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Rio Carnival City Break - 6 days

Witness the world's largest street party in Rio de Janeiro in 2018 or 2019. Stay in the heart of the city and be submersed in the celebrations of Rio Carnival and witness the fantastic Sambadrome parade when dancers and musicians take to the streets in an incredible performance.

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Trip Highlights

Favela tour - Enjoy an excursion to Rio’s largest favela, Rocinha, perched on a steep hillside
Welcome dinner on day 1 of your tour to meet some of your fellow travellers
Make your own way on Rio's public transport and get a glimpse at the local way of life
Attending the famous Sambadrome Parade on Sunday night in Sector 11
Rio de Janeiro - Seaside city and party capital of the world
Stay in the Centro, close to the action of Rio Carnival
Being at the Carnival! Free time to sing, dance, party or simply soak up the carnival atmosphere


5 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Ticket to the famous Sambadrome parade in Sunday night in sector 11 (or equivalent) and transfers from/to the hotel
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
5 nights 3 star hotel in the Centro
This tour is semi-independent in style and does not include the services of a tour leader

Not Included

Services of a tour leader outside of the welcome dinner, orientation tour and optional sightseeing
Items of a personal nature and additional meals
International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas


Day 1

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro you will be met and transferred to your start hotel. We will meet in the hotel reception in the late afternoon for an orientation walk to show you some of the main sights, where you can find the nearest metro and how to use it, point out some of the best local street food and give you some ideas of how best to enjoy the city. In evening we'll enjoy a welcome dinner, offering you a chance to meet some of your fellow travellers and hear about the optional excursions you can do in Rio, plus get all the insider tips from our team who know the city inside out!
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Dinner

Day 2

Free time in Rio de Janeiro

This is one of the best days to simply enjoy the atmosphere of Rio Carnival and attend a few blocos. Banda Ipanema, one of the most famous of the blocos, starts in Ipanema late afternoon today. If you are an early riser Cordao da Bola Preta get started very early in the morning! With so many beaches to choose from in Rio each has its own personality - Flamengo is the place to go to relax and enjoy the sun, head to Copacabana for some beach volleyball and football with the locals, and the chic Ipanema for a little taste of how the rich and glamorous spend their time in Rio. Why not spend the day enjoying the beaches, have a relaxed lunch and then head to the bloco later?
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 3

Favela tour & Sambadrome Parade

Sunday is Sambadrome Night - the true highlight of Rio Carnival! We begin the day with an excursion to Rio’s largest favela, Rocinha. Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the city you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views over Rio and get under the skin of the city during this tour. Afterwards, why not lunch at one of Rio’s many steakhouses, for an authentic all-you-can-eat rodizio feast, or make your way back to the beach for some rest and relaxation to prepare yourself for the high energy of the Sambadrome parade?

This evening we meet in the hotel reception for our transfers to the Sambadrome. Get ready for the night of your life with singing, dancing, drumming and the most spectacular parade you will ever see!!!
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Days 4-5

Free time in Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy the next two days at leisure exploring this captivating city at your own pace. Why not visit the famous Lapa Steps, enjoy the view from Corcovada (Christ the Redeemer) and take the cable cars up to the top of Sugar Loaf. Alternatively the famous ‘Beatles bloco’ or official Bloco do Sargento Piminta is on day 4 in the Gloria Cinelandia area usually starting early afternoon.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast x 2

Day 6

Goodbye Rio de Janeiro

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Prices & Dates

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 travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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09 Feb - 14 Feb 15% off
USD $1,725
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01 Mar - 06 Mar 15% off
USD $1,725
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USD $890

In Brief

Trip Type
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
09 February 2018
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - for dinner and orientation tour only
Breakfast: 5, Dinner: 1
1st March 2017