SAMBA AND SOUL

Day1 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Today we will learn about the history and contrasts of Salvador. We’ll start at one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city—Barra--popular with tourists for its many attractions, and head towards the historic section known as The Pelourinho, designated a UNESCO World Cultural Center for its spectacular and well preserved colonial architecture. Here you can appreciate the splendid buildings from Salvador’s past, starting with the baroque-style São Francisco Church. Note its exquisite golden gilt woodwork interior. Next, head towards the Pelourinho Square, the cultural heart of the Center. Stroll along the cobble streets with your guide and hear about the early years of this magical place. You may likely catch live music performances in front of the colorful colonial buildings, as well as capoeira dance fights and lively bars and restaurants. (B)
Day2 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you’ll arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Then embark on a cogwheel train that ascends through the Tijuca Forest, a tropical rainforest, towards the peak of the mountain. Here you will find the statue of Christ the Redeemer, located 2,330 ft. above sea level. Enjoy the magnificent views! (B)
Day3 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Day at leisure. Choose from one of our optional tours available. (B)
Day 4 - RIO DE JANEIRO I SALVADOR
Morning at leisure, then transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport for your flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador and transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day5 - SALVADOR
Today we will learn about the history and contrasts of Salvador. We’ll start at one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city—Barra--popular with tourists for its many attractions, and head towards the historic section known as The Pelourinho, designated a UNESCO World Cultural Center for its spectacular and well preserved colonial architecture. Here you can appreciate the splendid buildings from Salvador’s past, starting with the baroque-style São Francisco Church. Note its exquisite golden gilt woodwork interior. Next, head towards the Pelourinho Square, the cultural heart of the Center. Stroll along the cobble streets with your guide and hear about the early years of this magical place. You may likely catch live music performances in front of the colorful colonial buildings, as well as capoeira dance fights and lively bars and restaurants. (B)
Day 6 - SALVADOR
Day at leisure to choose one of the many optional tours available. Tonight we savor an exquisite dinner followed by a typical show. Enjoy a performance by the famed Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia). This stunning presentation showcases multiple African traditions that heavily influenced the local culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé, capoeira, and Samba de roda among other regional dances. An amazing evening to be remembered! (B,D)
Day7 - SALVADOR TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
Day at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)