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14 nights

2ND November – 16th November 2015

Day 1: Monday 2nd November; Arrive to Rio de Janeiro transfer to hotel

On arrival once you have cleared any formalities; you will be met by you driver and guide for the private transfer directly to the very comfortable Hotel Windsor Copa where once checked into your room you will receive a short briefing on your tour and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The evening is free for you to explore and enjoy the city of Rio in this perfect location.


Day 2: Tuesday 3rd November; Rio de Janeiro to Vitoria

Today you have a relaxed start and time to explore the city further in the morning; this you can do independently or you may wish to book our morning tour to the beautiful botanical Gardens (Local payment to guide). At approximately 1:30pm you will be transferred from your hotel to GIG airport to fly from Rio to Vitoria. The flight is operated by GOL airlines departing Rio at 17:02 hrs arriving to Vitoria at 18:04 hrs. On arrival in Vitoria you will be met by your driver and guide for the transfer to the Hotel Ibis. As you have a late arrival we will arrange for dinner to be given in the hotel. Meals: breakfast, dinner


Day 3: Wednesday 4th November; Vitoria to Barão de Cocais

Today we will have an early departure at 6:15am after breakfast to go to the Train Stn for our 12 hours intercity journey from Vitoria to Barão de Cocais, near to Belo Horizonte, where we transfer to our comfortable bus to Santa Barbara where we will overnight. This train line is owned and managed by the second largest iron ore mining company in the world…..The Brazilian Company Vale. Iron ore is their business, but they continue to maintain this passenger train. Enjoy one of the most scenic journeys through a spectacular landscape, all in executive class. This train offers onboard services, air-conditioning, a restaurant where you can choose from a wide range of cuisine and comfortable seating to watch the world go by. On arrival in Barão de Cocais you will be transferred to the village of Santa Barbara where you check into the Hotel Quadrado. This is a more traditional hotel offering a warm welcome from your full day’s journey, dinner is included so you can relax and enjoy the facilities. Meals: breakfast and dinner railtour1



Day 4 Thursday 5th November; Santa Barbara to Ouro Preto

After breakfast you will travel by bus to Ouro Preto, a colonial town which was declared ‘Cultural Monument of Mankind’ by the UNESCO. One arrival you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Solar Do Rosario Again this is a very traditional building full of charm and history, from here you can explore the surrounding area and enjoy very comfortable rooms. Ouro Preto means ‘Black Gold’, a marvellously preserved historic city in the Brazilian highlands, renowned throughout the country for its art and colonial architecture. Once a gold mining town, Ouro Preto is today a World Heritage Site, fascinating to explore for its magnificent Baroque architecture, museums, quaint Ouro Preto hotels, historic churches and scenic views. After lunch we will have a walking tour exploring the small cobbled streets where you can admire the neat gables, magnificent baroque buildings and gold decorated churches. Meals: breakfast and lunch


Day 5; Friday 6th November; Ouro Preto to Mariana by train

This morning we will leave the hotel and enjoy a lovely train ride to Mariana. Kindly be advised that at the train station we will find The Coffee Railway Car where clients will have the option to have their breakfast with direct payment (breakfast is included at the hotel). The Coffee Car offers visitors a complete infrastructure for leisure and gastronomy, with a varied, high-quality menu. While we wait for our train you will have the opportunity to visit the railroad museum, which tells of how the railroad was built with great difficulty during the late 19th and early 20th century, due to challenges posed by the terrain.Afterwards we will board at 10am on a panoramic wagon (if available by the time the booking is made) with the historic narrow gauge steam railway from Ouro Preto to Mariana, set in the mountains of Minas Gerais. The beautiful rail journey will take about 1 hour giving you time for pictures on route. The small town of Mariana is considered the oldest of the colonial mining towns in Minas Gerais, it was founded by the bandeirantes just before Ouro Preto in July 1696. The town retain many fine colonial buildings, most of them built in the first half of the 18 century. Here we will visit the Art Sacred Museum and the Gold Mine called Passagem. After lunch we will return to to Ouro Preto by train and transfer back to the Hotel Solar Do Rosario.Meals: breakfast and lunchImportant note:The ride between Ouro Preto and Mariana is usually done in a Mary-Smoke train but if it is out of service at the moment for maintenance the service will be hauled by a diesel locomotive G8. It takes away some of the charm but not the fun and the wagons maintain the same design of the old trains, with wooden interiors. railtour2railtour3

