Diverse Landscapes, Cosmopolitan Cities & Cultural Heritage

Comprehensive tour exploring Brazil's colonial origins, rich cultural heritage and natural wonders and vibrant cities

Travel Highlights

  • Our comprehensive tour of Brazil, revealing Brazil's diverse cultures and landscapes
  • Visit the icon sights of Rio de Janeiro, with a huge range of further tours
  • Visit the relaxed coastal town of Paraty, once the main port on the Gold Route
  • Experience Ouro Preto's tranquil, historic splendour
  • Discover the faded grandeur of Manaus and the majesty of the Amazon rainforest
  • Enjoy daily excursions in search of exotic nature and meet a local community
  • Continue to the purpose-built modern capital of Brasilia, with its modern architecture
  • Enjoy the throbbing tropical energy of the former Brazilian capital, Salvador
  • Unwind at the end in the pristine beaches of Praia do Forte, fringed by palm trees

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Samba Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Day 3 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

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Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro

Take a the morning flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the evening.

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. 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.

 

Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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.

 

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 & Sugar Loaf Mountain or visit the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio.

Accommodation

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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…

First Class

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…

Paraty
Days 4 - 5

Day 4 - Travel to Paraty

Day 5 - At Leisure in Paraty

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Day 4 - Travel to Paraty

Take a scenic bus journey along the coast to the delightful village of Paraty set amongst mountains blanketed with lush shady forests that stretch to the coast and overlooking a sandy beach in a glorious bay, dotted with tropical islands. Architecturally stunning, the whitewashed colonial houses, with brightly painted windows and doors, line the pedestrianised cobblestone streets. Great bars and restaurants, offering local seafood delicacies, stand alongside arts and crafts shops. The atmosphere is tasteful and bohemian, retaining its colonial charm while at the same time playing host to many literary and musical festivals.

 

Day 5 - At Leisure in Paraty

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax or why not take a wonderful boat trip to explore the nearby islands and secluded beaches, or anchor in the bays for snorkelling or diving in the clear, warm waters.

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Tourist Grade

The Corsario Pousada Tour - Holidays to Parati & Costa Verde

Corsario Pousada

Located in the Costa Verde region, between the green of Atlantic Forest and the blue sea, the colonial style of Pousada do Corsário offer many leisure options, such as swimming pool, game room, sauna, gymnasium and tropical gardens. Accommodations equipped with cable TV, minibar, air conditioning, t…

First Class

The Pousada Sandi Tour - Holidays to Parati & Costa Verde

Pousada Sandi

The Pousada do Sandi is located in one of the most important historical areas in central Parati, surrounded by rich colonial architecture and cobbled streets. A former school and also previously home to a social and cultural club, the building features architecture and ornaments from the colonial ti…

Deluxe Experience

The Pousada Literaria Tour - Holidays to Parati & Costa Verde

Pousada Literaria

Located in the historical centre of Parati on the edge of the pedestrian area, Pousada Literária occupies a large colonial house, fully restored in the original style with modern touches and fittings. The atmosphere reflects the tradition of Parati in the arts and culture. The 22 well-decorated and …

Ouro Preto
Days 6 - 7

Day 6 - Travel to Ouro Preto

Day 7 - At Leisure in Ouro Preto

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Day 6 - Travel to Ouro Preto

Early morning return to Rio for the flight to Belo Horizonte, then drive to the historic city of Ouro Preto. Set in the heart of Minas Gerais, a state famed for its deposits of gold and gems, the city's wealth is reflected in its fine colonial buildings and richly decorated baroque churches, resting on charming cobbled streets. The city is famous for its past enveloped in gold. Founded in 1711, Ouro Preto was the former state capital, the early gold diggers believing this to be the elusive El Dorado.

 

Day 7 - At Leisure in Ouro Preto

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and explore this delightful city where only a few modern buildings snap you out of colonial times. The cobblestone streets lead you past decorative fountains, statues, charming churches and mansions. Looking up at the steeples and domes of coloured tiles it doesn't take much to imagine yourself back in the 18th Century.

 

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Tourist Grade

First Class

Deluxe Experience

Iguassu Falls
Days 8 - 9

Day 8 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Day 9 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentian Sides )

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Day 8 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Return to Belo Horizonte, fly to Iguassu and transfer to a delightful hotel overlooking the falls. The magnificent Iguassu Waterfalls thunder over a wide curve of the Iguazu 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 9 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentian 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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Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

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.

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…

Deluxe Experience

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.

Manaus & Amazon Lodge
Days 10 - 13

Day 10 - City Tour of Manaus

Day 11 - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge

Day 12 - Rainforest & Wildlife Excursion

Day 13 - Visit Local Community

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Day 10 - City Tour of Manaus

Early morning transfer back to the airport and fly to Manaus. In the afternoon you have a tour of Manaus' 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 good travelling by local boat in all directions to heart of the Amazon. 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 cities.

 

Day 11 - Travel to 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 the Amazon Turtle Lodge around lunchtime, after which there is a motorized canoe trip to explore the local area and search for local animals such as monkeys, spiders and a wide variety of birds. 

 

Day 12 - Rainforest & Wildlife Excursion 

Embark on an early morning excursion to see the sunrise and birds. Later in the morning we go on a jungle trek where you learn local skills with our experienced guides, who will demonstrate how to use vines as ropes, how to climb trees, and how to find water and food. You will also learn about the fauna and biodiversity of the rain forest. After lunch at the lodge, we go canoeing to watch more birds and animals. In the evening watch the beautiful glow of the moon and hear the sounds of the creatures wandering around in the jungle.

