Rio Carnival Experience

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

4.5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
USD $3,545
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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
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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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 Arrival Transfer
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car (entrance)
  • 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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4.5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Sophie · Traveled February 2024
The carnaval experience in Rio was unmatched, our guide Lola was full of knowledge and pride for her home and it made the experience 100x better. I can’t wait to go back
Review submitted 17 Feb 2024

Dominique · Traveled February 2024
I highly recommend this tour especially for those experiencing this Brazilian holiday for the first time and if you don't speak Portuguese. The local guides provided context on the Blocos, the Sambadromo competitions and Rio as a whole that I wouldn't have gotten independently. Seeing Rio during this time of year is truly an experience that words and pictures cannot capture. Vicente was an awesome guide who further enhanced this experience for me.
Review submitted 26 Feb 2024

Jessica · Traveled February 2024
My experience with the Rio Carnaval tour was absolutely amazing! From the vibrant atmosphere to the beautiful people I met along the way, it exceeded all my expectations. Aline, our tour guide, played a pivotal role in making this journey unforgettable. Despite battling sickness for most of the tour, Aline's kindness and patience never wavered. Her caring demeanor and attention to detail ensured that I still got to experience all the tourist sights I had hoped to see. Aline's dedication to ensuring everyone's comfort and enjoyment truly sets her apart. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone looking to immerse themselves in the magic of Rio Carnaval. And if you have the chance, do yourself a favor and request Aline as your guide – she's simply the best! Thank you, Aline, for making my Rio Carnaval experience one for the books!
Review submitted 04 Mar 2024

Rebecca · Traveled February 2023
This trip exceeded my expectations - Rio was the most beautiful city, and seeing it in it's prime through carnaval was just amazing! Although a relaxed pace with lots of free time, it felt like you were in the heartbeat of the city.
Review submitted 27 Feb 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
Rio Carnival Experience
USD $3,545