This “Brazil Highlights” suggested itinerary is the perfect tour to embrace Brazilian culture and nature. Starting in the carnival city of Rio De Janeiro, renowned for being the city that never sleeps, the beautiful Copacabana Beach and one of the most photographed statues in the world, Christ the Redeemer.
The tour then takes you to northern Brazil to embark on the Amazon Clipper Cruise on the Amazon River to give you an insight into this wonderful country from the natural wonders of the Amazon jungle. The tour ends in Salvador, the old capital of Brazil. This is simply a memorable Brazil travel itinerary!
|Day 1 – 2||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro & sightseeing tour including the Christ Redeemer|
|Day 3||Day to explore Rio on your own|
|Day 4||Travel to Manaus to prepare for the Amazon River|
|Day 5 – 7||Amazon River Clipper Cruise|
|Day 8||Travel from Manaus to Salvador|
|Day 9 – 10||Sightseeing Salvador and enjoy all the entertainment on offer in this historical city|
|Day 11||Depart Salvador for your onward journey|
Day 1- Arrive Rio de Janeiro
From the moment you touch down in Rio you will be eager to explore this unique and exhilarating city. On your arrival you will be transferred from Rio airport to your hotel and you will be taken through this city to the stunning and bustling Copacabana beach where your hotel awaits your arrival.
Rio is the second largest city in Brazil and with that title it comes with the whole package, here you will be able to visit one of the most photographed monuments in the world, Christ the Redeemer standing proud and high on the Corcovado Mountain. You can take a stroll along one of the most famous beaches in the world; Copacabana beach, or take a cable car ride to the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Our packages include staying in the Copacabana beach area for its scenery, nearby restaurants, location and it is one of the nicest area Rio has to offer.
Day 2 –Sightseeing Rio de Janeiro
Today Rio de Janeiro will display to you why it is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. The tour package starts with your guide meeting you early in the morning to beat the morning traffic for the train ride up to Corcovado Mountain to see one of the most photographed and iconic statues in the world, Christ the Redeemer. Standing proud and high on the Corcovado Mountain, this statue is a symbol of Christianity and is considered the second largest art statue in the world with its height being 38 meters and is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. From the peak’s platform the panoramic view on the sunny days includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Copacabana beach.
After visiting Corcovado mountain your guide will give you a few suggestions of restaurants to have lunch and give you enough time to enjoy some Brazilian cuisine. Next your guide will take you through the city to soak up the vibrant Brazilian culture. Your next destination will be Sugar Loaf Mountain, this is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 meters above the harbour, the only way to get to this mountain is by a glass-panelled cable car capable of holding 65 passengers and runs along a 1400-metre route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Cara de Cão every 20 minutes. On top of Sugar Loaf Mountain you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of this extravagant city
Day 3- Full day Rio
Due to the vast activity and vibrancy of Rio, today you have the whole day to explore Rio De Janeiro on your own. We recommend having a stroll along Copacabana beach and buying a few trinkets at the local markets, or we can organise another day tour for you to see the favelos or natural beauty of this famous city.
Day 4 – From Rio de Janeiro to Amazon
After breakfast you will say goodbye to Rio and transfer to the airport for your journey into the Amazon (The flight from Rio to Manaus is not included in the package price and is quoted separately).
When you arrive into Manaus you will need to make your own way to your hotel where you will stay for one night. We have included one night to either side of your Amazon jungle trip in Manaus as flights can sometimes be delayed, plus there is an amazing history behind the town of Manaus for you to explore.
Day 5 – Amazon Clipper cruise
The Amazon clipper cruise starts on a Monday. Board the Amazon Clipper and depart towards the Amazon River, while we enjoy a welcome drink and are informed about the routes and facilities. After a snack, we’ll meet in the leisure room for lectures about the Amazon, from which we can get a better understanding of the ecology of the Amazon. Before dinner, there will be time to enjoy a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, while watching the sunset. After dinner, we’ll explore the streams and ponds, and with the help of spotlights we’ll search for crocodiles and alligators, and sometimes even night-hawks, snakes, sloths and frogs.