Day 6; Saturday 7th November; Ouro Preto to Tiradentes After breakfast we will have a transfer by bus to the city of Tiradentes, taking about three hours it offers another scenic journey. On arrival in the small town of Tiradentes we will stay at the hotel Serravista. This has again been selected for its more traditional charm in keeping with the tour by rail and good location to explore the main places of interest. In the afternoon you will be taken on a “City Tour” of Tiradentes (approximately 3½hrs). This excursion provides an opportunity to learn a little about the colonial architecture.

Day 7; Sunday 8th November; Tiradentes full day

Today is a full day tour, boarding a steam train that runs on the 76 – cm gauge track between Tiradentes and São João del Rey (13 km). From the platform you can see the train getting ready for the journey back, turning on the old turntable before re-joining the train. This train has been in continuous operation since 1881 – a testament to the durability of the rolling stock and locomotives made by the Baldwin Company of Philadelphia. While in São Joao del Rey we will visit the railway museum with the largest collection of steam engines throughout Brazil. Our return to Tiradentes by train will be at 3pm where you will transfer back to the hotel Serravista for a further night. Meals: breakfast and lunch railtour47

Day 8; Monday 9th November; Tiradentes to Belo Horizonte

In timing with your flight times the group will be transferred to Belo Horizonte by bus (approx 3 hours) to Confins airport. The flight operated by GOL airlines leaves Confins airport at 13:25hs arriving in Curitiba at 18:58hs. On arrival in Curitiba you will be met by your driver and transfer to the Hotel Nikko which offers you a high level of comfort set in a great location.


Day 9; Tuesday 10th November; Curitiba to Morretes by train

After an early breakfast you will be met for your transfer from Hotel to Curitiba train station where we will board at 8am train to Morretes ‘Serra Verde Express’. This is a return journey on the Luxury Litorina train. This tourist train runs through the mountain region of Paraná, called Serra do Mar, affectionately called Serra Verde, going to the coast of the state, in a route full of beautiful nature and breathtaking views. The construction of the railway officially started on February 1880, and it was considered an impossible achievement by many European Engineers due to the soil condition. The project aimed social development enabling communication between the cities of the Paraná coastal region to the State capital city, Curitiba. Moreover, it became essential to connect the Paranaguá port to the Brazilian southern states, making possible the crops exportation, in order to ensure their economic growth. Along the way, visitors will be dazzled by lush landscapes through the 110km – 68.35 mi, environmental preservation, culture and historical heritage. Whoever is looking for an alternative and unforgettable tour program, this is the option. At Morretes station, visitors will make the official and mandatory stop including lunch (barreado is a typical local shrimp food). The city of Morretes is one of the most beautiful of Paraná and fundamental historical importance to the state. The region has one of the most beautiful scenery in the south of the country and its central landmark, Rio Nhundiaquara, which crosses the city and still allows the bravest, the practice of sports such as canoeing, tubing and fishing. The return to Curitiba will be made by road arriving in Curitiba at 6pm.

Meals: breakfast and lunch

 

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Day 10; Wednesday 11th November; Curitiba to Foz do Iguaçu

Early depart from hotel to the airport since our flight operated by GOL airlines depart Curitiba airport at 09:56hs arriving IGU at 11:10hs. On arrival in Iguaçu the group will be transferred to the Hotel Bella Italia. The hotel offers you a great place to relax in the sun, there is a large pool area and restaurant with an evening show to relax from travel and enjoy.


