Why Rio de Janeiro is the ultimate destination for a luxurious adventure

From carnivals to cariocas, discover the best Brazil has to offer with Abercrombie & Kent

Authentic adventure and high-end luxury aren’t two concepts which tend to go hand-in-hand. In fact, the former is almost always reliant on giving up 5* comforts in order to experience the ‘true’ nature of a destination. Luckily, when it comes to Brazil, you really can have the best of both worlds.

Running from 21-27 February 2020, Abercrombie & Kent’s Carnival & Cariocas tour promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience, showcasing the culture, history and beauty of Rio de Janeiro without sacrificing on creature comforts.

Part of Abercrombie & Kent’s Inspiring Expeditions series, put together and led by travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent, the seven-day tour lands in the Brazilian city in time for the world-famous carnival. Watch this spectacular celebration of colour, dance, music and life from a VIP box, which also affords the unique opportunity to take part in the parade, heading up a procession of thousands of samba dancers, vibrant floats and exquisite costumes.

And, if you think there are few experiences that could top that, the rest of the trip has plenty of surprises in store. Take in your surroundings with a helicopter tour of Rio before enjoying spectacular sundowners at the Sugar Loaf bar, atop Sugarloaf Mountain. Top the evening off by sitting down to an incredible private dinner right beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Rio is, of course, a mecca for football fans so no trip would be complete without a visit to the Maracanã Stadium, built to serve as the flagship stadium for the 1950 World Cup. Live out your childhood pro football fantasies with a special private tour followed by the chance to show-off your skills on the pitch with a professional footballer.


After all that excitement, take the opportunity of a yacht tour around Guanabara Bay to relax and unwind away from the bustle of the city. Indulge in craft cocktails and fresh oysters aboard the private boat while taking in the stunning tropical islands off Rio – there’s no better way to explore this beautiful coastline.

Finally, celebrate this fantastic trip with an evening of fine food, wine and entertainment. Hosted at a private estate in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, which boasts unbeatable views over the city. Tuck into delicious regional dished while musical performances from local performers offer a final taste of authentic South American culture.

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Inspiring Expeditions: Carnival & Cariocas

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