Rainforest Adventure, Colonial Cities, Cosmopolitan Cities and Tropical Beach Life
14 Night Itinerary from £3,202
Ninos Amazonas Family Tour
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.
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- Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights
- Manaus - 2 Nights
- Amazon Lodge - 3 Nights
- Salvador da Bahia - 2 Nights
- Praia do Forte - 4 Nights
- An adventure for Global Families exploring the best of Brazil
- Experience Rio de Janeiro and its iconic beaches and sights, visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue for extraordinary views
- Stay at a remote Amazon Lodge exploring the rainforest and understanding how local people live
- Discover the blend of colonial and African heritage in colourful Salvador
- Relax at idyllic Praia do Forte, surrounded by palm trees and coconut groves
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 - City tour of Rio
Day 3 - At leisure in Rio
- Full Description
Saturday, 09 December 2023
Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Take a daytime flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the evening. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and taken to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings. You will walk around the area of your hotel in order to gain a feeling of Rio de Janeiro's city life - the people, the beach culture, the apartments of the city's affluent, all that makes up the typical "Carioca" life. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.
Sunday, 10 December 2023
City tour of Rio
Your city tour will be adapted to the needs and interests of your family. It is totally bespoke. We begin our tour by visiting the famous Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain where you can admire spectacular 360° views of the city, tropical forest, granite peaks and bay. From here we visit the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, once home to the rich and famous it's now occupied by galleries, writers, musicians and artists. Our journey continues into the city centre for lunch at one of Rio's oldest coffee shops, after which you visit the cathedral and the historical district to admire the strong colonial architecture and charming atmosphere.
Monday, 11 December 2023
At leisure in Rio
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Our guide is on hand to assist with any requirements you might have, including optional excursions or activities of interest for teenagers and families. Perhaps visit the famous Maracana football stadium, take a hike up Sugar Loaf Mountain or visit the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio.
Rio de Janeiro - Tourist Hotel
The Ipanema Inn has a wonderful location in the trendy residential district of Ipanema with numerous shops, bars and restaurant and only 300 meters from the beach.
All the rooms have private facilities, free WiFi, air conditioning, cable TV and minibar. Some have private balconies. The restaurant and bar serve Brazilian specialties and exotic local drinks.
Rio de Janeiro - First Hotel
A modern hotel overlooking Copacabana Beach with 233 rooms and suites, all with air conditioning, internet, mini bar, safe and en-suite bathroom with hair-dryer as well as 24-hour room service. All rooms have twin beds that can be pushed together and made up as doubles. The top floor has a wonderful view of the beach and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a rooftop swimming pool, fitness lounge, sauna and bar for cool drinks. The hotel has a bar, a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner with buffet and a-la-carte menus, and also offers a complementary beach service with towels, umbrellas for shade and sunbathing chairs.
Manaus - 2 Nights
Day 4 - Travel to Manaus
Day 5 - City tour of Manaus
- Full Description
Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Travel to Manaus
Enjoy a final morning in Rio before taking a flight to Manaus, known as "The Heart of the Amazon". Transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay.
Wednesday, 13 December 2023
City tour of Manaus
Explore Manaus's main attractions including a visit to the Municipal Market where you can see the exotic fruit and freshwater fish of the Amazon rainforest. We stop by the busy port to view the bustling activity of people and goods travelling by local boat in all directions on the Amazon River. One of the tour's highlights is a visit to the incredible Manaus Opera House, the Teatro Amazonas, which was built in 1896 almost exclusively using materials shipped over from Europe when Manaus was one of South America's most important rubber trading cities.
Manaus - Tourist Hotel
Located in downtown Manaus this hotel offers recently refurbished rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, TV and mini bar. The hotel has its own restaurant and provides easy access to other restaurants, bars and shops of the commercial district.
Amazon Lodge - 3 Nights
Day 6 - Travel to a remote Amazon Lodge
Day 7 - Rainforest and wildlife excursion
Day 8 - Visit a local community
- Full Description
Thursday, 14 December 2023
Travel to a remote Amazon Lodge
Departing from Manaus in the morning by car, we go to the river port at Ceasa. From there we take a speedboat to the village of Careiro da Varzea, passing by where the Negro and Solimões Rivers meet. After a stop at the fruit market, we travel to the Araça River via the Manaus-Porto Velho highway. By boat we pass many lakes and creeks, and have an opportunity to see Water Lilies with their enormous floating leaves, as well as native villages and communities. Arrive at your chosen lodge around lunchtime for your 3 night stay on a full board basis including all excursions. In the afternoon, take a motorised canoe trip to explore the local area and search for local animals such as monkeys, spiders and a wide variety of birds. During your stay, it is possible for those keen to experience the jungle at night can sleep in a hammock in a specially made shelter in the jungle.
Friday, 15 December 2023
Rainforest and wildlife excursion
Embark on an early morning excursion to see the sunrise and birds as they awake to another day. Later in the morning we go on a guided jungle trek where you learn local skills with our experienced guides, who will demonstrate how to use vines as ropes, climbing trees and how to find food and water. These are superb participation activities for families. You will also learn about the fauna and biodiversity of the rainforest. After lunch at the lodge, we go canoeing to observe more birds and animals. As darkness falls, relax at your lodge in the beautiful glow of the moon surrounded by the sounds of the creatures wandering around in the jungle - a wonderful end to an inspiring day.
