4 Nights at the Arena Hotel of your choice (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema) in Rio de Janeiro




Enjoy these special early bird rates at any budget and book your trip to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival 2019! Together with Arena Hotels, Craft Travel Powered by Brazil Nuts Tours is offering Carnival packages in Rio's best hotels. This package also includes visits to several must-see sites in the city, such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain, as well as Rio's most up and coming food tour and a night on the town in the city's famed music district, Lapa. Travelers are also encouraged to inquire for tickets to the Carnival parade or even for participation to march in the parade themselves! Is there another hotel or excursion that tweaks your interest? At Craft Travel Group we tailor-make our itineraries, so feel free to ask what may best fit your interests.


  • 4 Nights Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

  • Daily breakfast

  • Excursions and tours as specified below

  • All airport and ground transportation (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)

  • All entrance fees as mentioned on tour (Parade Tickets are not included)

  • All local taxes (unless otherwise specified)

  • *Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international or internal flights, meals and drinks not described above, items of a personal nature



Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Arrive into Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport (GIG) and meet your guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. Your guide will provide you with the travel vouchers for your services and review them with you in detail. Relax after your long journey at your rooftop pool or at the world's most famous beach just across the street.

Feeling reenergized? Get in the mood at Carnival with one of Rio's most famous "blocos", or street festivals, with live music, and it is free! There will probably be one happening right in front of you! These lively parties are centered around an orchestra which marches along a pre-determined route and is followed by hordes of enthusiastic samba dancers dressed in elaborate costumes, bathing suits or just plain clothes. While the street carnival can be found all over the city, it isn’t always easy to know what is happening at what time and where. Ask your travel planner at Craft Travel for the most famous blocos and we will let you know when and where they are happening. You definitely don’t want to miss the Banda de Ipanema!

Overnight at Arena Hotel of your choice (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema) (no meals included)


Try to have a light breakfast today as you'll be venturing out around noon for a culinary tour of Rio de Janeiro. Take a taxi or grab the metro to the neighborhood of Lapa, and then head off walking toward Glória, Flamengo and Laranjeiras. You'll taste Amazonian fruit juices, visit a street market, bars and some really old restaurants, making a total of eight stops and finishing up with a big meal and plenty of beers and caipirinhas for those who are thirsty! There are also some really cool non-food stops (including Escadaria Selarón - the Selarón Steps) which we think you'll love! This is the best way to get situated in the city and have an understanding of all the delicious food you'll be eating over the course of the week. Plus you'll learn about Brazilian dishes that most foreigners have never heard of!

Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. After recovering from your food coma, head off with your guide to the neighborhood of Lapa, home to Rio's most legendary music club, Rio Scenarium. There is no other place in the city that embodies the "alegria" or happiness of the Brazilian people more than the nightlife-centered neighborhood of Lapa. Once the sun goes down, this normally quiet neighborhood turns into a bustling and vibrant area full of restaurants, nightclubs and bars. The streets fill with cariocas and gringos alike, who flock to this Rio nightlife Mecca with one thing in mind: fun! From traditional northeastern forró to Rio’s own samba to reggae from Bahia, you'll enjoy the best that the Rio music scene has to offer. You'll go right to the heart of the action where our local guides will accompany you to one of the best clubs in Lapa, Rio Scenarium, a mix between an antique shop and an auction room, where locals come to listen to traditional Brazilian jazz and samba.

Overnight at Arena Hotel of your choice (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema) (B, L, snacks)


After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will both depart towards the Cosme Velho neighborhood. From there you will board the train taking you up to the beautiful mountainside before arriving at the feet of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven “New Wonders of the World”, located 2,300ft above sea level. From here you will head toward Santa Teresa, a traditional neighborhood located high upon the hills of the city, overlooking downtown and Guanabara Bay. Home to several Twentieth century mansions, cultural houses, galleries and gourmet restaurants, Santa Teresa’s charming cobbled streets are also a haven for local artists and intellectuals.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Perhaps tonight is the night to attend the Samba Parade at the Sambodromo and see what Carnival in Rio is truly all about! This unique experience cannot be missed as this is the heart of Carnival. Ask your travel planner for more details on obtaining tickets to the Sambodromo Carnival Parade. Feeling more daring? Ask about the opportunity to dance in the parade with a Samba School and have your very own costume tailored made.

Overnight at Arena Hotel of your choice (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema) (B)


After a reenergizing breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide to embark towards Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio's most iconic landmarks. After reaching the mountain's top via its famed cable cars, this special sunset visit will give you some of the most spectacular views that the "Cidade Maravilhosa" has to offer. After the visit, enjoy an afternoon at leisure or ask one of our specialist about hiking through the famous “Dois Irmaos” mountains or visiting the nearby beaches of Barra da Tijuca and Prainha. There are just so many options, so let your specialist at Craft Travel Group know how we can best tailor-make your itinerary.

Still eager for more evening fun? Ask us about the Magic Carnival Ball, one of the most extravagant events of Carnival season in Rio, full of the masqueraded rich and famous. High fashion, five star service, a live band and open bar are some of the charms of this high-profile party. Guests have included celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Gerard Butler and Vincent Cassel.

Overnight at Arena Hotel of your choice (Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema) (B)


As it is time to depart this Marvelous City, your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the international airport for your departing flight home.



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