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  • Visit all the main sights of Rio de Janeiro on a bicycle tour of the city.
  • Relax on the idyllic beaches of Paraty.
  • Sail along the Iguazu River on a boat ride to the falls.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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From the sun drenched beaches of Rio, to the thundering cascades at Foz do Iguacu, explore the best Brazil has to offer on this 11 day trip across the country with stops in colonial Paraty and booming Sao Paulo along the way.

Your trip starts in Rio de Janeiro, "Cidade Maravilhosa", the Marvelhous City. Enjoy the beaches and sidewalks of Copacabana and Ipanema, visit Corcovado (the Christ statue high above the city), and Sugarloaf mountain. Rio is set on a beautiful bay, and is surrounded by lush mountainsTravel by land to Paraty, a colonial city on the coast, and a UNESCO world heritage site candidate. Not only is Paraty bursting with history and colonial architecture, it is a city full of natural beauty. Spectacularly set amid peninsulas and secluded beaches, mountains surround this historical gem. The cobblestone streets and minimal car traffic make it easy to get around this ancient city by foot as well. The gorgeous white buildings with fancy borders and latticed windows envelop this beautiful town. You will especially enjoy the cosmopolitan influence in Paraty, dotting the town with some of the best artists, writers, and chefs in Brazil. Sao Paulo is the economic engine of South America, but it has a beautiful colonial history, a downtown that is great for walking around, and a municipal market that will leave you hungry for more. Leave the urban landscape behind and enter the national park at Foz do Iguacu, to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • NOTE: Brazilian Visa is mandatory (not included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Jeep Tour to Corcovado, Tijuca Forest & Santa Teresa - Jeep/Guide
  • Day 3 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Lapa Downtown Bike Tour - Bike/Guide (2-3 hrs)
  • Day 4 Rio de Janeiro to Paraty
    Rio de Janeiro to Paraty
    • Rio de Janeiro - Paraty [4 hrs (Driver Only)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Paraty
    Paraty
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 6 Paraty
    Paraty
    • At Leisure / Beach Day
  • Day 7 Paraty to São Paulo
    Paraty to São Paulo
    • Paraty - São Paulo [4-5 hrs (Driver Only)] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 São Paulo
    São Paulo
    • Private - City Tour (1/2 Day) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu
    São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - São Paulo - Foz do Iguaçu [Direct (1.5 hr) (Separate Purchase)]
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 10 Foz do Iguaçu
    Foz do Iguaçu
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Brazilian Side (Cataratas hotel) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Macuco Safari (Brazilian side) - Zodiac/Guide/Driver
  • Day 11 Foz do Iguaçu
    Foz do Iguaçu
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

A valid passport is required for all American or Canadian citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country.

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

 

Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana

The Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel is situated right on Copacabana Beach, facing the ocean, at one of the most elegant addresses in Rio de Janeiro. All the Windsor Excelsior Hotel rooms and suites were designed with charm and elegance to provide guests with comfort and moments of relaxation. Staff are warm and hospitable, and serve up the best of breakfasts, featuring fresh fruits and lots of continental options. When not lounging on the beach, check out the view from the hotel's rooftop pool. The hotel is also walking distance or a short cab ride to all the attractions one's heart could desire.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Begin a half day shared tour by jeep starting with the statue of Christ the Redeemer located on the Corcovado mountain. Then pass through Paineiras road, in order to reach Afonso Vizeu Square, situated at the pleasant Boa Vista High. From here, you will enter into the heart of the exuberant Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, and stop (15 minutes estimated) at "Little Cascade", a landmark of the forest which offers a small souvenir shop, a place to rest and a restaurant. You will be introduced to the interesting history of the Tijuca Forest and the importance of the Atlantic Forest to the Brazilian ecology and its fauna and flora.

The tour then continues, passing by the Chapel Mayrink, where you'll have the opportunity of stretching your legs for a walk of approximately 30 minutes on an easy trail, in which both the botanical and ecological features and their relation to the ecosystem will be highlighted. Your jeep will be waiting at the end of the trail to take you out of the National Park where you will pass through "Loneliness Dam" and "Chinese View". Here a breathtaking view of Rio offers a wonderful photo opportunity. From here, the tour will continue, passing by "Emperor's Table", where the Brazilian Imperial family used to enjoy pleasant  picnics. Admire the views on the return trip back to Rio as you pass by "Monkeys' Waterfall".

Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

The Panoramic tour is a 4 hours bike tour in Rio that will take you from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara and to Lapa and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths you’ll bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana heading to Botafogo. Pass by Rio’s ‘celebrity’ cemetery, São João Batista, resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors and also renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

From there, pedal to the Bay of Guanabara, along the beach of Flamengo, local of the first European settlement after the discovery of Rio de Janeiro. After Flamengo, the route continues to the historical center of the city, with stops at Cinelândia and Lapa, well known for its nightlife and the `Steps of Selarón’, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths winding through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach.

 

Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Bike Tour
Bike Tour

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Paraty

Meet your private driver and transportation for a transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty today. The drive should take approximately 4 hours. Please note, this service is with a driver only (speaks little or no English, no guide included).

Accommodation: Pousada Arte Urquijo

The Pousada Arte Urquijo is located in the historical colonial center of Paraty next to the Santa Rita Church, with a panoramic view of the Bay of Paraty and the Bocaina Mountains. The Arte Urquijo is in an old restored "sobrado" (2-story house) where its architectural style and the preservation of original materials, including stonewalls, wooden furniture and fine wooden details make it stand out. Relax in this quaint and cozy lodge, decorated with a one of a kind art collection, as guests immerse themselves in the cool and refreshing mountain air and wake to the sea breeze in their room courtesy of Mother Nature. Rooms also provide a secret rooftop view of this magical town.

Paraty
Paraty
Pousada Arte Urquijo
Pousada Arte Urquijo

Day 5: Paraty

Different from the other colonial cities of Brazil, the architecture of Paraty has character, originality and definition forming a harmonious monument to the XVIII century. Paraty today is a Historic National Monument as declared by UNESCO. The tour has includes a guide that will tell you about legends and history of the last century, visiting churches, museum, and old houses. The tour is perfect for taking pictures and videos.

The churches charge a tax (it is not included in the tour price).

Accommodation: Pousada Arte Urquijo
Paraty Street
Paraty Street

Day 6: Paraty

Working in some time to relax is always worthwhile. Spend today at leisure, taking to the beaches of Paraty for a refreshing ocean breeze. Idyllic sands wrapped by lush rainforest is what makes the Bay of Paraty so magnificent. Swim, or laze around. The day is yours.

Accommodation: Pousada Arte Urquijo
Paraty Beach
Paraty Beach

Day 7: Paraty - São Paulo

Relax in a private transfer from Paraty to São Paulo in the comfort of your own vehicle and driver. The transfer is approximately 4 - 5 hours. Please note, this service does not include an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: L`Hotel Porto Bay

Located in Alameda Campinas, 50 metres from Avenida Paulista, and close to the best restaurants, bars, museums and luxury shops, the L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo lets you be right in the centre without the hustle and bustle of the great main avenue. L'Hotel Porto Bay is a 5 star boutique hotel with 83 rooms, a restaurant, SPA, indoor heated pool, gym, lounge and bar. The stylishness of this hotel in European style is fused with the quality of service and comfort.

Sao Paolo
Sao Paolo
L'Hotel Porto Bay
L'Hotel Porto Bay

Day 8: São Paulo

Discover the historical area of Sao Paulo including Sé Square, Pátio do Colégio, Solar da Marquesa de Santos and São Bento Monastery. Enjoy a visit to the Museum of Sacred Art, the Pinacoteca, the Garden of Light, the Palace of Industries and the bustling Municipal Market. Finally, Trianon Park and Casa das Rosas (House of Roses) round out the half day excursion.

Accommodation: L`Hotel Porto Bay
Sao Paulo Brazil
Sao Paulo Brazil

Day 9: São Paulo - Foz do Iguaçu

Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hour. (Separate Purchase)

Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.

