Visit Rio during Carnaval and have the time of your life!

Fancy dancing samba in the street from dusk 'til dawn? There's no greater party on earth than this iconic festival of Rio de Janeiro, so focus on perfecting those saucy samba steps. Join the conga line, move and shake in the drum-fuelled street parties, witness the festivities reach their dizzying climax and get swept up in this magic celebration of life. This is the ideal extension to any South American trip or a great adventure in its own right. Sign up for the party of a lifetime and join the spectacle of Rio Carnaval.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Festivals and Events
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
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0kg pp per trip


  • Witness the kaleidoscopic colours of the Sambadrome
  • Experience the pulsating energy of Rio
  • Soak up spectacular views from Corcovado Mountain
  • Marvel at the legendary Christ the Redeemer monument
  • Ride a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Cruise the waters of Guanabara Bay
  • Dance up a storm in Rio, the world's samba capital


Welcome to Rio. Feel the air bristle with electricity and excitement as the city gets ready for the world’s biggest party!
Today is free for you to rest up in preparation for a big week! Explore the surrounding area in the lovely Flamengo district, head to the beach, or people-watch over a coffee in a nearby cafe.
Take the train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue for stunning 360 degree views over Rio. Then get ready for the first big night of action at the Sambadrome! Party with 70,000 others as Brazil's top samba schools battle it out in a parade of colour, music and flamboyancy. There is nothing like the atmosphere here – be prepared for an awesome night!
Opt to visit the Morrinho community favela project. Then perhaps gear up for night two at the Sambadrome - this time be part of it all! Dress up, dance, sweat, and parade among the colour, sound and magic of Carnival – a never to be forgotten experience.
Sleep in after a fabulous night and perhaps ease into the day lazing on Copacabana Beach. Still got some party left in you? It’s time to experience a wild Carnival Ball – glitter mandatory!
Say goodbye to Rio and the Carnaval. Or perhaps stay on to see more of fabulous Brazil.
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Hotel (5 nights)
Included activities
  • Sambadrome Ticket


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Important notes

1.A discount is available if booking this trip in conjunction with another Dragoman-operated Overland style trip starting or finishing in Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval.
2. You may be joined by up to 140 fellow travellers on this trip however will be split into smaller groups of up to 24 for included activities.
3. There are several optional activities available with this itinerary, and which must be booked in advance. These are listed under each day in the trip notes. Please see Trip Notes (Optional Activities) for booking instructions.

Trip notes

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