Beach Holiday in Brazil
Trancoso, in Brazil’s eastern Bahia State, is a coastal town facing the South Atlantic Sea. It’s known for its beaches, such as Praia dos Nativos, Praia dos Coqueiros and Praia do Espelho. Founded by Jesuit Priests in 1583, the village retains the original style of its housing architecture. At its heart is the Quadrado, the pedestrian square with the chalk-white Igreja de São João Batista, the second-oldest church in Brazil. Alongside are old fisherman huts turned into restaurants and boutiques.
Take a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro, then travel to Salvador de Bahia, known for its stunning beaches and colonial splendour. It has an interesting Portuguese-African culture and a rhythm of its own. For unspoilt natural splendour, Praia do Forte is hard to surpass with endless beaches and a spectacular marine park. Further north is Trancoso, a perfect escape for those seeking privacy, exotic location and the best beaches in Brazil.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10 DAY BEACH HOLIDAY IN BRAZIL…
And, experience your honeymoon on remote white sand beaches.
Brazil is famous for its diverse culture, spectacular nature and magnificent beaches. From the great sights and samba rhythms in Rio, to the stunning colonial architecture and Afro-Portuguese culture of Salvador, and from the mighty Iguassu Falls to the stunning beaches of Praia do Forte, this tour incorporates it all.
Salvador de Bahia combines stunning beaches and colonial splendour. This beautifully preserved city with its cobbled streets, colourful buildings and ornate churches, has an interesting Portuguese-African culture and a rhythm of its own. For unspoilt natural splendour, Praia do Forte is hard to surpass with endless beaches and a spectacular marine park making it a perfect tropical getaway.
Brazil’s northeast coast is a region of white sand beaches, fringed by tropical forest boasting a year round warm climate. Enticingly dotted throughout this area are several exclusive beach resorts, but if you want to find the real golden sands and emerald seas then head for Trancoso. Easily accessible by air and approximately 800 kilometres south of Salvador, Trancoso with its incredible natural beauty is the perfect escape for those seeking privacy, exotic location and the best beaches in Brazil.
The most tranquil parts of the day are sunrise and sunset - so why not share that moment together and admire the beauty of your honeymoon destination. Later, arrange a special surprise for the love of your life. Treat her on a secluded beach at a top-notch restaurant or just a picnic for two. Lastly, leave your watches at home because we want you to make the most of your honeymoon together and just loose track of time. Take this opportunity to relax while you can.
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 - Salvador
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Meet and greet on arrival at Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a Samba Dance 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 a sampler of his signature French dishes.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero 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 at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 03 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janero 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. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 4 – The Surrounds
Rio de Janeiro Today we travel to Niteroi, a small town located across the bay from Rio de Janeiro and easily reached by a 10 min drive over the Rio-Niteroi Bridge. Nicknamed as "The Smile City", it has many beautiful beaches within the bay as well as facing the open ocean, historic forts and a world-class museum. But it is best known for the works of Brazil’s renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer.
For dinner, we recommend the most famous churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse). After dinner, enjoy the night life in Rio at Lapa and visit one of the small musical venues featuring traditional Brazilian music.
Overnight at Copacabana Hotel (B)
Day 5-7 – Beach in Bahia
Trancoso This morning, you will be transferred to Rio airport for your flight to Porto Seguro, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The next four days and three nights are free to relax and enjoy your time. Brazil is known around the world for the excitement of Carnival and the beaches of Rio but if you want to find the real golden sands and emerald seas then head for Trancoso in Bahia. Easily accessible by air and approximately 800 kilometres south of Salvador, Trancoso with its incredible natural beauty is the perfect escape for those seeking privacy, exotic location and the best beaches in Brazil.
At night the area is transformed into one of the most magical locations in Brazil. The entire Quadrado is lit by torch and candlelight and natives and vacationers alike can be found strolling under the moon and stars, frequenting the many stores with offerings from local crafts to the latest Sao Paulo fashion designs and dining in the many excellent restaurants of the area.
Overnight at Pousada Etnia for 3 nights.
Day 8 – Transfer
Salvador This afternoon you will fly from Porto Seguro to Salvador for a two night stay in this beautiful city. Stay at the Convento do Carmo, a wonderful renovation of a Sixteenth Century convent. With your private guide, explore the beautiful city of Salvador before an optional lunch overlooking the port and the Atlantic Ocean. A free afternoon in this fascinating city can be tailored to suit your own interests.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B)
Day 9 – City Highlights Tour
Salvador Take a half day tour to see the highlights fo Salvador including the Barra Lighthouse, and the All Saints’ Bay which is not only the biggest bay in Brazil but is also one of the biggest in the world. Lunch at a typical Bahian restaurant and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Optional: You may want to explore the fascinating Pelourinho area – the historic city centre - which is filled with steep cobbled stoned streets filled with colonial churches, museums, funky shops, bars. But, it’s at night that this area really comes to life. Salvador’s Saturdays are almost as lively as the legendary Tuesdays as every bar and restaurant in the district opens up its windows and doors to locals and tourists alike who come to samba the night away to the music that emanates from them.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L)
Day 10 – Depart
Salvador Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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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