• Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

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

See the masks and costumes used during Rio's Carnival

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.

Customer Reviews

Harrel C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent! Insightful. Fun. Great guide!

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