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Rio Carnival 2022: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

1. Rio Carnival 2022: 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 25th, 2022 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 26th, 2022 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 27th, 2022 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 26th, 2022 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – March 5th, 2022 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools) Access Group - Friday, February 25th and Saturday, February 26th 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 27th and Monday, February 28th 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 March 5th 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.

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Rio de Janeiro: Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar

2. Rio de Janeiro: Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar

Discover Rio’s nightlife in one of the top neighborhood bars. Soak up the unique atmosphere of the Rio Scenarium, a former antique store located in the heart of Lapa. Explore the three-level culture pavilion interconnected by stairs and an elevator from the belle époque. Admire its relics, colorful décor, and obsolete items which are commonly used in film productions while listening to incredible live music.  Watch the best artists bring to life Brazilian music genres such as Samba, Forró, and MPB (Brazilian pop music). Skip the line through a fast track entrance and live a genuine local nightlife experience while enjoying the 3-hour open bar (selected drinks) and 3-course dinner service.

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Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch

3. 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 and have more than 2 thousand pieces of more than 60 countries.  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.

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Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

4. Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

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. The student chooses the kind of dance – Samba no pé (solo Samba), or Samba de Gafiera (partner Samba) – that he or she wants to learn, and participates in one or more private lessons of the chosen style. The private Samba lessons are divided into about 90% practical and 10% theoretical. 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 night life. 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.

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Rio Carnival Parade 2022: VIP Lounge & All-Inclusive Service

5. Rio Carnival Parade 2022: VIP Lounge & All-Inclusive Service

During the famous Rio Carnival get a complete view of the festivities with a VIP experience. Enjoy Brazilian music, an acclimatized spaces with air-conditioning, TV’s to watch the parade, a beauty area, full covered panoramic area to watch the parade and zen area offering massages and sofas to relax. Benefit from an open bar and a catered buffet.  Understand each ticket: - The Folia Tropical allows you to move freely through the floors 1 and 2 plus the open lounge area. Folia is the regular ticket which grants you live shows, dance floor with DJs, catering buffet, open bar and entertainment services. - The Super Folia Tropical allows you to move freely through the 3 floors. In addition to everything included in the regular ticket, you’ll access to the restricted area on the 3rd floor, besides a VIP space on the open lounge, super-premium beverages and catering, exclusive view of the parade and live shows. Choose to see the incredible event from 4 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. Access Group (2nd league) Special Group (1st league) Special Group (1st league) Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best-ranked schools) Access Group: Watch as some schools compete. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget. Special Group: Experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools. Champions Parade: The top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. 

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Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

6. 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!

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Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

7. Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Do you find yourself feeling 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 Copacabana. 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 a 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! The dance class can happen directly before going to a club, or you can choose to meet your instructor later on and go to the club together.

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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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Rio de Janeiro: Samba Dance Lesson and Night Club Experience

9. Rio de Janeiro: Samba Dance Lesson and Night Club Experience

Learn the basic steps of samba in one hour from a passionate instructor and experience a piece of the local culture. Gain enough confidence to head out to Rio's samba nights right after the class and mingle with the locals. Be guided through the moves by an experienced dance teacher, Bruno, who has been leading dance classes since 2006. After mastering samba, he made it his mission to develop a method of teaching that makes samba easier to learn for everyone. Spend an hour with Bruno and have fun unlocking the mysteries of solo samba, the Samba-No-Pé.  Then, head together to a samba club in Lapa. Sip on caipirinhas and try out your new samba skills to live music. Feel like a local and sample what life in Rio can be like.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

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This tour was awesome! It shows the essential highlights of what to see in Rio. From the must see Christ the Redeemer statue, to the iconic Selaron Steps, to the sweet views of the Sugarloaf mountain, etc. you wont be disappointed. Plus the lunch buffet will fill you up with many varieties of local & Western foods to enjoy. Also our guide Manuela is very informative, fun & she provided really good customer service.

Excellent tour. Great price, includes lunch and entrance into the locations. If you aren't spending a lot of time in Rio it is the best option to see many of the major attractions.

All very well, unfortunately the weather did not accompany us in a good way but the guys on the tour did everything to make the experience unique thanks ...

Great trip! Super nice guide! Very competent and informative! Lovely again!!!!!

Very good experience and the guide is one of the best i have ever met.