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Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

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Explore the charming, cosmopolitan town of Búzios on this full-day trip from Rio de Janeiro. During this 13-hour outing, stroll through the center of Búzios on a guided tour to get oriented, then spend free time discovering the former fishing village's charms on your own. Opt to take a 2-hour cruise offshore which stops at several idyllic spots for swimming and relaxing. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is provided.
  • Take time out on a full day tour to the charming Buzios
  • Orientate yourself with a guided walking tour along the cobbled streets of Buzios
  • Enjoy ample free time to explore Buzios on your own - go for a swim, take a cruise or a guided coach tour
  • Roundtrip hotel transfers from Rio de Janeiro included
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Guided walk through Buzios
Hotel pickup and drop off
Schooner ride (if option selected)
Drinks and dessert

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7:00 AM
Departure Point: Pickup is available from most major hotels in the zones São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Leme and Copacabana. Please stay at the hotel lobby 10 minutes before pick up time. Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 8:00pm - 9:00pm
After pickup from your Rio hotel, board a comfortable, climate-controlled coach for the 2.5-hour trip to Búzios. Settle in to your seat and get to know your local tour guide and group while you travel.

Arrive in Búzios and disembark for a brief tour of the city with your guide. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and learn about the city's history and culture. Once a quaint fishing village, this city has grown into an cosmopolitan, international destination, while still retaining its quaint charm and laid-back vibe. Check out the various local boutiques, art galleries and eateries, as well as the eclectic architecture on the Rua das Pedras, Búzios' main thoroughfare. In your free time, visit as many of the 23 local beaches as you can, including Geribá, Azeda, and Ferradura.

Choose to hop aboard a boat for a 2-hour cruise in Búzios' tropical waters, relaxing on board or jumping in for a dip.

