Silversea Luxury Cruises A Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil. Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views from Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, and fabulously flamboyant Carnival celebrations, Rio is a city of stunning architecture, abundant museums, and marvelous food. Rio is also home to 23 beaches, an almost continuous 73-km (45-mile) ribbon of sand. View more

As you leave the airport and head to Rio's beautiful Zona Sul (the touristic South Zone), you'll drive for about 40 minutes on a highway from where you'll begin to get a sense of the dramatic contrast between beautiful landscape and devastating poverty. In this teeming metropolis of 12 million people (6.2 million of whom live in Rio proper), the very rich and the very poor live in uneasy proximity. You'll drive past seemingly endless cinder-block favela, but by the time you reach Copacabana's breezy, sunny Avenida Atlântica—flanked on one side by white beach and azure sea and on the other by condominiums and hotels—your heart will leap with expectation as you begin to recognize the postcard-famous sights. Now you're truly in Rio, where cariocas (Rio residents) and tourists live life to its fullest.Enthusiasm is contagious in Rio. Prepare to have your senses engaged and your inhibitions untied. Rio seduces with a host of images: the joyous bustle of vendors at Sunday's Feira Hippie (Hippie Fair); the tipsy babble at sidewalk cafés as patrons sip their last glass of icy beer under the stars; the blanket of lights beneath the Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain); the bikers, joggers, strollers, and power walkers who parade along the beach each morning. Borrow the carioca spirit for your stay; you may find yourself reluctant to give it back.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursions depuis Rio de Janeiro

Secrets of Old Rio on Foot

Explore the historical buildings and architecture of downtown Rio de Janeiro on-foot during a picturesque, half-day excursion to this legendary city.


Candelária Church. Casa França-Brasil, Banco do Brasil and Praca XV

Depart the pier for the short walk to the Candelária Church. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the church's interior. From here, continue past the Casa França-Brasil, then visit the Cultural Centre located inside the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil. Leaving the Banco do Brasil, pass through the Travessa do Mercado before arriving at the Praça XV, which includes the Imperial Palace, Old Pier and Old Cathedral.


Ouvidor Street, Carioca Square, Opera House and Metropolitan Cathedral

Next, your stroll proceeds past Ouvidor Street. After a refreshment stop, walk down to Carioca Square. Upon arrival at the Opera House, board your bus for the drive to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Following a guided visit inside the cathedral, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately three hours, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. A security guard will be escorting the group the whole time.

Best of Rio (Tour & Airport Transfer)

Conclude your cruise with a look at the 'Best of Rio' before commencing your journey home. For guests with flights departing after 8:30 pm, we offer you the opportunity to experience the spectacular sights and flavours of Rio, with lunch at the Churrascaria Fogo de Chão, before arriving at the airport.


Upon disembarking the ship and collecting your luggage, embark the coach, with your luggage safely stored onboard. Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to Corcovado train station and Cosme Velho neighbourhood.


Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

Upon arrival, board the cogwheel railway train and ascend 2,400 feet (731 metres) to the top of Corcovado Mountain. En route, take in spectacular, 360-degree panoramic views overlooking the city and harbour. Upon arrival at the top of the mountain, you can take the elevator and escalator, or proceed with the adventurous climb up 240 steps to access the 120-foot-high (36-metre-high) statue of Christ the Redeemer.


Beach Tour and Churrascaria

Following your train-ride back down Corcovado Mountain, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at the Churrascaria Fogo de Chão.


Sugar Loaf Mountain

After lunch, ascend via cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Upon arrival, take in breathtaking views overlooking the Corcovado, beaches, the Rio de Janeiro-Niteroi Bridge, and the city of Niteroi across the bay.


After descending Sugar Loag mountains re-board busses for your transfer to Rio´s International airport.