Day 11; Thursday 12th November; Full day visit the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the Falls

Your private tour will start in the morning after your breakfast where you are met by your guide at 8am and cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge with its lovely view of the Iguassu Canyon en route to the Iguazú National Park in Argentina. Visit the upper and lower walkways which allow a different perspective and more intimate contact with the falls adjoining rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads, birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – largest of the waterfalls. Stopping for lunch you will continue to the Brazilian side of the falls. This side of the falls is more crowded than the Argentinean side because there is only one path leading to the falls. The views offer a more panoramic view because it opposes the Argentinean side which has a greater number of falls. Returning to your hotel you have the evening free to explore the town and enjoy a restaurant of your choice. Meals: breakfast and lunch

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Day 12; Friday 13th November; Iguaçu Falls to Rio de Janeiro

Today you will be met at the appropriate time for your transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival you will be met by your driver for the private transfer to the Hotel Windsor Copa in Copacabana which is located 1 block away from the famous Copacabana beach. Once settled in the rest of the day at leisure.


Day 13; Saturday 14th November; Full-day (8 hours) visiting Christ Statue + Santa Teresa

After breakfast we will leave the hotel to visit the symbol of the Brazilian culture Christ Redeemer. The most popular attraction of the City is the statue of Christ located atop of Corcovado-Hunchback peak at 710 meters-2.320 ft completed in 1931. From the peak’s platform the panoramic view includes downtown Rio, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Lagoa (lake ) Rodrigo de Freitas, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches, Estádio do Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium), and several of Rio’s favelas. The Corcovado Train (Portuguese: Trem do Corcovado) is a rack railway system that leaves from Cosme Velho Stn to the summit. The line is 3.8 km (2.4 mi) long, It is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge rack railway using the Riggenbach rack system. The line was opened by Emperor Dom Pedro II on 9 October 1884. Initially steam hauled, the line was the first railway to be electrified in Brazil in 1910, and was re-equipped in 1980 with trains built by SLM of Winterthur in Switzerland. It is one of the few remaining railways using three-phase electric power with two overhead wires, at 800 V 60 Hz. There are four trains, each of two cars. Three of them are used simultaneously. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes and departs every 20 minutes, giving a capacity of 540 passengers per hour.

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The Santa Teresa Tram (Portuguese: Bonde de Santa Teresa), is a historic tram line in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, connecting the city centre with the primarily residential, inner-city neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in the hills immediately southwest of downtown. It is currently maintained mainly as a tourist attraction, and is nowadays considered a heritage tramway system, having been designated a national historic monument in 1988. The line has a very unusual gauge: 1,100 mm (3 ft 7 5⁄16 in). The main line is 6.0 kilometres (3.7 mi) long. It passes over the 45-metre (148 ft) high Carioca Aqueduct, a former aqueduct constructed in the 18th century[1] and beneath which standard-gauge electric trams used to run. Except for the aqueduct, the route is shared by motor vehicles. Before the 1960s, Rio de Janeiro trams served the entire downtown area and all near suburbs, but since 1967 only the Santa Teresa line remained. Lastly, it offered two regular services. Having run continuously since its opening in 1877, it is one of the oldest street railway lines in the world and, having been electrically powered since 1896; it is the oldest electric railway in all of Latin America. It is also the only remaining metropolitan tram system in Brazil. Meals: breakfast and lunch

 


Day 14; Sunday 15th November; Half day Sugar Loaf Mountain

After breakfast leaving the hotel at 8am with check out already done and the luggage in the bus, it’s time to visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Boarding your cable car the journey to the summit is 396 meters, the massive granite stone peak at the entrance to Guanabara Bay. This is a two stage cable car with magnificent views along its entire route but once at the summit the views towards the city curling around the mountains and shores overlooked by the statue of Christ the Redeemer is inspiring. Afterwards we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral which is located down-town of Rio and stop for lunch at the Confeitaria-Bakery Colombo. The bakery was inaugurated in September 17th- 1894 by the Portuguese Joaquim Borges de Meirelles and José Manoel Lebrão, the Colombo Bakery is part of the Historical and Artistic Heritage of Rio de Janeiro as the ultimate symbol representing the belle epoque in the city. Its Art Nouveau decor is comparable to what is most typical and representative of that time in the salons of Europe. In his grand spaces shine like mirrors parts Belgian and prevail in the beautiful rosewood furniture and Italian marble countertops. Returning to the hotel you have the evening free to enjoy your last night in the city. Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 15; Monday 16th November; Homeward bound

Your guide will be happy to assist you in any way should you care to take any additional excursions (local payment to guide). You can visit the many places of interest and enjoy the cuisine in the many restaurants to be found. Your adventure comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport for your international departure flight. Meals: breakfast

 

Cost of the Tour

The price of your tour as described in the itinerary, based on one person in a double room with private bathroom = U$ 3.466,00 per person.


