Buzios

The “Brazil’s St Tropez”
Cobbled roads and seventeenth-century churches
About thirty white sand beaches

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Búzios

Colonial-style South America

On a peninsula north of Cabo Frio, Armação dos Búzios, or just Búzios, is an immensely scenic resort full of high-spending beautiful people, and a very popular port of call on holidays to Brazil with MSC Cruises. Armação, the main settlement, is built in a vaguely colonial style, its streets lined with restaurants, bars and chic boutiques, and has been nicknamed “Brazil’s St Tropez”. It comes then as little surprise to find that it was “discovered” by none other than Brigitte Bardot, who stumbled upon it while touring the area in 1964.

Búzios consists of three main settlements, Manguinos, Armação and Ossos, each with its own distinct character. Manguinos, on the isthmus, is the main service centre, with a tourist office, a medical centre and banks. Midway along the peninsula, linked to Manguinos by a road lined with brash hotels, is Armação, an attractive village where cars are banned from some of the cobbled roads.

Most of Búzio’s best restaurants and boutiques are concentrated here, along with some of the resort’s nicest pousadas, or inns, and there’s also a helpful tourist office on the main square, Praça Santos Dumont. When you step ashore from your MSC cruise, a fifteen-minute walk along the Orla Bardot – which follows the coast from Armação, passing the lovely seventeenth-century Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Sant’Ana on the way –, brings you to Ossos, the oldest settlement, comprising a pretty harbour, a quiet beach and a few bars, restaurants and pousadas.

Within walking distance of all Búzios’ settlements are beautiful white-sand beaches – 27 in total – cradled between rocky cliffs and promontories, and lapped by crystal-clear waters. The beaches are varied, with the north-facing ones having the calmest and warmest seas, while those facing the south and east have the most surf.

Must see places in Buzios

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  • BUZIOS & IT´S WONDERS BY VAN

    BUZ02

    You will find out why Brigit Bardot has fallen in love with Búzios in the 60’s. This excursion will give the opportunity to discover Búzios and its beautiful beaches. Boarding comfortable vans with air conditioner you will visit the main sites in Búzios to enjoy and take marvelous pictures of this natural paradise. Please note: Excursion is only available in Portuguese where the driver is the tour guide himself. For all Grand Voyages (to/from Europe, please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. This tour has limited seats, advice to book in advance to avoid disappointments. At the end of the tour you will have a choice to stay in downtown (Rua das Pedras) only 700 meters from the pier or return to the pier. First departure is upon arrival and all the subsequent departures every 2 hours. The length of this excursion may vary depending on the traffic conditions. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults£29.00Price per person

      • Children£19.00Price per person

    • BUZIOS TROLLEY TOUR

      BUZ03

      Trolley is a special vehicle that will take you through an adventure of clearing of the peninsula, and certainly it is the best way of knowing Búzios at its best sites. A unique way to experience an amazing tour passing by the 12 beaches and 2 belvederes in a high and totally opened vehicle, which will give you an incredible opportunity to see the insights of Búzios. Feel the breeze, the pure air and smell the ocean with a feeling of sensation and a real contemplation of the prettiest places that not usually visited by tourists in Búzios. A tour with approximately 2 hours with experienced guides, on board services with juices, mineral water, tropical fruit and crackers. There are five stops including a geological spot in the ‘Fornos’ Beach, one of the prettiest in the city. There is no tour or vehicle like this in Brazil; it is a unique opportunity to do a great tour! Please note: Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. Limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment. At the end of the tour you can choose to stay at the popular Rua das Pedras or return to the pier. This tour is run by a special vehicle trolley with roof but open on the sides, so guests may get wet in case of rain. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Guests must walk approximately 300 meters from the disembarking pier to the main avenue where they will board mini-buses for a 10 minutes ride to downtown pier where they will embark the trolley.
        • Duration
          00 m

        • Adults£32.00Price per person

        • Children£22.00Price per person

      • SCHOONER TOUR

        BUZ01

        It is not every day that you can do a schooner tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil. On board of a traditional schooner you will admire beaches and islands such as Armação, Ossos, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Branca Island, Feia Island and beach. There will be a bar on board the schooner selling water, soft drinks and beer. The excursion also gives you the possibility to swim and to relax in the sun. Without a doubt this tour is one of the best ways to see the most beautiful coast line of this amazing peninsula. Please note: Excursion is only available in Portuguese. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. Floating devices and masks are available on board the schooner boat. Guests are advised to carry cash, preferable Brazilian currency if wishing to purchase drinks during the tour. Drinks are not included in the excursion. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain).;;;;;;;;;;;;
          • Duration
            00 m

          • Adults£29.00Price per person

          • Children£19.00Price per person

        • BÚZIOS TRANSFER TO GERIBÁ BEACH

          CULTURE AND HISTORY

          BUZ14

          Geribá beach is one of the most famous beaches in the peninsula of Buzios. Its name comes from Jerivá palm tree, native to the Mata Atlântica. With two kilometers long, Geribá is the most popular beach in Buzios. In its edge stand out beautiful summer residences, hostels and bars. Surrounded by rocks and beautiful houses jammed between the stones. With fine white sand and rough sea, is great for surfing (with lefts and rights breaking in its entire length), boogie boarding, beach soccer, windsurfing, beach volleyball, wakeboarding, sailing and hiking, becoming the favorite meeting point for young people. It is the place of beautiful and famous people in Buzios. At the end of the tour you may choose to stay in Rua das Pedras or return to the Pier. Please note: This tour offers limited seats. At the end of the tour you can choose between staying in the City Centre (Rua das Pedras), just 700 meters from the pier or return to the pier. The free time at the beach will be approximately 3 ½ hours depending on traffic conditions. This tour will not be canceled for reasons meteorological (rain). There are many optional tours sold at the beach by independents and rental of equipment, they are not included in the excursions and it is advisable to carry Brazilian currency. MSC Cruises cannot be liable or responsible for any optional tour bought during the free time at the beach. This tour is only available in Portuguese language where the driver's own guide. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
          • Shopping

