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 4 Star Rating

From: $149.54 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 2.5 Star Rating

From: $148.23 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: $87.89 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: $339.75 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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Arraial do Cabo Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Caribe

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $170.53 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Arraial do Cabo is considered one of the most beautiful and paradisiacal cities of Brazil. A paradise for lovers of diving, with crystal clear and calm sea waters, a tour that cannot be out the list of those who come to Rio de Janeiro!Escape hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and get to know the beautiful 'Brazilian Caribe’, the beautiful Arraial do Cabo city, coming from Rio de Janeiro with all comfort, transportation, lunch, snorkeling and visits to all the major tourist spots of this beautiful city of crystal clear waters .

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Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 2 Star Rating

From: $116.75 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise around the Ilha Grande (Big Island). Escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and explore the pristine beaches of Ilha Grande. Round-trip transportation and lunch included.

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Museum of Tomorrow and AquaRio South America's Largest Aquarium - Tour Including Transport and Tickets

From: $175.65 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

The Museum of tomorrow is a different Science Museum. An environment of ideas and questions about the big changes we live in and the different ways that opens to the future. The Museum of tomorrow offers a narrative about how we can live and shape the next 50 years. After visiting the Museum we will go towards the Marine Aquarium in Rio de Janeiro, or AquaRio.  The AquaRio is the largest marine aquarium in South America and public visitation equipment which is 100% private, modern and a multifunctional education tool.  And it is also a research center, conservation, recreation, entertainment and culture that create the opportunity to the city of Rio de Janeiro offering the visitation of a unique space with attractions and innovative technologies rarely seen in Brazil. After a visit to the Aquarium we're going to make the way back to the hotels and meeting places. In the Tour the tickets are included. Lunch is not included.

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Historical Center in Rio de Janeiro - Tour Including Transport and Tickets

From: $141.67 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

After boarding at the tourist area and downtown Rio de Janeiro we will go through the main attractions of the Historical Centre of Rio de Janeiro. As you walk our guide will detail information about the stunning architecture of the historical center of Rio de Janeiro, its history, culture and art. The attractions that we will pass through are the elegant Imperial Palace of Praça XV, the Arcos do Teles, the Centro Cultural dos Correios, Casa França-Brasil, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, the famous Candelária church, Mosteiro de São Bento (without internal visitation), Avenida Rio Branco, Colombo Bakery, Cinelândia, Municipal Theatre, the fine arts museum, National Library, Palace Pedro Ernesto, Arcos da Lapa and the historic Selarón staircase.  Round-trip transportation to the hotels of tourist district and downtown Rio de Janeiro are included in the tour.

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One day in Buzios starting in Rio de Janeiro - Boat Tour and Lunch included

From: $157.41 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Get to know the charming town of Buzios and explore some of the most beautiful beaches of Brazil on this 13-hour day tour, starting from Rio de Janeiro. The guided tour includes comfortable pick-up and drop-off at your hotel, a tasty lunch and a fun boat tour where you get the chance to discover the most idyllic beaches, such as João Fernandes bach, Ilha Feia, Tartaruga beach and many more. The famous ''Rua das Pedras'' filled with cute stores, great bars and restaurants will be discovered as well. 

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Angra dos Reis & Ilha Grande Tour from Rio including lunch & panoramic boat trip

From: $131.18 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Explore the beautiful beaches around Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande during this amazing 12 hours excursion, starting from Rio de Janeiro. Sail the the magical turquoise blue waters through the islands around Angra for 6 hours, feel the breeze and relax while soaking um the tropical sun. The tour offers various stops where you can refresh yourself by diving into the ocean and snorker along the way during this fun boat trip. Also, a tasty lunch will be served in a beautiful beach restaurant during one of the stops. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro is included.

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Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande

From: $267.51 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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Rio Sunset Experience - Christ The Redeemer Cathedral Selarón Stairs and Sugar Loaf at Sunset

From: $129.87 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

A amazing afternoon in Rio de Janeiro visiting Christ The Redeemer, The Cathedral, Selarón Stairs and ending by sunset at the Sugar Loaf

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Private Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $261.05 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Come on a fantastic private tour from Rio de Janeiro to the beautiful resort area of Búzios. There will be a lot of sightseeing options at different beaches on this tour. With approximately 11 hours at your disposal, your guide can help you choose the activities you would like to do.

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Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $107.57 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: $80.02 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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Christ Redeemer and Selaron Steps Plus Optional Sugarloaf Trip

From: $82.64 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf at the same day and the best time for you. Yes, it’s possible. Gather round all your friends and familiars (up to 15 persons) and enjoy a great opportunity to meet two of greatest Rio’s landmarks at the same day, on an intimate tour. You will also meet Santa Teresa and its unique charming architecture and visit the famous Selaron Steps. A van will do the pick-up and the drop off at most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, leaving you with more free time to visit many other wonders.

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Sugar Loaf with Selaron Steps and Christ Redeemer by Van with Barbecue Lunch

From: $202.01 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

See the world-famous Christ Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain and ride the cable cars overlooking Guanabara Bay from Sugar Loaf Mountain! Majestic views await you in Rio. Have a delightul lunch at a barbecue house then check out the beautiful Selaron Steps. What are you waiting for?

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Full-Day Tour of Niterói

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $737.22 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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Petropolis and Beer Experience - 2 breweries

From: $1000.89 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

In this experience, relaxation, architectural beauty, happiness, and new flavours await you. The city of Petrópolis is situated in the sierra about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Rio. Here, the weather is mild and inviting. It’s not for nothing that the Portuguese Royal Family chose this place to escape from the oppressive heat of Rio in the summer.

