on the other side of the site. But just imagine the stress at this moment.... Morevover, she didn't afford to stay with us for lunch and move to another table alone !!!! And we had to pay beverages on top of what we paid already for the day. Not recommended again
Loved the tour!
Alejandra_R, Jan 2023
This was my first time in Brazil, the only city I visited was Rio de Janeiro. I was very pleased with the tour, they picked me up right on time. Sabina is such a lovely tour guide, explains everything with patience and warmth. The driver, André, is also very helpful. The only thing I would recommend is that they have wifi inside the van.
This tour is a scam !
Asbjorn_C, Jan 2023
Dont go ! This tour is literally a scam ! Here is what you get (or rather don’t get): 1. Although we paid the premium price of USD 80 per person - which places this tour at twice the price point of most competitors - the fine print made a vague note that « tickets » are not included which turned out to be code for « admission tickets «  not being included. Obviously, no one goes on a tour not wishing to access the sites of the tour. Hence, the aim of this fine print is solely to trick you into overlooking it and afterwards pay more. Cute ! Needless to say, mild mayhem broke out when people were asked to get their credit cards out at the first stop; 2. Don’t expect the tour guide to actually guide you. Our tour guide made it a point to be as inconspicuous as possible. Dressed in grey and white without even a hint of color, it was a real challenge to keep track of him through the crowds. While other guides of competing tours marked themselves out with a handheld flag, our guy was literally invisible. To complete the travesty, he insisted on speaking in a near-to-whisper conversational volume eventhough we were in the midst of large crowds with a lot of ambient noise. Perhaps, worst, he did not provide any narrative to the sites unless you proactively asked him. Even when driving between the sites he would offer no narrative. He’d merely converse with the driver. My family and I decided to leave the tour before lunch break giving us a few hours of our lives back. Others from the group did the same. What you get from this this tour is fundamentally a minibus transport to the sites. Nothing more nothing less. A taxi can deliver the same at a fraction of the price.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Dear Asbjorn, We are truly sorry to hear you had a bad experience during our tour. Before answer your direct comment, I will need to state the during the months of December through March, summer time in Brazil and high season in Rio de Janeiro, the city gets really packed. Unfortunately even organizing ahead of time eventually we are caught by some unpredictable surprise. Now, I will answer your points: 1 - The tour is definitely not a scam. We have been operating it for many years. You can check reading the previous reviews and dates on it. Some of our clients, around 5 to 10%, prefer buying their admission tickets direct at the venue. Also not everyone access all the sites. We’ve had some clients afraid of height who decided not to take the cable car to go up at Sugar Loaf for example. We also do state in the description of the tour, before completing the sale, that we have 2 options for the tour: with ticket included and without tickets and lunch included. 2 - We hire the best tour guides. We are really careful and proud of that. As I mentioned before all the sites are busy, and of course noisy, because of the season. Also the tour guide respects the group, he will speak and talk accordingly to that. Some people don’t like a talkative guide as others prefer the opposite. The guide goes with the flow, trying to make everyone happy. It’s not an easy thing to do as you can see. Again we re sorry you had a bad time and unfortunately decided on your own to quit the tour half way and not even trying to enjoy it till the end. The other people who left the tour before lunch time only did it because they had actually bought a Half Day tour with the option to go to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf only. They couldn’t be part of the Full Day tour. Hope you had a great time in your stay in Rio de Janeiro. Best regards,
10 out of 10
Jayden_B, Jan 2023
Absolutely amazing day out seeing Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Selarón steps, São Sebastião cathedral and more! Make sure to book the option that includes lunch, you will not regret it!
