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Rio Carnival Holiday

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Carnival 2019 begins on 2nd March. Come to Rio and join the party. (The start date in 2020 is 22 February, check with us for price and itinerary updates).

Street bands and parties, parades, fancy-dress balls, impromptu and planned concerts and gatherings spring up all over Rio during five days of Carnival, the world's biggest party. The two-day parade of Samba Schools, in the purpose-built sambodromo, is the ultimate highlight, where the costumes, dancing and music of the competing schools whips the audience into a frenzy. We accompany you to year seats in the well positioned Sector 9 and see you back to your hotel safely at the end.

This good value holiday includes the price of the tickets to the parade as well as a guided excursion to the Christ statue on the top of Corcovado mountain. There's free time to enjoy the fun in the city independently. When the excitement is abruptly extinguished on Ash Wednesday you travel along the coast to the chic beach resort Búzios for a couple of days to relax and recover on a beautiful Atlantic Ocean bay.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from airport to hotel close to Copacabana beach.

Day 2

Visit Corcovado Mountain and its statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Day 3

Attend the Parade of Samba Schools in Rio’s Sambodromo.

Day 4-5

At leisure in Rio.

Day 6

Transfer by road to beach resort Buzios.

Day 7-8

At leisure on the beach.

Day 9

Transfer to Rio airport for international flight home.

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This holiday is the perfect way to experience one of the biggest and most vibrant parties in the world. By immersing yourself in street blocos and witnessing the enormity of the parade at the Sambódromo you get an authentic insight into the colour and rhythm of Carnival. We’ve included a few days in the laid-back, upmarket beach resort of Búzios at the end of this trip so that you have a chance to relax and put your feet up after your days of partying in Rio.

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Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Of the world’s great iconic cities, Rio is the most captivating. Romantic and laid back but oozing energy and optimism, it needs a few days to explore and time to sit back and share the outdoor life of its welcoming inhabitants.

With streets, beaches and parks spruced up for the World Cup and Olympic Games, now is the best time to go. The busy colonial centre is transformed, with literary cafés spilling out on to car-free lanes, the National Theatre all a-glitter, and boutique hotels nestle in arty Santa Teresa.

The lagoon behind Ipanema beach is circled by a pretty path and cycle route and the Botanical Gardens have undergone a luscious makeover. Vibrant street art, beach football, spontaneous musical events and cool bars all add to a joyous experience for visitors.
What's the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro?

Rio is an all-year destination, at its hottest Jan-Mar (humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cool and drizzly Jul-Aug but the sun is never far away. Late Dec-Feb (and  to a lesser extent Jul) are local holiday times and can be very busy.

How do I get local currency in Rio de Janeiro?

Brazilian Real.

Notes can be withdrawn from the ATMs at the airport and in town. Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and HSBC accept UK credit or debit cards. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm. Currency also obtainable in banks and money exchanges.

What's the time difference between Rio de Janeiro and UK?

GMT -3 hours. There is daylight saving from Oct- end Feb (approx) when clocks are put forward one hour.

What places combine well with Rio de Janeiro?

Beach time in Búzios (136 km by road) or Ilha Grande on the Costa Verde (136 km); Paratí, quaint and arty colonial port surrounded by rainforested hills (236 km); Petropolis, former summer seat of the Emperor, in the tropical mountains behind Rio, (68 km, 1.5 hours by road);  Ouro Preto, exquisite colonial city in the mountains of Minas Gerais (280 km); Iguazú Falls (2 hours approx by air); Salvador da Bahía in the northeast (2 hours by air).

What's the flight time between Rio de Janeiro and UK?

Average flight time to Rio is 11 hours. Two airlines offer direct flights. There are flights with European connections to many other major cities.

What are the festivals, cultural and sport events in Rio de Janeiro?

Reveillon: New Year’s Eve, 2 million white-clad Cariocas descend on Copacabana beach to celebrate the Festa de Iemanjá, launching candlelit boats on the Ocean. Fireworks and music accompany the fun. 

Carnival: 5 days in Feb/Mar, variable. Apart from the world famous parades in the purpose-built sambadrome there are street processions, live bands, costume balls, over-indulgence and general frivolity.

Football World Cup: 12 Jun-13 Jul 2014. Cities all over Brazil are hosting games but the Maracanã in Rio has been refurbished for the occasion and will leave the legacy of a spruced up stadium where visitors can enjoy regular games, usually on Sunday afternoons. 

Olympic Games:  5 - 21 Aug 2016. Rio is being given a face-lift for the event, if you visit before the games you’ll benefit from greater security, repaved promenades, streamlined transport links (they hope!), brand new restaurants and open air cafés and even Wifi on Copacabana beach.
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Buzios
Búzios is an upmarket beach resort of three settlements on a delightful, rocky peninsula of white-sand crescent coves three hours’ drive east from Rio. Revealed to the world by Brigitte Bardot, it does indeed resemble somewhat a chic Mediterranean seaside town, with swish villas, Portuguese style cobbled streets, trendy boutiques and colonial pousadas. Offshore are a number of little islands blanketed with lush foliage. Nowadays popular with the Brazilian jet set and foreign visitors alike, it offers a full beach holiday experience, with water sports, elegant cuisine and a busy nightlife.
When's the best time to visit Buzios?

Búzios is at its hottest Jan-Mar (humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cool and drizzly Jun-Aug and some facilities will be closed but the sun is never far away. Late Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times and the resort will be very busy.

What's the official language of Buzios?

Brazilian Portuguese, a more languid and musical version of Portugal’s mother tongue.

How do I get local currency in Buzios?

Brazilian Real. Notes can be withdrawn from several ATMs downtown, such as that of Bradesco, using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm.

What's the time difference between Buzios and UK?

GMT -3 hours. There is daylight saving from Oct to the end of Feb (approx) when clocks are put forward one hour.

How do I get to Buzios?

It’s a 3 hour drive east of Rio, and you get to cross the superb 12 km Niteroi Bridge.

What are the festivals, cultural and sport events in Buzios?

Carnival: 5 days in Feb/Mar, variable: 28 Feb – 4 Mar 2014
Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues Festival: Top class music on a tropical beach north of Búzios, early Jun annually.

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