Arrive Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arrive in sparkling Rio de Janeiro this morning, known as Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Check in, relax a while or enjoy the fine amenities of your luxurious accommodations. Set out this afternoon to ascend iconic Sugar Loaf by cable car. At the top, watch a spectacular sunset and enjoy breathtaking views of Rio and Guanabara Bay, while toasting the beginning of your adventure with a welcome cocktail. Afterward, stop into one of the well-known barbecue restaurants in the city for your welcome dinner.
Rio de Janeiro | Behind the Scenes of Carnival
Experience a day in the life of Rio and its people, as they prepare, much as they do for Carnival, to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Carioca-style. Witness the artistry and imagination that goes into the construction of costumes and floats when you visit to the Grande Rio’s Warehouse Samba School, one of the city’s first Carnival group schools. See exhibitions about the history of samba and the Carnival Parade, and enjoy opportunities to dress up in costume, learn some samba moves and join a percussion class. Next, travel to the Santa Teresa neighborhood, in the heart of the city, to discover the charms of Old Rio. Ride an old-fashioned street car through the narrow streets of this bohemian enclave favored by artists and writers. Visit the Castelinho (Little Castle), Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park), the Chacará do Céu Museum and Largo do Guimarães. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant that specializes in contemporary French-Brazilian cuisine. Tonight, relax or explore Rio, perhaps dining at a fine restaurant or testing your samba skills at one of the city’s exciting nightspots.
Rio | New Year’s Eve at Copacabana Beach
Ascend to the heights of Corcovado (Hunchback) Mountain for a spectacular glimpse of Rio. Visit the majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing 120 feet high, and crowning Corcovado at 2,400 feet above sea level. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather for a special dinner at the hotel restaurant. Then, ring in the New Year like never before as you join the more than two million attendees of the famous Copacabana Beach New Year’s Celebration. Thrill to the fireworks from the comfort of your hotel’s rooftop — open exclusively to guests of the Miramar by Windsor — enjoying panoramic views of the sky and beach.
Rio | Cruising Guanabara Bay
Start the first day of the New Year with a morning at leisure, with time to stroll along the beach or relax by the pool. This afternoon, embark by boat for a cruise on Guanabara Bay, taking in impressive views of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the three forts that once guarded the city. Glide along offshore from the beautiful beaches of Niteroi, Rio’s sister city, where the stunning Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is located. On the way back to port, look out at the city’s elegant downtown skyline. Partake if you wish, in the Brazilian tradition of sending offerings to Iemanjá, the goddess of the ocean. Many Brazilians of all faiths practice this tradition, as a form of gratitude for a year that has passed and to request good fortune in the year to come. Then, disembark and return to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in the city, located in the small fashionable neighborhood of Leblon. Enjoy dinner at the Chef's Table, located with a privileged view to the kitchen and receive a special greeting from the chef.
On your final morning, enjoy a visit to the open market in your area for an interactive experience with the vendors tasting various fruits and savoring the local flavor. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure before transferring to the airport and the flight home.