Day 1 – Departure
Rio de Janeiro is located in the southeastern zone on the Atlantic Ocean coast. The city is privileged with a great geographical position with wide beaches and impressive mountains.
Known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” – the marvelous city – Rio is a perfect combination of warm weather, beautiful scenery, friendly people, music and happiness.
It doesn’t take long for the visitors to realize that Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. A beauty that comes from its natural tropical environment where mountains, tropical forests, beaches, lagoons, and vegetation form a dramatic back-drop.
Welcome to South America’s largest and most populous country, Brazil. Immigration and Customs at the Galeão International Airport. Private arrival transfer with English-speaking guide to your hotel. Accommodations shall be ready, so you can freshen up and rest before exploring Rio de Janeiro.
Day 3 – Tour Rio
This tour begins with a panoramic view of the beaches of São Conrado down to the shore of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. By taking the Aterro do Flamengo, you can visit one of Rio’s treasured residential areas: Urca neighborhood. The visit to the Sugar Loaf is by cable car and the summit is reached in two stages. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill at 215m (706ft) high with a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and the Corcovado Hill . From this stage, a second cable car will take you to the top at 395m (1296ft) high where you will have a splendid 360º view of this amazing city.
Day 4 – Petropolis, Rain Forest and City tour
This city is located in the Serra dos Orgãos, only one hour from Rio de Janeiro. There, we will visit the Imperial Museum – old summer residence of the imperial family during the 19th century. We
will be able to see a fabulous collection of art objects and jewels, including the famous Imperial Crown. During our stay in Petropolis, we will visit the Crystal Palace and the São Pedro de Alcântara Neolithic Cathedral.
Day 5 – CORCOVADO AND MARACANÃ
Located on the top of the Corcovado Mountain, 710m (1329ft) high, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most known and visited monuments in the world. The tour begins in the Cosme Velho district on board a cozy train that crosses the tropical Atlantic forest until it reaches the top of the mountain, by the feet of the statue, with an incredible view of the city from many different angles. From the top, the view is superb. Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Botanic Garden, the Jockey Club and the Lagoon. The magnificent panorama of the entire city can be contemplated during the day; an area that becomes brilliant and mysterious when it grows dark – but always protected by Christ the Redeemer, who from the top blesses visitors and residents.
Next tourt, Maracanã Stadium. Its official name, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, is a tribute to one of the most important Brazilian journalists, founder of the newspaper “Jornal dos Esportes”. On 16 June 1950, Maracanã was inaugurated with a match between a team from Rio and one from São Paulo, with immortal Didi scoring the first goal in the history of the stadium. Since then it has been the stage of great triumphs of Brazilian soccer, including the world championship for clubs in 1963. Return to the Hotel.
Day 5 – NITEROI
Praça XV – Ferry.
The trip between the city and Niterói is on the ferry, watching Rio from the Guanabara Bay. Little walking is needed and the view of Rio is excellet along the beach until the M.A.C. (Contemporary Art Museum).
M.A.C. (Contemporary Art Museum)
View of BoaViagem Church–Shore of Niterói.
Here is one of the most incredible constructions of the XX century, masterpiece of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer
Itaipu – Beach
That is a most charming Oceanic Beach of Niterói, with a fisher’s village and little typical Fish Restaurants in front of the sea.
Buffet of Typical Brazilian food and deserts.
Niterói – Rio Bridge
Bridge of almost 14 kilometers(9 miles) built in 1974.
Day 6 – Fly to Salvador Bahia
Meet and greet at the airport in Salvador and transfer to your hotel . Dinner and overnight. B/D Salvador
Salvador- capital of Bahia – was the first capital of Brazilin 1763. The city has 40km of beaches bordered by extensive coconut groves. Visitors are always amused by the Amaralina, Pituba, Rio Vermelho and Itapoã beaches. Brazil’s first capital maintains a great complex of colonial architecture, with centuried relics. Its impressive museums and palaces show the luxurious life style of the colonial and imperial periods. . In Bahia,Africa abounds. Salvadoris the most African of the Brazilian cities with up to 80% of its population of over two million people having African origins. The local cuisine, music and dance forms and its extremely vibrant visual arts traditions are all testament to this permeating African influence .The “Lower City” is at sea level and contains the old port and the commercial area where visitors will find a complete and varied assortment of Brazilian arts and crafts at the Modelo Market.
The “Upper City” can be reached by stone steps, alley ways or the famous Lacerda Elevator. This part of the city contains the old government buildings, the residential districts, museums, churches and much of the newer architecture.
We trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour, which combines the newer, modern section and the older Historical Center of Salvador, the largest and best-preserved center of colonial architecture in Latin América. The area is home to many places of interest to those wishing to trace this underlying African influence. We stroll through the narrow, bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by, soaking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. We visit the church of São Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior. We visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, which traces the West African origins of the city, and see the superb wooden, sculpted panels of the orixa’s by Salvador’s most celebrated artist, Carybe. Museum entrance fee included. Overnight. B/D Salvador
Full day to enjoy the Land of Happiness at your own pace. We recommend the full day tour to Cachoeira, which will introduce you to the Brazil of yesteryear including a visit to the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, the oldest sorority of black women in the Américas. At night do not miss the Pelourinho area with its drumming troupes and cozy terraces with live Brazilian music. B/D Salvador