Description

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1960, is now its second largest city and the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s easy to see why—ideally located between the mountains and the sea, Rio is blessed with a glorious shoreline and white-sand beaches, numerous cultural attractions and a lively nightlife. It also offers passionate soccer and Carnaval, the most famous street party worldwide. You will decide that its nickname ”maravilhosa,” or “marvelous city”, is an understatement once you experience Rio.

SALVADOR, BAHIA, was the first capital of colonial Brazil from 1549 until 1763, and one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. This vibrant city is culturally diverse, evidenced in its cuisine, religion, and arts, reflecting a blend of African and European. You will find capoeira here, a unique mix of dance and martial art of Afro-Brazilian origin, spirited festivals, and beaches of every type and beautifully restored Portuguese architecture. Salvador is a treasure not to be missed.


Itinerary

Day 1 - 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)

Day 2 - 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)

Day 3 - 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)

Day 5 - 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)

Day 7 - SALVADOR TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Day at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast & 1 dinner
  • Round trip airport transfers by private car
  • Half day city tour to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer
  • Half day historic and panoramic tour in Salvador
  • Bahia by Night including dinner and a show
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • *ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR TRAVEL IN LUXURY PROGRAM: ALL TRANSFERS, TOURING AND SIGHTSEEING ARE BY PRIVATE CAR WITH A PRIVATE GUIDE, MACUCO SAFARI BOAT TOUR IN IGUASSU FALLS

Hotels

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Villa Bahia| hotels in Salvador Brazil

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Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request. Rates are not valid during Certain Holidays and blackout periods. Visa to Brazil is required for US citizens.
    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class.
    Local Brazilian Departure taxes, local airport taxes, beverages, personal expenses and other items not mentioned above are not included.

Departures & Rates

HOTEL/STARTING FROM PRICES VALID THRU APRIL 2019

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Double Single
$1229 $2259

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Double Single
$1749 $4269

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