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Rio Carnival (Start Rio de Janeiro, end Rio de Janeiro)

Holiday's for the over 35's

Rio Carnival (Start Rio de Janeiro, end Rio de Janeiro)

5 days "See Dates & Prices" (Per Person Two Sharing)

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Holiday's for the over 35's

Tour Includes : Rio de Janeiro

Be a part of the world’s biggest party Carnival on this whirlwind eye-opening 5 day adventure in Rio de Janeiro. From the white sand beaches of Ipanema & Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer & of course to the endless parties & parades of Carnival, experience the good times in this city that never sleeps.



  • 4 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinner
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager
  • English speaking local guides
  • Transport to included sightseeing tours by bus or van
  • Local taxes & service charges


  • Trip Manager & Local Guide


Day 1
Arrive Rio de Janeiro
Bem-vindo (welcome) to Rio de Janeiro! It’s time to get this carnival started in South America’s most vibrant city. Lying on the Atlantic coast, Rio is renowned for its beautiful beaches & its equally beautiful people (& incredibly small bikinis!). Combine this with a fun-loving culture that’s second to none, sprinkled with some, samba, soccer, capoeira & of course caipirinhas – you are going to have an unforgettable week in this amazing city.

Check-in to your hotel this afternoon, then head out to explore or start preparing the bodies before the big event ignites. Why not take a visit to the overwhelming shopping opportunities at Rio do Sul mall, or grab a towel & sunblock & head down to the beach for a relaxing day or people watching. Familiarize yourself with the city as you stroll through the trendy neighborhoods of Ipanema, Leblon & Copacabana. This afternoon, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies before going local.

In the evening it’s time to feast on Brazilian cuisine as we head out to dinner. Then it’s time to head out into the pumping city vibes! Impromptu parties throughout the city & the clubs will be packed & are perfect but be sure to speak to your Tour Manager for some expert tips on where’s best to head to make sure you know where to go.

Day 2
Rio de Janeiro
Today we go up - 1,299ft up! - on a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain. Get ready to climb the mountain in glass-paneled cable cars to the summit for more astounding views of the city & its beaches, great opportunity to get a photo and maybe update that Facebook profile pic. On the way up, you could take a break after the first car on Morro de Açucar and meet some of the mountain’s naughtier residents, tiny cheeky monkeys who will be more than happy to share your food with you or just steal it when you’re not looking.

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro/Carnival Parade
Lets start today by jumping into a jeep and going for a tour, in the worlds largest urban forest! We will be going through some incredible places like Vista do Almirante and Corcovado. You’ll be exposed to wildlife, falls, lookouts, exotic plants and some seriously cool jeeps. Take your sunblock and camera because you’re going to be snapping away in the sun until your camera is full.

Maybe save some memory on that camera because next we are off to the Sambadrome Parade & the words astounding or mind blowing don’t do this event justice. The parade is Brazil’s most important showcase & is a competition between the samba schools. The schools are a big deal to the locals and you are going to be right in the action. With elaborate costumes, massive floats, colourful themes, music & lots of dancing (with very little clothing), it makes for an unforgettable experience that won’t be forgotten.

The buzz & energy starts as soon as you walk in. The first school starts at 9:00pm & from that time on you will be swept away by the rhythm of the drums until the parade finishes at 4:00am when we will head back to the hotel.

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro
Time to relax, recap and enjoy the beach, after the previous night we know that you need to rejuvenate the body & take it easy - so it’s free time to explore, get a bit of shut eye or some Vitamin D. Once you awaken, you could head down to the beach & chill out until sunset, or opt for one of our optional activities if you’re up for it, before, no doubt, heading back out for a night of partying with the ‘Cariocas’ as the locals are known.

This afternoon you can opt to visit Corcovado Mountain & the Christ the Redeemer statue within the Tijuca Forest National Park. Considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the iconic Christ the Redeemer is a 130ft (40m) statue of concrete & soapstone, built to represent the city & in fact the country’s Catholic beliefs. From its base you‘ll get up close to the beautiful art-deco details of the statue, but experience the impressive vistas of the entire city.

The options are limitless, so speak to your Tour Manager if you’re after some ideas about what to get up to. Some ideas include heading to a soccer (football) game (if available), maybe a favela party where you can party until sunrise, or the endless bars, clubs & street parties throughout the city.

Day 5
Depart Rio de Janeiro
Your Carnival experience ends after breakfast, where it’s time to say goodbye to Rio & swap addresses with your new travel buddies.

Platinum Travel and Contiki 18 to 35 Holidays

Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Contiki Holidays. Contiki specialise in group travel holidays for the 18 to 35's and have being doing so for over 50 years. You get to share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories with a group of 18-35 year old's from around the world.

There are over 270 trips around the world, with plenty of departure dates to choose from to create a holiday that’s perfect for you, from budget to accommodation style.

Contiki are about you exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why they only run trips for 18-35 year olds. You can expect to join a group of 18-35 awesome people from all around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you are travelling alone, half of our travellers set off alone, meaning you'll have plenty of opportunities to make new friends.

The trips include everything you need to have the best travel experience of your life. Contiki take care of all the logistics like booking hotels, finding the best places for dinner and getting you from place to another. The Tour Managers, Drivers and Local Guides know as much about the destinations you visit as the locals themselves.

You'll get VIP access to the world's icons, as you skip to the front of the mile-long line at the Eiffel Tower and Colosseum. One thing's for sure – it's amazing value you won't find anywhere else.

The 5 Top Reasons to travel with Platinum Travel and Contiki

  • More choice
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  • 18-35s only
  • Better experiences
  • Unbeatable value

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