Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

4 to 6 hours (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 13
Mobile ticket


Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's islands and forts as you cruise the idylic waters. From the water you can see Rio’s downtown, cruise just below planes landing in Santos Dumont Airport, see the Museum of Tomorrow, go under the Niterói Bridge and see the lovely beaches from Rio’s siter city, as well as seeing the famous Oscar Niemeyer Museum. The Guanabara Bay Cruise includes roundtrip transportation from your Rio de Janeiro hotel. An optional all you can eat barbecue lunch is also available on your return, in a local Rio restaurant.


  • 2-hour Guanabara Bay cruise
  • Lunch at Barbecue House - all you can eat style (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana (South Zone)
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Marina Da Gloria

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Marina Da Gloria, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-140 Brazil

After the pick up at your hotel, you get to Marina da Gloria Pier, where the boat leaves at 9:30m or so.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Get a nice perspective from the sea and check the surroundings from a different view.

Pass By: Rio de Janeiro Airport RJ Santos Dumont, Praça Sen. Salgado Filho, s/n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-340, Brazil

Check out the Rio's airport for home destinations and have the chance to see airplanes landing or departing. See how big they are!

Pass By: Ilha Fiscal, Avenida Alfredo Agache s/n Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-020 Brazil

Originally named by Europeans as Ilha dos Ratos (Rat Island), its current name comes from the fact there have worked since the Guarda Fiscal, serving the port of the then capital of the Empire in the nineteenth century. The island became famous for having housed the famous Baile da Ilha Fiscal, the last big party of the Empire before the coup d'état that proclaimed the Republic in November 1889.

Ilha Fiscal now houses a museum of cultural history that is maintained by the Navy of Brazil.

Pass By: Downtown RJ, Avenida das Americas 500 Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-100 Brazil

You will get a nice perspective of the huge buildings and avenues from Downtown Rio. Be enchanted with urban area, without transit and noise!

Pass By: Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, Praca Pio X, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-020 Brazil

Get a nice perspective of an important historical Roman Catholic church in the city. It was built and decorated during a long period, from 1775 to the late 19th century. The church combines a Portuguese colonial Baroque façade with later Neoclassical and Neo-Renaissance interior elements.

Pass By: Museu do Amanha, Praca Maua 1, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20081-240 Brazil

The Museum of Tomorrow is a science museum designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua. Check out the beauty and modernism of this exquisite structure.

Pass By: Ponte Rio–Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21941-607 Brazil

Pass right underneath the President Costa e Silva Bridge, commonly known as the Rio–Niterói Bridge. It connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói.

Pass By: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Mirante da Boa Viagem, S/N Boa Viagem, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24210-470 Brazil

Get a nice perspective of the iconic Museum projected by the famous brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Completed in 1996, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum is one of the city’s main landmarks.

Pass By: Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, Jardim Imbui, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-375 Brazil

View the beautiful and historical Fort located in Niterói

Pass By: Urca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-240 Brazil

See the beautiful neighborhood that hosts one of the major Rio's sights: The Sugar Loaf Mountain

Pass By: Sugarloaf Mountain, Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-255 Brazil

Get a wonderful perspective of the Sugar Loaf from the sea. Sugar Loaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.

Pass By: Botafogo Bay, Praia de Botafogo 400, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-910 Brazil

See the Boafogo Bay, that links the South Zone to downtown Rio.

Pass By: Flamengo district, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Get a nice perspective of Aterro do Flamengo and its parks, designed by Burle Marx

Pass By: Copacabana Beach, Av. Atlantica - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-011 Brazil

Check the Copacabana Beach, the most famous beach in the city (maybe even in the country, or in the world) and is about 4 km long. Among the trademarks is its boardwalk with waves drawn in Portuguese stone, designed by famous brazilian landscaper Burle Max.

Pass By: Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, Estrada Redentor - Alto da Boa Vista Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

Behold the iconic 38m tall (125ft) Christ Redeemer Statue and get spectacular views from the Sea.

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon (South Zone)
* Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. if your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Pick-up at selected hotels in Barra da Tijuca available on request ($10.00 per person). Please contact the local provider to arrange this service
  • The bay ride is made by Schooner and takes around 2 hours.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • In private options, only guide and hotel transfer are private. Schooner Cruise is still shared
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Additional measures might be added to our list of procedures as we receive guidance from the local health and safety authorities and as more information becomes available. And some of these restrictions might be lifted at some point in the future if we are authorized to do so by local authorities


  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Food (if option selected)

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2021

Excellent boat tour of Guanabara Bay in a 16’ speed boat carrying 8 clients plus 3 crew. There was plenty of room on the boat to move around and the guide was good without talking non-stop. He was knowledgeable and very helpful. Ian was his English name and he was pleasant in every way. This ...

Karin Å
January 2020

So relaxing and great view of the bay. The boat tour is 2 hours and we went in a beautiful old time sailing ship. We had our own tour guide Siggy, who is knowledgable and informative, which was good since the sound in the loudspeakers in the boat was rather poor and it was hard to make out what ...

Clare S
October 2019

We really enjoyed this 2-hour trip. The views of Rio and the city on the other side of the bridge are great. It's always nice to get a different perspective of a city. Saw lots of flying fish and frigate birds.

June 2019

Stated as a 5 hour trip, yet you get actually less than 2 hours on the boat that slowly goes round the bay, not sure what I expected but it really was a waste of a morning. Our tour guide who picked us up was excellent though from gray lines and lunch was top notch

April 2019

Hotel pick ups worked well and we had an English speaking guide throughout. The cruise lasts two hours on a mid sized boat. I think it can take about 100 but we were in a group of 50 and lots of room. The crew made fresh fruit cocktails that were very good. The sights are fantastic and the guid...

Julie N
April 2019

I was part of a large business group and we took the Guanabara Bay Cruise one morning in two of the old long boats. The trip was a refreshing view of many different natural and man made attractions in Rio. It was a relaxing way to see so much! I do wish that there was more information provided by...

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