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Brazil Holidays

Exotic cities, Iguassu Falls & an Amazon River Cruise

13 Night Itinerary from  £4,800

Varzea Tour

Experience Brazil's most vibrant cities, admire the stunning Iguassu Falls and venture deep into the pristine Amazon Rainforest on a four night expedition cruise

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour around Brazil's vibrant cities and magnificent landscapes
  • Experience Rio de Janeiro and its iconic beaches and sights, visiting Christ the Redeemer
  • 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 deep into the pristine Amazon Rainforest on a four night expedition cruise
  • Enjoy daily excursions in search of nature, birds and mammals
  • Discover the colonial heritage of Salvador and its Afro-Portuguese traditions

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

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado

Day 3 - At leisure in Rio 

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Saturday, 18 May 2024

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. Your guide will also take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get acquainted with your local area. 

Sunday, 19 May 2024

Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado

Enjoy a half day tour to see 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.

Monday, 20 May 2024

At leisure in Rio 

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Why not visit the Botanical Gardens and Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio or bohemian district of Santa Teresa, once home to the rich and famous but now occupied by galleries, writers, musicians and artists. Our guide can arrange a wide variety of optional excursions to suit your requirements.

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.

1775 Ipanema Inn Hotel

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.


1768 Porto Bay Rio Hotel
Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights

Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

Day 5 - Guided Tour (Brazil & Argentinian sides)

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Travel to Iguassu Falls

Fly to Iguassu and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay. Choose from hotels in Iguassu town, on the road leading to the falls or if you want to stay in the only hotel directly overlooking the falls stay at the iconic Hotel das Cataratas with its magnificent gardens (a perfect choice for honeymooners). Our experts can guide you on which hotel is right for you. 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. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Tour of Iguassu Falls (Brazilian and Argentinian sides) of Iguassu Falls (Brazilian and Argentinian sides)

Today enjoy guided excursions on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the Falls. Our guides will take you to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offering spectacular panoramic views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. We 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. Only on the Argentine side 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.

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
Amazon Basin Map

Manaus - 1 Night

Day 6 - Fly to Manaus



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Thursday, 23 May 2024

Fly to Manaus

Transfer to the airport and fly to Manaus for a 1-night stay. 

Millennium Hotel

Manaus - First Hotel

Located between the two main avenues of the city, Manaus Hotels Millennium is within the Millennium Shopping Centre offering several leisure, gastronomy and entertainment options. There are more than 100 stores and 8 cinemas.

Public areas include the Sax Restaurant themed on New Orleans with its piano bar dedicated to jazz and regional music. The cuisine offers a delicious grilled rib of tambaqui in addition to international dishes. The hotel also has a rooftop pool, gym, sauna, rooftop jacuzzi and a spa - plus great views over the city of Manaus.

There are 127 spacious apartments (25m²) each with private bathroom, balcony, desk, armchair, Wi-Fi internet, LCD cable TV, microwave, minibar and safe.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.



View From The Front Of The Hotel
The Tucano Amazon expedition cruise

Amazon River Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 7-10 - Tucano Amazon River Cruise

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Friday, 24 May 2024

Embark the Tucano Amazon Riverboat

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. We set sail in the afternoon northbound on the Rio Negro River.

Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the M/V Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in the Amazon 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 on offer.

During the course of the cruise, you will explore three different habitats; two types of flooded forests; varzea and igapó, the former being milky coffee in colour and the later a darker variation, with wildlife and plantlife varying greatly between the two. Plus terre firme, higher land above the flood line, with solid ground and a more defined rainforest structure.

Saturday, 25 May 2024

Anavilhanas Archipelago

Today we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with excursions into the rainforest during the day and caiman spotting at night.

Sunday, 26 May 2024

Rio Negro

Exploring the Rio Negro, taking canoe trips on the narrow, flooded creeks and streams in the company of expert local guides.

Monday, 27 May 2024

Meeting of the Waters

Sail towards Manuas, where we experience the meeting of the two great rivers, the Amazon and Rio Negro at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. We overnight in Manaus.

Capoeira Show

Salvador da Bahia - 3 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to Salvador da Bahia

Day 12 - Tour of Salvador

Day 13 - Day at leisure in Salvador

Day 14 - Return overnight flight 

Day 15 - Arrive in the UK

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Salvador da Bahia

Disembark after breakfast and fly to Salvador, where we stay for 3 nights.

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 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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

City tour of Salvador

Enjoy 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.

Thursday, 30 May 2024

At leisure in Salvador

Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Suggested excursions include: a visit the Old City of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or perhaps a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica. Spending the day on one of Salvador's fabulous beaches is also a wonderful way to end your journey.

Friday, 31 May 2024

Return flight back home

Transfer to Salvador airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.


Saturday, 01 June 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

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.

1781 Casa Do Amarelindo


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 First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,800 £4,853 £4,866 £4,908
Multiple Travellers - Own Room £6,214 £6,388 £6,567 £6,438

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

What's Included

  • 15 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Four night Tucano Amazon Expedition Cruise on a full board basis
  • 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 flight
  • Exclusive list of restaurant suggestions

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