Cidade do Samba (Samba City) Tours

Cidade do Samba (Samba City)
Every February and early March, the world’s largest party takes place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sure—Carnaval is celebrated in ports and cities all around the globe, but none have the flare, color, or passion of the massive festival in Rio. At the Cidade do Samba in the city’s port district, visitors will find that the Carnaval sprit isn’t just for a week—but actually lasts the entire year inside enormous, float-filled warehouses. Sometimes known as “Samba City,” this colorful complex is where 14 of the city’s top samba schools all plan, prepare, and prep their floats for the festive February event. 

When taking a tour of Samba City, watch as costumes and next year’s floats are all sewn and patched together. No photos or videos are allowed—lest you leak their surprise—but samba lessons are often included as part of the upbeat tour. On Thursday evenings, the entire complex erupts in a type of mini celebration, where costumes are donned, music is played, and a micro-version of Carnaval takes place right there on site. 

Practical Info

Tours are offered from Wednesday-Sunday, with the evening performance taking place on Thursdays at approximately pm. Admission to Cidade do Sambo is approximately $10 for the regular tour, and approximately $40 for the evening show full of costumes, music, and dancing. 
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hours: Tours Wed-Sun
Admission: $10 day tour, $40 evening show
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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rio de Janeiro Hop-on Hop-off Rio Line Bus Tour

Discover the best of Rio at your own pace with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Select from a list of attractions including Ipanema Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, and Maracana Stadium. Listen to commentary on board the bus to learn more about each location and explore each attraction for as long as you’d like on this flexible tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Passion & Culture Private tour (football, carnival and cachaça)

This full-day itinerary includes private tours of Maracanã stadium and the Sambadrome parade venue, so visitors to Rio can get an introduction to two Brazilian cultural institutions: football and Carnival. With hotel transport and a personal guide on hand to share information and history, you’ll gain a better understanding of the Cariocas (Rio’s residents) than going alone. You’ll even have a chance to order the national dish and drink (own expense).
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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$210.00 USD
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Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

Immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil on a guided tour to some of the city’s cultural landmarks. Learn about Carnival and classic samba at the famous Sambadrome, where the parade takes place, and the “City of Samba,” where top samba schools practice. Then visit the iconic Maracana Stadium and Museum for the Brazilian Soccer Team to learn about soccer in Brazil, which is like a religion in the country.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rio Top 3 Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Carnival Experience

Spend a half day exploring Rio de Janeiro main landmarks on a private tour and Get in the mood to travel in a private vehicle through Tijuca Forest to Corcovado Mountain where you see the towering Christ the Redeemer statue from the summit. Then take a cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain where you have panoramic views of the city on a clear day. In continuation you will visit one of the Rio's main Samba school on regular tour at the backstage lead by local expert and learn some of the history of samba and the carnival parades, costume layout to dress and photograph, samba class with passista and welcome drinks!
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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