Salvador Beach Holiday
Salvador de Bahia beaches are so stretched out that some of them have no names. Seeing from the sky they shine like gold, surrounded by the sea and the green Atlantic rainforest. The closest beach to town is Farol de Barra, a popular weekend hangout for the city’s inhabitants. Beyond the lighthouse, is Itapuã Beach with natural pools and white sand. Further north, Stella Maris and Flamengo beaches, with good waves attract surfers.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro. Visit its highlight destinations such as Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. Salvador da Bahia is known for a mix of stunning colonial buildings, beautiful beaches, cobbled streets, African culture and pulsating musical rhythms. Travel to Marau near Itacare with the best stretch of beaches on the eastern coast.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY SALVADOR BEACH HOLIDAY…
And, take a private Samba Dance Class in Rio de Janeiro.
This private Brazil tour features the best of the spectacular landscapes and fascinating culture around Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, known for a mix of stunning colonial buildings, beautiful beaches, cobbled streets, African culture and pulsating musical rhythms.
Brazilians enjoy a good party whatever the circumstances. Rio is the hottest of destinations, particularly around Carnival time. Dancers gyrate, the music beats and the summer temperature rises. Almost anything goes. Bodies of all ages, colours and sizes don the very minimum in beachwear and idle away the days on the sun-kissed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Brazil’s landscape is as diverse as the people who inhabit it. Few tourists venture far from Brazil’s spectacular beaches but a trip into the interior reveals a different Brazil, one with a great deal to offer the visitor. As well as the world’s biggest rainforest in the Amazon, Brazil boasts many wilderness areas, the canyons and caves of the Chapadas and the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic forest), which runs for much of the length of Brazil’s coastline.
The population of Brazil is a big melting pot of races, including indigenous people, descendants of slaves from Africa and the offspring of European immigrants. This variety is reflected in the food, architecture, music and culture of Brazil. It is this massive assortment of places, people and traditions that makes Brazil such an interesting country to visit.
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.
Rio De Janeiro, Salvador, Marau
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach. This afternoon, your orientation begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches. Bottle of champagne in the room to celebrate your first night in Rio.
Overnight at Fasano.
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro With your private guide and driver, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below.
The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train which zigzags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where it’s possible see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views. You will have lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, a 100 year old Tea Room / Restaurant (closed Saturdays afternoon, Sundays and public holidays) that has been kept in pristine conditions and it is a pleasure to enjoy. It is one of the most traditional restaurants in Rio and it is part of the city's cultural heritage.
Overnight at Fasano (B, D)
Day 3 – Rio Cuisine & Samba
Rio de Janeiro Samba Dance Class at the prestigious dancing school of Carlinhos deJesus. Rio de Janeiro is the birthplace of samba. It's impossible to resist the most Brazilian of all beats. You listen to it, and before you notice your feet are tapping, your fingers snapping! If only you knew how to dance it the way locals do... Well, you can. With a 2-hour lesson you’ll be ready to do the basic samba steps and body movements, and before you know it you will be dancing really well!
Tonight dinner will be at Rio Scenarium which if there was an award for most beautiful bar, it would certainly deserve it. Located in a renovated warehouse on the edge of Lapa, it is an antique store-turned-bar which serves a wide range of seafood and traditional Brazilian dishes. There is also a stage on the main floor where live Brazilian samba and choro bands will be playing as well as dance floor in case you want to samba the night away. This is the perfect place to practice the moves you learnt earlier today.
Overnight at Fasano (B, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Salvador Morning at leisure to relax on the beach or linger at sidewalk cafes or take in an optional tour. In the afternoon, fly to Salvador, where Brazil was born and her early history remains, both in colonial monuments and African folk culture. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo(B)
Day 5 – Historical tour
Salvador Your morning historical tour of Salvador ventures from the colonialera slave auction site and grandiose baroque Sao Francisco Church, to the newer Upper City. Check-out and transfer to the Salvador airport. At13:30 you will take a 35 minute flight to Kiaroa Resort – awarded in 2007as the Brazil's Leading Boutique Hotel by the World Travel Awards.
Welcome drink and accommodation 5 nights on the peninsula. This is an exclusive property designed for your pleasure with SPA, gourmet gastronomy and pleasant activities surrounded by luxury, comfort and privacy. Your stay includes a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket, a feet ritual session at Armonia Spa, a jeep tour and a candle light dinner.
Overnight at Kiaroa (B, D)
Day 6-10 – Sun & Beach
Marau Full days at leisure to relax. Perhaps take one the Boat and land optional tours available.
Overnight at Kiaroa (B, D).
Day 11 – Transfer
Salvador Transfer to the airport for your transfer back to Salvador at 12:30 - note that airport is located inside the resort. Arrive at Salvador airport and transfer to Convento do Carmo for your last night in Brazil. Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Salvador Transfer to the airport to Rio airport to connect to your overnight flight back home. (B)
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