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.
Brazil is definitely one of the most attractive, enticing and exciting travel destinations in the world. It is a country delicately shaped by Mother Nature, known for its good-tempered and hospitable people, for the beauty and truly positive outlook on life of its inhabitants.
Start in Sao Paulo, this modern, cosmopolitan city has an array of different nationality restaurants and its museums are amongst the finest in South America. Surrounded by lovely beaches, its entertainment and nightlife have attracted some of the best performers in the world.
The modern metropolis of Brazil often seems like islands in a huge sea of almost untouched natural beauty, especially Rio de Janeiro. The city is magnificently set on a narrow strip between the mountains and the sea. The combination of a dark blue sea, studded with rocky islands. The best known of these rocky masses are the Sugar Loaf, and the Corcovado, a jagged peak rising 710 metres behind the city.
Florianopolis Island has a landscape sprinkled with 42 beaches, lakes, sand dunes and small islands along its coast. The waves are so good that both national and international surfing championships are held here. Florianopolis boasts a series of fortresses built to withstand invasion by the Spanish and Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries.
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.
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.
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
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. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
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 and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
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.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk