Michael Serruya Private tour guide in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Michael Serruya

Guide profile:

Hello! I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1982. At the age of 12, I moved to Florida where i finished middle school at Boca Middle. I moved back to Rio after living 10 years in United States. I completed the Guides course at Marc- Apoio, which is one of the few guides school recognized by the government in Brazil (EMBRATUR).

The best tour guides bring a destination to life with their passion and that what I do.

I believe tour guiding is an art. But it's the best kind of art, where you deal with people and like in a song, you need to hit the right note and create the right mood and sensations, with a real feast of colors, sights, and sounds. Rio is not only the most beautiful city in the world, it is rich with culture and history. And since this is a private tour, the focus is on making the tour the way you want it!

Let's get to know Rio together!

To see the full Itinerarys and details of each Tour please click on the Sightseeing Tours on the bottom of the page .

I have the lowest price for full day tour in Rio. Send me a message to check this offer available.

***Please do not book before double checking availability with me***

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Bob N.

Michael was an outstanding and exceptional guide. He was very knowledgeable, experienced and fun to converse with about Rio and it's many attractions. His English was exceptionally fine. He really succeeded in making his tours a complete experience and one geared to the interests of his guests. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends whose plans include travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Check out my especial sightseeing tours on the Bottom of the page for limited time offers.

I have special adapters in the car to plug notebooks, cell phones... That way you can recharge your batteries or even work.

You´ll be able to access the Internet, i have a 3g and 4g connection inside my car.

Airport transfers: 100 usd per gruoup (max 4).

If you need more than 4 pax, please ask for transportation quotes. All my tours are for 4 pax to be comfotable in my sedan car. I always can use a large van for more people.

Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado (Christ), Sugar Loaf, Tijuca forest, all main beaches and historic downtown. 280 usd up 8 hours.

Favela , Maracana stadium ,Santa Teresa, Lapa with famous Selaron steps and historic downtown. Up to 8 hours. 250 usd.

Angra dos Reis, Buzios, Paraty and Ilha Grande. (Ask me for quotes). I have a special deal waiting for you. Send me a message.

Santa Marta Favela tour : 160 usd.

Rio by Night with Samba show and dinner. 250 USD. (Lapa night life).

Private tours: You can customize your own private tour and tell where you want to go:

Private tour for 8 hours. (Client decide itinerary) 280usd.

6 hours. 210usd

4 hours.180usd

Just tell me what you wish to see and what you like to do and leave the rest with me, i´m sure you´ll be satisfied.

Be smart , get a guide. Did you know that guides are able to skip queues saving up to 2 hours in each main attraction? Think about that.

I believe that Most people who travel are looking for a new angle on life.

Transportation by tour guide:

I will use my own SUV car. Car model: Chevrolet Captiva 2015. Car picture is on my profile. For more than 4 people, i will use a van or a bus.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:


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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Bob N. 06 Jul 2019

Michael was an outstanding and exceptional guide. He was very knowledgeable, experienced and fun to converse with about Rio and it's many attractions. His English was exceptionally fine. He really succeeded in making his tours a complete experience and one geared to the interests of his guests. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends whose plans include travel to Rio de Janeiro.

5 stars Elena M. 15 Sep 2017

I spent a one day trip in Rio with Michael and he really opened Rio for me. Michael is very friendly, positive, with a good sense of humor) what accomplished great atmosphere within this day. He is definitely well experienced guide.We covered so many places within one day and we were not in a rush! : ) He carefully tracked timing, traffic and was flexible for changes in the route. I do recommend Michael as a tour guide for all friends and travelers ) THANK YOU!!

5 stars Anne S. 27 Feb 2017

Michael is fabulous. We had a great day with him. He is very knowledgeable and very personable. One of the best guides we have ever had!

5 stars Christine A. 12 Feb 2017

Michael was a fantastic guide, we saw all we wanted to see in Rio and more. As two ladies travelling together we felt very safe as Michael was with us at all times also taking us for lunch . He picked us up from the port and took to the airport taking our cases to the check-in. Would highly recommend Michael to anyone, he is attentative, professional caring and funny. Thank-you for a fabulous time, the highlight of our holiday. Chris and Jaqui

5 stars Anthony W. 03 Jan 2017

Excellent tour guide. I highly recommend him.

5 stars Mike B. 08 Dec 2016

I have hired many tour guides in my travels and Michael is one of the best (If not the best) I have hired to date. If you are lucky enough to find him with an available date – book him! We had four in our party and each one of us now consider Michael a personal friend. He is extremely knowledgeable about Rio and Brazil and didn’t hesitate to accommodate any request we threw at him! You will see Rio like no other tourist. I highly recommend Michael and give you my promise that you will not b

5 stars Shyam J. 08 Nov 2016

5 stars Glenda F. 09 Aug 2016

Michael was terrific. He was very obliging and made us feel at home. He was committed to giving his the best experience of Rio.