 

Day 13 - Visit 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 (fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs). In the afternoon we will go piranha fishing followed by Dinner at 7:30 p.m. In the evening we go by canoe for a night wildlife watching excursion and may be able to spot an alligator with a flash light: we will catch it with our 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.

 

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Tourist Grade

The Turtle Lodge Tour - Holidays to Brazilian Amazon Lodges

Turtle 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 priva…

First Class

The Juma Lodge Tour - Holidays to Brazilian Amazon Lodges

Juma 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 a…

Deluxe Experience

The Amazon Ecopark Lodge Tour - Holidays to Brazilian Amazon Lodges

Amazon Ecopark Lodge

This wonderful Ecopark provides an ideal introduction to the Amazon, while ensuring that most creature comforts are still on-hand. However, its proximity to the city means that the rainforest is disturbed by human activity and the glow of city lights in the background is always visible. There is a p…

Brasilia
Day 14

Day 14 - Morning Excursion, Return to Manaus & Travel to Brasilia

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Day 14 - Morning Excursion, Return to Manaus & Travel to Brasilia

This morning we will leave the lodge by canoe to see the fresh-water 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 airport arriving in the afternoon for your flight to Brasilia, Brasil's ultra-modern capital city that is very different from the typical Brazilian cities, with its very modern architecture. The city plan consisted of a central line of government buildings crossed by a curved arc of residential buildings - a layout that resembled the shape of a bow and arrow. 

Explore the city's unique bow and arrow shape, with residential areas made up of six-story 'super blocks' along the curve of the bow, and at the tip of the arrow stand the government buildings. The tour will include the main areas of interest including the amazing Metropolitan Cathedral, shaped like a crown of thorns, with a wonderful stained glass ceiling.

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Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Royal Tulip Alvorada Tour - Holidays to Brasilia

Royal Tulip Alvorada

Royal Tulip Alvorada Hotel (ex Blue Tree Towers) is a hotel complex with high standards of services, customized, sophisticated with complete security and tranquility. The enterprise brings together in one place, the functionality, beauty and elegance that a hotel of international standards can offer…

First Class

The Royal Tulip Alvorada Tour - Holidays to Brasilia

Royal Tulip Alvorada

Royal Tulip Alvorada Hotel (ex Blue Tree Towers) is a hotel complex with high standards of services, customized, sophisticated with complete security and tranquility. The enterprise brings together in one place, the functionality, beauty and elegance that a hotel of international standards can offer…

Deluxe Experience

The Royal Tulip Alvorada Tour - Holidays to Brasilia

Royal Tulip Alvorada

Royal Tulip Alvorada Hotel (ex Blue Tree Towers) is a hotel complex with high standards of services, customized, sophisticated with complete security and tranquility. The enterprise brings together in one place, the functionality, beauty and elegance that a hotel of international standards can offer…

Salvador da Bahia
Days 15 - 18

Day 15 - Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia

Day 16 - City Tour of Salvador

Day 17 - At Leisure in Salvador

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Day 15 - 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 restaured 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 16 - 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 17 - 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.

Accommodation

Preferred Accommodatoin

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.

First Class

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…

Deluxe Experience

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…

Praia do Forte
Days 18 - 20

Day 18 - Travel to Praia do Forte

Day 19 - At Leisure

Day 20 - At Leisure

Day 21 - Return Flight to UK

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Day 18 - Travel to Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte is 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.

 

Day 19 - At Leisure

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax on the sandy white beaches lined with coconut palm groves or visit the local town and turtle protection reserve.

 

Day 20 - At Leisure 

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax on the sandy white beaches lined with coconut palm groves or visit the cafes and galleries in the local town.

 

Day 21 - Return Flight to UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, arriving the following day.

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Preferred Accommodatoin

Tourist Grade

The Porto da Lua Tour - Holidays to Praia Do Forte

Porto da Lua

Tropical-style pousada on the edge of the village, with direct access to the beach, and a garden area with palm trees. All 27 rooms have sea view, ensuite facilities, a terrace and hammock. There is a bar and two restaurants, for indoor and beach-front dining.

First Class

The Tivoli Eco Resort Tour - Holidays to Praia Do Forte

Tivoli Eco Resort

Praia do Forte is located 2 hours north of Salvador and the hotel is on the outskirts of the fishing village and is surrounded by 30 hectares of gardens and coconut groves. All the glorious cliches are here - 12 km of semi-deserted white sand beaches, shallow crystalline waters where natural pools f…

Deluxe Experience

The Tivoli Eco Resort Tour - Holidays to Praia Do Forte

Tivoli Eco Resort

Praia do Forte is located 2 hours north of Salvador and the hotel is on the outskirts of the fishing village and is surrounded by 30 hectares of gardens and coconut groves. All the glorious cliches are here - 12 km of semi-deserted white sand beaches, shallow crystalline waters where natural pools f…

Travel Details
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What's Included

  • 22 Days / 20 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
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 22 Days / 20 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
  • 22 Days / 20 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

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 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,538 £5,608 - £4,666 £5,737 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £1,115 + £1,268 - + £1,116 + £1,268 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £2,097 + £2,643 - + £2,098 + £2,643 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €4,545 €5,829 - €4,699 €6,458 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,339 + €1,522 - + €1,339 + €1,048 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €2,517 + €3,172 - + €2,517 + €2,698 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec 1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $4,899 $6,290 - $5,065 $6,458 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,450 + $1,649 - + $1,452 + $1,648 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,726 + $3,436 - + $2,728 + $3,436 -

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