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Every February and early March, the world’s largest party takes place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sure—Carnaval is celebrated in ports and cities all around the globe, but none have the flare, color, or passion of the massive festival in Rio. At the Cidade do Samba in the city’s port district, visitors will find that the Carnaval sprit isn’t just for a week—but actually lasts the entire year inside enormous, float-filled warehouses. Sometimes known as “Samba City,” this colorful complex is where 14 of the city’s top samba schools all plan, prepare, and prep their floats for the festive February event.

When taking a tour of Samba City, watch as costumes and next year’s floats are all sewn and patched together. No photos or videos are allowed—lest you leak their surprise—but samba lessons are often included as part of the upbeat tour. On Thursday evenings, the entire complex erupts in a type of mini celebration, where costumes are donned, music is played, and a micro-version of Carnaval takes place right there on site.

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Rua Rivadavia Correia 60, Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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

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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Carnival during this tour of Cidade do Samba. On this outing, follow your guide on a tour of the Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's warehouse, one of Rio's top samba schools, where they store their outrageous costumes and grandiose parade floats. Toast to your insider's experience with a traditional caipirinha while you learn about the history and culture of the Carnival in Brazil. Brave visitors can even try on a few feathered costumes. Round-trip transportation from central Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.09
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US$59.09
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Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of Samba

Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of Samba

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s biggest parties during this tour in Rio de Janeiro. See all the work that goes into this week-long party as you tour the City of Samba, a warehouse where floats and costumes are kept, and the Grande Rio’s Samba Factory, to learn about the history of samba and how to samba while wearing a traditional costume.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$63.00
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Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come True

Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come True

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Nothing says Brazil like Samba, whose roots go back to the colonial days when millions of Africans arrived via the slave trade. It's hard to imagine how something so terrible could produce something so beautiful and joyous, but that’s the story of Samba told in intimate detail during this tour of Little Africa and the City of Samba. Go behind the scenes of Rio’s Carnival celebration and visit several culturally significant sites including Volongo Warf, a potential UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.86
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Samba School Rehearsal Admission & Transfer

Samba School Rehearsal Admission & Transfer

Enjoy all the energy of carnival in a unique exciting night of live samba dancing with beautiful samba dancers in a special group school rehearsal.  The samba schools start practicing for Carnival way in advance. This means composing songs, dance practicing, creating the costumes and building the floats. Some of the big schools open up their doors to visitors to come witness a carnival rehearsal at the samba school. Don’t miss one of the best things to do in the city of samba and the perfect opportunity to be part of the spirit and magic that is behind one of the biggest events in the world the Rio Carnival! Everyday, we visit a different Samba School. Contact us in advance to find out which one we will visit today. Roundtrip transfer and entrance to the Samba School Rehearsal included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
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Carnaval Party Tour and Samba Class in Rio with Transfer

Carnaval Party Tour and Samba Class in Rio with Transfer

Immerse yourself in a carnival experience! We start with the hotel pickup to see the backstage of a carnival production. We visit one of the top 10 Samba Schools in Rio. We learn a little bit about carnival and the carnival parade. We see how beautiful the costumes truly are, and we can even try them on. We have a welcome caipirinha, the Brazilian national drink. We also take our chances on a quick samba class that you will never forget! Enjoy this unique experience! Tour guide, tickets to the Carnaval experience and roundtrip transfer included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.00
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Afro Walking Tour - Samba and resistance (Pedra do Sal)

Afro Walking Tour - Samba and resistance (Pedra do Sal)

Rio de Janeiro is much-loved by travelers for its sun, sand, and samba, but this tour takes you deeper into the city’s history and culture. Your guide will take you to the most important places in the city’s history of civil rights and immerse you in Afro-Brazilian culture and traditions while teaching you about the struggle for the abolition of slavery in Brazil. The tour concludes at a samba school where you will learn about the engaging dance form’s history of resistance.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
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Carnival & Maracanã Stadium: live this experience

Carnival & Maracanã Stadium: live this experience

Do you want to feel like a football player? Do you want to live the emotion felt during the Carnival parade? So do not miss this opportunity and come on this special tour to the most famous stadium in the world, MARACANÃ and Do you want to feel like a soccer player? Do you want to live the emotion felt during the Carnival parade? So do not miss this opportunity and come on this special tour to the most famous stadium in the world, the Maracanã. Learn everything about carnival in the "city of Samba", the place where carnival dreams are built. SAMBA TOWN, carnival preparation stage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.88
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US$65.88

