Rio Carnival 2018

Rio Carnival 2018

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WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 2018

WHERE: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PRICE: $2849.00    image  SOLD OUT


February 8th – 14th, 2018

$2849 (if paid by credit card)*
$2799 (if paid by check)**

*Price based on double occupancy. See description for single rates.
** Check price is valid if all payments, other than the initial deposit, are paid by check.

This is one of our most popular trips each year - come see why!

For the unbelievable price of $2849 you get:

* Round trip airfare from Washington, D.C. to Rio De Janeiro
* Five nights at the Hotel Windsor Martinique (double occupancy)
* Daily breakfast
* Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
* Sugarloaf Mountain Tour
* English Speaking Guides
* Welcome BBQ Dinner
* All service charges and hotel taxes


* Brazilian visa charge (paid directly to the Brazilian Government)
* Tickets to Carnival at Sambodromo
* Optional excursions
* Porterage
* Travel Insurance (highly recommended)


Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a spectacular event that simply cannot be missed! It is considered one of the greatest, most amazing shows on Earth! Rio de Janeiro is known as the cultural capital of Brazil. Some might consider Carnival to be similar to Mardi Gras, but on a much larger, even more entrancing scale in the exotic foreign country known for its hospitality and magnificent pageantry. Make your reservation TODAY, because this is the trip of a lifetime that sells out quickly.

Just the name of the event sparks the imagination; endless, rousing parties at night, parades of enticing dancers during the day that make you yearn to join them! This is a world-class celebration of spontaneity, "anything goes" indulgence, and an excess of whatever most appeals to you. Leave your inhibitions at home and join us for five nights of Carnaval!

Come with us to the globe's most spectacular annual cultural pageant, where the ancient world's spirit of chaotic collective delirium and abandonment of self to the impulses of the body is unrivaled. Parades, parties, exotic drinks, and dancing are only part of the "Rio experience." You'll get to know this gracious and fun-loving South American capital as few ever have. Rio is an amazing study in contrasts; a progressive, bustling city decorated by nature with sparkling waters, dramatic mountains, beautiful sugar-white beaches, and lush rainforests. It's a city where "modern" meets "tradition" with a perfect fit.

Upon your arrival, you'll see the gorgeous statue, Cristo Redentor, ("Christ the Redeemer") high atop the city on Corcovado Mountain in the clouds. Carnival is the perfect time to explore Sugarloaf Mountain by cable-car. You can literally be in the bustling city one minute, and be soothed and enchanted by the world's most intricate inter-city forest, the Floresta da Tijuca the next.

To fully absorb the delights of Carnival, the place to be is wherever you can capture the best view of the Sambodromo, the stunning parade of Brazilian Samba dancers. This unrivaled show will have your hips moving in no time!

If you're a music lover, you won't want to forgo the musical entertainment that Rio is famous for -- samba, choro and bossa nova. In the downtown Lapa district, you'll hear the famous Brazilian music that brings to mind the lyrics of the old song, "When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio de Janeiro!" These unique musical genres do indeed transport the listener to the place where the music never stops, and the beat always goes on.

Sample the allure of Rio's "signature" drink, the caipirinha, an exotic combination of sugarcane liquor, fresh lime juice, sugar, and ice while you're captivated by the Sambodromo, a half-mile-long parade of fiesta music and dancing of the samba schools. The parade lasts from dawn to dusk, with each school showcasing its unique flamboyant style.

Imagine: colorfully-decorated floats and 300-member marching bands that pound out that contagious samba beat, surrounded by some of the most gorgeous and scantily-clad singers, dancers and spectators in the world.

Since Carnaval is the last major event in the Brazilian summer, in addition to the fantasy-come-true parades, parties, music and dancing, you and your friends will want to explore the city, the countryside, the majestic mountains and the soothing white sand and crystal-clear sapphire blue water. As captivating as Rio is, the lovely bounties of nature beckon you with the promise of the changing seasons.
Let’s Rock Rio at Carnival!

