Private tour

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Activity provider: Rio Smile Tours
Private tour

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Activity provider: Rio Smile Tours

From US$ 280 per group up to 2

Experience Rio's most iconic locations accompanied by a local guide. See iconic attractions like Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain while learning about Brazilian culture.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete, and Centro.
Private group


  • Get to know Rio with a local guide during this comprehensive tour
  • Enjoy an intimate and flexible private tour
  • Learn about the best places to eat, shop and the most interesting things to see
Full description

Visit Rio's top attractions on this private tour. See highlights, including the Christ the Redeemer statue, the Santa Teresa neighborhood, and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Travel through a rainforest by train to reach the Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, head to the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, where artists live and have transformed ageing mansions into creative studios and artistic hotspots.

Stop at the Sambadrome, where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place. Travel to the historic center of Rio and stop at Colombo Bakery, open since 1894. Visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and drive past the bohemian Lapa District. Stop and explore the Selaron Staircase made of 215 colorful steps. Finally, take the cable car from Urca Hill and head to Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy views over Rio and its surroundings. End your day with transport back to your accommodation.

  • Pick-up and drop-off are available from hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Downtown
  • Professional tour guide
  • Private executive vehicle by an air-conditioned
  • Professional driver
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Instructions to purchase tickets in advance will be sent after booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money

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It was a amazing tour. since I had already seen various activities, we were able to do a very customized tour. I've seen spots that certainly don't appear on every postcard. my guide was very helpful and I felt completely comfortable. I can only recommend this tour and guide.

March 25, 2023

What a fantastic trip planned by Patrica and driver Wagner We can only agree with the other reviews this was a perfect day We saved time lots of time very little queuing so worth every single penny Nothing was too much trouble or rushed Thank you very much Paul & Linda

January 13, 2023

The tour is perfect to get to know the city. We had a great driver whi drove us around and waited for us after the visited the spots. The car was brand new and clean. Yet, the best part was our guide. Patricia was amazing. Super friendly, knew a lot about the places and was flexible when we wanted to stay a bit longer. Her english is excellent, she is open-minded and gave of many tipps for the remaining days we had in Rio. In addition, she helped us directly for organize further tours. We can truly recommend her!

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June 30, 2022

Product ID: 69574