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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: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

2. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

Discover the landmarks of Rio on a full-day guided tour, including pickup and drop off at hotels in Rio. Start with a visit to Corcovado Mountain. Ride by van to the top or board the train, both through the Tijuca Forest. Then, marvel at the main monument of Brazil, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, as you take in panoramic views of Rio. Next, head towards the mythical Maracanã football stadium and observe its imposing façade. Continue to the legendary Sambódromo where the annual Carnival parade takes place. Visit the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, influenced by Mayan pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps at Lapa, before the lunch break. We have a typical Brazilian steakhouse lunch option if you wish to include it, but remember to choose the "Christ the Redeemer by Van, Sugarloaf, Selaron, BBQ Lunch" or "Christ the Redeemer by Train, Sugarloaf, Selaron, BBQ Lunch" option for a complete experience. After lunch, visit Sugarloaf (ticket included and not included option). Take the cable car to the top in two stages and see one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Rio.

Rio Carnival Tickets: 2024 Sambadrome Rio Carnival Parade

3. Rio Carnival Tickets: 2024 Sambadrome Rio Carnival Parade

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 9, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 10, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 11, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 12, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 17, 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.

Rio de Janeiro: 2024 Carnival Parade Tickets for Sambadrome

4. Rio de Janeiro: 2024 Carnival Parade Tickets for Sambadrome

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, and inaugurated in 1983 with a capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, and one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Champions Parade. Access Group Feb. 9 and 10 - In the Access Group, the Samba Schools do their best to enter to the Special Group for the following year. You will see 12 schools – 6 per day – parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  Feb. 11 and 12 - These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro – 7 per day – 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 Feb. 17 - On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2024 Samba School Parade Tickets

5. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2024 Samba School Parade Tickets

Watch the Rio de Janeiro samba school parades at Carnaval Rio 2024, the greatest show on earth. Buy your ticket for the Grandstand and choose between sectors 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9. Seating is reserved in sector 9 only. The grandstands are the liveliest part of the Sambadrome, with a great view of the parade. The seats are concrete steps and the tickets are the most affordable of the event. Only Sector 9 is numbered, offering more convenience with assigned seat during the entire parade night. ACCESS GROUP PARADE - 2/09/2024 and 2/10/2024 The traditional samba schools parade on Friday and Saturday in search of top positions and a place in the Special Group in the following year's competition. SPECIAL GROUP PARADE - 2/11/2024 and 2/12/2024 Rio de Janeiro's best samba schools parade on Carnival Sunday and Monday in search of the title of champion of Rio Carnival 2024. These are the most popular days, when the biggest schools parade, six of them on Sunday and another six on Monday. CHAMPIONS PARADE - 2/17/2024 After the result, the six best samba schools of the Special Group make one last presentation at the Sambódromo. Without the pressure of the jury, the Parade of Champions has an even more special energy!

Rio: Carnival 2024 Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

6. Rio: Carnival 2024 Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Secure your ticket to Rio's Carnival, the most popular parade in the world. Named the “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, this cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival.  Start your day with a shared shuttle transfer to the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, where the official parade takes place. Created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, this awe-inspiring location features a capacity of 80,000 visitors. The parade lasts for five days, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. No matter what day you join in the festivities, there's something special for everyone to experience. Access Group February 9 and 10 - In the Access Group, the Samba Schools do their best to enter to the Special Group for the following year. You will see 12 schools (6 per day) parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group February 11 and 12 - These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro (7 per day) 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: February 17 - On this night, the top six Special Group schools perform along with the Access Group Champion repeating their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnaval champions of the year. At the end of the parade, enjoy a return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Rio: Carnival 2024 Sector 9 Tickets with Shuttle Service

7. Rio: Carnival 2024 Sector 9 Tickets with Shuttle Service

Tickets for sector 9 with Roundtrip transportation - Meeting Point (From Almost any hotel at Zona Sul, Barrada Tijuca, Centro and Porto) to Sambadrome. Sector 9 is located in the middle of the Sambadrome and is the only sector that has marked seats. With a prime view of the battery setback, its offers a phenomenal atmosphere, exciting rhythmic movements, and one of the great highlights of the parade. 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. Parade days: – February 9, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 10, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 11, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 12, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 17, 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.