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Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $158.73 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

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $87.89 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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Full Day Tour in Niteroi from Rio de Janeiro

From: $262.36 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

No wonder that Niterói is known as the "City Smile". Good people, tranquility, beauty and art are questions that abound there. It is a little known paradise for tourists and is 30 minutes from the city of Rio. In this Experience expect stunning views and purest feelings. We boarded by Niemeyer way (popular theater and MAC), fortress of Santa Cruz, City Park and a beautiful evening on the beaches of Ocean Region. Who knows the Mirante do Sossego and the beach Camboinhas never forget. Output guaranteed with the minimum of two passengers.

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Private Sugarloaf Mountain and Tijuca Forest Tour

From: $262.36 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Visit two of the most iconic locations in Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain and the famous Tijuca Forest during this 5-hour private and professionally guided tour. Get picked up from your hotel, the airport (additional cost), or your desired location in a private car or van and head off to see come of the most incredible view Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Hop on a cable car and ride into the clouds surrounding the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, a peak reaching nearly 1,300 feet. You will get a bird's eye view of Rio, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the crystalline blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, as long as the sky is clear and the clouds do not block your view. Afterwards, explore the lush interior of one of the largest urban forests in the world, Tijuca. This tour is designed for nature-loving people who want to enjoy a different side of Rio de Janeiro.

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Highlights of Rio in One day

From: $209.89 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy this exciting 9 hours tour  by visiting the most important sighseeings of Rio in only one day. You will experience what the city offers most valuable with its warm people.On this tour, visit the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, take a gondola up the Sugarloaf Mountain, drive downtown with panoramic view ,time to visit the main Cathedral Church , visit the famous mosaic staircase Selarón in lapa, the bohemian's neighboorhood of nigh life, get a panoramic overview of Maracanã Stadium and Stop at Sambódromo ( it Hosts the biggest carnaval parade in the world ) to feel the energy of samba culture.

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Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

From: $144.30 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Spend a day exploring the city of Rio de Janeiro by visiting all of the major attractions. Get a glimpse of Tijuca Forest National Park, which is the world's largest urban forest. Visit Christ the Redeemer, a beautiful statue of Jesus Christ. Ride the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in one of the most privileged sites in Rio de Janeiro with your friendly and professional guide. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Rio de Janeiro Telegrafo Hike and West Beaches Tour

From: $150.84 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Explore the far reaches of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro on this 8-hour tour. With your guide, hike to the top of Telegrafo Rock for unbelievable views and enjoy one of the white, sandy beaches. Stop at a beach front restaurant to fill up (at own expense) before the trip back to Copacabana.

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Full-Day Burle Marx Gardens and Rio de Janeiro West Beaches

From: $144.28 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

On this full-day tour you will enjoy a visit to the Burle Marx Gardens, one of the most famous landscape architect’s homes and one of Rio de Janeiro’s best hidden gems. After, head to a pristine beach to relax and indulge in a seaside lunch with fantastic seafood and more.

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Rio Day Trip - Highlights of Rio Small Group Tour

From: $124.88 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Take in the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one jam-packed afternoon! You’ll see every one of the Marvelous City’s highlights, from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the colourful Selaron Staircase. You’ll also explore districts like bohemian Santa Teresa and nightlife-loving Lapa. Finish it all off with an epic sunset view over Guanabara Bay and Copacabana Beach from atop Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy epic views of Rio from iconic sites like the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain Explore the bohemian district of Santa Teresa and shop for locally made souvenirs Visit the famous nightlife hot spot of Lapa (to help you plan your evening later on!) Climb the colourful Selaron Staircase, a stunning mosaic created over a span of 23 years Learn about the famous pyramid-shaped Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral Special Offer - Book by November 30, 2017 and travel by December 31, 2017 and save 20% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

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

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $77.72 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.

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Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $46.63 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.

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Buzios Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $47.67 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Get to know Buzios,  a brazilian coast at the east of Rio de Janeiro, which is a popular touristic destination known for its beaches and night life.This beautiful city has over 20 different virgen beaches and is famous for it’s warm and crystal waters.  Special Offer - Book by November 7, 2017 and travel by December 31, 2017 and save 10% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

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Angra dos Reis Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 1 Star Rating

From: $90.51 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Our excursion to Angra dos Reis is one of the most complete experiences, we started very early in the morning.

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Day Trip to Petropolis from Rio

From: $654.58 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Visit the historic city of Petrópolis, former home to Brazil's royal family and vacation spot to Rio's wealthy elite - just 1 hour from of Rio de Janeiro! Your guide will pick you up and drive you to Petropolis from your apartment or hotel in Rio. Once there, you'll begin your marvelous day exploring one of Brazil's most historic cities.Petropolis Tour Highlights: Visit the Imperial Museum - the former retreat of the royal family Explore the impressive Catedral de São Pedro de Alcântara, which houses the tombs of Dom Pedro II, Dona Teresa and their daughter Princess Isabel. Visit the beautiful Palácio de Cristal that was built in France for Princess Isabel. Enjoy lunch at the Cervejaria Bohemia, the brewery of Brazil's most famous beer See the Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, the summer residence of Alberto Santos Dumont

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Angra dos Reis Full Day Tour and Cruise

Rating 2.5 Star Rating

From: $104.94 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 rain forest. 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: $78.71 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: $262.36 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: $524.71 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: $334.51 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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