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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Carnival during this tour of Cidade do Samba. On this 3.5-hour 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 your insider's experience with a traditional caipirinha while you learn about the history of 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 behind the scenes of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, one of Carnival’s top samba schools
  • Try on Carnival costumes and drink a caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail
  • Learn about the history of Carnival and Rio's samba schools from a knowledgeable guide
  • 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 arrived in Brazil with Portuguese colonization.

Sip a caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, which might give you the courage and daring to try one one of the outrageous costumes before heading back to your hotel for drop-off.

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