Day 6 – Amazon Clipper cruise
Tuesday – We’ll wake up at Lake Janauacá and begin a canoe excursion along the waterways and lakes full of amazing aquatic plants, keeping our eyes open for birds and pink dolphins. We’ll return for breakfast, and then have a walk in the forest and visit the residents of the lake, who make a living off manioc, fishing, fruit trees, rubber, chestnuts, wood and other extract products. The piranha fishing in the evening is not just for those who love fishing – it’s also possible to see large flocks of beautiful birds such as herons. After dinner we’ll explore the forest in our canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars.
Day 7 – Amazon Clipper cruise
Wednesday – One last excursion of bird watching and to see the Vitória Regia, the giant water lilies, in the January Ecological Park. We’ll explore the mysterious flooded forest by canoe or by trails, observing the nature of the trees and the water. While we have breakfast, the boat will begin its navigation towards the “Meeting of the Waters” – a unique spectacle where the muddy waters of the Amazon and the dark waters of Rio Negro flow side by side without mixing for several miles. Making the trip back, we’ll pass by Manaus, observing the floating docks, the market, the old customs house, and the Opera dome.
When you arrive back to Manaus you will need to make your own way back to your hotel where you spent the first night for one last night in Manaus before continuing onto Salvador.
Day 8 – From Manaus to Salvador
This morning after breakfast you will need to make your own way to Manaus airport for your flight from Manaus to Salvador. (Flight from Manaus to Salvador is not included in package price).
Your journey to Salvador starts off with an arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in the heart of the city. Salvador was once the capital of Brazil and still to this day has a classic range of colonial buildings and will take your breath away. It’s only a short ride from the airport to the hotel but the scenery along the way is a tour in itself.
After checking into your hotel we recommend having a stroll down some of the streets to see some of the architecture that is so unique in this area. It is also the focus of Salvador’s famous and exuberant nightlife with countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
This evening your package includes a Salvador By Night tour. This excursion provides an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful dinner and spectacular show, set in a beautiful 18th century architectural complex comprising the main house (Casa Grande), a chapel and outlying slave quarters – making it one of the most traditional entertainment spots in Salvador.
Day 9 & 10 – Sightseeing Salvador
You now have two full days to explore, eat and enjoy Salvador and you will need it with all the entertainment this historical city has to offer. To get into the Salvador spirit this package includes a half-day (4hour) Salvador tour. This excursion provides a real visual feast as you take in the unforgettable sights of Salvador’s Cidade Baixa (Lower City). You’ll visit the famous Igreja do Bonfim, the focus of many of Bahia’s (state) different religious traditions, such as the famous Lavagem do Bonfim festival, during which the steps of the church are washed. The excursion also includes historic neighbourhoods such as Ribeira, where you stop at the charming Sorveteria da Ribeira, an ice cream parlour that has been serving a unique range of delicious flavours since 1931. The last part of the tour is devoted to the imposing Forte de São Marcelo. This almost circular fortress was built in 1650 to defend the city against a possible Dutch invasion, and played a fundamental role in preventing enemy ships from entering the port. The magnificent view from the fort of the Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints) makes a spectacular conclusion to this very special tour.
Day 11 – Depart Salvador
After breakfast you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel who will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. This concludes the end of the Brazil Highlights itinerary.
- Arrival & departure transfers Rio de Janeiro
- 3 nights accommodation Rio de Janeiro
- Full day Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain tour
- 2 nights accommodation Manaus
- 3 nights accommodation cruising on-board the Amazon Clipper
- All meals on-board the Amazon Clipper
- Arrival & Departure transfers Salvador
- 3 nights accommodation Salvador
- Salvador by night tour
- Half day Salvador tour
- Breakfast daily
- International and internal flights
- National park entrance fees
- Items of personal nature
- Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Tips to drivers, guides and porters
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