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Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

1. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

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 capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, 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 Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 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, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

3. Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa and Copacabana. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties while making new friends as you explore the city. Walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. When the pub crawl finishes, you are welcome to stay at the last venue until closing time. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation. This trip is recommended for couples, groups of friends, and people who want to enjoy good environments with lots of music, food, and drinks.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

4. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail.  Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival.  Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

5. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

Join the best pub crawl in Rio de Janeiro and discover the real nightlife of this marvelous city: Samba, street parties, and caipirinhas. Shake up your Rio visit with a four-hour pub crawl in the Lapa neighborhood, enjoying fun and easygoing night full of music, drinks, and new friends from all over the world. Play drinking games and taste test cachaça, the main ingredient of caipirinha. Visit three bars mostly frequented by locals, and it’s very likely you'll learn some samba steps, as well as the night, goes by. This is topped off with several drink discounts and a VIP entrance to all of the bars.

Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

6. Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

Take a speedboat and make new friends while visiting some of Rio's most famous spots, and enjoy a beautiful sunset on an exciting sunset boat tour. Come along on this incredible experience to see the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro in a different way. Visit some well-known spots in Rio such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, a landmark peak located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Learn about Copacabana, one of Rio's most lively and famous neighborhoods, known for its crescent-shaped beach. See Ipanema Beach, made famous by a well-known song, and the Cagarras Islands, a Brazil natural monument and wildlife refuge for a number of species. Explore and see more of Rio's famous sights, like Adao and Eva beach, and Santos Dumont Airport, and potentially see airplanes passing above the boat by speedboat. Take the chance to explore Rio's waters on two stops along the tour for diving, and enjoy the beautiful waters around Rio among beautiful landscapes and a unique sunset. Make new friends while exploring Rio and meet people from different places, not only from Brazil but abroad. Don't forget to bring your camera and take many pictures during this unforgettable tour.

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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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Had an amazing time exploring the city on a guided tour. As foreigners my friends and I weren’t sure where to explore for nightlife. Júlia was an awesome tour guide and gave us some insight on the city as well as great local bars and clubs that we went to. We met lots of new people while out, and made new memories we will cherish for years to come. A fantastic experience that I would definitely recommend and do again if I come back to Rio.

It was incredible! So eye opening seeing all the incredible floats we definitely want to return now to see Carnival! Absolutely amazing! Our guide was fantastic so informative her energy was fantastic! We loved the colours the costumes & the surprise of the dancer was magical !

Perfect nighlife tour, thank you Mayra for showing us an amazing evening!

It well worth it ! Fantastic experience our guide was so informative.

Great way to tour the city and nightlife safely and meet others!