Rio Old Town Historical Tour

Private Tour

Discover how the old and modern parts of Rio’s downtown co-exist on this historical walking tour. Learn how to ride both the subway and the new electric tram, and discover areas that were rarely explored even by locals before the 2016 Olympics.

Rio Old Town Walking Tour Highlights

  • Discover the renovated harbour area and its highlights such as Kobra’s graffiti mural and Museum of Tomorrow
  • Stroll around Orla Conde surrounding the downtown and into Rio’s Old Town district
  • Ride the new eco-friendly tram of Rio
  • Visit the city’s oldest bakery and treat yourself to the best pastries in town

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, round-trip subway ticket, and tram ride fare.

Exclusions: Souvenirs and personal shopping, snacks, drinks, and tips/gratuities for your local guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. We’ll meet right by the statue outside the hotel.
  • Starting time: 9.00 AM
  • Ending point: Copacabana Palace Hotel.
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  • On this jam-packed Rio city tour, we’re mixing historical venues, modern designs, and stunning views from iconic sites to give you a full taste of Rio’s past, present, and future.

    We start our journey in the classic area of Copacabana, where we head to the subway to reach the downtown area at Cinelandia Square.

    Wl ride the newest transportation option in Rio, the VLT tram. The sustainable ride on the electric tram takes you across downtown all the way to the renovated harbour area, which has been developed into the modern Olympic Boulevard. The 2016 Olympic Games have left a great legacy on that side of town, and you won’t get a better first impression of modern-day Rio de Janeiro.

    We get off the tram right by the impressive and colourful graffiti mural designed by Eduardo Kobra. His work features the indigenous people of five continents and covers over 2,600 sq. metres of the building. From there, we head from the boulevard down to the Museum of Tomorrow, another impressive work that’s great for snapping a few photos with Guanabara Bay in the background. We then connect from this renovated area to the old district of the city via a new pathway along the bay.

    Moving along the old streets of Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, we reach the first bakery of Rio. This traditional spot dates back to 1894 and has kept all of its original enchantment. As you enjoy the fancy architecture, treat yourself to some of the yummiest desserts in town. After this sugar rush, we walk to Carioca Square to take the subway back to Copacabana.

    Feeling like you have some more adventure in you? Then incorporate this tour with our afternoon Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Discovery tour!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, round-trip subway ticket, and tram ride fare.

    Exclusions: Souvenirs and personal shopping, snacks, drinks, and tips/gratuities for your local guide.

    Dress standard: Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance, so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas, halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites, shoulders and knees should be covered.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Closure of sites: If the VLT (tram) is not running, we’ll walk a few blocks and take a public bus to continue the tour.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +55 21 9 8372 1107
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mr. David F. from USA travelled on 14 Aug 2017

    Juliana was fantastic. I had a tour with her on the previous day, so I was looking forward to another wonderful day. It turned out that my daughter and I were the only ones on the tour, so Juliana was extremely accommodating regarding my particular interests. From the renovated port area, to the Valongo port, from the the Bank of Brazil bookstore for some exquisite books to the Candelaria Church and remembering the children’s massacre of the 1990s, from going shopping in the financial district to discussing the merits of the Olympics and the Museum of Tomorrow…I could keep on going. The tour was marvelous, a fantastic compliment to the previous day visit to Santa Teresa and Santa Marta. Juliana was once again a terrific story teller, and a wonderful source of feedback for my daughter deciding on what to buy; a real plus for a father traveling with a teenage daughter! My only regret is that Juliana could not come with us to Salvador! Thank you, UrbanAdventures. Next time I’m in Rio, and I plan to come back soon, I will be searching for you and Juliana!