Guided tour

Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

4.8 / 5

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Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

From US$ 47.28 per person

Walk along Rio’s Downtown area to learn more about Brazil’s history and the city’s post-olympic legacy. Visit the Valongo Wharf, the Olympic Boulevard, the Kobra Mural, the Museum of Tomorrow, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, and many more attractions.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
At hotels in the South Zone (Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon & São Conrado) between 8:10 AM and 8:55 AM. If you're staying in a hostel or B&B you will be informed of the nearest hotel for pick up and drop-off. Please inform your hotel to arrange your pickup and drop-off.

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the hidden gems of Rio de Janeiro's Downtown with a local and professional tour guide
  • See the Museum of Tomorrow (the most visited museum in Brazil) and observe its futuristic structure.
  • Walk by the Valongo Wharf, the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the city, and learn more about the African influence in Brazil
  • Admire one of the largest graffiti murals in the world by Eduardo Kobra
  • Experience the Confeitaria Colombo — one of the "must-see cafés" from around the world
Full description
Begin your tour by being picked up from your hotel and discover the many hidden gems in Rio’s Downtown area with a tour guide. Start at the Valongo Wharf (the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the city) and learn more about the African influence in Brazil. Then head to the Kobra Mural — one of the largest graffiti walls in the world — created by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, to admire the five ethnic groups portrayed in a colorful geometric background. After a few pictures, you will walk along the Olympic Boulevard towards the Museum of Tomorrow. This is a modern and technological science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for constructing the future of the planet and mankind. Discover its remarkable architecture, and pay a visit to the most visited museum in Brazil. After exploring the future, travel to the past in the Monastery of Saint Benedict, where you will experience the contrast of the simple façade, with the interior covered with golden ornaments, a heritage from the Baroque period. Before heading towards the historical streets of Rio, you will see the Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron created by the American artist Anthony Howe. You will notice the reflective-kinetic-sphered-structure is a reminder of the Games. At the Praça XV, you will see one of the former headquarters of the Brazilian empire and learn more about important facts of Brazilian history that happened in the area. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), one of the “must-see cafés” from around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decorated with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’), or desserts such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th century.
Includes
  • Guided half-day walking tour in Downtown Rio de Janeiro
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Tickets to the Museum of Tomorrow
  • Professional guide with live tour commentary in English, Spanish & Portuguese.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels in South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Leme & São Conrado)
  • Comfortable air-conditioned van with maximum capacity of 19 passengers
  • Food and Drinks (available for purchase at Confeitaria Colombo)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of people. If it is canceled due to lack of participants, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 5 years old go free if they do not occupy a seat
  • There is a maximum group size of 19 people
  • Confeitaria Colombo is closed on Sundays
  • Pick up and drop-off is available from hotels in the South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and Leme)
  • If you stay in a hostel or B&B you will be informed of the nearest hotel for pick up and drop-off
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes because a moderate amount of walking is involved
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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My group of four had a wonderful morning with Juan. We learned so much about the history of Rio de Janeiro. Juan was enthusiastic, punctual, and considerate. His command of English was excellent. We loved the museum of tomorrow and the Kobra Murals. We ended our tour with a visit to Confeitaria Colombo. Mmlm

December 22, 2019

Our guide Pedro was very knowledgeable. We walked a lot though, so best to wear comfortable shoes. We got much more information that we anticipated because we thought we were just going to do the museum. We saw the world’s biggest graffiti/ mural, pastry shop etc. The museum itself is nothing short of amazing! Will definitely do my part in the conservation of our planet.

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May 2, 2019

We couldn’t tell you all the wonderful experiences and information we had on this tour. We learned about Rio, Brazil, the culture, the pepople, and many cool places. AlAlthough the pick up is at the Hilton, we were driven close to downtown to do a very efficient and fun walking tour. The guide was great!

October 3, 2018

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