February 9th – 14th, 2018

This party is so huge and spectacular it takes an entire city to host it! Only a magical place nicknamed “the Marvelous City” can contain this annual, nearly 14-day-long frolic that may only be compared to Mardi Gras; if you’ve enjoyed the best party on North America’s shores, you simply must join your friends (now and yet-to-be) and experience the heart-pounding excitement that Rio de Janeiro has in store exclusively for Professionals in the City members! Cited on New Year’s Day by Portuguese explorers, this gorgeous coastal city has been drawing travelers to Brazil since 1502 and never has it been more popular as a destination – and never as rockin’ as during Carnival! Rio is adored world-wide for its beautiful beaches, its high peaks, hills, and lush jungle forest greenery. Feel like wearing your bathing suit on a city bus? No problem in Rio, where staring is horribly impolite! Looking for nightlife? Rio’s a place that knows no dawn! How about spontaneous street parades? Step aside and watch – or join in! Nowhere is this gaiety at a more frenzied peak than during Rio’s pre-Lenten days of Carnival that enlivens every corner of the city’s days and nights with street parties, glamorous balls, music and singing, day-long parades with brilliantly costumed musicians, dancers, magicians, singers, floats --- and all to that Rio-exclusive pounding samba rhythm. And above it all soars the magnificent statue of Christ the Redeemer high atop Mount Corcovado, arms spread wide, welcoming you to Rio and – who knows?—to Carnival itself!

Rio’s equatorial climate is perfect for Norte Americanos longing for a break in February’s bleak D.C. weather. Generally steamy and hot, Rio’s nearness to coastal breezes and the protection of the Southern Cone of the continent brings an irresistible breeziness and dry weather to Carnival days and nights. With an annual average of 73 degrees (F), the setting couldn’t be more inviting! This tour will sell out quickly, so take a look at its itinerary and book your place today.

Flight Itinerary


3:51 PM – 6:18 PM
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Orlando, FL (MCO)

Layover in Orlando (2h 52m)

9:10 PM – 9:05 AM+1 Day
Orlando (MCO) – Rio de Janeiro (GIG)


12:55 PM – 7:10 PM
Rio de Janeiro (GIG) – Orlando (MCO)

Layover in Orlando MCO (1h 35m)

8:45 PM – 10:54 PM
Orlando (MCO) – Washington, DC

Here is your itinerary:

Thursday, February 8th: Outta here! We’ll depart from D.C. for Rio de Janeiro.

Friday, February 9th: We’ll arrive in Rio and proceed to our splendid hotel where the rest of the day is yours to stretch out, unpack, and relax. Tonight we’ll enjoy a “Welcome to Rio” BBQ dinner.

Saturday, February 10th: After breakfast at our hotel, start the morning off right and take in a Guanabara Bay cruise. It’s a beauty, this one; easily South America’s loveliest sheltered bay, where the waves are gentle and the breezes have a cool, gentle effect on the body and the soul, the best way to enjoy it is boat side with local English-speaking guides that can answer all your questions about this pristine natural water world – except for why everyone else in Brazil hasn’t moved there yet! The tall, bullet-shaped Sugarloaf Mountain juts out of the bay across from the Redeemer’s statue. Let your eyes and thoughts drift as you sip Rio’s “signature” drink, the caipirinha – a refreshing exotic mix of sugarcane liquor, fresh lime juice, sugar and lots of ice. It’s said that this concoction, not the Girl From Ipanema, makes folks go “Ah!” The rest of the day is yours to enjoy. Walk through Rio and explore and soak in the sights of Carnival.

Sunday, February 11th: First, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This is it – tonight is the world-famous Samba Parade! Sign up for a half-day afternoon walking tour of Rio as the city begins to stretch its Carnival wings! This tour ends with a trip to Sugarloaf Mountain where you will pass the Sambodrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, travel by cable car to the first stop at Urca Hill 215 meters above sea level. From here you will experience an amazing view of one of Brazil’s most coveted attractions, Christ the Redeemer. You will also get a spectacular view of Guanabara Bay and the Rio-Niteroi Bridge. Then travel to the Sugar Loaf Mountain, 395 meters above sea level, where arguably the most astonishing view of Rio can be seen. Take in the beautiful beaches and the Santa Cruise fortress 395 meters above sea level.

