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Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu & Salvador de Bahia

Itinerary in Brief:  Exuberant Rio, Magnificent Iguazu and Fascinating Salvador

  • 3 nights in Rio on Ipanema Beach
  • One of the world’s most beautiful cities
  • Stunning tropical nature at Iguazu
  • Historic Salvador de Bahia
  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Capoeira, Candomble & Samba
  • Can be customized and extended
  • Please call or email us with any questions

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1      Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Arrive to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by an English speaking guide who will welcome you to the country, transfer you to your hotel, and be there to assist you with any questions you have. Your hotel is located on Ipanema beach, the best place in Rio de Janeiro to be based for seeing what the city has to offer. The beachfront is one of the most beautiful in the world, and the area is both a great place to spend time on the beach and to stroll through the streets. Many of Rio’s best restaurants, boutiques, and cafes are located in Ipanema and neighboring Leblon.
Marina All Suites Hotel (One alternative hotel is the Belmond Copacabana Palace)

Day 2      Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado mountain / Santa Teresa

Your first full day in Rio starts with a visit to the top of the Corcovado mountain to the Cristo Redentor statue, where you can take in the view out over all of Rio… it has to be one of the best views in the world. Afterward, you’ll do a drive through the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood, filled with mansions dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and get a chance to see Rio’s bustling downtown. You have the end of the day free to explore on your own.
Marina All Suites Hotel (B)

Day 3       Free day in Rio for other activities

This is a free day in Rio to explore on your own or take another excursion. We can assist you with a range of additional activities, including active excursions such as half day sea kayaking trips, hiking excursions of varying difficulty in Tijuca National Park (where you can see a wide range of tropical wildlife, including several species of monkeys and numerous species of tropical birds), and full day excursions out to nearby cities such as Petropolis, Buzios, or other locations. Excursions up to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain for another superb view of Rio can also be arranged. Please inquire if interested.
Marina All Suites Hotel (B)

Day 4        Iguazu Falls

Today you fly south to Iguazu, where you will be met for transfer to your hotel, the only hotel located within the national park on the Brazilian side. You’ll be able to explore the trails around the falls directly from the hotel. (We can also arrange stays at the Sheraton Iguazu, the only hotel located within the national park on the Argentine side of the falls.)
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (B)

Day 5        Iguazu Falls

Today you have a full day excursion to the Argentine side of the falls, getting a different perspective on this magnificent site. The majority of the trails and walkways are on the Argentine side of the falls, and most boat tours that take you up close to the falls also start on the Argentine side.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (B)

Day 6       Salvador de Bahia

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Salvador de Bahia, located 1000 miles to the north of Rio. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your small hotel, located in a restored 19th century building in the heart of the Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the heart of this mesmerizing city. You have this first afternoon free to explore and get to know a bit of the city on your own.
Casa do Amarelindo (B)

Day 7        Salvador City Tour

In the morning you’ll have a half day tour of some of the colonial highlights of this fascinating city. You’ll learn about the hundreds of years of history that are the foundation of this city’s unique identity, deeply rooted in both European and African cultures.
Casa do Amarelindo (B)

Day 8       Day for optional excursions or to explore on your own

Free day in the Bahia area. You can take this day to immerse yourself in more of the city’s deep culture, or we can arrange a number of different excursions outside of the city. Options include gallery visits (we can provide a list of the most respected ones if you want to visit them on your own), visits to Cachoeira (a nearby colonial town), or visits to nearby islands and bays by boat.
Casa do Amarelinod (B)

Day 9       Depart for home

Today you transfer to the airport to start your flight home (or we can arrange any additional excursions you might be interested in; please inquire if interested).