Day 1 - Flight: London to Salvador da Bahia
Take an daytime flight on Air Europa via Madrid or Air Portugal via Lisbon, to Salvador da Bahia, arriving the same day in the evening.
Day 2 - Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia
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 3 - City Tour of Salvador
We start our guided tour around the colourful Pelourinho district with its narrow cobbled streets lined with fine colonial houses painted in pastel shades, standing as a reminder of a bygone era when Salvador was at the height of its glory in the 18th Century. We start at Santo Antonio Fortress, Barra's Lighthouse, and pass by residential and commercial points of the city. Visit Dique do Tororo, where beautiful sculptures of the Orixas (African Dieties) can be seen and the most popular areas of the city. The tunnel Americo Simas links the lower and upper cities and the harbour. The tour continues onto the lower city, passing by the areas of Calcada, Largo dos Mares and as far as Bonfim Church (the symbol of the Bahians' faith). Visit the Mercado Sao Joaquim and Mont-Serrat where you can see the city.
After lunch you will visit the Porto da Barra (the mark of the foundation of Salvador) and continue onto Setembro Avenue, up Ladeira da Barra, Corredor da Vitoria, Campo Grande, Castro Alves Theatre, Forte de Sao Pedro. Access to Municipal Square by Lacerda's Elevator, from where you will have a wonderful view of All Saints' Bay. See the Praca da Se and Terreiro de Jesus squares and their fine colonial architecture. Visit Sao Franciso (the golden baroque church), and the Cathedral before returning to the hotel.
Day 4-6 - At Leisure in Salvador
Choose from our range of activities, tours and excursions or pursue your own interests and relax.
Day 7 - Return Flight to the UK
Enjoy your morning and afternoon in Salvador, before taking a return flight home in the early evening and arriving the following day.