In exploring these beautiful cities you can immerse yourself in the splendour of the 18th century Brazilian gold rush.
The 18th century Brazilian gold rush financed beautiful Portuguese colonial architecture, with sumptuous baroque churches and mansions decorated with exquisite sculptures. The entire region is a homage to the brilliance of Brazilian sculptor and architect O Aleijadinho and his works can be seen and appreciated throughout. The atmospheric cobbled streets are lined with interesting museums, shops selling local handicrafts and charming pousadas in which to stay. Restaurants here serve rich and hearty comida Mineira, whilst the region is noted for its original variety of the Brazilian spirit cachaça.
A visit to Minas Gerais allows visitors to travel along the the Estrada Real - the route along which gold was transported to Rio de Janeiro, from where it was shipped to Europe. In exploring these cities you can immerse yourself in one of the most glorious, yet controversial, periods of Brazilian history, gaining a greater understanding of the history and psyche of this most complex of nations.
Find out more about the six cities below.
Cities of Minas Gerais Holidays View All
The Tamboril Tour
13 Nights from £3,548€3,180$3,967
An introduction to the best of Brazil in a two week journey to cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the magnificent Iguassu Falls, the Amazon rainforest and Salvador colonial history
The Diamante Tour
15 Nights from £2,792€2,311$2,909
Discover a blend of African and Portuguese heritage in Salvador, hike the inland rivers and canyons of Chapada Diamantina and unwind on the idyllic island of Morro Sao Paulo
The Caiman Nature & Wildlife Tour
15 Nights from £4,286€4,028$5,000
Our nature and wildlife Tour of Brazil focuses on the prolific birdlife of the Pantanal wetlands and the exuberant vegetation of the Amazon rainforest
The Varzea Tour
14 Nights from £4,890€4,723$5,845
Experience Brazil's most vibrant cities, admire the stunning Iguassu Falls and venture deep into the pristine Amazon Rainforest on a four night expedition cruise
The Paquera Tour
13 Nights from £2,251€1,688$2,151
Ideal for Honeymooners - the romance of Rio, the Iguassu Falls, colonial Salvador and an idyllic Brazilian beach resort
The Samba Tour
21 Nights from £4,847€4,674$5,785
Comprehensive tour exploring Brazil's colonial origins, rich cultural heritage, natural wonders and vibrant cities
The Costa Verde Tour
11 Nights from £2,596€2,085$2,634
Explore Rio de Janeiro in-depth then journey to Parati colonial village with its pedestrian, cobbled streets, old houses and tropical islands.
The Ninos Amazonas Family Tour
15 Nights from £4,399€4,159$5,158
Ideal for families, discover the exciting city of Rio, venture deep into the Amazon jungle and relax on the golden beaches of Praia do Forte.
The Tucano Amazon Voyage Tour
9 Nights from £2,937€2,478$3,112
Explore areas of rainforest rarely visited and seek out life in the wilderness, in some of the most untouched areas
The Carioca Tour
8 Nights from £2,368€1,824$2,316
Experience the Rio de Janeiro carnival on a week long city break to the Marvellous City. Enjoy an in-depth tour and privileged Sambadrome seats for the best views of the world…
The Rio City Break Tour
8 Nights from £1,696€1,051$1,375
Explore this vibrant exotic City in a stunningly beautiful setting. Enjoy Copacabana beach, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain and discover Rio's Roy…
The Salvador City Break Tour
7 Nights from £1,494€818$1,091
Explore the fascinating essence of Brazilian identity; a blend of Portuguese and African heritage, visible in the colonial architecture, Orixas, Capoeira, paintings and music
The Tucano Tour
13 Nights from £4,992€4,841$5,989
Discover the wonders of Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, the awesome Iguassu Falls, colonial Salvador and a 4-night Amazon River cruise