Itinerary

Rio Culinary Tour

Discover the taste of Rio

Discover the city of Rio with your eyes and your taste buds as you eat you way around the city at various restaurants enjoying simple street food through to dining at a luxury Michelin-starred restaurant that is listed in the top 50 restaurants in the whole Latin America. Join a fun cooking class cooking with ingredients bought from the local market, learn about samba and try your dance moves at one of the most famous samba schools in Rio.

In between the food you will visit Rio’s most iconic landmarks, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the most famous beach in the world, Copacabana. This is the ultimate way to explore Brazil’s vibrant city.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Dine at some of Rio's best restaurants - Iraja Grastro, Giuseppe Grill Leblon and The Olympe Restaurant
  • Enjoy simple market and street food
  • 4-star and 5-star accommodation options available
  • Explore the historic centre of Rio
  • Sip sunset cocktails on Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Take an exciting jeep tour to Corcovado mountain

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
5 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • 4 nights at a 5-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Set menus at each restaurant for vegetarians and non-vegetarians
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Tax at hotels
Not included
  • Flights
  • Drinks at all restaurants
  • Personal expenses, tips and extras at hotels

Itinerary Breakdown

Welcome to one of the most beautiful and exciting cities of the world. Begin with a city tour showing you some of the key sights with the highlight of the tour being a sunset welcome cocktail at Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will take in one of the best views over the city. On the tour enjoy your first meal of the itinerary by eating Feijoada balls at Aconchego Carioca. This is a restaurant run by a mother and daughter and has become a reference point for lovers of Brazilian food. The story began with a very small boteco in the centre of Rio serving food in a very informal way. At Aconchego, it is possible to savour a list of creative tastes and the delicious main dishes with a Brazilian flavour.

Dinner is at Iraja Gastro Restaurant. Located in the Botafogo neighbourhood, Irajá Gastrô is a contemporary restaurant with strong influences from Brazilian cuisine that values the ingredient at its best and in the most sustainable way possible. Headed by Chef Pedro de Artagão, who started his career with Chef José Hugo Celidônio, he went through the kitchens of Flavia Quaresma and Rolland Villard and for the last 5 years he was the Chef of the Laguiole Restaurant in MAM. The dishes are the result of months of testing and studies to achieve the perfect result, With a capacity for 55 seats, 20 of which is in a 'living room' to provide a relaxed atmosphere. 

* If your flight arrives the night before the tour begins you will need to book an extra night at the hotel before starting the tour the following morning.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor California or similar

Begin the day with Brazilian breakfast buffet before enjoy an exciting jeep tour to the Corcovado mountain with a spectacular 360º view of the city from just below from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, surely one of the most famous spots in the entire world. Continue through the Tijuca National Park to the historic Santa Teresa district for lunch at Espírito Santa, a restaurant created to praise the Brazilian cuisine. The Chef Natacha Fink invests in the sustainability of the restaurant and values local products, preparing meals with organic vegetables and using fish sourced from the Amazon.

Dinner at Oro is a trip through tasting menus, composed of five, seven or even nine courses. A complete sensory and creative experience. Opening its doors in 2010 and has since consolidated itself as a leader of innovation and revolution of the Brazilian food scene. The restaurant has received 'Best Restaurant' awards from several important publications and in 2015 Oro received a Michelin Star.  The restaurant has most recently won awards for 'Chef of The Year', 'Best Contemporary Restaurant' and 'Best Sommelier'. The headed Chef Felipe Bronze is one of the most celebrated Brazilian chefs of his generation and has won 'Chef of the Year' seven times. This is a meal not to be missed.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor California or similar

Begin your day like the previous ones with a Brazilian buffet breakfast, then visit a typical local street market to get to know the incredible variety of fruit and vegetables. Learn a mix of Brazil’s favourite recipes in a great cooking class and discover exotic ingredients, techniques and flavours as well as more about Rio culture. Led by Chef Simone, who makes the class full of fun and laughter, you will prepare a tasty recipes with ingredients you can find worldwide.

Afterwards, continue to one of the most famous Samba Schools in Brazil, where you will have the opportunity to dress in traditional clothing and learn the famous dance.

Dinner will be served at Guiseppe Grill, voted to have the best meat in Rio by local magazines. Located in Leblon, a very charming neighbourhood just few minutes from Ipanema and Copacabana. The restaurant offers a traditional and unique cut like Maminha and Picanha Supra Sumo using two different techniques of preparation, both of them with coal, something very rare in the city. Besides the meat it also offers fresh seafood, delivered and stocked daily by the fishermen. The wine cellar is a reference for its rarities and also for being awarded as the most complete wine list Rio, with more than 650 different labels from 16 countries.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor California or similar

The buffet breakfast is followed by a walking tour through the historic centre of this 400-year-old city. Stop at the Ancoramar Restaurant for lunch, a traditional restaurant in the heart of Rio specialising in sea food. The Ancoramar has kept its tradition and quality to become one of the obligatory itineraries for locals and tourists due to having more than 80 years of experience.

The afternoon is at leisure, choose to relax, explore the city a little more or we recommend taking a stroll along Copacabana beach.

Dinner is served at The Olympe restaurant located in the Lagoa neighbourhood. Olympe’s cuisine combines French technics with Brazilian ingredients. Upon his arrival in Brazil on 1979, Chef Claude Troisgros immersed himself in the local products such as baroa potato, hearts of palm, passion fruit, açaí and manioc and started to blend these flavours with traditional French cuisine. The restaurant is currently in the list of '50 Best Restaurants in Latin America'.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor California or similar

This is your last day in Rio, here you can continue your holiday to your next destination, perhaps the mighty Iguazu Falls, an Amazon Rainforest lodge or to a golden sandy beach. If you wish you can even stay on in Rio for a few more nights.

You will have breakfast before being transferred to the airport.