Highlights of Brazil - explore modern cities, natural wonders, lush rainforest & colonial heritage

An introduction to the best of Brazil in a two week journey including cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the magnificent Iguassu falls and Amazon rainforest, and colonial Salvador

Travel Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour around Brazil's greatest hits
  • Experience Rio de Janeiro and its iconic beaches and sights, visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue for extraordinary views
  • 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 into the Amazon rainforest to stay in a jungle lodge
  • Enjoy daily excursions in search of nature and visit a local community
  • Discover the colonial heritage of Salvador and its Afro-Portuguese traditions
  • Choose to extend your stay at the idyllic Praia do Forte

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Tamboril Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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 - City 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

Preferred Accommodatoin

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

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…

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…

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 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 5 - 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 6 - 9

Day 6 - Tour of Manaus

Day 7 - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge

Day 8 - Rainforest Excursions & walks 

Day 9 - Visit to a Local Community

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Day 6 - 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 7  - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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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Preferred Accommodatoin

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…

Salvador da Bahia
Days 10 - 12

Day 10 - Travel to Salvador da Bahia

Day 11 - Tour of Salvador

Day 12 - Day at Leisure in Salvador

Day 13 - Return Flight

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Day 10 - Morning Excursion, Return to Manaus & Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia

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 arriving in the afternoon for a flight 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 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

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 13 - 16

Day 13 - Travel to Praia do Forte 

Day 14 - Day at Leisure

Day 15 - Day at Leisure

Day 16 - Return Flight

Day 17 - Arrive home

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Day 13 - Return Home or travel to the beach at Praia do Forte

Take the flight from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, on arrival connect with your return flight home, arriving the following day, Day 14

Alternatively our guide will meet you at your hotel to take you to the beach at Praia do Forte, two hours north of Salvador. The small fishing village also attracts tourist but maintains its character and has numerous restaurants, cafes, art galleries and shops in the old houses. There is an old church and a turtle preservation reserve at the Tamara Project, Outside the village there are miles of empty beach fringed with palm trees and coconut groves.

Your hotel can be in the village for tourist class or the First Class Tivoli resort just outside with lake, a river, several pools and lots of space, gardens and lawns.

Day 14 / Day 15 - At Leisure in Praia do Forte

Day 16 - Return Flight back home

Transfer to Salvador Airport (1 hour) take the flight to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, on arrival connect with your return flight home, arriving the following day, Day 17

Accommodation

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

  • 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
  • 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 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 £2,983 £3,582 - £3,120 £3,711 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £733 + £567 - + £724 + £567 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,234 + £1,320 - + £1,226 + £1,320 -
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 €2,679 €3,398 - €2,844 €3,824 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €880 + €681 - + €869 + €410 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,482 + €1,585 - + €1,471 + €1,313 -
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 $2,877 $3,656 - $3,056 $3,824 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $954 + $738 - + $942 + $738 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $1,606 + $1,717 - + $1,594 + $1,717 -

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