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Duration: Mid August 2015 - January 31, 2016
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Price: Starting at US$40/person
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You know those beautiful parades that happen during Carnival in Rio every year? With all of the glamour and choreography and exquisite costumes that goes on, you don’t think these parades just develop over night, right?

Nope, there are rehearsals! Most are open to the public! The samba schools, as each “team” is called, gather their bands, dancers, and vocalists for rehearsals that are usually decked out with training costumes, loud and energetic music, and drinks, making a party out of their rehearsals for us all to enjoy.

Taking a tour of Samba School rehearsals can be a blast, and you’ll be taken to the neighbourhoods where these schools are, watch a rehearsal, and who knows even learn that year’s song?

Rehearsals usually start in August and end the week before Carnival. This tour’s schedule will be up every August so you know which nights you’ll be able to enjoy these parties with us while traveling to Rio. The schools we usually work with are: GRES Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, GRES Unidos de Vila Isabel, GRES São Clemente, GRES Portela, GRES Estacao Primeira de Mangueira. You can, however, book ahead of time to guarantee your spot, in case you already have your travel dates set.

Tour includes: 

  • Pick up and drop off at hotel
  • Tickets to selected rehearsal
  • Complimentary drink
  • Bilingual guide (Languages offered are English, Spanish, French and German)

Tour Times 

17:00 -21:00 OR 20:30- 00:30, generally, about 4 hours

Who Would Enjoy this Tour? 

Adults of all ages looking to experience local culture and DANCE! The tour is not available to children under 13 years old for day rehearsals, and evening rehearsals are only open to guests over 16 years.

Rates are for groups of 2-5 guests and can change according to availability, and guests’ hotel location. Please contact for precise quote!

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