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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

Badge of ExcellenceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

From $267.14

per group (up to 3)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro with a driver-guide or separate guide and driver
  • Focus your sightseeing on Rio’s history or nature, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
  • Pricing is per group; accommodates up to 15 people to ensure an intimate experience
  • Convenient round-trip transport available from hotel, port, or airports; entry fees are extra
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What's Included

  • Tours with driver-guide: Fully guided only if the guide finds parking.
  • Tours with separate driver and guide: Undivided attention and absolute comfort.
  • Reservation of tickets to the Christ - these must be paid on the day of the tour.
  • Transport by modern, air-conditioned vehicle and professional driver.
  • The tour duration is 8 hours without lunch, or 9 hours with lunch.
  • Tours are private and customizable, and all guides are licensed.
  • The 11 places listed will not be done together, you need to choose the focus art, nature or history
  • Please provide us only ONE passport number. (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Entrance tickets

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

> Please fill in the lead traveler´s passport details (only 1) so we can schedule the group´s tickets to Christ the Redeemer under your name. (High season only). If you prefer not to, please leave it blank. • Hotels: We pick up at all hotels in Rio (including Barra da Tijuca), national and international airports (included). Your guide will wait for you in the hotel lobby. • Your guide will have a sign with your name at the port or airport near the main gate by the colorful kobra face mural. -If you would like a different pick-up time, please send us a message. -At the beginning of the tour, please tell your guide your choice for art, history or nature focus.

What To Expect

Begin your private tour of Rio with pickup at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal. Start out by letting your guide know if you'd prefer the tour to focus on Rio de Janeiro's nature or history—entrance fees are your own expense.

Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. 

Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters) and enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, get personalized attention from your private guide (if option selected) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. 

After a stop to purchase lunch at a local restaurant, your afternoon itinerary is customized to suit your preferences. History buffs head for the historic city center to visit Rio's striking Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelândia Square and the Ethnicity Mural. Nature lovers can visit the Tijuca forest and its waterfall, meander Pepino beach at São Conrado, and stop by Leblon's belvedere for some more city views.

Your full-day private tour of Rio ends with convenient drop-off at your accommodation, the airport, or the cruise terminal.

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

Begin your exciting private tour in Rio with 8am pick-up, going to one of the world´s New Seven Wonders, by train passing through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. Your guide will take every photo you desire so feel free to ask!

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Sugarloaf Mountain

You´ll be absolutely amazed by the views on top of Sugar Loaf hill. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters), from where you'll enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your visit, you'll get personalized attention from your private guide (if option selected) and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please fill in the lead traveler´s passport details (only 1) so we can schedule the group´s tickets to Christ the Redeemer in your name. If you prefer not to, please leave it blank.
  • Special restaurants are available: gluten-free, vegan, halal, kosher, please advise.
  • Small pets are allowed (stay in the car part of the time)
  • Wheelchair accessible vans may be provided. Please choose the "van" option at the time of booking.
  • Infant car seats are available. Please advise as a "special request."
  • A small amount of walking is involved.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Please read our voucher for important information before the tour starts.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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.