In Brazil – Rio in particular – the samba is much more than an art form; this is a dance that represents the heart, the pride, and the soul of the Brazilian people. Each Samba School guards its reputation through dazzling competitions that makes Dancing with the Stars pros and amateurs alike look like they’re asleep! While Brazil is also famous for the bossa nova and the choro, only the samba has truly become a national treasure. Tonight Rio’s finest samba dancers and musicians will engross you with a parade that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of! The precise, sensuous, mesmerizing movements of the dancers, their traditional and colorful costumes and oh, that Latin music! Forget about “toe tapping;” your entire body will be dancing…..and dancing…..and dancing! But don’t feel embarrassed – on Samba Night the whole city is a dance-all-night festival of sights and sounds you will simply never forget!

Monday, February 12th: The day is yours to get in all the sights on your list. Take a cable car to Coracovado and see Christ the redeemer up close. It is almost as if it was placed there by a Divine hand. Chat with the friendly people of Brazil and enjoy the local cuisine while soaking in the amazing culture and sights Brazil has to offer during this spectacular celebration.

Tuesday, February 13th: Whew! Whether you’ve been dancing, eating, singing, drinking, laughing or (hopefully!) all of the above, this is a day of recovery. Sleep in extra-late, savor a leisurely breakfast or lunch at the hotel and then the day is yours. Stroll the streets of Rio for a special souvenir, visit the large emerald-green Botanical Gardens that have beckoned visitors to Rio since 1808, sample some authentic Brazilian street fare while appreciating the musicians’ enthusiastic talents – whatever you choose to do, thrive on the Carnival spirit at the party that never stops and the beat always goes on!

The day and night are yours to enjoy. Take the evening for an amazing nightlife tour at the Rio Scenarium. Take in one of the most talked about bars in Rio, especially during amazing Carnival.

Wednesday, February 14th: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today is yours to experience Rio on your own. Roam the town soaking in all that this last day of Carnival has to offer. Grab some Brazilian fare, relax on the beach, or set out on our optional Jeep tour of the nearby rainforest. View the local wildlife and stunning foliage in this tropical paradise with a local guide by your own comfortable open-air Jeep. Your experienced guide will show you some of the colorful culture that thrives in the area, giving you a chance to snap pictures of the local inhabitants, unique animals and gorgeous foliage.

Take the evening to enjoy Rio’s bustling nightlife, grab a traditional Brazilian dinner, mingle with the ever-friendly locals, or experience one last sunset off Rio’s coast. Tonight is our last night in Rio so make sure you check off all the items on your to do list before you have to head home to the last cold days of winter back in the states.

Thursday, February 15th: Today we’ll depart for home, where February’s chill still reigns. Your flight departs early morning and puts you in DC late this evening. But you’ll bring with you some of Rio’s warmth and bright sunshine! In the Miraculous City, year-round residents say that someday perhaps Carnival will cease as all galas must, but Rio de Janeiro endures. Vaya con Dios!

Roommates: If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, please indicate in the "comments" section of your order form. We do our best to pair roommates, although there is no guarantee. If we are unable to pair you, you would need to upgrade to a single supplement. The single supplement is $600.

Payment Deadlines: After you make your initial $1900 deposit, an additional payment of $500 is due August 15th. The remaining balance is due October 15th.

Cancellations:Cancellation prior to August 15th will be charged a $1900 cancellation fee. Cancellations on or after August 15th and before October 15th will be charged an $2400 cancellation fee. Cancellations on or after October 15th will receive no refund.

PASSPORT INFORMATION: A valid passport will be required of all passengers (please verify that your passport will be valid six months beyond your returned date to the United States). Please complete your Trip Information Form (will be e-mailed to you after registration) immediately upon receipt and return to Professionals in the City for verification.

VISA INFORMATION: You will also be responsible for obtaining a Brazilian visa. Please apply for your visa at least 6 weeks before departure. You will need a valid passport to obtain your visa. Note that you must contact the consulate of your jurisdiction. There are Brazilian Consulate Generals in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Please check the processing time with the local Consulates or with CIBT if you choose to apply for your visa through their service, as Consulates in Los Angeles and San Francisco are reporting processing times of up to 40 days. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Insurance Information: Professionals in the City strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance to cover many personal emergency situations that might arise. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance from Travelex Insurance Services, a reputable travel insurance company with extensive 24-hour emergency assistance services. For more information, or to purchase travel insurance directly from Travelex, please Click Here to be directed to the relevant page of the Travelex website.

The prices listed are U.S. dollars per person and based on double occupancy.


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