After spending the day exploring Búzios' charms, board your coach for the ride back to Rio de Janeiro and drop-off at your hotel.
Pass By:  
Ponte Rio–Niteroi
Pass by the Rio-Niteroi Bridge on your way to Buzios and catch up nice views from Guanabara bau and surrounding areas.
Stop At:  
Rua das Pedras
Upon arrival in Búzios, the group is taken on a walk through cobbled streets rich with quaint charm, made famous by the French actress Brigitte Bardot. Walk through the famous Rua das Pedras and check out famous stores, many souvenirs and good food. If you are not taking the boat ride, take your time to visit all of it, besides the amazing Buzios coastline.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Azeda Beach
If you choose the optional cruise, enjoy the Buzios coastline from a different perspective and on a different way. Azeda Beach is among the most sought after by tourists. The beach is small, charming and with calm and colorful sea. It is next to Azedinha. They are divided only by a strip of stone, and in Azedinha there is no construction to hide the look of the forest. Each stop lasts around 30 minutes, and you can go to the beach instead of staying inside the schooner.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Joao Fernandes Beach
Surrounded by lodges, hotels and luxury condominiums, the beach has perfect calm waters for kayaking, as well as snorkeling beaches. It is no accident that it is an obligatory stop for the schooner trips. The beach is a favorite of foreign tourists, who find good infrastructure of bars and restaurants serving snacks and dishes based on lobsters and shrimps. The kiosks stand on a plateau, but they often spread tables and chairs in the sand. If you prefer to get away from the usual buzz of noise, walk to the right corner, a little quieter.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tartaruga Beach
The beach has calm waters, and generally the warmest of the region, since it does not receive the cold currents of Antarctica. Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the shores at the far right. Along the extensive strip of sand, kiosks for all tastes spread tables, chairs and sun loungers.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Orla Bardot Boardwalk
The Bardot shore is always colored by the fishing boats. A walk along the boardwalk, dotted with wooden decks, benches and gardens, features the bronze sculptures of famous visitors such as French actress Brigitte Bardot and former President Juscelino Kubitschek. Residents and illustrious workers - the fishermen - are also honored there, through a beautiful monument signed by the sculptor Christina Motta.
Stop At:  
Bastidores Restobar
Have a formidable lunch at high rated restaurant in Búzios. Enjoy a variety of local foods in a delicoius buffet. Drinks are not included.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you choose the 'Cruise' option, please bring a swimsuit and a towel.
  • Boat tour takes about 2 hours before it gets back to the city.
  • The boat usually makes 03 stops for swimming and usually goes to the same destinations: Ilha Feia, João Fernandes Beach, Azeda Beach or Tartaruga Beach.
  • The order and destinations of itinerary depends on the wind and weather conditions.
  • Inside the bus will always have a tour guide available. If passenger doesn’t want to go on the optional boat cruise, tour guide provides information of the city and he has some time to walk through the city and its beaches on his own.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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, Feb 2020
This was terrible. The communication with people the boat was unprofessional. My group was told that we had to purchase extra scuba gear after we were on the boat and was too late. The DJ rarely translated what he was saying. They nickle and dime you for everything on the boat. Dont waste your time or money.
Buzios excursion
, Oct 2019
The three hour bus ride each was was a bit tedious. The boat ride was excellent. We stopped sveral times for swimming & snorkeling. After the boat ride we had a good buffet late lunch. This left just enough time to find the Brigit Bardot statue.
Beauty and the Beach
, Jun 2019
Visiting Buzios is a must! My husband and I enjoyed our visit via a tour headed by our guide Christina. She was friendly, professional and more than accomodating to all her guests throughout our trip. The boat excursion was amazing! We enjoyed snorkeling, swimming, samba dancing and slide on the boat which shoots you into the ocean! The lunch provided was amazing with many options. It was a great day ending with a beautiful sunset on the beach. Thank you Christina!
Let me start by clarifying that...
Ayanda M
, Mar 2018
Let me start by clarifying that Buzios itself was 5 star, but the organization of this tour was terrible. Firstly the tour bus broke down 15 minutes after pick up, and took more than an hour to fix. Then the guide decided to get another bus anyway. But, the guide Hugo, was not communicative, did not tell us what was going on and only spoke Spanish. Every time he made an announcement during the trip, we had to ask him to translate to English. After all that, Buzios was scenic, with beautiful warm waters, although the beach itself is small.
Not worth it too long, the trip is...
, Jan 2018
Not worth it too long, the trip is NOT 2 hours each way like they said. Picked up at 7am from hotel and spent 1 hour picking people up in a big tour bus. Then the actual trip was 4 hours. We arrived at Buzios past 12 and had lunch at an average place. The tour guide only said 2 sentences in the whole trip, did not explain anything or provide info about the place. The boat ride has horrible, ugly old boat, very crowded, not enough seats for everyboy or life jackets, it was more of a loud party boat than a cruze. Captain sailed the boat, while yelling through speakers entertaining the party, and Djing all at the same time. Then they left us at the main plaza in Buzios to walk around. Tour guide did not suggest anything to see or where to walk he said nothing. Buzios is an ok kind of hippie town with stores and restaurants but not much to see. Not worth the trip for me, would not recommend this tour.
This was great but we found since...
, Sep 2017
This was great but we found since our translator spoke 3-4 languages on the tour he didn't say much in English but overall it was a great experience.
I really enjoyed this trip. We had a...
Hanna J
, Feb 2017
I really enjoyed this trip. We had a lot of fun on the boat drinking caiprinhas and dancing. The sea was very rough in the spots we stopped to swim and while it may have just been the weather on the day I chose, it wasn't very safe. One of the crew was an amazing swimmer and had no problem rescuing people that drifted out, but I did think they should've stopped people swimming it was so strong. Buzios is beautiful and makes a nice change from being in the city centre - it's well worth a visit. There was quite a bit of waiting around to board the boat after a long bus journey, but it was worth it nevertheless.
Missed hotel breakfast due to...
, Dec 2016
Missed hotel breakfast due to scheduled pick up time, then coach over 40 minutes late. Picked up by one coach to be taken to another then spent further hour driving round Rio picking up other passengers. Guide gave no information on either places passed on journey to Buzios or Buzios itself. Had booked the trip that included a walking tour of Buzios but told the one we were on included a boat trip for the beaches, we had no swimwear/towels, but, the guide wasn't bothered. Only found this out some 2hours into the journey. On arrival in Buzios refused to go on boat trip and agreed to meet guide later, found Buzios to be nice with cobbled streets, decent shops and lovely cafes/bars to stop off at, it also had many restaurants that caters for all people's needs, so in itself is worth visiting. For those booking the boat trip need to be aware that it took our fellow passengers 50 minutes to board the boat after arrival in Buzios, so in total just over 4 hours after leaving Rio. The return coach journey took just over 4 hours due to traffic in Buzios. Be prepared for a long day with 7 hours of coach travel and a very little information.
