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Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

1. 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: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

2. 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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What people are saying about Samba City

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

An absolute must to discover one of the core cultural and social events of Rio: I had an absolutely great time on this tour! It was very impressive to discover the organization, the creativity, the engineering and the strong sense of community that make a Samba school, especially one of the best! Prepare to be dazzled by the gigantic floats, the shiny costumes and the intricate dances. This experience also offers a rich insight into the afro-brazilian history and it’s great contributions to the country’s culture. I’m really glad I did this tour, and our guide Cynthia, as well as the organizer Amanda, were just perfect hosts at every step of the way.

It was an amazing tour, the woman who gave us the tour had impeccable English, and answered all of our questions. We were lucky enough to be able to try on old carnival costumes and take pictures with them! There was a dancer who came to give us a demonstration, and taught us a few dance steps quickly! I loved this activity, it was impressive to see all the scenery ect! In short, I highly recommend!!

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 !

Really a very good experience The fitting of costumes is very fun and the jacket super interesting It is very rare to be able to see the creation of Carnival floats and costumes

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