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About Rio de Janeiro

Famous for its colourful carnival and its fabulous beaches, as well as the dramatic entry to its cruise port, Rio de Janeiro in the south-eastern corner of Brazil has much more to offer than sun and sand.

You can enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (the cable car journey up is even more spectacular!), or take a taxi up Corcovado Mountain in the Parque Nacional de Tijuca to view the city's most famous landmark, the 30 metre-high statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Make time, too, to visit Praca Floriano, the vast square at the heart of the city which is home to its exquisite Teatro Municipal opera house and close to the city's best art gallery, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Floriana Square is also the place to catch Rio's social life at its best - grab a beer at a pavement café and tap your feet to the rhythms of the Samba before exploring the shops along the 19th century Rua da Carioca.

 

Shore excursions in Rio de Janeiro

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Rio

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 9 hours

An opportunity to see virtually every landmark in Rio, with breathtaking views from Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains.

Start your day with a fascinating city tour taking in the highlights and sights of this amazing city, featuring a ride along Rio’s most celebrated Guanabara Bay.

Ascend via cable car to the stunning Sugar Loaf Mountain rising 1,299 feet above sea level and experience breathtaking views of the Corcovado, sandy beaches, Rio de Janeiro-Niteroi Bridge and the city of Niteroi across the Bay.

A drive along Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches leads you to a delightful lunch venue, where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere of this unique city.

After lunch, visit one of the new 7 wonders of the modern world, the famous and awe inspiring Statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado Mountain. You will reach the monument aboard the cogwheel railway, climbing 2,400 feet. From here, you can enjoy an outstanding view of Guanabara Bay.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, cable car and on foot. There are approximately 20 steps or a 10 minute walk up an incline at Sugar Loaf. Although there are now elevators and escalators available to reach the final summit of Corcovado, they are not, always operational. Please be advised that due to the popularity of both highlights, especially at peak times, boarding of the train and cable car may involve a long wait, which is unavoidable. New restrictions are now in place regarding the purchasing of tickets for the cogwheel railway at Corcovado. In the event that your group is unable to ride the train, you will be transferred to the top of Corcovado mountain by minivan; this may be decided last minute. The highlights on this tour may operate in reverse order to avoid congestion and the tour duration may be extended due to possible heavy traffic. Space on this tour is limited, therefore booking early is recommended.

Copacabana Beach Transfer

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Spend a sun-drenched day lounging on one of the world’s most famous beaches.

This tour takes you to the white sanded beach of Copacabana. You will have approximately 5 hours to unwind, swim in the turquoise waters and soak up the incredible views. Copacabana beach area is lined with handicraft merchants offering the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

After your stay, you’ll meet at the agreed time for the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The level of walking is at the passengers’ discretion. This tour is unguided, however a local representative will accompany you on the journey. This tour does not include any entrance fees, refreshments, lunch or sun-chairs and umbrellas. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen if wishing to use the beach. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Please be sure to take note of your pick-up time as the bus cannot be held for latecomers.

Corcovado Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Embrace the magic of this amazing city from the iconic mountain of Corcovado.

The mountain of Corcovado is topped by the immense 150-foot-high statue of Christ the Redeemer facing out over Guanabara Bay; it is one of the great enduring images of Rio de Janeiro. On a clear day you can virtually see the entire city, from the bustling downtown business district to the fantastic beaches of Copacabana.

Your scenic drive to Corcovado station will show you the sights and sounds of the city before boarding the cogwheel train to reach the peak of this outstanding monument. Climbing the 2,400 feet to the top is a breathtaking experience; be sure to take your camera to capture the incredible sights. Marvel at the magnificence of the statue and the wonderful views from this world famous landmark.

Your return drive will take you via some of the famous beaches in Rio including Leblon, Ipanema and the well known and beautiful Copacabana Beach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking. Please be advised that there are many stairs to negotiate and possible long queues at Corcovado. New restrictions are now in place regarding the purchasing of tickets for the cogwheel railway at Corcovado. In the event that your group is unable to ride the train, you will be transferred to the top of Corcovado mountain by minivan; this may be decided last minute. The duration of the tour may be extended due to possible heavy traffic. Space on this tour is limited, therefore booking early is recommended.

Favela District by Jeep

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Hop in a Jeep and see Rio from a different perspective.

Embark on a journey that shows you the less cosmopolitan side of life in Rio de Janeiro. Venture into the sprawling Favela of Rocinha on a guided excursion designed to provide an authentic look at how much of Brazil lives.

Rocinha is a community of about 60,000 less fortunate residents who live together in a cramped community of ramshackle homes and buildings. Yet, the ambiance here is one of constant improvement and today the community has banks, shops, restaurants, local favela art galleries, and much more. Rocinha locals have also embraced tourism, welcoming outsiders to experience a true taste of favela life.

Visit the house of Carlinhos and stroll along the community’s main avenue, Largo do Boiadeiro, on an insightful excursion unlike any other.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by jeep and on foot. There is approximately 1½hours of walking over uneven and rough ground. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women cannot not participate.

Imperial Petropolis

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7½ hours

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city of Rio with a visit to the historic summer getaway of Petropolis.

Petropolis is a beautiful mountain town, located in the north eastern region of Brazil. The town’s name ‘City of Peter’ honours the first emperor of the nation.

A spectacular scenic drive takes you through the often unseen mountains outside of Rio to the popular summer resort of Petropolis. Also known as ‘The Imperial City of Brazil’, this quaint European-like town was once the summer residence of Dom Pedro II, Brazil’s last emperor.

Spend time at the beautiful Cathedral before visiting the Imperial Museum, home of the crown jewels as well as an impressive collection of fine china, furniture, paintings and tapestries from the imperial court.

Lunch is served in a typical churrascaria (traditional steakhouse) in Petropolis.

After lunch, you will have an opportunity to visit Santos Dumont House, former home of the aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos Dumont, also known as Casa Encantada (enchanted house).

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The order of highlights may be reversed. Please be advised that there is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour over mostly flat terrain.

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