What’s included?

•All transport as stated in the itinerary – this includes internal flights, all train journeys and all transfers;

•All accommodation as stated;

•Breakfast & lunch as per the itinerary;

•The services of your local tour controller;

•Personal guides (unless stated local payment to guide);

•Tours and excursions included as stated (unless optional with a local payment);

•Museum and national park entrance fees.


What’s not included?

•International flights

•Personal Travel Insurance

•Evening meals (unless otherwise stated)

•Personal expenses, beverages, tips and laundry services


If you wish to extend your tour we offer four days and three nights on the beautiful paradise of Buzios for just and extra U$ 1950,00 per person based on a double occupancy. Accommodation in Buzios will be at the Pousada Abracadabra. Breakfast is included as well as shared transfer from Rio to Buzios and Buzios to Rio International airport.

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Beautiful Búzios sits on a jutting peninsula scalloped by 23 beaches. A simple fishing village until the early ’60s, when it was ‘discovered’ by Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend, it’s now one of Brazil’s most upscale and animated seaside resorts, littered with boutiques, fine restaurants, villas, bars and posh pousadas. Buzios is washed by ocean currents from Antartica and Brazil which means…waters are clear with rich marine life.

The Mediterranean touch introduced by the Portuguese has not been lost – indeed, the narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque waterfront contribute to Búzios’ image as Brazil’s St Tropez.

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Highlights of Peru & Brazil

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For the ultimate Tour of a Lifetime, we now offer all inclusive private tours staying at the very confortable hotels in both Peru and Brazil. All our itineraries are custom-built in accordance with your wishes. Read more below for an example tour itinerary…


Day 1: Arrive at Lima

Arriving into Lima, your local guide will meet you at the airport, and transfer you to the Hotel Faraona. Your guide will give an arrival briefing before giving a small evening tour of the area around the park and to recommend a good restaurant.


Day 2: Flight to Arequipa

After breakfast you will be met by your guide and transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa known as the white city due to the volcanic rock used in the construction of its buildings. On arrival into Arequipa you will be transferred to the very comfortable “La Casa De Mi Abuela Hotel”. Here you can relax and enjoy this fine city and the beautiful gardens this hotel offers.

Meals, breakfast.


Day 3: Free day to explore

Today you can enjoy this fine city as all you will want to see is in easy walking distance. You can organise with your guide a extra tour if you wish (local payment to guide). You will discover the hotel is excellent to relax and enjoy the quiet gardens if you just need to rest.

Day 4: Journey into the Colca Canyon

Colca CanyonToday you will be collected for the start of your tour of the stunning Colca Canyon. Before the discovery of the nearby Cotahuasi Canyon (3,535 metres deep) to the north, the Colca Canyon was considered to be the deepest known canyon in the world and at 3,269 metres it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in America!

 

 

Condors In Peru

Joining our private vehicle and guide for the tour, we take the fascinating drive through the National Reserve of Alpacas and Vicuñas into the high plateaux region before descending into the beautiful Colca Canyon.Your night will be spent in a very comfortable and cosy country inn, La Casa de Mamayacchi with spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes covered in snow.After lunch you will be invited to enjoy the thermal waters of the hot springs (remember to pack a bathing suit) before you return to your Inn for an evening of cuisine and conversation relaxing by the open log fire.

Meals, breakfast.

 


Day 5: Vista Del Condors + journey to Puno

This morning you will take an early start to for the spectacular journey to the Vista Del Condors, the best viewing place to see the giant condors as they ride the rising thermals. You will then return to have lunch before taking the scenic journey onwards to Puno on the shores of The Great Lake Titicaca. On arrival you will check into your stunning hotel the Hotel Qalasaya where you have a superior room with lake view. Here you receive a welcome briefing before having the evening to rest from your full day’s tour.

Meals, breakfast.


Day 6: Lake Titicaca tour full day

After breakfast you will be met once again by your guide as she will be accompanying you to the harbour in Puno where you will board a shared-service group vessel and head out on to the lake.

