Now that swimmer Michael Phelps has qualified to compete in his fifth Olympic Games and Simone Biles is poised to be America’s next gymnastics darling, excitement for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics is mounting. Amazingly, it is not too late to see the action live. London-based travel company Black Tomato ensures there is still time to book an incredible trip to Rio from August 5 through 21 (priced from $34,000 per person departing from NYC).
Specializing in tailor-made itineraries, the outfitter has outlined several experiences (based on availability at time of booking) to showcase the best of Rio and the summer games. Hotel stays, meals at the region’s top restaurants, and tickets to specific Olympic events will be finalized according to travelers’ personalities and interests.
Black Tomato suggests watching the men’s gymnastics final at the Rio Olympic Arena and retiring that night to luxury hotel Fasano. Taking the first cable car the next morning to see the Christ the Redeemer statue before the crowds arrive is highly recommended. A hike to Sugarloaf Mountain and an evening stroll on the Ipanema to experience Rio’s beach culture also should not be missed—neither should a seat at the Aquatics Center to watch a swimming race. An afternoon on Prainha, a secluded surfer’s beach, and a helicopter ride over the coastline could be as exciting as watching a soccer match at Maracanã Stadium, where the World Cup Finals were held. Private museum and neighborhood tours will round out the journey. (blacktomato.com)