Rio Carnival Experience

6 Days | Join the world's greatest party on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

4.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
Festivals and Events
CAD $3,740
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Take centre-stage in this epic annual event and let the rhythm of Rio take over. Don an elaborate costume and samba your way through the non-stop action as you get swept up in the energy and euphoria of the biggest party on earth. Witness the festivities reach their dizzying climax, join the conga line with the locals, move and shake among the drum-fuelled street fiestas and revel in the magic celebration of life. With a mix of festival-specific activities and iconic Carnival experiences – you don’t want to miss the party of a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of Rio Carnival Experience including Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Festivals and Events
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Perfect your samba steps at a local club and learn how to blend in with the Carioca crowds, a great introduction for your first night in this pulsating city.
  • Witness a parade of elaborate floats and costumes as samba dancers show off their moves in the Sambadrome – a party that stretches well into the early hours.
  • Leave the guidebook at home and get to know the rhythms of Rio on a city tour of the top sites. See Christ the Redeemer up close and soak up sweet views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Be a part of the biggest stage in the world – don a costume and take part in the parade – dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway, a truly once in a lifetime experience.
  • Experience the best of Carnival under the safe and knowledgeable guidance of your expert leader. They’re on hand to make sure you have a hassle-free, fun-filled adventure!

Is this trip right for you?
  • Carnival in Rio is a busy, hectic and chaotic time, which is all part of the fun; however, this means there can be long queues and delays when joining included and optional activities. The concept of personal space may also be quite different to what you’re used to at home – particularly at crowded street parties.
  • While one of Intrepid’s local leaders will be with you throughout the entire trip to help you understand the fantastic happenings around you, plenty of patience and flexibility will help you make the most of the Carnival experience.


Map of Rio Carnival Experience including Brazil



5 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Private bus, Metro


Hotel (5 nights)

  • Rio de Janeiro - Welcome dinner
  • Rio de Janeiro - Samba Club visit
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car
  • Rio de Janeiro - Bloco experience
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sambodrome (Seating in sector 11)
Add on activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Join the Parade with costume - USD855

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. While there will be one leader for every 16 travellers, there may be more than 50 travellers joining you on this experience.
4. The order and days of the activities may change depending on availability.

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4.4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Jasmine · Traveled February 2023
I would definitely recommend! However you are paying more than what you get but in return you get a group of amazing people and safety. The carnival day itself I cannot fault we had amazing seats! The block event day was a waste it was just a walk over the road and we were left to it which made it feel like “where is our money going” I would still say 100% go with intrepid but just be mindful of that. Would definitely go again.
Review submitted 13 Apr 2023

Nathalie · Traveled February 2023
Included activities were great; however, they were way too few and far between. I felt we constantly had free time with no (optional) activities.
Review submitted 27 Feb 2023

Lee · Traveled February 2023
I have been a loyal customer with Intrepid for before it was Intrepid back in 2001 when it was Gurba. And this has to be one of the best trips. Without any doubt what made this so good was the guide. He really looked after all of us, took us to some really fun places, had great recommendations of what to do with our free time and great restaurants to go to in the evenings and they all exceeded our expectations. We had one of the most memorable moments of our lives on this trip.
Review submitted 27 Feb 2023

Luvena · Traveled February 2023
The Rio Carnival Tour with Intrepid was amazing due in large part to the local guides in Rio. I would definitely recommend the tour for those who want to experience Carnaval. Its a trip of a lifetime. Again the local tour guides were excellent. However, Intrepid Head Office needs to re-evaluate their systems , the itinerary inclusions and pricing for a better overall customer experience.
Review submitted 25 Feb 2023

Sally · Traveled February 2023
Excellent trip met some amazing people, fell in love with Brazil and this was all thanks to our amazing tour guide Aline. Thank you x
Review submitted 26 Feb 2023
Rio Carnival Experience
CAD $3,740