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Samba City (Cidade do Samba) Tours

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Samba City (Cidade do Samba)
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. 

Practical Info

Tours are offered from Wednesday-Sunday, with the evening performance taking place on Thursdays at approximately pm. Admission to Cidade do Sambo is approximately $10 for the regular tour, and approximately $40 for the evening show full of costumes, music, and dancing. 
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hours: Tours Wed-Sun
Admission: $10 day tour, $40 evening show
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Samba City (Cidade do Samba)

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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de JaneiroHalf-day Tours

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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Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of SambaBus Tours

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
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio de Janeiro Cidade do Samba tourCultural Tours

Rio de Janeiro Cidade do Samba tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s largest Carnival while in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll tour Cidade do Samba (Samba City), a complex built to house the floats and costumes of samba schools that parade through the Sambadrome during Rio’s Carnival. A guide welcomes you with a caipirinha, the national drink, and takes you to the workshed and showroom to explain everything.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Carnaval Experience - Samba and resistanceCultural Tours

Carnaval Experience - Samba and resistance

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
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  • 4 hours
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Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and SoccerFull-day Tours

Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

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Immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil on a guided tour to some of the city’s cultural landmarks. Learn about Carnival and classic samba at the famous Sambadrome, where the parade takes place, and the “City of Samba,” where top samba schools practice. Then visit the iconic Maracana Stadium and Museum for the Brazilian Soccer Team to learn about soccer in Brazil, which is like a religion in the country.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come TrueHalf-day Tours

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
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Walking Tour: Carioca Culture, Samba & Little AfricaBus Tours

Walking Tour: Carioca Culture, Samba & Little Africa

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A walk telling the Little-Known Story of Little Africa on the Rio de Janeiro Port Zone. Little Africa is the historic home of the Afro-Brazilian community in the Rio de Janeiro Port Region. The region became known as Little Africa after the slave trade became illegal in Brazil in 1831 (though abolition of slavery only happened 50 years later). An area little explored but extremely important in Rio's culture.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Candelaria Church, Olympic Boulevard and Samba CityHalf-day Tours

Candelaria Church, Olympic Boulevard and Samba City

This is an exclusive tour that allows you to have the experience of shared transport, accompanied by a guide and get to know a mix of beautiful places in a totally exclusive tour in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Carnival ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Rio de Janeiro: Half Day Carnival Experience

Experience all the colors and magic of the original Rio Carnival! Be part of this amazing staging and immerse yourself into the joy and good vibes that surround the city.
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Passion & Culture Private tour in Rio (football, carnival and cachaça)Day Trips

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Carnival & Maracanã Stadium: live this experienceFull-day Tours

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 SAMBA TOWN, carnival preparation stage.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Carnival Backstage Tour - Visit a traditional Samba School Bus Tours

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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  • 2 hours
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Promo Rio de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf + Carnival Tour+ Ginga ShowOvernight Tours

Promo Rio de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf + Carnival Tour+ Ginga Show

In this promotion you get to know the best sights of Rio de Janeiro and still immerse yourself in the local culture. On the first day, an afternoon tour, you will visit Corcovado Hill. We will pass through the magnificent Tijuca forest until we reach the peak of the hill where we will find the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. We will do a small city tour in downtown Rio with stops at the Cathedral and the colorful Selaron Staircase. At the end of the day, we will climb the cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain to watch the sunset. On the second day, we will immerse ourselves in the culture of the biggest Carnival party in the world. A tour of the city of samba will show us not only the party part but the backstage of your show. We'll get to know the Grande Rio shack, one of the main carnival samba schools, where we'll take a close look at the costumes and floats. At the end of the day, the Ginga Tropical dance show will feature all the music and dance rhythms of Brazil.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Samba City (Cidade do Samba) hours of operation?
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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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