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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 from your gateway city to Rio de Janeiro, A Cidade Maravilhosa — the Marvelous City.

Day 2, Rio de Janeiro
After arrival in Rio, transfer from the airport and get settled into your hotel. This afternoon from the Laranjeiras neighborhood, board a cog railway and ascend Corcovado Mountain, reaching the peak 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 return will bring you through the lush Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. (B)

Day 3, Rio de Janeiro
This morning from the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Urca neighborhood, board a cable car for a two-step journey to the top of Sugar Loaf. Enjoy splendid views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana beach, Santa Cruz fortress, and more.(B)

Day 4, Rio de Janeiro
Today, optional sightseeing includes Angra dos Reis Schooner Cruise with lunch. Board a typical Brazilian schooner in the morning in Angra, and cruise the clear waters among the hundreds of islands south of Rio, stopping for swimming and lunch. Or as another option, ride up into the mountains into the cool moutain air outside of Rio to visit the Imperial Museum in Petropolis, the summer residence of Emperor D. Pedro II. Or, visit Rio's legendary Maracanã Stadium, getting behind the scenes of the most important soccer stadium in Brazil, learning about its history, great matches and star players.

Included this evening is your night out on the town! Start with dinner at a Churrascaria barbecue restaurant, and then enjoy the Ginga Tropical Carnival/Samba music and dance show with live orchestra and dance troupe at Teatro Leblon, showcasing the many various rhythmic, musical and dance styles from all over Brazil. (B, D)

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
Today 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. (B)

Day 7, Salvador da Bahia
Enjoy your day at leisure. This evening you’ll be brought to dinner at Uaua Restaurante in the historic Pelourinho District, and then see the spectacular show at Teatro Miguel Santana, featuring Bahian music and dance, including the deadly acrobatic martial art of Capoeira, originating from the Bantus of Angola. (B, D)

Day 8, Flight, Manaus–USA
Relax and enjoy this morning. Your airport transfer and homebound flight depart this afternoon. (B)

Tour Features Include:

  • Private Host Service in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia
  • Private airport transfers with baggage handling
  • 6 nights at hotels of your choice, taxes included
  • Valid for Low Season (slightly higher - Jul, Jan-Mar)
  • Meals as indicated (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro
  • Tour of Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car, SIB (seat in bus)
  • Tour of Corcovado Mountain & Tijuca Forest, SIB (seat in bus)
  • City Tour by Metro, with English-speaking Guide (half-day, private)
  • 3 nights in Salvador da Bahia
  • Historic City Tour of Salvador, Private Basis
  • Bahia by Night, dinner at Uaua and Capoeira show at Teatro San Miguel, Private Basis

Tour Prices (per person, US$) DBL SGL TPL
Deluxe Package $1,468 $2,384 $1,216
Superior Package $1,399 $2,199 $1,099
First-Class Package $1,099 $1,693 $979
Deluxe Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Salvador da Bahia Fera Palace
Superior Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Windsor California
Salvador da Bahia Mercure Salvador Rio Vermelho
First-Class Package Hotels
Rio de Janeiro Windsor Copa Hotel
Salvador da Bahia Monte Pascoal Praia

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