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Rio Carnival Party ExperienceBrazil

From £0 per person for 4 nights
Get set to join the world’s most famous party on our totally immersive Carnival experience in Rio…

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A visit to Rio’s Carnival – a.k.a. the world’s biggest party – is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. We’ve put together a trip that will ensure you make the most of the celebrations, with tickets to the must-see Carnival Parade in the electric atmosphere of the Sambadrome and access to the exclusive Copacabana Ball, as well as time spent touring the city’s best street parties with your own private guide. With trips to Rio’s iconic sights to top it all off, this makes one unforgettable holiday.

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Take the cogwheel train up Corcovado, to stand beneath Christ the Redeemer
  • Soar above Sugar Loaf with a scenic helicopter ride over Rio 
  • Party at the exclusive Gala Ball at the famed Copacabana Palace hotel
  • Watch the incredible Carnival Parade from the atmospheric Sambadrome
  • Tour the best street parties with your knowledgeable private guide

This four-night itinerary is guaranteed to get you in the mood to party – whether it’s with a caipirinha and a street corner samba band or dressed up to the nines at Carnival’s grandest ball. We’ve carefully devised our trip to ensure you experience everything that Carnival is about, as well as taking in Rio’s most famous sites. Between helicopter trips, balls – and, of course, the big parade – we’ve left time for independent exploration, so whether you fancy continuing the party or taking a break of one of the city’s knock-out beaches, tudo bem!

Sugarloaf Sunset


All holiday departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

Full Itinerary



Day One: Welcome to the party!

Touch down in Rio, and your private guide and driver will be waiting just past passport control. Within around 45 minutes you’ll be at your hotel, where your guide will assist with check-in.

Overnight in Rio

Premium – Windsor California

Deluxe – Sofitel Ipanema

Meals included: None

Rio Views

Day Two: Scenic flights and big sights

Today you’ll see two of Rio’s most iconic sights: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf. Starting with the former, you’ll drive past the city’s famous beaches towards national park, ready to board the cogwheel train that climbs up Corcovado Mountain to the famous Christ The Redeemer statue. Disembark to walk the final flight of stairs towards the statue, for breathtaking views of forest segueing to glittering water. After breaking for lunch (your guide can help with recommendations), it’s on to the next part of your adventure; an afternoon cablecar ride up Sugar Loaf. Stop at 170m to appreciate the view of Botafogo Bay with a Caipirinha in hand, then it’s time to board a helicopter for a scenic flight over the mountain. Pass over the famous beaches of Praia Vermelha, Copacabana and Ipanema for birds eye views of the Cidade Maravilhosa. Afterwards, continue your cablecar trip up the mountain, returning to your hotel by around 5pm to dress up in costume or Black Tie. Tonight, you have tickets to the official ball of the Carnival, the Copacabana Ball. Set in the luxury surrounds of the famous Belmond Copacabana Hotel, this is one of the most exclusive events in Rio’s calendar. Soak up the entertainment, costumes and atmosphere, with food and drink provided. 

Overnight in Rio

Premium – Windsor California

Deluxe – Sofitel Ipanema

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner (buffet at the ball)

Christ the Redeemer

Day Three: Parade prep

Recover from your late night with a leisurely day, because this evening brings another tour highlight – Carnival Parade. At 8pm, you’ll be driven to the Sambadrome, a specially-built area where the samba schools join their competitive parade. Each of the 12 schools try to out do each other with throngs of people (up to 5,000 per school) and floats which soar up to 15 metres. Soak up the music, views and electric atmosphere with a seat on the bleachers, alongside thousands more carnival fans. 

Overnight in Rio

Premium – Windsor California

Deluxe – Sofitel Ipanema

Meals included: Breakfast

Rio Parade

Day Four: Dancing in the street

After a much-needed lie-in, it’s time to start the party again as you tour Carnival’s street parades with your private guide. Two million people per day hit the streets during Carnival. Over the course of four hours, you’ll see the best blocos (neighbourhood street bands) rousing the crowds with a heady mix of music and dance. Join in with costumed revellers as your guides takes you safely through the best of Rio’s street parties – from Ipanema’s laid-back, beach vibe to secret local parties in crowded colonial plazas. Afterwards, you driver will take you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Rio

Premium – Windsor California

Deluxe – Sofitel Ipanema

Meals included: Breakfast

Rio Samba Band

Day Five: The party’s over…

And it’s time to head home. Your driver will take you to the airport, ready for your flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overall meals included: 4 Breakfasts; Dinner 


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

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Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £450 per person and take approximately 12 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Rio (GIG). Arrive any time.

End point: Rio (GIG). Leave anytime. 

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