Please note: This tour and airport transfer, concluding at the Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport, is offered only to guests with flights departing after 8:30 pm. It requires an extensive amount of walking, with steps to negotiate at the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Expect long lines at the Corcovado Train Station; your patience is appreciated. Be aware that occasionally the view from the top may be obscured by mist. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. The order of sites visited may vary depending on local conditions. Any luggage must be claimed by each guest upon disembarkation and travels with tour participants in the storage compartments of the coach. Upon arriving at the airport, guests must reclaim their luggage and make their own way to their applicable airline check-in.

Carnival Experience at Samba City

Discover the artistry and imagination involved in the creation of Brazil's world-renowned Carnival during this fun-filled, half-day excursion to Samba City.


Rio Gamboa and Samba City

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Samba City, a 136,343 square-yard (about 114,000-square-metre) area located in the heart of the Rio Gamboa neighbourhood. Samba City is filled with warehouses and barracks that are used by the samba schools to work on their floats and costumes for the next Carnival. Samba City has a total of 14 warehouses, where the 12 samba schools of the special group of Rio de Janeiro are housed. It offers a unique opportunity to witness the construction and production process of more than 6,000 costumes and 15 floats.


Acadêmicos da Grande Rio, Carnival Costumes and Samba Class

Upon arrival in Samba City, visit the warehouse of the Acadêmicos da Grande Rio, one of Rio's first group schools. In the Exhibition Room, see exhibits and videos about the history of Samba and the Carnival Parade. Next, you can try on authentic Carnival costumes, and take photos in them. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing Caipirinha drink, and experience the music of Carnival during a Samba class with percussion by artists from the Grande Rio Samba School. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 40 steps between floors at the warehouse; an elevator is available. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Rio by Night: Exclusive Samba Show

Experience a taste of Carnival in Rio during this exciting, half-day samba show excursion.


Downtown Rio and Cais do Oriente Restaurant

Depart the pier for the short, evening drive through the downtown district en route to the renowned Cais do Oriente restaurant. Upon arrival at this popular venue, you are escorted to your reserve seat for the Samba Show. If you have never experienced Carnival in Rio, this show offers a glimpse of what the excitement is all about.


Samba Show

The hypnotic sounds, along with the lavish, feathered and sequined gowns, are the very essence of the Samba Show. During the approximately 45-minute performance, feel the exuberance of Brazilian joie de vivre while sipping on drinks and eating canapés that are included with tonight's festivities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if canceled within 7 days from the beginning of the voyage. Tickets booked after this deadline are non-refundable. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. Seating is not theatre-style; guests can expect to hear loud music. Although the venue is air-conditioned, the Samba Show takes place in the garden, which is air-cooled. The space designated for the Samba Show is reserved exclusively for Silversea guests; however, the restaurant is open to the public. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Rio at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Rates quoted are for within city limits, not surrounding areas.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Van with Driver & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Rio at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Rates quoted are for within city limits, not surrounding areas.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Rio at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Rates quoted are for within city limits, not surrounding areas.

Silver Shore Privato – Private Car with Driver & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Rio at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Rates quoted are for within city limits, not surrounding areas.

Imperial Petrópolis Tour with Lunch

Explore the Imperial history of Brazil during this full-day tour to Petrópolis.


Situated about one-and-a-half hours from Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis boasts a picturesque location and a rich history. Its name is derived from Emperor Pedro II, the country's second monarch. In fact, Petrópolis served as the summer residence of Brazil's aristocrats during the 19th century and, between 1894 and 1903, was the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro. For an introduction to this vibrant city, join this full-day excursion.


Crystal Palace

Depart the pier in your air-conditioned coach for the scenic drive to Petropolis. Upon arrival, visit the Crystal Palace, an extraordinary work of architecture constructed entirely of metal and glass manufactured in France. The luminous structure was opened in 1884 and became a favorite venue for ballroom dances in the 19th century.


Imperial Museum

After admiring the stunning building, continue to the Imperial Museum, considered one of the most important museums in Brazil. The museum was once the imperial summer residence and today affords a peek into the opulent lifestyle of the monarchs. Marvel at gorgeous materials such as its white Carrara and black Belgian marbles, the dining hall's mahogany furniture and the jacaranda wood of the music room. Precious and important items on display include tapestries, antique furniture and jewels. Be sure to take a moment to appreciate the imperial crown, gleaming with over 600 diamonds and 77 pearls.

