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Brazil in Bossa 8 days: Standard

 
Destination(s): Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and Salvador-Bahia
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Frequency: Select Saturdays each month - call for details
Price: Starting at US $ 1,280.00 per person / double occupancy
  *single supplement from $300.00
Deadline to book: available thru December
 
 
 

Brazil,the fifth largest and most populous country in the world offers such diversity that even the most experienced tourists are swept off their feet by it. In over 8 days you will enjoy vibrant Rio with fable beaches, nightlife and Samba; Iguassu Falls, the largest waterfalls on earth, and Salvador Bahia heartland of the country and hot spot for their culture and cuisine.

The colorful culture creates an environment that make Brazil a very popular destination year round.
Happiness lives in Brazil!!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Three nights hotel in Rio at the Americas Copacabana
    • Panoramic City tour of Old Rio & Sugar Loaf
  • Two nights hotel in Iguassu at the Viale Cataratas 
    • City tour of Brazilian side of the Falls
    • City tour of Argentinian side of the Falls & Devil's Throat
  • Two nights hotel in Salvador at the Cruz do Pascoal
    • Historical City Tour of Salvador & Monserrat Panoramic Tour
    • Acaraje Tasting
  • All shared excursions with a bilingual licensed guide
    • All museum, park & entrance fees throughout
      • Breakfast daily
        • All shared airport transfers aboard air-conditioned bus/van & portage throughout with a bilingual licensed guide
          • Taxes & service fees (US citizens are exempt from hotel taxes!!)

            NOT INCLUDED:

            • International & domestic airfare from the US
            • Applicable airport departure taxes
            • Drinks (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
            • Gratuities
            • Personal expenses

            Day 1.   Rio de Janeiro

            Your bilingual guide will meet you right after clearing customs. The transfer time will take approximately 45 minutes depending on the traffic conditions. In route, your guide will give you some basic information about the city and your hotel. Check-in to your hotel and overnight. Meals: N/A

            Day 2.   Rio de Janeiro

            Morning visit to Sugar Loaf for a welcoming Caipirinha toast on top of Urca Hill. Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level. On this first stage, you will have time to admire spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands sipping a refreshing Caipirinha, our special treat to welcome you to this wonderful city. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio. Before returning to the hotel, you will go on a panoramic tour through the downtown area, stopping by the Municipal Theater and the Cathedral for a glance of the most well kept secrets of Old Rio. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel. Meals: breakfast

            Day 3.   Rio de Janeiro 

            Day at leisure to explore on your own. Meals: breakfast

            Day 4.   Rio de Janeiro / Iguassu Falls

            You’ll have a private transfer from the hotel to the airport to catch a short flight to Iguassu Falls. Your bilingual guide will meet you just beyond the disembarking gate. The transfer time will take approximately 30 minutes depending on the traffic conditions. En route, your guide will give some basic information about the city and your respective hotel.

            Iguassu Falls
            Iguassu Falls located on the border of the State of Parana, is one of the most famous attractions in all of Brazil. These 275 massive waterfalls are divided between Argentina & Brazil and provide vastly different views and experiences depending on what side you view them from. Within the surrounding city of Foz do Iguaçu the main tourist attractions go hand-in-hand with the most exuberant scenery provided by nature and mankind. In the "Land of the Falls", visitors can in the splendor of the natural forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the world’s largest hydroelectric works, the Itaipu Dam. Travelers also have the unique opportunity to experience the falls and attractions not only in Brazil but in Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) as well.

            Today you will have an afternoon visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. The trip begins at the Iguaçu National Park with a drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Take a stroll on the trail that descends down the canyon, to offer panoramic views of more than 240 falls. Embark on the glass elevator up the cliff face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its “sister” park in Argentina form the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America which along with the waterfalls, have been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will end the tour with a visit to the artisans fair. Return to the hotel and overnight. Meals: breakfast

            Day 5.   Iguassu Falls
             

            Today you will have a morning visit to the Argentinean side of the falls. We  will cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge heading towards the Iguaçu National Park in Argentina. At the entrance, a small train takes visitors on a tour through the park, making 2 stops. Follow the pathways to the top of the waterfalls that provide spectacularly unique views of the ‘Cataratas’, amidst the abundant nature filled with orchids, colorful birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the ‘Garganta do Diabo’ waterfall (Devil’s Throat) – the largest fall in the park. Return to your hotel and overnight. Meals: breakfast 

            Day 6.   Iguassu Falls / Salvador 

            You’ll have a private transfer from the hotel to the Brazilian airport to catch your flight to Salvador. In Salvador the bilingual guide will meet all passengers right after customs clearance and you will have a private transfer from the airport to your hotel. The transfer time  will be approximately 40 minutes depending on the traffic conditions. En route, our guides will provide some basic briefs about the city and your hotel.  

            SalvadorThe oldest city in Brazil and its first capital Salvador was a major post for the slave trade and is now a thriving center of Afro-Brazilian life. Salvador is considered the country’s soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. The local cuisine, music, dance and vibrant visual arts are all testaments to this pervasive African influence. As one of Brazil’s greatest historical destinations, the city is filled with churches, homes and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period. Outside the city lie some of Northeastern Brazil’s most pristine beaches, including the renowned Praia do Forte and Costa do Sauípe. Considered Brazil's most artistic city, Salvador has a lively art scene and its streets are filled with dance and music all year round. Meals: breakfast

            Day 7.   Salvador

            This morning you’ll visit Lower Salvador. The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply connected  with the Candomblé. 

            You continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs. This is also where you can test your bargaining talents! This tour is a complement to the Historical city tour. Please note that the Church of Bonfim is closed on Mondays. During the tour you will stop at a well-known food stand to taste one of the most famous Bahian street foods, Acaraje -- deep fried rolls prepared with shrimp, black-eyed peas, red chili pepper, onion and garlic. Then return to the hotel and overnight. Meals: breakfast

            Day 8.   Salvador

            A private transfer to the airport to begin your journey home. Meals: breakfast 

             



            Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


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