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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro provided by Gray Line Tours

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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Last updated: 26 Jun 2020
A note from Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro
Additional measures might be added to our list of procedures as we receive guidance from the local health and safety authorities and as more information becomes available. And some of these restrictions might be lifted at some point in the future if we are authorized to do so by local authorities
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Get a behind the scenes look at Rio’s world famous carnival experience during this tour of Cidade do Samba. Visit one of the top samba schools, Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's, and see where they store the over-the-top parade floats and intricate costumes. Learn about the history of Brazil and its culture of Carnival while sipping on a traditional caipirinha and trying on a few costumes yourself.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Discover the extravagant world of Rio’s Carnival on this 3.5-hour tour
Explore the warehouse of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's and their floats
Learn the history of Carnival culture in Rio and Brazil from your guide
Sip on a traditional caipirinha as you try on a few over-the-top costumes
What to expect
Receive complimentary pickup at your Rio hotel and ride to the neighborhood of Gamboa, where Samba originated. Visit the warehouse of Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's and see where they store their extravagant floats and beautiful costumes. As you walk through the ‘Cidade do Samba’—the city of Samba—learn about the history of Rio and Carnival culture from your guide. Find out about the preparations that go into each competition and what has to be done to put on a great show every year. Explore the racks of lavish costumes as you listen to the stories and legend of how Carnival made its way to the Portuguese colony of Brazil. End your tour with a complimentary caipirinha—the national drink—while trying on a costume or two before heading back to your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2484HISAMBA
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • One caipirinha drink • Hotel pickup and drop-off to most South South Zone hotels in Rio • Guided Visit to Grande Rio’s Warehouse • Entry/Admission - Cidade Do Samba
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon * Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. If your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Professional guide • One caipirinha drink • Hotel pickup and drop-off to most South South Zone hotels in Rio • Guided Visit to Grande Rio’s Warehouse • Entry/Admission - Cidade Do Samba
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon * Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. If your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h 30m
Additional information
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
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Cidade Do Samba
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    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.
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Daniel H
Swansea, UK8 contributions
***NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BOOK THIS OR ANYTHING FROM THE SAME COMPANY**
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was a shambles company, we booked and we're told that we needed to go at a different time to what we originally booked because CARNIVAL WAS ON THIS WEEK. We understood after all our whole trip was because of carnival. We booked this and also needed to change a few things with our holiday provider which caused a huge headache just so we could go on this excursion. We had 2 nights in the middle of a jungle before this and had no access to e-mail. And we had an e-mail the night before this excursion that it was cancelled because "CARNIVAL WAS ON THIS WEEK." Now usually I would understand but the company knew carnival was on even when we booked. I have a suggestion for this company. Just give up because you obviously have no idea how to treat your customers. I would probably understand a little more if they allowed us to book and then cancelled as they realised it was carnival but no it wasn't untill the night before that they sent an e-mail. Let me just add that prior to our trip to Rio we were 2 nights in the jungle with no access to e-mail. It was quite short notice too if you ask me. I was curious and will never use the company "VIATAR" EVER AGAIN. Please to avoid any disappointment on your holidays stay well away from this company.
Written 16 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Daniel H, Thank you for your review. The issue was that we had confirmed this with the Samba School where this tour takes place, however at the last minute the carnival organization rescheduled the departure of the parade cars and we were unable to do the tour. So although we had everything in place for your tour, due to circumstances outside of our control we were forced to cancel the tour. We hope you accept our apologies. Thanks, best regards, Pedro Malta on behalf of Diogo M.
Written 28 February 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carl v
Hoyanger, Norway3 contributions
Interesting and impressive
Dec 2017 • Couples
Today my wife and me (I am from Sweden) went for this tour with a perfect English speaking guide named Dandara. She was very sympathetic, as well as the other staff, and told many interesting things, some which even was unknown to my Carioca wife. It was also impressive to see the tremendous amounts of work that is done by each samba school for their parade - about 200 persons working for months to create all the costumes and building the big fantasy floats!
The tour is definately recommended if you want to know more about the history and backstage work of the Rio Carnival.
Carl
Written 2 December 2017
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Dear Carl V, Thank you so much for your review. We are happy you had such a great tour with us. The amount of work that happens throughout the year for just a couple of days of parade is very impressive. Each school works for several months on all the details so that they can be at their best at their parade which is just little over an hour per school. It is a whole industry that revolves around that. We are happy you had such a time experiencing a little bit of it. We hope to see you and your wife again in the near future in other tours. Thank You. best regards, Pedro Malta on behalf of Diogo M.
Written 5 December 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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Very good
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Best Tour Guide Ever!
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Great Experience
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Very disappointing city tour
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