5 stars Patricia C. 30 Jan 2016

Michel was very warm, friendly and engaging. We only had a few hours in Rio and we got to see everything we wanted! He knew so much about the politics, history and fun facts about every place we passed. I absolutely recommend Michel and look forward to booking with him again on our next trip.

5 stars John G. 28 Dec 2015

Michael was a fantastic guide.Before we arrived he responded promptly to my emails and answered my questions about our trip. He was prompt in picking us up and very easy to establish a rapport with - it very quickly became natural and fun. He clearly has a wide knowledge of the city and we learned a lot from him.We both felt that we had enjoyed a marvellous experience learned a lot and acquired some fabulous memories. There are cheaper ways of seeing Rio but I doubt tjhere are any better- Thanks

5 stars anglea S. 05 Nov 2015

We have a great day with MIchael, he went extra miles and make sure we have the best chance to view all attractions. Even we didn't book him for airport transfer because we need a van to hold all luaggages, he gave us valuable advise. His attitude and service is excellent. Highly recommend.

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5 stars Wendy N. 03 Oct 2015

We chose Michael based on his reviews from viator and were pleased to find that they were accurate. Michael arrived on time, his car is comfortable and clean, he is well informed, and went out of his way to squeeze in everything we hoped to see. He's got great energy and is a super nice guy...we highly recommend hiring Michael!!

5 stars Mae A. 02 Aug 2015

To sum things up, Michael saved our holiday. A nightmarish jeep tour with another company was forgotten after a full day with Michael as the ultimate city guide. We got to really see, appreciate the city, no downtime for his enthusiasm, well-spoken, grasp of history and current issues, and we left with the fondest memories. Thank you, 5 stars to you. Highly recommended.

5 stars Henry P. 26 Jun 2015

Michael is simply, the best. Absolutely reliable and responsible, My wife and I hired Michael for our trip to Rio in June, 2015, and we could not have been more delighted. Always on time, at the airport, at the hotel, every morning. Abundance of energy and enjoys what he does. Specially planned our days to take advantage of good weather days which was very thoughtful on his part. He has a reliable and comfortable car. If you consider hiring anyone, you must consider him. Without a doubt

5 stars Jonas V. 08 Apr 2015

My wife and I spent a great day with Michael. We visited the main attractions and had a good lunch at a steak house. Michael has a new and comfortable car which is a plus. Actually we got a flat tyre, but we changed the tyre in 10 minutes and it was just fun. :)

Michael is very professional and helpful and he certainly made this day a memory for life.

5 stars janelle L. 13 Jan 2015

Michael planned and advised a great itinerary, knowing when to go somewhere early because of long queues. He was very knowledgable, flexible and fun to use. We thoroughly recommend booking your time in Rio with him.

5 stars David G. 02 Jan 2015

We corresponded on line to plan our itinerary with questions answered speedily.Equally fantastic treatment during our visit with his excellent knowledge of Rio we visited all sites requested and many more.Michael helped make our stay in Rio so memorable .Impeccable English,very professional and highly recommended.Thanks Michael and best wishes for 2015.

5 stars Lori G. 30 Dec 2014

We spent 2 days touring with Michael. He took us all over Rio and gave us an insider perspective. He is fluent in English and very flexible as to activities. We had a great time. Thank you Mike!

5 stars Eric A. 12 Dec 2014

Michael was excellent. Planned times to visit the main sites perfectly and also showed us some hidden gems of Rio. Highly recommend him for his knowledge, friendliness and efficiency.

5 stars Micheal W. 02 Dec 2014

Michael was GREAT! I contacted him weeks before my trip and I booked. In the meantime I had many question about EVERYTHING and he answered them all. The tour was just and great as the process of booking. He is very knowledgeable about Rio and encourages questions. He explained all things in EXCELLENT english. I HIGHLY recommend him for your tour needs.

5 stars becky L. 27 Nov 2014

5 stars Vinay M. 12 Oct 2014

Michael is the best. He speaks flawless english and know Rio like the back of his hand. I had just 1 day in Rio and he showed me around the city. I never felt unsafe in Rio with him. Very professional and highly recommended.

5 stars Leslie S. 20 Aug 2014

Michael was a delight to deal with from beginning to end. He was responsive, on time, informative, and delightful to be with. He was flexible, given that it was a nostalgic trip for me and took me to places I remembered from my childhood. I highly recommend his services.

