Brazil Carnival Full Experience 2018 5D/4N (Rio de Janeiro)
Nothing else in the world compares to Carnival in Brazil... experience it for yourself!
This trip lasts from 09 February - 13 February 2018.
*** Please note itinerary is subject to changes due to unexpected circumstances such as bad weather, changes to Carnival schedules, traffic, diversions, demonstrations/strikes, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities and other circumstances beyond our control.
Join us in Rio de Janeiro for an unforgettable five days. On Day 1 you will have a welcome briefing before your first night out in Carnival. On Day 2 you will have a morning bloco followed by a sunset boat cruise. On Day 3 partying continues and you experience Sunday’s Sambadrome Parade. Next on Day 4 bloco street party. Your trip ends on Day 5 after check out.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Friday (09 February): Rio Arrival & Welcome Briefing
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Upon arrival to the airport, please make your way to your accommodations. There is an optional airport transfer option (additional cost) or just hop in a taxi (not included).
Your accommodations are located in Lapa, Rio’s colourful bohemian centre, where many of Carnival’s major events and block parties take place. The neighbourhood is full of samba clubs, theatres, capoeira halls, trendy antique stores house in historical buildings, funky bars, restaurants, cafes, and of course, the famous Lapa Arches! You are free to arrive when you wish, however keep in mind that check-in if from 2PM on. Our crew will be awaiting your arrival, and will be happy to show you your room, give you local maps, give you insider tips, and take you on an optional orientation walk through the area.
We will meet in the hotel lobby around 5PM for a group meeting, during which you’ll be given a schedule of all your planned events and meeting times. After the meeting, the party starts! The bartender will give you a caipirinha, the perfect Brazilian welcome drink! Brush up on your samba skills in our group samba class, and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can get your face painted! Once you’re ready, it’s time to hit the streets for our first night out in Rio de Janeiro! Our guides will be there with you every step of the way, taking you to all the best parties in town! Tonight is the first official night of Carnival in Rio - the atmosphere will be electric!
Tonight, you’ll have the option to head over to Avenida Presidente Vargas to check out the samba schools (as well as those that booked the “Samba School Add-on”) prepare and party! Make sure you bring your camera - this will be a night you’ll never forget!
Inclusions: Orientation walk, welcome briefing (Caipirinhas and Samba Class included), partying with the samba schools on Av. Presidente Vargas accompanied by guide/s, night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.
*Pre-Tour Night: Please note an optional night is available before the beginning of the tour for an additional cost. We highly recommend that you book an extra night, especially if you’ve travelled a long way to get here, to give you time to recover, settle in and visit more of Rio’s sites before Carnival.
*Airport Pick-Up: Please note an optional airport transfer to your accommodation can be scheduled for an additional cost.
*Shopping Note: Today is the day most shops and big markets will be open in the area. During Carnival it is customary to wear ‘fancy-dress’ costumes to all street parties; so if you haven’t packed any fancy dress items today is the day to go shopping. Our guides can tell you where to go.
*Samba School Add-On: This add-on must be booked and paid before arriving to Rio. You will need to give your costume size (universal small, medium or large) and European shoe size. For those who pre-booked a Samba School Costume, you’re going to be part of the Sambadrome Parade tonight! Your costumes will be delivered to your accommodation room. There will be plenty of time to get ready after our group meeting, caipirinhas and samba class. Once everyone is dressed and prepped, you will be guided to the meeting point on Avenue Presidente Vargas. This will be one to two hours before the school’s scheduled parade time.
(Please note that the costume you will provided with for the Samba School depends on the theme set by the school you will be dancing with. You could be anything from a clown, an animal or even food. You will surely see more experienced samba dancers in the parade wearing more elaborate and glamorous costumes. Nevertheless, being part of the parade will be a unique and fun experience!)
Day 2: Saturday (10 February): Morning Bloco & Sunset Boat Party Cruise (B/L)
Our guides will meet you in the morning at breakfast, where they will be more than happy to provide you with information regarding today’s plans.
One of the biggest and most fun “blocos” in Rio de Janeiro - “Céu na Terra” - traditionally performs on Saturday morning in Santa Teresa during Carnival. If you’re feeling up to it, our guides will accompany you down to the party!
This afternoon, we’ll cruise on down to the Marina da Gloria to grab some lunch and then hop on board our magnificent private schooner. We will then spend the next 3-4 hours cruising around Rio’s spectacular Guanabara Bay! On board the schooner there will be bathrooms, music, a dance floor, a chill-out area, snacks, and an open bar for the first hour of the cruise! Returning just after sunset, you’ll have the chance to view the city, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Christ the Redeemer from a different light and angle.
After the boat returns to port, you will have a chance to return to your accommodations, where you can take your time and get ready for another big night out on the town! As always, our guides will be there to explain the various options offered for the night ahead. Have fun!
