Buzios Brazil Holiday
Armação dos Búzios (or Búzios), is a Brazilian resort town on a peninsula in the east of Rio de Janeiro. It's known as an upscale seaside resort surrounded by a string of beaches with crystal clear waters. These include the horseshoe-shaped Ferradura Beach that draws snorkelers and families. Geriba Beach, with a decent swell is popular with surfers and bodyboarders. While, Ilhabela Beach, has a laid-back vibe that Bardot first found so enticing.
Start in Sao Paulo, the modern, cosmopolitan city with lovely beaches, entertainment and nightlife. The modern metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, magnificently set on a narrow strip between the mountains and the sea is studded with rocky islands, such as the Sugar Loaf and the Corcovado. Florianopolis Island has a landscape sprinkled with beaches, lakes and sand dunes along its coast. The waves are so good that both national and international surfing championships are held here.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY BRAZIL BUZIOS HOLIDAY…
And, stay in the fishing village, once loved by the French actress Brigitte Bardot.
Sao Paulo – Rio De Janeiro – Buzios – Florianopolis
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Sao Paulo Meet and greet on arrival in Sao Paulo and private transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon tour (Optional): Take tour through the city, visiting the residential areas of Higienópolis with its 1950’s apartment buildings; the Soccer Stadium and Ibirapuera Park with its beautiful gardens and lakes. Then travel to the Oriental District, where the Japanese have their commerce and the Sao Paulo’s Cathedral.
Evening in Sao Paulo: We recommend your first dinner in Brazil at Fasano restaurant at the hotel. Inspired by the elegant scenario of Milan, the native land of the Fasanos, the restaurant offers the gastronomic delights by the well known chef Salvatore Loi.
Stretch out your night at the Baretto bar. There, in the midst of French armchairs and a travertine marble bar, the house band plays fine music – mainly jazz and bossa nova. Occasionally there are shows by well-known artists. And if you're still up for having more fun until dawn, it's time to go Club Lótus, on the second floor of the Gran Meliá Sao Paulo hotel (branch of Lotus in New York). It is the bastion of the "wellborn" and famous people of the city.
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel.
Day 2 – Optional Tours
Sao Paulo Today is at leisure for you to explore the town and shop at some of the most exclusive shopping centres in the town. Travel to Oscar Freire Street, considered to be one of the eight most luxury streets according to the 'Mystery Shopping International'. A privileged place where both sophistication and elegance meet. Take a break for coffee at Santo Grao, voted for having the best espresso in the city.
Lunch at Figueira Rubaiyat for the fantastic Mediterranean food whose food and service are a benchmark for top quality! By far, one of the fine dining spots in town for the best beef in the best place!
Spend your evening at the Skye bar on the top floor of the bold Hotel Unique. Take a dip in the swimming pool and savour a glass of prosecco while you admire the view of the Parque do Ibirapuera.
Overnight at Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer & Samba
Rio de Janeiro Morning transfer to Sao Paulo airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a Samba Class (optional) at one most the prestigious dancing schools or explore the town at your leisure.
For dinner we recommend the restaurant of the chef Claude Troisgos and experience his legendary “Menu Degustation” which is a sampler of his signature French dishes. If you wish to explore the night in Rio then best place is Rio Scenarium’, where you can also practice the Samba moves you learnt earlier in the day.
Overnight: Copacabana Palace (B)
Day 4 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro After breakfast take a half day tour to one of Rio’s most famous postcard views, the “SugarLoaf” mountain. This visit is made in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. Then take a second cable car to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.
Overnight: Copacabana Palace (B)
Day 5 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro After breakfast take a short drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambo drome, the Metropolitan and the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Then drive through the charming neighbourhood of Santa Teresa to catch the train to Corcovado, the majestic statue of Christ standing 120 feet high. The Redeemer’s outstretched arms welcome you to a breathtaking panorama - unmatched for its spellbinding magic!
On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps the best small museum in the country. For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay.
Overnight: Copacabana Palace (B)
Day 6 – Transfer
Buzios Take a private (2h 30min) transfer to Buzios. Take a short tour to “Rua das Pedras”, the charming cobble Stone street lined with restaurants and shops selling resort wear, jewellery, handicrafts and artwork, and is known for its lively nightlife.
Lunch at Patio Havana, which impresses with their architecture and decoration, signed by Hélio Pelegrino and Sig Bergamin, and their 5 different settings: whisky bar, wine cellar, cigar humidor, patio and bistrô. There is almost always good music and there are several tables facing the ocean.
Overnight at Insolito Hotel (B, L)
Day 7 – Explore City
Buzios Day at leisure to explore the city by your own.
Overnight at Insolito Hotel (B)
Day 8-10 – Exclusive Beach Resort
Florianopolis Morning transfer to Rio airport for your flight to Florianopolis. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Ponto dos Ganchos.
This exclusive resort offers the warmth and personalised service of a guest house together with the sophisticated infrastructure of a 5 star hotel. Above all Ponta dos Ganchos is exclusive; there are only 20 comfortable and spacious bungalows in an area of over 80,000m2. With over 3 staff per bungalow it aims to offer a service customised for each guest.
Overnight in Ponta dos Ganchos (B, L, D)
Day 11 – Depart
Florianopolis Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.