Small Group: Carnival 2017 Rio de Janeiro

Join us in Rio de Janeiro for an unforgettable seven days and witness first-hand the most spectacular show on Earth. This 6-night package is jam-packed full of inclusions. We welcome you with a roof-top cocktail party flowing with caipirinhas, we cruise you around Guanabara Bay during our exclusive OPEN BAR boat party, we take you to the Sambadrome on the BIGGEST night of Carnival, we include drinks DAILY at our events, we give free Portuguese lessons, samba classes, face-paints, club entries, drink vouchers, we take you to Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Santa Teresa, Statue of Christ, Tijuca National Park, the City Cathedral, the Lapa Steps and more!

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Duration: 7 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 167554
Starts: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Finishes: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Day 1

Friday (24 February)
Welcome to Rio! Today is an arrival day. Airport transfer service is optional. Taxis are also readily available.
Our hotel is located in Lapa, Rio’s colourful bohemian centre, where all of Carnival’s major events and parties take place. You can arrive when you wish, but check-in is from 2pm. Our crew will be on-hand waiting for you at the hotel to show you your room, give you maps, tell you what you need to know and take you on an orientation walk around the hotel area.
Our hotel is only 10 minutes walk from where Rio’s best nightlife and cultural scene is; Samba clubs, theatres, capoeira halls, old historical houses converted into trendy antique stores, funky bars, restaurants, cafes and of course the famous Lapa Arches! You may wish to explore the area, go shopping in the nearby markets, get yourself a Brazilian manicure or simply people-watch over a coffee!
Our group meeting is scheduled for 5.30pm (meet in the hotel lobby), after which the festivities will commence… Caipirinha cocktails all-round! Tonight you’ll be guests at our Roof-top Welcome Cocktail Party. After a few strong drinks and perfecting our samba moves (in our group samba class!) we can get our faces painted and head out into the streets for our first night in Rio! Our guides will be there to escort us to best parties in town. It is officially the first night of Carnival - the atmosphere will be electric!
INCLUDED: Roof-top Welcome Cocktail Party - Caipirinhas and Samba Class included, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s
OPTIONAL: Airport transfer IN


Day 2

Saturday (25 February) (B)
This morning, as with every morning, our guides will be down at breakfast to give us information and remind us of what’s on offer for today.
One of the biggest and best blocos in Rio - ‘Céu na Terra’ - traditionally performs every Saturday morning of Carnival in Santa Teresa. Therefore, our guides will accompany those who are keen to go!
Then this afternoon, after lunch, we will be walked down to Gloria Maria to board our magnificent private schooner boat and the next 3-4 hours will be spent cruising around Rio’s spectacular Guanabara Bay! Returning just after sunset, we’ll have the opportunity to view the city in yet another light and from yet another angle… with fantastic views of Sugar Loaf and Christ. On-board there will be bathrooms, music, dance-floor, chill-out area, nibbles and OPEN BAR!
After the boat cruise we will have the option of partying on at Flamengo Beach (located a short walk from Gloria Marina) or returning straight to the hotel to get ready for yet another big night out in Rio! Our guides will be there to give you all the options on offer for the night ahead.
Back at the hotel our crew will be waiting for those who pre-booked*** a Samba School Costume, to be part of the Sambadrome Parade tonight! Costumes will be delivered to hotel rooms the day before. There will be plenty of time to get ready. Once everyone is dressed and prepped, our guide will accompany us to the meeting point on Avenue Presidente Vargas. This will be one to two hours before the school’s scheduled parade time (which could be any time between 7pm and 1am - announced closer to the time). For those who decided not to buy a costume, you’ll still be invited along to the meeting point on Av. Presidente Vargas to watch all the samba schools prepare. We guarantee you won’t be bored! Have your cameras ready to get some awesome pictures! This will be a night you’ll never forget…
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Boat party cruise around Guanabara Bay (OPEN BAR on-board!), Partying with the samba schools on Av. Presidente Vargas accompanied by guide/s, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.
OPTIONAL: Add-on a once-of-a-lifetime DANCE WITH A SAMBA SCHOOL IN THE SAMBADROME package available at an extra cost. This Carnival Costume MUST be booked and paid for before arriving to Rio. You will need to give your costume size (small, medium or large) and European shoe size in advance.*


