Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Brazil, Brazil
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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro
3 hours 30 minutes
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  • All entrance fees included
  • Excellent value for money
  • Free drinks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide


After hotel pickup, travel to the mandala-shaped Cidade do Samba, a warehouse complex in Gamboa, the birthplace of Rio de Janeiro's samba. More than 80 samba schools with 100,000 dancers participate in Carnival, but each year only the top 12 to 14 samba schools form the Special Group, aka the First League, which build and store their magnificent floats and costumes at Cidade do Samba. As you explore the complex with your guide, learn about the history of samba as well as the Carnival parade and competition in the Sambadrome.

Although Carnival explodes into action only once a year, backstage preparations continue on a daily basis. Want to know more? Head inside the warehouse of G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, a local-favorite samba school established in 1988.

With your guide leading the way, meander through the warehouse and marvel at the floats in progress. Eye the rows of racks bursting with eye-popping costumes. Learn about the allegories and stories underlying the pageantry, as your guide explains Carnival’s pagan origins that began in ancient Greece and continued into the Middles Ages in Europe before arriving in Brazil through Portuguese colonization.

Wondering how those costumes would look on you? Try them on and find out! Slip on some outrageous ensembles and snap memorable pics to upload on your social media accounts.

Finally, toast your visit with a caipirinha, a cocktail made with cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), sugar and lime, before taking transport back to your hotel.


  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • One caipirinha
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Important: All bookings purchased and taken during the period of the Olympics (August 1st, 2016 to August 28th, 2016) are 100% non refundable

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Departs from most major hotels in the zones Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
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