Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail (Carnaval Experience)

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116 reviews   (4.82)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The only tour behind the scenes of Rio's carnival, the most famous carnival in the world!

On this tour you will discover the behind-the-scenes of the greatest Carnaval in the world! Have a unique and authentic experience exploring the backstage, the secrets, the people working, and the preparations for the parade!

What you'll do?

During the tour, accompanied by a bilingual guide, you will visit the Cidade do Samba ("Samba City"), the carnival factory, and see from up close how the floats and costumes for the grand parade are produced. You will also learn about the history of Samba and the carnival in Rio.

Afterward, you will be able to try on real carnival costumes and take beautiful pictures with them, as well as participate in a SAMBA WORKSHOP with a professional dancer from our samba school.

You'll finish by sharing a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail!

See you at our tour!!
Viva o Carnaval!!

What's Included

Alcoholic Beverages

Bilingual guide

Bottled water

Professional guide

Rare glimpse at Rio's Carnival backstage

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 5
  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Use mask during the activity at the samba city is OPTIONAL

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

• Bilingual guide

Guided tour to the Grande Rio samba factory – one of the main Samba Schools of the city of Rio de Janeiro 

Presentation of the explanatory panel: some of the history of samba and the carnival parades

Getting in the mood: costume layout to dress and photograph

Samba Flavor: welcoming caipirinhas
• Samba Class with a Passista!

The Tour does not includes transportation. 

We will meet in the Cidade do Samba (Inside the Samba City complex under the smaller tent in the middle of it).

To get here:

There is a VLT (tram) station in front of the main entrance of the City of Samba.

If You came by UBER or Taxi just ask for the Cidade do Samba.

Viva o Carnaval!!

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


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Ronald_F, 11-01-2023
it was great. Wonderful learning experience of carnival history and see current floats and costumes Great show by one of the samba dancers. I highly recommend
Fantastic time!
Patricia_D, 10-01-2023
Fantastic experience. Well presented. The building of floats and making of costumes was incredible. The tour guide was fun and entertaining. Recommend for all ages! Will go back again next time in Rio.
Great for rainy days
637gisellea, 06-01-2023
I enjoy learning about the history of the samba and try the fantasies. Gabriela is a great dancer. ..
Fun and Interesting Tour
Michele_M, 02-01-2023
Cynthia is an awesome tour guide for this. She provided a lot of history of Carnival, we got a sneak peek of the upcoming floats and outfits being made, put on previous outfits, took fun pictures in the outfits and had a quick Samba dance lesson at the end. Really fun tour!
Enjoyed visit to Samba...
Deepak_A, 31-12-2022
Enjoyed visit to Samba city. Interesting history about Carnival. Samba dance experience was outstanding

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