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.

Iguassu Falls Overland - DOUBLE

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 nights

From the city to the rainforest, this South American adventure offers colourful awe-inspiring landscapes and delivers the magical Iguassu Falls.

There’s no denying you’ve arrived in Rio when you are greeted by one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Modern World’, Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado. And what better place to see it than 2,300 feet above the city? A cogwheel train will climb through the Tijuca Rainforest reaching the top of Corcovado Mountain to give you a spectacular view of the whole city. After lunch, you’ll travel to the airport for an internal flight to Iguassu and an overnight stay with dinner at the only hotel located within the Brazilian National Park - Hotel Das Cataratas.

After breakfast, you’ll set out on a journey of 2 halves visiting the largest waterfalls in the world. Iguassu Falls lie split between Brazil and Argentina and this astounding tour starts with a drive to the Argentine side. Get close to this natural wonder – be prepared for a refreshing spray from the thundering cascades – before returning to the Brazilian side of the falls to take in the magnificent panoramic views, tropical plants and animals. The sheer scale of its beauty is breath-taking and a talking point over your evening meal back at the hotel.

DAY 3 – IGUASSU FALLS TO BUENOS AIRES Breakfast will be served at your hotel before you transfer to Puerto Iguassu airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. A lunchbox will be provided on the coach which leaves you with the afternoon to explore the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Buenos Aires at your leisure. The spirit of Tango oozes from every corner of the city…so your time here wouldn’t be complete without taking a VIP seat for the Dinner and Tango Show at Café de los Angelitos. After the spellbinding show, you’ll be taken back to your hotel - Alvear Palace Hotel.

Considered as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is the most visited city in South America today thanks to its 400 year history, European influences and Latin atmosphere. After breakfast, a knowledgeable guide will take you on a sightseeing tour to introduce you to the historical and political heart of the city - Plaza de Mayo, the cobbled streets and colonial houses of San Telmo and the outdoor museum in Caminito Street, La Boca. After lunch you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Montevideo where you’ll check in to the hotel Hyatt Centric Montevideo for dinner and an overnight stay.

Your final day starts with a sightseeing tour of Montevideo whilst you make your way to the Varela Zarranz Winery for a wine tasting tour and lunch. Renowned as one of the Uruguayan wine making pioneers, you’ll be learning from the masters. The cellar dates back to 1892 and will be your setting to enjoy four of their best wines, one sparkling wine and a delicious table of cheese and cold-cuts. And this is all before lunch is served! It’s a merry way to end your time here before transferring back to Montevideo and joining the ship.

Essential information

This overland will operate by coach, plane and on foot. The order of sites may vary. The booking deadline for this overland tour is 29th November, any bookings after this time will be on a request basis only. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (Double =GIG808. Single = GIG809). Prices shown on your record of shore excursions are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made after bookings close will incur a 100% cancellation fee. This tour will depart from Rio on 19 January and return in Montevideo on 23 January. Please check your embarkation/disembarkation dates carefully before booking this overland. Flight times and further details will be advised on board and the hotels listed are subject to change. Be prepared for early morning starts, lengthy days, climatic changes and delays at airports. This is an inclusive excursion programme. No refunds will be given for any unused portion.

The fare includes: transport by coach, economy class air travel, sightseeing and entrances as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation. One glass of house wine will be included with lunch and evening meals. Those wishing to order alternative beverages will be charged separately.

The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits and prescriptions/medication and travel insurance. Additional activities offered at Iguassu are not inclusive on this excursion. As this overland tour involves leaving the ship and re-joining in another port or country, your visa requirements may vary dependent on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It is your responsibility to ensure you are in receipt of the correct documentation, we recommend you check on the applicable government website for visa and entry requirements. Some nationals may be required to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina, please check in advance. If applicable, the reciprocity fee must be paid online before entering Argentina. Go the web site or of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process. The Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for visiting the falls, please check with your doctor prior to travelling.

What to pack: please remember your passport (in your hand luggage) and any medication you require. Luggage limit is one case per person with a maximum weight of 15kg. Comfortable walking shoes, waterproof clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

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