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The Diamante Tour

15 Night Itinerary from £2,7922,311$2,909

Private Individual Tour

 

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

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Travel Route

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxed journey through Bahia, for a glimpse of life in Brazil's Northern region
  • Visit historic Salvador, home to some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas
  • Admire table-top mountains, river caves and remote waterfalls at Chapada Diamantina
  • Relax on the idyllic white sand beaches of Morro Sao Paulo

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

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Travel Itinerary

Salvador da Bahia - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Salvador da Bahia

Day 2 - Walking introduction of Salvador

Day 3 - City tour of Salvador

Day 4 - At leisure in Salvador

Day 1

Fly to Salvador da Bahia

Take a daytime flight on Air Portugal via Lisbon or Air Europa via Madrid, to Salvador da Bahia, arriving the same day in the evening. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 4 night stay and also be available to brief you on your itinerary and local area. 


Day 2

Walking introduction to Salvador da Bahia

Salvador is at the heart of Brazilian identity with roots in Portuguese colonial history, blending with African music and customs. The old centre of Salvador, the Pelourinho, was restored and became a UNESCO World heritage Site with cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches. Today our guide will take you on a short walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival and gain a feel of the city life, the people and the culture. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on one of Salvador's stunning beaches where you can enjoy a freshly grilled fish lunch as one of the many pleasures of this historic city.


Day 3

City tour of Salvador

Today we take a guided journey through the cobbled streets lined of Salvador, with splendid colonial houses, which stand as a reminder of a bygone era when Salvador was at the height of its glory in the 18th century. We explore the upper and lower parts of the city, we visit the numerous churches, squares, fortifications and symbols of Salvador's rich diversity of faiths and cultures, as we immerse ourselves into the heart of Brazil's colonial roots from Portuguese and African influences.


Day 4

At leisure in Salvador

Today you have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and relax. There is much to see and do in Salvador, including museums, art galleries and stunning beaches. Your guide can arrange optional excursions including a visit the Old City of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or perhaps a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.

Monte Pascoal

Salvador da Bahia - Tourist Hotel

Located in a modern buildings close to the lighthouse at Barra, shops and restaurants. All 77 rooms are fully equiped and it has a restaurant serving Brazilian cuisine and a pool.

Casa do Amarelindo

Salvador da Bahia - Tourist Hotel

Located in the old Pelourinho area, the hotel has the warm, colourful decoration of Bahia and with 10 comfortable rooms with ceiling fan and air conditioning, bath, CD and DVD player, free WiFi, hair dryer, safe and satellite TV. Breakfast can be taken all day by the pool, the panoramic terrace or the restaurant.

Villa Bahia

Salvador da Bahia - First Hotel

The hotel is located in the heart of Salvador's historical centre and colonial architecture, close to Pelourinho, the Church of Sao Francisco and the main square. It is a converted historic building with 17 spacious bedrooms with sofas, table, wardrobe, air conditioning, TV, minibar, hair dryer, large private bathrooms and shower. Some rooms have a four poster bed, others a double bed with a net and others two single beds.

The character decoration recalls the most important moments in the history of the Portuguese explorers, of the African and Asian trade exchanges, of the sea routes, closely tied to the spice trade.

The common areas recall the genius of the great Portuguese navigators, of Pedro Alvarez Cabral, who in 1500 discovered Brazil; of Magellan, of Vasco de Gama sailing to Africa and India; and of the advances made in seafaring that made it possible for them to bring different worlds closer to each other.

The gourmet restaurant with Bahia gourmet cuisine is excellent and there is a sitting room, swimming pool, cosy patio with tables, chairs and plants and a spa with wonderful, exotic massage. The restaurant and bar evoke the theme of the Spice Route. The spa invites you to discover beauty care and relaxation inspired by the knowledge Guarani Indians have passed down for generations to each other.

 

Lencois Diamantina - 4 Nights

Day 5 - Travel to Lencois

Day 6 - River trail excursion

Day 7 - Waterfall trail excursion

Day 8 - River cave excursion

Day 5

Travel to Lencois

Our guide will met you at your hotel to take you to the coach station for the coach journey (6 to 7 hours) inland to Lencois, set in an area of outstanding beauty and remoteness, with lush flat-top mountains, canyons, waterfalls and vast limestone caves. Transfer the Hotel Canto das Aguas Hotel, located on a riverbank beside a waterfall, for a 4 night stay.

