Your cultural, historical and social perspective will FOREVER change after this amazing experience. It’s time to check that bucket list in 2019 with the Funky People! See how cool it was in 2018, here.
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City Profile: Rio de Janeiro is located on the southeastern coast of Brazil. Once the capitol until 1960, Brazil’s second largest city has still retained its’ major cultural significance for tourism, trend-setting fashion, jazz, samba, entertainment and art. With over 6 million inhabitants, Rio is one of the most densely populated in the world. It boasts a distinct topography that includes mountains, a lagoon, an urban rain forest and golden sand beaches. Rio’s residents or “Cariocas” define much of what the city is known for – warm hospitality, a passion for life and free-spirited social energy.
Upon arriving in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll want to take in its’ natural settings. Get outdoors – stroll about the diverse neighborhoods and romantic lush green parks. Find the stunning panoramic views that exist throughout the city limits or tan like the natives on one of the 15 popular beaches. The legendary Copacabana beach is always lively, with people sunbathing, surfing, picnicking, playing beach volleyball, soccer & baile funk or bossa nova music blaring in the background. The beach sidewalks are filled with joggers, cyclists, pedestrians, drink stands and peddlers hawking everything imaginable you might need.Ipanema beach, however, is widely known for its exclusive shops, cafes and attraction to the young, fashionable and wealthy. Legend has it that a famous model inspired the popular “Brazilian tanga” (or tiny thong bikini) at this very same beach location. See for yourself! After visiting a beach in Rio, you’ll understand why the endless sunshine and tropical temperatures help sustain the furious beach culture and sizzling nightlife all year-round.
Besides the allure & excitement of Carnival, there’s plenty more to see & do while visiting the city. The list includes the Botanical Gardens, several art displays, cultural museums and landmarks of Brazilian history, shopping for exclusive finds at the Hippie Fair or at boutique and designer shops, Brazilian style pampering at a day spa, wining & dining with the locals, and seeing a live entertainment show. Or make some time for golfing, fishing, hiking, biking, surfing, sailing and even hang gliding! Yes, you can do it all – see why couples, singles and travel enthusiasts alike fall in love with Rio de Janeiro!
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Our annual trip is self-paced and self-guided for all of our attendees, unless otherwise requested. Carnival week consists of six consecutive days & nights of energetic, celebratory private events, club parties, beach parties and street parades called blocos. Street blocos are free to the public, but expect stadium-sized crowds along the neighborhood street parade routes. It is suggested you plan your days/nights accordingly. Below is a typical sample of our Carnival week activities.
Day 1 – Thursday February 28, 2019
Late afternoon & overnight flight departs from the USA, or your home country to Brazil.
Day 2 – Friday March 1, 2019
Morning flight arrival at the Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim Int’l Airport in Rio de Janeiro. After clearing customs, you will be met by our TGW Travel Reps for your private transfer to your Hotel.
Most of the trip attendees arrive on this day! Get checked in to the Hotel & enjoy the rest of your afternoon. The Carnival travel group Meet & Greet Reception is this evening!
Pickups begin around 8 or 9p for the Meet & Greet or Masquerade Balls. (check final schedule)
Day 3 - Saturday
First Full Day of Carnival! Enjoy the Street Parties & Blocos or relax on the beaches.
Pickups for Travel Group begin in Mid-Afternoon or Evening for attendance at a VIP Carnival Party event. (Specific attire may be required for entry. Check your travel details)
Day 4 - Sunday
Morning Half-Day Tour: Christ Statue at Corcovado Mountain. (check final schedule)
Evening Tour: Pickups begin at 6pm for Sunday Night Samba Parade ticket holders
Other Sunday Evening Activity: Masquerade Ball or VIP Event.
Suggested Leisure/Tour Activities: Shopping, beaches, or other tours/excursions/sports (Sugar Loaf Mountain, Golfing, Botanical Gardens, Bike Riding, Hang Gliding, etc).
Day 5 - Monday
Morning Half-Day Tour: Christ Statue at Corcovado Mountain (check schedule).
Evening Tour: Pickups begin at 6p for Monday Night Samba Parade ticket holders
Other Monday Evening Activity: Carnival Masquerade Ball or VIP Event.
Suggested Leisure/Tour Activities: Shopping, beaches, or other tours/excursions/sports (Sugar Loaf Mountain, Golfing, Botanical Gardens, Bike Riding, Hang Gliding, etc).
Day 6 – Carnival Tuesday: Final Day of the Big Party!
Morning of Leisure for Street Parties, tour activities or chill at the beach. Check out what you haven’t yet to see outside of the Carnival frenzy!
Afternoon Pickup to attend a VIP Carnival finale event for the group’s last day in Rio!