Day 3

Sunday (26 February) (B)
This morning you may wish to spend a relaxing morning at the beach? If you want to go to the beach as a group, one of our guides will meet you in the hotel lobby at 10am and take you on the metro to the best part of Ipanema and/or Leblon beach.
Or perhaps a relaxing morning at the beach? If you want to go to the beach as a group, one of our guides will meet you in the hotel lobby at 10am and take you on the metro to the best part of Ipanema and/or Leblon beach.
If you’re up for partying, our guides will accompany us to the most vibrant bloco street party happening in the city today!
Tonight our guides will escort us to the main event of the week: Sunday Night Parade at the Sambadrome!!! - When all the best of the best samba schools parade their outrageous floats and costumes down the run-way, and we watch in awe from the stands above! We have Section 12-13 tickets, known to be the liveliest of all the sections with lots of fun, rowdy locals. There are no fixed seats, just concrete bleachers. Everyone stands and cheers as the samba schools arrive to the finish line! Alternatively you can upgrade to another sector for a closer view and a less rowdy crowd. We will meet in the hotel lobby prior for included daily pre-drinks and another opportunity to get your face painted by our expert artist. Our professional photographer will be on-hand to capture all the action, so tonight is a good night to get dressed up in your best Carnival themed attire!
You’ll see that the local Cariocas really support their samba school (similar to supporting a football team!) with lots of singing and dancing. They know ALL the words to the ‘anthems’. It is a wonderful local experience and one that goes on until the wee hours of the morning!
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Group trip to Ipanema Beach, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Sambadrome Parade Tickets Sectors 12-13 with group escort to and from hotel with pre-drinks and face-painting included.
OPTIONAL: City Tour, Favela Tour, Sambadrome Upgrade


Day 4

Monday (27 February) (B)
There will definitely be some wanting a free day today to recover from last night’s madness! BUT, if you’re up for it, there will be the option to go to one of the BEST blocos with our guides this morning… Drinks included!
As always, our guides will be down at breakfast to answer any questions and give insider tips as to where is best to go today.
If you’d like to go to the beach as a group, our guides will offer to take you to Copacabana this afternoon. We will end the beach trip with the iconic sunset over Dois Irmãos mountains, watching from Arpoador Rock and clapping with the locals as the sun disappears beyond the horizon. For those who want to stay on in Rio’s South Zone There will likely be night markets in Copacabana and parties that our guides can direct you to.
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s - drinks included, Beach Excursion to Copacabana beach & Arpoador Sunset, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s


Day 5

Tuesday (28 February) (B)
This morning after breakfast we will drive through the Tijuca National Park to Corcovado for our half-day guided tour of Rio. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most iconic sights of Rio and we should get a fantastic view over the rest of the city as well - 710 metres up! After Corcovado we’ll head to Santa Teresa, where our guide will point out the most impressive old mansions (most dating from the late 1800’s when the rich moved up here to escape mosquito-ridden areas below), the most colourful of art galleries and the rickety old trams. Our final stop will be the tiled Steps of Selaron in Lapa, one of the most impressive homages to Brazil that you can imagine. Words do not do justice to this incredibly beautiful work of street-art.
This afternoon our guides will offer to take us to yet another awesome bloco street party where we will provide the included daily drinks. You may instead wish use this afternoon to visit Sugarloaf Mountain or experience the optional Favela tour. We can even book a hang-gliding tour for those feeling adventurous!
Tonight our guides will again seek out and escort us the best parties in town.
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Rio City Tour - Christ Entrance included, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s - drinks included, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s
OPTIONAL: Sugarloaf, Favela Tour, Hang-gliding


