Cosmopolitan cities, natural wonders & colonial heritage
12 Night Itinerary from £3,348
An introduction to the Highlights of Brazil on a journey to modern, cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the magnificent Iguassu Waterfalls, the Amazon rainforest and Salvador colonial history.
Select your preferred departure date
- Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights
- Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights
- Manaus - 1 Night
- Amazon Lodge - 3 Nights
- Salvador da Bahia - 3 Nights
- Explore Rio de Janeiro, including Christ the Redeemer statue for superb views
- Choose from a huge range of excursions to discover authentic Rio
- Stand in awe at Latin America's greatest waterfall - The Iguassu Falls
- Venture into the Amazon rainforest and stay in a comfortable jungle lodge
- Enjoy daily rainforest excursions in search of nature and local communities
- Discover the colonial heritage of Salvador and its Afro-Portuguese traditions
- Choose to extend your stay at the idyllic Praia do Forte
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 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Day 3 - Day at Leisure in Rio de Janeiro
- Full Description
Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Take the daytime flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the same day. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. On arrival, your guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.
In-depth 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.
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 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
Located on the famous Copacabana beach, the Porto Bay Hotel Rio is well situated close to the main tourist attractions, shopping and leisure centres.
The hotel has a roof-top bar offering outdoor snacks and poolside drinks, an outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, fitness centre, sauna and private beach service. Plus, the hotel has it's own restaurant offering fine international cuisine.
The hotel has 117 modern air-conditioned 'fresh' looking rooms with balconies and side views of the beach and ocean, cable TV, mini bar, safe box, telephone, free WiFi access, radio and bathrooms equipped with shower and some with bathtub.
Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights
Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls
Day 5 - Guided Tour (Brazil & Argentinian sides)
- Full Description
Travel to Iguassu Falls
Fly to Iguassu and transfer to your hotel for a 2 night stay. Depending on your budget, choose to stay in Iguassu Town, a friendly place with lots of restaurants and relaxed atmosphere. Or stay at the only hotel overlooking the Iguassu Falls, the iconic Hotel Das Cataratas, a wonderful luxury resort hotel with beautiful gardens and trails directly to the falls you can explore at your own leisure when you arrive.
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 kilometres.
Tour of Iguassu Falls (Brazilian & Argentinian Sides)
Your Veloso Tour guide will escort you on the best trails and walkways to get the best possible photography and to experience the thunder of this natural wonder close up. We will first explore the Brazilian side of the falls, offering 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. An invigorating and memorable day awaits.
Iguassu Falls - Tourist Hotel
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.
Iguassu Falls - First Hotel
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 bathroom.
Iguassu Falls - Luxury Hotel
The iconic Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located overlooking the Iguassu Falls within the National Park. Restored to its original 1950s charm, the hotel’s hacienda-style exterior is matched by its warm, inviting interior design. The Hotel das Cataratas is a very special place to stay.
Public areas include a large swimming pool, the Ipe Grill, Itaipa Restarurant, Bar Taroba, shops, fitness centre, tennis courts and a beautiful spa.
The elegantly furnished rooms are either junior suites (35m2) or Cataratas suites (65m2). All are air-conditioned, with private bathroom, living room, minibar, TV and luxury toiletries.
The hotel has extensive and beautiful gardens, from where you can walk directly to the falls at your leisure. There are several activities available including helicopter rides over the falls, guided walks in the early morning, during the day or at night and birdwatching tours. For the more adventurous, white water rafting is great fun.
The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.
Manaus - 1 Night
Day 6 - Manaus
- Full Description
Early morning flight to Manaus. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Manaus 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 port to view the bustling activity and the variety of goods and people travelling by local boat in all directions to heart of the Amazon. One of the tour's highlights is a visit to the colonial Manaus Opera House, the Teatro Amazonas, built in 1896 almost exclusively using materials shipped over from Europe when Manaus was at the height of the rubber production boom.
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 7 - Travel to remote Amazon Lodge
Day 8 - Rainforest excursions and walks
Day 9 - Local Amazon community and night tour
- Full Description
Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge
Depart Manaus in the morning by car to the river port at Ceasa and continue by speedboat to the village of Careiro da Varzea, passing where the Negro and Solimões Rivers meet. After a stop at a fruit market, travel by boat passing 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 for a 3 night stay on a full board basis including all excursions. Later in the afternoon, take a motorised canoe trip to explore the myriad of islands and waterways with pristine, virgin rainforest.
Rainforest and wildlife excursion
Enjoy an early morning excursion to see the sunrise and birds, a wonderful experience in the forest. Later we go on a jungle trek where you learn local skills with our experienced guides, who will demonstrate how to use vines as ropes, tree climbing and how to find food and water. You will also learn about the fauna and biodiversity of the rain forest. After lunch at the lodge, go canoeing to discover and observe more Amazonia birds and wildlife. In the evening, there is nothing quite to compare with watching the beautiful glow of the moon and hear the sounds of the creatures wandering around in the jungle.
Local community visit and night tour
In the morning, we visit a native caboclo's house to learn about their customs and culture and rubber and cassava plantations. At lunch taste some of the foods seen in the local houses (fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs). We return to the river to try our hand at piranha fishing, the most well known of the species endemic to the rivers of South America. After dinner at the lodge, we travel by canoe for a night wildlife watching excursion where we might spot an alligator. Your guide will catch it with their bare hands - you will have opportunity to take photos and touch the tough, slippery scales of the skin.
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 - 3 Nights
Day 10 - Travel to Salvador da Bahia
Day 11 - Tour of Salvador
Day 12 - Day at Leisure in Salvador
Day 13 - Return flight - or extend your stay in Praia do Forte
Day 14 - Arrive in UK
- Full Description
Return to Manaus and introduction to Salvador da Bahia
This morning we will depart the lodge by canoe to observe 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 Portuguese 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 wonderful cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches. On arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Your guide will also take you on a short walk to introduce you to the area surrounding your hotel so that you can get your bearings on arrival and gain a feel of the city life, people and culture.
Tour of Colonial & African Heritage in Salvador
Salvador is the core, unique Brazilian Identity, felt by all Brazilians, whatever their descendance - We take a guided journey through the cobbled streets of Salvador, lined 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. "Orixas" are the fascinating deities brought by African slaves, that influence so much, the music, art, naive paintings and literature of Salvador's rich culture. Learn the mysteries of Condomble and Capoeira which are also unique elements of Salvador's African heritage
At Leisure in Salvador
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. There is much to see in Salvador, with excellent museums, art galleries and stunning beaches. Suggested optional excursions include: visit the Old City of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or take a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica. Your Veloso Tours guide will ensure you get the most from your stay.
Return flight home
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Or extend your holiday to stay at a beautiful tropical beach resort in Praia do Forte or Morro Sao Paulo
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK
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 - Deluxe Hotel
Located at Castro Alves Square, Salvador's Historic Centre, the deluxe Fasano Hotel has an unparalleled view of the Todos os Santos Bay.
The air-conditioned rooms have king-size beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, spacious living room, television and marble bathroom. Most rooms have sea views.
Italian cuisine is served in the restaurant. Other public areas include a stunning rooftop swimming pool, Spa and fitness centre.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov||Jul-Aug, Dec-Jan|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£3,348||£3,653||£3,468||£3,773|
|Multiple Travellers - Own Room||£4,035||£4,836||£4,155||£4,959|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£4,609||£5,477||£4,729||£5,597|
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- 14 days / 12 nights
- International flights (1 overnight)
- 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
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