• a group of people on a beach near a body of water

The Best of Brazil

The biggest country in South America and arguably the most vibrant. Discover Rio de Janeiro the home of beautiful beaches, iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, the impressive Sugar Loaf mountain and home of the world famous carnival. The travel to Iguazu, to see the mighty waterfalls. Here, explore Iguazu Falls from Brazil and Argentina to get completely different perspectives. Your final stop is the north east coastal city of Salvador. This city has a true Brazilian feel to it, from the historic streets to the golden beaches.

This journey is the ideal introduction to the amazing and diverse country of Brazil.   

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

Hotels may be subject to change (to same standard) if allocation is full at orginally named hotel

8 days

Guide Price

 £3,499  pp
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a large waterfall over a body of water

Trip highlights

  • Seeing the Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Feeling the spray from Iguazu Falls
  • Go during Rio carnival to really see the city come alive
  • Exploring the historic city of Salvador
  • Relaxing on a beach

Upon arrival in Rio, transfer from the airport to your hotel where you will spend the next three nights.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar

Start this morning with a city tour taking in the most important sights of Rio. Board a cog-train at the Cosme Velho Station for a ride through Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain. Disembark at the top of Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below the tour proceeds passing by Rio's world famous beaches to the Urca District to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. Then, coming down, drive along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park to the downtown area. Pass by the financial and business centre and other attractions such as the Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedra and Lapa Arches. Stop at Confeitaria Colombo, a restaurant opened in 1894 and part of Brazilian History. Drive till you reach the Sambadrome, site of Rio's famous Carnival parade. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar

Spend a full day at leisure discovering the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro. Optional tours can be booked. These include a scenic drive up Serra dos Orgaos Range across the Atlantic Forest's lush vegetation through mountains and valleys as far as 850m high Petropolis. Visit of the Summer Palace and the Cathedral, and touring along that charming city's highlights, such as the Crystal Palace, Santos Dumont's House, old mansions and charming squares.

Book an optional tour, charges apply locally:

- Full day tour to Petropolis

- Half day tour to Olympic Boulevard including Museum of Tomorrow and Rio Art Museum.

- Rio by night - show in the evening.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Windsor Excelsior or similar

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. Later in the day visit the Brazilian side of the falls. Your tour leaves from the hotel by coach, crossing Iguazu National Park as far as the Brazilian Falls. Walk along the paths following cascades and along the catwalk that leads very close to the bottom of the Devil's Throat to enjoy magnificent views. Take an elevator back up to the road, where your coach is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bourbon Cataratas or similar

Visit the Argentinean side of the falls today. Leaving from your hotel on the Brazilian side for a drive and a quick customs check, crossing the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguazu River, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, your tour takes a scenic highway up the Argentinean Iguazu National Park. Stopping at the Visitors' Centre and proceeding from there to the Superior Circuit, the up-river cascades, to the Inferior Circuit, the down-river falls and then takes the Ecological Jungle Train that leads to and from the most impressive observation point of the falls – The Devil's Throat.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bourbon Cataratas or similar

In the morning after breakfast leave Iguazu and take a flight to Salvador da Bahia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for two nights.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wish Hotel da Bahia or similar

Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Salvador this morning.

The focus of the historical city tour will be on the city will be on the city sites related to the colonial Brazil and Adro-Brazilian history, taking advantage of Pelourinho being the greatest baroque neighbourhood outside Europe, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Starting with Farol da Barra lighthouse at Barra district, continue to Municipal Square stopping en route at the Lacerda Elevator for a breathtaking view of Baía de Todos os Santos. Walk through the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho district and discover the city's historic old town. Visit the Baroque Cathedral, built by the Jesuits in 1672 and San Francisco Church, Brazil's most famous religious structure with its intricately carved gold-leaf and rosewood interior, fine paintings, sculpture and valuable silver ornamentation. Explore Pelourinho Square by foot before returning to the hotel by bus. During the tour, you will have the option to enjoy lunch in a typical Bahia cuisine restaurant. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy Salvador at leisure.

In the evening the following option can be added on to your itinerary:

Bahia by night, show and dinner - enjoy regional Bahia food followed by a colourful dance and music show.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wish Hotel da Bahia or similar

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Optional extensions can be arranged.


  • 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.

Not included

  • Domestic and international departure taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • International flights