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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Special Group School Nights

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Attend the Samba Parade (aka Rio Carnival Parade) while taking in Brazil's biggest festival in Rio de Janeiro. Carnival revolves around these two nights when six of the best samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) march. Choose either the Sunday or Monday performance in February 2018 to enjoy what is often referred to as 'The Biggest Show on Earth'. Includes entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off from zones in central Rio.
  • Carnival parade of Special Group Schools in Rio de Janeiro
  • Watch as six of the best samba schools compete in the parade
  • Enjoy the parade from Sector 4 of the Sambodromo
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are inlcuded
  • All entrance fees included
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
Be ready for pickup at 9pm from hotels in Barra, Centro, Flamengo, Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, or the cruise ship port, and ride in an air-conditioned van to the Samba Parade.

Choose to attend one of the most important nights of Carnival, either Sunday February 11 or or Monday February 12, 2018. The two nights are similar, with six of the best samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) marching on both days.

Enjoy a highly orchestrated show of vast proportions for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your Rio Samba Parade ticket is valid for one night only and is designated for Sector 4 of the Sambodromo. See the Itinerary section below for schools performing each night.
Stop At:  
Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai
The Rio Carnival Parade or Samba Parade is undoubtedly Rio Carnival's highlight, a totally unique event in the world. It is something everybody has to experience at least once in a lifetime. Your evening begins at 9pm, with pickup from your hotel in selected zones (you will find out your exact pickup time at reconfirmation). The most important nights are Carnival Sunday and Monday with the main parades. These two nights are similar in terms of set-up. Six of the best samba schools in the First League (the Special Group) march on both days. The Samba Parade isn't, however, a street style party where people just move about as they like but rather a highly orchestrated show of vast proportions. This it is not free. However, Samba Parade tickets are definitely worth the money. You will experience (and probably dance to) such a spectacular show that you certainly have never seen before. The Samba Parade is often referred to as 'The Biggest Show on Earth'. Rio Samba Parade tickets are valid for one night only and are for Sector 4 of the Sambodromo. The Main Parades - Samba Schools in First League 2020 Samba School Parade Order - Sambódromo | Start : 21h15 Sunday 23 February 2020 • Império Serrano • São Clemente • Unidos de Vila Isabel • Paraíso do Tuiuti • Acadêmicos do Grande Rio • Estação Primeira de Mangueira • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel Monday 24 February 2020 • Unidos da Tijuca • Portela • União da Ilha do Governador • Acadêmicos do Salgueiro • Imperatriz Leopoldinense • Beija-Flor de Nilópolis
Duration: 8 hours 
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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Feb 2020
Overall a great experience attending the Carnival in Rio. I would suggest there could improve communication on where to meet on the pick up. Diego was an outstanding host in ensuring our safety and comfort to the Carnival.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello! Thank you very much for your comment! We are very happy to know that your experience was pleasant! We will take your suggestion into account for improvements in the future. We hope to see you again for more moments like this!
Incredibly interesting and beautiful...
, Feb 2018
Incredibly interesting and beautiful parade of Schools of Samba. The costumes were out of this world and the participation of people in the celebration were enjoyable. I believe no culture or country in the world offers what Brazil does.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Hi Thank you for you comment, we are glad that you like it, and we hope see you soon. Team Rio Carioca Tour.
The carnaval was spectacular...
, Feb 2018
The carnaval was spectacular. The only thing is the person who picked us up or brought us back to the ship spoke only portuguese and it was difficult to communicate.
Johanne F
, Mar 2019
Extraordinaire oui pour le carnaval défilée..... Mais pour le transport je ne donnerais pas énorme comme contentement, oui il pleuvait très fort, mais nous avons dus attendre dehors sous la pluie pendant 1:30, j’ai téléphoner par deux fois l’agence et on me disait oui dans cinq minutes.ils auraient certainement pus partir plus tôt. Les renseignements pour tous nous rejoindre après la soirée,,,,n’étaient pas clairs, tout le groupe ne savais pas où....alors on est rester ensemble. Mon conjoint et moi, Nous aurions aimé rester jusqu’à la fin, mais le guide nous disais, non c’est tout dé unité sinon, trouve vous un transport. C’est plutot illogique comme réponse, pour des touristes en pleine nuit.... Ça fait plusieurs années que je réserve des expéditions avec Viator, avec entière satisfaction, mais là nous avons été déçu, très déçu du transport.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Bonjour Merci beaucoup pour votre message. Nous prenons en compte tout ce qui a été dit, nous évaluerons pour améliorer à l'avenir. Nous espérons vous revoir afin que toute mauvaise impression puisse être annulée!

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