NEW YORK -- Carnival celebrations are held throughout the world,
but the version in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- this year, March 4 to
7 -- is considered by many one of the greatest shows on Earth.
During the costumed extravaganza, Carnival's colorful parades
and spontaneous street celebrations reflect Brazil's richly
intertwined Amerindian, African and European heritages. The
celebration also is a weeklong invitation to eat, drink and, of
course, do the samba.
The centerpiece of this riotous event is the Carnival Parade,
the grand spectacle of Rio's awesome samba schools pulsing through
the Sambadromo (the spectators' viewing stadium), where it can take
more than an hour for a single samba school to pass from one end to
U.S. tour operators are offering a variety of departures and
packages linked to the event. Following are two options:American Airlines' AA Vacations is offering packages from New
York or Miami that start either March 3 or 4 and include a
five-night minimum hotel stay with breakfast, airport transfers and
a half-day city tour that includes Sugarloaf mountain.
From New York, the cost per person, based on double occupancy at
the Hotel Luxor Regente, is $1,484; at the Rio Othon Palace,
$2,099, and at the Hotel Sofitel Rio Palace, $2,199.
From Miami, prices per person are $1,769 at the Luxor Regente,
$2,399 at the Rio Othon Palace and $2,499 at the Sofitel Rio
Tickets to the Sambadromo parade are additional and available
for March 5 or 6. Admission is $195 for the grandstand or $375 for
chair seating in sector 9, which is reserved for foreign
visitors.Brazil Nuts of Naples, Fla., has Carnival packages available to
both Rio and Salvador da Bahia, from New York, Miami and Los
Departures are March 2 from the U.S., with returns on March 10.
The packages include air from the U.S., seven nights'
accommodations with breakfast at most hotels, airport transfers and
a half-day Sugarloaf tour. Clients can choose packages from among
10 different hotels. Fares range from $1,206 to $2,980.
The operator's Salvador packages include hotel for seven nights
with breakfast (eight nights from Los Angeles), transfers and a
Prices are $1,426 to $2,575 from Miami, $1,480 to $2,629 from
New York and $1,511 to $2,699 from Los Angeles.
Phone: (800) 321-2121
Phone: (800) 553-9959