Accommodation: Wish Resort Foz Golf Convention

Wish Resort Golf Convention is surrounded by magnificent lush gardens and is within a close proximity of world famous Iguaçu Falls. The hotel boasts highly trained staff intertwined with the impressive, luxurious infrastructure worthy of international standards. Wish Resort has 225 hectares of green area with an incredible, well-maintained golf course for you to practice your swing. This family-friendly resort hotel features a plethora of recreational service including a kids club, swimming pools, whirlpools, fitness center, tree climbing, tennis courts and perfectly manicured gardens.

Iquazu Falls - Brazilian Side
Iquazu Falls - Brazilian Side
Wish Resort Golf Convention
Wish Resort Golf Convention

Day 10: Foz do Iguaçu

Enjoy a private half day guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. After being picked up from your hotel, a scenic drive takes you through Iguassu National Park along the Cataratas Highway that leads to the border between Brazil and Argentina. Here, the river drops into a breathtaking canyon. You can descend a walkway and gaze at both sides of the falls and stop at the elevator to ride to the Brazilian side lookout point. Fantastic scenic and photographic opportunities abound, and your expert English speaking Guide will provide an educational and fun tour. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel in Iguazu.

You can’t miss this opportunity to fully experience the some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the World! After boarding the vehicles, you will be taken 2 km along the rainforest, up to the Iguazú River coast. From there, sail 5 km up the River on the semi-rigid boats, struggling through the rapids, contemplating from the river-bed the majesty of water dropping from the different waterfalls and then, start making your way back. Tourist guides are in charge of explaining all concerning the tour.

Degree of difficulty: low, no stairs. It is advisable to change clothes after this excursion and to wear raincoats. It gets quite wet!

Accommodation: Wish Resort Foz Golf Convention
Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls
Boat on Iguazu River
Boat on Iguazu River

Day 11: Foz do Iguaçu

Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Windsor Excelsior Copacabana: Rio de Janeiro

The Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel is situated right on Copacabana Beach, facing the ocean, at one of the most elegant addresses in Rio de Janeiro. All the Windsor Excelsior Hotel rooms and suites were designed with charm and elegance to provide guests with comfort and moments of relaxation. Staff are warm and hospitable, and serve up the best of breakfasts, featuring fresh fruits and lots of continental options. When not lounging on the beach, check out the view from the hotel's rooftop pool. The hotel is also walking distance or a short cab ride to all the attractions one's heart could desire.

Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Windsor Excelsior Copacabana

Pousada Arte Urquijo: Paraty

The Pousada Arte Urquijo is located in the historical colonial center of Paraty next to the Santa Rita Church, with a panoramic view of the Bay of Paraty and the Bocaina Mountains. The Arte Urquijo is in an old restored "sobrado" (2-story house) where its architectural style and the preservation of original materials, including stonewalls, wooden furniture and fine wooden details make it stand out. Relax in this quaint and cozy lodge, decorated with a one of a kind art collection, as guests immerse themselves in the cool and refreshing mountain air and wake to the sea breeze in their room courtesy of Mother Nature. Rooms also provide a secret rooftop view of this magical town.

Pousada Arte Urquijo
Pousada Arte Urquijo

L`Hotel Porto Bay : São Paulo

Located in Alameda Campinas, 50 metres from Avenida Paulista, and close to the best restaurants, bars, museums and luxury shops, the L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo lets you be right in the centre without the hustle and bustle of the great main avenue. L'Hotel Porto Bay is a 5 star boutique hotel with 83 rooms, a restaurant, SPA, indoor heated pool, gym, lounge and bar. The stylishness of this hotel in European style is fused with the quality of service and comfort.

L'Hotel Porto Bay
L'Hotel Porto Bay

Wish Resort Foz Golf Convention: Foz do Iguaçu

Wish Resort Golf Convention is surrounded by magnificent lush gardens and is within a close proximity of world famous Iguaçu Falls. The hotel boasts highly trained staff intertwined with the impressive, luxurious infrastructure worthy of international standards. Wish Resort has 225 hectares of green area with an incredible, well-maintained golf course for you to practice your swing. This family-friendly resort hotel features a plethora of recreational service including a kids club, swimming pools, whirlpools, fitness center, tree climbing, tennis courts and perfectly manicured gardens.

Wish Resort Golf Convention
Wish Resort Golf Convention
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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