Rio Carnival Experience at Backstage of Carnaval Factory (Pick-up included)

Rio Carnival Experience at Backstage of Carnaval Factory (Pick-up included)

Find out more about the Rio carnival visiting areas that the public is's normally allowed to visit. Dress up in costumes, learn the basics of samba from dancers and the history of samba, see floats, taste a caipirinha and other essentials of this celebration. After pickup at your place, your guide takes you to explore the Carnaval Factory for a behind-the-scenes look. In this warehouse, see how the showy costumes worn in the parades are made. Admire the details of the floats that parade through the sambadrome. Then, head to the exhibition hall to learn about the history of samba and Rio's carnival, which has been celebrated for over a century. During the visit, feel the atmosphere of union and emotion that is felt during Carnival. Continue to the backstage dressing rooms, where you will have the opportunity to try on some costumes. To end this experience, a professional dancer will give a brief samba class. Finally, enjoy a delicious caipirinha before being dropped at your place.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$73.00
Price varies by group size
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US$73.00
Price varies by group size

Historical & Heritage Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Historical & Heritage Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Explore the center and seaport areas, filled with history of the city and the population of Brazil. In the 'Little Africa' region, you will hear the history of slavery from the point of view of those who suffered from the Atlantic trade and their descendants, on racial issues from Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil as well as the impact and legacy of Afro culture on national identity.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.06
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Carnival at Backstage Plus Dance and Instrument Workshops: Private Group Package

Carnival at Backstage Plus Dance and Instrument Workshops: Private Group Package

Learn more about the Rio Carnival visitation areas that the public is normally allowed to visit. Dress up in costumes, learn about Afro-Brazilian rhythms, the basics of samba from the dancers and the history of samba, play carnival percussion instruments, see floats, taste a caipirinha and much more. After pickup at your place, your guide takes you to explore the Carnaval Factory for a behind-the-scenes look. In this warehouse, see how the showy costumes used in the parades are made. Admire the details of the floats that parade through the sambadrome. Then, head to the exhibition hall to learn about the history of samba and the carioca carnival, celebrated for over a century. During the visit, feel the atmosphere of union and emotion that is felt during Carnival. Continue to the backstage dressing rooms, where you'll have the opportunity to try on some costumes. Professional dancers and musicians will give brief samba and instrument lessons before enjoying a delicious caipirinha.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$989.00
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US$989.00
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Passion & Culture Private tour in Rio (football, carnival and cachaça)

Passion & Culture Private tour in Rio (football, carnival and cachaça)

This full-day itinerary includes private tours of Maracanã stadium and the Sambadrome parade venue, so visitors to Rio can get an introduction to two Brazilian cultural institutions: football and Carnival. With hotel transport and a personal guide on hand to share information and history, you’ll gain a better understanding of the Cariocas (Rio’s residents) than going alone. You’ll even have a chance to order the national dish and drink (own expense).
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180.00
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Carnival Backstage Tour - Visit a traditional Samba School

Carnival Backstage Tour - Visit a traditional Samba School

We will visit the City of Samba, a large complex of barracks that are destined for the Samba Schools of the Special Group of Rio de Janeiro and where the giant floats and colorful costumes are built. Next, we will enter the Scholars of the Grande Rio see the secrets that are revealed only during the Carnival parade: How is made the production of floats and costumes. You will understand the concepts and work involved during the design process. In the colorful showroom, we will learn more about the emergence of samba, its customs, and the origin of samba school parades. Let's pick one of the many legitimate carnival costumes to wear and photograph. Then we will have a dance class where we will learn some samba steps. To end the tour we will try a caipirinha, a typical Brazilian drink made of cachaça and lemon.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$22.00
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Samba City (Cidade do Samba) hours of operation: Tours Wed-Sun. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Samba City (Cidade do Samba) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Samba City (Cidade do Samba) 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Samba City (Cidade do Samba) costs USD 50.00. Guided Samba City (Cidade do Samba) tours start around USD 50.00 per person.