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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,755 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and the beautiful beaches of Praia do Forte


  • Take in the icons of Rio de Janiero, from historic neighbourhoods to tumbling favelas
  • Relax on Copacabana's golden sands and soak up the views from the summit of Corcovado
  • Dance in the Samba Clubs of Lapa on a Rio by Night tour
  • Fly north to experience the unique African rhythms of Salvador
  • End in Praia do Forte – a region of gorgeous beaches and pristine coral reefs

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Rio de Janeiro
  • 4 Nights Salvador
  • 3 Nights Praia do Forte


Recommended for:
Beach | City | History & culture | Honeymoon

Celebrate Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this tailor-made holiday. In Rio, you’ll explore how African culture has shaped Brazilian identity and visit iconic attractions like Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado and the Sambadrome. Head north to Salvador, where you'll visit the colourful Pelourinho district, learn about the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé, and see musical groups, called Afro-blocos, perform. Your holiday ends with a relaxing stay on the coast at Praia do Forte; a picturesque fishing village surrounded by nature reserves and some of Brazil's best beaches.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart the UK

Enjoy included VIP airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Day 2
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your chosen hotel. You'll have some time to relax and freshen up after your flight before heading out with your local guide for a fascinating orientation tour of Rio, where you'll explore the roots of African culture in Brazil through a visit to a Candomblé temple - a uniquely Brazilian religion combining elements of the Catholic and Yoruba faiths. As you journey through the city you'll also get a flavour of life on Rio's bustling streets and beautiful beaches. Return to your hotel this evening and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro

Today's tour sees you head to famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, set at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Head to the summit by a series of cable cars to enjoy jaw-dropping views across the city, beaches and surrounding forested peaks that give Rio one of the world's truly iconic settings. From there, you'll dive into the Afro-influenced world of samba and Carnival, Rio's famous annual celebration. Your first stop will be the Sambadrome, which is the focal point for the city's carnival parades. A visit to the Carnival Museum will give you an understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of this incredible celebration. You'll also visit Samba City to see local artisans working on the colourful floats and costumes that are the centre point of the parade. This evening you'll enjoy a traditional dinner at a restaurant specialising in feijoada, the native Brazilian dish created by slaves. And, once dinner's over, you'll head to the downtown area to a gafieira, one of the city's traditional dance halls (Fridays and Saturdays only).

Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro

Take a tour of Rio's beautiful beaches and pass through the charming neighbourhood of Cosme Velho on the way to Corcovado Mountain. At the base of the mountain you'll board a narrow gauge railway that will take you through the verdant Tijuca Rainforest to the summit, home to Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. From here you'll enjoy incredible views across the city of Rio to the Atlantic Ocean beyond. This evening you'll have the option of taking a "Rio by Night" tour, taking in some of the city's famous night spots, including the lively Lapa district, home to some of Rio's best Samba clubs. We also suggest a dinner at a churrascaria, a typical eat-all-you-can Brazilian barbeque.

Stay: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 5
Rio to Salvador

After breakfast you'll transfer to Rio's domestic airport in time for your flight north to Salvador da Bahia on Brazil's tropical east coast. On arrival you'll be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace.

Stay: Bahia Othon Palace (Superior) or Villa Bahia (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an African-oriented historical city tour, tracing the Salvador's African roots from the old central slave market, through the city's historical centre to the newer, modern neighbourhoods. View traditional works of art at the Afro-Brazilian museum; visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, built by the black community with meager resources over a period of 100 years; and make a stop at Casa do Benin, which further highlights illustrates the significant African influences that permeate all facets of life in Salvador. In the evening, enjoy an excursion to a uniquely Bahian event; a rehearsal of one of Salvador's many Afro-blocos musical groups, many of which are enjoying great success in the current renaissance of Afro-based music in the region.

Stay: Fera Palace (Superior) or Villa Bahia (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 7
Around Salvador

Leave the city behind today as you head into the countryside to explore some Brazil's oldest farmland. Here you'll discover a world of sugar cane and tobacco plantations, peaceful colonial towns and bustling country markets. Visit an experimental cacao plantation before making a stop at a self-sufficient farmstead with its own manioc flourmill, offering a unique insight into rural life in Brazil. Later in the day you'll visit the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority that traces its origins back to the time of slavery.

Stay: Fera Palace (Superior) or Villa Bahia (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 8

Today's excursion takes you to a traditional candomblé house of worship, set on the outskirts of the city and offering a fascinating look at the religious and social values of Afro-Brazilian daily life. Later on you'll visit a shrine to Yemanja in the Rio Vermelho district, a simple shrine located within a local fishing community. Then. as darkness descends, you'll head out once more, this time a performance of traditional folklore dance by the Bahia Folklore Company.

Stay: Fera Palace (Superior) or Villa Bahia (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Days 9-11
Salvador to Praia do Forte

Leave Salvador this morning and head an hour north to Praia do Forte, part of a stunning coastal region with 12 kilometres of semi-deserted beaches, surrounded by lush coconut trees on the edge of the Atlantic Rainforest. Check in to your hotel and spend the next few days exploring the town and surrounding region. You'll discover gorgeous golden beaches where sea turtles come to lay their eggs; pristine coral reefs; charming rural villages and peaceful fishing communities; and the only medieval-style building in Brazil, the Garcia D'Avila Castle. In the small town centre you'll find a wonderful selection restaurants, bars, inns and shops.

Stay: Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte - Premium Room (Superior) or Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte - Master Room (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 12

Your Brazilian adventure comes to a close. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Salvador airport in time for your onward flight, arriving the next day.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

12-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,755 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £4,755 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,915 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from the UK to Rio de Janeiro and from Salvador de Bahia to the UK
  • Domestic flights between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia
  • Private transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 5* (Deluxe) hotel on a half-board basis
  • Private touring throughout
  • 1 lunch and 2 dinners while touring

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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