Rio Discovery

6 days from $2,430 per person*
  • Take in an unbeatable view of the city from atop Mount Corcovado.
  • Wander the bustling streets by day and night in the company of a private guide.
  • Beat the crowds and catch some rays on secluded beaches only locals know.
  • Pedal through Rio’s charming neighborhoods on a guided bicycle tour to Arpoador Point.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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It’s easy to appreciate the scenic beauty of Rio, from the sight of the verdant slopes of Sugar Loaf tumbling down into the ocean to its impeccable white-sand beaches speckled with sunbathers. But Brazil’s most stylish city has plenty of substance to go with its surface appeal, with a staggering galaxy of bars, restaurants, and historical sights all tied together by a palpable joy for life that infuses every aspect of life, day or night. And the best way to tap into that intoxicating rhythm is with a private guide who knows where to go, what to do, and when to do it. Come along and discover this dynamic metropolis the way the insiders do.

First, get the lay of the land from Mount Corcovado – the best vantage point possible – on a private tour with a panoramic view you’ll never forget. Next, take a private tour of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the famed Olympic Boulevard, before a visit to the Museum of Tomorrow and lunch at Cafeteria Colombo, a Rio staple since 1900. Later, watch the city come alive at night on a private tour of the bohemian Lapa district and the Rio Scenarium, then get locals-only access to the city’s lesser-known (and less crowded) beaches on a private tour the next day. Finally, take a leisurely bike ride through Ipanema, Leblon and other picturesque neighborhoods en route to Arpoador Point for a typically stunning Rio sunset. ... Show More »

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Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Early Check-In - Check-in
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Corcovado Mountain (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 2 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Private Tour - City Tour with Museum of Tomorrow (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 3 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Rio de Janeiro at Leisure
    • Private Tour - Rio by Night, Rio Scenarium (with Dinner) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 4 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Private Tour - Rio's Hidden Beaches (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Instructor
    Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 5 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Ipanema-Lagoa Bike Tour (2-3 hrs) - Bike/Guide
    Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
  • Day 6 Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    • Late Check-Out - Hotel Room
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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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Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

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.

Enjoy the convenience of an early check-in at your hotel.

Transfer by car to Cosme Velho district where visitors will take a train up to the Corcovado Mountain, through the Tijuca Forest. On the top, there is a fantastic panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in addition to the famous Christ Statue. Before return to the hotel, visit São Conrado to observe the famous hang gliders flying over the beach.

Accommodation: Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)

Arena Leme offers nice beachfront accommodation in Rio de Janeiro's Leme district. The hotel has an outdoor pool and sauna; guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant and/or have refreshing drinks at the bar. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, cable channels, safety deposit box, AM/FM alarm clock, air conditioning, internet, wi-fi, hairdryer and a telephone. There is a 24-hour front desk, concierge and room services. Also, guests can exercise in the fitness center or enjoy the choices of nightlife, beach walks and nature. Sugar Loaf is 3.2 km from Arena Leme, while Copacabana Beach is 850 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Santos Dumont Airport, 5 km from the property. 

Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

This tour combines the historical highlights of downtown Rio with the modern attractions in the Porto Maravilha area, including the Olympic Boulevard. Beginning your tour in the Cinelãndia area, you will see the Municipal Theater, National Library, and the Fine Arts Museum. Transitioning from the historic sites of Rio to the newly developed Port area via the new VLT light rail system you will visit Mauá Square and here learn about the history of Rio Port and tour through new attractions, including the Olympic Boulevard and the famous Graffiti Murals by Eduardo Kobra. A quick visit to Rio’s Art Museum (MAR) will provide a panoramic view of Porto Maravilha. Next, visit Rio’s newest feature, the Museum of Tomorrow, which blends science and design to focus on sustainable cities. Return walking along the Orla Conde to the Square of November 15th (Praça XV) which provides an excellent view of the Guanabara Bay. From here you can see the ferry station, the Imperial Palace, and the Tiradentes monument. You will enjoy lunch (included) at the famous Cafeteria Colombo restaurant, a historic attraction popular with locals since opening in early 1900s. Toward the end your tour, walk back to Carioca Square in the heart of the city where you will be met by your driver for a private transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Downtown Rio de Janeiro
Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Spend some time to soak up the sights, sounds and sun in spectacular Rio de Janeiro! In this vibrant city of culture and entertainment, there is no shortage of fun-filled activities to pack into your day. Have a drink in one of the many fantastic bars and cafes in Santa Teresa, Lapa or Centro barrio; a few of the city’s trendiest and most lively districts. Of course, no trip to Rio is complete without a leisurely afternoon on the shimmering beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Cozy up under an umbrella with a delicious drink in hand and relax under the warm sun with the sounds of breaking waves and happy locals come and go. In Rio, the only thing you’ll want for is more hours in day!

