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Brazil Holidays

The Tucano Tour

13 Night Itinerary from £4,9924,841$5,989

Private Individual Tour


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

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Travel Route

Tour 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

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

Travel Itinerary

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

Day 1

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.


Day 2

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.

Day 3

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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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.

Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Fly to Iguassu

Day 5 - Iguassu Falls, Brazilian and Argentinian sides

Day 4

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. 


Day 5

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.

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 - 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.


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

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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!


Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

The Tucano Experience

Cruises -

What's included in the price

  • All meals
  • All excursions from expert naturalist guides
  • Bottled water throughout the cruise
  • Facilities of the Tucano

Why choose a Tucano Amazon Cruise

  • Purpose built to reach deep into pristine areas of the Brazilian Amazon, where few others go
  • Discover remote locations rich in bio-diversity, far beyond the glow of the city lights
  • Regular walks and activities designed to showcase the natural splendour of the jungle
  • Expert naturalist guides, most of whom grew up in the heart of the rainforest
  • Travel in small groups of like-minded explorers
  • Rooms for both single travellers and couples
  • Enjoy delicious meals, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices on offer
  • Choose between a short 4 night cruise and a longer 6 night adventure

The Tucano Experience

Venture further into the Brazilian Amazon wilderness aboard the specialist-built Tucaco Riverboat in the company of experienced naturalist guides, who lead memorable small group shore excursions to pristine bio-diverse areas.

Excursions & Sightseeing

The daily schedule takes you ashore or into a smaller boat up to five times each day, sometimes via kayaks, other times in motorised canoes or often on foot, following primitive and little-trodden paths into the jungle. Hundreds of species of birds make their homes in this remote location, far from the reach of the city lights and visits to small communities will offer valuable insights into life in the world's biggest rainforest and their unique customs and culture. Ancient trees tower high, draped in vines at their base and covered with orchids. After dinner you will head out again, this time in search of the Amazon's mysterious nocturnal creatures.


You will encounter a range of unique habitats, including both types of flooded forests and the extraordinary phenomenon of the meeting of the waters, where the silty light brown waters of the Rio Solimoes runs side-by-side for several miles with the dark current of the Rio Negro.

Salvador - 3 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

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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.


Day 12

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.


Day 13

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.

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.

Convento Do Carmo Hotel

Salvador da Bahia - Deluxe Hotel

Pousada Convento do Carmo is an old convent, dating back to the 16th century, with 79 well decorated bedrooms, all equipped with air conditioning, cable television, minibar, telephone, desk and internet connection. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, spa with jacuzzi, gymnasium, fitness center, library, reading rooms and family games. The Pousada also has a restaurant serving international dishes, and a lobby.

Zank by Toque Hotel

Salvador da Bahia - First Hotel

The Zank by Toque Hotel offers a personalised service, in the modern "bohemian" area of Rio Vermelho in Salvador. Its indoor design reflects the Brazilian atmosphere, with furniture and objects made by Brazilian designers from the best antique shops and studios. At the entrance is the centennial old house with the reception, restaurant and three suites evoking the baroque, colonial and modern periods to which the contemporary building has been added with a beautiful view of the ocean and seventeen bedrooms inspired in the classic contemporary, tropicalist, neo baroque and roots minimalist styles. All have well appointed private facilities, TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, wardrobe, telephone and room service.

The Zank Restaurant Restô presents a menu signed by Paulinho Martins under the command of Denise Campanharo, with a contemporary reading of Brazilian gastronomy. "We searched to develop a kitchen strongly based in our roots and traditions. The Zank have a menu based on the tradition, modernity and subtleness, always applying the best fresh products of our region."

Zank also offers relaxing and well-being in the Drika Saad Spa including Body therapies : drainage, gommage, hydrating, shiatsu, hot stones, reflexology, facial (cleansing, shiatsu, masks) and others (acupuncture, tanning, manicure, pedicure.

The Lounge has a library and video store, which main theme is the Brazilian cordel literature as well as an ocean view.


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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 DatesRest of the year19 Jul-15 Aug, 14-23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,991 - - £5,407 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £1,558 - - + £1,514 - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel DatesRest of the year19 Jul-15 Aug, 14-23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €4,839 - - €5,318 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €1,792 - - + €1,741 - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel DatesRest of the year19 Jul-15 Aug, 14-23 Dec
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $5,987 - - $6,569 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,182 - - + $2,120 - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

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 representatives

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