Our Highlights of Brazil tour takes in three of Brazil’s most important attractions, while giving you ample time to enjoy each. Rio de Janeiro will be your first destination. This vibrant global city is known for its culture, art and spectacular beauty. You’ll have the chance to stand on top of the world at the Sugar Loaf Mountain, see Christ the Redeemer up close and explore its bustling streets.
If you have a love for the great outdoors, Iguazu will be a real treat. This region is home to the world’s largest network of falls, which divide the Iguazu River on the border with Argentina. A catwalk from the shore enables you to walk right into the midst of the falls, an area known as the Devil’s Throat for its extraordinary sound and fury. We’ll see the falls from both countries, while enjoying the many opportunities for hiking around the park.
We’ll finish our journey in Salvador da Bahia. This fascinating city in the northeastern state of Bahia was once the Portuguese colonial capital. It’s now a place of faded glamour, soaring baroque architecture and vibrant Afro-Brazilian identity. Known as the “Capital of Happiness” amongst Brazilians, it’s sure to charm you.
Each of these locations offers the chance to experience a new side to Brazil. Our decades of experience will help you unlock the country’s hidden riches. Start planning your expertly designed Brazil tour today.
Please see 2020 group tour departure dates below, private tours depart daily, on request.
- 19 January
- 02 February
- 08, 22 March
- 05 April
- 03, 31 May
- 28 June
- 23 August
- 20 September
- 11, 25 October
- 15, 29 November
- Stand on top of the world at Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer
- Take an evening stroll along the beach at Copacabana and Ipanema
- Visit the breath taking Iguazu Falls and walk into the thundering Devil’s Throat
- Wander the streets of Salvador da Bahia; a charming Portuguese colonial city
Start your Journey
Rio de Janeiro
Land at Rio de Janeiro International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Rio de Janeiro
On your first full day in Rio we’ll take the cog train from Cosme Velho Station up through Tijuca Forest to the very top of the Corcovado Mountain. Built between 1922 and 1931, this art deco icon soars above the city.
Later that morning we’ll take the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain for another incredible panorama. From here we’ll visit the downtown area, where you can take in the Candeleria Church and the National Library before lunch at Confeitaria Colombo – one of the oldest restaurants in Rio.
We end the day with a tour of the Sambadrome, the vast stadium where the city’s iconic carnival is held.
You’ll have the evening to take a walk along Copacabana Beach and explore the city’s lively bar and restaurant scene.
Rio de Janeiro
You’ll have the whole day to yourself. That might mean relaxing by the pool, exploring the local neighbourhood or spending a day at the beach.
For an extra fee you have the option of a visit to Petrópolis. This city in the mountains to the north was originally built as a summer retreat for the Portuguese colonial rulers. It boasts some beautiful architecture and an intriguing history.
Within Rio de Janeiro you can take a tour around the Olympic Boulevard and the Museum of Tomorrow, which is housed within a ground breaking neo-futurist building.
In the evening you can enjoy Rio by Night, which brings together Brazil’s indigenous heritage and carnival culture in one breath taking show.
Rio de Janeiro – Iguazu
This morning you’ll transfer to the airport to fly to the city of Iguazu in the far south, on the border with Argentina. Here, deep in a sub-tropical rainforest, lurks the breath taking Iguazu Falls. This enormous horseshoe shaped canyon divides the upper and lower sections of the Iguazu River.
You’ll wander along the river, following jungle pathways, before arriving at a walkway into the centre of the Devil’s Throat.
After a day spent marvelling at this impressive natural wonder, you’ll return to your hotel.
On your second day in Iguazu we’ll cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge to the Argentinian side of the falls. Here you can explore the upper circuit of the river before taking a tourist train down to a catwalk right on the edge of Devil’s Throat. The sound and the spray are an unforgettably visceral experience.
In the late afternoon you’ll return to your hotel.
Iguazu – Salvador da Bahia
Transfer from your hotel to Iguazu airport and fly to Salvador da Bahia.
This fascinating city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was once the Portuguese colonial capital of Brazil and is home to one of the largest baroque centres of any city outside Europe. Its distinct Afro-Brazilian culture means you can expect impromptu carnivals, colourful street art and friendly locals.
Salvador da Bahia
Today we’ll enjoy an intriguing tour of Salvador da Bahia, taking in its long history and gorgeous architecture. Beginning in Barra, a modern beachside neighbourhood, you’ll view the 17th century Farol de Barra lighthouse before moving on to the exquisite rows of Portuguese colonial houses in the Corredor da Vitória and the majestic Municipal Square. Pelourinho, with its old world glamour, is among the city’s most attractive districts.
After an afternoon of exploring you can spend the evening in one of Salvador da Bahia’s many fine restaurants, enjoying sundowners with a view over the sea.
Final day in Salvador da Bahia
After breakfast, transfer to Salvador da Bahia airport for your return flight.
- Domestic flights in Brazil.
- Accommodation as listed (subject to change, in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed).
- Meals included as stated.
- Services of an English-speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
- All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.
- International flights.
- Domestic and international departure taxes.
- Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
- Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
- Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
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