Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro
Take the daytime flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the same day. Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival in a big city like Rio de Janeiro. This short introduction to Rio (up to one hour) will help with your orientation.
Day 2 - Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado
We enjoy a half day tour to see the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain where you can admire spectacular 360° views of the city, tropical forest, granite peaks and bay.
Day 3 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Why not visit the Botanical Gardens and Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Royal Palaces to discover the imperial history of Rio or bohemian district of Santa Teresa, once home to the rich and famous but now occupied by galleries, writers, musicians and artists
Day 4 - Travel to Iguassu Falls
Fly to Iguassu and transfer to a delightful hotel overlooking the falls. The magnificent Iguassu Waterfalls thunder over a wide curve of the Iguassu river set on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The spectacle of the Falls is one of South America's most extraordinary sights; vast torrents of water flow over a myriad of small and large cascades over a length of 2.5 kilometers.
Day 5 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentinian Sides )
Guided excursions to explore the natural beauty and lush tropical surroundings. Walk down to the foot of the Devil's Throat waterfall offers spectacular panoramic views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. Then cross over the border into Argentina to see the falls from another perspective, where you will have a closer view of the individual falls in their lush tropical setting, abundant in wildlife, especially butterflies. You can walk right out to the roaring Devil's Throat waterfall along walkways that afford breathtaking views. This side of the falls is definitely well worth the visit.
Day 6 - Embark the Tucano Amazon Riverboat
Early morning flight to Manaus and transfer to the M/V Tucano for a four night expedition cruise, shown on the facing page 4. Afternoon departure northbound on the Rio Negro river.
Purpose-built to reach seldom-visited parts of the Amazon, the Tucano is our preferred cruise vessel in this part of the world's biggest rainforest. It is styled on the classic steam riverboats of yesteryear and offers guests plenty of space to spread out, with a large observation deck to soak in the rainforest vistas.
All cabins have plenty of large windows, air conditioning and private bathrooms. They are elegantly decorated, with stylish wood panelling, and offer completely comfort and privacy in both single and double rooms. A variety of delicious Brazilian meals are served, with fresh fruit, vegetables and Amazon fruit juices on offer.
During the course of the cruise, you will explore three different habitats; two types of flooded forests; varzea and igapó, the former being milky coffee in colour and the later a darker variation, with wildlife and plantlife varying greatly between the two, plus terre firme; higher land above the flood line, with solid ground and a more defined rainforest structure. Some of the highlights include:
Day 7 - Anavilhanas Archipelago
Today we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with excursions into the rainforest during the day and caiman spotting at night.
Day 8 - Rio Negro
Exploring the Rio Negro, taking canoe trips on the narrow, flooded creeks and streams in the company of expert local guides.
Day 9 - Meeting of the Waters
Sail towards Manuas, where we experience the meeting of the two great rivers, the Amazon and Rio Negro at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. We overnight in Manaus.
Day 10 - Salvador da Bahia
Disembark after breakfast and fly to Salvador.
Salvador is at the heart of Brazilian identity with roots in Portuguse colonial history, blending with African music and customs. The old centre of Salvador, the Pelourinho, was restored and became a UNESCO World heritage Site with cobbled streets, colonial architecture and churches. Our guide will take you on a short walk to introduce you to the area surroundings your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival and gain a feel of the city life, the people and the culture. This short introduction (one hour) is done with your arrival transfer after checking in at your hotel.
Day 11 - City Tour of Salvador
Take a guided journey through the cobbled streets lined of Salvador, with splendid colonial houses, which stand as a reminder of a bygone era when Salvador was at the height of its glory in the 18th century. We explore the upper and lower parts of the city, we visit the numerous churches, squares, fortifications and symbols of Salvador's rich diversity of faiths and cultures, as we immerse ourselves into the heart of Brazil's colonial roots from Portuguese and African influences.
Day 12 - At Leisure in Salvador
Today you have the flexibility to pursue your own interests and relax. Suggested excursions include: Visit the Old city of Cachoeira in the "Reconcavo Bahiano" or a cruise of the Bay and Island of Itaparica.
Day 13 - Return Flight back home
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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