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Go to Rio Carnival

5 days  |  Starts/Ends: Rio de Janerio  |  from USD $1,689  |   Guaranteed Departure 

It's party time in Rio! The legendary Rio Carnival is famed as the world's greatest street party. The highlight of our 5 day trip is the spectacular Samba Parade where we witness hundreds of fabulous floats cruising the streets whilst dancers dressed in sensational costumes samba along to the infectious rhythm of the percussion bands.

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Accommodation - comfortable 3 star in the Lapa District of Rio de Janeiro

Day 1

Friday. Arrive Rio de Janerio and make your own way to the hotel.

Fantastic Rio de Janeiro has many things to see and do. Perhaps explore this colourful Brazilian city by taking a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain or head to Corcovado to witness the famous statue of Christ and great city views. You could take a walking tour of Rio's historic buildings or spend the day soak up the sun on the legendary beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 2
Party time

Saturday free time. Explore the city by day and revel in with the locals at street parties by night! Maybe try your hand at samba dancing at the special bandstands that are erected throughout the city and its suburbs or join in the free street parties, singing and dancing with the locals long into the night.

Rio Carnival is a spectacular event that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. All the main avenues of the city are colourfully lit and full of people wearing fancy dress. Bandstands are erected on street corners and residents dance samba dusk till dawn. Free street parties, also known as carnavalescos or blocos can be found everywhere, with local people dancing, drumming and singing late into the night – you are welcome to join in the festivities.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 3
Samba Parade

Sunday. Today offers free time for you to further explore the city before tonight attending the Samba Parade at the Sambadrome. A ticket to the Sambadrome sector 11 (or equivalent) in included.

Samba Parade & Samba SchoolsThere are dozens samba schools in Rio which are divided into two leagues. Each school's position in the league determines whether they parade in the famous 'Sambadrome' (the top schools) or in Avenida Rio Branco (not so spectacular but free!). Some schools enter the parade with as many as 5,000 dancers and 30 floats. Each school chooses a theme, composes a samba song and designs the floats and costumes to fit the theme. Then there is a competition to choose the best schools in each league. They have up to 90 minutes to reach the other end of the Sambadrome (which is 600 metres long and holds up to 60,000 spectators) and they are judged for their costumes, designs, music, energy and dancing. The winning schools get a monetary prize which comes from the entrance fees and the lower schools are relegated to the lower league. Parades in the Sambadrome run from Thursday to Tuesday night, but the 2 most spectacular are on the Sunday and Monday evenings. A ticket to the famous Sambadrome parade is included for Sunday night.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 4
Fancy dress balls

Monday. Free time to further experience carnival. A variety of themed carnival balls are also on offer. Lavish fancy dress balls held throughout the city in famous nightclubs and hotels. The most famous balls are the Red & Black Ball, hosted on Friday and the Gay Ball on Tuesday evening, both of which are held at the famous Scala in Leblon. These and all the other balls are a lot of fun and become more wild and raunchy as the night goes by! Carnival balls occur each evening starting from as little as US$30 to significantly more. Carnival balls are an exciting optional activity that you may wish to arrange independently.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 5
Rio de Janerio

Tuesday. Our Go to Rio Carnival tour concludes today.

Trip Highlights

Rio de Janeiro - party capital of the world
Attending the famous Sambadrome Parade on Sunday night
Being at the Carnival! Free time to sing, dance, party or simply soak up the carnival atmosphere


4 breakfasts
Ticket to the famous Sambadrome parade on Sunday night in sector 11 (or equivalent).
4 nights Comfort (similar to 3 star) hotel

Not Included

Services of a tour leader, tour guide or guided sightseeing.
Items of a personal nature and additional meals
International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to persons who are travelling solo and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. We are unable to pair single travellers together to make twin share rooms on this holiday.

RIO CARNIVAL PRICES: Please note that the Rio Carnival prices shown below are a guide only. In the event that prices increase closer to carnival time, the increase will be passed on to you even if the price changed after you had booked and paid in full. Any changes will be posted on our website and all affected clients will be notified by their travel consultant if there is sufficient time before their tour departs. All additional payments for Rio Carnival must be paid in advance of travel.

Tour Details
Rio de Janerio
Rio de Janerio
13 Feb 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
No. Services of a representative upon arrival
Breakfast: 5
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