Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown City Tour and Samba School Visit

From US$ 70 per person

Explore the main attractions at the historic center of Rio de Janeiro and discover the charms of the most beautiful party in Brazil in the backstage area of the largest samba school.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, German
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 15 minutes before the arranged time. Pickup areas are the South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon), the West Zone (Barra da Tijuca and Recreio), the City Center and Santa Teresa.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Enjoy panoramic views throughout the tour
  • Explore the backstage area of a great samba school
  • Marvel at the main attractions in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro
  • Be enchanted by the City of Samba
Full description
Get picked up from your hotel and go on a journey through the historic center of Rio de Janeiro.  The long history of this city makes it almost an open-air museum. The unusual mixture of nearly five centuries of kings, emperors, slaves, artists, clerics, pompous buildings and major libraries can be seen in several corners of Rio de Janeiro.  Explore the most important sights and monuments of the city. See XV Square, which was the main place for arrivals in Rio during the time of the Empire. Admire the many historical buildings there.  Visit the Olympic Boulevard in the seaport region, which has been completely revitalized for the 2016 Olympic Games. Marvel at the world-famous Ethnicities Mural made by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra.  Pass by Maracanã, one of the biggest soccer stadiums in Brazil. See the Candelária Church, an important Roman Catholic church in Rio de Janeiro. Go and see also the Lapa Aqueduct and the famous Seláron Stairs, which received tiles from all over the world to compose its art. At the end of the tour head to Samba City and get a glimpse of the backstage area of the Carnival in Rio: the handmade costumes, the floats that cross the avenue on wheels, and other details of this beautiful and iconic party.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Attraction entry tickets
  • Insurance
  • Food
  • Drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must bring your own headphones

Select participants and date



Prepare for the activity

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place at any weather
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts
  • Please bring your passport or ID card
Organized by

Product ID: 385153