5 stars Lois R. 13 Aug 2014

Michael met us at our location a few minutes early of our agreed time. He was polite & helpful describing the history of the locale and major sites of the city. He recommended a traditional Brazilian restaurant where we had a delicious lunch! He even helped us acquire our bus tickets for our next destination (Paraty). The next day he even reminded us when to leave for Paraty. He was terrific! We highlighly recommend using him to save time and see the sites in comfort. A definite must!

5 stars Scott F. 16 Jun 2014

Michael is awesome. We spent two amazing days touring Rio with Michael during the World Cup-- before and during our trip Michael was an incredible resource; he always responds to e-mails quickly and gave advice for our time in Brazil during which we would not be in his presence. During our tours Michael showed amazing flexibility and was able to make quick decisions regarding the weather to ensure we'd enjoy the best views! By the time our trip was over Michael became a friend!

5 stars Rui L. 08 Jun 2014

Michael was great! From start to finish our experience with him was nothing but professional. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We can't recommend Michael enough, he will be sure to show you the sights of Rio through local eyes.

5 stars Mark M. 15 May 2014

Thanks Michael for an incredible tour of Rio. Was really good to have use of your car. You know Rio very well and go the extra effort to make sure you're clients are happy. Thanks again for an enjoyable time!!

5 stars Lynn B. 29 Mar 2014

Our tour with Michael was perfect in every way. We saw everything we could possibly see in the time we had before going to airport. He made certain that we saw not only the obvious, but also special highlights that we did not even know about prior to the tour. In all of our travels, we have almost always arranged our own tours, always good , but I would truly rate Michael at the top with one of our favorites in Saint Petersburg. He definitely gets five stars from four Mississippi Deltans

5 stars JO A. O. 09 Mar 2014

Michael is very personable, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. He gave us a wonderful tour of Rio to places we had not seen before.(This was our third time in Rio.) He took us to a local restaurant for lunch, something we prefer to do instead of a touristy place. We got a good sample of the local culture. His English was excellent as was his driving. His private car was very comfortable. I would highly recommend Michael for a great tour experience.

5 stars Ena H. 08 Mar 2014

5 stars Stephen B. 12 Feb 2014

Michael was a high energy, knowledgeable guide whose excitement for Rio was infectious. He was fun to be with and made Rio even more fun to be in. He took us everywhere we wanted to go and made it seem effortless even though we had a very full itinerary. His knowledge about all aspects of Rio was amazing. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone wanting to see Rio up close and personal. He never rushed you and was always able to answer any question we had.

Thanks, Michael!!

5 stars Gerald G. 10 Feb 2014

Michael was excellent and exceeded our expectations

5 stars Janie D. 27 Jan 2014

We LOVED our tour with Michael. He was fun, pleasant, professional, and created a terrific tour for us. He was so knowledgeable re getting around Rio, its history, culture, in ways to minimize any waiting for the popular venues. I would highly recommend Michael.

5 stars Albert C. 30 Nov 2013

Michael was superb as a guide for Rio. He packed in a great number of locales for the tour and was great in arranging the day to ensure that I was able to get the most out of the tour with him. He provided great insights about the history and culture of the city. His familiarity with the city enabled us to arrange our day to ensure that I could see Christ the Redeemer when it was not foggy. He knew traffic patterns to minimize traffic time and got me to the airport in record time.

5 stars Angela Y. 06 Oct 2013

I had a great time with Michael. He was on time picking me from the airport, promptly replied my email queries and did a fantastic job in guiding me in Rio. I definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to have a reliable English guide in Rio.

5 stars Paulino L. 09 Mar 2013

We were a group of two, and we visited Rio for a very short stay. Working with Michael was extremely easy.

We were very impressed by his level of planning and timing that worked around the more popular attractions, as he made efforts to avoid peak times for most attractions. His knowledge of local less known sights was also impressive. Both of these meant that we saw a great deal of the city in the limited time we had. Michael is a fantastic tour guide, and made our stay all the better!

5 stars Kathy F. 11 Feb 2013

We were 6 active retirees from Australia who arrived during Carnival having booked Michael 4 months earlier. He was prompt & efficient in the planning; took care of all our needs in a friendly & professional manner for our 8 hour tour. Michael was knowledgeable, showed us all the sights of his beautiful city with enthusiasm and we would recommend him highly. We would never have seen Rio without a van, a driver and an experienced guide at this busy time.

4 stars Shannon C. 30 Dec 2013

We are a group of 5 from Singapore and used Michael as a guide for 2 days. We found Mike to be a fantastic guide. Reliable, efficient, smart are other adjectives that I can think of. We enjoyed his company and would recommend any one to use his guide services whilst in Rio. Thanks Mike for making our stay in Rio a truly memorable experience

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