Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Sugarloaf mountain
Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Sugarloaf mountain
Copacabana beach in Rio de Janerio

Planted between lush, forest-covered mountains and breath-taking beaches, Rio de Janeiro – the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) – has many charms at her disposal, and is a rich melting pot of cultures.

Famed for its Carnival and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the samba-fuelled nightlife and raucous football matches of this huge, iconic Brazilian seaside city more than delivers on its romantic promise.[ReadMoreMob]

Home to the glorious 38-metre Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and the stunning Sugarloaf Mountain, a remarkable granite peak with cable cars to its summit, truly make Rio a place like no other. Music is the city’s heartbeat; a soundtrack that blends rock, bossa nova, funk and, of course, samba – the African influenced beat that’s synonymous with Rio.

Carnival means parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, and Rio’s festival is considered the world’s largest. Other occasions for partying around town include funk parties in the favelas (shanty towns) and boat parties on the bay. Food is a treasured part of local life, with its dishes roots deep in African and European traditions. Cuisine options vary from meaty churrascarias, tasty feijoadas, vibrant street food and gourmet restaurant selections.

Rio is far more than just a frantic seaside resort, and the area offers access to some outstanding outdoor adventures: hiking in the Tijuca rainforest, cycling alongside the lake and beaches and sailing across Baía de Guanabara.

Cruises to Rio de Janeiro

South American Exploration

South American Exploration

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
70 nights • Balmoral • L2001

  • Experience an extensive, in-depth exploration of South America as Balmoral guides you to a string of incredible destinations to bring you the very best of this intoxicating, culturally diverse and simply spectacular part of the world.
  • Calls at captivating cities and stunning islands in Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia offer chances to uncover iconic landmarks including Christ the Redeemer; ancient sites such as Machu Picchu; beautiful beaches; and much more.
  • You’ll also visit Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts for sun-kissed beaches and an authentic taste of paradise in the sun-soaked Caribbean; as well as three beautiful Portuguese islands in the Atlantic, where lush, flora-rich landscapes await your exploration.

Adult Only Sailing

From £6,999pp

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Brazilian Discovery

Brazilian Discovery

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
23 nights • Balmoral • L2001A

  • Under the guidance of Balmoral, you’ll discover some of South America’s most iconic sights and attractions – from world-famous landmarks to breathtaking beaches – in Brazil and Uruguay.
  • Visit Salvador, home to an enchanting UNESCO-listed Historic Centre; uncover gorgeous golden sands, waterfalls and lush rainforest at Ilhabela; and explore the attraction-packed Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.
  • The pinnacle is an overnight stay in intoxicating Rio de Janeiro, plenty of time to take in Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Beach, traditional samba beats and much more.

From £2,449pp

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South American Discovery with the Falklands

South American Discovery with the Falklands

Departs: Southampton • Mon 06 Jan 2020
43 nights • Balmoral • L2001AB

  • Experience the very best that one of the world’s most intoxication regions has to offer, on this extensive, in-depth exploration of South America packed with countless highlights throughout.
  • Discover Ilhabela’s beaches and lush rainforests, and revel in the icons of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; and in Uruguay, explore Montevideo – the culture-rich capital – and glamourous Punta del Este.
  • Enjoy traditional tango in Buenos Aires, or tour to mighty Iguazu Falls; delve into the fascinating history of the Falklands; marvel at the glorious glaciers and snow-capped peaks of Chilean fjords; and uncover the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu on tour in Peru.

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