Lake TiticacaThe first port of call will be the incredible floating islands of the Uros Indians; here you will see the way these people live on these most unusual islands. From here you continue onto the Island of Taquile where your guide will escort you around explaining all about the way of life for these people. Their lifestyle has remained the same for hundreds of years with very little influence from modern times, thus preserving many traditions, laws and customs. Skilled crafts are still very important to the inhabitants of Taquile, and the island is famous for its handmade textiles which are regarded amongst the highest-quality handicrafts available. For this reason you will find that they are higher in price in comparison with other mass-produced handicrafts readily found in other parts of Peru.

After exploring you will then have the opportunity to have lunch before rejoining your boat for the return journey back to Puno. Your evening is free again at leisure. Breakfast with lunch on Taquile Island included.

Meals, breakfast.


Day 7: Coach to Cuzco, evening free

This morning you will be met transferred to the coach station to take the remarkable journey to Cuzco across the high Altiplano. On route you will make five stops to see places of interest and take lunch with a fine buffet meal inclusive in this tour.

Cuzco TourSet amongst stunning hillsides and boasting a lively and varied nightlife, Cuzco is a destination itself. Its proximity to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu help in making it one of the most visited and best-loved cities in all of Peru. On arrival in Cuzco you will be met off the coach and transferred to your Cuzco hotel the Hotel Munay Wasi where your local guide will give you a short briefing on your stay in the Cuzco region; the remainder of your evening is then free to relax and explore the vibrant atmosphere of the city by night.

Meals, breakfast.

 


Day 8: Free day – Cuzco

Today you can rest from your travels and enjoy this amazing city as there is so much to see and do. Your guide will be happy to assist you in any way should you care to take any additional excursions (local payment to guide). You can visit the many places of interest, catch up on some emails and enjoy the cuisine in the many restaurants to be found.

Meals, breakfast.


Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour

Today you start your relaxed tour of the Sacred Valley, taken wholly in private, in the comfort of your guide’s own car.

Cuzco MonumentOn the way you will visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the best existing examples of Inca stonework, with spectacular views of Cuzco below and far-away snowy peaks. From here we will travel to a variety of sites on the way into the valley, including Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, before arriving at the small, picturesque village of Pisac. This is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home of the famous daily Pisac craft market; here you have an opportunity to view the many artisans’ wares on display including; textiles, jewellery and ceramics.

Because your tour is in private, there will be ample opportunity to stop to take photographs along the way and to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a local eatery, as recommended by your guide. Arriving into Ollantaytambo, to take in the spectacular ruins of the fortress, you will first check into the Hotel Pakaritampu. Your guide will escort you to the ruins (on foot) before you return to the hotel, where you will have the evening free to relax and enjoy the fine facilities on offer.

Meals: breakfast.


Day 10: Train to Aguas Calientes

This morning you will be transfer to the train station. Here you will board the wonderful Ejecutivo class INCA RAIL carriage which offers great panoramic views as you route takes you through the changing microclimates into the higher reaches of the Amazon, to the small yet lively town of Aguas Calientes. On arrival you will be met by your hotel representative and escorted to the Hotel Hatun Inn. Here you will check in to your hotel and have a welcomed opportunity to relax in preparation for the following full day’s visit to Machu Picchu. As well as being the obvious starting point for any visit to Machu Picchu, the town is also famous for its hot springs, (agua = water, caliente = hot), just remember to pack your swimming costume!

Meals: breakfast.

Day 11: Machu Picchu + return to Cusco

Machu PicchuThis is an ideal opportunity to take the first transport up to the ruined city of Machu Picchu giving you the chance to witness the spectacular sight of appearing like magic through the early morning cloud.

In order to maximise your enjoyment from your visit, Peruvian Secrets provides the services of a professional local guide who will reveal some of the mysteries that surround this fascinating place. After your visit you return for mid afternoon to Aguas Calientes where you collect your luggage and transfer to the train station to take the return train journey to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival you will again be met for your transfer back to Cuzco by road and check into your hotel once again.

The evening is free to take in a restaurant and enjoy the Inca Capital. Meals: breakfast.


