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Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch

1. Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch

Start your adventure with a pickup in the morning from hotels located in the South Zone and head towards your first stop at Christ the Redeemer.  Enjoy great jungle views in the minivan ride through the Tijuca Forest that surrounds the Corcovado Mountain. Reach the peak of the mountain and meet the statue of the Christ the Redeemer with its arms right open over the city. Admire the sweeping views and take breathtaking pictures. Head to a nice walk outside the Maracanã Stadium and find out more about the passion of the Brazilians for football. Learn about the samba tradition in Rio by visiting the Sambadrome, the place with the biggest Carnival parade on the planet. Marvel at the beautiful street art of the Selarón Steps, a gigantic mosaic work of the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. He started dedicating himself to decorate the stairs in the early 90s. The 250 steps have become a monument and an icon of Rio. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro to revel at the biblical passages on the stained-glass inside it, following a stop for lunch in an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. With the batteries recharged, there is still one place left.  Head to Urca neighborhood and marvel at the beauty of the Sugarloaf Mountain and be amazed by the cable ride to the top. From 220 meters above sea level take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

2. Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

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 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 25th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools) Access Group - Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th 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, February 19th and Monday, February 20th 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 February 25th 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.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

3. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail.  Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival.  Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Rio de Janeiro: 2023 Sambadrome Rio Carnival Tickets

4. Rio de Janeiro: 2023 Sambadrome Rio Carnival Tickets

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and famous 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. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and the Champions Parade. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 25th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 winners samba schools) Access Group (2nd league) In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. 6 samba schools parades every night with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group (1st league) These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 12 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

5. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots will bring you a multicultural show with lots of joy and energy, gathering on stage various cultures of this tropical country. For about 3 hours, you are going to enjoy every Brazilian dance style. After your hotel pick-up, if you choose the show with dinner option, you will arrive at a traditional Barbecue Dinner, all you can eat style. Brazilian Churrascarias (barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options. In case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted. For those who preferred the show only option, they will be picked up at their hotels before heading to the show by bus.  You will get to know every Brazilian region through dance performance and clothing. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots combines diversity and culture with The Journal of Theatre, the Northeast, the Amazon and the Pampas with its Folklore, Bahia with their mystical rituals and Rio de Janeiro with its incomparable bohemian Lapa, their dance halls and their legendary Tricksters. A breathtaking show, with fantastic drummers and beautiful Mulatas dressed in outstanding carnival costumes. Even when you think that the show is close to the end, you may be surprised with interactive dancers. It’s time to shake your hips, so don’t be shy because the show must go on!

Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson - Ipanema/ Copacabana

6. Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson - Ipanema/ Copacabana

Want to Samba but have no dance experience? Learn basic Samba moves that you can use in all types of dance in a 1-hour dance crash course! This Samba lesson in Rio is a fun and entertaining time, and lets you experience the true culture of Rio. You will have an amazing and fun class of Samba no pé (solo Samba) and you will learn how Brazilians shake their hips at the carnival. The Samba Lesson is lots of fun and you'll find yourself dancing away after the first class. The teacher will explain how this type of dance fits into Brazil’s cultural history as well as Rio’s current nightlife. Enjoy a 60-minute dance crash course, and you'll be sure to feel the energy of Samba. After that, you'll be able to go out and practice your new moves in the city's bustling dance clubs.

Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

Do you feel nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Ipanema. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out!

Rio Carnival Parade 2022: VIP Lounge & All-Inclusive Service

8. Rio Carnival Parade 2022: VIP Lounge & All-Inclusive Service

During the famous Rio Carnival get a complete view of the festivities with a VIP experience. Enjoy Brazilian music, an acclimatized spaces with air-conditioning, TV’s to watch the parade, a beauty area, full covered panoramic area to watch the parade and zen area offering massages and sofas to relax. Benefit from an open bar and a catered buffet.  Understand each ticket: - The Folia Tropical allows you to move freely through the floors 1 and 2 plus the open lounge area. Folia is the regular ticket which grants you live shows, dance floor with DJs, catering buffet, open bar and entertainment services. - The Super Folia Tropical allows you to move freely through the 3 floors. In addition to everything included in the regular ticket, you’ll access to the restricted area on the 3rd floor, besides a VIP space on the open lounge, super-premium beverages and catering, exclusive view of the parade and live shows. Choose to see the incredible event from 4 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. Access Group (2nd league) Special Group (1st league) Special Group (1st league) Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best-ranked schools) Access Group: Watch as some schools compete. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget. Special Group: Experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools. Champions Parade: The top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. 

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro (State)

We had a really nice evening with Bruno! First we had a samba class for a about 1 hour, where he showed us major moves and poses of samba, then we went to a samba club with live band playing. We had a table right next to the band. We danced samba there. Everything and the whole evening were perfect!

Absolutely loved our Brazilian Samba class ,as teachers in Scotland it was so interesting to see the Brazillian samba . our teachers were lovely. Thanks for a great experience Dianne ,Warren and Keri Brown

I enjoyed it. Got a bit tiring. Probably could’ve skipped the stadium and caribana area. But the rest was good.

Súper recomendado este tour. Puedes conocer varios puntos turísticos de Rio en un solo día.

“Classic” excursion very well organized by our guide.