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Samba City (Cidade do Samba)
Samba City (Cidade do Samba)

Samba City (Cidade do Samba) Tours and Activities

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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.

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Afro Walking Tour - Samba and resistance

Afro Walking Tour - 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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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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Excursion in Rio de Janeiro with visit to the Samba School

Excursion in Rio de Janeiro with visit to the Samba School

In a jeep without a roof, you will head towards Guanabara Bay, where you will be dazzled by the panoramic view of Pão de Açúcar, the beaches of Urca, Botafogo and all the beauty of Aterro do Flamengo and its gardens, in addition to the view of Niterói , across the bay. Running in a Jeep without a roof, you will pass through the Historic Center, observe the details of the historic buildings, transformed into cultural centers. We will also pass by centuries-old monasteries, churches and squares. Walk along Boulevard Olímpico, up to mural by artist Kobra, passing by Paço Imperial and visit the São Bento Monastery. In the city of samba, you will get to know the backstage of the carnival, understand how the floats are made, you can dress up the costumes and samba with the dancers. The tour continues with a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral and ends on the colorful steps of the Selarón Staircase, where you can experience the beauties of various places gathered in tiles.
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  • 4 hours
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Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come True

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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Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

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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Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of Samba

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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Carnival & Maracanã Stadium: live this experience

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

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
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Candelaria Church, Olympic Boulevard and Samba City

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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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Samba City (Cidade do Samba) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Samba City (Cidade do Samba) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Samba City (Cidade do Samba) costs USD 29.28. Guided Samba City (Cidade do Samba) tours start around USD 29.28 per person. See all 9 Samba City (Cidade do Samba) tickets and tours on Viator.
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