4-Day Rio Vacation Package - 4 Days

4-Day Rio Vacation Package

Enjoy a 4 day Rio tour to get acquainted with the city! Our Rio Vacation Package is perfect for those looking for a quick stay in Rio. With this customizable touring option, you may create your own 4-day trip of Rio de Janeiro’s highlights and landmarks.

Visit the Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain summits, learn about life in a favela, and take a Jeep trip through the Tijuca Rainforest. Take a day trip to picturesque Petrópolis or sail across Guanabara Bay to admire the city skyline from a boat. Transportation between places is comfortable and air-conditioned, and three nights in a South Zone hotel and three daily activities are included.

4-Day Rio Vacation Package

Highlights

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  • Your 3, 4, or 5 Star Selected by Our Experts.
  • A Selected Itinerary With Your Own Pick of Tours.
  • Two Rio Essentials Tour
  • One-Off the Beaten Path Tour
  • Private Transfers

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After your flight lands in Rio, enjoy personalized pickup at the airport and transfer to your choice of 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel (with single or double accommodation; see list of hotels under the Important Info tab). Customize your tour by selecting three of the following activities upon booking, each of which lasts a half-day with the exception of the Petrópolis Day Trip.

See the Itinerary below for the details of each activity.

Day 2 and Day 4 (choose one of the following activities for each day):

  • Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour
  • Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour
  • Corcovado Mountain with Christ the Redeemer Statue

Day 3 (choose one of the following activities):

  • Guanabara Bay Cruise
  • Rocinha Favela Tour
  • Petrópolis Day Trip

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport – Hotel

RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport

Sit back and relax as your driver drives you to your hotel in the upmarket South Zone (Zona Sul) region after a quick pickup from Rio de Janeiro International Airport timed to your flight arrival. Check into your hotel, where you’ll be staying for two nights, and finalize your activity program with your guide for the following two days.

If you arrive during the day, take a walk around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to stretch your legs. Sip an evening cocktail (at your own expense) while taking in the stunning views of the lagoon and white-sand beaches from an open-air café along the shore. Staying in a hotel in the South Zone for the night.

Day 2: Rio Essentials Tour: Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour, Corcovado with Christ Redeemer Statue or Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour

Sugarloaf Mountain

Tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the City (4 hours) In the morning, take an air-conditioned bus tour of Rio’s most important historical sites. Visit the lively Cinelandia Square, or Praça Floriano Peixoto, which is named after Brazil’s second president. The Municipal Theater, the National Library, and the National Museum of Fine Arts are all worth visiting.

Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour

Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was inspired by a Mayan pyramid and has a cone-shaped style. Are you a Carnival fan? Visit the Sambadrome, where during the yearly festival, the city’s samba schools compete with Olympic-level dedication. Then, in the Urca neighborhood, board a glass cable car that will take you up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Take a photo of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain from 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level.

Then climb to the top of Sugar Loaf, which stands at 1,299 feet (396 meters), for panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi and Copacabana. After being dropped off at your accommodation, spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain (4 hours) Enjoy a free morning before boarding a cog train to journey through the gorgeous Tijuca Forest in the afternoon. You’ll be at the summit of Corcovado Mountain in 20 minutes, standing at the foot of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue, which stands 130 feet (39 meters) tall and has arms that span 98 feet (30 meters) broad.

As you learn about the 1931 art-deco statue that was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, take in the sights of Rio from your summit vantage point.

Floresta da Tijuca

Jeep Tour of the Tijuca Forest (4 hours) Take an open-air Jeep ride to the tropical Tijuca Forest, just minutes from the city center, in the morning. Learn about Tijuca National Park’s reforestation initiative and the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem, which is part of the Mata Biosphere Reserve, which spans 14 Brazilian states.

Inside the rainforest, photograph the Emperor’s Table and the pink-and-purple Mayrink Chapel with painted panels, where Brazil’s last emperor is said to have enjoyed picnics. Admire views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay, and even as far as Niteroi from Vista Chinesa, where the country’s first Chinese immigrants settled.

