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Brazil like a Native

Rio - Peninsula of Buzios - Salvador (10 days / 9 nts)  From $N/A

View of Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro - Rio showUpon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and also Brazil`s capital from 1763 to 1961, is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Flying into Rio is a beautiful sight, whether it be at night or during the day, the visitor quickly finds out why Rio is known as the Wonderful City. It is also an important center for art and fashion. At night, you will enjoy Rio By Night at Rio Scenarium (not available on Sunday and Monday). Overnight.

(Included meals: dinner)

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro (Sugar Loaf)
Morning city tour and Sugar Loaf with Barracao (Barracao is available only from Oct through Feb - a week before carnival). Visit to the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, from where one of the most breathtaking views of the city of Rio can be seen. Proceed to Downtown, to visit the barracao (a warehouse) where local artisans are putting together the Carnival incredible floats. Learn the tradition and folklore behind the scenes of Carnival. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Free day. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Buzios
Buzios - BayMorning transfer to Buzios. Buzios, a peninsula in the northern coastline of Rio (180km from Rio), attracts many Brazilian and foreign visitors by its natural beauties and a unique climate, that combines simplicity and sophistication. After 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardott spent her vacations in the city, the fishermen village became famous internationally. There are lots of beaches (over 27 different beaches), with different characteristics. Beaches with very charming inns and restaurants that serve elaborated Brazilian and International dishes. By night, Rua das Pedras (Pedras Street), a real walkway in the city center, is very atrtactive by people searching for fun, shopping, or just a nice dinner restaurant. The next 3 nights will be enjoying the city and relaxing by the beach. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 5: Buzios
Free day. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Buzios
Free day. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 7: Buzios - Rio de Janeiro - Salvador
This morning, transfer back to Rio de Janeiro airport for flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador, transfer to hotel.

Salvador, Capital of the State of Bahia, and was also Brazil"s capital until 1763, is divided in two parts. The "Lower City" is at sea level and contains the old port and the commercial area where visitors will find a complete and varied assortment of Brazilian arts and crafts at the Modelo Market. It is also the best place to witness a demonstration of "capoeira", a martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil, originally as a form of combat and later as a type of dance Salvador - and folklore tradition. The "Upper City" can be reached by stone steps, alleyways or the famous Lacerda Elevator. This part of the city contains the old government buildings, the residential districts, museums, churches and much of the newer architecture. Evening, Pelourinho by night with dinner. The restoration of the historical Pelourinho district has resulted in a new lease of nightlife to this, the largest complex of colonial architecture in the America"s. We have dinner in one of the first class restaurants in the area. After dinner stroll the busy streets where many of the bars offer live music. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast, dinner)

Day 8: Salvador
Morning half day historical tour. We start in the modern suburb of Barra and make our way slowly by to the old historical section of town, the Pelourinho area with the largest and the best preserved complex colonial architecture in the Americas. We visit the church of "San Francisco" with its exuberant gold-leafed baroque interior and the Pelourinho Square, the heart of the old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador, the new and the old, concentrating on the early expansion of the city. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 9: Salvador
Free day. Overnight.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 10: Salvador - Fly out from Sao Paulo
Transfer out to Salvador airport for flight to Sao Paulo to connect for international flight. 

(Included meals: breakfast)

Price includes:
Transfers, tours, daily breakfast, ground transportation as indicated on itinerary, excursions with English speaking local guides. Other meals as specified each day. Services in private basis unless it is indicated as shared.

Price does not include:
Airfares, airport departure taxes Hotel taxes, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses (laundry, beverages, telephone, etc).

Notes:
- Prices in USDollars, minimum 2 passenger/s.
- A supplement will apply for solo travellers.
- Official English / Spanish speaking local guide on tours.
- Triple rooms with 2 beds only, hotels don´t guarantee 3 beds.
- Specific properties may be replaced for others of same quality.
- Check in at hotels is normally at 3pm. Check out at 12.00 (noon)
- The order of the itinerary may be altered according to flight schedules.
- All prices may vary on special holidays, Easter week and/or long Weekends.
- Services in shared basis (SIB) only available from 7 am to 8 pm. Arrivals and departures out of this schedule will require private services.
- The itineraries are planned with great care, although, for operational and/or weather reasons, it may be necessary to change the sequence of activities in the itinerary or the specified route and visits, and though such cases are exceptional, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.
- Category of hotels is based on standards of the country (only to be used as a guide). One star being the most limited of services and, five stars having superior amenities and closer to international standards.
- Domestic flights are not included in the package price because their prices vary unpredictably and can only be fixed at the time of reservation.
- Upgrades are available such as superior room types (at some hotels), different hotels, additional activities during free time, transfers in SUV or 4x4 vehicles, charter flights, helicopter transfers and additional tours for a supplemental cost.
- Remember to contact  directly the embassy or nearest consulate to reconfirm this and if there is any other special requirement to enter the country (ies).
- We strongly recommend that prior to travel you purchase an appropriate travel insurance policy to cover delays, cancellation charges, cancellation of services, loss or theft of luggage or personal effects, medical expenses, accident and others. One option to try: http://www.columbusdirect.com/index.cfm?sourcecode=latdis
- Also please note: In some cities like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo etc the hotels charge a Tourism City Tax (per room and per night), on behalf of the Conventions Bureau. Prices vary depending on hotel category, from USD$1.50 to $6). These taxes are not included on hotel rates and may change without previous notice. (Hotels charge this tax directly).