Rio: Premium Carnival Seating with Food, Drinks, & Transfer

8. Rio: Premium Carnival Seating with Food, Drinks, & Transfer

Witness the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival from a privileged perspective. Have a magical night by being picked up from your accommodation and shown to your premium box by your guide. Take in the vibrant dances as you enjoy unlimited drinks, a buffet table, and private entertainment. Be driven to the Sambadrome by a professional driver, then escorted to your seat by your guide, who will be there to assist you all night. Admire the parade from a VIP box, just a few meters from the catwalk. See how the most talented samba schools compete for the honor of being Carnival champions. Take advantage of the cabin area's premium services, such as an open bar with beer, whiskey, vodka, and soft drinks, a food buffet, a beauty center, a chillout space with massages, private shows, and DJ performances. Become surrounded by lively music, skillful choreography, and amazing costumes. Each school creates an 80-minute presentation, so you're guaranteed non-stop entertainment for a long time. However, while the parade lasts 8 hours, you're welcome to take an early transfer to your hotel after the fourth performance. Otherwise, stay back and party the night away.

Rio de Janeiro Private: Christ, Sugarloaf, Maracanã and more

9. Rio de Janeiro Private: Christ, Sugarloaf, Maracanã and more

Enjoy a full day tour of the most emblematic sights in Rio de Janeiro with just your group and without the rush of cheap tours, but with 20 to 40 people together! We'll pick you up from your hotel and head straight to Corcovado Mountain. On this path we will pass through the largest urban forest on the planet which is the Tijuca Forest. We will make the first stop at the Paineiras Visitor Center, where we will depart by van to see the majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer, with beautiful panoramic views of the wonderful city. Then, we'll go down through Santa Teresa, a neighborhood with a strong artistic and cultural appeal, and we'll make a second stop at the Mirante das Favelas. The third stop will be at Escadaria Selarón, covered in colorful mosaics, from where we will continue to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Your exploration continues with a stop at the legendary Maracanã football stadium and a tour of the famous Sambodromo, home to the vibrant Carnival parade. After all this time, it's time for lunch and we can stop either at a steakhouse or at another place of your choice agreed beforehand. After lunch, we continue on to Sugarloaf Mountain for an up-close encounter with one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Rio, which will yield beautiful photos! As this is a private tour, we can customize the itinerary to suit your preferences, as long as it does not exceed the total duration and that changes are requested and agreed with the guide responsible for your tour.

Rio: Christ Redeemer by Train & City Highlights Morning Tour

10. Rio: Christ Redeemer by Train & City Highlights Morning Tour

After being collected from your hotel in Rio, you will drive up to the Cosme Velho station in order to catch the Corcovado Train. This train ride through tropical forest stakes about 20 minutes from ground level to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Once having ascended to the top of the mountain, you will discover the Christ the Redeemer Statue, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Once you're back at sea level, you will drive past the legendary Maracanã soccer stadium for an external visit of this park where you will have another photo opportunity. Following this, you will head to Sambódromo, the location of Rio's exciting Carnaval. Afterwards, you can pay a visit to the distinctive Metropolitan Cathedral, a modern structure that takes influence from Mayan pyramids. You can then check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps, one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be comfortably returned to your pickup location.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,507 reviews

I had a great time, the places are beautiful and Rio was hot, the van had a good air conditioner what helped me a lot. The guide was polite even though some people weren’t that polite. Had a great time

Brilliant well-organised experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The driver drove safely. Value for money. Definately recommend to do this tour.

We were so pleased with this tour . It was really efficiently run. Renato was an excellent guide. A really good way to get to do the major Rio sights in one day .

Amazing tour. We had a lovely day and saw everything we wanted to see. Very well organized and loved our guide Lavina. Lunch was very good as well, thanks!

We were amazed and enjoyed every minute of this tour!