Exotic cities, breathtaking waterfalls & a cruise through pristine rainforest

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.

Travel Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour around Brazil's vibrant cities and magnificent landscapes
  • Experience Rio de Janeiro and its iconic beaches and sights, visiting Christ the Redeemer
  • Choose from a huge range of excursions and tours to get to know Rio de Janeiro
  • Be awed by Latin America's greatest waterfall at Iguassu Falls
  • Venture deep into the pristine Amazon Rainforest on a four night expedition cruise
  • Enjoy daily excursions in search of nature, birds and mammals
  • Discover the colonial heritage of Salvador and its Afro-Portuguese traditions

Journey Breakdown

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The Varzea Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado

Day 3 - Day At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

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Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro

Take the daytime flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the same day. Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival in a big city like Rio de Janeiro. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.

Day 2 - Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado

We enjoy a half day tour to see 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.

Day 3 -  At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Why not visit the Botanical Gardens and Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio or bohemian district of Santa Teresa, once home to the rich and famous but now occupied by galleries, writers, musicians and artists

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Tourist Grade

The Ipanema Inn Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Inn 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, Internet access, air conditioning, cable TV and minibar. Some have private balconies. The restaur…

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First Class

The Porto Bay Rio Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Hotel

Located on the famous Copacabana beach, the Port Bay Rio is well situated Close to the main tourist attractions, shopping and leisure centres.  The roof-top bar offers outdoor snacks and poolside drinks, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, a fitness centre and sauna; as well as the hotel having it's…

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Deluxe Experience

The Sofitel Copacabana Hotel Tour - Holidays to Rio de Janeiro

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro is a De Luxe hotel located at the end of Copacabana Beach and just three blocks from the upmarket and stylish areas of Ipanema and Leblon. The hotel has two restaurants as well as two swimming pools: to catch both the morning and afternoon sun. There is also a fitness cent…

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Iguassu Falls
Days 4 - 5

Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Day 5 - Guided Tour ( Brazil & Argentina sides)

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Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Fly to Iguassu and transfer to a delightful hotel overlooking the falls. The magnificent Iguassu Waterfalls thunder over a wide curve of the Iguassu river set on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The spectacle of the Falls is one of South America's most extraordinary sights; vast torrents of water flow over a myriad of small and large cascades over a length of 2.5 kilometers. 

Day 5 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentinian Sides )

Guided excursions to explore the natural beauty and lush tropical surroundings. Walk down to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offers spectacular panoramic views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Then cross over the border into Argentina to see the falls from another perspective, where you will have a closer view of the individual falls in their lush tropical setting, abundant in wildlife, especially butterflies. You can walk right out to the roaring Devil's Throat waterfall along walkways that afford breathtaking views. This side of the falls is definitely well worth the visit.

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The Recanto Park Tour - Holidays to Iguassu Falls

Recanto Park

Located outside the town of Iguassu and well outside the National Parkarea, this hotel is excellent value, with 295 fully equipped modern rooms with wooden floors, a restaurant, bar and spacious leisure area with a large swimming pool.

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First Class

The Bourbon Cataratas Resort Tour - Holidays to Iguassu Falls

Bourbon Cataratas Resort

The Bourbon has a spacious area, excellent facilities, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a health club and two restaurants. It is located on the road between the town and the Iguassu Falls and the best hotel outside the National Park area. There are 300 rooms all with air-conditioning, able TV and bat…

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The Hotel das Cataratas Tour - Holidays to Iguassu Falls

Hotel das Cataratas

The Hotel Cataratas is part of Orient Express Group and the only hotel right by the waterfalls within the National Park. The hotel is beautifully decorate, the rooms are stylish and it has a large swimming pool, two restaurant, bar, shops and tennis courts and a spa.

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Amazon Expedition Cruise
Days 6-9

Day 6-9 - Tucano Amazon Cruise

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Day 6 - Embark the Tucano Amazon Riverboat

Early morning flight to Manaus and transfer to the M/V Tucano for a four night expedition cruise, shown on the facing page 4. Afternoon departure northbound on the Rio Negro river.

Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in this part of the world's biggest rainforest. It is styled on the classic steam riverboats of yesteryear and offers guests plenty of space to spread out, with a large observation deck to soak in the rainforest vistas.

All cabins have plenty of large windows, air conditioning and private bathrooms. They are elegantly decorated, with stylish wood panelling, and offer completely comfort and privacy in both single and double rooms. A variety of delicious Brazilian meals are served, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices on offer.

During the course of the cruise, you will explore three different habitats; two types of flooded forests; varzea and igapó, the former being milky coffee in colour and the later a darker variation, with wildlife and plantlife varying greatly between the two, plus terre firme; higher land above the flood line, with solid ground and a more defined rainforest structure. Some of the highlights include:

Day 7 - Anavilhanas Archipelago

Today we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with excursions into the rainforest during the day and caiman spotting at night.

Day 8 - Rio Negro

Exploring the Rio Negro, taking canoe trips on the narrow, flooded creeks and streams in the company of expert local guides.

Day 9 - Meeting of the Waters

Sail towards Manuas, where we experience the meeting of the two great rivers, the Amazon and Rio Negro at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. We overnight in Manaus.

Salvador da Bahia
Days 10 - 13

Day 10 - Travel to Salvador da Bahia

Day 11 - Tour of Salvador

Day 12 - Day at Leisure in Salvador

Day 13 - Return Flight Overnight

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Day 10 - Salvador da Bahia

Disembark after breakfast and fly to Salvador.

Salvador is at the heart of Brazilian identity with roots in Portuguse 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. 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. This short introduction (one hour) is done with your arrival transfer after checking in at your hotel.

Day 11 - 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.

Day 12 - At Leisure in Salvador

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Suggested excursions include: Visit the Old city of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.

Day 13 - Return Flight back home

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Tourist Grade

The Monte Pascoal Tour - Holidays to Salvador da Bahia

Monte Pascoal

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.

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The Casa do Amarelindo Tour - Holidays to Salvador da Bahia

Casa do Amarelindo

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 t…

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The Villa Bahia Tour - Holidays to Salvador da Bahia

Villa Bahia

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, lar…

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Travel Details
Varzea

What's Included

  • 14 Days / 12 Nights Package Tour
  • Four night Tucano Amazon Expedition Cruise
  • Excursions in English with expert guides
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • All Internal flights
  • Prices shown are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter available on request
  • 14 Days / 12 Nights Package Tour
  • Excursions in English with expert guides
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • All Internal flights
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 14 Days / 12 Nights Package Tour
  • Excursions in English with expert guides
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • All Internal flights
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

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

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 19 JUL - 15 AUG, 14 - 23 DEC
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,578 - - £4,916 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £1,376 - - + £1,376 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 19 JUL - 15 AUG, 14 - 23 DEC
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €4,593 - - €4,999 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,652 - - + €1,651 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 19 JUL - 15 AUG, 14 - 23 DEC
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $4,951 - - $5,390 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,789 - - + $1,789 - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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