Carnival in Rio: The Planet's Biggest Party

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Escape Kit

  • A Seven-Day Trip to Rio de Janeiro During Carnival ($2,899 per Person)
  • Or, a Six-Day Trip to Rio de Janeiro During Carnival and a Two-Day Trip to Iguazu Falls, Including Flight Between Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls ($3,498 per Person)
  • Round-Trip Flights Between Miami and Rio de Janeiro via Latam Airlines, Departing February 27, 2014
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Four Nights at the Pestana Rio Atlantico
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Round-Trip Ground Transfers Between the Airport and Hotel
  • English-Speaking Local Guides
  • Airline Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
Carnival: the festival to end all festivals. It's celebrated throughout Brazil, and even around the world, but nowhere is the party as revelrous as it is in Rio de Janeiro. Here, in the Southern Hemisphere's most-visited city, Carnival is many months in the making, a year-round event that culminates on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and doesn't stop until the following Tuesday. Get some rest—you're gonna need it before attending this five-day festival on a seven-day trip to Rio de Janeiro, courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel. And if you need a few days to rejuvenate before returning to the United States, there's no place like Iguazu Falls to recharge your battery; opt instead for the nine-day trip, which takes guests from Rio to Iguazu Falls and back, and see all the best of Brazil in one fell swoop.

The Itinerary
day 1: Depart Miami International Airport for your exotic journey to Brazil via Latam Airlines.

day 2: You'll arrive early in the morning in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be transferred from the airport to the centrally located Pestana Rio Atlantico Hotel. Enjoy your first day in Rio at your leisure.
Overnight at the Pestana Rio Atlantica.

day 3: Your day begins with a panoramic drive through the Laranjeiras residential district and the quaint Cosme Velho. On your way to Corcovado Mountain, board the cogwheel train for a 15-minute ride through the Tijuca rainforest, the largest urban forest in the world. View the most famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Take in the spectacular view of the city below before returning to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight at the Pestana Rio Atlantica. Breakfast provided.

day 4: Enjoy a day of leisure in this fascinating city. You can take advantage of one of the most popular activities in Rio: the Sunday Hippie Fair and Craft Market near Ipanema.
Overnight at the Pestana Rio Atlantica. Breakfast provided.

day 5: Enjoy your final day in Rio at your leisure. Soak in some rays on Copacabana beach or do some last-minute shopping at Rio's popular shopping streets and malls, or try a famous churrascaria, an endless offering of Brazilian barbecue and salads.
Overnight at the Pestana Rio Atlantica. Breakfast provided.

day 6: Today is yours to explore Rio de Janeiro on your own. Early this evening, transfer to the airport and board your overnight flight back to Miami.
Breakfast provided.

Should you choose to extend this exotic excursion, you'll continue on to Iguazu Falls by way of a short flight to Foz do Iguaçu. Upon arrival, visit the Brazlian side of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls. With 275 waterfalls embedded into the rocks, Iguazu Falls are the largest in the world and are surrounded by a lush rain forest. Then check in at your hotel, located near the entrance of the park.
Overnight at Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort. Breakfast provided.

day 7: This morning, cross the border to the Argentinean side of these magnificent waterfalls, where you'll see the Devil's Throat. You'll get incredible up-close views of the cascading water and beautiful rainbows that rise into the mist. Return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort. Breakfast provided.

day 8: Take the day to explore the many exciting sights in the vicinity. In the late afternoon, bid farewell to Brazil as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to Miami via Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
Overnight at Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort. Breakfast provided.

day 9: Your unforgettable journey to Brazil comes to an end as you arrive back in Miami.

  • "The four-day Carnival weekend, marked on every Brazilian's calendar, is by far the biggest event of the year, with planning and preparation starting months ahead."

    -- Fodor's

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be booked by November 26, 2013
  • Must be 21 or older to make booking and anyone under 18 must be traveling with another person that is 21 or older; travelers on the tour must be 8 years of age or older
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Merchants cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.friendlyplanet.com/terms/packages.html?tourId=524
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $2099 for Rio-only option or $2249 for the optional extension to Iguazu
  • All other major US airports available for a surcharge and will be collected at time of booking
  • Inlcudes Round-Trip Flights Between Miami and Rio de Janeiro for One, Four Nights' Accommodations at the Pestana Rio Atlantico, Daily Breakfast, Round-Trip Ground Transfers Between the Airport and Hotel, English-Speaking Local Guides, Airline Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Does not include visas, gratuities to drivers, local guides, etc., meals and beverages other than specified, personal and baggage insurance, and items of a personal nature
  • Does not include the $160 Argentina reciprocity which is only required for the Iguazu extension
  • Passport and Brazil Visa ($180), both are required
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON February 27, 2014 • Enjoy By February 27, 2014
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