Rio Carnival Opening Ceremonies 2023

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  • Nights 4
  • Days 5
  • Things to Do 3
  • Dates Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2023

Carnival is a national celebration, which for the Brazilians is more important than Christmas, New Year’s and Easter rolled into one! More than anywhere else in Brazil, Carnival in Rio is a spectator event, but it’s fantastic spectacle nonetheless.

People speculate that the word Carnival derives from caro-vale, meaning “good-bye meat”. The reasoning goes something like this: for the 40 days of Lent, Catholic Brazilians give up liver or flank steaks. To compensate for the big sacrifices ahead, they rack up sins in a delirious carnal blowout in honor of King Momo, the King of Carnival.

Every year, locals and foreigners alike descend on Rio en mass, to celebrate the biggest Brazilian festival of the year! Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is larger, livelier, louder and more incredible than anything one can possibly imagine. It has 3 major ingredients and they are the Parade, the balls and the street. It begins with the crowning of the Fat King (King Momo), who is presented with a giant silver and gold key by the city’s mayor. Then, the Banda da Carmen Miranda stages its own procession in Ipanema , a few days before the big Parade. Its name comes from the famous samba singer of the 1940’s known for his lavish style of costumes.

The non stop Carnival celebration starts on the Friday before Ash Wednesday – usually late February – early March, the hottest time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere when summer is at its peak, with the first major ball of the season kicking off on the first Friday night and the celebration continues until the final winner’s parade held on the following Saturday.

Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

February 17, 2023 — February 21, 2023
Package Options Starting From Single Occupancy
Hilton $2,161.00 $3,161.00
Fairmont $2,465.00 $3,609.00
Carnival Gala Ball @ Copacabana Palace $450.00


  • Arrive into Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG)
  • Upon arrival transfer by coach (English speaking guide) to your choice of either the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro or the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel, both on the world famous Copacabana Beach.  Check in for 4 night stay in standard double or twin room.
  • The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
  • Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Morning: At your leisure
  • Sightseeing: Visit Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Evening: At your leisure
    • Suggested / Not Included:
      • Attend the Carnival Gala Ball at Belmond Copacabana Palace
  • Hotel –Fairmont Rio de Janeiro or Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel
  • Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Suggested / Not Included:
    • Private boat tour of Guanabara Bay. Drinks at the boat included.
    • Lunch – Corrientes Restaurant
    • Dinner – Fogo de Chão Barbecue
  • 8pm – Transfer by coach to Rio’s Sambadrone to witness the 2023 Carnival Parade
  • Hotel –Fairmont Rio de Janeiro or Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel
  • Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Private transfer to visit Sugar Loaf 
  • Suggested / Not Included:
    • Helicopter flight from Sugar Loaf
  • Evening at your leisure.
  • Hotel –Fairmont Rio de Janeiro or Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel
  • Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Relax on Copacabana beach
  • Check out and transfer to the airport


Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

4 Nights at the Fairmont Rio de Janeiro with breakfast daily.

Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel

4 Nights at Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel with breakfast daily.

Things To Do

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is a colossal statue of Jesus Christ at the summit of Mount Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil. Completed in 1931 it stands 98 feet (30... More

Carnival – Sambadrome

CARNIVAL PARADE The 'Sambadrome', or samba parade avenue, is where the samba schools parade over Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Built in  1983,  the Sambadrome was designed by the famous... More

Sugar Loaf

Known world over as Rio's postcard and a must to visit! Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian... More

The Belmond Copacabana Palace Carnival Gala Ball

The Copacabana Ball of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel is the Official Ball of the City of Rio de Janeiro. Each year the theme of the Carnival decoration is new... More

Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Christ the Redeemer

Cristo Redentor próximo ao N/D - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

Sambadromo - Carnival Parade Avenue

Sambódromo da Marquês de Sapucaí - Rua Marquês de Sapucaí - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sugar Loaf, Brazil

Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-255, Brazil

Belmond Copacabana Palace Carnival Gala Ball

Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-000, Brazil


  • 4 Nights at Fairmont Rio de Janeiro or Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana Hotel
  • 3 Things to Do :
    • Visit to Christ the Redeemer 
    • Tickets to the 2023 Rio Carnival Parade
    • Visit Sugar Loaf 
  • Transfers throughout your stay in Rio (scheduled events / tours only)
  • Round Trip Transfers to Rio Airport
  • Full Brazilian Buffet Breakfast Daily


Not Included

Other Attractions Available / Things to Do:

  • Carnival Gala Ball
  • Guanabara Bay
  • Helicopter Flight from Sugar Loaf


Also Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner Daily where not stated as included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips/ Gratuity for Caddies, Transport Drivers
  • Access to any events not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature


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