Day 3: Off the Beaten Path: Petrópolis Day Trip or Guanabara Bay Cruise

Centro Historico de Petropolis

Take a 90-minute trip north to Petrópolis, a renowned mountain resort known as Brazil’s Imperial City, located in the wooded hills of the Serra dos Argos, passing through woods and waterfalls. Enter the Imperial Museum, which is situated in the former summer home of Pedro II, Brazil’s second and final emperor, in the cobblestone alleys of Petrópolis.

Get a glimpse of how the country’s royalty used to live inside the renovated Austrian-style palace, which was completed in 1845. Admire the imperial crown, which is adorned with over 600 diamonds and weighs about 4 pounds, as you go through tapestries, ancient furniture, and jewelry (1.7 kg). Then, see the tombstones of Pedro II and his family at the Gothic-style St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral.

Follow your guide through a peaceful garden to the Crystal Palace, a glass-and-steel ballroom where Princess Isabel hosted expositions and royal receptions. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant of your choice, and feel free to seek advice from your guide. Your excursion comes to a close with transportation back to Rio.

Guanabara Bay

Cruise on Guanabara Bay (4 hours) Spend the morning admiring Rio de Janeiro from Guanabara Bay, where Portuguese explorers first arrived on January 1, 1502, and learn how the bay was named Rio de Janeiro, or River of January.

From your ideal vantage point on the sea, focus your camera on Sugar Loaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, and the Christ Redeemer monument throughout the 2-hour trip. View the Botafogo, Flamengo, and Urca neighborhoods, as well as Fort Sao Joao, Flagstone Island, Santa Cruz Fortress, and Rio-Niteroi Bridge. You’ll be transported back to your hotel once the ship docks at the pier.

Day 4: Rio Essentials Tour: Sugar Loaf Mountain and City Tour, Corcovado with Christ Redeemer Statue or Tijuca Forest Jeep Tour

Sugarloaf Mountain

Tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the City (4 hours) In the morning, take an air-conditioned bus tour of Rio’s most important historical sites. Visit the lively Cinelandia Square, or Praça Floriano Peixoto, which is named after Brazil’s second president. The Municipal Theater, the National Library, and the National Museum of Fine Arts are all worth visiting.

Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, which was inspired by a Mayan pyramid and has a cone-shaped style. Are you a Carnival fan? Visit the Sambadrome, where during the yearly festival, the city’s samba schools compete with Olympic-level dedication. Then, in the Urca neighborhood, board a glass cable car that will take you up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Take a photo of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain from 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level.

Then climb to the top of Sugar Loaf, which stands at 1,299 feet (396 meters), for panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi and Copacabana. After being dropped off at your accommodation, spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain (4 hours) Enjoy a free morning before boarding a cog train to journey through the gorgeous Tijuca Forest in the afternoon. You’ll be at the summit of Corcovado Mountain in 20 minutes, standing at the foot of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue, which stands 130 feet (39 meters) tall and has arms that span 98 feet (30 meters) broad.

As you learn about the 1931 art-deco statue that was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, take in the sights of Rio from your summit vantage point.

Floresta da Tijuca

Jeep Tour of the Tijuca Forest (4 hours) Take an open-air Jeep ride to the tropical Tijuca Forest, just minutes from the city center, in the morning. Learn about Tijuca National Park’s reforestation initiative and the importance of the Mata Atlântica ecosystem, which is part of the Mata Biosphere Reserve, which spans 14 Brazilian states.

Inside the rainforest, photograph the Emperor’s Table and the pink-and-purple Mayrink Chapel with painted panels, where Brazil’s last emperor is said to have enjoyed picnics. Admire views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay, and even as far as Niteroi from Vista Chinesa, where the country’s first Chinese immigrants settled.

