Destination

Rio de Janeiro Holidays

City of sand and samba

With samba ringing in your ears, and the sparkling coastline behind you, you’re sure to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro, the heartbeat of Brazil.

Embrace this intoxicating metropolis that’s lined with golden sandy beaches, rainforest and mountains, and home to some of the world’s greatest icons such as Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Visit during Rio Carnival for the ultimate street party, before relaxing with a cocktail (or two) watching the sun set over this spectacular city.

See more of South America in one trip: after visiting Rio, head to Buenos Aires for a spot of Latin American charm, visit Lima where the culinary scene is like no other or explore the icebergs in south Argentina at Ushuaia.

Destination Highlights
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Lively Copacabana
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -3
  • Currency BRL - Brazilian Real
  • Visa Information British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Brazil.
  • Language Portuguese
  • Flight Time 11–12 hours; direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro. Indirect flights are available from other UK Airports.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Brazil.

Top Tips from our Experts

Robert

Destination Specialist

“Wake up early and head to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain to watch the sunrise. Finish your day with a drink in hand, watching the sun go down over Copacabana Beach from the balcony of your room at the Belmond Copacabana Palace.”

Gina

Destination Specialist

“Pre-book your visit to Christ the Redeemer before you travel, as the trains get booked up far in advance.”

Mark

Destination Manager

"Experience the urban art scene of Rio by taking a walk down Boulevard Olimpico – it’s a perfect place to get that edgy Instagram shot.”

Types of Rio de Janeiro holidays

We offer many different ways to see, explore and discover Rio and the amazing country of Brazil. We will tailor make the holiday of your dreams.

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Rio de Janeiro take approximately 11-12 hours. There are currently five direct flights from London Heathrow to Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport each week with British Airways and further direct flights with LATAM Airlines and British Airways to Sao Paulo.  Alternatively, there are indirect options from various UK cities. 

Copacabana is the best beach in Rio, partly because it’s one of the most famous beaches on Earth. Set against the backdrop of Sugar Mountain, Copacabana has a particularly striking setting. Though, do not miss Vermelha, Ipanema and Leblon beaches, as these are equally as impressive. 

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro

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Belmond Copacabana Palace
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Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Rio de Janeiro

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Porto Bay Rio Internacional

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