Day 12: Flight to Lima connecting to Iguaçu, Brazil

Today you will be met and transferred to the airport for your short flight back to Lima. On arrival you will have time to check in and prepare for your direct flight with LAN Airlines to Iguaçu (13.30). On arrival (20.25) you will be met by your local guide and transfer to the Hotel Bella Italia where you will check in and have time to relax from your day of travel www://hotelbellaitalia.com.br


Day 13: Full-day tour of the Falls

These unbelievable falls, Foz do Iguacu in Portuguese, Cataratas del Iguaçu in Spanish, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, are often heralded as the most beautiful falls in the world and are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Falls brazil TourDeparting the hotel at 08.00 you will cross the border and visit the Argentine side of the falls which offers stunning views and allows you to get closer to the big falls. You will view the waterfalls from the Iguaçu National Park, where a series of well-constructed catwalks allow visitors incredible access to the falls, including a trip to the very cusp of the “Devil’s Throat.” Both the “lower” and “upper” circuits around the falls offer a multitude of breathtaking views. An optional extra would be the boat trip that takes you closer to the power of the falls (Local payment). Leaving the Argentine side you will have time to take lunch (not included) before entering the national park on the Brazil side. Here you will get a difference perspective of the falls which offer a panorama of different views.

Ending your day’s tour you will return to your hotel and have the evening free to relax and explore the area of the hotel.

 


Day 14: Flight to Rio de Janeiro TAM Airlines

Rio Trips and ToursAfter breakfast you will transfer to the airport for the 09.30 flight to Rio de Janeiro for the 2 hour direct flight.

Arriving into Rio you will be met by your expert local guide who will transfer you to the Hotel Arena Copacabana, located at Atlantica Av ocean front. The remainder of the day is at leisure. www.arenahotel.com.br

 

 


Day 15: A private half-day tour visiting the Christ the Redeemer.

Christ RedeemerLocated atop the Corcovado Mountain at a height of over 710m / 2300 feet, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one of the world’s best known and most visited monuments.

This outing begins in the Cosme Velho District, aboard a miniature train that runs through the steep Atlantic Rainforest up to the foot of the statue, offering stunning glimpses of Rio from many different angles. From the top, the view is nothing short of heavenly: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botanical Gardens, the Jockey Club, and the Lagoon. The entire city spreads out in a magnificent panorama during the day, glittering and magic after dark and always protected by Christ the Redeemer, who blesses visitors and residents from on high.

Returning to take lunch, the afternoon is free for you to explore the city and beaches.


Day 16: A private full-day tour visiting Sugar Loaf Mountain

Christ Redeemer, Rio ToursThe height and unmistakable outline of Sugar loaf makes it – together with Christ the Redeemer, one of the two main attractions offering breathtaking views of Rio. Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.

This famous landmark is reached by cable car in two stages: first to the top of Urca Hill, where visitors catch the second car to their final destination. From the Sugarloaf, the endless beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi stretch to the horizon. Set against the lush Atlantic Rainforest, the scene is dotted with historical buildings such as the Santa Cruz Fort and the miniature palace on Fiscal Island.

The tour will continue towards the the Financial District where we will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and return to the hotel . Afternoon at leisure.

 


Day 17: Rio de Janeiro to Buzios

Buzios TourThis morning you will have a regular ( shared ) transfer to the peninsula of Búzios, located 160km / 105 miles from Rio de Janeiro.

Búzios is home to more than 20 magnificent beaches with crystal-clear waters which are complemented in perfect harmony with the sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this historically diverse city enjoyed periods of prosperity and emerged as one of Brazil’s most picturesque fishing villages.

 

Rio to BuziosBuzios was elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world and is famed for its unique combination of rustic charm, distinctive archictecure, incredible allure, and sophisticated restaurants and boutiques.

On arrival you will check into the stunning and very comfortable Hotel Casas Brancas. Here you will enjoy a relaxing beach holiday away from the busy city with many beaches and top quality services.

 

 


Day 18 & 19: Buzios at leisure

Day 20

At the appropriate time you will transferred to Rio de Janeiro International airport inorder to catch your flight back home.

Price Guide
Per person
Per person in a single room with private bathroom Please Enquire


What’s included?

