Luxury holiday to Rio Carnival

A luxury tailor-made holiday to Rio Carnival, Iguassu Falls and Buzios

Luxury holiday to Rio Carnival

This luxury Brazil holiday showcases one of the biggest parties in the world, Rio Carnival. It offers you the chance to experience Rio Carnival in style featuring luxury accommodation, revelling at the Sambadrome parade, visiting the awe inspiring Iguassu Falls, before ending your stay in the stylish beach tranquility of Buzios. If you only visit Brazil once in your lifetime, do it at carnival time!


Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro where upon arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Flights to Rio from Europe and North America generally arrive either in the early morning or late in the evening. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax.

In 2018, Rio Carnival begins on Friday 9th February.

HotelIcon Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel

Copacabana Palace Hotel  Copacabana Palace Hotel_

The Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most renowned hotel in Rio de Janeiro and with good reason. Recently renovated and superbly positioned overlooking the sea smack in the heart of Avenida Atlantica on Copacabana beach, this glamorous landmark in Rio has welcomed the rich and famous since 1923. The magnificent pool, with its adjacent super-cool Bar do Copa, are where Brazil’s style setters gather to soak up the sun. The hotel’s restaurants are also destinations in themselves, whether for great local dishes or fine Italian dining in Hotel Cipriani Restaurant. If you’re a celebrity visiting Rio, then there’s a fair chance you are staying at the Copacabana Palace.

Day 2 Rio Carnival

This morning you will be met by an English speaking guide and taken on a private full day tour to the most iconic sight in Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain.  The views from the top on a clear day are sensational. You will continue on to visit some of Rio’s famous beaches and finally to visit one of the large street parties that take place throughout the city, the Banda de Ipanema. The Banda de Ipanema bloco attracts up to 1 million people and cross dressing is de rigeur!

In the evening why not head to Rio Scenarium for a night of dancing and superb live samba.

Day 3 Rio Carnival

This day is one of the two big days during Rio Carnival so you may want to spend the day relaxing on a beach as the evening sees the first of the two big nights at the Sambadrome.

You will head to the Sambadrome tonight where you will be located in sector 7, in Frisa Row A seats, in the heart of the Sambadrome runway offering excellent views and within touching distance of the performers. If however you would like seats in a different sector or a box we can arrange this too. Click here to see our Carnival guide for more information. You will be accompanied to the sambadrome by an English speaking Brazilian guide and once inside you will be able to stay as long as you like until you decide to call it a night.

Day 4 Rio Carnival

You will almost certainly want a lazy day today, lounging by the pool or down at the beach. Explore the beaches or the nearby city centre, the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa, the quiet retreat of the botanical gardens or continue the party in the neighbouring district of Lapa.

Tonight we recommend an optional return to the Sambadrome for a once in a lifetime experience and the chance to take part in the Sambadrome parade itself. We cannot recommend this experience enough as it will be something you talk about for years to come. We will arrange your costume and bring you to the Sambadrome where you will meet your samba school and be taught what to do. No specific samba skills are required to take part in the parade just a big smile and a lot of energy to keep dancing for up to an hour down the Sambadrome runway. At the end of the parade you get to keep your costume having just experienced one of the best things you have ever done in your life.

Day 5 Rio Carnival

This afternoon you will be met by your private guide and taken on a trip to Sugar Loaf mountain with entrances included. From the top of the mountain are wonderful views of the southern beaches and the bay. It’s a spectacular sight to watch as the sunsets and the lights come on all over the city.

Day 6 Iguassu Falls

After breakfast you will be transferred to Rio international airport for a direct flight to Foz do Iguacu, the town on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Here you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your hotel for the next two nights. You are then free to explore the Brazilian Falls independently from your hotel or simply relax by the pool.

HotelIcon Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

Hotel Das Cataratas Hotel Das Cataratas

The only hotel located within the Brazilian side of Iguassu National Park, Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational Iguassu waterfalls. Guests enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors. The hotel is a beautiful example of a Portuguese-colonial residence, surrounded by tropical gardens. The hotels offers a day spa, swimming pool, tennis court as well and 2 fabulous restaurants and bar. All rooms are wonderfully designed with unique touches with the suites being particularly impressive.

