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Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia (air quoted separately)

Day 1: Flight, USA – Rio de Janeiro
Depart on an overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, A Cidade Maravilhosa — the Marvelous City.

Day 2, Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio and get settled into your hotel. This afternoon, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca to the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car, and enjoy splendid views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. (B)

Day 3, Rio de Janeiro
Today you will take the cog railway to the peak of Corcovado Mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer (voted one of the Seven Wonders of the World) overlooks the city from a height of 2,300 feet. Enjoy the panoramic view of Rio including its famous beaches and Guanabara Bay. Your descent will bring you through the lush Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. (B)

Day 4, Rio de Janeiro
Today you will visit various points of interest in the city of Rio de Janeiro using the Metro system, with your English-speaking guide. (B)

Day 5, Flight, Rio de Janeiro – Salvador da Bahia
This morning after breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Brazil's first capital city, Salvador da Bahia. Check into hotel, rest of day at leisure. (B)

Day 6, Salvador da Bahia
This morning you will tour the largest and best preserved complex of colonial architecture in the Americas – the famous Pelourinho district. Walk through the narrow, cobbled streets lined with fine colonial houses painted in pastel shades, and visit several churches including the spectacularly ornate Church of São Francisco, the finest example of of Baroque churches in Brazil. Rest of day and evening at leisure. (B)

Day 7, Salvador da Bahia
Your day is free to take do optional sightseeing, or enjoy Salvador's beaches. This evening you’ll enjoy Bahia by Night, Dinner & Show. You’ll dine on fine Bahian cuisine, and then see a fabulous show of Capoeira, a deadly acrobatic martial art originating from the Bantus of Angola. (B, D)

Day 8, Flight, Salvador da Bahia – USA
Relax this morning, and reflect on your long journey nearing its completion. Your homebound overnight flight departs late–afternoon. (B)

Tour Features Include:

  • Private airport transfers with baggage handling
  • Services of local tour guides
  • Hotel taxes
  • Meals as indicated (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • 3 nights Rio de Janeiro
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Tour via cable car, SIB (seat in bus)
  • Corcovado Mountain & Tijuca Forest, SIB (seat in bus)
  • City Tour by Metro, with English-speaking Guide (half-day, private)
  • 3 nights Salvador da Bahia
  • Historic City Tour of Salvador, SIB (seat in bus)
  • Bahia by Night with Bahian dinner and Capoeira Show, SIB (seat in bus)

Tour Prices (per person, US$) DBL SGL TPL
Deluxe Package $1,368 $2,284 $1,116
First Class Package $1,299 $2,099 $999
Moderate Package $999 $1,593 $879
Deluxe Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Salvador da Bahia Pestana Bahia
First-Class Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Golden Tulip Regente
Salvador da Bahia Bahia Othon
Moderate-Class Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Copa Sul
Salvador da Bahia Vila Galé

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