Rio Carnival 2019

A tailor-made holiday to the biggest party in the world

Rio Carnival 2019

Rio Carnival is the biggest party on earth and a bucket list experience.

We have years of experience organising trips to Rio carnival and are able to arrange a variety of excursions to show you the best that the city has to offer. This holiday gives you the chance to experience Rio Carnival in excellent beach front accommodation in Ipanema tours to Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and entry to the Sambadrome in superb seats.

We also offer an optional once in a lifetime experience to dress up and be part of the Sambadrome parade.

Day to day itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 1st March 2019

Fly to Rio de Janeiro where upon arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax.

HotelIcon Hotel Sofitel Ipanema

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The Hotel Sofitel Ipanema boasts a fabulous location right on the world famous Ipanema Beach conveniently located close to all of Rio’s major sights and just 35 minutes from the international airport. This 5-star hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, and offers excellent attention, with 24-hour room service in all 221 rooms. All standard rooms offer air conditioning, an electronic safe, cable TV, wireless internet, and a marble bathroom. French and Brazilian cuisine is available in the hotel’s restaurants, and afterwards guests can head to the bar to enjoy the international range of cocktails and the sophisticated environment. A fitness centre, massage room, sauna, and rooftop pool provide the final touches of luxury and relaxation. Beach service and bicycles are also available upon request, and the hotel boasts a well-equipped conference centre.

Day 2 – Saturday 2nd March 2019

After breakfast you will be met by your English speaking guide and depart for Corcovado mountain to see the most famous of all images of Rio, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top are breathtaking and make you realise why Rio is considered by many as the most beautiful city in the world. The afternoon will be free for you to relax, find a bloco or hit the beach.

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

Day 3 – Sunday 3rd March 2019

You may wish to spend the day relaxing as the evening sees the big night at the Sambadrome. You will travel on a shared coach to the Sambadrome where you will be located in the frisa seats of sector 9. This sector is towards the end of the Sambadrome runway and offers excellent views. 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. Once inside you will be free to stay as long as you wish. The parades begin at 9pm and finish around 5am and thousands of people stay to the end.

Day 4 – Monday 4th March 2019

You will almost certainly want a lazy morning, a long lie in, lounging by the pool or down at the beach.

In the afternoon perhaps 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 nearby 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 times of your life!

Read our blog post about taking part in the Sambadrome parade here.

Day 5 – Tuesday 5th March 2019

This afternoon you will once again be met by your English speaking guide and head to Rio’s other iconic location, Sugar Loaf mountain. The views are fabulous, looking out over the bay and the southern beaches.

Day 6 – Wednesday 6th March 2019

Today the carnival package ends so following a private transfer back to the airport, you will wave goodbye to Rio and board a flight home.

What’s Included

  • Return international flights;
  • Private airport transfers with an English speaking guide and driver;
  • Half day guided tour to Sugar Loaf with entrance included with an English speaking guide and driver;
  • Half day guided tour to Corcovado with entrance included with an English speaking guide and driver;
  • Entrance to the Sambadrome in frisa seating in sector 9;
  • Transfers to and from the Sambadrome by coach;
  • 5 nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Sofitel Ipanema in a deluxe lateral ocean view room with breakfast


  • Samba Costume to join the Sambadrome parade – from £600 (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;

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.*

From: £3,530pp, based on 2 people sharing.

Not what you are looking for? All our itineraries can be tailor-made to your own requirements and modified however you wish.

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