Best of Brazil

- Visit the natural wonders and cultural hotspots of this diverse country

  • 14 days/13 nights
  • Rio - Manaus - Salvador - Ouro Preto - Iguassu - Sao Paulo
  • from £2950 per person

Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel. The afternoon consists of a half day tour - visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, which offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city. The tour also offers a ride to downtown Rio which features a panoramic view of the city.

Day 2 and 3 - Rio de Janeiro

The morning after breakfast embark on a tour to Corcovado. After a beautiful scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, from the bottom of the Corcovado hill embark on a comfortable train ride to the top of the beautiful mountain, where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer is located. From the summit, enjoy the most breathtaking view in Rio!

Return to the Hotel early in the afternoon. That evening experience Rio by night with dinner and a show. There is no other place in Rio that embodies the alegria or happiness of the Brazilian people more than the nightlife scene in the neighborhood of Lapa. Once the sun goes down, this normally quiet neighbourhood turns into a bustling and vibrant area full of restaurants, nightclubs and bars. From traditional north eastern forró, to Rio’s own samba, to reggae from Bahia, visitors will enjoy the best that the Rio music scene has to offer.

The next morning perhaps visit the famous Braxzilllian beaches – Ipanena and Copacabana. The afternoon at leisure.

The morning after breakfast embark on a tour to Corcovado. After a beautiful scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, from the bottom of the Corcovado hill embark on a comfortable train ride to the top of the beautiful mountain, where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer is located. From the summit, enjoy the most breathtaking view in Rio!

Day 4 - Rio to Manaus/Amazon

This morning you will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro airport for flight to Manaus. Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas, which is the largest state in Brazil. It is also the ideal point of departure for visiting the rest of the Amazon region. Tour boats leave Manaus to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the black waters of the Negro River meet the light waters of the Solimões River, which flow side by side without mixing for several miles. After arriving in Manaus, transfer to your hotel – Araras Eco Lodge. An optional visit the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House) is recommended, the primary attraction in the city.

Day 5 and 6 - Amazon River Cruise

An once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits! From the port of Manaus embark on a 2 night Amazon river cruise on the Clipper Premium vessel. The Amazon Clipper Premium is a classic and traditional four-decked vessel in which to explore a number of tributaries of the Amazon river in safety and comfort. It is small enough to dock at remote spots, an opportunity to venture even further into the foliage to view wildlife - either on foot or from a canoe. Witness first-hand how the river shapes and dictates the life of animals and people living on or near its banks

Day 7 - Manaus to Salvador

Transfer from the Clipper to Manaus airport for a flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador and transfer to your hotel. Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, was the capital of the country until 1763. The city is divided into two parts. The ´´Lower City´´ is at sea level and is where the city´s original port and commercial area, including Mercado Modelo, are found. The city, without a doubt, keeps in touch with its African roots and traditions with respect to its cuisine, religion, and artwork.

Day 8 and 9 - Salvador

The day will begin with a half-day historical city tour, if you wish. Start in the modern suburb of Barra and head towards the old, historical section of town, Pelourinho, with the most expansive selection of preserved colonial architecture in the Americas. The tour will visit the church of Sao Francisco and its exuberant gold-leafed baroque interior and the Pelourinho Square, the heart of old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador: the new and the old worlds, concentrating on the early expansion of the city. A highly recommended is a show by The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) - one of the most respected folklore dance teams in the world. The troop performs a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that permeate Bahian culture. After the show dinner will be served in one of the many traditional restaurants in the area.































































































































The next day why not go on a full day schooner cruise with lunch. Transfer to the pier and board a schooner to cruise to some of the 36 islands in the bay. Stop with time to relax in the sun or swim in the warm waters. Re-board for a short crossing to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. Enjoy more time to relax on the beach or an optional visit to the colonial town of Itaparica before returning to Salvador.

Day 10 - Salvador to Ouro Preto

This morning visitors transfer out Salvador, for a flight to Belo Horizonte. Arrive in Belo Horizonte and get picked up at the airport and immediately transfer to the city of Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto was founded in the early 18th century. It was built on rocky ground and declared a national monument in 1933. It is a masterpiece of Brazilian colonial architecture with fountains, churches, ruins and towers with shining colored tiles. Ouro Preto's baroque architecture can be viewed upon as traditionally Brazilian.

Day 11 - Ouro Preto

Start the morning with a walking tour of Ouro Preto followed by lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 12 - Ouro Preto to Iguassu Falls

The morning starts with a transfer back to Belo Horizonte Airport for a flight to Iguaçu Falls. The Iguaçu Falls are one of the planet’s natural wonders. Formed on the Iguaçu River, the falls go down from an average height of 60 meters (with a high of 82 meters), while the face of the falls is 2700 meters wide. The number of falls varies from 150 to 275, depending on the river's outflow. The major part of the falls is located in Argentina, but all its lush, green beauty can be admired on the Brazilian side. Surrounding trails offer visitors a closer looks at the subtropical forests of Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Iguaçu National Park) and take visitors to catwalks and lookouts to observe the falls.

Day 13 - Iguassu Falls

The morning begins with a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, starting from the hotel inside the Brazilian side of National Iguaçu Park. The 45-minute journey takes guests through the local subtropical forests. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the falls or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 14 - Iguassu Falls to Sao Paulo

The final day starts with a morning tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. Cross the Argentinean border and end up in the Parque Nacional del Iguassu, 40 km away from the Brazilian border. A walking tour of the falls will follow. The trip will conclude with an evening transfer to the airport for a flight to São Paulo to connect to your flight back home.

What's so great about it?

  • 3 days in Rio to get energised
  • Amazon cruise
  • Experience the vibrant BAHIA culture
  • Explore the islands by boat on the Bahia coast
  • Brazilian colonial architecture
  • Marvel at the thundering Iguassu Falls

Where would I stay?

  • Rio de Janeiro - Hotel Santa Teresa – 3 nights B&B
  • Manaus – Araras Eco Lodge – 1 night D,B&B
  • Amazon – Clipper Premium – 2 nights full board
  • Salvador - Bahia Othon Palace – 3 nights B&B
  • Ouro Preto – Solar Rosario – 2 nights D,B&B
  • Iguassu – Belmond Das Cataratas – 2 nights DB&B

Destination Map

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Locations

Chada Katavi Beach House
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Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House

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Locations


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