Samba Tour in Rio de Janeiro

January 2018


Visit Rio’s famous samba schools and enjoy the culture of one of the world’s most beautiful cities with master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabê!

(min. 5 people, max. 10 people in group)
Depart U.S. Jan. 17, arrive in Rio Jan. 18
Depart RioJan. 27, arrive in U.S. Jan. 28


Included in trip price:

Shared rooms in apartment in Copacabana (4 to 5 people
in each apartment), 1 block from the beach

Transportation from the airport on arrival on 1/18, and
return to airport on 1/27

Transportation to samba school rehearsals and
other scheduled activities, accompanied by tour leader Jorge Alabê

Visit to Museu do Amanha & Lapa nightlife

Visit to a Candomble house


All for $1900

($1000 due by Dec. 1; remainder due by Jan. 1.)


Not included:

Airfare between U.S. and Rio; passport and visa fees; additional transportation costs; entry fees to samba schools and tourist sites; meals; drum and dance classes; other activity costs.


Preliminary schedule
(subject to change; optional items not included in trip package):

Arrive Thursday: Settle into apartment; walk around Copacabana to get oriented.

Friday: Free during day. Visit to samba school at night: Portela.


Saturday: Visit to samba school: Mangueira


Sunday: Technical rehearsal at Sambadrome—two or three major samba schools. Leave around 3:00 p.m.; return in evening.


Monday: Free day/evening (optional beach, shopping, tourist sites).


Tuesday: Visit to Museu do Amanha during day; samba school in evening.


Wednesday: Free day. Visit to samba school street rehearsal at night: Vila Isabel.


Thursday: Evening: Visit to samba school rehearsal: Sao Clemente.


Friday: Downtown Rio in afternoon (shopping, music stores); evening, pagode de mesa in Copacabana and Lapa nightlife.


Saturday: Departure day.


Group samba and pagode drum classes, or other percussion, available for additional fees. (For group class of 5 or more people, $25 per person for 1-1/2 hour workshop; private lessons by specific arrangement.) Dance classes also available (samba or Orixa dance).

Possible group activities on free days (not included in trip):

Visit to various beaches and neighborhoods of Rio: Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca, Santa Teresa, etc.

Visit to island of Paquetá

Visit to Cidade do Samba (exhibits of Carnaval float construction
and costumes)

Visit to Sugarloaf (Pão de Açucar)

Tijuca Forest and Corcovado

Feira dow Paraíbas: northeastern marketplace, forró music/p>

Shopping downtown: Rua da Alfandega, Rua de Carioca

Visit to Mercadão de Madureira - traditional marketplace in Rio’s Zona Norte

Authentic Rio nightlife and music clubs in Lapa district


Jorge Alabe is also available to lead a customized group tour in Brazil during the year. Contact him at

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