Rio Experience – Independent

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

On arrival at Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International Airport (also known as Antonio Carlos Jobin Airport - named after the man who wrote the city's unofficial anthem, 'The Girl from Ipanema'), you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the Copacabana area. Please look for your transfer driver at the airport - they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Once you have checked into the hotel the remainder of your first day will be free until a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

The Portuguese established a small, fortified settlement on the western side of Rio de Janeiro Bay in 1560. The name means 'River of January', a reference to the month when it was founded. The sugar boom and resulting slave trade saw the settlement grow so rapidly that by the 18th century, the population had reached 50,000 and the city had also become the chief port for a thriving gold industry. Rio is today regarded as the holiday capital of Brazil and its inhabitants, known as Cariocas, pursue life with a zest. The city is characterised by beautiful white sandy beaches and rolling surf, with towering mountains forming a spectacular backdrop. It's an early start this morning, as we embark on a full-day guided tour of Rio. Starting at Corcovado Mountain for sweeping views over Rio from the base of the Christ the Reedemer statue before the crowds arrive. Discover the eclectic architecture, restaurants and art galleries of the artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Then continue on to by the famous Selaron Steps to see artist Jorge Selaron’s gift to the Brazilian people. We then stop for lunch, which will be a typical dish called Feijoada, a stew of black beans, kale and pork. We finish the day with a a walking tour of the Port area. This area, a little more off the beaten track, has been recognized for its cultural and historical importance as it was a main Port for the slave trade in Brazil. We will be joined by a local guide from the Pretos Novos institute,  which aims to preserve the cultural heritage found in the Port area. On the walk, learn about the story of how the African slaves arrived to Brazil, the horrific conditions they endured on the journey over, how they were sold and, eventually,  how they resisted and became free. Their story is intrinsically connected with the history of samba and Brazilian culture.  Expect to be finished around 4 pm.  Later on, why not check out the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema? The colourful and vibrant nightlife and the laid-back and friendly nature of Brazilians will help make your visit to Rio a memorable one.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Your Independent Experience comes to an end today after breakfast. You have an included transfer to the airport to meet your departure flight.

Start date - End date Trip Status Price
01/OCT/2020 - 03/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
02/OCT/2020 - 04/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
03/OCT/2020 - 05/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
04/OCT/2020 - 06/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
05/OCT/2020 - 07/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
06/OCT/2020 - 08/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
07/OCT/2020 - 09/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
08/OCT/2020 - 10/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
09/OCT/2020 - 11/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
10/OCT/2020 - 12/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
11/OCT/2020 - 13/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
12/OCT/2020 - 14/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
13/OCT/2020 - 15/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
14/OCT/2020 - 16/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
15/OCT/2020 - 17/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
16/OCT/2020 - 18/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
17/OCT/2020 - 19/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
18/OCT/2020 - 20/OCT/2020 ORAU$1505
19/OCT/2020 - 21/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
20/OCT/2020 - 22/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
21/OCT/2020 - 23/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
22/OCT/2020 - 24/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
23/OCT/2020 - 25/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
24/OCT/2020 - 26/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
25/OCT/2020 - 27/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
26/OCT/2020 - 28/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
27/OCT/2020 - 29/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
28/OCT/2020 - 30/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
29/OCT/2020 - 31/OCT/2020 ORAU$1435
30/OCT/2020 - 01/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
31/OCT/2020 - 02/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
01/NOV/2020 - 03/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
02/NOV/2020 - 04/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
03/NOV/2020 - 05/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
04/NOV/2020 - 06/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
05/NOV/2020 - 07/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
06/NOV/2020 - 08/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
07/NOV/2020 - 09/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
08/NOV/2020 - 10/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
09/NOV/2020 - 11/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
10/NOV/2020 - 12/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
11/NOV/2020 - 13/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
12/NOV/2020 - 14/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
13/NOV/2020 - 15/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
14/NOV/2020 - 16/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
15/NOV/2020 - 17/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
16/NOV/2020 - 18/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
17/NOV/2020 - 19/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
18/NOV/2020 - 20/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
19/NOV/2020 - 21/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
20/NOV/2020 - 22/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
21/NOV/2020 - 23/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
22/NOV/2020 - 24/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
23/NOV/2020 - 25/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
24/NOV/2020 - 26/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
25/NOV/2020 - 27/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
26/NOV/2020 - 28/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
27/NOV/2020 - 29/NOV/2020 ORAU$1505
28/NOV/2020 - 30/NOV/2020 ORAU$1435
29/NOV/2020 - 01/DEC/2020 ORAU$1435
30/NOV/2020 - 02/DEC/2020 ORAU$1505
01/DEC/2020 - 03/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
02/DEC/2020 - 04/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
03/DEC/2020 - 05/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
04/DEC/2020 - 06/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
05/DEC/2020 - 07/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
06/DEC/2020 - 08/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
07/DEC/2020 - 09/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
08/DEC/2020 - 10/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
09/DEC/2020 - 11/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
10/DEC/2020 - 12/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
11/DEC/2020 - 13/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
12/DEC/2020 - 14/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
13/DEC/2020 - 15/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
14/DEC/2020 - 16/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
15/DEC/2020 - 17/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
16/DEC/2020 - 18/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
17/DEC/2020 - 19/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
18/DEC/2020 - 20/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
19/DEC/2020 - 21/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
20/DEC/2020 - 22/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
21/DEC/2020 - 23/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565
22/DEC/2020 - 24/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
23/DEC/2020 - 25/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
24/DEC/2020 - 26/DEC/2020 ORAU$1490
25/DEC/2020 - 27/DEC/2020 ORAU$1565