Great tour and tour guide
Ella_M, Dec 2022
Excellent tour of Rio by a knowledgable and extremely helpful tour guide, Monica. My mother uses a walker, and Monica went out of her way to accommodate her in lineups and areas where elevators were available. This meant a lot of running around, and we were amazed and appreciative of Monica‘s help. All the major sites are covered, it was a thorough tour and the only one you need, if you have only one day to tour Rio. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Elia, We are so glad to hear that you had such a great time with us during the tour. Thank you for your time to send us a feedback and hope to see you in Rio in the near future. Best regards, Mirella Schvaitze
Great overview of Rio if short on time
Elaine_C, Dec 2022
Our guide, Meilyn, was very accommodating and waited for us to take photos to our heart's content. She made the tour as good as possible in spite of the rainy and foggy weather. We enjoyed our time at Corcovado and Sugar Loaf, thanks to the tour and Meilyn and driver, Andre.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Elaine, We are glad you had such a great time with us during your tour. We appreciate your review and will pass along your comments to our team. Thanks for taking your time to do this, Best regards,
 Mirella Schvaitzer
Excellent! Thank you ❣️
MariaBeatriz_A, Dec 2022
Excellent experience with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide and very good driver. Thank you ❣️
Group Day tour of Rio
Laurel_C, Dec 2022
Our full day tour of Rio was really fun! We got lucky, and only had 5 people in our group. The van holds at least 12 people, and with a smaller group the experience is better. Our tour guide (Katia) was very knowledgeable, friendly, and personable! We stopped at Christ the Redeemer, which was the most impressive stop on this tour. We also got to ride the tram up to the top of Sugar Loaf. It was WINDY up there, but the view is incredible! Katia took photos for us and was very knowledgeable about the history of Rio and its many treasures. We booked the option to have lunch and tickets included in the price, and that’s the way to go. If you want to buy your own tickets it only saves a small amount, and then you have to go through the ticket line. One couple in our group did that, and they regretted it. The lunch was wonderful as well. This tour is highly recommended!
Great guide
Jackie_S, Dec 2022
Fabulous experience our tour guide Kiko was amazing. Friendly knowledgeable and caring. We thoroughly enjoy the day
Take the Best of Rio tour and you won't be dissappointed!! I'd go thru Viator again!!
Kathleen_G, Dec 2022
seeing the Jesus statue up close is a wonder! Had tears in my eyes, never thought I would be there!! Had plenty of time there for lots of pics! Sugar Mt. was so great, seeing so far away with the clear skies we had! Gave us lots of time to explore the jungle, saw a monkey! Went to 2 beautiful churches, and the colorful stairs in the city, though we didn't have time to climb them. Which was ok, since we all were so tired! Great tour!!!!!! Tour guide Kiko was terrific and so knowledgeable and soooo friendly!!!!!! Thank you
Amos_G, Dec 2022
The tour guide was great, she was knowledgeable and intrigued us, the tour went according to plan and without pressure. At the end of the trip we visited a special meat restaurant and it is an extra charge.
Great day in Rio!
Vinaykumar_N, Dec 2022
Sergio was our guide and he ensured we had a great time. Sergio was very knowledgeable of the Rio's history, cultures and customs. Starting from helping us understand how Rio got its name to the point of explaining about all the view points, etc he was outstanding. He was also very friendly. The van we used for going around was great as well. We ended up making friends with fellow passengers and hung out with them late into the night.
Best Tour Guide!
Pedro_C, Nov 2022
Sergio our tour guide and driver were exceptional in making sure we were all comfortable and enjoying our experience. Sergio is full of historical facts. No rush tour made time to have a one on one interaction with everyone in our group. Our package included lunch… amazing!
Had a wonderful time with our tour guide Kiko
Cathleen_S, Oct 2022
This trip is worth the money. We had access to all the attractions and a delicious lunch at a steakhouse. Kiko was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Best tour guide.
Dedrick_S, Sep 2022
It was an amazing day and learned alot about Rio! We saw Chris the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and many other things. Thanks Kiko
Sabina Rocks!
Keri_P, Sep 2022
Sabina was our guide and she was the best. I cannot imagine a better guide. The van picked up up at our hotel and 8 hrs later we returned. We saw the Christos monument on top of the mountain, went to the top of sugarloaf, had a very tasty traditional Brazilian bbq lunch in ipanema, then still visited several more sites. We were in and out the van to take photos, see the sites, and learn about life and stories of Rio. It was awesome amd I highly recommend this tour and Sabina!
Betty_T, Jul 2022
This was an awesome tour, the Tour Guide was amazing, she was also our photographer for our group, she took us to a really great Brazilian barbecue for lunch. Highly recommend the store
Very nice!
Renata_C, Jul 2022
The tour is very complete, the guide Kiko and the driver were very friendly and kind. The weather in the morning wasn't good, so they suggested to change the order of the tour so that we were able to see the Cristo in the afternoon :)
This tour was AWESOME!
Melinda_K, Jul 2022
Every part of the tour experience was great. First, Gisela notified me of the pickup time and place the day before so that I didn't have to fret about that. Monica was my guide and she was AMAZING!!! She provided so much information about everything -- even as we drove past various locations she would explain anything significant about it (I think she knows everything about Rio). She was also extremely thoughtful - making sure there was opportunity for toilet breaks and never rushing through anything. It was a fantastic day and I highly recommend this tour for everyone.
Wonderful experience
David_P, Jul 2022
An outstanding day. Thanks to all involved. I saw all the beautiful sights, had a great meal and great company