Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Samba dancing

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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 1-Hour Samba Lesson - Ipanema/ Copacabana

4. 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.

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: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour

6. 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!

Brazilian Passions Tour: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

7. Brazilian Passions Tour: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

After pick-up from your hotel, you’ll be taken to the Mario Filho Stadium, also known as the Maracanã Stadium. Visit the locker room decorated with shirts of some Brazilian Clubs, the warm up room, and the press conference room. You’ll even be able to sit down at one of the benches as if you were part of the back-up team, and finally, step out on the field and feel like a famous soccer player.   Following the Maracanã, you’ll be taken to Sambódromo, where the Carnival Parade takes place, as well as Samba City, where many samba dance schools build their floats and costumes for the parade. Try on a costume and feel like a King, Princess, or Greek God or Goddess! Finish this part of the tour off with a break for lunch in a traditional steakhouse, where you can try the traditional Brazilian churrasco, a type of grilled meat.   After lunch, visit the Museum for the Brazilian Soccer Team. Learn how the most glorious and feared team of players were responsible for turning soccer into a national passion and understand why the 200 million inhabitants become a soccer coach during the game. See trophies, photos, images and state-of-the-art technology that make the visit to the Museum an amazing and interactive experience. Head back to the hotel after this unique experience through Brazilian passions.  

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

8. Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

Get picked up from your hotel and go on a journey through the historic center of Rio de Janeiro.  The long history of this city makes it almost an open-air museum. The unusual mixture of nearly five centuries of kings, emperors, slaves, artists, clerics, pompous buildings and major libraries can be seen in several corners of Rio de Janeiro.  Explore the most important sights and monuments of the city. See XV Square, which was the main place for arrivals in Rio during the time of the Empire. Admire the many historical buildings there.  Visit the Olympic Boulevard in the seaport region, which has been completely revitalized for the 2016 Olympic Games. Marvel at the world-famous Ethnicities Mural made by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.  Pass by Maracanã, one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Brazil. See the Candelária Church, an important Roman Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Go and see also the Lapa Aqueduct and the famous Seláron Stairs, which received tiles from all over the world to compose its art. At the end of the tour head to Samba City and get a glimpse of the backstage area of the Carnival in Rio: the handmade costumes, the floats that cross the avenue on wheels, and other details of this beautiful and iconic party.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I enjoyed it very much! Very organized and we had time to enjoy the sites without feeling rushed! Also the tour guide was very nice and helpful I was running a bit late in traffic and we waited for me with no problems. I also received a cold from him because he was sick! But either way I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this trip! Def worth it!

Picked up from hotel and travelled between sights in a modern air conditioned 20 seater small coach, which was great. Guide was charming and knowledgeable. It was a great way to see lots of Rio top sights. Sugarloaf cable cars and views were the highlight for us. Lunch stop was in a great local canteen with a wide range of fresh food.

Just amazing! From the moment we were greeted at our hotel to the moment we said goodbye we had an amazing day. Our tour guide was just the best and made the entire trip, well informed, friendly, helpful, always in sight if you needed anything and made us feel very safe and relaxed! Thank you again!!

Amazingly organizer trip. All the tickets were there already so we did not have to wait in line. Juan was an excellent guide and took care of all members of his group.

Excelente servicio, el guía Adonai muy amable y servicial, la pasamos grandioso. Gracias