NEW FOR 2015! February is Carnaval time in Rio de Janeiro and Tauck takes you there February 13 – 18, 2015, for a once-in-a-lifetime 6-day Event that will have you dancing ‘till dawn. The party gets started at the Rio Sheraton, the city’s only luxury resort that’s right on the beach, where all day Samba lessons and a welcome dinner with professional Carnaval performers put you in the mood to celebrate. Daytime finds you doing Rio in-depth on small group sightseeing tracks that discover the essence of the cultural gems that surround you. Experience Palatial Petropolis as expert guides bring you inside a revered Cathedral, the Crystal Palace and the Summer Palace of the Emperor, now a national museum, for a glimpse of the region’s royal past. Discover Rio: Behind the Pageantry, as you ride a tram to a local favela (shanty town), followed by an insider look at the floats and costumes that dazzle the world at the Carnaval parade. Rio’s Natural Treasures, National Pleasures include guided visits to Tijuca National Park and soul-stirring Corcovado by 8-passenger 4-wheel drive vehicle and rail and provide an opportunity to bring home picture-perfect memories of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Promising the height of adventure during a tram ride up to a world-famous summit, Sugarloaf – View From Atop, offers a panoramic perspective of the city, mountains and shore where the views are naturally inspiring and always alluring. Everyone comes together for evenings alive with local celebrations, including a Bossa Nova dinner party at a historic plantation in honor of Rio’s 450th birthday, a Carnaval Ball at a private villa with Samba dancing, a festive farewell feijoada dinner, and the highlight of this Tauck Rio Event, preferred seats at the Sambadrome in the heart of the city for front-row viewing of the colorful costumed Samba dancers who star in the annual Carnaval parade from 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM. As they say in Rio, O Brasil é lindo maravilhoso – Brazil is wonderfully marvelous. After this event, you’ll be saying it too! This party has one departure only, so send in your RSVP early!