Rio de Janeiro Day Trips

Enjoy a break from the city with one of these fully guided Rio de Janeiro day tours

Cathedral de São Pedro de Alcântara in Petropolis
Cathedral de São Pedro de Alcântara in Petropolis cc licensed photo by Rodrigo Soldon

It is both interesting and fun to explore and learn about regions that lie beyond the city you are visiting. To help out with that we have some recommendations below for some reasonably priced fully guided day trips from Rio de Janeiro. Any of these trips will add some special memories to vacation in Rio.

From the following day tours we would especially recommend the trip to Petropolis. It is not too long of a bus ride to get to this interesing and picturesque historic site in the mountains which was home to last of Brazil's only two emperors.

Fully guided day tours from Rio de Janeiro

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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 3.5 Star Rating

From: $135.05 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and explore the pristine beaches of Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise around the islands, relax on secluded beaches or spend some time swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Round-trip transportation and lunch included.

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Day Trip to Búzios from Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Tour, Bay Cruise and Lunch

Rating 1.5 Star Rating

From: $128.29 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and frequent the picturesque village of Búzios. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and then jump aboard a boat in search for some of the best beaches in the area. Round-trip hotel transportation and lunch all included.

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Day Trip to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $87.78 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Dive into a piece of Brazilian history on this full day tour to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the history and heritage of this city and visit the famous attractions, including the Dom Pedro II Summer Residence, Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, Santos Dumont House, Tereza Street and the Chocolate Factory.

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Full Day Rio de Janeiro by Jeep Including Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer

From: $393.32 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Discover Rio in a fun and unconventional way with a touch of adventure blended with comfort on this 8 hour tour. Observe beautiful landscapes and cascading waterfalls as you trek through the Tijuca Forest. See the spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue while overlooking the city after having lunch. Finally, take time to stroll a local botanical garden before heading back to your accommodations.

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Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande

From: $262.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

If you are in Rio de Janeiro and you only have one day to visit Ilha Grande we can help you out! This tour leaves from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro really early in the morning and already has the boat tickets included.

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Private Petropolis Imperial City Tour

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $236.33 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This private full-day tour will allow you to discover and explore Petropolis, the Imperial City of Rio de Janeiro State. History fills the air as you see antique houses with European architecture, the cathedral, the former casino hotel, the charming streets, and a reformed local brewery. It´s a time-travel to Rio de Janeiro´s imperial time.

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Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $108.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Take a day trip from Rio de Janeiro to experience the cosmopolitan style, quaint charm and elegant architecture of Buzios. Walk through the town on a guided tour before there is free time to explore Buzios at your own leisure.

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Petropolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $79.66 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Spend a day at Petrópolis, a mountainside retreat that once served as a summer getaway for Brazil's royalty. On this guided tour, wander through the treasures of the Imperial Museum and then visit the burial place of Dom Pedro II and his family. Marvel at the Crystal Palace, built as an extravagant gift to Princess Isabel. Upgrade with a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you’ll be wowed by the factory’s high-tech and interactive exhibits. Learn all about the history and science behind beer and taste Bohemia’s end result — a cold, rich lager.

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Full-Day Tour of Niterói

From: $418.64 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

The “City of Smiles”, Niteroi, is just 30 minutes from Rio, but remains something of an unknown paradise as far as tourists are concerned. Take this full day tour of the sights and sounds to experience the magic of this seaside city.

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Ilha Grande and Angra dos Reis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $183.66 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Travel to Angra dos Reis from Rio de Janeiro. Sail to the island of Ilha Grande on a schooner. Discover the rich history of the island formerly a pirate's lair and now a popular tourist destination.

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Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $171.51 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Travel to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro. Sail to the the beaches on a schooner. Discover the rich history of the place formerly a pirate's lair and know a popular tourist destination.

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Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $90.48 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Travel to Petropolis from Rio de Janeiro. Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II.

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $80.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Be among the first visitors to gaze upon the Christ the Redeemer statue without the usual crowds on this early morning Rio de Janeiro tour — a Viator Exclusive that can't be booked anywhere else. Snap unobstructed photos of the breathtaking views from the top of Corcovado Mountain, and then take an optional tour of Rio's other iconic summit, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop into a cable car to ascend Sugar Loaf and cap off your morning with more stunning panoramas. Transport from most southern Rio hotels is included.

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Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $80.02 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

When you’re on vacation, there’s no need to wake up super early to enjoy the sights. After a rocking night in Rio, wake up at your leisure and then speed by minivan in the afternoon to the top of Corcovado Mountain for close-up views of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Don’t stop here — upgrade and take a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain and from this amazing spot, take in the sunset covering the city in brilliant hues. Transport from most southern Rio hotels is included. Special Offer - Book by November 19 and travel by December 31 to save 25% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

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Angra dos Reis Full Day Tour and Cruise

Rating 2.5 Star Rating

From: $94.53 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

This tour will take you to the islands of Angra do Reis from Rio de Janeiro, where you can admire the blue waters living in harmony with the green colors of the Atlantic rainforest. You will ride a boat to the islands and have a chance to interact with dolphins, enjoy the beach, visit the bars, and buy some handcrafts. The tour includes lunch, a guide and hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Day Trip to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 3 Star Rating

From: $103.99 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a day trip to Buzios and see some of its best beaches as well as its charming houses, shops and people. Your tour includes a professional guide and transport.

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Private: Angra dos Reis Sightseeing Cruise

From: $270.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a private tour to the islands of Angra do Reis to enjoy the blue waters and the colors of the Atlantic rainforest. Ride a boat to the islands where you may be able to interact with dolphins. Enjoy the beach, the bars and buy some handcrafts. The tour includes lunch and private transport.

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Private Tour: Day Tour to Arraial do Cabo from Rio de Janeiro

From: $513.18 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Customize your itinerary on this private tour to Arraial do Cabo. Relax on the gleaming white sand dunes and swim in the pristine bright-green waters. Visit the Araruama lagoon or take a boat ride out to see the migration of humpback whales. Take advantage of this renown diving destination or enjoy snorkeling at any of the beaches (own expense).

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Niterói City Tour and Contemporary Art Museum Admission

From: $344.37 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a guided tour of the city of Niterói which contains the largest number of projects signed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer: Memory Hall Roberto Silveira, Oscar Niemeyer Foundation, Popular Theater of Niterói, amongst others. Following through the sidewalk of Guanabara Bay, you'll take in beautiful views of Juscelino Kubitschek square, Petrobras Museum and Boa Viagem Island. Your tour includes entrance fees and transportation.

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