Dive into Rio de Janeiro's past and travel through time from the discovery of Brazil through the arriving of the royal family, the country’s independence and the proclamation of the republic.

Get to know the historical past of the city - which was once the capital of Brazil for almost 2 centuries - taking a walk through the city center that holds memories of different times.  Also notice the contrast with the new Mauá Square, a gift from the Olympic legacy that has changed the life of the Cariocas forever, creating a new pole of entertainment and culture, hosting two new museums, the Rio Art Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow, and the famous Cobra murals.

You can identify the different periods just by taking a look at the Downtown’s architecture: Colonial, Imperial and Republican.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 13+):
$52.00
Child Rate
(Ages 3-12):
$38.75

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Tour / Activity Details

4 hours
1:00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
(See Special Schedule Details)
Estimated departure time; you will be provided your specific tour departure time when you reconfirm your reservation (details on E-Ticket).

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum age is 3.  Minimum 4 total participants required to operate.  If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, you will be contacted to discuss alternatives.  This tour includes free hotel pick up and drop off at most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.  Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Special Schedule Details

  • No tours are scheduled on January 1, during Carnaval, on selected other national holidays, or on December 24, December 25 or December 31.

 

Itinerary

This tour to the past begins at the doors of the museum of Tomorrow and the Rio Art Museum, where you have a wide view of the Olympic Boulevard.  From there, you will visit the Monastery of São Bento, founded in 1590 by 2 monks from Bahia and considered one of the most important historical examples of Brazilian architecture.  Afterwards, the tour continues to the Candelaria Church, constructed in neoclassical style, which began being built in 1630 and was finished in 1775.

Next the tour heads along Primeiro de Março Street, admiring the France-Brazil House, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the post office building until reaching the Praça XV where the Imperial Palace - which was built to be the residence of the governors of the captaincy and was the residency of the Portuguese Royal Family when it arrived in Brazil - and lastly passing by the Tiradentes Palace.  From Praça XV, the tour continues to Cinelândia, the tour's final point, where you can enjoy the beauty of the buildings of the Municipal Theater, the Legislative Assembly, the National Library and the Museum of Fine Arts.  From there, you will be returned to your hotel.

 

Included

  • Roundtrip transportation from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Professional Tour Guide

 

Not Included

  • Food or beverages
  • Optional gratuities

 

What to Wear/Bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Minimum age is 3.  Minimum 4 total participants required to operate.  If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, you will be contacted to discuss alternatives.  This tour includes free hotel pick up and drop off at most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.  Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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