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Ultimate Brazil – 10 Day Football Adventure in Rio de Janeiro

Created with Sketch. Rio de Janeiro


11 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people


English, Español, Portuguese


COVID-19 Travel advice

Currently Brazil requires a negative PCR test in order to enter.  There are no requirements for travellers to be vaccinated.  However this may change and vaccination may be required for entry to the stadium. We advise you to be prepared to show vaccination status.

Last updated: 17 October

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.

The city’s many favelas underline large social problems in Brazil, but they form fertile ground for excellent players. No wonder then, that this city has many football venues. A game at the Maracanã stadium of Flamengo or Fluminense is something that has to be on your wishlist if you are going to travel such a distance, but 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, sunbathing beneath swaying palms, sipping caipirinhas or beers at sunset and embracing the rhythms of samba. With a plethora of open-air cafes and bars, in Rio samba beats that float through the streets.   And as for the football; stadiums are adorned with oceans of colourful shirts, with thousands of fans screaming for their beloved heroes and the goals are flowing, the beautiful game is  at its most stunning in Rio. Looking for an incredible football adventure in paradise? This is it.

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!

Book with total flexibility and security.

Homefans Ultimate Brazil trip is now on sale for dates from February 2022 and you can secure your place with a small deposit.

Fixtures are not available yet and therefore the itinerary given is an indication and subject to change.  But whatever date you pick you are guaranteed 3 unforgettable matches.  As soon as the fixtures are confirmed we will be in touch to confirm your match schedule.

However, in the event that fans are not admitted, if you have made a booking the amount paid simply becomes Homefans credit.  You can transfer this to a later date (with no time limit), transfer to another tour, or even give it to a friend.

This flexibility is also offered if for any reason you decide you are not comfortable travelling. For more information visit our “book with confidence” page


  • Spend 11 days discovering the football culture of Brazil
  • Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Rio like a local
  • Includes tickets to 5 unforgettable Rio football matches
  • Relax and play footvolley at Copacabana
  • Try the best steaks on the planet
  • Dance samba and drink caipirinhas
  • Go behind the scenes at some of Rio's finest stadiums


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

Rio de Janeiro is eagerly waiting for you! The city is by far the most touristic and beautiful in the country. And here the journey begins! Our van will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel at Copacabana Beach, which is around 6 minutes walking distance from the beach. Spend the day as you wish. At night, you meet will your hosts and the rest of the group, Homefans local host who will be responsible for our group during the whole trip. 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 - Optional Favela or Hiking Tour & Botafogo Match Day Experience
Day 2 - Optional Favela or Hiking Tour & Botafogo Match Day Experience


In the morning, our local host 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, your host 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 3 - Flamengo Match Day Experience
Day 3 - Flamengo Match Day Experience


We are straight into match number 2 today - Flamengo!

Before the match, we 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 and anything can happen in a thrilling Maracanã.

Day 4 - Botafogo Stadium Tour & Sports at Copacabana Beach
Day 4 - Botafogo Stadium Tour & Sports at Copacabana Beach

Let’s wake up early because we have got a busy day ahead! After a delicious breakfast, you will meet the group and together, make our way to the stadium of Botafogo, Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos. The build was finished in 2007 and it hosted the athletics competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics. We will go on a stadium tour and get to know more about this stadium and the history of Botafogo. To give you a hint, their glory days are in the past. They used to have the best team in Brazil. Of all clubs, Botafogo had the most players for the national team in that period. Names such as Carlos Alberto Torres and Garrincha have an important role in their history. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the city, have a nice walk in the lagoon, get some sun, meet with locals and play sports at the beach. You have the freedom to choose and our local host will be always available for the activities.

Day 5- Optional Rio sightseeing tour and Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour
Day 5- Optional Rio sightseeing tour and 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. Mateus 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 15,000 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 6 - Vasco da Gama Match Day Experience
Day 6 - 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.

Get ready to go back to this local neighbourhood to try more steaks and street food barbecue! As always, an amazing football experience ahead of you! As for logistics, it will be pretty much the same as the tour. You will meet Mateus in the hotel and go by taxis to the pitch, around 4 hours early, so you have time to enjoy the pre-match experience. Around 45 minutes before the game starts, go to the seats and enjoy football!

Day 7 - Free day
Day 7 - Free day

Its been a busy trip so far and so today is left to you to do as you please. Maybe you'll choose to simply relax and the beach - but if you choose to do more you host can help you plan the perfect day.

Day 8 - Maracanã Stadium Tour & samba party
Day 8 - Maracanã Stadium Tour & samba party

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!

After the tour, your host will take you guys to a samba party in the Lapa neighbourhood!

Day 9 - Fluminense Match Day Experience
Day 9 - Fluminense Match Day Experience


Our trip is, unfortunately, reaching its final and we are sure you having the best time possible. We've been to tons of beaches, drunk caipirinhas, eat amazing steaks and had a lot of activities, but we still have two more games to watch. Today we are joining Fluminense supporters, with colours which are easily identified by the striking contrast of maroon, green and white, earning the team its nickname of "tricolor carioca". Founded in 1902, it has a notable history of success with 31 wins at state championships and four wins at Brazilian National League to add to its impressive CV.

Day 10 - Flamengo Match Day Experience
Day 10 - Flamengo Match Day Experience


Today will be dedicated to some quality group time at the beach in the morning and football in the afternoon/night! We will meet up around 9:00, book a nice place at Copacabana and get some sun while drinking beers and caipirinhas, wrapping up the weekend. After that, we can have lunch and go to the last game of this amazing trip!

You've been to Flamengo before and why not going for the second time?

The team’s colours are red and black with a vulture as a mascot and the boastful slogan of O Mais Querido do Brasil (the most beloved in Brazil). You will go together with your local host by subway to Flamengo's supporters pre-match, with tons of beers, steaks and samba! Enjoy the atmosphere, take photos and make sure you will remember this experience forever! After the match, Mateus will book a table in a nice restaurant for a final group dinner!

Day 11 - Time to Say Goodbye
Day 11 - Time to Say Goodbye

End of the journey! It is time to say goodbye, pack your stuff and go back home! Our van 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!


  • 2 x Flamengo Match Day Experience
  • Vasco Da Gama Match Day Experiences
  • Fluminense Match Day Experience
  • Botafogo Match Day Experience
  • All matchday experiences include match tickets, subway transportation from meeting point – stadium, 1 burger and 2 beers and Local guide
  • 10 nights at a quality 3* hotel at the Copacabana Beach (Twin Room)
  • Daily Breakfast included
  • Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour
  • Maracanã Stadium Tour
  • Botafogo Stadium Tour
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • English speaking Trip Manager and Local Host
  • Return flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

Tour's Location

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Will the stadiums be open in 2021/22? At what capacity?

Homefans believe that stadiums will be open to fans, however we cannot at this stage confirm what the capacity will be.  However our flexible booking policies mean that if the stadium will only accept 50% fans and you decide you only want to travel with 100% attendance you can swap to another venue or another date.

Will I need to prove I am vaccinated? Or show a negative test?

This will vary destination to destination and based on your nationality and age. Therefore Homefans are not able to advise on this.  Please check the foreign ministry of your destination and home country and the stadium requirements.  Again, if you find the requirements too much you can defer to later in the season/year when they relax further.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away- should I still book?

We believe so, we all need something to look forward to.  But we understand that people may be apprehensive which is why we have created a flexible cancellation policy which means in the event that the event does not happen the amount paid simply becomes Homefans credit. 


You can transfer this to a later date (with no time limit), transfer to another tour, or even give it 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 depending on your destination.

Where in the stadiums 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.

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!

Can children / young adults join the tour?

If we can accept children there will be an option in the booking flow. However for many trips our local hosts take the decision, based on the content of the tour, to open this up to adults only. If you are looking to travel with under 18’s, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss your options.

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. Simply make your booking as normal and get in touch with us to arrange this.


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Inaki Dauwe


Football with Matheus in Rio = Saudade guaranteed

Thanks to Homefans, I experienced the best month of my life in Brazil. A truly life-changing experience. Rio de Janeiro is a must for every genuine football lover with four clubs in three different stadiums. Besides that, Rio has it all. The famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, a rain forest and one of the seven wonders of the world (Christ the Redeemer). If you are looking for someone with a great sense of humor, who can fully introduce you to Brazilian football culture, knows a lot about the history of the country and can show you all hotspots in the city -> Matheus is your man! In Matheus, I have a friend for the rest of my life! To conclude, I usually never write reviews, but for Homefans and Matheus I wanted to make an exception. Words cannot express how much I can recommend this trip!
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Matheus is the best!

Matheus was my guide for à la carte Flamengo, Fluminense, and Vasco da Gama matches while I was in Rio in October 2019. He is a fantastic local guide who truly loves and appreciates football and its ability to bring together people from all over the world. I cannot recommend him more highly!



Amazing Experience

I went on the Brazil trip back in 2018, and watched four matches in Rio and Sao Paulo, along with countless other experiences, like stadium tours, city walks, beach days and restaurant and bar hopping. It was fantastic, I learned so much about Brazilian culture and about the history and importance of each club. Pedro, our local host, was incredible, and so was Matheus, who helped us on the Fla-Flu day. Because of this trip I'd later become local host in Porto, hoping to provide great experiences to others as I received here. 5* experience!
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