An 11-day tour that showcases the best of Brazil’s cultural and natural highlights. Start your Brazil holiday in the iconic city of Rio de Janiero. With its dramatic setting of undulating mountains covered in lush greenery to the stark expanses of bare rock; this is perhaps one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world. You have a full day to visit the imposing Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, conical Sugar Loaf Mountain and the famous Copacabana Beach for a magical start to your holiday. A short flight south is the magnificent Iguacu Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With 275 separate falls over nearly 2 miles of National Park they showcase the meeting of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The largest of the falls, the Devil's Throat is truly breathtaking. From the Atlantic forest at Iguacu, move onto the lush tropical rainforest of the Amazon. Stay for a night in the sprawling city of Manaus before then moving on for two nights set in an eco-lodge adeep within the Amazon Rainforest to experience the diversity of the flora and fauna in this remote corner of Brazil. Finally, complete your holiday with a stay in the charming, historic city of Salvador. The centre, known as the Pelourinho, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awash with colourful buildings and cobbled streets. In under two weeks our Classic Brazil itinerary encompasses all the must-do sites in this diverse country.
UK - Rio de Janeiro
Fly from the UK to Rio de Janeiro direct with British Airways. Upon arrival this evening, you will be transferred to your hotel located on Copacabana Beach.
Accommodation: Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro
Today you are taken on a tour to visit two of Rio de Janeiro's most iconic sights - Corcovado mountain; home to the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain. Both provide unrivalled views out over the city's spectacular bays, islands, beaches and mountains. To ascend Corcovado mountain, embark the Swiss cogwheel train that climbs up from 15m asl to 670m asl, wending its way through the Tijuca National Forest below. Offering a bird's eye view, the cable car up to Sugar Loaf makes for an exciting journey, with such stunningly beautiful views it is no wonder the city is dubbed "cidade maravilhosa" (marvellous city).
Rio de Janeiro
Today is at leisure. Spend the day as you choose – relax on the beaches, or arrange further sightseeing locally. Visit the botanical gardens, the historic area of Santa Teresa with its cobbled streets and try the local 'feijoada' dish!
Rio - Iguacu
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Iguacu Falls. Upon arrival visit the Brazilian side of the falls. A long paved walkway through lush forest offers stunning views of the Argentine side of the falls. Home to an array of wildlife, spot many species of tropical birds, coatis and colourful butterflies. It is no wonder the Iguacu Falls are considered one the world's greatest natural wonders with thundering cascades complemented by rainbows hanging in the clouds of spray and extensive flora and fauna within surrounding sub tropical forest. At the end of the visit you are taken to your hotel.
Accommodation: Wish Resort
Today explore the Argentine side of the falls including the viewpoint for the impressive Devil’s Throat. Take in these majestic falls from a variety of vistas from the extensive walkways. We can also arrange a boat trip to the base of the falls - you will get wet!
Iguacu - Amazon
Today transfer to the airport for a flight via Sao Paulo or Brasilia (subject to flight schedules) on to Manaus in the north of the country, and the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon. You overnight at the suggested central hotel in Manaus City, prior to travelling into the heart of the jungle tomorrow.
Accommodation: Villa Amazonia
Stay for two nights in the Amazon Jungle at a lodge located deep within the Rainforest. You are collected this morning from your Manaus Hotel and begin your journey of around 2 1/2 hours to your accommodation sat on the banks of the Rio Negro. The suggested lodge offers guests daily excursions accompanied by expert naturalist guides such as bird watching, jungle trekking, spotting pink river dolphins, visiting local communities and canoeing as well as night time tours for seeing nocturnal wildlife. The restaurant serves delicious Amazonian inspired and international cuisine, and your meals are included in your stay.
Accommodation: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Today is a full day of excursions within the Amazon Rainforest. From your lodge you are taken out with the expert guides on the tours that are offered both during the day, and at night should you wish to look for nocturnal wildlife as well.
Amazon - Salvador
Depart from your Amazon Lodge for the airport and connect to your flight to Salvador on the coast. Spend two nights at the suggested hotel located in the historic Pelourinho district of the city. Overlooking the All Saint's Bay, the city is one of Brazil's most exotic. Samba music fills the streets, a distinct mix of Latin and African cultures come together here and the Pelourinho is the place to be!
Accommodation: Casa do Amarelindo
Free time to explore this vibrant city. Most visitors will spend their time in the Pelourinho area which is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This was the area that the Portuguese built as a fortified city and displays some of the most important colonial architecture in the Americas. Once a centre of slave trade, the city offers a rich Afro-Brazilian feel as well as picturesque cobble stoned streets, impressive baroque churches and brightly coloured buildings.
Accommodation: Casa do Amarelindo
Salvador - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK via Rio. Alternatively we can extend your trip by a few days on the beach. Praia do Forte, just a 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Salvador, provides the perfect place to relax. With an exciting choice of hotels and small boutique properties, discover this charming fishing village, relax on the beach or by the pool. Please ask your Rainbow Travel Specialist for more details.
Pricing Information & Dates
11 day tour, from £3995 per person
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