8 days/ 7 nights
Rio de Janeiro (4n) +Foz de Iguazu (3n)
de Janeiro is green hills, blue sky, beautiful bays, islands and marvelous
beaches. It is the second biggest city in Brazil (after Sao Paulo) and, certainly,
one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Beach hotels are situated along
the whole perimeter of Guanabara Bay and, if you are staying in one of these
hotels, the beauties of Rio de Janeiro are open for you all the time. Blue
ocean water will call you to the beach. The most popular beaches - Copacabana,
Ipanema and Leblon, are famous for their black and white tiled promenade. From
early morning to late in the night you can see people playing soccer and
volleyball on the golden sand of the beaches. For those who prefer active
holidays, Rio offers opportunities to practice almost any sport: golf, tennis,
surfing, rafting, diving, delta flight and many others. Numerous open
cafeterias on the beach will offer you refreshing coconut water, freshly
squeezed juices and other drinks. You can also see presentations of local
musicians on the beach playing all kinds of music.
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Private Transfer (Driver only) from Rio de Janeiro Airport (Galeão airport) to your hotel in Copacabana.
Beach hotels are situated along the whole perimeter of Guanabara Bay and, if you are staying in one of these hotels, the beauties of Rio de Janeiro are open for you all the time. Blue ocean water will call you to the beach. The most popular beaches - Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, are famous for their black and white tiled promenade. From early morning to late in the night you can see people playing soccer and volleyball on the golden sand of the beaches. For those who prefer active holidays, Rio offers opportunities to practice almost any sport: golf, tennis, surfing, rafting, diving, delta flight and many others. Numerous open cafeterias on the beach will offer you refreshing coconut water, freshly squeezed juices and other drinks. You can also see presentations of local musicians on the beach playing all kinds of music.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro -
City Tour and Sugar Loaf (SIB)
After breakfast you have the change to go on a shared half-day excursion to the Sugar Loaf. The first stop is the Urca Mountain, with a wide viewing area that also offers the possibility to have a snack in the restaurant on top of the mountain. On the mountain of Sugar Loaf you will have a beautiful view of Rio, Copacabana beach, the bay, the surrounding mountains, islands in the ocean, bridge Niteroi, and the statue of Christ on Corcovado Mountain. After going down by cable car, the tour continues by car to the central regions of the old town of Rio where you can admire several old churches, monasteries, the main cathedral of the city as well as buildings in colonial style.
Duration: 4 hours
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue (SIB)
After breakfast we set off on a shared tour through the city. Arriving at the station, the environmentally friendly train will take us through the jungle to the top of Corcovado. On both sides of the railway you will have spectacular views of Tijuca forest, inhabited by monkeys and other exotic animals and birds. On top of Corcovado, at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, you will stand in front of the symbol of Rio de Janeiro- Statue of Christ the Savior (38m) that was built in 1931. From top of Corcovado, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings like the Bridge Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, the Botanical Garden, the Maracana stadium and the Sugar Loaf.
Duration: 4 hours
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
Free day. Relax and enjoy. Ask Ada Tours for extra activities like Botanical Garden (Exotic 137-hectare garden, with over 8000 plant species) or Baia de Guanabara (Discover Rio de Janeiro’s incredible coastline on this beautiful half-day Rio sailing tour).
The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is a worth-visiting magnificent 137-hec (338-acre) garden over 200 years old featuring a 750-meter (half-mile) avenue of 134 impressive royal palms and more than 7000 types of plants.
There you can see orchids, bromeliads, cacti, huge bamboos, and carnivorous plants, among many others. The most famous one is Victoria, a huge water-lilly floating on the water that is capable of sustaining a 5-year old kid on it! Monkeys are sometimes visible during the visit, and there are always plenty of birds flying over the trees (the more recognizable ones are toucans). (Duration 4 hours)
Tropical Islands Tour
The town Itacuruça situated on an island 1,5 hours away from Rio de Janeiro, in Mangarativa, is active in fishing, tourism and agriculture. The town has small fishermen houses. In order to get there you need to cross the Cepetiba Bay in Sabeiro schooner. During the trip you will enjoy the romantic views of the tropical green islands. You may have a luck to see dolphins, huge fishes, parrots, turtles and poisonous stingrays. On the way the schooner will stop for you to take a bath in the ocean. You will have a delicious lunch at the island, take a walk on the island, swim in the bay or in the pool and return to our schooner that will take you back to Rio. (Duration 8 hours)
Rio at Night: Samba&Capoeira Show
You will spend an unforgettable night in Rio! Our guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the exciting show full of Brazilian samba and capoeira performed by beatiful and professional dancers. You can have dinner during the show. After the end of the show our guide will bring you back to your hotel. (Duration 4 hours)
Petropolis is one of the most important Brazilian historic towns located in the mountains 60 km away from Rio de Janeiro. Pedro II bought this land in 1830 to build a summer palace and bring there his daughter who could not stand the hot climate of Rio de Janeiro due to her health conditions. The european founders of the city built many constructions there, the beautiful examples of German style architecture.
The Royal palace still preserves many objects of Royal furniture and the Royal family's objects that are now exposed in the museum. Here you can find unique jewelry works; for example, a golden crown decorated with diamonds and pearls. Together with our guide you will visit the Gothic Cathedral where Princess Isabel, King Pedro II and his wife are buried. Then you will visit the Royal museum.
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro - Iguaçu
Transferred to the airport and flight to Foz de Iguacu. Transfer to your hotel. Free day. Ask as for optional tour such as Bird Park or Macuco Safari.
Day 6: Iguaçu
Today you will go on a excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the most spectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racing furiously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has the mesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard to believe, such is the breath taking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views, the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Water crashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via a walkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds you from all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel (entrance ticket included).
Day 7: Iguaçu
Optional Tour: Argentina side of the falls
The Argentinean side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. You feel the strength of the falling water from up close and enjoy the 55.500 hectares natural park surrounding this spectacular beauty! Within the park, take the train to the marvelous devils throat the strongest of all the waterfalls. Stand directly above the falling water and admire the strength of this natural phenomenon. Tickets are included.
Private transfer out from the hotel to the airport with a driver only to take your flight back home.
Included in cost:
-Accommodation in hotels stated in the program with breakfast, or similar
-Shared Tours in Rio de Janeiro with English speaking guide
-Private transfers according to the program with driver only
-Private Brazilian Falls tour
-Food and beverages