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From £2,948 per person for 7 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Combine the crowded streets of Carnaval with the blissful beaches of Buzios on this unforgettable adventure…

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Summary

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A visit to Rio’s Carnaval – a.k.a. the world’s biggest party – is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. We’ve put together a trip that takes you right at the heart of the action, with tickets to the Winners’ Parade and time touring the city’s best street parties. Couple that with relaxation on the blissful peninsula of Buzios, where a string of perfect beaches, romantic restaurants and chic boutiques make for the ultimate getaway.

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED ON TOUR PRICE:

  • Take the cogwheel train up Corcovado, to stand beneath Christ the Redeemer
  • Soar above Sugar Loaf with a scenic helicopter ride over Rio 
  • Watch Rio’s samba schools put on a spectacular Winner’s Parade 
  • Tour the best street parties with your knowledgeable private guide
  • Escape to the idyllic beaches of laid-back Buzios

This seven-night itinerary combines the excitement of Carnaval with some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches. Spend the first three days in Rio, experiencing the very best of the festivities, with tickets to the Winners’ Parade, a private guide to escort you to the city’s best street parties and even a helicopter trip high above Sugar Loaf mountain. 

Rio Pano


Buzios

First settled by European pirates, Buzios is a fishing village turned upscale beach resort. It's a magical place where rustic charm meets high-end sophistication. Narrow cobblestone streets littered with upscale boutiques and restaurants run alongside picturesque beaches. This beautiful jutting peninsula has 17 beaches, making it the perfect place to relax, unwind and absorb the calm, easy Brazilian way of life.  

Buzios Beach


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


GETTING THERE 

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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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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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 nights

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 around 5pm. 

Overnight in Rio

Premium – Windsor California

Deluxe – Sofitel Ipanema

Meals included: Breakfast

Christ Carnaval


Day Three: Parade prep

Today's a leisurely day, because this evening brings another tour highlight – The Winners’ Parade at Carnaval, which marks the culmination of the festivities and sees one Samba School crowned as the best of 2019. At 8pm, you’ll be driven to the Sambadrome – a specially-built arena where six samba schools will join the parade, 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 TBC

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 Carnaval’s street parades with your private guide. Two million people per day hit the streets during Carnaval. 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

Samba Band


Buzios

Day Five: Beach bound

Just about ready to drop? Don’t worry: your next stop is one of the most relaxing places in the world. Your driver will take you on the three-hour journey to Buzios, a peninsula renowned for its incredible beaches. Here, the living is easy and relaxing, with postcard-perfect sand and stunning sunsets.

Overnight in Buzios

Vila d’Este

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Six & Seven

Today will be at your leisure, and can be as busy or as relaxed as you want it to be. Head to Geribá beach for some surfing or paddle-boarding, head to Rua das Pedras for whatever cuisine tickles your fancy, or just lie by the pool and catch some well-earned rays.

Overnight in Buzios

Vila d’Este

Meals included: Breakfast

Buzios Bay


Day Eight: Home time

Your driver will collect you and take you back to Rio airport, ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 7 Breakfasts


Accommodation

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 the start/end point of our experiences
  • 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


For Home Office travel advice to Brazil click here.


GETTING THERE 

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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