Rio Carnival Experience
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- Experience one of the biggest carnivals in the world!
- Dance the night away on a sunset boat cruise around Guanabara Bay
- Witness Rio’s legendary Sambadrome Parade
- Get to know Rio and visit the city's best sights on guided city tours
- Meet new people and have fun at Brazil’s biggest and best parties
- Extend your stay and visit Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Sugarloaf Mountain
Head over to lively Rio de Janeiro and experience the buzzing atmosphere of Carnival! You’ll stay within the fabulous Lapa neighbourhood where daytime festivities and night-time parades are right on your doorstep so you can jump straight in to the party atmosphere. With a group and guide, you’ll experience everything this legendary event has to offer, including street parties, parades and samba dancing! Choose from a 4 or 6-day option, spending as long or as little as you like in Rio, making the most of the awesome included activities arranged by your English-speaking guides. Get the glitter and neon paints ready – you're about to experience the world's loudest, proudest Carnival!
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Day 1: Arrive in Rio
Welcome to Rio! Touch down at the airport and jump in a taxi to your accommodation in Lapa, where you'll find plenty of historic buildings, trendy boutique shops, and lively bars. Our team will be waiting to welcome you and to get you settled in with an optional orientation walk. At 5pm, you'll meet the rest of the group at the welcome meeting before taking part in a group samba class! Afterwards, we'll party and soak up the carnival atmosphere.
Day 2: Bloco & Sunset Boat Party
Meet your guides at breakfast and find out what’s on the agenda for the day. For those who fancy more parade action, one of the biggest and most exciting blocos in Rio. This afternoon, we’ll head down to Gloria Maria and board a private boat for a 3-4-hour boat cruise around Rio’s gorgeous Guanabara Bay. We’ll return to dry land at sunset and watch the cityscape turn golden orange. We’ll then head out for another big night in the city.
Day 3: Pre-Carnival Party & Sambadrome Parade
Spend this morning chilling out on the beach. Either strike out on your own or join your guide who will take you to the best bits of Ipanema or Leblon beach. Tonight, Carnival hits top gear with the legendary Sunday Night Parade at the Sambadrome! Watch the samba schools parade their extravagant floats and costumes and cheer along to the festive drumming.
Day 4: Depart or Party on
If you've booked the 4-day option, your trip ends this morning. Check out of your accommodation by midday and head home.
If you've booked onto the 6-day option, you'll enjoy a free day to relax and soak up the carnival vibes. Join an optional trip to Sgt. Pepper’s Bloco or head down to the legendary Copacabana beach with to enjoy an afternoon of sun-soaking and sea-splashing.
Day 5: Rio City Tour & Rio Night Out
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of Rio starting with a drive through the scenic surrounds of Tijuca National Park. Discover the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and take in the astounding sights from Santa Teresa, the Steps of Selaron, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Tonight, seek out the wildest parties in Rio.
Day 6: Farewell
Your Rio Carnival Experience ends today so, once you've had breakfast, check out and explore the city at your leisure until you need to make your way to the airport. Ask your tour guide for recommendations on how to fill your time if you're planning to stick around in Rio for a bit longer.
Please note: activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 3 or 5 nights’ accommodation
- Orientation walk
- Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
- Welcome briefing
- Samba dance class
- Sunset boat cruise (inc. lunch and 1-hour open bar)
- Sunday Sambadrome Parade with face painting, cocktail, and BBQ
- Group beach trip
- Group escorts to all blocos/street parties
- Carnival T-shirt
- English-speaking guides
- Rio City tour with entrance to Christ the Redeemer (6-day option only)
- Steps of Seralon visit (6-day option only)
- Cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (6-day option only)
- Beach Excursion to Copacabana and Arpoador Sunset (6-day option only)
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Most meals
- Optional activities
3 or 5 nights' accommodation are included, depending on which trip duration you book. You will stay in a shared dorm in hostel accommodation in the Lapa neighbourhood in Rio. Your accommodation has free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a 24-hour reception. You will share a room with up to three others of a similar age to you. The rooms all have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
A buffet breakfast is included each morning of your stay and one lunch and one dinner are included on the trip. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great chance to experience Brazilian culture by interacting with local people and trying traditional food, of which there is plenty of choice.
You will need to arrange your flights to arrive at Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG) to arrive on your programme start date. Please arrive in time for your 5pm welcome meeting. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. These can either be booked in advance or you can hop in a taxi on arrival. Please contact us for more information about airport transfers. Your trip finishes on the morning of your programme end date, no activities are planned for the last day and you are free to depart at any time.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.
British citizens do not currently need a visa to enter Brazil. Please see the FCO website for up to date entry information. You will need a passport with at least 6 months' validity to enter the country. If you hold a passport from a different country, please contact your nearest Brazilian Embassy for the most up to date information.
What Should I Wear To Carnival?
Fancy-dress! Carnival is about wearing the loudest, proudest and silliest costumes you can find. You can either pack some fancy-dress items or head out shopping when you arrive. There will be loads of shops and markets selling crazy carnival clothes!
Can I Book Extra Nights' Accommodation?
Yes! In fact, we recommend booking an extra night before the tour begins to give you time to recover from your flight and before carnival madness begins! Please contact a travel advisor for information and costs.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.