Sit back and relax on this driving tour through Rio de Janeiro, pausing on occasion for photos of the city’s signature architecture and iconic beaches.
Depart from the pier for a carefree driving tour of Rio de Janeiro, the cultural capital of Brazil whose name alone evokes images of samba dancing, bikini-clad sunbathing and an irrepressible exuberance for life. Rio is also known for its historical buildings, the finest of which you will see in the heart of downtown.
There is the beautifully ornate Municipal Theater for ballet and classical music performances, whose design resembles that of the Paris Opera House. For contrast, you will also see the new Cathedral, a conical-shaped building inspired by a Maya pyramid in Mexico. In fact, you will pass one architectural landmark after another, including the Museum of Modern Art and the soaring World War II monument that towers over Flamengo Park. Afterwards, you will drive through several historical neighborhoods and on past the Jockey Club racetrack and the city’s immense Botanical Garden, which was founded more than 200 years ago.
Still, it’s the beaches that in many ways define Rio de Janeiro, and you will gaze upon several of the most famous ones, such as Copacabana and Leblon, which is actually an extension of the iconic Ipanema. Afterwards, you will drive back to the pier, stopping en route at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon for refreshments.
Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of heavy traffic conditions and delays.