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            3 h

          • Adults£29.00Price per person

          • Children£19.00Price per person

        • BUZIOS TROLLEY & SCHOONER ADVENTURE

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          BUZ10

          It is not every day that you can do a schooner tour in one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil. On board of a traditional schooner you will admire beaches and islands such as Armação, Ossos, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Branca Island and Tartaruga beach. There will be a bar on board the schooner selling water, soft drinks and beer. The excursion also gives you the possibility to swim and to relax in the sun. After this unforgettable tour we will have approximately 2 hours of free time in the famous Rua das Pedras, where you can shop from hand crafts to international brands and enjoy finest restaurant, the tour guide will set a meeting point to meet in the Trolley station to board the Trolley for another adventure. A unique way to experience an amazing tour passing by the 12 beaches and 2 belvederes in a high and totally opened vehicle, which will give you an incredible opportunity to see the insights of Búzios. Feel the breeze, the pure air and smell the ocean with a feeling of sensation and a real contemplation of the prettiest places that not usually visited by tourists in Búzios. A tour with approximately 2 hours with experienced guides. There are five stops including a geological spot in the ‘Fornos’ Beach, one of the prettiest in the city. There is no tour or vehicle like this in Brazil; it is a unique opportunity to do a great tour! Please note: Excursion is only available in Portuguese. Limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. In the schooner, floating devices and masks are available on board the schooner boat. Guests are advised to carry cash, preferable Brazilian currency if wishing to purchase drinks during the tour. Drinks are not included in the excursion. At the end of the tour by Trolley, you can choose to stay at the popular Rua das Pedras or return to the pier. This tour is run by a special vehicle trolley with roof but open on the sides, so guests may get wet in case of rain. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The guests will be taken from the pier to the schooner boarding in Van. After the tour, walk 100 meters up and Boarding Trolley Station. After the city tour, will walk to the pier to board the tender and return to the ship
          • Long route by bus

          • Shopping

          • Snack included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            6 h

          • Adults£62.00Price per person

          • Children£42.00Price per person

        • TARTARUGA BEACH

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          BUZ08

          You'll discover why the beaches of Buzios are considered the most beautiful in Brazil. In comfortable vans with air conditioning, you will visit one of the most famous beaches in Buzios to enjoy and take pictures of this wonderful natural paradise and swim or simply relax in the beautiful Tartaruga Beach. At the end of the tour you can ask your tour guide to drop you in the city center. Please note: Limited seats. At the end of the tour you can choose between staying in the city center (Rua das Pedras), just 700 meters from the pier or return to the pier. The free time on the beach is approximately 3 hours depending on traffic conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Excursion is only available in Portuguese where the driver is the tour guide himself. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
          • Long route by bus

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            6 h

          • Adults£29.00Price per person

          • Children£19.00Price per person

        • TRANSFER PRIVATE VAN TO ARRAIAL DO CABO BEACH

          SOMETHING SPECIAL

          BUZ07

          Private van service with 14 seats to "Arraial do Cabo". Located between Buzios, Cabo Frio, Araruama, Saquarema and Sao Pedro da Aledeia, Arraial do Cabo is known as the "World diving capital" or the Rio de Janeiro´s born nick name of "Fluminense Caribbean" due to its clear crystal waters. Arraial do Cabo offers nature, sports and amazing beaches in a single place. In Praia Grande with a infrastructure of bars and restaurants you will have approximately 2.5 hours of free times for bathing. Please note: The price of this transfer is per van with 14 seats. Transfer time from Buzios to Arraial do Cabo beach may take up to 90 minutes depending on the traffic. The free time at the beach will be approximately 2 ½ hours depending on the traffic. Bars and restaurants at the beach may require consumption in order to use their facilities. Advice guests to carry Brazilian Reais (cash) as vendors may not accept credit cards. This excursion will not be cancelled due to bad weather condition (rain). Extremely limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment. Excursion is only available in Portuguese where the driver is the tour guide himself. For all calls of Grand Voyages (to/from Europe) please check with the tour desk the availability of tours in German, French, Italian and English.
          • Long route by bus

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults£565.00Price per person

          • Children£565.00Price per person

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        South Brazil

        Past Christ the Redeemer
        Past Christ the Redeemer

        In Brazil’s south-east, the three largest cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte – form a triangle around which the economy pivots.

        All are worth visiting, but the must-sees during your cruise to Brazil are Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in the pictures, and the ravishing colonial relic of Paraty which lies between here and booming São Paulo. North of here, the city of Belo Horizonte sits at the heart of Minas Gerais, where the old Portuguese towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes and Diamantina drip with colonial history.

        The south, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, boasts the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina – one of the great natural wonders of South America. From Curitiba the scenic Serra Verde Express snakes down to the coast, where you can chill out on Ilha do Mel or beach-hop around Florianópolis.

        Despite its proximity to the city, São Paulo’s 400km coast has sometimes been overlooked in favour of more glamorous Rio. North-east, towards the border with Rio state, the area is developing rapidly, but still offers great contrasts, ranging from long, wide stretches of sand at the edge of a coastal plain to idyllic-looking coves beneath a mountainous backdrop.