Best of Rio Walking Tour - City Center, Olympic Boulevard and Museum of Tomorrow

Tours & Sightseeing in Brazil

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Come with us to have very pleasant day in our most complete walking tour Start the tour in morning meeting our tour guide to take the subway to go to downtown Rio de Janeiro, a rich in history area with buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it. Then after having lunch in one of the most traditional places, take the LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) in direction to the Olympic Boulevard, Sea Port area and visit the Museum of Tomorrow.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Copacabana BeachYou will meet our tour guide at the entrance of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel and you will be taken by subway to downtown, stopping at Cinelândia StationDuration: 15 minutesPass By: CinelandiaThe metro station from the 1900's is a relic of the French Architectural influence in Brazil.Pass By: Museu Nacional De Belas ArtesA French Renaissance-style building with a collection of paintings by Brazil's finest contemporary artists as well as an impressive array of folk and African art.Pass By: Teatro Municipal Carlos GomesThe Municipal Theather, and the city Opera's House, from 1909, is filled with gilded mirrors, statues, murals, stained-glass windows and sparkling chandeliers.Pass By: National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)The National Library is the depository of the bibliographical and documentary heritage of Brazil, considered by UNESCO as the seventh largest national library in the world, and is also the largest library in Latin AmericaPass By: Palacio Pedro Ernesto - Camara Municipal do Rio de JaneiroThe Pedro Ernesto Palace, the building that now houses the City Council of the municipality, is part of one of the most valuable architectural ensembles of the city. In the main facade facing the square, perfectly symmetrical and rich in details, the access staircase, the upper gallery with its double columns and the two "tempiettos" that adorn the corners of the building deserve special attention.Pass By: Centro Cultural Justica FederalThe Cultural Center of the Federal Justice is a known space for incentivizing and ensuring access of the population to many ways of cultural expression, hosting expositions, dance and music shows, courses, seminars, lectures and others.Pass By: Tiradentes PalaceThis marvelous palace in the center of the city draws attention to those who pass by and get delighted with its Corinthian columns and its eclectic style. The Tiradentes Palace was the former building of the Brazilian National Congress, between 1926 and 1960, and is the current seat of the State Legislative Assembly.Pass By: Paco ImperialBuilt in 1743, it was used as the House of the Viceroys of Brazil.With the entrance of the Court of D. João VI to Rio de Janeiro, the Palace became the seat of the governments of the Kingdom and the Empire. After the Proclamation of the Republic, the Post and Telegraph were located. In 1938, it was listed by National Historical and Artistic Heritage and today is one of the milestones of the city's cultural history. Since 1985, Paço Imperial has been a cultural center linked to the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute of the Ministry of Culture, and it has a free entrance all year round.Pass By: Travessa do ComercioOne of the most interesting tours that can be done in the Center of Rio is to cross the alleys and alleys that form the Travessa do Comércio, near Praça XV. Travessa, closed to car traffic, is one of the few places in the city that, in a way, preserves the traits of colonial times.Pass By: Casa Franca-BrasilCommissioned in 1819 by King João VI to Grandjean de Montigny, architect of the French Artistic Mission, the work itself is an important historical document. This is the first record of the neoclassical style in Rio de Janeiro, a tendency that would then become popular, giving the city marked by its colonial houses a more cosmopolitan tone, European fashion.Pass By: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de JaneiroThe CCBB is a cultural center that consists of exhibition rooms, three theaters, a library, cinema, and a video room. It is housed in an art deco style building located in what used to be the financial district of Rio de Janeiro.Stop At: VLT CariocaLight Rail Vehicle which will take us from Downtown area to Olympic BoulevardDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Boulevard OlimpicoThe region called Porto Maravilha (Wonder Port) started to be revitalized in 2010 and has now a variety of interesting buildings and museums. You will take a good walk passing the Olympic Boulevard, throughThe GaleRio Porto Maravilha (Wonder Port GaleRio), a sequence of panels that make up an artistic pathway with walls that have been painted by 20 artists and the famous street art mural, called Etnias, painted by Eduardo Kobra.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Painel EtniasOne of the most modern tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro, it was inspired by the Olympic rings that represent the 5 continents and was named "Ethnic". The art is signed by Eduardo Kobra, who has works spread across more than 20 countries, such as England, France, the United States, Russia, Greece, Italy, Sweden and Poland.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Museum of TomorrowRight after we will head to the Museum of Tomorrow, a science museum in the city, right across MAR. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. This intricate yet captivating museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities and an ecological world.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Museu de Arte do Rio - MARAlso you will have a chance to visit the MAR, the Rio Art Museum, installed at Praça Mauá, in two buildings with heterogeneous and interconnected profiles: The Dom João VI Mansion, listed and eclectic, and the neighboring building, which has a modernist style and was originally a bus terminal. You can get a nice view of the Museum of Tomorrow from MAR’s rooftopDuration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Bilingual licensed guide
  • Entry/Admission - VLT Carioca
  • Entry/Admission - Museum of Tomorrow
  • Entry/Admission - Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR

What’s not included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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