The Rio Carnival - Main image - South America - On The Go Tours
FROM: R22,900 pp

Join the world’s biggest party for six days of street festivals, pulsating samba rhythms and vibrant parades with sightseeing to the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as time to unwind on Copacabana Beach.

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Trip Highlights

Blocos - dress up and join in the dancing at one of the famous Rio carnival street parties
Corcovado - marvel at the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue and spectacular views of the city
Sugarloaf Mountain - catch a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and soak up the breathtaking city views
Rio Scenarium - enjoy a night out at one of the most famous samba clubs in Rio with live music and DJ's
Sambadrome Parade - get close to the action and see the colourful floats and costumes from Sector 11
Copacabana Beach - enjoy free time to unwind on one of Rio's most famous beaches


Dedicated Carnival team on hand to provide assistance
5 nights 3 star hotel in Rio's Flamengo district (twin/triple rooms)
Street party experience at one of Rio's famous Blocos
Sector 11 ticket for the Sambadrome parade
5 breakfasts
Transportation by private bus and metro
Evening of live music and dancing at Rio Scenarium
Rio city tour of Corcovado Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain (unguided)

Not Included

International flights, airport transfers and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks


Day 1

Rio De Janeiro

Welcome to Rio Carnival, the world's biggest party! Please make your own way to our joining hotel. At 5pm or 6pm we have an important meeting where you receive your tickets, T-shirt, maps and souvenir booklet and have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio.

Following the meeting we have a table booked at a buffet restaurant nearby, so you can spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers. If you’re arriving early in Rio, we also have plenty of optional activities available including a walking tour of downtown Rio and a half-day Brazilian cooking class.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro

Day 2

Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain

Today we enjoy a tour of Rio, visiting the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain, which rises almost 400 metres above Rio’s harbour and offers stunning views over the city and Copacabana beach. There will be plenty of free time to explore these iconic sites and we also aim to take in other landmarks such as the Maracana stadium, the iconic Selaron Steps and the impressive Lapa Arches.

Tonight we head to the vibrant neighbourhood of Lapa for a night of live samba music and DJ’s at Rio Scenarium. One of the Rio's greatest nightspots, this venue is an antiques warehouse, bar and restaurant all housed in one three-storey dance club.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 3

The Sambadrome Parade

Join us this morning at one of Rio’s local ‘blocos’! These street parties are crowded, hot and lively, with live music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to get to know Rio and its people. The local ‘cariocas’ will be all dressed up, so be sure to glitter up and come dressed to impress!

Tonight we have the biggest event of the week – the Sambadrome parade! Situated in Sector 11, close to the action, we see the top samba schools of Brazil parade their elaborate floats and costumes, with the party going on well into the early hours.
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 4

Copacabana & Ipanema

This morning is free for you to recover after an unforgettable night in the Sambadrome. Perhaps explore more of the city, hit one of Rio’s famous beaches or simply have a lie in! In the afternoon we have the option of a walking tour to Copacabana and Ipanema to give you a deeper insight into Rio’s diverse districts.

Tonight you have the option to re-visit the Sambadrome to see the last seven of the elite samba schools parading. This time we’re in Sector 5, in the centre of the parade runway, and to top it off you even have the chance to take part in the parade yourself. Dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway in costume is certainly a once in a lifetime experience! (It is important to pre-book these activities, see the Trip Notes for prices.)
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 5

Free day

Today offers free time to explore the sights and sounds of Rio at your own pace. Perhaps relax on Copacabana beach, join another buzzing street party or ride the tram to the charming, hill-top neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. There are also some fun optional activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding or a jungle hike (prior booking is essential). Then this evening, why not catch a cultural dance show or enjoy a Caipirinha under the famous Lapa arches?
Overnight: Rio De Janeiro   |  Breakfast

Day 6

Rio De Janeiro

Today marks the end of our time together in Rio! Hotel check-out is at 12pm. If you would like to extend your trip in Brazil and discover other sights such as the wildlife-rich Pantanal wetlands or the magnificent Iguazu Falls we offer tailor-made holidays and our reservations team can make the arrangements for you.


Travellers have rated this tour as 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

The trip proved to be a phenomenal experience. I never thought I would have had the opportunity to travel to as many places in such a short time. Our Guide did a remarkable job and made the trip truly a memorable experience.

• Submitted 13 Mar 2020

An amazing trip. Far exceeded our expectations. Everything was so well organised and when there were small hitches they were dealt with speedily and efficiently. FANTASTIC..

• Submitted 11 Mar 2020

Awesome!! Fantastic time was had. Very organised informative helpful and generally nice people !! Would definitely recommend them.

• Submitted 11 Mar 2020

In Brief

Trip Type
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
21 Feb 2020 & 12 Feb 2021
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 22
Hotel Rating
3 star hotel
Tour Guide
Crew to provide assistance
Breakfast: 5
The sweeping bay of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro
The sweeping bay of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro
The sweeping bay of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro
The sweeping bay of Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro

The trip proved to be a phenomenal experience. I never thought I would have had the opportunity to travel to as many places in such a short time. Our Guide did a remarkable job and made the trip truly a memorable experience.

Jonathan Calelike
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