Be there as Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014! With matches running from June 12 - July 13th, the country will be buzzing with excitement. Attend the matches that are of particular personal interest interspersed with some cultural tours and activities as you base yourself out of Rio de Janeiro. Consider adding some additional time to your vacation to experience more that this diverse and colorful country has to offer.
We are offering accommodation packages during the World Cup in partnership with specific hotels (3, 4 and 5* options) based out of Rio de Janeiro which are arranged in "waves" throughout the month of the tournament as follows; June 12 - 17 inclusive (6 nights), June 18 - 23 inclusive (6 nights), June 24 - 29 inclusive (6 nights), June 30 - July 5 inclusive (6 nights), June 12 to June 20 inclusive (9 nights), June 21 to 29 inclusive (9 nights), July 6 to July 9 inclusive (4 nights) and July 10 to July 13 inclusive (4 nights).
Matches are held in 11 different cities throughout Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Natal, Salvador, Cuiaba, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Fortaleza, Manaus, Brasilia and Porto Alefre) and matches outside of Rio include return airfare and transportation from Rio de Janeiro.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in 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.
You will receive a welcome pack upon arrival at your hotel today including official merchandise and ticket lanyards as well as all relevant information pertaining to the World Cup portion of your trip.
Rio de Janeiro is the second major city of Brazil, behind São Paulo. The city delights people with its scenery, hospitality and infectious cheerfulness. The "Wonderful City" famous all over the world for its beautiful beaches, curvaceous geography and the way of life of its people - welcomes visitors with open arms and offers an infinite number of attractions throughout the year. Known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, beaches, Rio de Janeiro is a perfect destination for relaxation and entertainment.
From June 12 - 18 there will be on site Assistance available to you in Rio.
Spend a half day today on a private historical tour of Rio de Janeiro in the company of a guide and private vehicle and driver. On your tour you will be lead through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of the city, and your guide will explain the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The French influence can be seen from buildings that were built as early as the 19th century and examples include the Municipal Theater and the Fine Art museum. The city's cultural and artistic diversity is showcased on various cultural institutions such as the Cultural Centre Bank of Brasil and the Brazil-France House. Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".
Each stadium is different and as such, specific categories may be assigned to certain areas within the particular stadium. The "Entry Level" or "Run of House" seating will be fulfilled in Category 3 or 4 which will typically be on one of the ends of the fields, behind one of the goals. Category 2 seating will typically be in the corners of the stadium. Category 1 seating will typically be on the long side of the field, but may be in the upper level or lower level. Premium Category 1 will be in the lower level of the stadium on the long side of the field. Please note that it is the official organisers of the tournament that decide which seating is assigned in the various categories and that this is beyond our control.
You'll take a shared transfer between your hotel and the Rio de Janeiro airport in time for your flight to Belo Horizonte today.
Relax on your flight from Rio de Janeiro to Belo Horizonte today in economy class. The flight time is typically 1 hour.
You will be transfered from the Belo Horizonte airport to the stadium upon your arrival (shared transportation).
Time permitting, you'll get to enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in some of the highlights of Belo Horizonte. Please note that this is dependent on flight times between Rio and Belo Horizonte which have yet to be confirmed. Should time not allow, you will be transfered directly between the airport and stadium.
The Estadio Mineirao is one of the most historic venues in Brazilian football and is the home to Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. The stadium will be renovated prior to the start of the World Cup with a capacity to hold some 66,805 fans.
Take in the C1 playing against C2 team this afternoon in Belo Horizonte. Kick off is scheduled for 1pm.
After the excitement of the match, you'll be transfered back to Belo Horizonte airport in time for your return flight to Rio. (shared transportation).
Your flight from Belo Horizonte to Rio typically takes about 1 hour. (Economy class).
After your busy day, you'll be transfered from the airport in Rio to your hotel. (shared transportation).
You will be transfered from your hotel to the stadium in Rio today (shared transportation).
Time permitting, you'll get to enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in some of the highlights of Rio de Janeiro. Should time not allow, you will be transfered directly to the stadium.
The Estadio Do Maracana is one of the largest stadiums in the world, which has in the past brought in crowds of over 200,000 fans. The stadium will see some refurbishment in preparation for 2014, including improved visibility and replacement to all of the seats for its actual holding capacity of 76,935 fans. However, the stadium’s layout and famous façade will remain relatively untouched.
Take in the F1 playing against F2 team this evening in Rio de Janeiro. Kick off is scheduled for 7pm.
After the excitement of the match, you'll be transfered back to your hotel in Rio. (shared transportation).
Begin a half day private guided 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".
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
The city of Petrópolis is located 60 km away from Rio and is called the Imperial City since the Emperor Pedro II, enchanted by its fresh climate and beauty, bought a large property in the vicinity in 1830. Settled by the Germans, Petrópolis retains the memory of Brazilian history with its buildings and charming streets. Your private tour starts with the visit to the Imperial Museum which has been the summer residence of the emperor D. Pedro II and houses furniture and objects such as the crown of gold, pearls and diamonds used by D. Pedro I and D. Pedro II. Continue to the Gothic Cathedral where Princess Isabel was buried along with the tombstones of D. Pedro II and his wife before visiting the Crystal Palace, built in France and mounted in Brazil, destined to shelter exhibitions and great parties promoted by Princess Isabel. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before being transfered back to Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy your stay at this exclusive hotel for the World Cup 2014 Brazil.
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