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Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

Marvel at the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City, on a sunset sailing tour in Guanabara Bay. Admire the beautiful sunset, and savor all-inclusive drinks and snacks aboard your boat. Enjoy a small group tour for no more than 10 people, or opt to splash out on a private tour to make your experience extra special. Set sail from Marina da Glória and pass by 3 fortresses — São José, Lage, and Santa Cruz — on your way to Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Cruise past Oscar Niemeyer's striking Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy the views in Guanabara Bay. Then, sit back and appreciate the sunset over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Delight in scenic views of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as the sun sets on the horizon. Throughout the tour, relax with drinks on board, such as the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, beer, and sparkling white wine. The tour concludes back at the marina in Glória. Hotel pickup and drop-off options are available.

Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

2. Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

Get a new perspective of Rio on a catamaran tour, on which you'll check out all the bright spots while exploring stunning Guanabara Bay. Your tour begins at Marina da Gloria, boarding a modern and well-equipped catamaran. Depart in the direction of the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the architectural icons of Porto Maravilha, Rio's port region. On the way, get a look at amazing Villegagnon Island, Santos Dumont Airport, Fiscal Island, and the Arsenal of the Navy. Continue towards Niterói, passing beautiful Rio-Niterói Bridge and the famous Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell) before heading to the MAC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Be enchanted by its unique disc shape. Before returning to Rio de Janeiro, get to know other remarkable sights that surround the shores of Guanabara Bay, such as Adão and Eva Beaches, Santa Cruz Fortress, Lage Fortress,São José Fortress, and São João Fortress. Take in views of the famous Sugarloaf, where you'll have a few minutes to take pictures of the mountain from the catamaran. Before returning to Marina da Gloria, you'll pass the old Urca Casino and Flamengo Beach.

Niterói 1-Day Tour: The Hidden Gem Across Rio de Janeiro

3. Niterói 1-Day Tour: The Hidden Gem Across Rio de Janeiro

Discover the beauties of Niterói, the charming and lesser known side of Guanabara Bay, on a full-day tour. Leaving Rio de Janeiro, drive across Rio-Niterói Bridge, the largest reinforced concrete bridge in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Niemeyer Pathway, the architectural complex composed of the Teatro Popular (Popular Theater), the Roberto Silveira Memorial, and the Niemeyer Foundation building, all signed by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil's most famous architect. Up next, admire the façade and pay a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), the famous round and futuristic structure overlooking the Guanabara Bay, also designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Stroll along the waterfront areas along the Guanabara Bay beaches, passing through Icaraí, São Francisco, Charitas, Jurujuba, and Adam and Eve beaches. Enjoy the lunch break in front of the São Francisco beach, one of the city's most famous culinary centers. After passing by all the bay beaches, arrive at the Santa Cruz Fort. Notice the other side of the entrance of the Guanabara Bay, the main route of arrival to the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói until mid-20th Century. Finally, head up to the peak of Parque da Cidade (City Park), 270m (885 ft) high, and enjoy a complete panoramic view of Niterói: the ocean beaches to the left and the beaches of Guanabara Bay to the right. At the same angle, you can also see Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, the two most famous points in the mountain range that gave Rio de Janeiro the title of UNESCO World Heritage site as Urban Cultural Landscape. Return by the waterfront path back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: Car Day Trip to Maricá with Hotel Pickup

4. Rio de Janeiro: Car Day Trip to Maricá with Hotel Pickup

Explore the municipality of Maricá on this day trip with pickup and drop-off in Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Admire the forest in the Espraiado area and the steep Alto Mourão rock formation. Visit the beaches of Itaipuaçu and Ponta Negra. Take a stroll in the charming city center of Maricá. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned car ride. Cross over the Rio-Niteroi bridge that spans Guanabara Bay and head north.  Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin as you visit Marica where he stopped for a few days in 1832 to study its peculiar characteristics. Admire this unique region where the ocean merges with enchanting salt water lakes.  Begin by stopping at the beach of Itaipuaçu and taking in views of the towering "Pedra do Elefante" or Alto Mourão rock formation which reaches a height of 412 meters. Take a stroll through the city center of Marica and see colonial-style church from 1755. and take a walk along the shores of lake Araçatiba. Get lost in stunning Atlantic forest that has fresh water pools in the area of Espraiado. Finish your tour at the beach of Ponta Negra where you can see a lighthouse. Return to your accommodation in Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Rio Niteroi Bridge

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 78 reviews

This is a must do trip whilst in Rio. You get to see the famous sights from a different angle whilst enjoying freshly prepared drinks and soaking up the late afternoon sun. What really made the trip special though, were our wonderful guides, John & Tainà, who made us all feel like friends.

Fantastic trip, hosts and boat. Couldn’t have asked for better. As a solo traveller was made to feel very welcome and included. Hopefully I’ll get another opportunity to do it again.

Such an amazing experience, drinks were strong and our guide was very friendly. Met some great people will definitely be doing this again when I come back!

Amazing and relaxing views of the city and surrounding landscape from the sea. Greatly recommend this tour.

Good tour, to go as a couple or friends. Without children. Well served, plenty of alcohol, little food