• All transport as stated in the itinerary – this includes internal flights, all train journeys, and all transfers
• All accommodation as stated on a specially selected basis
• Breakfast daily in Peru with additional meals as per the itinerary
• The services of your local tour controler
• Personal guides (unless stated local payment to guide).
• Tours and excursions included as stated (unless optional with a local payment)
• Museum and national park entrance fees also included


What’s not included?

• International flights
• Peruvian internal flight tax ($7)
• Personal Travel Insurance
• Lunches and evening meals (unless otherwise stated)
• Personal expenses, beverages, tips and laundry services


BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS ARE ENFORCED, for reasons of safety as well as the physical capacity of the aircraft. If your luggage is overweight, you will incur considerable extra costs and your bags can be delayed as they may not travel with you.


 

Rio Airport transfers Available

History & Hapiness

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11 Nights – Rio de janeiro + paraty + iguaçu Falls + salvador


A fantastic 11 night tour rich in the history and culture of Brazil. 


Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival Rio de Janeiro

Jammed into the world’s most beautiful setting are 6 million Cariocas, as Rio’s inhabitants are called. The Cariocas pursue pleasure like no other people: beaches and the body beautiful; samba, beer and Caipirinha; football and the local firewater, Cachaça.

Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro your local guide will meet you at the airport and provide a private transfer to the Arena Copacabana Hotel. Here your guide will make sure you are comfortably settled into your hotel before the remainder of the day is spent at your leisure.


Day 2: RIO DE JANEIRO – FULL DAY CHRIST REDEEMER + SUGAR LOAF + BBQ lunch

After breakfast you will be met by your guide for a full day private tour to the two biggest attractions of this famous city. Located atop the Corcovado Mountain at a height of over 710m / 2300 feet, the statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one of the world’s best known and most visited monuments.

train in RioThe tour begins in the Cosme Velho District, aboard a miniature train (pictured right) that runs through the steep Atlantic Rainforest up to the foot of the statue, offering stunning glimpses of Rio from many different angles. From the top, the view is nothing short of heavenly: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botanical Gardens, the Jockey Club, and the Lagoon. The entire city spreads out in a magnificent panorama during the day, glittering and magic after dark and always protected by Christ the Redeemer, who blesses visitors and residents from on high.

You will then have time to stop for lunch at one of the best barbeque restaurant in town. Anchored on the Flamengo beach, Porcao Rios offers a tempting buffet with a variety of antipasti, Japanese cuisine, salads, cold cuts and hot dishes. As the charcoal is popping, a nonstop parade of prime Brazilian cuts of beef are served at your table, including succulent sirloin, ribs and white meats, in addition to lamb and game, including wild boar.

 

Sugar Mountain BrazilAfter lunch and time for all this amazing cuisine to settle down we continue to Sugar Loaf Mountain. The height and unmistakable outline of Sugar Loaf makes it – together with Christ the Redeemer, one of the two main attractions offering breathtaking views of Rio. The origin of the name refers to the  cone-shaped clay molds called “sugarloaves” which were used to transport it to Europe. This famous landmark is reached by cable car (pictured left) in two stages: first to the top of Urca Hill, where visitors catch the second car to the top at 396m / 247 ft. From the Sugarloaf, the endless beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi stretch to the horizon. Set against the lush Atlantic Rainforest, the scene is dotted with historical buildings such as the Santa Cruz Fort and the miniature palace on Fiscal Island.

After the tour you return to the hotel and again have the evening free to relax or explore the city by night with a live Brazilian popular music around Lapa area. Samba rehearsal is available from October to February.

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Day 3: Rio at your leisure

Explore this fabulous city at your leisure.


Day 4: Full day tour to Petropolis (The Imperial City)

Petrópolis City is located in the mountain region picturesquely situated in the hills just N W of Rio de Janeiro. After 1 1/2 hour drive from through the mountains we arrive at this charming city that was colonized by Bavarian immigrants in 1845.

 

Petropolis, Rio de JanieroThe city of Petrópolis first started as a farm where the imperial family of Brazil built its summer residence. Petrópolis is a fine mountain resort city that is famous for its museum, with a nice selection of imperial times memorabilia and many cultural activities. But Petrópolis even after the abdication of D.Pedro II retained its glory, maintaining the status of the summer residence of the President of the Republic.