(Casual club attire may be required. Confirm with our travel reps or group leader.)
Day 7 – Wednesday March 6, 2019
Morning Hotel Check-out. Store your baggage at hotel for afternoon transfer.
Use the time to enjoy a Final Day of Leisure in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Pick up some souvenirs, gifts or other reminders of your vacation or just relax.
Late Afternoon Pickups begin & Transfer to Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim Int’l Airport.
Evening Departure & Overnight flights back to USA or home country
Day 8 – Thursday March 7, 2019
Flight arrives back in the USA, or your home country. Smile, you’ve just experienced the biggest celebration on the planet! Check off that bucket list!
The following is included in the standard base package, unless otherwise stated. You can easily add/remove activity options or change others based on your dates of travel and/or preferred interest. Please indicate your preference in your quote request.
LAND package details (with choice of hotel or condo apartment):
- AVAILABLE: 6 days/5 nights TRPL/DBL/SNGL stnd rooms at Augustos Rio Copa [3* Copacabana Beach – $uper$aver]
- AVAILABLE: 6 days/5 nights TRPL/DBL/SNGL stnd rooms at Windsor Martinique Hotel [4* Copacabana Beach, Post 5]
- AVAILABLE: 6 days/5 nights TRPL/DBL/SNGL stnd rms at Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel [4* Copacabana Beach, Post 4]
- AVAILABLE: 6 days/5 nights TRPL/DBL/SNGL stnd rooms at Windsor Excelsior Hotel [4* Copacabana Beach, Post 3]
- AVAILABLE: 6 days/5 nights TRPL/DBL/SNGL stnd rooms at Miramar Hotel [5* Copacabana Beach, Post 5]
- AVAILABLE: Condo & Apartment Rentals around Rio [Pricing & deposit rates differ from hotels]
- Each modern room appointed with a bathroom, A/C, clock radio, TV, safe, etc.
- All packages include Daily Breakfast Buffet at the hotel
- All packages include Transfers for Airport Pick up & Drop off
- All Local Hotel Taxes and Fees included
- 1 Half-Day Sightseeing tour to the Christ Statue at Corcovado Mountain included
- Carnival Kickoff Meet & Greet Reception with bi-lingual guides & travel group hosts
- Choice of either: 2 VIP Special Access Carnival Events or 1 bleacher seat tix at Sambadrome Parade on Sun or Mon nite
- Not into partying? Substitute any or all VIP Special Events and/or Samba parade ticket for other activites. Ask us how.
- All Hotels are close to Clubs, Casinos, Bars, Street Party locations & Masquerade Ball Venues
- All Hotels are in Copacabana Beach area. Near cafes, restaurants, shops, beaches & points of interest
- Plan your travel days and nights however you wish. Relax, Shop, Dine, Explore Rio. Meet the Cariocas! [see itinerary]
- Rio Carnival Street Party Survival Guide (Written) ~ TGW Tips to make the most of your Carnival experience
- Things Funky People® Do in Rio Guide ~ Tee Alford’s FP best bets of what to do, see and eat in Rio
- Option: Want to participate with the Samba schools in the parade competition? Ask, we can help you realize this dream!
- Option: Want to attend a Carnival Ball, 2nd parade night or other city tours (Sugar Loaf Mtn, Biking, Hang Gliding, etc.)?
- Option: Need air? Add International round trip flights from NYC, Chicago, DC, Houston, LA, Miami or any departure city.
- 6 days/5 nights – Triple occupancy ~ $ 1600pp
- 6 days/5 nights – Double occupancy ~ $ 1700pp
- 6 days/5 nights – Single occupancy ~ $ 2200
- 6 days/5 nights – Triple occupancy ~ starting at $ 2300pp
- 6 days/5 nights – Double occupancy ~ starting at $ 2500pp
- 6 days/5 nights – Single occupancy ~ starting at $ 3000
Ask for a quote today at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347.903.8659 Use code: FUNKYPEOPLE-WT-CODE30515.
Booking closes & payments for all package balances are due in full by February 1, 2019.
* Prices & deposit minimum are subject to change without notice*
Checks, Money Orders, Credit/Bank Card Payments Accepted
** All trip payments are Final. (as per TGW Travel refund policy) **
NOT INCLUDED: Personal travel and trip cancellation insurance, tips, any airline baggage fees, preferred items, spending cash, Brazil Tourist Visa. Connecting transportation/flights to your US outbound/inbound departure city and international air flights are also not included, unless otherwise stated in your package.
Required Travel Documents:
A valid Travel Passport for US Citizens when booking. All additional documents needed (a Brazil Tourist Visa) must be acquired by you after your air travel has been confirmed.
