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.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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