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Brazil is warm, welcoming and blessed with an impressive combination of captivating culture and natural treasures. This eleven-night tailor-made itinerary invites you to experience the very best of this diverse country – from the open-air art galleries of São Paulo and the beaches of Paraty, to the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro and the magnificence of the Iguazu Falls.
A guided itinerary around the bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena in São Paulo will show you the area’s impressive street art murals and contemporary galleries.
Take to the waters of Paraty Bay by private boat, absorbing views of the scenery, before stopping at several islands for superb snorkelling
Feel the spirit of Rio de Janeiro with a fun-filled carnival experience, trying on traditional costumes, dancing the samba and sipping zesty caipirinhas
Cycle leisurely to two of Rio’s most iconic beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, before exploring the city’s historical Botanical Gardens
Experience the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls from a unique and adrenaline-pumping perspective, cruising in an open boat from the smaller Macuco Galls and up the Iguazu Canyon, getting up close to this marvel of Mother Nature.
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Kick off your Brazilian adventure with a guided tour of São Paulo, showcasing the unique art scene of the bohemian Vila Madalena neighbourhood, known for its hip coffee shops, laid-back bars and great galleries. Highlights include the graffiti-filled alley of Beco do Batman, now an open-air gallery for colourful stencils and murals. End your tour as you practice your barista skills at The Coffee Lab, a contemporary café that also offers coffee-making courses.
Take a private car transfer to Pousada Literária, Paraty.
With a charming Portuguese colonial centre and backed by jungled mountains, the small town of Paraty ensures plenty to explore. After settling into your boutique hotel (or pousada in Brazil), head out on a walking tour of Paraty with a historian. Stroll down the cobbled streets passing dozens of churches, learning more about how the town was built to serve the Portuguese crown, and greatly influenced by the freemasons and the gold rush. Spend a day in the bay of Paraty on board a private fishing boat, heading towards several beautiful islands and stopping to swim or snorkel in the clear waters. Your final day here begins with a Jeep transfer and scenic trek through the rainforest to the striking Graúna region waterfalls, before a visit to the Engenho D’ouro and Maria Izabel cachaça distilleries, with chances to taste this iconic Brazilian spirit.
Take a private car transfer to Emiliano Rio, Rio de Janeiro.
Of course, the fiery seaside city of Rio de Janeiro must feature in any tailor-made Brazilian tour. A full-day excursion with a private guide will show you the city’s most famous sights – including the Corcovado Mountain and the striking Christ the Redeemer statue, along with the historic city centre, before reaching Sugarloaf Mountain in time for sunset. Explore the iconic beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana and the Botanical Gardens by bicycle, before visiting the famous Samba School Headquarters for the ultimate carnival experience. Learn about the history of samba, practice the dance moves and take a percussion class, followed by a refreshing caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail.
Take a private car transfer to Galeão International Airport for your flight to Foz do Iguaçu. From here, take a private car transfer to Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.
From your luxury hotel, the iconic Iguazu Falls are literally on your doorstep, offering stunning views of this simply awe-inspiring natural spectacle. Head down the Macuco jeep trail through the lush jungle, before arriving on the banks of the Iguazu River. In a safe open boat with an outboard engine, you’ll cruise up through the Iguazu Canyon, enjoying a truly unforgettable perspective of the falls. If the level of the river is favourable, you can even get right next to them! The falls actually cross the border of Brazil into Argentina, and you can experience the Argentinian side with a trip to the Iguazu Falls National Park. Board a scenic train to the “Devil’s Throat”, a torrential and wonderfully wild part of the waterfalls
Take a private car transfer to Izmir airport for your flight to the UK.
Following meeting at Girassol Street, begin your tour by walking to Beco do Batman, a narrow alley that has become iconic after Brazilian street artist Kobra decorated its walls with his bold drawings. Proceed to meet another graffiti-filled alley, as well as the street artists’ galleries such as Mundano and Marina Zumi. There will also be time for a quick stop at The Coffee Lab, a contemporary café that also offers coffee-making courses if you wish to try your hand at being a barista!
Accompanied by a local historian, explore the cobbled streets of fascinating Paraty, where you'll pass by dozens of astounding churches. You will also learn more about how the town was built to serve the Portuguese crown and its role in Brazilian history, including how it was greatly influenced by the freemasons and the gold rush many years ago.
Board a regional fishing boat - complete with guide and captain - from a nearby pier and navigate to Praia Vermelha, before heading towards Cotia and Algodão islands. There will be plenty of time to swim and snorkel as you make strategic stops in scenic locations including Saco da Velha, before choosing which local restaurant to dine in, where you'll savour the catch of the day! If you're feeling adventurous, ask your guide to take you to the Pão de Açúcar hilltop, where a one hour walk leads you to breathtaking views over the Mamanguá fjord.
Following a short Jeep transfer from Paraty, you'll arrive at the Graúna region's waterfalls. A short five-minute trek leads you to the first falls, while a further 20 minutes will see you arrive at a second. Once you've experienced the delights of the rainforest, hop back aboard your Jeep for your transfer to Engenho D’ouro cachaça distillery. Sample a taste of the owner's homemade cachaça - made from local sugar canes - before having lunch at Le Gite, which has its very own waterfall, idyllic for a post-lunch swim. Before returning to Paraty, stop by another local distillery to meet Maria Izabel, who produces one of Brazil's best cachaça single-handedly in her seaside residence.
A great option for those who don't have much time in the city, this is a brilliant sightseeing tour of the most famous attractions in Rio. The first stop is the Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, probably the most well-known symbol of Rio and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Reach the mountain top in a small electric train through lush vegetation. Afterwards, walk through the bohemian and picturesque Santa Teresa neighbourhood and stop for lunch in one of the great restaurants of the area. Continue to the historic centre of Rio, where your guide will share facts and curiosities of the city's history. End the day at Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the very best places to watch the sunset in Rio.
Meals not included.
Get a glimpse of the city's rhymthm with a light bike ride through Rio de Janeiro. Explore the full length of both Ipanema beach and Copacabana beach with your English-speaking guide, before continuing to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Created in the 19th Century by the Emperor Pedro II, the gardens are home to a bewildering collection of enticing and exotic flora.
Prepare to be immersed in the vibrant spirit of Brazil as you pay a visit to the famous Samba School Headquarters. You'll have the chance to learn about the history of samba and carnivals, before trying on the costumes and practicing the dance moves for an authentic feeling of what carnival is really like! Round off your visit with a well-deserved caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.
Begin with a one-kilometre trek through the lush forest, where you’ll come across some tropical fauna and flora, before you see the sight of the free-flowing falls. You can then efficiently head back up to the road via the elevator to continue the rest of your tour. Continue the adventure on the Macuco Jeep trail as you venture 600m through the forest and visit the small Macuco Falls, before arriving on the banks of the Iguazu River. Here, the best part of the tour begins: a boat ride upriver. In safe open boats with outboard engines, you’ll cruise up through the Iguazu Canyon, where you'll enjoy an unforgettable perspective of the falls. If the level of the river is favourable, your guide will take you up closer!
Once you have been collected from your hotel, your guide will drive you to the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls National Park. Upon arrival, take a short walk before boarding the train to the Devil’s Throat station, along the Iguazu River. A new 1000m long footbridge leads to the spectacle of the Devil’s Throat, a torrential part of the falls, while upon returning to Cataratas Station, you're free to venture along the pathways and bridges that take you up close to the falls for a fantastic photo opportunity!
The warmest months across Brazil are November to March, though it is a true year-round destination made up of several climatic areas.
11 NIGHTS FROM £7,760 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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