IMPORTANT: This is an exclusive travel activity and is subject to restrictions as outlined by Funky People Online® and TGW Travel Group. It cannot be transferred or mixed in whole or in part with any other travel offer. Booking must be completed through this group using the discount code “FUNKYPEOPLE-WT-CODE30515” . Anyone with a valid travel passport over the age of 21 is eligible to attend.
ANYONE! Our adult travel group and website is based in the DC metro area, but the Funky People Online membership of professionals, artists and outgoing personalities (ages 25-70) is spread across the US and world. We have produced entertainment events in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, DC for the past twenty years. You are welcome to attend this vacation no matter where you live, just realize that trip rates will differ slightly depending on your home city and times of travel. If you desire, you can arrange a custom package to fit your budget. Our main travel group will depart/arrive the Eastern US using New York's JFK International Airport or Miami International Airport and you can have our planners coordinate air connections via your city. Our package rates do not cover domestic US flight connections to the departure cities of NYC and Miami from your city.
ABSOLUTELY NOT, Funky People Online does not plan or produce events exclusively for men or any other group. We are a professional, social and travel group network that produces diverse entertainment activities for people of varying backgrounds and a particular mindset. If you're "Funky and progressive in your interests and activities" and like to socialize with similar dynamic personalities from different locales, then you are very welcome to join us. Recent trip have had more women & couples in attendance with our group than guys. View the photo albums on our Media page to see just what we've been doing. You'll surely see someone you know having a great time!
You can choose to have your own room or share with one to two other people. There are no quad rooms. Have our travel agent secure a package for you with a minimum deposit. The "Land Only" package includes: airport ground transfers, hotel accommodations, breakfast everyday, a Welcome to Reception & Carnival Orientation, exclusive private transportation + a half-day sightseeing tour of the Christ Statue. The "Land & Air" packages include the land items plus the international round trip airfare from the US. Depending on your preference, you can add more day tours and/or VIP Carnival Party events. Contact our agents for pricing of extra activities.
Yes, If you reside in the mid-west, western or southern part of the US and would like to attend this trip, we can arrange for departure out of Miami International Airport or elsewhere as an option. Note that your package costs and minimum deposit payment terms will differ from our NYC departure packages. Your flight times and dates of travel may also differ. You should plan to secure any domestic flight connections to the international hub cities from your area. Contact our travel planners well in advance with your request for pricing and options. Plan early - Late or last minute booking will be extra costly for this destination.
The Funky People travel group coordinates vacation travel to worldly locations that appeal to our interest in rich history, and the Afro-Latin-Carribean culture. Brazil is very significant in it's connection to the African-American and Latin culture and religion. It is a recommended experience for anyone of color or of African and Latino descent. Don't go by what you've heard - experience the beauty of this country yourself! Rio de Janeiro has plenty of coastal beaches, restaurants, upscale boutiques, malls and nite life to offer for couples, friends, single women, single men, and groups of any size. As with most developing countries, it is no more or no less safe for foreign travelers than similar destinations in the Caribbean and Central America. For those who have never been to Brazil, it is our personal recommendation that your first experience occur during Carnival - your spirit will forever be changed!
There are always added benefits of traveling with a group besides the obvious security in numbers. Group package pricing buffers the individual or pair of travelers from hidden add-on costs associated with overseas travel. Other bonuses include: always having a group travel representative to assist you if needed, private transfers, private tours with English speaking guides, and vacation group travel experience. The Funky People Online members are well traveled and a really cool bunch as well! Our travel agent, TGW Travel Tours has over 10 years experience in arranging global group tours. This will be the eighth Funky People Online group tour to Brazil following several successful international trips since 2006.
Are you kidding? The activity highlight for this trip will be Carnival! You'll be smack in the middle of the most electric, energetic annual cultural event on the planet! Travel group activities are scheduled with enough time in the day to explore the allure of Brazil as much as you want on your own. The land package is pretty balanced, but depending your preferences, you can tailor your Carnival experience by adding more activities. The nights can be spent reveling with the locals, while the days leave you with about 12-15 hours of free time (even more if you choose not to sleep, lol) to do as you choose. A typical sightseeing day tour lasts only a half day. (see itinerary tab)
One big misconception about our trip schedule is that it is geared to always keep the travel group together as a whole. That could not be further from the truth. You can do as much OR as little as you wish - there will be lots of cultural entertainment to explore on during Carnival! For your reference in early mid-February 2019, our trip planners will provide all attendees with a final schedule of our Carnival activity plans, hotel neighborhood maps, Brazil Travel Tips & Things to Know, a 2019 Carnival Event Schedule, recommended places to dine, and a list of some really cool things to do & see. However, if you desire to just relax on the beach with a book, shop 'til you drop, or just do nothing at all - we won't be offended! Do your own web research, arrange activities for your very own Brazilian adventure. You can grab plenty of ideas from our Brazil pics and videos.