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Christ the Redeemer it was raining so we had to be quick and watch when the clouds moved to get a picture.
177 reviews
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A nice tour
John_M, Jan 2023
A little trouble finding our driver/guide at the pick up point (the Port), but eventually everything was fine. The phone # we were given to call in case of a problem (5521966382686), was not answered when called several times. Later, I noticed that the guide had a shirt on that listed a different phone number (55219980612210). Our guide (Lucas) and the driver were great.
Beautiful Rio
Tania_L, Jan 2023
Alex and Romeu were amazing! Super knowledgeable, they shared so much about the history of the city and took us to the most fantastic places! They were punctual and very nice people! This tour includes the main attractions in Rio, like the sugar loaf and Christ the redeemer, and we really liked the fact that for the rest, you can customize and pick between nature, history and art!
Rio done right in a day!!!
Steve_H, Jan 2023
Our guide Lucas was exceptional. He knew every shortcut at every attraction to get us thru the mazes. Great narrator of Rio and how each stop fit into the city and culture. And William the driver appeared at the right place and time every time!
Great private tour in Rio
Gladys_V, Jan 2023
Fred is a delightful guide and driver. Very knowledgeable and his customer service was impeccable. Would highly recommend to anyone!
Sergio made our day special.
RICHARD_M, Jan 2023
Sergio was a terrific guide. He accommodated our needs and showed us what we wanted to see plus thigs we didn't know we wanted to see!!
Just Give Them A Chance
Long_N, Jan 2023
The tour guy was so excellent and knowledgeable of the history and location. His English was so easy to understand. He was very friendly and professional. Thank you Viator.
Always do privates
edward_d, Dec 2022
We were on a cruise, and I always recommend doing a tour outside what they offer and private if you can to get the best experience. We were able to customize this trip exactly how we wanted and Luis and our driver took care of us fully.
Gabrielle was an...
Jega_V, Dec 2022
Gabrielle was an exceptional tour guide and we’d recommend her without reservation. She was able to customize the tour on the fly based on our interests and never failed to fully answer any question we had. She helped secure prime viewing spots for the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain and gave us a heads up whenever we approached a scenic lookout on the Corcovado train up to Christ the Redeemer. She knew the best spots around all the attractions to allow for perfectly composed photos and was an excellent photographer herself!
Great time in Rio!!
Amy_K, Dec 2022
My wife and I had a wonderful day with Romeu. He was extremely friendly and and showed us all around Rio. He was also willing to accommodate us by picking us up at the airport after our plane was delayed for 24 hours!
Left standing alone on street-very disappointed and angry!
Sue_S, Dec 2022
Guide did not show up even after phoned office requesting help 4 times. Office only answered once then to voicemail on 3 calls. We looked in all directions for 30 minutes-no one talked to us or had our name on a sign. Office called an hour after scheduled pickup time to say he was there entire time-Not true. We were forced to make other last minute arrangements.
Wonderful Personal Guide and Driver
Christopher_K, Dec 2022
Great experience. Our guide and driver brought us to all the main sites in the City. He planned the route to avoid the large crowds and becuase he was a licensed guide was able to skip the lines and get us into the sites faster so we had more time to enjoy them. This also allowed us to see more of this amazing city. I highly recommend a private tour as the service is very personalized to what you want to see. Great job!
Susan_O, Dec 2022
Outstanding! Our tour guide Pedro was the best ever! Professional and courteous. Tour was amazing start to finish. Highly recommend!
Day Pne in Rio!
tjb4dcp, Dec 2022
Carlos was a great guide! Understood the experience we were after and completely delivered. We hired for the 8-5 tour and by the end, we were completely spent. Would recommend going for shorter duration. Loved Carlos!
Gary_P, Nov 2022
We had a fantastic day with Romulo and Carlos. Their knowledge of Rio and attention was great. Picked up from the Airport and dropped off at the hotel with a visit to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and Selaron steps to name a just a few
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, Gary, Your satisfaction is very rewarding for us. Nice travels!
Amazing sights in Rio De Janeiro
Amana_L, Nov 2022
Our guide Igor made the whole experience more enjoyable and communicated in very good English. We enjoyed the amazing views from the jesus statue and from sugar loaf mountain. (If you want to see both on the same day, this is the only way to do it. I would have been perfectly happy to do just the statue, but my wife wanted to go to both mountain tops ) Afterwards we went to see a colorful neighborhood with cool tiled steps and Igor's lunch restaurant recommendation was amazing! We finished off the day at the Opera house. Wonderful day. Thanks very much Igor!
Spectacular and intimate tour of Rio!
Allison_M, Oct 2022
The custom tour was a highlight for me I took my daughters and we were fearful of Rio’s reputation. Our guide gave us an amazing view of this delightful and colorful city History, culture and nature all together in a fast paced tour. We will be back for more Love the beauty and friendly people of Rio de Janeiro!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
WHAT A DELIGHT to read your review Allison my dear! We are all extremely thrilled and happy! This is our biggest motivation! Thank you so much and God bless you!!! :D
Great tour with Carlos
charcop1, Oct 2022
Carlos was simply amazing. We had a brilliant time touring Rio, seeing far more than we expected. Carlos arranged to pick us up a little earlier to avoid queues and it worked perfectly. Really easy to get along with and very knowledgeable about Rio, Carlos was a pleasure to spend the day with. Would highly recommend.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
That´s great ! Thank you SO much!
Great way to tour Rio is a safe and relaxing way with the flexibility of a small private group.
Jason_T, Sep 2022
This was a really great option for us. We were very glad to book this tour. Francisco was great. He was very knowledgeable and accommodating for what we wanted to see and do. He even went out of his way to take us to a restaurant we wanted to try and even back to our hotel once to get bug spray that we forgot. We felt very safe the whole time. I highly recommend spending the day with Francisco and letting him do the driving and providing guidance as you tour Rio. Private tour is so much better than joining a big group and dealing with the inevitable annoying person in every group.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We´re very glad, Francisco is a top top notch guide and the private tour is the way to know, I mean, go! :) Best wishes!
Perfect way to see Rio essentials in 1 day
Jannen_T, Jul 2022
Amazing tour with a fantastic guide! Ulysses was friendly, knowledgeable, great English and knew all the tricks to beat the crowds! Had an absolute blast!
Best tour I've ever been on!!
elajara34, Mar 2022
Can't say enough great things about this tour! Wagner was an absolutely AMAZING tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and patient. We had two kids with us and moved slowly. He never tried to rush us. We saw amazing sights in the beautiful city of Rio. I'd highly recommend this tour, especially with Wagner!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Woohoo, thank you SO much!!!