Stop for lunch in a delicious buffet of Brazilian specialties such as Barbecue and its different cuts of Brazilian meat.


Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcântara

After lunch a visit is made at the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcântara for a visit. The Cathedral, one of the city's top attractions, is also one of the most famous churches in Brazil. Built in French neo-gothic style, with a beautiful rose window, the cathedral is listed as a national historic heritage by IPHAN.


Rejoining the coach, proceed to Petropolis' famous local chocolate store for a treat before making the return drive to Rio De Janeiro and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This excursion involves a substantial amount of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair accessible. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. Road conditions and weather may affect the duration of this excursion. It is recommended that guests bring along raingear in case of inclement weather.

Tijuca Forest & Botanical Gardens by 4WD

Embrace the scenic beauty of Rio de Janeiro during this memorable half-day exploration by 4WD vehicle of the Tijuca National Park.


Botanical Gardens

Board your convertible 4-WD vehicle at the pier and depart for the Botanical Gardens. Created in 1817 by King D.João VI, the gardens were founded with the purpose of introducing and acclimatizing economically beneficial plants brought from other tropical regions of the world. The gardens also house a wide variety of native Brazilian plants such as aroids, palms, and woody members of the legume family, along with bromeliads, orchids, carnivorous plants, and cacti.


Tijuca National Park

Next, visit the Tijuca Atlantic Forest, the largest urban forest in the world stopping at the Chinese View belvedere with a magnificent view of the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Guanabara Bay and the Sugar Loaf. During the tour, usually it is possible to see tropical animals like monkeys, sloths and exotic birds.


This tour includes a small walk up a forest trail to the Cascatinha Fall. After a few minutes to relax and enjoy the silence of the forest before beginning the descent towards the city, drive towards the Rio de Janeiro's Pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking at the Tijuca Rainforest, along with off-road driving over bumpy surfaces. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellant, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The 4WD vehicles used are not air-conditioned and it is difficult to escape the sun even with the cover over the vehicle. Due to the Carnival holiday streets will be crowded and possibly blocked, therefore drive times may be longer than usual.

Rio & Sugar Loaf

Explore the splendid architecture, culture and landmarks of historic and modern-day Rio during this scenic, half-day sightseeing tour of the city and Sugar Loaf Mountain.


Sugar Loaf

Drive through Flamengo Park en route to the highlight of the tour, a cable-car-ride to the approximately 1,200-foot-high (365 metres) Sugar Loaf Mountain. This famous mountain offers breathtaking views overlooking Corcovado, the beaches, the Rio de Janeiro-Niteroi Bridge and the city of Niteroi across the bay.


The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill. For guests wishing to venture even higher, the second cable car soars to the lofty summit of Sugar Loaf itself. From this vantage point there are breathtaking views of the city, harbour, Copacabana Beach, towering Corcovado and the mountains beyond. After the descent from this unparalleled vantage point, re-board the motor coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. This excursion involves the negotiation of approximately 50 stairs with handrails to reach Sugar Loaf; it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of guests per guide are required to operate this program. You might experience long wait times at the Sugar Loaf Mountain cable car. Please be aware that tour duration could be affected by traffic and the order of sights visited may vary.

Corcovado & Christ The Redeemer

Experience one of the most famous and revered sites in Rio de Janeiro during this picturesque, half-day visit to the statue of Christ the Redeemer.


Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

Depart the pier in Rio for the approximate one-hour drive to Corcovado Train Station, then board the cogwheel railway train and ascend 2,400 feet (731 metres) to the top of Corcovado Mountain. The 2.5-mile-long (4 km) cog railway was opened in October 1884 by Emperor Dom Pedro II with steam trains; these were replaced by electric trains in 1910. En route, take in spectacular, 360-degree panoramic views overlooking the city and harbour. Upon arrival at the top of the mountain, you can take the elevator and escalator, or proceed with the adventurous climb up 240 steps to access the 120-foot-high (36-metre-high) statue of Christ the Redeemer.