Located on the banks of the Lencois River and close to the town, this delightful hotel has well appointed rooms in a scenic setting. Public facilities include a restaurant offering international and local cuisine from Bahia, large swimming pool, fitness room, spa facilities and lush gardens leading to the river and nearby waterfall. A great place to relax and unwind after your days exploring this lesser-visited part of Brazil.


Day 6

River trail excursion 

Today enjoy a walking tour of Lencois including the coloured sands, the river, the waterfall and a trek along the River Sossego. We will visit villages that were left frozen in time at the end of the diamond mining boom, with their architecture and charm intact.

 


Day 7

Waterfall trail excursion

About 68 km drive from Lencois is the village of Capao. There we will start a trail to one of the highest waterfalls in Brazil, Fumaca, which is 366 metres high. We will trek for 6 km, climbing for 2 km. Stop at Cachoeira do Riachinho waterfall for a swim. Afternoon return to Lencois.


Day 8

River Cave Excursion

We leave Lencois to the Mucugezinho River, located 20 km from Lencois. Here we have a short trek by the river, followed by a swim under a tall waterfall named Poco do Diabo. We continue on to Lapa Doce Cave located in Iraquara, a small city 70 km from Lencois, where we walk for about one hour and see typical formations like the stalagmites and stalactites. We also visit Pratinha Cave, 6 km from Lapa Doce, which has pure, clear river water and is a good place to swim. In the afternoon we visit Pai Inacio Mountain, in the centre of Chapada, from where we get a beautiful view of the two biggest mountains in the National Park.

Salvador da Bahia - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Travel to Salvador

Day 10 - At leisure in Salvador

Day 9

Travel to Salvador

Transfer to the coach station for the return journey to Salvador, arriving in the afternoon. 


Day 10

At leisure in Salvador

A day at leisure in Salvador. Our guide will be on hand to advise you on any further optional excursions you might wish to take.

Morro Sao Paulo - 4 Nights

Day 11 - Sail to Morro Sao Paulo

Days 12-14 - At Leisure in Morro Sao Paulo 

Day 15 - Return to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

Day 11

Sail to Morro Sao Paulo

South of Salvador at Valença we board a schooner to sail to the remote tropical island of Morro de São Paulo. This former fishing village is a car free island paradise of swaying palm trees and mangroves, with colourful bird life and 40km of pristine beaches. We stay at the comfortable beachside Villa Guaiamu for 4 nights.


Day 12

At Leisure in Morro Sao Paulo

This is such a laid back island, you can do as much or as little as you wish. You could walk in the rolling hills surrounding the bay to find secluded beaches to relax and tranquil settings to watch the local wildlife in this idyllic setting. The most dramatic waterfall is at Fonte do Ceu, reached by walking to Gamboa, a truly authentic fishing village. Perhaps go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters to explore the coral reef or just relax on the beach. Between July and October, it is possible to take a boat trip to spot hump back whales and dolphins that make this area their home.

Wander the sandy track through the Morro village to visit the ancient fortress, lighthouse and Church of our Lady Light dating back to the 16th century. Morro village is a wonderful place to eat in the evening, with good local restaurants in a delightful, relaxed atmosphere.

Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy the tranquil and laid-back atmosphere and won't want to leave - quite a wonderful end to your tour of Bahia.


Day 13

At leisure

 

 


Day 14

At leisure


Day 15

Return to the UK

Return by boat to Salvador (it is possible to return by air on a small plane). You will be met at the pier and taken to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

Vila Guaiamu

Morro De Sao Paulo - First Hotel

The hotel has 22 comfortable rooms, each with air-conditioning, TV, minibar, a veranda and hammock. The hotel is a huge covered terrace, incorporating a restaurant and bar, TV lounge and a space for reading and games. Inside the grounds of the hotel guests can enjoy ecological walks and appreciate the natural beauty of Morro Sao Paulo.

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Travel Details

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 30 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,791 - - £2,929 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £1,340 - - + £1,340 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,368 - - + £1,367 - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 30 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €2,309 - - €2,468 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,542 - - + €1,541 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,573 - - + €1,573 - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 30 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $2,907 - - $3,100 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,877 - - + $1,876 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $1,915 - - + $1,915 - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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