Rio de Janeiro and Brazil travel guides

Here are handy travel guides about Rio de Janeiro and Brazil so you can learn a thing or two about these destinations. For a comprehensive list of our travel guides, please visit our travel guides page.

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Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro

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Cheap flights and hotels discounts for Rio de Janeiro

The peak season for flights to Rio De Janeiro is January, February and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is June, July and August.
Rio De Janeiro is served by these airports: Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport and Santos Dumont Airport.

Direct flights to Rio De Janeiro are offered by 21 airlines. Most flights are with Gol Transportes Aéreos. Direct flights from Rio De Janeiro, United States are airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, LATAM Chile, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines from New York, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

Last Updated on March 2, 2022 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com

Itinerary

Day 1
Rio de Janeiro

The Wonderful City, Rio. Like any good nickname, you get it the second you see it. No wonder it has been claimed by many to be the most beautiful city in the entire world.

Three nights will give you the opportunity to see a little bit of Rio without feeling hurried. For others, it may still be short, but it’s enough for you to get acquainted with the charm of Rio, with its lush green hills, charming coastline, and beautiful warm people that make Rio wonderful.

Our package includes a 4-day / 3-night stay at a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel in the south of Rio, right in the heart of the city, close to restaurants, the beach, nightlife and Rio ‘s main attractions.

You will enjoy a number of our finest tours during your stay and will be given time to explore on your own. In order to make the most of your journey, our local expert guides will let you know all about the best choices in the region.

There are three tours included, but you will be given a few options to customize your package and change the tours that are more in line with your interests. Two of our collection of Rio Basics, and one of our collection of Off the Beaten Road.

Itinerary for Day 1
You will be greeted by our guide at the airport for your private transfer to your South Zone hotel.

Through your guide, you’ll work out your schedule and buy other tours if you want to add anything else to your package.

Day 2
Rio de Janeiro

You will enter one of our awesome Rio Essentials Tours today and see Rio’s “must see” and you will be allowed to explore on your own.

Options for the Rio Important Tour
You will be taken on a panoramic city tour with a stop at the metropolitan cathedral and then off to Urca, from where you will get on the cable car to Urca Hill and Sugar Loaf to catch a stunning view of the city. Sugar Loaf City Tour and Cable Car.

The Corcovado Christ Redeemer Statue Tour takes you on a train trip up Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. You’ll be at the top of the Famous Statue, selected as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

The Rainforest Jeep Tour will take you on an open top Jeep on a ride across the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the world’s largest urban forests. Hundreds of species of plants and animals live in this lush jungle. The drive is exciting, but even more exciting are the locations we stop at. We can hike the trails under the canopy for 30 minutes and connect with this incredible environment as well as take beautiful photos from the Chinese View.

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro

You will enjoy one of our tours off the beaten path to see a different part of Rio or the state that is less known but still interesting to worth the visit. A ride to the airport, then, and see you soon!

Options for Off the Beaten Patth tour
See the mountainous town of Petrópolis where the Royal Family used to spend their summers, Petrópolis-The Imperial Capital. You will visit the Imperial Palace there, the Cathedral and the cobbled streets that carry you back in time.

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro-Take a quick look at how to survive in a favela. You can see the largest favela in Latin America, but not just any favela. All the little streets and stairs that take you to see some incredible views that many people in Rio have never had a chance to see. You will learn that people have a greater sense of community there and that they have a unique view of the region-both literally and figuratively.

Guanabara Bay-See for yourself the Rio is marvellous from the sea as well. You’re going to sail on a bay that was key to giving the town its name. The Portuguese arrived in Rio on 1 January 1502 and thought it was a river, hence the term, Rio de Janeiro (January River). From there, you’ll get spectacular views of the South Zone, the Sugar Loaf and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro

On another Rio Basics Tour, you can bring the icing on the cake and get to know one of Rio’s most beautiful landmarks. Then off to the airport and “até já” (after your stay, you’re already learning how to say “see you soon”).