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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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Tour snapshot
Discover the extravagant world of Rio’s Carnival on this 3.5-hour tour
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
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
Highlights
  • 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.
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
  • 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
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
  • Traveler 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.
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 travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
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
  • Traveler 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
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
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 travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 26, 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 sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    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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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Daniel H
Swansea, UK8 contributions
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 February 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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 February 28, 2018
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Carl v
Hoyanger, Norway3 contributions
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 December 2, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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 December 5, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
About the operator

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By: Gray Line Tours
Cristinatamay
Cristinatamay
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This company is a scam!
Please do not book with them they are a scam. We had a reservation with this company for ilha grande. Turns out the
MatildePassos
MatildePassos
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Amazing tour
Amazing views, comfortable Jeep, knowledgeable guide, on time, everyone should go!!! We saw toucans, monkey and man
DavidL003
DavidL003
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Recommended!
We did the tour with a relatively small group which was very nice. Joe was our tour guide. Had a great day. We had
Brian1969Scot
Brian1969Scot
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A day to remember
Fantastic trip, well worth the money. This trip is a must if visiting Rio de Janeiro, especially if you get Louis t
tunis_kids
tunis_kids
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Lovely tour to see the main sites
Lovely day tour to see the main sites. Went to Escardia Selaron first and we were the first tourists there so plent
Superlarsen
Superlarsen
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Good sightseeing service in Rio
Good guide, and good service from the guide. We had an nice trip to see the Christ redeemer, sugarloaf mountain an
H5322OEjohnh
H5322OEjohnh
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Wonder day visiting Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer
My tour guide was very professional, shared her knowledge of the history of Rio de Janeiro and was very flexible in
STL97CS
STL97CS
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Louis and Louis are Great!
Fabulous tour with great guide and driver! Very informative and made the day easy and fun, in three languages!
Jan V
Jan V
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Gray Line outshined our expectations
Our guide and chauffeur knew exactly what they were doing and we got to see and learn so much about Rio’s main attr
Lera A
Lera A
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Must do tour
We had an amazing tour with two Luises: a driver and a tour guide that were so helpful and very good at what they d
mahoney2116
mahoney2116
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Amazing Experience
First off, request Luis Wanderley as your guide! Obviously the sites are amazing and a must see, but Luis went out
Yokudan
Yokudan
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Professional tour guides
Amazing team! Proffesionals for sure. Beautiful explanation of spots and history. If I ever visit Rio de Janeiro ag
tobie373
tobie373
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Best guide!
Our guide Henri made this tour. So knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. He loves what he does and where he li
falgunimp
falgunimp
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Awesome experience!
Favorite part was seeing the falls! Our guide Erica was great and full of energy we loved her and the jeep tour tea
GaryP272
GaryP272
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Excellent tour of the Bay
Excellent boat tour of Guanabara Bay in a 16’ speed boat carrying 8 clients plus 3 crew. There was plenty of room
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