Samba Soul Tour

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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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Let's walk through the history of Samba, following the steps of this rhythm symbol of Rio cultural identity, icon of local african heritage and afro-brazilian resistance.

Visiting the main cultural spots in Cinelandia and the Mauá Square, we talk about how the Portuguese culture developed carnival as a political party and samba as a afro-brazilian identity.

Walk with us through the Portuary Zone to see the biggest open-air street art gallery and learn about cultural resistance at Pedra do Sal, icon of africanity in Rio.

Let yourself vibrate with Carnival magic doing some steps and taking pictures with the colorful costumes at City of Samba, headquarters of the Samba Schools.

The main idea is that you enjoy the stories that made Samba the soul of our lovely city. We want you to feel safe, confident and relaxed while we are going through the downtown area of the marvelous city.

What's Included

Entrance to the carnival experience

Tickets public transportation.

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Metro Rio
Meeting point: Cardeal Arcoverde Metro Station - Copacabana

Meeting point Metro Cardeal Arcoverde, Copacabana.

Subway to Cinelandia: on the way we will explain the logistic of the metro (schedules, lines, payments)

• Admission Ticket Free

Walking around Cinelândia we will contemplate the Municipal Theater, the city consul (Pedro Ernesto Palace), the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Library.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Maua Square
Plaza Mauá marks the beginning of Avenida Rio Branco avenue and also of the Port Region. From 1910 on, with the inauguration of Porto do Rio ("Rio's Port"), it began an important place to welcome ships and brought tourists to the city. Around the square there are important buildings, such as the Rio Art Museum (MAR) and the Museum of Tomorrow, as well as the Night building, the first skyscraper of the city, built in 1930.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pedra do Sal
Pedra do Sal, at Conceição hill, makes part of the region historically known as small Africa, that stretched from around Plaza Mauá to Cidade Nova. On the backyard, it has happened the rural samba, played with the hands, with tambourine, plate and knifes; and dancing with tap dancing, sieved and "umbigadas". It was there that was born the urban carioca samba, that came from "popular samba" and old ranches of the carnival.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

One of the largests graphites panels stared the world, according to the Guinness World Record, is the new tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro was inspired by the Olympic rings representing the five continents and received the name of "ethnic groups". The art is signed by Eduardo Kobra.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cidade Do Samba
Following the same exploratory tour, the Carnival Experience, promoted by Grande Rio Samba School, opens the workshop for visitors who want to know a little more about the creation and production of the parade, long before it takes place at Marquês de Sapucaí Sambadrome. This unique experience shows how the allegories and customs of the school are produced, the carnivalesque designs, how the customs and the assembly of the big cars are done by hand, and shows up close the hard work of the professionals involved in the production of a parade

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

VLT Carioca
We will be public transportation during the whole tour.

• Admission Ticket Free


Full of Soul!
lisalisa6000, 31-03-2020
This tour definitely lives up to its name—it is full of soul! The guide, Celi, was very welcoming and knowledgeable. She provided loads of unique information about Brazilian music and culture that went beyond what is the norm on a typical tour. I would highly recommend the Samba Soul tour!
Discovery of Samba and Rio.
Martin_A, 28-02-2020
The entire tour was a discovery of things beyond samba itself, such as the social, economic and political aspects that started samba and continue to this day. It's a tour worth doing to give you a lot of context and history of samba, including the city of Rio.
Highly Recommend
LarryK, 21-02-2020
This was one of the best tours I have done. Celine, my guide was a delight to be with. She thoroughly explained the not only the history of samba but also a brief history of Brasil. Once we reached the samba school we joined others on a behind the scene look at how the floats and costumes are made. Some special surprises were included but you will have to go on the tour yourself to find out. I highly recommend. Also a big thank-you to Celine for making the tour wonderful!
Samba Tour with Fabiana
corinnoverboard, 29-12-2019
This was a fun and informative tour. Fabiana is awesome and clearly has a lot of passion for educating visitors about the history of the people and traditions.
African Soul Tour
CTDT_89, 13-10-2019
We did a variation on this tour, more focused on African Heritage: the African Soul Tour. Fabiana was a great guide who I would recommend to anyone. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Rio and connects the history to the culture and cityscape of Rio today.

Fabiana customizes each tour a bit and she did an excellent job giving us the understanding of the city and its relationship with the rest of the African diaspora that we were looking for.

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