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Rio Carnival 2020: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Product ID: 300030
Watch the biggest show on Earth, the Carnival Samba School Parade in Rio's Sambodrome. Benefit from pickup and drop-off from your hotel or cruise ship and the expertise of a professional tour guide.
About this activity
Duration: 8 - 9.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Please note you have to first exchange your voucher for a ticket prior to the visit at a different location (ticket collection points). You can find more details of the ticket collection points in your voucher information. For shuttle transfer, pickup is included for hotels located at: Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Catete, Flamengo, Botafogo, Centro, Barra da Tijuca and at Rio Cruise Port. Please provide your hotel name and address, or details of your ship. You will receive the exact pickup time by email. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided with the closest meeting point available.
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the largest Parade on Earth in Rio's incredible Sambodrome
  • Watch the Carnival Parade with the comfort and security of a professional guide
  • Feel the rhythm of the drums and enjoy the colourful and creative performances
Full description
Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators. 

Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions.

– February 21st, 2020 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league)
– February 22nd, 2020 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league)
– February, 23rd, 2020 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league)
– February 24th, 2020 (Monday): Special Group (1st league)
– February 29th, 2020 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools)

Access Group - Friday Feb 21 and Saturday Feb 22
On these dates, watch as some schools compete to get access to the main league for the following year. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget.

Special Group - Sunday Feb 23 and Monday Feb 24
With this option, experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro showing all their creativity and innovations as you enjoy a magical night in the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools.

Champions Parade - Saturday Feb 29
On this night, the top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnival champions of the year.

At the end of the tour, take the return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Carnival Samba School Parade Admission Tickets
  • Transportation to Sambadrome (shuttle service)
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• The GetYourGuide voucher will not be accepted as your entrance ticket; you must change your voucher for the official entry Ticket to the Rio Carnival Parade
• You must present an official passport or ID to redeem your entrance ticket
• For shuttle transfers, you will receive exact pickup details and time by email; in case your hotel is not included in the pickup points, the closest meeting point will be provided
Customer reviews
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Go to the Sambadrome early and just book the transfer to return to the hotel only, if possible. We were picked up at 8:15 and it was really difficult to get a good seat when we got to the Sambadrome. Also, bring a seat cushion or 2 if seating in the grandstand.

March 3, 2020

The parade was absolutely brilliant, however the shuttle service was poorly organised especially the return journey. We finished up taking a taxi back which was more expensive but worth it. The guide on the coach spoke poor English and gave vague instructions on where to meet and how long we would have to wait. The parade was excellent but I would not encourage anyone to use this company.

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March 2, 2020

We did not arrive until 11pm. Although we were orignally advised we would be picked up at 8.30pm this was altered to 10pm. Because we arrived so late there was nowhere to stand except on the stairs which was very difficult as people were wanting to go up and down all the time. One of our party had walking difficulties so it was very hard for him. The carnival parade itself was amazing, but we were only able to stand for two of the parades as standing on the crowded stairs was very difficult. It would have been helpful if this had been made clear to us when booking and also that our time of pick up had not been changed. If we had arrived earlier Im sure our experience would have been much better.

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March 4, 2020

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Product ID: 300030