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The Fla-Flu derby: Flamengo v Fluminense at Maracanã

Specific Tour Rio de Janeiro

From €875,00 875,00

Duration

7 days

Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 10 people

Languages

English, Español, Portuguese

Overview

Brazil has always been a nation that breathes football. Although people often point to the success of the national team as the greatest indication for the country’s undying love for the sport, it also boasts a magnificent domestic league complete with several local derbies that rage with passion and intensity.

A game at the iconic Maracanã Stadium of Flamengo vs Fluminense, the well-known Fla-Flu Derby is something that has to be on your wishlist if you are going to travel such a distance. Fla-Flu started 40 minutes before nothing, in time immemorial, the sports writers of the last century said. It’s not necessary, however, to dramatize the history of the derby so much to see that it is one of the biggest and most striking rivalries in Brazilian football.

Do you know the Fla-Flu derby?

The Fla-Flu match is considered by Four Four Two Magazine one of the most intense in the world! Both clubs play at the Maracanã and in the game, they are separated 50-50. Your local host is a Flamengo fan, so he knows everything about his club, city, and country and will be able to share some amazing stories! Before the match, he will take you to a bar called Chico’s and have some beers with Flamengo supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! Flamengo over the past years is fighting for the 1st place in the league whereas Fluminense has an advantage over its rival when it comes to head-to-head. The Fla-Flu derby is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Maracanã!

And guess what? There is more! Botafogo and Vasco da Gama are just two other teams within the city limits, both playing at stadiums where the atmosphere can really flourish on a good day!

Expect days spent in stadiums, playing footvolley with locals at the Copacabana and sunbathing beneath swaying palms, sipping caipirinhas or beers at sunset and embracing the rhythms of samba. Looking for an incredible football adventure in paradise? This is it. With a plethora of open-air cafes, samba beats that float through the streets, scenic outlooks, beaches hugged by tropical fruit stands and stadiums adorned with oceans of colorful shirts, with thousands of fans screaming for their beloved heroes and the goals are flowing, the stunning game is the most beautiful in Rio.

Most people will only visit South America once in their lives, therefore we make sure it will be your best football experience ever. We bring together fans from all around the world who seek to experience football off the beaten path. You will share the experience of a lifetime in Rio de Janeiro alongside a group of like-minded fans who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than just watching their local team.

Welcome to the most epic football experience of your life – Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, one of the best football capitals around the world for watching football! Vamos!

UPCOMING EDITIONS:

FEBRUARY 23 – Last spots left
Flamengo v Fluminense (Maracanã Stadium)
Vasco da Gama v Volta Redonda (São Januário Stadium)
Matchday 03 (TBD)

Book with a deposit and pay the remaining amount in installments with no interest or fees.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Fla-Flu in the iconic Maracanã
  • Watch a match in the iconic stadiums of Vasco da Gama or Botafogo
  • Discover the very best of Rio de Janeiro in just 5 days
  • Have amazing stadium tours, like Maracanã and São Januário Stadium
  • Explore Rio de Janeiro best neighbourhoods

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro
Day 1 - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

Today is gathering day, people from all over the world will arrive today at different times. Regardless of that, if you have booked an airport transfer (as an extra), it will be waiting for you. Your Trip Manager will arrange a private car for you once you land.

If you arrive in the afternoon, check-in and room will be ready. For arrivals in the morning, we will do our best to accommodate you, but please bear in mind will be upon availability.

For the rest of the day, you can take it easy and recover from your long travels. At night, your travel manager and local host will be on hand with the best recommendations for a great dinner.

And why not begin the experience with some Brazilian steaks and some caipirinhas? Enjoy the most out of your first day and feel the heat!

Day 2 - Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour
Day 2 - Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour

Today, we meet in the afternoon. In the morning, you can do some sightseeing around Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf or get to know other amazing beaches close to Copacabana. The best ones are Ipanema and Leblon. Matheus will be at your disposal for anything. After that, in the afternoon, we will go to the most old school and authentic stadium in Brazil, São Januário, from Vasco da Gama. We will get a tour at the stadium that is located in the middle of the favelas. Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. We can also have lunch in their headquarters and taste some beautiful codfish. The ground has a capacity of around 20,000 supporters and the Ultras are one of the most intense in Brazil. A nice curiosity to know about: The club raised through their youth academy names such as Romário, Juninho and Phillipe Coutinho. So there’s plenty of history to learn about!

Day 3 - Maracanã Stadium Tour
Day 3 - Maracanã Stadium Tour

It is time for Maracanã Stadium Tour! Officially called Estádio Mário Filho, was built to serve as the flagship venue for the 1950 World Cup. It was meant to become the biggest football stadium in the world. Construction began in August 1948 and was completed almost two years later. Eight days later, Maracanã hosted the opening match of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Mexico (4-0). It would go on to host four more matches in the first round group stage and a further three in the second round stage, among which the deciding final match between Uruguay and Brazil (2-1). The official attendance of the final was about 173,000 paying spectators, but it is estimated that more than 200,000 witnessed the game live from the stands. When Brazil got awarded the 2014 World Cup in 2007, it was clear that Maracanã was destined to host the final and would, therefore, need a massive redevelopment.

