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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-port

There’s a little bit of Carnival celebrated here everyday. From its famous beaches to its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio radiates an air of exuberance that is hard to find anywhere else. Make the scene on trendy Ipanema or take a cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy the amazing views. Sway your hips to the rhythm at a samba show or enjoy the tranquility of king Dom João VI’s Botanical Gardens and verdant Tijuca Forest.

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  • Belmond Copacabana Palace


Code: RIOL11

Experience vibrant Rio de Janeiro at landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue, and also through free time, which allows you to venture into parts of the city that interest you the most.

Day 1

Following disembarkation from the ship you will be transferred to the Copacabana District to check-in at the JW Marriott Hotel, located right across the street from Copacabana Beach.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you time to settle in. Meals are on your own, and you’ll have plenty of choices regarding cuisine because restaurants are plentiful in the beach area.

Day 2

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel before driving along Rio’s picturesque beaches to the laid-back Urca district, which exudes a genuine neighbourhood feel. Here, you’ll board a cable car for a ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The 600-million-year-old granite and quartz mountain was named for its tall cone, supposedly because it resembles sugar that was shaped into a loaf for transport in the 19th century.

The cable-car ride is in two stages. The first takes you to Urca Hill, where there are lush, fragrant gardens and several scenic lookouts. If you wish to venture even higher, the second segment of the cable car ride will take you to the very top of Sugarloaf, which rises 1300 feet above sea level. From here, you will enjoy mesmerizing views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the ocean and smaller, densely vegetated mountains.

After descending Sugarloaf, you will drive through a number of pleasant residential areas, around Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and past the Botanical Gardens, which boasts 5,000 species of tropical plants.

You will return to the hotel by early afternoon and have the remainder of the day to do whatever you please. You might sunbathe on Copacabana Beach and then stroll the black-and-white wave-shaped mosaic boardwalk. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 3

Following a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to lovely Cosme Velho, a neighborhood known for its brightly colored neo-colonial homes and cobbled streets. Before long, you will board the funicular railway for a 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest.

As the train climbs Corcovado (meaning “Hunchback" in Portuguese) Mountain, you will enjoy spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro peeking through the dense vegetation. A majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer crowns the mountain, which is nearly twice as high as Sugarloaf. Inaugurated in 1931, the 700-ton statue stands 100 feet tall.

Following the descent on the train, you will drive back to the hotel via Rio’s most scenic beaches. The remainder of the day is free, so you can explore wherever you wish. If shopping is on your list, you might look for beachwear, gemstone jewelry and leather goods, all of which are signature items in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport. Check-out is at 12:00pm. Your transfer will be based on your departure flight details. Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with late flights.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.


Disembark the ship and transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel or similar where you will check-in and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Check-in is at 3:00pm. Rooms may or may not be ready prior to this time.


AM Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

9:00am Tour to Sugarloaf

1:00pm Arrive back at the hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch dinner on your own

Overnight at the JW Marriott or similar hotel


AM Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

9:00am Tour Rio de Janeiro, including Corcovado

1:00pm Arrive back at the hotel

The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch dinner on your own

Overnight at the JW Marriott or similar hotel


Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Check out is at 12:00noon. Please remember to settle your personal incidental account with the hotel prior to leaving. You will be transferred to the airport based on your flight schedule.

Luggage storage will be available at the hotel for guests with late flights.

Additional Nights: Should you book any extra nights via through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather:

Summer is from the end of November until March. During these months, the daily high averages 29° Celsius (84° Fahrenheit, although it can frequently climb as high as 40° Celsius (104° Fahrenheit) in parts of the city. At night, the temperatures remain in the mid-20s Celsius (high 70s Fahrenheit). Rainfall peaks in the summer with more than 100mm (about four inches) of rain per month. December is typically the wettest month of the year, although rainfall is unpredictable. It can easily be sunny one day and rain torrentially the next.

What to Bring:

Casual, comfortable attire, good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, camera, umbrella


The Brazilian Real (BRL) is the currency. You will need Reals, as the U.S. Dollar is not legal tender in Brazil. However, dollars can still be used for small tips or to buy items at some tourist locations.



Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is needed. International guests are required to check with their travel agents with regards to Visa requirements.


JW Marriott Hotel

Av. Atlântica, 2600 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22041-001, Brazil

Phone:+55 21 2545-6500

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program includes:

3 Nights in the JW Marriott Hotel or similar hotel including buffet breakfasts – deluxe ocean-view room

Two half day tours including Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer

Meals as listed above

Air conditioned coach with English speaking guide

Luggage handling and porterage at the airport and hotel.

Service charges, handling fees, and local taxes.


Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your departure transfer can be arranged; however, should you book any additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program excludes:

Any meals not listed above

All beverages

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Other hotel incidentals and personal expenses

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.