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

Tour depiction

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

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $150.49 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

Rating 2.5 Star Rating

From: $149.17 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Day Trip to Petrópolis from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $88.44 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

From: $341.89 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Arraial do Cabo Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Caribe

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $171.61 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 .

Book Now

Tour depiction

Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 2 Star Rating

From: $117.48 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande

From: $263.78 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Private Petropolis Imperial City Tour

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $218.80 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Visit Brazil's Imperial City on this private, full-day tour to Petropolis, leaving from Rio de Janeiro. History is everywhere in this tropical mountain town — with palaces and churches dating back to Portuguese colonial times. Tour the city's most famous places, including the Quitandinha Palace and the Imperial Museum. Wander the charming old streets, dotted with old-fashioned European-style houses. Top the day off with a visit the first brewery in Brazil, founded by German immigrants. See things at your own pace with your private guide. Roundtrip transportation is included. Special Offer - Book by July 30, 2017 to save 15% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

Book Now

Tour depiction

Arraial do Cabo Experience with Boat Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $426.37 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Discover Arraial do Cabo, north of Rio de Janeiro, and explore its stunning beaches with 3.5-hour boat tour. After that, a stop at Cabo Frio´s Fort Beach for lunch, relaxing and pictures. Special Offer - Book by July 30, 2017 to save 15% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

Book Now

Tour depiction

Private Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $236.29 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $108.24 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $80.52 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Christ Redeemer and Maracanã with Sugar Loaf

From: $83.16 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 visit the famous Maracanã Stadium, stage of two World Cup Finals. 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

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

From: $203.29 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?

Book Now

Tour depiction

Full-Day Tour of Niterói

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $409.21 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Buzios Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $159.73 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 5 Star Rating

From: $88.44 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Full Day Tour in Niteroi from Rio de Janeiro

From: $264.01 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Private Sugarloaf Mountain and Tijuca Forest Tour

From: $264.01 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

From: $132.00 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Rio de Janeiro Telegrafo Hike and West Beaches Tour

From: $151.79 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

From: $145.19 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

Rating 4.5 Star Rating

From: $78.21 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour

Rating 4 Star Rating

From: $104.27 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Buzios Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $53.28 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. 

Book Now

Tour depiction

Angra dos Reis Tour from Rio de Janeiro

From: $91.08 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Day Trip to Petropolis from Rio

From: $658.70 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

Book Now

Tour depiction

Angra dos Reis Full Day Tour and Cruise

Rating 2.5 Star Rating

From: $99.00 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Day Trip to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro

Rating 3 Star Rating

From: $99.00 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

Private: Angra dos Reis Sightseeing Cruise

From: $264.01 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.

Book Now

Tour depiction

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

From: $501.62 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).

Book Now

Tour depiction

Niterói City Tour and Contemporary Art Museum Admission

From: $336.61 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.

Book Now



Guarantee your spot on an exciting Rio-de-Janeiro Tour

Sightseeing in Rio
Visiting Rio de Janeiro?
Here's why we use Booking.com for our hotel bookings.
Best Selection
Daily Deals
Price Matching
Pay at the Hotel
24/7 Support
Partners:
Help us grow! Please Share
Try our Hotelfinder