Inclusions: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Lunch, Boat party cruise around Guanabara Bay (1h open bar), Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.
Day 3: Sunday (11 February): Pre-Carnival Party & Sunday Sambadrome Parade (B/D)
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel and getting all the insider tips from our trustworthy guides on what to do today, it’s time to head out! You are free to head to the beach, or you may take an optional tour for an additional cost. If you feel like heading to the beach as a group, one of our guides will meet you in the hotel lobby at 10AM and take you on the metro to the best parts of the beaches at Ipanema and/or Leblon.
If you’re feeling ready to party, our ever-helpful guides will be more than happy to accompany you to some of the most vibrant “bloco” street parties happening in the city today!
Tonight our guides will be taking you to the main Carnival event of the week: the Sunday night parade at the Sambadrome! This parade is where all of the city’s best samba schools parade their outrageous floats and costumes down the runway, and we will have the best view of the spectacle from the stands above! We will once again meet in the hotel lobby for included pre-drinks and yet another opportunity to get your face painted. Our professional photographer will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to get dressed up in your very best Carnival-themed attire! Before arriving at the Sambadrome we will grab dinner at one of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous churrasco restaurants to enjoy dinner, giving out bodies the much-needed fuel to last the entire night!
We will be sitting in Sections 12 and 13 of the Sambadrome, located near the end of the runway and known to be one of the liveliest sections, full of fun, rowdy locals! There will not be any fixed seats, just concrete bleachers from where you can stand and cheer as the samba schools arrive at the finish line! Another hidden perk of this section is the potential to salvage an abandoned costume to wear later, as many dancers leave their costumes behind after the parade!
Alternatively, you have the option to upgrade to another section for a closer view and a less rowdy crowd at an additional cost.
You’ll see that the local Cariocas really support their samba school (similar to supporting a football team!) with lots of singing and dancing. They know ALL the words to the ‘anthems’. It is a wonderful local experience and one that goes on until the wee hours of the morning!
Inclusions: Breakfast, Group trip to the beach, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Sambadrome Parade Tickets Sectors 12-13 with group escort to and from accommodation with pre-drinks, face-painting and All-you-can-eat Brazilian Churrasco BBQ dinner.
*City Tour Note: Please note you can book an optional city tour for this morning for an additional cost.
*Sambadrome Sector Upgrade: If you wish to get closer to the parade and get a better view you have the option of purchasing an upgrade for an additional cost. You will still have a guide accompanying you if you choose to upgrade.
Day 4: Monday (12 February): Bloco Street Party & Group Beach Trip (B)
Once again, our guides will be downstairs to greet you during breakfast and give you all the insider information regarding the day’s best options. Don’t be too worried if you are feeling tired - there will definitely be many of you wanting a free day in order to recover from last night’s madness!
If you’re feeling like the champion you are, there is an option to go to one of the city’s BEST “blocos” - Sergeant Pepper’s Bloco. This party is a Beatles-themed party, featuring over 100 samba percussionists. Drinks, hats, and water pistols included! Be sure to wear you swim suits underneath your clothes and, if it’s a sunny day, don’t forget your sunscreen!
If you’re feeling the beach today, our guides will be more than happy to escort you straight from the “bloco” to the world-famous Copacabana beach. After relaxing on the beach, we will watch the sun set over the Dois Irmãos mountains from Arpoador Rock, clapping with the locals as the sun disappears over the horizon. For those that wish to stay in Rio de Janerio’s southern zone, there will most likely be night markets and parties in Copacabana that our guides will direct you to.
Inclusions: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s (drinks, hats & water-pistols included), Beach Excursion to Copacabana beach & Arpoador Sunset, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.
Day 5: Tuesday (13 February): Rio Accommodation Check-Out (B)
Our carnival package officially finishes after breakfast today. The rest of the day is yours. Check-out is at midday. We wish you safe travels for your onwards journey!
Inclusions: Breakfast, Guide on-hand to give tips & advice if you’re staying longer.
*Airport Drop-Off: Please note an optional transfer to the airport can be scheduled for an additional cost.
Accommodation Note: You will be staying in 3-star Hotel Monte Alegre, excellently located in the heart of Lapa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, right in the middle of the party zone and within walking distance to most of the biggest street parties. The hotel has a 24-hour reception (English-speaking), free WiFi, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and room service. We try to match people of similar ages whenever possible. All rooms have air-conditioning, individual beds, TV, en-suite bathrooms and buffet breakfast.
Safety Note: You must stay alert at all times. As with many other tourist areas opportunists look to rob tourists during Carnival. Our guides will be by your side to keep the group together and give the best advice possible for your safety allowing you to enjoy Carnival as much as possible.