Saturday, 16 December 2023
Visit a local community
In the morning we visit a native caboclo's house to learn about their customs and culture. We will also visit rubber and cassava plantations. At lunch we will have the opportunity to taste some of the foods seen by the local houses, including fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. In the afternoon, teenagers will enjoy a piranha fishing excursion. And after dinner tonight, we venture by canoe for an evening wildlife watching adventure where we may spot an alligator. The guide will catch it with their bear hands (this is something that you shouldn't try at home!). You will have opportunity to take photos and hold it if you want.
Amazon Lodges - Tourist Lodge
Located three hours from Manaus, the lodge, built in local wooden style with thatched roofs, consists of one main building with sitting room and a dining area on the first floor with open sides for a panoramic view of the forest and river. There are five bungalows with two rooms each, all with private facilities, netting two rooms each, all with private facilities, netting and a veranda overlooking the river. Includes daily guided excursions in the rain forest, local families and caiman spotting at night.
Amazon Lodges - Tourist Lodge
Located in a remote and relatively untouched region three hours southeast of Manaus by boat (25 minutes by float plane). The 16 bungalows - each with a private bathroom and fan - are supported on stilts and connected by walkways; all have lovely views of the forest or Juma Lake. Excursions by boat and on foot are organized in small groups and there are many activities to choose from. The lodge supports various conservation projects.
Salvador da Bahia - 2 Nights
Day 9 - Pink River Dolphins and fly to Salvador
Day 10 - City tour of Salvador
- Full Description
Sunday, 17 December 2023
Pink River Dolphins and fly to Salvador
This morning we leave the lodge by canoe to see the freshwater pink and grey dolphins in small channels (Igarapés), flooded forest areas (Igapós) and in the rivers and lakes, just paddling and hearing the sounds of jungle. Transfer back to Manaus for a flight to Salvador da Bahia. Transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. On arrival 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.
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, has been beautifully restored and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches.
Monday, 18 December 2023
City tour of Salvador
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.
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.
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.
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.
Praia do Forte - 4 Nights
Day 11 - Travel to Praia do Forte
Days 12-14 - At leisure
Day 15 - Return flight to the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
Day 16 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Tuesday, 19 December 2023
Travel to Praia do Forte
Transfer to Praia do Forte, a charming, tranquil fishing village located 80 km north of Salvador and with lovely beaches, a small old church and a sea turtle protection centre. The streets are now paved and many of the fisherman's houses have been converted into shops, bars, small restaurants, ideal to relax, walk and browse. We stay here for 4 nights on a half board basis.
Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax on the sandy white beaches lined with coconut palm groves. There is much for the family to enjoy in Praia do Forte, from walking trails, Kayaking and zip wire adventures in the nearby Atlantic Forest to a visit to the Tamar Turtle Preservation Project.
Thursday, 21 December 2023
Friday, 22 December 2023
Saturday, 23 December 2023
Return flight to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Sunday, 24 December 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
Praia Do Forte - Tourist Hotel
A popular tropical-style Pousada located on the edge of the village, next to the Tamar Project Station where they protect endangered sea turtles.
The Pousada has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with a lovely garden, palm trees and direct access to the beach.
All 26 apartment style rooms have a sea view, ensuite facilities, a terrace and hammock. There is a bar and two restaurants, for indoor and beach-front dining.
Praia Do Forte - First Resort
The Tivoli Eco Resort is on the outskirts of the village surrounded by 30,000 hectares of gardens and coconut groves. The resort has 12 km of semi-deserted white sand beaches and shallow crystalline waters where natural pools form amongst the coral reefs, perfect for snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing.
There are delightful lawns stretching along the coast, and nearby, a charming, colourful fishing village, home to the Tamar Turtle Project.
There are 12 different room types: superior room, superior plus, Superior ocean, Master, Master garden, Master club, Master club plus, Master family, Master suite, Deluxe suite, Deluxe suite ocean view, the Presidential suite and Pool villas. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned with a luxurious private bathroom, balcony or terrace, hammock and sea view.
There are three swimming pools, four tennis courts, games rooms, beach volleyball court, boutique and a children's club, a bar and three premium a-la-carte restaurants with excellent international and Brazilian cuisine. Activities include sunset picnics, candlelit dinners, canoeing, scuba diving, sea fishing, surf lessons, Eco bike tours, horseback riding, quad bike tours and a guided visit to the natural pools at Itacimirim including snorkelling.
Rates are on a half board basis (breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner). Highly recommended for couples, single travellers and families.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||1 Jan-30 Jun, 1 Sep-16 Dec||1 Jul-31 Aug, 17 Dec-31 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£3,202||£4,132||£3,295||£4,248|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 16 Days / 14 Nights
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- Children aged 7-11 have a reduction of 20% when sharing a room.
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