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Duration: 05 Days
Location: Rio de Janeiro.
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  • The Annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is by far the biggest carnival celebration around the world. Huge numbers of travelers descend on the city each year to enjoy four days of partying. The Samba School Parade at Rio´s Sambodrome is something everybody has to experience at least once in their life. The parade is divided into two days (Sunday and Monday) with presentation from 6 Samba Schools, each day. There is option to go to the parade for 01 or for 02 nights. Usually, the parade starts around 9pm, and goes on through the night. Each samba school has a minimum of 65 minutes and a maximum of 80 minutes to do their parade. The parade, apart from the spectacle, is a competition between the schools and various aspects are judged. On the following Wednesday, the Carnival Champion is announced. The competition is so fierce, it’s almost shares the same fervor as the Football Championships.

    Rio Carnival 2016 - page photo

  • Day 01 

    Arrival in Rio de Janeiro, meet and transfer to the hotel – private service with English speaking guide. Day at leisure, if you arrive early head to the beaches of Ipanema or Copacabana to catch that golden brazilian tan. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

    Meals included: Nil.

    Day 02 

    Start your day at the beaches of Ipanema or Copacabana to relax. In the evening, head to the Sambodrome to witness the sensational Carnival come alive in one of the liveliest cities in the world. Check out the options below:

    Carnival Entrance Options:

    Arquibancadas – Sector 9

    These tickets are general admission tickets offering great samba parade views from the elevated concrete steps of the Sambodromo. Grandstands tickets are not numbered except for Sector 9, which is the tourist sector. There are no actual chairs but bleachers made of big concrete steps.

    FRISAS – Filas B/C/D

    As known at the Sambodromo, they are the best, tickets you can get to watch the samba parades. The Open Box Sectors are located at the very floor level, as close to the runaway as it gets, in four rows of boxes, from A to D. Each box sits six people in numbered chairs.

     

    Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 03 

    Half day Corcovado Tour

    We will drive to one of the older parts of Rio called Cosme Velho, from where we take the train to the Corcovado Mountain with the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer (2.300ft above sea level). A modern swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs the mountain from its base at 15meters almost to the summit at 710 meters. The trip up takes 17 minutes aprox, at a maximum speed of 15km/h. The trip down takes 22min, at a speed of 12km/h.

    Visit to Maracana Stadium

    Visit one of the most visited places in Rio the Maracanã Stadium.Built for the 1950 World Cup held in Brazil and completely renovated for the last world cup 2014, the stadium has now a 75000 seats capacity and was the stage of the final match, we will be able to visit inside the stadium, grand stands, VIP boxes, changing rooms and the pitch.  This is definitely a must visit while in Rio de Janeiro. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 04 

    Half day Sugar Loaf & City Tour

    We will start our tour going to “Praia Vermelha” (Red beach), to take the two stage car up to the top of Sugar Loaf (270m), which grants the entrance to Rio’s harbor and Guanabara Bay. The Italian made cable car holds 80 passengers and each of the two stages takes two minutes. The first stage is Morro da Urca with 170m, with a restaurant, amphitheatre and helicopter-point. The second stage goes on the Sugar Loaf itself, thus named for its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese at the time of the city’s discovery.

    Spend the evening watching the sunset in one of the many restaurants along Copacabana beach, casually sipping on the Brazilian national drink “Caipirinha” , watching the local boys play football on the beach while listening to the live bands play in the background or head to the very lively Lapa district for some earth shattering samba dance performances. While in Lapa, do check out Rio Scenarium, with its eclectic decor and lively samba performances by the locals. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

    Meals Included: Breakfast.

    Day 05 

    Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at info@funkytravels.com to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    INCLUDES:

    • Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis in your choice of accommodation.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • All airport / land transfers as stated.
    • All tours and transfers in private air-con vehicle with English speaking guide and including all entrance fees.

    EXCLUDES:

    • International Airfare and airport / government taxes, fuel surcharges etc.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.