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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Overview

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Carnival during this tour of Cidade do Samba. On this outing, follow your guide on a tour of the Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's warehouse, one of Rio's top samba schools, where they store their outrageous costumes and grandiose parade floats. Toast to your insider's experience with a traditional caipirinha while you learn about the history and culture of the Carnival in Brazil. Brave visitors can even try on a few feathered costumes. Round-trip transportation from central Rio hotels is included.
  • 3.5-hour warehouse tour of Cidade do Samba
  • Explore the floats and costumes of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, one of Carnival’s top samba schools
  • Try on Carnival costumes, and drink a caipirinha
  • Learn about the history of Carnival and Rio's samba schools
  • Pickup and drop-off from most Rio de Janeiro hotels included
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Professional guide
One caipirinha drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off to most South South Zone hotels in Rio
Guided Visit to Grande Rio’s Warehouse
Gratuities
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon
* Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. If your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time.

Following pickup at your Rio hotel, board your comfortable vehicle for the ride to the neighborhood of Gamboa, where Rio's samba scene was born. This warehouse complex holds the elaborate props, costumes, and floats for all of the city's top samba schools, which are broken out once a year for Carnival.

Walk through the Cidade do Samba with your local guide and learn about the history, culture and traditions of Carnival. Get an insider's perspective on the parade and samba competition in the Sambadromo while you walk through G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's backstage area to see their preparations in progress.

Check out the racks bursting with over-the-top costumes. Learn about the stories and legends underlying the pageantry as your guide explains Carnival’s pagan origins that began in ancient Greece, continued through the European Middles Ages in Europe and arrival in Brazil with Portuguese colonization.

Sip a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, which might give you the courage and to try on one of the outrageous costumes before heading back to your hotel for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cidade Do Samba
After hotel pickup, travel to the mandala-shaped Cidade do Samba, a warehouse complex in Gamboa, the birthplace of Rio de Janeiro's samba. More than 80 samba schools with 100,000 dancers participate in Carnival, but each year only the top 12 to 14 samba schools form the Special Group, aka the First League, which build and store their magnificent floats and costumes at Cidade do Samba. As you explore the complex with your guide, learn about the history of samba as well as the Carnival parade and competition in the Sambadrome. Although Carnival explodes into action only once a year, backstage preparations continue on a daily basis. Want to know more? Head inside the warehouse of G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, a local-favorite samba school established in 1988. With your guide leading the way, meander through the warehouse and marvel at the floats in progress. Eye the rows of racks bursting with eye-popping costumes. Learn about the allegories and stories underlying the pageantry, as your guide explains Carnival’s pagan origins that began in ancient Greece and continued into the Middles Ages in Europe before arriving in Brazil through Portuguese colonization. Wondering how those costumes would look on you? Try them on and find out! Slip on some outrageous ensembles and snap memorable pics to upload on your social media accounts. Finally, toast your visit with a caipirinha, a cocktail made with cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime, before taking transport back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro.

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Experiencing part of the Carnaval atmosphere
Shelley_R
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed the experience and the girls had a lot of fun dancing, and trying on the costume. We did have some problems with pick-up on time and the bus broke down delaying our return. Our guide was friendly, energetic and knowledgeable. I would have liked to look at the floats a little more though.

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