The stadium can be easily accessed by metro and train. Maracanã station is a stop on metro line 2, which can be boarded in downtown Rio or the Flamengo and Botafogo areas. It can also be reached with a transfer from line 1, which runs from the Copacabana and Ipanema areas.

Our local host will meet you in the hotel and head by subway to the stadium. We've been many times with groups over there and we can't get enough of this! Every time you step on the field, magical things can happen!

Day 4 - The Fla-Flu derby
Day 4 - The Fla-Flu derby

Get yourself ready for one of the biggest football Derbies in Brazil between Flamengo and Fluminense. The Fla-Flu match is known everywhere and considered by Four Four Two Magazine one of the most intense in the world! Both clubs play at the iconic Maracanã and in the game, they are separated in 50-50. Our local host is a Flamengo's fan, so he knows everything about his club and will be able to share some amazing stories. Before the match, he will take you to a bar called Chico's and have some beers with Flamengo supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! The Fla-Flu derby is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Maracanã.

Day 5 - Vasco da Gama Match Day Experience
Day 5 - Vasco da Gama Match Day Experience

Vasco! Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama and was founded originally as a rowing club before later building its football team. It has an impressive success rate with 22 wins at the state championship and four wins at Brazilian National League. The team’s colours are black and white, as with Botafogo, but the mascot of Vasco – a red and white admiral ship that represents the Portuguese helmsman Vasco da Gama – clearly distinguishes it from rivals. In terms of fans, Vasco is the second largest team in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 6 - Botafogo da Gama Match Day Experience
Day 6 - Botafogo da Gama Match Day Experience

In the morning, Matheus will offer you a range of activities to do in the good Brazilian weather. Why not do a Homefans Favela Tour and get to know the life inside the slums and try different local food? Or hike the "Two Brothers" hill and have the view of the city? In the afternoon, after experiencing the behind the scenes of this beautiful Olympic stadium, today is the first matchday experience! Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos will pack with black and white fans. You will meet our local host around 4 hours before the match, take the subway and go to the pre-match, where you will have some beers with Botafogo supporters. Around 1 hour before the match starts, Matheus will escort you to your seats. Then, sit down and watch 90 minutes of football! One tip: In Rio de Janeiro, cold beer is allowed in the stadium and it costs 1,5 euros. Enjoy!

Day 7 - Time to Say Goodbye
Day 7 - Time to Say Goodbye

End of the journey!

It is time to say goodbye, pack your stuff and go back home!

If you booked the extra airport transfer, a private car will pick you up in the hotel and take you to the airport, called Galeão. Please be ready around 4 hours before your flight, because of traffic and possible delays.

Our Operations Team will send you the exact times when we receive your flight information.

Safe travels to everybody!

What you get

  • Match Day Experience Flamengo x Fluminense (Fla-Flu Derby)
  • Match Day Experience Vasco da Gama or similar
  • Match Day Experience Botafogo or similar
  • All matchday experiences include match tickets, subway transportation from meeting point – stadium, 1 snack and 2 beers and Local guide
  • 6 nights in 3*+ star hotel in Rio de Janeiro (Twin Room)
  • Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour
  • Maracanã Stadium Tour
  • Experienced Trip Manager and Local Host
  • Additional Services or Tours
  • Daily Breakfast (optional as an extra)
  • Airport Transfers (optional as an extra)
  • Return Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks that are not included in matchdays

FAQs

Will the Stadiums be open in 2022? At what capacity?

Rio’s stadiums are open and at 100% capacity.  We cannot guarantee that restrictions will not return but we will keep all customers up to date on any developments.

Will I have to demonstrate I am vaccinated? Or show a negative test?

You will need to provide a negative PCR test to enter Brazil. While the restrictions may ease we advise all customers looking to travel to Argentina to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How many people will be on the tour?

The maximum number of people the host will allow is stated above. However this number may not always be met and it may even be possible that your party is on the tour on your own. Higher numbers make for a more sociable experience, lower numbers make for more personalised attention from your host. Look at it as a win/win!

What happens if COVID-19 means I cannot travel?

Your deposit can be transferred to a later date (with no time limit), transferred to another tour, or even given to a friend. This flexibility also applies if you decide to cancel for any reason (as long as you give us 45 days notice)

Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?

No, you can secure your place with a deposit of just 30%, then pay the balance at least 4 weeks before your trip date

Can I change the included matches?

The included matches are final in order to keep the group together.  However where the itinerary has spare time and there are matches that could be added on we will be only too happy to help you with tickets.

Where in the stadium will we be sitting?

If we know where you will be sitting we always mention this is in the inclusions section.

Unfortunately we are not always able to tell you that at the time of booking, however our destination managers work tirelessly to make sure you get the best seats. We always aim for the long side of the home supporters section.

Can you cater to dietary needs or requirements?

Our local hosts will do everything they can to cater to travellers’ needs. It’s a good idea to share your requirements at the time of booking so that our host is able to make the required preparations

Will I have to share a room?

In order to keep the costs low we always offer prices based on 2 sharing. If you make a booking for an odd number of people you or another member of your party may be paired with another traveller of the same sex. If you wish you may pay a supplement for a guaranteed single room (this is available under extras in the booking flow).

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Robin

29/09/2022

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Were to begin... great stadium tours, good (football) stories en amazing matchday experiences! Matheus made it all very relax. Would recommend it to go on a trip in Rio! Better then buying a ticket by yourself!
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