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Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal

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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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Overview

Go behind the scenes for a rehearsal at one of Rio's famous samba schools; it's the next best thing to attending Carnival itself. Visit the courtyard of Academicos do Salgueiro with other Rio locals and dance along to some of the best samba music in the city. During this evening outing, which varies in duration, you'll learn about the history and culture of Rio's samba schools from your guide, and get a chance to hit the dance floor yourself. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Samba school rehearsal night at Academicos do Salgueiro
  • Listen to a live samba band, a regular performer in Carnival
  • Show off your own moves on the dance floor and meet locals
  • Enjoy access to a group table where you can take breaks
  • Learn about the role of samba schools in Carnival
  • Pickup and drop-off from most Rio hotels included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visit one of Rio’s First League (Special Group) samba schools—the most elite of the city’s 100-plus schools.
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Group table
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Departs from most hotels in Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
9:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Location Name: Departs from most hotels in Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana Return Location: Returns to original departure point
Following pickup at your hotel by your guide, travel to Academicos do Salgueiro, one of the most popular samba schools in Rio.

Each samba school rehearses all year for the one night of competition in the Sambadromo during Carnival, and when these rehearsals are open to the public, they get pretty rowdy. Rio locals flock to the events to sing and dance into the early hours of the morning.

Enter Salgueiro to find a packed courtyard with the band in the center. Purchase a snack or drink (own expense) at one of the food stalls surrounding the dance floor. Sit at a group table to enjoy your food and libations, or take a break until it's time for more singing and dancing to traditional samba songs.

When you've had your fill of food and drink, met some locals, sing along to some songs and dance until your feet hurt. Afterward, enjoy drop-off back at your Rio hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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