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Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

1. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1983 with capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

2. Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators.  Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools) Access Group - Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th On these dates, watch as some schools compete to get access to the main league for the following year. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget. Special Group - Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th With this option, experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro showing all their creativity and innovations as you enjoy a magical night in the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools. Champions Parade - Saturday February 25th On this night, the top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnival champions of the year. At the end of the tour, take the return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: 2023 Carnival Parade Admission Ticket

3. Rio de Janeiro: 2023 Carnival Parade Admission Ticket

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and famous parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and the Champions Parade. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 25th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 winners samba schools) Access Group (2nd league) In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. 6 samba schools parades every night with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group (1st league) These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 12 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

4. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail.  Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival.  Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

5. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian Roots Shows with Optional Dinner

Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots will bring you a multicultural show with lots of joy and energy, gathering on stage various cultures of this tropical country. For about 3 hours, you are going to enjoy every Brazilian dance style. After your hotel pick-up, if you choose the show with dinner option, you will arrive at a traditional Barbecue Dinner, all you can eat style. Brazilian Churrascarias (barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options. In case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted. For those who preferred the show only option, they will be picked up at their hotels before heading to the show by bus.  You will get to know every Brazilian region through dance performance and clothing. Ginga Tropical: Brazilian roots combines diversity and culture with The Journal of Theatre, the Northeast, the Amazon and the Pampas with its Folklore, Bahia with their mystical rituals and Rio de Janeiro with its incomparable bohemian Lapa, their dance halls and their legendary Tricksters. A breathtaking show, with fantastic drummers and beautiful Mulatas dressed in outstanding carnival costumes. Even when you think that the show is close to the end, you may be surprised with interactive dancers. It’s time to shake your hips, so don’t be shy because the show must go on!

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

6. Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

Get picked up from your hotel and go on a journey through the historic center of Rio de Janeiro.  The long history of this city makes it almost an open-air museum. The unusual mixture of nearly five centuries of kings, emperors, slaves, artists, clerics, pompous buildings and major libraries can be seen in several corners of Rio de Janeiro.  Explore the most important sights and monuments of the city. See XV Square, which was the main place for arrivals in Rio during the time of the Empire. Admire the many historical buildings there.  Visit the Olympic Boulevard in the seaport region, which has been completely revitalized for the 2016 Olympic Games. Marvel at the world-famous Ethnicities Mural made by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.  Pass by Maracanã, one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Brazil. See the Candelária Church, an important Roman Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Go and see also the Lapa Aqueduct and the famous Seláron Stairs, which received tiles from all over the world to compose its art. At the end of the tour head to Samba City and get a glimpse of the backstage area of the Carnival in Rio: the handmade costumes, the floats that cross the avenue on wheels, and other details of this beautiful and iconic party.

Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Sightseeing Guided Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Sightseeing Guided Tour

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. Avenida Atlantica (Pass By) Avenue in front of Copacabana Beach. Copacabana Beach (Pass By) Pass by the edge of the Copacabana Beach and get a panoramic view of one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. Estatua Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Pass By) Statue of a famous brazilian poet at Copacabana beach. Ipanema Beach (Pass By) Pass by the edge of the Ipanema Beach and get a panoramic view of the legendary beach that inspired the famous song "Garota de Ipanema". Centro de Visitantes Paineiras Stop at Visitors Center on your way up to Christ the Redeemer. 10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Pass By) Pass by Tijuca Forest on your way up to Christ the Redeemer. Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer Go up by van to the top of the Corcovado Mountain, where is the Christ the Redeemer statue, passing by Tijuca Forest. The total time includes transportation from Visitors Center to the statue, the period at the top of Corcovado Mountain and the return. (1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) Maracana Extern visit with a stop in front of the Bellini Statue. Entry admission not included. On event days on the stadium the stop might not be allowed by traffic authorities. (10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included) Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai Visit to a store with samba related products and the option to dress costumes from previous Carnival editions to photograph. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian Internal visit. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free) Escadaria Selaron Stop for photos. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free) Morro da Urca Take the first cable car ride to Urca Hill and wait for the second one to Sugarloaf Mountain. (20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) Rio de Janeiro Lunch time - enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in Brazilian local steakhouse. Meal/Drinks not included (1 hour • Admission Ticket Free) Sugarloaf Mountain Cable car ride in two parts, the first to the Urca Hill and the second to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The total time includes all cable car rides, the period at Urca Hill and at the Sugarloaf Mountain. (1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included)

Rio: Salgueiro Samba School Rehearsal Admission w/ Transfer

8. Rio: Salgueiro Samba School Rehearsal Admission w/ Transfer

Who says you should wait until Carnival to see the Samba Schools? Samba Schools begin their preparation for the big Carnival parade several months earlier. The first samba school rehearsals start in July or August (this depends on each samba school). Every Saturday night we visit the prestigious Salgueiro Samba School (one of the best in Rio de Janeiro) and it will be a pleasure to take you to this unforgettable experience. Depending on your hotel, we will pick you up between 20:30 and 21:30. On arrival at the Samba School Rehearsal, a comfortable table will have been reserved for you. This magical evening will begin with an entertaining Brazilian Popular Music Band. Beautiful dancers, (baianas), talented musicians and the flag-bearing couple will introduce you to the fascinating world of Samba and Rio Carnival. The highlight of the evening will be at about 00:30 with the presentation of the "Bateria" (rhythm section), the heart of the samba school. Sixty percussion instruments played simultaneously in perfect harmony create a wonderful rhythm of unequaled strength and joy. This rhythm is a treasure, a true cultural heritage of inestimable value. You will remember this night forever ! We can describe the rehearsal of the samba schools, but there are no words to explain the incredible energy and unique feeling of visiting a samba school. The Salgueiro samba school rehearsal is not just a spectacle, it's a wonderful cultural experience that you can't miss on your visit to Rio de Janeiro.

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Carnival Parade is a huge competition of different samba schools. You will be impressed by the efforts those schools used for art, music, idea, choreography. There are hundreds of thousands visitors watchin in area of 2 metro stations and thousands of dancers and musicians performing from sunset to sunrise. It is must go for everyone at least once in a life. Ticket company does speak English, they use WhatsApp for easier communication too, in case you cannot find their office. One concern - it should include subway ticket but it was not in the paper bag with carnival ticket.

Worthwhile few hours, chance to see what goes on behind the scenes: If not in Rio for the carnival, an opportunity to better understand the 'Carnival Process', along with a bit of fun putting on carnival costumes. You are in Rio to be a tourist: This was fun and interesting and supports the local community.

Genuine experience. You get to know a lot about samba and carnival! Totally with the price, all the funds are distributed to an NGO.

It was so interesting and super fun! We want to come back to participate in Carnival next year!

Good backstage information about the carnival and history associated with it…good fun too