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The Tucano Tour of Brazil

13 Night Itinerary from  £4,878

Tucano Tour

Discover the wonders of Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, the awesome Iguassu Falls, colonial Salvador and enjoy a 4-night Amazon River cruise

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Guided panoramic tour of Rio - including Christ the Redeemer statue with extraordinary views
  • Wide range of optional excursions in Rio de Janeiro to choose  
  • Admire the Iguassu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Enjoy a fabulous 4-night Amazon River Cruise on the comfortable M/V Tucano on a full board basis
  • Explore the flora, fauna of the flooded Amazon rainforest with expert local guides in small local boats  
  • Visit local communities and understand their unique way of life
  • Discover historic Salvador and its Afro-Portuguese traditions
  • Option to extend your stay at 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.

Tour Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - City tour of Rio

Day 3 - At leisure in Rio - range of optional excursions available

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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Departure on a daytime flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for 3 nights. Our 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.


Friday, 26 July 2024

City tour of Rio

Enjoy a half-day tour of the city, including Rio’s famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched high on Corcovado Mountain with dramatic views of the sea, Guanabara Bay and the famed beaches. 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.

Saturday, 27 July 2024

At leisure in Rio

Relax at your hotel or on the beach. Your tour guide will be able to offer you a wide range of optional tours and excursions, depending on your requirements.

Sol Ipanema Hotel

Rio de Janeiro - Tourist Hotel

The Sol Ipanema is located on Ipanema Beach, in the upmarket residential area of Ipanema. All 90 rooms come with air conditioning, mini bar, background music, safe, telephone, cable TV and connection to the Internet. There is also a beauty parlour and a restaurant. The small swimming pool and the bar on the terrace provide panoramic views over Ipanema beach. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

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1769 Sol Ipanema Hotel

Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel

This grand, European-style hotel is a listed building with 226 rooms, a large swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna, rooftop tennis court, shops, business centre, piano bar and three of Rio's finest elegant restaurants.

All the rooms are large and spacious, decorated in a classic elegant style, fully air-conditioned with cable TV, electronic safe deposit box, voice mail, 24-hour room service, mini bar and complimentary WiFi. The separate Tower Annexe building is set back from the street and overlooking the pool, where all the rooms are suites with balconies.

1764 Copacabana Palace
Foz do Iguazu

Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Fly to Iguassu

Day 5 - Iguassu Falls, Brazilian and Argentinian sides

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Sunday, 28 July 2024

Fly to Iguassu

Fly to Iguassu and check into your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay. Rest of the day at leisure. The magnificent Iguassu Falls cascade over a curve of the Iguassu river that meanders the border between Brazil and Argentina. It is a truly extraordinary and invigorating sight with mighty torrents of water flowing over an area of 2.5 kilometres. 


Monday, 29 July 2024

Visit the Iguassu Falls

Enjoy a full day excursion with your expert local guide exploring the three trails on the Argentine side of the Falls plus the trail on the Brazilian side, with wide panoramic views. We also take a walk down to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offers a spectacular experience and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.

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.

1789 Recanto Park

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.

1791 Bourbon Cataratas Resort

Hotel das Cataratas

Iguassu Falls - Luxury Hotel

The iconic Belmond 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.


Hotel das Cataratas
Take a kayak and explore from the ship

Amazon River Cruise - 4-nights - 4 Nights

Day 6 - Fly to Manaus and embark the Tucano

Day 7 - Explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago

Day 8 - Explore the Rio Negro

Day 9 - Meeting of the waters

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Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Embark the M/V Tucano

Early morning flight to Manaus and transfer to the M/V Tucano for a four-night expedition cruise on a full board basis including all excursions. Afternoon departure northbound on the Rio Negro River.

Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago

Today we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with excursions by small boat into the flooded streasm of the rainforest during the day. Our expert local guide will introduce you to the flora and fauna of this incredible natural wonder. You will learn about making ropes, climbing trees and the food that the local people hunt and forage in the forest. After dinner tonight, we take to the river on an night adventure, spotting caiman and other creatures - quite an amazing experience!


Thursday, 01 August 2024

Explore the Rio Negro

Today we exploring the Rio Negro, taking canoe trips on the narrow, flooded creeks and streams in the company of local guides. There is also time for some piranha fishing in the afternoon, with time to relax and enjoy the rainforest views from the sun deck of the M/V Tucano as she cruises on the mighty river.

Friday, 02 August 2024

Meeting of the waters

We sail back towards Manaus, where we experience the ‘meeting of the waters’ where the darker coloured waters of the Rio Negro meets the Amazon River creating two distinct rivers in one. Quite a fascinating phenomenon. We overnight on Manaus.

Tucano Amazon Riverboat

Tucano Amazon Cruise - First Motor Yacht

Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in this part of the world's biggest rainforest. It is styled on the classic steam riverboats of yesteryear and offers guests plenty of space to spread out, with a large observation deck to soak in the rainforest vistas.

All cabins have plenty of large windows, air conditioning and private bathrooms. They are elegantly decorated, with stylish wood panelling, and offer completely comfort and privacy in both single and double rooms. A variety of delicious Brazilian meals are served, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices are on offer.

The Tucano's skilled naturalist guides have a wealth of intimate knowledge of the unique habitats and wildlife. It is a love and respect for the environment which both delights their guests and is an immense source of pride for the Tucano. They lead small groups, typically of around eight like-minded explorers, deep into little-visited parts of the jungle wilderness, ensuring guests remain safe and providing an enriching commentary on the plants, trees, birds and animals of the Amazon.

The Tucano Amazon expedition cruise

Salvador - 4 Nights

Day 10 - Fly to Salvador

Day 11 - Full day tour

Day 12 - Range of optional excursions available

Day 13 - Fly to the UK

Day 14 - Arrive in the UK

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Saturday, 03 August 2024

Fly to Salvador

Disembark after breakfast and fly to Salvador and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Here, catholicism and candomble deities live side-by-side, and the art, architecture, exotic cuisine and unique rhythms of music and dance reflect the strong Portuguese and African influences. Your guide will give you a short introduction to Salvador when you arrive.

Sunday, 04 August 2024

Salvador city tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Salvador exploring the markets, churches and colourful Pelourinho district, a World Heritage Site, with cobbled streets, bordered by brightly painted houses and street cafes. We explore the upper and lower parts of the city, we visit 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.


Monday, 05 August 2024

At leisure in Salvador

Relax at your hotel and explore on your own, or take an optional excursion - perhaps visit the Old City of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or take a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.


Tuesday, 06 August 2024

Fly to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight home or extend your stay at Praia do Forte at your chosen beach resort.

Wednesday, 07 August 2024

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.

1782 Monte Pascoal


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.

Hotel Fasano Salvador Façade

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the year 19 Jul-15 Aug, 14-23 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist Tourist
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,878 £5,284
Single Traveller - Own Room £6,400 £6,763

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

What's Included

  • 14 days / 12 nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • All transfers
  • Domestic flights 
  • 8 nights in hotels 
  • 4 night Tucano Cruise on a full board basis including excursions
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, excursions as described
  • Services of local guides and representative
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions

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