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Rio Carnival 2023

Purpose:Celebration, Relaxation, Fun
No. of days:5 days – 4 nights
First & Last Cities:Rio de Janeiro
Starting cost:$2,560 including airfare
*Airfare from Washington DC

Rio Carnival 2023 – Special Group Departure

Enjoy This One-of-Life-Time Experience in the Safety of a Group Tour and the Comfort of a Private Program

5 days – 4 nights

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Parade Tickets, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Gastronomic Experience

Carnival is Rio’s biggest event. It happens at the peak of the summer when “Cariocas” are at their best. Festivities attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. Carnival is a 4-day celebration starting on Saturday and ending on Fat Tuesday. Carnival Sunday is seven weeks before Easter Sunday. Dates change every year. In 2023, it will happen from the 17 through 21 February. The Samba School Parade at Rio’s Sambadrome is something everyone must experience at least once in a lifetime. The first division takes place on Sunday and Monday, with 6 Samba Schools per night. They are magnificent and sumptuous, each one counting with approximately four thousand participants. It starts at 9:00 pm and goes until sunlight the next day, around 6-7 am. This samba marathon is also a fierce competition. Each year a school is downgraded from special to access group and vice-versa. The winners return on the following Saturday to perform the parade again.

Day 0 – Feb 16, Thu: USA, Rio de Janeiro!

Departure from your home city. Overnight on board.

Day 1 – Feb 17, Fri: Cristo Rei Welcomes you to Rio de Janeiro!

After you pass customs and immigration at Galeão International Airport you will be met and assisted by our representative. From the airport take a drive through some of the iconic areas of Rio such as the Lagoon and Botanical Gardens to head to the Cosme Velho neighborhood from where the cog train starts a trip through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, up to the statue, and see the most beautiful postcard of Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer statue in the mountain of Corcovado located at 2,330 ft. above sea level and inaugurated in 1931. This world-renowned place offers you an incomparable bird’s eye view of Rio de Janeiro, its Guanabara Bay, where the Sugar Loaf stands, and the beautiful beaches of Bota Fogo, Copacabana and Ipanema. Then, you’ll be escorted to your hotel in Copacabana. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to rest and relax either at your hotel of after a dip into the ocean, tanning in the sun and strolling along the famous beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – Feb 18, Sat: Rio de Janeiro (Carnival Parade)

Day at leisure. Enjoy the beach, go on a shopping spree, or join one of the many free carnival processions that take place all over the city.
In the early evening you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Sambodromo, the stage of Rio’s world-famous carnival parade to watch a real festival of Samba music and dance, colorful costumes and multitude of Brasilian women and men whose lives are dedicated to this very day! The parade starts at around 9 pm and lasts all night. At the end you will be transferred back to the hotel. [B]

Day 3 – Feb 19, Sun: Rio de Janeiro (Carioca Table Pleasures)

Morning at leisure to relax at your hotel, enjoy the beach or just dance on the streets of Rio on one of the many free events available around the city. At the convened time, you’ll be picked up at your hotel and driven to a Churrascaria (Brazilian typical grill) to enjoy a typical Carioca lunch. In the afternoon, take a “sesta” or attend the 2nd day Carnival parade on your own. [B]

Day 4 – Feb 20, Mon: Rio de Janeiro (Sugar Loaf)

After breakfast you will be picked-up for your morning tour to visit the unavoidable Pão de Acucar! Discover the world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain with pre-booked official tickets for the cable car, and explore one of Brazil’s most popular attractions. Board the next cable car up the mountain, riding in the fully-enclosed cabin as you take in panoramic views of the city, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay as you ride the cable car to the summit. Take incredible photos from the lookout point as you enjoy the panorama of the city and the ocean below.  Disembark at the top, where you can spend as much time as you wish. Once you have finished exploring the summit, your ticket is valid for any returning cable car. After the visit, we return to our hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on own. Overnight at hotel. [B]

Day 5 – Feb 21, Tue: Rio de Janeiro, USA

Morning at leisure. At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight back home or to visit your next destination [B].

 [B] = Breakfast


·   Round-trip airfare to Rio de Janeiro

·  Private arrival and departure transfers

·  4 nights’ accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

·  Daily breakfast

·  Private half-day tour of Corcovado with guide assistance

·  Round-trip shuttle transfers between hotel and Carnival parade

·  Entrance fee Carnival Parade (Section 9 ticket)

·  Private half-day tour of Sugar Loaf with guide assistance

·  Entrances for provided sightseeing

·  Transportation on A/C vehicles

·  All services with English speaking guides

·  All local taxes


·  Airfare related taxes and carrier fees

·  Early check-in and late checkout at the hotel

·  Services and food not listed in the itinerary

·  Travel insurance. Highly recommended

·  Hotel extras and personal expenses.

·  Any option not included in the tour

·  Daily tax charged by the Local Convention Bureau

·  Tips for guides and drivers

·  Expenses of personal nature

Rio de JaneiroArena Copacabana Hotel4.5

About your hotel:

One of the best Brazilian hotels on Trip Advisor and inaugurated in 2009, Arena Copacabana offers one of the best locations, just a few steps from Copacabana beach. All 135 accommodations have the most elegant decorations and modern equipment to make your stay even more comfortable. A few steps from the beach and close to the main postcard sites of Rio de Janeiro it offers a contemporary design, WI-FI, king size beds, acoustic windows and central A/C among other features. Discover, live and feel part of the neighborhood that is the real postcard of Rio.

Tour Pricing

Room TypeCost From
First Class

Prices are per person depending on city of origin. See add-ons table below.

Rates may change due to the instability in oil prices and its impact on airfares

Visa is NOT required for US Citizens traveling to Brazil



Although the included airfare is from Washington, DC addons are available from all US gateways. 

Below are add-ons from some major gateways:

Los AngelesLAX$339IAH$94
New YorkJFK$210$80
Salt Lake CitySLC$1,104IAH$95
San FranciscoSFO$701IAH$94

Add-ons may change due to the instability in oil prices and its impact on airfares