Join us for the greatest party on earth - an amazing spectacle of colour and costumes with the sounds of samba music.
It's a once in a lifetime experience, joining thousands of Cariocas in a six-day frenzy of dancing and celebration! Our Independent Carnival Package allows you to pick and choose which activities you want to do in Rio de Janeiro based at our 3-star hotel in the lively Flamengo district.
The Independent Package includes tickets to the Sambadrome, home of the world-famous parades.
We can also help with a large range of optional activities such as going to the Gay Ball, visiting a favela community project, taking a half-day guided tour of Corcovado and another to Sugar Loaf Mountain, and even joining the Sambadrome parade itself.
Welcome to Rio Carnival, the biggest party on the planet!
There will be an important meeting at 17:00, where you'll have a full briefing on how to make the most of your time in Rio and recieve your tickets, maps, T-Shirt and souvenir booklet - please check the notice board in the reception area for other important information throughout the week.
After the meeting we have a table booked at a nearby buffet restaurant, so you can get to know some of your fellow travellers, this is usually followed by a night out in Lapa to continue the party!
Our dedicated Carnival team will be on hand throughout the week for a few hours each day to provide any assistance you may need.
There's a whole host of additional optional activities that you may like to take part in, such as 'Join the Parade' or visits to Sugar Loaf Mountain, prior booking is essential!
In Rio de Janeiro we will stay in a great hotel in the Flamengo district, accommodation is in twin and triple rooms. Our hotel is close to the beach and the metro station. Our hotel check-in is from midday, and Dragoman staff will be on hand to give you assistance.
Border information: if you are joining in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely enter Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
This morning we have an orientation walk with our local guides to get to know the area, we usually pass by one of the local 'bloccos' or street parties, so you can stay and join the party or return to the hotel if you prefer.
If you do go to a blocco, remember that they are hot and crowded so be prepared for a squeeze! the locals cariocas will be all dressed up, so don't forget to dress to impress!
In the evening we have an option to head out for a night of dancing and live music at the Rio Scenarium, one of the best nightspots in Rio - it's like an antiques warehouse, music venue, bar and restaurant all housed in one amazing colonial mansion. It's best to eat beforehand, as during carnival the food service can be slow! It's 65BRL entrance, plus your food and drinks.
Today is a free day for you to explore Rio until this evening, when we will head to the Sambadrome!
Early this morning, we have an optional guided tour to Corcovado. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro, if the weather is clear there is a fantastic view over the rest of the city. If you have opted for this tour you will be picked up at the hotel by your guide, we will take a minibus to the foot of the mountain and then charter a private tram to the top of Corcovado mountain which means that we are the first ones to arrive and have the statue to ourselves for a short time - a fantastic privilege at any time of year but particularly during the busy carnival time.
In the evening it's time for the main event of the week - the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll be situated in sector 13, the most lively of the sectors where local Cariocas are supporting their favourite Samba schools by singing and dancing. The sector is at the very end of the runway and you have the chance of collecting parts the costumes as some dancers will throw them up in to the stand.
You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included), accompanied by our guides who will also be with you inside the Sambadrome. There will be a number of pre-determined times when you will be able to go back to the hotel with a guide.
There is also the option to upgrade to Sector 11 for a much closer view of the parade, which is highly recommended if you're interested in photography and would like the best pictures of the costumes and floats. The same guide and travel arrangements as for Sector 13 will apply. Please book with your agent if you'd like to upgrade.
This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It's a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in.
In the afternoon we have an optional guided visit to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), rising almost 400 metres above the harbour. If you have opted for this tour you will be picked up at the hotel by your guide and travel by minibus to the mountain. We will take the cable car up to the top, where you can enjoy the wonderful vistas over the city and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. If the weather is clear you will also be able to see Christ the Redeemer looking down at the city from the top of Corcovado mountain.
In the evening we have the chance to re-visit the Sambadrome to see the last 6 of the elite Samba schools parading. The seats tonight are in Sector 5, situated at the start of the runway and offering close up views of the parade, near the judges area. You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with an English speaking guide.
There is also the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway in one of the Alas - a once in a lifetime experience! You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with a guide who will also accompany you during the parade.
Please note you will need to pre-book these activities in advance with your agent or direct with Dragoman
Today is free day for you to explore the city and an opportunity to have a walk along the beaches, maybe a swim or maybe just a long lie in! The famous sweep of Copacabana Beach is probably the most talked about length of sand on the planet. It is a fantastic location with Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) at one end whilst far in the distance you see further peaks covered in Atlantic rainforest. There are plenty of small cafes serving drinks and snacks along the beachside pavement, when you are ready for a break from the sand. In this stunning location even the pavements are beautiful, with white and black tiles forming waves and patterns.
This afternoon we have an optional visit to a Community project within one of the Favellas. Morrinho is the name used by the youth of the Pereira da Silva favela for their scale model of a favela made basically with bricks. The Morrinho began in 1998, when Nelcirlan (14 years old at that time) starting building the Morrinho, together with his brother Maycon. Today, the Morrinho model occupies an area of 300 square metres in the community Pereira da Silva and has a wealth of details such as funk clubs, police, drugs sales points, alleys, staircases, small bars etc. The model is now being used to generate money by the NGO Morrinho, a charity that provides professional qualifications to the residents of the Pereirão Community through workshops including audiovisual production, art-education, Brazilian culture, and youth and citizenship. The charity is also involved in utilising the project as a film set, which has raised awareness of how harsh life is for shanty town dwellers. The trip includes a donation of 50 BRL to the charity.
The Carnival package finishes after breakfast today. Our hotel check-out is at 12 noon, and you can depart at any time or spend the day exploring further or relaxing.
If you are joining one of our Overland Tours, there will be an important Pre-Departure meeting this evening at 18:00.
Border information: if you are leaving in Rio de Janeiro, you will most likely exit Brazil at Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport.
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Trip Name: 2019 Independent Carnival Package
Duration: 6 Days
From Price: $1,380
Supplier Tour ID: RTI1/160041
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