AWESOME food!!! Nice guide, great...
Shirsendu S
, Nov 2016
AWESOME food!!! Nice guide, great experience of the cuise. All in all it was an experirnce
We had a wonderful time in Buzios...
Ruediger M
, Oct 2016
We had a wonderful time in Buzios. The bus picked us up in front of a hotel and the ride from Rio to Buzios took about 2 1/2 hours. The tour guide was great and gave us lots of information, which made us fully enjoy the trip. At Buzios we chose the option to go to one of the beaches instead of on a boat tour since we stayed only one day going back and forth. It probably makes sense to stay at least 2 days if you want to enjoy both the beach and the boat tour. We were taken to a nice restaurant for an excellent buffet. All in all, thumbs up!
I was very disappointed with my...
, Jul 2016
I was very disappointed with my experience during this trip. In my trip, the entire group spoke Spanish and Portugese and I was the only one who spoke english. I felt like a burden for the guide who was translating. Furthermore, the trip itself isn't worth it. There are better beaches and swimming spots in RIo or near Rio for the amount of time offered. The experience itself was terrible/ On the boat in Buzios, none of the crew spoke any english and I was generally just left alone. Terrible waste of the day
Worth doing. The boat ride around is...
, Dec 2015
Worth doing. The boat ride around is a must, that will take approx 2 hrs then you should have a good hr to walk around the small city sqare. Not much shopping here but good food. Our guide was only ok, his english was not goid and he really couldnt be bothered to make any effort. The buffet lunch was nice.
Good trip, however the cruise was...
Susan M
, Nov 2015
Good trip, however the cruise was conducted in Portuguese so had no idea what was being said, I booked an English speaking trip so was expecting this to be translated.
This tour is really just transport...
Keith E P
, Jan 2015
This tour is really just transport to Buzios instead of an actual tour. The trip to Buzios is worth it though, however there were a few issues with this trip: tour guide only spoke English when asked it took 4 hours to get there and 4 hours back, instead of the advertised 2 hours the bus' gearbox would not work so we waited 30mins on the way to Buzios until all of the tour passengers pushed the bus to get it going again the tour guide did not provide any information, history or recommendations on the town the tour guide was dropped off before all of the tour passengers at 10pm We did not take the optional boat tour and instead caught a water taxi to a nearby beach which was great! Overall if your are stuck with options to see Buzios in a shor time period then this trip is fine, however we were not pleased with the guide or what was provided.
Buzios is a beautiful place I...
Francisco C
, Nov 2014
Buzios is a beautiful place I definitely recommend visiting, but I don´t recommend this tour. The pick up from our hotel was late.Once we were finally on our way unfortunately our guide was taken ill, this resulted in us having to stop and wait for an ambulance-truly traumatic for the guide, and we were glad to learn she was ok. However during this process there was no communication from the driver,or an apology from the replacement guide.It took us 5 hours to get to Buzios. The replacement "guide" Isaac Jorge is what I can only describe as incompetent. On arrival we were all ushered to the boat, we had not booked a boat tour as we wanted to spend time walking in Buzios and relaxing.As such we questioned this with Isaac, who said it was included in what we had paid (having looked at our booking) and then walked everyone to the boat.No other option was given. The boat was the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced.The whole thing was focussed on pushing photographs and making money from over-priced drinks, or small boats which came to our boat to try to sell things. Worth noting for any English speakers, no one on the boat speaks English. The boat lasted about 2 hrs, once we finally got back to land our "guide" informed us he had a problem and that we needed to give him extra cash to cover the cost of the boat.We advised we hadn't budgeted for this and were confused as he said the cost was included and weren't given another option.He walked off and we went for lunch which is included, which was mediocre at best.During lunch, when we were eating, we were further pushed to buy pictures from the boat. After lunch as we were leaving the "guide" approached us again about the boat cost.We offered to pay the money to the website on our return, but he said this was no good he had to have cash right now.When he realised we could not give cash, he clapped, said ´well done´and then walked off. No tour of the town was given.No translation into English given on the journey back.
The trip was very enjoyable - Isaac...
Peter D
, Aug 2014
The trip was very enjoyable - Isaac was a great guide. The bus was very luxurious and comfortable, and the trip to and from Buzios was relaxing. When we got there, we went straight out on the boat trip. The boat trip was too long (2 hours 15 minutes) for what it was (we didn't go very far) - we stopped 3 times, each time for 15-20 minutes for people to swim. One stop would have been enough, and the trip could have been cut to no more than 90 minutes. But it was still worthwhile. Buzios was lovely - but we only had 75 minutes to walk around. As previously mentioned, the boat trip should be shortened, leaving more time to see Buzios. Still, overall a great trip!!
Had a great tour, definitely worth...
Kerri T
, Feb 2014
Had a great tour, definitely worth it. We opted for the option with the cruise- which was the best part of the trip. Buzios is a really cute town and I enjoyed the visit. We drove to Buzios from Rio (about 2 hours), then had some free time in the town (about 30 minutes), got on the boat and toured around the island. There was music playing, caipirinhas being made, you could jump off the boat to swim, and lots of fun people on the boat! Then once back in town we had time for lunch, and went to a great restaurant. Beware though- whatever you don't eat there we had to pay for- the message was in Portuguese and we didn't know. The only negative was that it took a long time in the morning to do the pick ups from all of the hotels. We were supposed to be picked up at 7am but no one showed up til 7:35, and then we had to to pick ups until around 9ish.
Travel time is 3 hours not 2. Too...
peter w
, Nov 2013
Travel time is 3 hours not 2. Too long for a day trip in an uncomfortable bus with a loud and abrupt guide. We did not take the boat trip option, but wanted to spend our time on the "beautiful beaches". Really there were only a harbour in walking distance and the water was so dirty you couldn't pay me to swim. Quaint little town and maybe a nice resort for locals but not an international tourist destination. If you go take the boat trip or rent a taxi on the square just off the jetty to take you to a descent beach.
Originally this tour was going to...
Jennifer J
, Oct 2013
Originally this tour was going to canceled because they did not have enough people when I called to confirm. They told me to call the next day and they teamed us up with another group. No walking tour. But we did get to go to Buzio's, which was beautiful. Did our own thing there.
Wonderful Day Trip! Would do it again...
Heather G
, Nov 2012
Wonderful Day Trip! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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