Following your train-ride back down Corcovado Mountain, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Long lines at the Corcovado Train Station might be expected; your patience is appreciated. Be aware that occasionally the mountain is frequently enshrouded in clouds, which may affect views of the city. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Please be aware that tour duration could be affected by traffic and the order of sights visited may vary.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis Rio de Janeiro

Rio Carnaval Winner`s Parade

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is unforgettable. The city explodes in joy and music. There are hundreds of street festivities and bands everywhere, but nothing compares to the gigantic party at the sambadrome parade. Let Silversea transfer you to the show and then back to the ship with a flexible schedule and enjoy open front seating (frisas) at this unforgettable spectacle.


00MIDRIO-M Rio Carnaval!

Evening Event: Saturday February 17th, 2018

Depart: Rio de Janeiro

Return: Rio de Janeiro

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than December 1, 2017 Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Tickets are available in limited quantities and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. Tickets are non-refundable once added to your booking. The price of tickets will increase closer to the date of Carnaval therefore the programme price is subject to change without advance notice.


Indulge your senses with the exciting atmosphere of the world-renowned Carnaval parade during your visit to Rio de Janeiro.


Depart the pier for the approximately one-hour drive to the Sambódromo. Located near downtown Rio de Janeiro at Rua Marquês de Sapucaí in Cidade Nova, this permanent structure is 1,968 feet (about 700 metres) in length and seats 72,500 people. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1983, the Sambódromo hosts sporting events, conferences and concerts during the rest of the year, and houses a public education centre which presently teaches 5,000 children.


Upon arrival at the parking area, leave your coach for the brief walk to the open front seats (frisas) at Sector 11. After being seated, view the lively and colourful parades; the high point of Rio's Carnaval celebration. Held over two nights, the parades are the culmination of months of intense preparation by a dozen schools at the top of the highly-competitive Carnavale League.


During your visit, see between eight and twelve oversized floats and approximately 4,000 people make their way down the 'avenida' while singing and dancing in a lively procession. After midnight, return to the pier on any of the three shuttle buses departing during the intervals (schedule to be announced onboard) between one school and the next.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure is scheduled to operate on the evening of Saturday, February 17th, 2018 and departs after an early dinner onboard. This is a party, festival atmosphere; congestion during the transfer and during the walk to your seating can be expected. It involves walking to the open front seats with many steps to negotiate and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The tickets are assigned by seat numbers: pre-arranged seating assignments cannot be guaranteed. Guests wishing to sit with other guests should advise the Shore Concierge onboard however, it cannot be guaranteed that you will sit together. Transfers to and from Carnival are exclusive to guests purchasing Silversea's Rio Carnaval package and cannot be sold separately. Space is limited; we suggest you purchase tickets well in advance to obtain the best seating at the best price.


Guests sailing with Silversea for the full Circle South America Grand Voyage will receive our Carnaval Event package on a complimentary basis. Full Grand Voyage Guests should not add this package to their booking. They are kindly requested to contact Reservations to add the complimentary package to their booking.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing (unless otherwise noted above) and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, private game reserves, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hôtels depuis Rio de Janeiro

2013 GRANDE HOTEL: COPACABANA PALACE HOTEL

Opened in 1923, this elegant and grandiose building is one of the most traditional and luxurious hotels in Rio de Janeiro. This architectural landmark was designed by French architect Joseph Gire, who was inspired by the Hotel Negresco in Nice and the Hotel Carlton in Cannes. The Copacabana Palace has undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments to ensure its position as South America's premiere hotel. The Copacabana Palace has two restaurants available for the guests, The Pérgula, situated by the pool, and the Cipriani which offers a selection of Northern Italian cuisine. The hotel has 222 rooms and suites all with a view of either the sea or Copacabana Avenue. Also available for the guests use are tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, laundry services, and a beauty salon.

RIO SIMPLY HOTEL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.

RIO GRANDE HOTEL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the fine things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.


For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.


Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.

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