Day 6

Wednesday (1 March) (B)
This morning, as with every morning, our trusty guides will be there at breakfast to answer all of your questions and give you great advice.
The plan today is an included tour of the favela Vidigal (a pacified favela on the cliff next to Leblon) followed by a guided hike to the top of the Dois Irma~os (Two Brothers) mountain (an easy/medium difficulty hike that takes about 1.5 hours). At the top you will be blessed with some breathtaking views looking over all of Zona Sul (Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Lagoa, Christ the Redeemer). This excursion should definitely not be missed.
On the way back down the mountain we will walk back through the favela Vidigal, where you can buy yourself some deliciously icy (and cheap) ac¸ai from the friendly locals - to replenish your energy for the night ahead!
For our last night we’ll offer to take you out for a very special final group dinner and Carnival Finale Night!!! The daily included drinks will be on offer tonight during our farewell celebrations.
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Favela Tour of Vidigal, Hike to the top of Dois Irma~os, Final Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s – drinks included.
OPTIONAL: Hang-Gliding, Final group dinner (details announced at the time…)


Day 7

Thursday (2 March) (B)
Our carnival package officially finishes after breakfast today. The rest of the day is yours. Check-out is at midday. If you’re lucky enough to be staying longer in Brazil our guides will be happy to help you plan the rest of your time in Brazil!
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Guide on-hand to give tips & advise if you’re staying longer!
OPTIONAL: Airport transfer OUT
Itinerary disclaimer: We may be faced with unexpected circumstances at times, for example bad weather, changes to Carnival schedules, demonstrations/strikes, inconveniences caused by local operators and authorities, and other circumstances beyond our control. Changes in the program may be required to make the best of the situations that we encounter.

    • 6 Nights Accommodation in twin or double share private en-suite rooms at 3* Hotel with Daily Buffet Breakfasts in Rio
    • Roof-top Welcome Cocktail party with drinks included
    • Samba Dance Class for those who are keen
    • Daily Pre-Carnival parties (with drinks included)
    • Make-up Artist / Face Painter at every event
    • Organised group escorts to all the best street parties in town, Blocos (schedules announced as date nears)
    • Guides on-hand 24hrs organising daily outings and nightly events
    • Sambadrome Parade Tickets Sector 12 or 13, with group escort from the hotel on Sunday night
    • Rio City Tour (Christ Redeemer, Tijuca Park, Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, with entrances included)
    • Favela Tour of Vidigal
    • Trek to Dois Irmaos Mountain
    • Portuguese lessons for those who are interested
    • Discounted entries and drinks at the best clubs in Rio
    • Exclusive sunset boat party cruise with OPEN BAR around Guanabara Bay
    • Bamba Special Carnival T-Shirt

      Hotel Granada
      3* Hotel in Twin Sharing or Double/Twin Occupancy
      Our group hotel has been carefully selected for it’s excellent location, cleanliness, security and atmosphere. Unless otherwise requested you will be sharing with one other group member in twin share. We try to match people of similar ages together whenever possible. All rooms have air-conditioning, two individual beds and ensuite bathrooms. Towels and toiletries will be included and a big buffet breakfast will be on offer every morning until late. The hotel also has 24-hour Reception, 24-hour Security and safes in each room.
      You’ll be amazed at our hotel’s close proximity to all the Carnival action! We’re literally in the middle of everything. Lapa is Rio’s nightlife mecca. You won’t have to worry about getting a taxi back at night-time, as the hotel is within walking distance of all the biggest street parties!
      We’re also conveniently located a hop, skip and a jump away from major supermarkets, bottle shops, restaurants, take-away food, juice bars, cafes, markets, ATMs (which work for international cards), pharmacies, hair-dressers, beauty salons and every other type of shop you can imagine!

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