Day 7 Iguassu Falls

This morning you will be met by an English speaking guide after breakfast and cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, heading towards the Iguazu National Park in Argentina for a guided tour of Iguassu Falls including a trip on the Gran Aventura boat.

At the entrance, a small train takes visitors on a tour through the park, making 2 stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the ‘Cataratas’, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colourful birds and other wildlife. The tour ends at the observatory on the edge of the largest waterfall in the park – A Garganta do Diabo – ‘The Devil’s Throat’.

A great way to see the falls in on the Gran Aventura boat which is fun for all and will take you to the base of the falls where you will get a little wet!.

Day 8 Buzios

This afternoon a driver will take you back to Foz do Iguacu airport in time for a flight to Rio de Janeiro.

On arrival you will be met by a private driver and transferred to the beautiful town of Buzios, a 2-3 hour drive, where you can stay for the next 5 nights.

HotelIcon Insolito Boutique Hotel & Spa

Insolito Boutique Hotel Insolito Boutique Hotel

The beautiful Insolito Boutique Hotel is an incredible property and in 2012 was voted as the Best Beach Hotel in South America at the World Travel Awards. The hotel is located on Ferradura beach, one of the best in Buzios, and has been designed to integrate perfectly with its natural surroundings. There are 20 individually styled rooms based on Brazilian legends and using local arts and crafts to create wonderfully stylish and welcoming spaces. All rooms feature a king size bed, LCD TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, and an i-Pod dock as well as a panoramic view of the sea and some include a veranda with whirlpool. There are two pools, a dry sauna, a steam sauna, a jacuzzi and an Ofurô. The uber trendy beach lounge and restaurant is the place to be wined and dined and features a wonderful Franco-Brazilian menu.This really is the place to stay in Buzios.

Days 9 – 12 Buzios

These days are free for you to relax in and around the town of Buzios, made famous in the 1960’s Brigitte Bardot who fell in love with the town and it’s easy to see why. There are a huge number of beaches close to the town centre such as the picture perfect horseshoe shaped Ferradura Beach which is wonderful for snorkelling or Geribá Beach which is the place to head for surfing. Ossos beach is in the centre of town and is the place to be seen amongst the young, rich and famous where you can often see Brazilian and international celebrities. The town has some wonderful fine dining and numerous boutique shops plus there is a vast amount of activities on offer such a windsurfing, surfing, diving, sailing and other water sports.

Day 13

Following a private transfer back to the airport in Rio, you will wave goodbye to Brazil and board a flight back to the UK after what will have been an unforgettable Brazil holiday.

What’s Included

  • Return international flights to Rio de Janeiro with BA in premium economy class
  • Domestic flights within Brazil in economy class
  • Private airport transfers with English speaking guides;
  • 5 nights accommodation at Copacabana Palace in a deluxe ocean front room in Rio de Janeiro with breakfast;
  • Full day tour of Rio visiting Christ the Redeemer, the beaches and Carnival street parties;
  • Half day tour to Sugar Loaf mountain;
  • Transfers to and from the Sambadrome;
  • Entrance to the Sambadrome with Frisa Row A seats in sector 7;
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Das Cataratas in a deluxe Falls view room at Iguassu Falls with breakfast;
  • Half day private tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls;
  • Ride on the Gran Aventura boat from the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls;
  • 5 nights accommodation at Insolito Boutique Hotel in a deluxe room in Búzios with breakfast;
  • English speaking guides for all tours.

Not included

  • Beverages and meals which are not specified;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • Travel insurance;

* All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.*

What’s Optional

  • Samba Costume to join the Sambadrome parade – from £500 (cost depends on costume and Samba School. Costumes are generally more expensive from the larger Samba Schools);
  • Upgrades in the Sambadrome – Ask us for a price

From: £11,630 per person, based on 2 people sharing.

This is price is based on the use of room types listed above, all transfers, tours and flights based on current availability.

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

Please enquire and we will provide a full quote for you.