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The Tamboril Tour

12 Night Itinerary from £2,9982,547$3,197

Private Individual Tour

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

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

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

Travel Highlights

  • Explore Rio de Janeiro, including visiting Christ the Redeemer for extraordinary 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

Journey Breakdown

The Tamboril Tour
Travel Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Day 3 - Day at Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - 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.

Day 2 - City Tour of Rio 

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

Ipanema Inn Hotel

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.

Porto Bay Rio Hotel

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.

 

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel

The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro is a deluxe 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, two swimming pools, a fitness centre with sauna and massage. The snack bar provides an excellent vantage point over the whole of Copacabana beach and bay.

All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with cable TV, mini bar, telephone and Sofitel's specially designed bed for extra comfort. The Superior rooms face the city whilst the deluxe rooms have a balcony facing the ocean and the beach. 

Iguassu Falls Days 4 - 5

Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Day 5 - Guided Tour (Brazil & Argentinian sides)

Itinerary Description

Day 4 - 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. 

Day 5 - 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.

Recanto Park

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.

Bourbon Cataratas Resort

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.

Hotel das Cataratas

Iguassu Falls - Deluxe Hotel

The iconic Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel right by the waterfalls within the National Park. The hotel is beautifully decorated, the rooms are stylish and everything you would expect from one of the worlds top hotels. Public areas include a large swimming pool, two restaurants, bar, shops, tennis courts and a spa.

The hotel has extensive and beautiful gardens, from where you can walk directly to the falls at your leisure. It really is quite a special place to stay.

Manaus & Amazon Lodge Days 6 - 9

Day 6 - Tour of Manaus

Day 7 - Travel to remote Amazon Lodge

Day 8 - Rainforest excursions and walks 

Day 9 - Local Amazon community and night tour

Itinerary Description

Day 6 - City Tour of Manaus

Early morning transfer to the airport and fly to Manaus. In the afternoon you have a tour of Manaus's 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 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, which was built in 1896 almost exclusively using materials shipped over from Europe when Manaus was one of South America's most important cities, particularly in the exporting of rubber.

Day 7  - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge

We depart Manaus in the morning by car 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 for your 3 night stay on a full board basis including all excursions. Later in the afternoon, we take a motorised 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 and wildlife excursion 

Enjoy an early morning excursion to see the sunrise and birds, a wonderful experience in the forest. 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, 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, we 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.

Day 9 - Local community visit and night tour

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 return to the river to try our hand at piranha fishing, perhaps the well known of the many species endemic to the rivers of South America.  After dinner at the lodge, we travel by canoe for a night wildlife watching excursion with flash light where we might spot an alligator. your guide will catch it with their bare hands (this is something that you shouldn't try at home!). You will have opportunity to take photos and hold it if you want.

Turtle Lodge

Brazilian Amazon Lodges - 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.

Juma Lodge

Brazilian Amazon Lodges - Basic 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.

Amazon Ecopark Lodge

Brazilian Amazon Lodges - First 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 panoramic open-air restaurant, built in local style from local materials, where you can enjoy delicious regional cuisine as well as international dishes; there is also a bar and a sitting area. Accommodation consists of 20 spacious bungalows each with three comfortable rooms - all with private facilities (hot water shower), screened windows, air conditioning and fan. As well as taking excursions into the rainforest, you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the private river beach. There is also a natural freshwater pool, several kilometres of hiking trails, many orchids, a bird sanctuary, a monkey reserve on an island, and the nearby Tortoise Lake.

Salvador da Bahia Days 10 - 14

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

Itinerary Description

Day 10 - 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. 

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. 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.

Day 13 - Return flight home

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, via Sao Paulo or Rio. Or extend your stay at a beach resort in nearby Praia do Forte.

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

 

Monte Pascoal

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.

Casa do Amarelindo

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.

Villa Bahia

Salvador da Bahia - First Hotel

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, large private bathrooms and shower. Some rooms have a four poster bed, others a double bed with a net and others two single beds.

The character decoration recalls the most important moments in the history of the Portuguese explorers, of the African and Asian trade exchanges, of the sea routes, closely tied to the spice trade.

The common areas recall the genius of the great Portuguese navigators, of Pedro Alvarez Cabral, who in 1500 discovered Brazil; of Magellan, of Vasco de Gama sailing to Africa and India; and of the advances made in seafaring that made it possible for them to bring different worlds closer to each other.

The gourmet restaurant with Bahia gourmet cuisine is excellent and there is a sitting room, swimming pool, cosy patio with tables, chairs and plants and a spa with wonderful, exotic massage. The restaurant and bar evoke the theme of the Spice Route. The spa invites you to discover beauty care and relaxation inspired by the knowledge Guarani Indians have passed down for generations to each other.

 

Praia Do Forte Days 13 - 17

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

Itinerary Description

Day 13 - Travel to the beach at Praia do Forte

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 tourists but maintains its authentic character; there are  good restaurants, cafes, art galleries and shops in the old houses. There is also an old church and a turtle preservation reserve at the Tamara Project to explore. Outside the village there are miles of empty beach fringed with palm trees and coconut groves.

Tourist class hotels are generally found in the village whilst those who like larger, resorts will be spoilt for choice. Our experts can advise on the best option for you, although we recommend the First Class Tivoli Resort which has its own lake, river, several pools and lots of space, gardens and lawns - and of course wonderful beach.

Days 14-15 - At leisure in Praia do Forte

Enjoy a few days relaxing on the beach and enjoying the charms of Praia do Forte and your chosen hotel.

Day 16 - Return flight home

Transfer to Salvador Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo connecting with your return flight home.

Day 17 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Porto da Lua

Praia Do Forte - Tourist Hotel

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.

Tivoli Eco Resort

Praia Do Forte - First 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 form amongst the coral reefs - perfect for snorkelling windsurfing and sailing, delightful lawns stretching along the coast, where one can lie in the shade of the palms; and nearby, a charming, colourful fishing village, home to the Tamar Turtle Project.

One can also visit the Pojuca River which runs through the hotel gardens and stroll through the lush surrounding forest. There are three swimming pools, four tennis courts, games rooms, beach volleyball court, boutique and a children's club, a bar and three premium a-la-carte restaurants with excellent international and Brazilian cuisine. Buffett breakfast and dinner are included (Half Board) with a wide choice of dishes.

Idyllic resort, right by the beach, fringed with coconut groves and palm trees and a river. Beautiful ground floor and first floor rooms with balcony, hammock and sea view. Take a stroll in the small fishing village within walking distance for shops, art and nightlife.

The Tamboril Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

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

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £2,997 £3,825 - £3,333 £3,963 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £971 + £606 - + £773 + £606 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,507 + £1,411 - + £1,309 + £1,410 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €2,546 €3,498 - €2,932 €4,548 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,118 + €698 - + €890 + €-194 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,734 + €1,623 - + €1,506 + €731 -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates1 Jan - 30 June, 17 Aug - 16 Dec1 July - 16 Aug, 17 Dec - 31 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $3,195 $4,355 - $3,666 $4,548 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,361 + $849 - + $1,082 + $849 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,111 + $1,975 - + $1,832 + $1,974 -

Booking Terms & Conditions

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
  • 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

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