Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

Marvel at the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City, on a sunset sailing tour in Guanabara Bay. Admire the beautiful sunset, and savor all-inclusive drinks and snacks aboard your boat. Enjoy a small group tour for no more than 10 people, or opt to splash out on a private tour to make your experience extra special. Set sail from Marina da Glória and pass by 3 fortresses — São José, Lage, and Santa Cruz — on your way to Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Cruise past Oscar Niemeyer's striking Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy the views in Guanabara Bay. Then, sit back and appreciate the sunset over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Delight in scenic views of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as the sun sets on the horizon. Throughout the tour, relax with drinks on board, such as the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, beer, and sparkling white wine. The tour concludes back at the marina in Glória. Hotel pickup and drop-off options are available.

Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

2. Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Visit the city of Armação dos Búzios, located on a peninsula on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, during this 12-hour excursion. Búzios grew from a fishing village into a charming tourist destination after a visit by the renowned French actress Brigitte Bardot in 1964. Take a walk in Búzios with your guide and enjoy a schooner ride that passes the main Búzios beach. Enjoy a lunch buffet at one of the best restaurants the city. You’ll have a choice of meat, fish or chicken, with an option for vegetarians. On the schooner ride you’ll see Bones Beach, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Tartaruga, Boi and Rasa.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

3. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

4. Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

Get a new perspective of Rio on a catamaran tour, on which you'll check out all the bright spots while exploring stunning Guanabara Bay. Your tour begins at Marina da Gloria, boarding a modern and well-equipped catamaran. Depart in the direction of the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the architectural icons of Porto Maravilha, Rio's port region. On the way, get a look at amazing Villegagnon Island, Santos Dumont Airport, Fiscal Island, and the Arsenal of the Navy. Continue towards Niterói, passing beautiful Rio-Niterói Bridge and the famous Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell) before heading to the MAC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Be enchanted by its unique disc shape. Before returning to Rio de Janeiro, get to know other remarkable sights that surround the shores of Guanabara Bay, such as Adão and Eva Beaches, Santa Cruz Fortress, Lage Fortress,São José Fortress, and São João Fortress. Take in views of the famous Sugarloaf, where you'll have a few minutes to take pictures of the mountain from the catamaran. Before returning to Marina da Gloria, you'll pass the old Urca Casino and Flamengo Beach.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

5. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your 12-hour tour through paradise with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the region of the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast). When you arrive in Arraial do Cabo, hop aboard a majestic schooner to sail through the warm, clear waters of what’s often called the Brazilian Caribbean. Gliding through the sea, you’ll make a 40-minute stop to swim and snorkel near the Ilha do Farol, a peninsula famous for its lighthouse, and Prainhas do Pontal, a coastal zone flanked by towering cliffs and verdant mountains. Continuing on your boat tour, you’ll stop for photos at the Gruta Azul, a grotto known for its shockingly-azure waters, and the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, where a statue of a saint is placed between a massive rift in between 2 cliffs. To cap off your boat tour, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute stop at one of the region’s most famous beaches, the Praia do Forno. After working up an appetite swimming and relaxing on the boat, you’ll enjoy an authentic buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant, before hopping back aboard your transportation to Rio, arriving back in time for dinner.

Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

6. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

From Rio: Búzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

7. From Rio: Búzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

Your full-day adventure begins with pickup from Rio de Janeiro then heads to Armação dos Búzios, a former fishing village located on a north coast peninsular. Arrive in Búzios and board a traditional-style schooner boat for a ride around the region’s most picturesque beaches. Highlights include João Fernandes Beach, Ilha Feia (Ugly Island), and Praia da Tartaruga (Turtle Beach), with stops for diving and snorkeling along the way. After the boat trip, stroll along the vibrant Orla Bardot where you can find the statue of Brigitte Bardot, a renowned French actress who in 1964 escaped the paparazzi and went on vacation in the city. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant to restore your energy for the rest of the day. Next, enjoy free time to explore the colorful downtown of Búzios at your own leisure. Visit the most famous street in Búzios, Rua das Pedras, and peruse its shops, bars, and restaurants that are bursting with authentic charm. As you wander, soak up the charismatic atmosphere of this former fishing village that has adopted tourism as one of its main activities, becoming one of the most visited cities in Brazil. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

8. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

Explore the top sights of Rio de Janeiro with a different take. Ride by speedboat and learn the story of the city as you pass by different spots. Make visits to places of your choosing like Copacabana Beach, the Cagarras Islands, and many more. Begin the tour at Urca pier by boarding your speedboat. Listen to your captain as you ride and hear a brief story about this wonderful city. Pass by all the major sights and make stops as you please. Find yourself at São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, just to name a few. See the underwater world, with diving stops made for you to enjoy even more.

Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

9. Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay

Enjoy a 3-hour sail and see the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro from Guanabara Bay. You will meet your guide at the Marina da Gloria, downtown Rio, at the pre-arranged time and board the Kamehameha for a short introductory session to the boat’s main facilities and safety systems. You will motor out of the marina and then sail towards the protected, calm waters of the bay. Your guide will point out the sights of Rio surrounding the bay, including Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill. You will also learn a bit about local history. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at the starting point at the marina.

Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

10. Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

Discover the beauty of Rio de Janeiro and see its spectacular sights during a cruise through the historic Guanabara Bay.  See Sugarloaf Mountain, the famous Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Mountain, home to the world-renowned Christ the Redeemer statue. During your return trip, you can choose to stop for an optional barbecue lunch, before continuing your cruise to take in the breathtaking views of the Rio de Janeiro coastline.   Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and this is the ideal way to see it.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 212 reviews

Oh this was just the best thing we did whilst in Rio, our local guide was fabulous, he lived in the Favella and knew EVERYONE as we walked around. What I love about this was that he gives back to the Favella on a weekly basis which made me feel comfortable whilst wandering around these poor peoples homes. We also felt very safe. This is a must.

What an amazing trip! Absolutely recommend. Ilha Grande is a must on your itinerary and this is a great way to see it if you’re pressed on time. Boat ride was super fun, island stops were beautiful, and lunch was good! Our tour guide was super nice and attentive. Thumbs up!!

The trip is a must! Need to wear something thick on the bus, was too cold, but once you get to the boat, the experience gets better and you will definitely enjoy the beautiful islands, snorkeling, professional staff and goooood vibes!!

Such an amazing experience, drinks were strong and our guide was very friendly. Met some great people will definitely be doing this again when I come back!

Excursion is really worth it. The first beach is fantastically beautiful. good value for money