Thursday (8 February): Rio Arrival, Check-in, Welcome Caipirinha Cocktail & Briefing, Group Samba Dance Class, Face Painting, Night Out in Lapa
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Upon arrival at the airport, please make your way to your accommodation, which is located in Lapa, Rio's colorful bohemian centre, where many of Carnival's major events and bloco parties take place. You will enjoy a neighbourhood full of samba clubs, theatres, capoeira, trendy antique stores housed in historic buildings, funky bars and much more for you to discover. Feel free to arrive when you wish, however, remember check-in is from 3PM on.
Around 6PM you will meet with the rest of the group for a meeting to revise the schedule of all the planned events.
Then it's time to start partying! Enjoy your first caipirinha and get ready for the group samba class where you can show off all your skills. You'll also have the chance to get your face painted by our professional make-up artist. Then get ready to hit the streets of Lapa for your first night out in the most famous party zone of all Rio, right at your door-step. Your Tour Leader will lead you to where all the action is!!! Get ready to experience what street partying is all about!
Pre-Tour Night: Please note an optional night is available before the beginning of the tour for an additional cost. We highly recommend that you book an extra night, especially if you’ve travelled a long way to get here, to give you time to recover, settle in and visit more of Rio’s sites before Carnival.
Shopping Note: During Carnival, it is customary to wear ‘fancy-dress’ costumes and appendages during the street parties; so make sure you pack some fancy dress items with you! (ANYTHING goes!) You should be able to buy some stuff there too, but please don't rely on that.
NOTE: Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to unexpected circumstances such as bad weather, changes to Carnival schedules, traffic, diversions, demonstrations/strikes, inconveniences or changes caused by local operators and authorities and other circumstances beyond our control.