Brazil’s second-largest city likely conjures images of sun, fun and the legendary Carnival. Known in the country as the “Marvelous City,” beyond the initial glitz and glamour lies a welcoming city of history, landscape, architecture and culture — as well as 23 beaches beckoning visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy. Rio de Janeiro is gearing up to perform on the world’s stage as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
International flights arrive at Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim, or Galeão, located about 40–45 minutes from the city center. Make sure to arrange and pay taxi fare in advance. Depending on the destination, the taxi ride can range from $15–30. Real buses, parked curbside outside the arrivals hall, run 60-minute trips to Zona Sul for about $5 5:30 a.m. –11:45 p.m.
Rio de Janeiro’s metro system is reliable, navigable, clean and safe. However, depending on where you want to travel, it may not be as comprehensive as other methods of transportation. Plan routes in advance. The metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Sundays and holidays. One-way fares are around $1.05. Flag yellow taxis from the street. There are two types of metered fares: before 8 p.m. and after 8 p.m. Radio taxis and companies serving hotels may be more reliable but also have higher fares. Urban buses cost less than $1 per trip; combis run the length of the beachfronts for about 85 cents.
L’Atelier du Cuisinier
Impress business contacts by securing a table at the exclusive L’Atelier du Cuisinier, seating only 24 diners at a time. Chef David Jobert creates dishes incorporating French flavors in a former house dating back to 1883 located in the city’s cultural center. Lunch is served Monday to Friday, 12–3 p.m.
Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro Ipanema
Located on the beach, the hotel offers an ideal setting for hosting business meetings and events in Rio’s Ipanema neighborhood. Conference rooms seat up to 14 people and offer the latest in technology including projection screens, sound insulation, WiFi and video conference capabilities.
In the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace, Pérgula fuels business travelers for the day ahead with breakfast served 7–10:30 a.m. Perfect for a power breakfast, the international cuisine is firstrate and the poolside ambience is mellow. The Sunday brunch is renowned in the city.
This restaurant-club-lounge offers something for everyone. The upstairs lounge offers a spot for after-work cocktails or a bite to eat, and the downstairs club features DJs spinning American house music. Located in trendy Ipanema, the modern décor attracts an upscale clientele.
Feel the beat at Plataforma’s upbeat, colorful samba show. The two-hour show gives visitors a taste of Carnival with traditional dancers, bright costumes and percussion. Also included is capoeira, a mix of martial arts and dance, and a parade on stage. A Brazilian barbecue buffet dinner can also be added.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer
Perhaps the most iconic site in Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue watches over the city atop Corcovado, 2,300 feet high. Open daily until 7 p.m., there’s time to catch an up-close glimpse after the working day is done. The largest Art Deco statue in the world, measuring 130 feet tall and 98 feet across, was unveiled in 1931.
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Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
The addition of 50 high-end Explorer Cabins upped Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite’s game in the rustic-luxury market by attracting those who want upscale amenities but desire an outdoorsy mountain experience — “cabineering,” as Tenaya calls it, or roughing it in the woods without the rough part.
The Boeing 737 MAX cancellations will continue through the new year and at least one airline is keeping them grounded even longer to avoid disruptions down the line.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Holland America’s Club Orange premium amenities program is available on all ships as of this month. Previously only available on nine, Club Orange provides guests with stateroom upgrades, access to onboard events and extra privileges such as a dedicated concierge hotline. Newly available through Club Orange is the upgrade guests receive to the best available stateroom at the time of purchase. Guests also now enjoy a surprise event during the cruise, ranging from a behind-the-scenes tour to a private meet-and-greet with onboard entertainers.