Experience Rio at night on this outing to the Rio Scenarium. A stand-out show house unique to the nightlife scene in Rio de Janeiro, and located in the most bohemian neighborhood of the city, the Lapa, the Rio Scenarium is a favorite haunt for locals and tourists alike. Encouraging the preservation of the old houses in the neighborhood, and intending to spread and rescue the musical traditions unique to Rio through its art programs, the Rio Scenarium is a truly unique establishment that has a welcoming and exciting ambiance like few other places. For guests seeking an experience that features traditional Brazilian music, the Rio Scenarium cannot be missed.

Accommodation: Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Lapa Neighbourhood at Night
The Lapa Neighbourhood at Night

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro

While the white sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are well-known the world over (and as a result are consistently busy), the lesser known beaches of Barra de Guaratiba offer a calmer opportunity to enjoy Brazil’s incredible waterfront. Today, break away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio de Janeiro and explore this shimmering coastline, swim in the warm azure waters, and practice stand up paddle-boarding during a one-hour private lesson. Lunch at Bira de Guaratiba, an award-winning casual restaurant specializing in seafood, is also included (drinks are not included, purchased on-site). Following lunch you will enjoy a few more leisurely hours to discover Rio’s hidden beaches before being returned to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Please note: The beaches visited on this tour are seldom visited during weekdays but are often busy during weekends.

Accommodation: Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hidden Beaches of Rio
Hidden Beaches of Rio

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro

The tour begins at the beach of Ipanema, immortalized by the music of Tom Jobim, Girl from Ipanema. You will ride the bike path and arrive at Jardim de Alah (Allah´s Garden), where there is a channel that connects the Lagoon to the sea and separates the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon. The channel leads to Rodrigo de Freita´s Lagoon, surrounded by the neighborhoods of Rio (Lagoa, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea and Jardim Botânico), framed by mountains and embraced by the Christ Redeemer. Rodrigo de Freita´s Lagoon impresses by its sunset and the gold reflex on the silent waters. Ride the Lagoon bike path, passing by 3 parks, featuring some of the best-equipped areas of entertainment of the city. Pass by Vasco da Gama Nautical Headquarters and the main headquarters of Flamengo, the most popular football club in Brazil. The biking tour will end at Arpoador, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Accommodation: Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe)
Rio Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Biking in Rio de Janeiro
Biking in Rio de Janeiro

Day 6: Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy the day in comfort and without the hassle of managing your luggage. Today, a late hotel check-out has been arranged ahead of late-night flight.

Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

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.

Arena Leme Hotel (B) (Deluxe): Rio de Janeiro

Arena Leme offers nice beachfront accommodation in Rio de Janeiro's Leme district. The hotel has an outdoor pool and sauna; guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant and/or have refreshing drinks at the bar. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, cable channels, safety deposit box, AM/FM alarm clock, air conditioning, internet, wi-fi, hairdryer and a telephone. There is a 24-hour front desk, concierge and room services. Also, guests can exercise in the fitness center or enjoy the choices of nightlife, beach walks and nature. Sugar Loaf is 3.2 km from Arena Leme, while Copacabana Beach is 850 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Santos Dumont Airport, 5 km from the property. 

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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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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