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|Itinerary at a Glance
|2||Arrive Rio de Janeiro|
|3||Rio de Janerio|
|4||Rio de Janeiro &
|5||Rio de Janeiro|
|6||Rio de Janeiro|
|7||Rio de Janeiro/USA|
|Highlights||Rio de Janeiro & Corcovado|
|Travel Style||This leisurely-paced, locally hosted tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.|
Exotic, exciting, sexy. Known by Brazilians as Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvelous City, Rio is all of these and more. Soak in the sun on its famous beaches, take a Jeep tour through the Tijuca Rainforest, or hang-glide over Pepino Beach. Take a cog train to the top of Corcovado, where the city’s most famous landmark, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, overlooks it all. Two cable cars lead an optional trip to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Rest up at your hotel on Copacabana Beach, for the pulsating nightlife of this Brazilian beauty.
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All prices, fees and deposits are per person, subject to change at any time, and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.
|Separately Paid Fees|
|Brazil Visa Fee1 (paid separately)||+$180|
1. All US citizens visiting Brazil must obtain a visa in advance of travel. Comprehensive visa instructions will be in included in the confirmation packages to all passengers. Visas can be obtained at your local consulate ($160) or via a visa service (approximately $250)
|Marvelous Rio de Janeiro|
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.
Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your booking, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred. To issue tickets, we must receive photocopies of the signature and picture pages of your passport(s) within 24 hours of your booking, or your reservation may be subject to a higher airfare or cancellation.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro. Arrive early this morning in Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. Situated on the mouth of Guanabara Bay, Rio is home to some of the most famous beaches in world like Copacabana and Ipanema. Aside from its beautiful shores, Rio is also a cultural hub containing a variety of museums, theaters, botanical gardens, parks and squares. By night, partake in Rio’s famous barbeque and bustling nightlife. Transfer from the airport to your centrally located hotel for check-in. Enjoy your first day in Rio at leisure, becoming acquainted with your new surroundings. Accommodations: Golden Tulip Regente. Breakfast provided.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro. This morning, enjoy an excursion to one of the marvelous activities of the city – the Sunday Hippie Fair and Craft Market near Ipanema. Browse and find some special souvenirs!
Optional Excursion: This afternoon take advantage of an optional Jeep Tour of the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. As you travel through the forest you will have the opportunity to see a variety of exotic flora and fauna including beautiful tropical flowers and playful monkeys. You will also stop at the famous Chinese Lookout, where you will have a magnificent view of Rio’s greatest landmarks including Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara bay. You will also make a stop at Pepino Beach, renowned for its hang gliders soaring along the coast. Breakfast provided.
Days 4: Rio & Corcovado. Your tour today begins with a panoramic drive through the Laranjeiras residential district and the quaint Cosme Velho. Board the cogwheel train for a 15-minutes ride through the Tijuca rainforest, the largest urban forest in the world, on your way to Corcovado Mountain. View the most famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Take in the spectacular view of the city below. Return to your hotel for the balance of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach and Rio’s festive atmosphere. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro. Today is yours to explore Marvelous Rio de Janeiro on your own.
Optional Excursion: Take advantage of an optional morning tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square and Flamingo Park, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the greatest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf Mountain. Your visit is made in two steps by cable car. The first cable car will take you up Urca Hill, where you will have a beautiful view from the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado. The second cable car will take you to the top of Sugar Loaf where you will find a splendid view of Copacabana beach and the Santa Cruz fortress.
Optional Excursion: This evening, after dinner on your own, take advantage of an optional Plataforma Show. This unforgettable performance combines authentic Brazilian folklore, traditional dances and live music. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy your final day in Rio at leisure. Soak in some rays on Copacabana beach or make some time for some last minute shopping at Rio’s popular shopping streets and malls. If you haven’t already tried Rio’s famous Brazilian barbeque, tonight treat yourself to a fabulous meal and take full advantage of your final night in Marvelous Rio de Janeiro. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro/USA. Your unforgettable journey to Rio de Janeiro comes to an end as you board your return flight back to the USA.
Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.
— Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia