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Best of Brazil: São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro Football Adventure

Created with Sketch. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
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Duration

10 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people

Languages

English, Español, Portuguese

Overview

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 is, and always has been,  synonymous with football.  The national team are respected (and feared) across the world – and the domestic league, which provides the breeding ground for the national team, offers lively, passionate and exciting matches. 

This tour will cover Brazil’s 2 major cities; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and will combine football, samba, steaks and sightseeing.

Start in São Paulo, the biggest and most important city in Brazil, which has an intense rivalry between Corinthians and Palmeiras and is the birthplace of Pelé and Neymar, Santos FC. Split into well-defined neighbourhoods, the city is immense. In the east zone, you will find Corinthians, with more than 30 million supporters. Then, in the west part, Palmeiras, a club with Italian traditions who plays in the modern Allianz Parque. In the south of the city, São Paulo FC already won three Copa Libertadores and World Cup of Clubs. Then, located 50 km from São Paulo on a beach area, there is Santos FC, the best youth academy in the country!

The next stop is Rio, famed for its notorious favelas which provide fertile ground for excellent players. No wonder then, that the country 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 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 stadiums filled with oceans of colourful shirts, with thousands of fans screaming for their beloved heroes and free-flowing goals, the beautiful game is at its most stunning in Brazil. .

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 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 Brazil, one of the best football capitals around the world for watching football! Vamos.

Book with total flexibility and security.

Best of Brazil 2021 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 4 unforgettable matches – 2 in Rio de Janeiro and 2 in Sao Paulo.  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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A comprehensive Brazil adventure which covers the two main cities
  • Includes 4 matchday experiences; 2 in each city
  • Relax and play footvolley at Copacabana beach
  • Try the best steaks on the planet
  • Dance samba and drink caipirinhas
  • Go behind the scenes at the best Brazil stadiums
  • Have the most local, authentic tour in a peaceful favela
  • Share the experience with a small group of football fans

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to São Paulo
Day 1 - Welcome to São Paulo

São Paulo is eagerly waiting for you! The city is by far the most important city in the country. And here the journey begins! Our van will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Relax in the day and at night, you meet will our 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 - Corinthians and São Paulo Stadium Tour
Day 2 - Corinthians and São Paulo Stadium Tour

Let’s wake up early because we have got a busy day ahead! After a delicious breakfast, you will meet our local host and together, make our way to the stadium of Corinthians, Neo Química Arena. We will get to know more about the Arena, who just agreed on a sponsored deal of around 30 million reais per year and the history of the "people's club". In the afternoon, we will go to the South Zone and do a stadium tour at São Paulo FC, the most successful club in the country!

Day 3 - Palmeiras Matchday Experience (Or Similar)

PLEASE NOTE - THIS MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE MAY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER DAY, WE WILL CONFIRM THE FINAL SCHEDULE WHEN FIXTURES ARE ANNOUNCED.

Today is all about green and white! We will have our first matchday experience! 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 Palmeiras supporters. Around 1 hour before the match starts, he will escort you to your seats. Then, sit down and watch 90 minutes of football! Enjoy!

Day 4 - Corinthians Matchday Experience (Or Similar)
Day 4 - Corinthians Matchday Experience (Or Similar)

PLEASE NOTE - THIS MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE MAY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER DAY, WE WILL CONFIRM THE FINAL SCHEDULE WHEN FIXTURES ARE ANNOUNCED.

Get yourself ready to watch Corinthians! The local host is a Corinthians 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 and have some beers with Corinthians supporters. They always play a lot of music before the match starts! Corinthians over the past years is fighting for the 1st place in the league and any match is magical, and anything can happen in a thrilling Arena Corinthians!

At night, we will embark on a bus towards Rio de Janeiro!

Day 5 - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro
Day 5 - 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 second part of the journey begins! After arriving, we will check-in to our hotel at Copacabana Beach, which is around 6 minutes walking distance from the beach. At night, you will meet your local Rio host who will be responsible for our group during the whole trip and go for some of the best steaks and traditional beers!

Day 6 - Maracanã Stadium Tour
Day 6 - Maracanã Stadium Tour

It is time for the 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 7 - Flamengo Matchday Experience (Or Similar)
Day 7 - Flamengo Matchday Experience (Or Similar)

PLEASE NOTE - THIS MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE MAY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER DAY, WE WILL CONFIRM THE FINAL SCHEDULE WHEN FIXTURES ARE ANNOUNCED.

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 a wonderful Flamengo match.

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, your host will book a table in a nice restaurant for a group dinner!

Day 8 - Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour and Favela Tour
Day 8 - Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour and Favela Tour

In the morning, your host will take you to the Homefans Favela Tour and get to know the life inside the slums and try different local food! We will hike the "Two Brothers" hill and have the best view of the city!

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 9 - Vasco da Gama Matchday Experience (Or Similar)
Day 9 - Vasco da Gama Matchday Experience (Or Similar)

PLEASE NOTE - THIS MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE MAY BE MOVED TO ANOTHER DAY, WE WILL CONFIRM THE FINAL SCHEDULE WHEN FIXTURES ARE ANNOUNCED.

The second Rio matchday experience! You will meet our local host in your hotel and go together in taxis (far away from Copacabana) to Vasco da Gama area, located in a rough part of Rio. Expect a lot of noise, barbecue with amazing steaks all over the place, samba and a lot of party in the pre-match! A place where Vasco da Gama supporters meet before the match. There we will listen to their stories about their club whilst enjoying a beer or two! Once we soaked up this pre-match atmosphere, we will make our way to the stadium. We are sure you will hear a lot of chants, flags and an atmosphere you have never seen before in your life.

Day 10 - Time to Say Goodbye
Day 10 - 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!

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation nice area in 4* hotel for 3 nights / 4 days in São Paulo (Twin Room)
  • Accommodation close to the beach in 4* hotel for 5 nights / 6 days in Rio de Janeiro (Twin Room)
  • Overnight Bus São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro
  • 2 Matchday experiences for top clubs in Rio de Janeiro (local transportation, match tickets, 2 beers and street food in the pre-match)
  • 2 Matchday experiences for top clubs in São Paulo (local transportation, match tickets, 2 beers and street food in the pre-match)
  • Homefans English Speaking Local Host
  • Favela Tour
  • Airport Transfers
  • Maracaña and Vasco da Gama Stadium Tour
  • Corinthians and São Paulo Stadium Tour
  • Samba night
  • Return Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Extra matches and sightseeing may be able to be arranged

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil

FAQs

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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