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Rio’s Carnival & Colonial Treasures Tour
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View of Christ the Redeemer from the base upward
Spinning dancers at Rio de Janeiro carnival
Train stopped at station in Tiradentes
Buildings of Ouro Preto, Brazil
Cable car approaches Sugarloaf mountain

Rio’s Carnival & Colonial Treasures Tour

Combine Carnival in Rio & the Colonial Brazil Gold Route

9 Days / 8 Nights
From 3800
* flights not included

Summary

Arrive in Rio for Carnival’s Winner’s Parade and combine it with the gems of the colonial hinterland of Rio: The Rio de Janeiro “Gold Route”. It traces the route from Brazil’s gold mines to the important towns and ports where the gold was shipped to the Old World. Visit Ouro Preto, a city in the Atlantic Rainforest that was a hub for gold miners. Also see the port of Paraty, whose cobblestone streets encircle many a colonial mansion. Also see São João del Rei, Tiradentes, and other gold mining towns with unique architecture and beautiful rainforest scenery. The Carnival’s Winners Parade, which is included in this tour package is when all the champion samba schools from the previous days of the Carnaval festival show off their costumes, music and dancing for one grand finale performance. It’s a must-see show!

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Tour Highlights

  • Rio Carnival Winner's Parade

  • Sugar Loaf Mountain

  • Corcovado Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer Statue

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Paraty & Ouro Preto

  • Train ride to Tiradentes

  • Visit to São João del Rei

  • Visit to a Gold Mine in Mariana

  • Schooner Excursion through the bays of Paraty

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  • 8-Nights accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All transfers
  • English-speaking tour guides
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Day 1Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro

Arrive today in Rio de Janeiro, a city of stunning natural beauty, nestled between the Atlantic Rainforest-covered hills and the dazzling waters of Guanabara Bay. Rio de Janeiro has been nicknamed the “Marvelous City,” and on this Rio Carnival & Gold Route tour, you’ll have the opportunity to find out why.

Your tour guide will greet you at the airport or port and take you to your hotel on Copacabana Beach. Famous for its wide sidewalks, high-rise hotels, warm waters and white sandy beaches, Copacabana shouldn’t be missed. Next door is the world-renowned Ipanema Beach. Go for a stroll along the boardwalk or take a dive in the rooftop swimming pool of your hotel.

In the evening, sip on a complimentary caipirinha, a typical Brazilian cocktail while enjoying rodizio buffet dinner.

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Day 2Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio City Tour, & Rio Carnival Parade

Day 3Christ the Redeemer Statue & Corcovado Mountain Tour

Day 4Free Morning in Rio de Janeiro & Transfer to Paraty

Day 5Paraty Schooner Cruise & Lunch

Day 6Serra da Bocaina Park & Minas Gerais Tour

Day 7Train to Tiradentes & Ouro Preto Tour

Day 8Ouro Preto Walking Tour & Mariana Gold Mine

Day 9Petropolis Tour & Return to Rio de Janeiro

Estimated Tour Price Without Flights

Prices vary according to several factors including: season, number of people traveling, shared vs private excursions, when you book and rooming arrangements. These are from prices based on low season.

We can customize anything for any time of year! Contact us for an exact quote for your trip.

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Hotel
Luxury

From 5010 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada do Mondego
  • Paraty Pousada Porto Imperial
  • Rio de Janeiro Hilton Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior+

From 4370 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Hotel Luxor Ouro Preto
  • Paraty Pousada do Sandi
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior

From 4140 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Minas Gerais
  • Paraty Pousada Corsário
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Leme Hotel
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Standard

From 3800 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Classica
  • Paraty Pousada do Príncipe
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Martinique
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Luxury

From 5810 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada do Mondego
  • Paraty Pousada Porto Imperial
  • Rio de Janeiro Hilton Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior+

From 5170 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Hotel Luxor Ouro Preto
  • Paraty Pousada do Sandi
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior

From 4925 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Minas Gerais
  • Paraty Pousada Corsário
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Leme Hotel
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Standard

From 4440 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Classica
  • Paraty Pousada do Príncipe
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Martinique
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Luxury

From 7290 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada do Mondego
  • Paraty Pousada Porto Imperial
  • Rio de Janeiro Hilton Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior+

From 6650 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Hotel Luxor Ouro Preto
  • Paraty Pousada do Sandi
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Superior

From 6360 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Minas Gerais
  • Paraty Pousada Corsário
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Leme Hotel
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo
Hotel
Standard

From 5725 Per Person

Flights quoted separately

  • Ouro Preto Pousada Classica
  • Paraty Pousada do Príncipe
  • Rio de Janeiro Windsor Martinique
  • São João del Rei Pousada Beco do Bispo