Petrópolis is today an independent city that is also famous for the manufacture of sports and knitwear with very good prices. There is time for shopping and bargain hunting. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant.

Our tour will start visiting the Imperial Museum which contains possessions of Portuguese and Brazilian royalty like a huge collection of antiques,paintings,treasures and the Imperial Family jewels. After we will visit the Gothic Cathedral São Pedro de Alcântara, drive pass by the Cristal Palace and the Santos Dumont residence.

After we will visit the Gothic Cathedral São Pedro de Alcântara, drive pass by the Cristal Palace and Santos Dumont residence.

Petrópolis is considered a fashionable resort, with a healthful climate, beautiful wooded estates, flower gardens, and tree-lined avenues. There are also industries producing textiles, coffee, and cereals
Meals; (B)


Day 5: To Paraty

Paraty beachAfter breakfast you will check out of your hotel and be met by your driver for the private transfer by road to the stunning setting of Paraty, where you will stay at the Pousada do Sandy Guest House.

Paraty is located at the Costa Verde (Green Coast) far away 240KM/150mi from Rio, a lush, green corridor that runs along the coastline of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Paraty has become a popular tourist area in recent years, renowned for the historic town and the coast and mountains in the region. Here you will be able to see a preserved Colonial architecture.

Pousada do Sandy ( STD room ) – breakfast included.

 

Optional Tours
Birdwatching, snorkelling, boat trip , visit cachaça plant, fishing.


Day 6: Paraty at you leisure

Explore this Paraty at your leisure.


Day 7: From Rio to Iguazu Falls

fallsThis morning you are transferred overland to Rio de Janeiro International airport in order to board your onward flight to Iguaçu.

On arrival at Iguaçu you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Hotel Das Cataratas, located within the Iguaçu National Park.

Hotel Das Cataratas by Orient Express is the only hotel located within the Iguaçu National Park just a 10 minute strolling away from the Falls. As the only hotel in the National Pàrk, guests are able to enjoy exclusive access to the falls every morning before the park opens.
Meals; (B)

 

 


Day 8: Iguazu Half Day Excursion

Visit the Argentinian side of the Falls.


Day 9: To Salvador – The’ Happy City’

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Salvador. On arrival in Salvador you will be transferred in private to the Hotel Villa Bahia located in the Pelourinho area.

Salvador TourIt is now a thrilling centre of Afro-Brazilian life. The city is filled with churches, homes and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the baroque period.
Salvador was the first capital city of Brazil and is also known as the “Happy City”, renowned for its multiculturalism (a thrilling centre of Afro-Brazilian life). Each year, its famous carnival attracts millions of revellers, who parade alongside carnival floats and troupes along the city streets. The party atmosphere lasts all year round, in the surroundings of 50 km of gorgeous beaches. There is also a great diversity of cultures and creeds, with more than thirty Catholic churches rubbing shoulders with the sacred rites of the African animist religion known as Candomblé.

Everybody who comes to Salvador certainly visit Pelourinho, also known as “Pelô” for its visitors and people who live there. Capoeira is a Brazilian art that involves dancing and fighting. Capoeira was invented in the 1800s and it has become a popular activity today and it´s now being used to help street children to stay away from trouble. How does Capoeira help these children …what do they learn from it? Find out on this special tour.
Meals; (B)


Day 10: Salvador – A Historical Tour

Enjoy a half-day private Historical City Tour exploring the central area of Pelourinho.
Meals; ( B )


Day 11: Salvador at your leisure

Enjoy the ‘Happy City’ at your leisure.
Meals; ( B )

Optional Tours
Available on request


Day 12: Return to Rio or Sao Paulo

Leave Salvador, back to Rio or São Paulo in order to visit your next city in South America or to return back home.
Meals; (B)

Tour Price Starting From
Per person
Per person in a double room with private bathroom U$ 3,750.00

Tour Price includes:

Domestic / internal flight
Transfers & tours with English Speaking guide
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Breakfasts

Tour Extras (not included):

International flights
Visa, any recommended vaccinations or other health precautions
Optional tours (these are local payment to guide)
Personal travel insurance
Beverages, tips and laundry services