YES, a valid passport is mandatory to enter Brazil. Your current passport must be valid until at least six months beyond our dates of travel to Brazil. This means that if your US passport expires anytime before Sept 1, 2019, it must be renewed in order to travel with our group to Carnival in February 2019. Check your passport expiration date now! Get this document in order first as you cannot even apply for a Brazil Visa unless your US passport meets Brazil's passport expiration requirements - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Do not delay your trip departure in February 2019 by failing to meet this first requirement. Go to http://travel.state.gov/content/passports to apply for or renew a US Passport. A Brazil Tourist Visa is the second requirement and also mandatory to enter Brazil. Funky People Online, it's agents and vendors will not be responsible for YOU acquiring this crucial document before our trip.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY TO GET YOUR VISA. You should begin the Visa process once you have completed your flight plans or full payment for your trip has been made. Beginning in 2018, US citizens can obtain a tourist visa using the *ALL NEW* online eVisa system. Use the link at http://vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa/. Expect a 4-7 day administrative process at an additional cost of about $40 + processing & shipping to you. If there is a need to visit the Consulate of Brazil, check web listings for the best location near you http://brazil.embassy-online.net/Brazil-Consulate-General-New-York.php. Popular expediting services can also be found online for mistake-free rush processing, if necessary. Our clients have expressed satisfactory results using It's Easy Passport & Visa Service!
NOT LIKELY. Access to find our group even at public venues while in Brazil will be difficult as only FP travelers will know our exact group schedule when they arrive. Admittance on the scheduled day tours, VIP party venues, and other activities in Rio will be exclusive to paid FP travelers. Our priority will be to focus on the travel comfort of our vacation group members. To guarantee Funky People group inclusion, make travel arrangements via our agent, TGW Travel Tours. If you are not familiar with this country we strongly advise you to travel with an experienced group like ours. Your trip will be far more enjoyable, since we've already done this several times before!
Our vacation begins on the ground in Brazil on Friday morning (3/1) and ends Ash Wednesday afternoon (3/6). That is a total of 6 days & 5 nights. In order to arrive in Rio for our hotel check-in on the morning of Friday February 9th, our overnight flight plans are set for a Thursday evening departure (2/28) from the USA. Total travel time with connections between most US cities and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is generally 10-14 hours each way. Thus, our final day check out is Wednesday afternoon March 6th. Our return flight departs Rio that evening and we actually land back stateside on Thursday morning (3/7).
Reservations are made on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. You can still join us until spaces are filled or up until the final booking/payment deadline (February 1, 2019). Our package prices will only be guaranteed upon receiving the current minimum trip deposit. Prices are subject to change at anytime. Be advised that seating prices and availability will change dramatically during the last months of 2018 and January of 2019.The later you wait, the more you should expect to pay. It is wise to plan far ahead for a trip like this - start talking now to someone who is serious about attending.
We can assist you with a monthly payment schedule, if preferred. Simply contact us with your travel intentions (occupancy, package option, etc). Our agents will determine your total cost and then advise you of the installment timeline. Longer advanced planning allows you to make smaller multiple payments over time based on the time remaining before the final payment deadline. Your reservation only begins with a contact request and a deposit submission. Trip payments are NON REFUNDABLE if you cancel for any reason. Refer to the TGW Travel Group cancellation policy. Please protect your investment against all unforeseen circumstances. We HIGHLY recommended that you purchase travel/cancellation insurance at the time of booking via: Travelex.
For first timers, we can assure you this will be the most unique experience ever. The happiness and energy expressed by the locales will be unrivaled to any Carnival you may have seen or been a part of. Our package options are quite simple, first decide if you wish to have a single room or with roommates. Then choose your desired level of socializing. Just being in Brazil during Carnival will be great experience for most. There are plenty of websites that detail more about Brazil's Carnival, or you can read our travel tips here. Use these video links to watch a glimpse of the atmosphere you can expect while visiting Rio's Carnival!
Call us anytime to submit your reservation deposits! Use email@example.com or call our travel planners, Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm ET at 347.903.8659 to inquire quickly about any aspect of this trip. Please be patient when calling during peak times of the business day, planners may be busy assisting other callers for other trips. We suggest to always follow-up any unanswered call with a brief e-mail clearly outlining your booking needs and interest. Make sure to indicate you are referring to this specific Funky People group, by using the trip code: FUNKY PEOPLE-WT-CODE30515. Your contact will be returned promptly, when our planners become available. It's time to start budgeting and time planning! Our travel partner, TGW Travel Group, is experienced in Brazil travel since 2004, and looks forward to handling all arrangements for our vacation group. See you at Carnival!