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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.

Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

3. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

4. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

Explore the top sights of Rio de Janeiro with a different take. Ride by speedboat and learn the story of the city as you pass by different spots. Make visits to places of your choosing like Copacabana Beach, the Cagarras Islands, and many more. Begin the tour at Urca pier by boarding your speedboat. Listen to your captain as you ride and hear a brief story about this wonderful city. Pass by all the major sights and make stops as you please. Find yourself at São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, just to name a few. See the underwater world, with diving stops made for you to enjoy even more.

Rio de Janeiro: Unforgettable Sunset Boat Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Unforgettable Sunset Boat Tour

Start the tourt in the middle of the afternoon at the pier in Urca. Board the charming sailboat and pass by the Fortress of São José, Fortress Lage, Fortress Santa Cruz, and close to the Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Here is the perfect stopping point for taking pictures and enjoying a spot of swimming.  Next, you will pass by the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum and sail back to the pier with an amazing view of the sunset on the horizon. Central to the scenery of Rio's coastline, there are many gorgeous views of Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer throughout the ride. Along the way, enjoy a refreshing selection of drinks and snacks from your friendly onboard host. The tour finishes after sunset allowing you to make the most of the amazing views of the city.

Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful boat tour with sunset!

6. Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful boat tour with sunset!

The speedboat tour starts at the Urca pier, where the boarding takes place. From there, the captain of the speedboat will begin to tell a brief story as he passes through each tourist spot in the city. Among the places to be visited are: São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, among others. Diving stops will be made for you to enjoy even more. The entire itinerary lasts 3 hours and the disembark will be done on the same pier as the boarding.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

7. Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

Admire the beautiful beaches, coastline, and main sights on a 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-hour journey around Rio de Janeiro's coast aboard a speedboat that features coolers, a bluetooth stereo, a barbecue, and a bathroom. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Urca, and Ilha da Laje. Stop for a swim and lunch onboard in Adão and Eva Beach on the coast of Niterói or at Vermelha Beach in Urca. Choose and bring your own food for the boat trip, and let your Portuguese-speaking sailor cook it for you on the grill while you bask in the sunshine.

Rio de Janeiro: Niterói Day Trip

8. Rio de Janeiro: Niterói Day Trip

Explore the beauty and culture of Niterói as you visit exciting sights on this 8-hour guided tour. You’ll discover beautiful beaches, see works of architectural genius, and enjoy wonderful views over stunning landscapes. From your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, you will be driven to the center of Niteroi where the tour begins. Here you will get to know the great architectural works designed by Niemeyer in the famous Caminho Niemeyer. And of course, you’ll see the Museum of Contemporary Art (ticket not included). After this, it’s time to visit some of Niteroi's beautiful beaches and see for yourself why they’re so popular. Then it’s on to the military fortress of Santa Cruz, with its wonderful view over Guanabara Bay. Finally, you’ll head to one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Itacoatiara, to enjoy an unforgettable sunset from the top of one of the mountains surrounding Niterói.

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What people are saying about Niteroi

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 113 reviews

Oh this was just the best thing we did whilst in Rio, our local guide was fabulous, he lived in the Favella and knew EVERYONE as we walked around. What I love about this was that he gives back to the Favella on a weekly basis which made me feel comfortable whilst wandering around these poor peoples homes. We also felt very safe. This is a must.

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!

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