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11 days

A Touch of Brazil

Enjoy a taste of what Brazil has to offer with a visit to Rio de Janeiro, the beautiful colonial gem, Paraty, and the cosy, unspoilt island of Ilha grande, where beautiful paradise beaches await you.

A Touch of Brazil A Touch of Brazil
11 days

A Touch of Brazil

Enjoy a taste of what Brazil has to offer with a visit to Rio de Janeiro, the beautiful colonial gem, Paraty, and the cosy, unspoilt island of Ilha grande, where beautiful paradise beaches await you.

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Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country and it is impossible to experience it all on one tour. This tour focuses on the state of Rio de Janeiro and gives you a taste of what you can experience in this beautiful and diverse country.

You will explore the city of Rio de Janeiro with its vivacious inhabitants, breathtaking location and popular beaches such as Copacabana.

From here, you will continue to the cosy colonial gem, Paraty. A visit to Paraty is almost like travelling back in time to when the Portuguese colonised the country. You gain a fascinating insight into the city and the history of the country as you stroll around the sleepy little cobblestone streets lined by whitewashed houses with colourful window shutters.

The journey ends on the lush paradise island of Ilha Grande, where beautiful scenery and unspoilt beaches await you.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro (enquire regarding direct flights)
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Rio
  • Minibus (and boat) from Rio de Janeiro – Paraty – Ilha Grande – the airport in Rio
  • 8 nights at good hotels, including breakfast
  • Individual tour; however, all excursions are in small, international groups with local, English-speaking guides.
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The following package of excursions:

  • Guided city tour in Rio including a visit to Sugar Loaf and Mount Corcovado with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Guided tour of Paraty
  • Admission to all attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today, you leave the UK and head to Brazil with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro – Guided tour of the city

At the airport in Rio de Janeiro, you will be picked up by an English-speaking guide who drives you to your hotel, where you will be given a welcome envelope containing practical information about your holiday.

Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport to your hotel takes about an hour.

You have time to relax after the long flight before going on a guided tour of Rio in the afternoon.

The tour takes you first to the cosy neighbourhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa, which artists have made their home.

You then head up to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue on the 710-metre-high Mount Corcovado. Over time, the statue has become the city’s landmark and has been named one of the seven new wonders of the world. There is an indescribable view from up here of Rio’s beautiful bays of, beaches, favelas and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, as well as a glimpse of the famous Maracaña Stadium.

You will also experience Rio’s stunning location from Pão de Açúcar, also known as the Sugar Loaf. This 396-metre-high mountain is located by Guanabara Bay, and to get to the top, you have to take two different cable cars – a thrilling ride affording spectacular views of this magical city, coast and lush mountains in the background.

You have the morning to yourself to explore the city.

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro on your own

Today, you can explore Rio at your leisure, but you also have the opportunity to purchase exciting optional excursions from home. You can, for example, go behind the scenes of the carnival, ride around the city on two wheels or go out and experience the festive nightlife with a guide.

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro on your own
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro to Paraty – guided tour of Paraty

In the morning, the tour heads to Paraty along the lush green coast of Rio de Janeiro. The drive takes around 4–5 hours.

There is a marked contrast when you come from the bustling city of Rio to the cosy little colonial gem of Paraty, where everything takes place at a sedate pace. The town is known for its beautiful, well-preserved buildings from the Portuguese empire. Paraty was an important port for the shipping of gold, sugar, coffee and slaves. The town’s former wealth is clear to see in its beautiful buildings and churches.

In the afternoon, you can look forward to strolling around the cobbled streets and admiring the beautiful churches and whitewashed houses with their colourful shutters over the windows and doors. A local guide takes you on a tour and gives you a good introduction to the town and an exciting insight into the history of the town – good and bad.

Day 6: Paraty on your own

You have the day to yourself in Paraty. Perhaps you’re not yet done exploring the small streets and drinking coffee at the cosy cafés and restaurants.

You can also choose to go on a boat trip to the beautiful beaches and bounty islands in Paraty Bay or go on a trip out to the rain forest near Paraty where you will find beautiful waterfalls, learn about the famous and infamous “gold trail” and sample the famous Brazilian brandy cachaça, which is produced in this region and used in Brazil’s national cocktail, Caipirinhas.

Day 7: Paraty – the island of Ilha Grande

After breakfast, you head to the port of Angra Dos Reis, from where you sail over to the paradise island of Ilha Grande. A boat ride of approx. 1½ hours. On your arrival at the island’s largest town, Vila do Abraâo, you will be met by your hotel host and accompanied to your hotel, which is within walking distance of the dock. A porter from the hotel will help you carry your luggage. There are no roads on the island, so you get about on foot, by bike or by boat.

Look forward to relaxing on the last few days on the island of Ilha Grande, which means the big island. The island offers stunning, unspoilt nature and more than 100 beautiful beaches. The hilly island measures 193km2, and its highest point, Pico da Pedra D’Água, is 1,031 metres above sea level. Almost 90% of the island is either a protected reserve or a national park to conserve the unique flora and fauna found on the island.

Day 8: The island of Ilha Grande on your own

The day is spent at your leisure. Be sure to explore the island on one of the many trekking trails and experience its breathtaking scenery. You may be lucky enough to spot exotic birds, howler monkeys and perhaps even sloths.

You can also purchase a trekking excursion from home to the beautiful Lopes Mendes beach, which, with its white sand and azure waters, captivates most people. This beach has been voted one of the most beautiful in Brazil. You can only get there on foot or by boat.

Day 9: The island of Ilha Grande on your own

Your time is your own today, too. If you wish to engage in water sports such as kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling, you have every option to do so.

You can purchase a boat trip to the beautiful Blue Lagoon where you can swim with the colourful fish in the clear waters.

Day 10: The island of Ilha Grande – Rio – Departure day

Today, it’s time to say goodbye to this little piece of paradise. You will be sailed over to the mainland again, and from here, you will drive by minibus to Rio and on to the airport where your journey home begins. Travel time is approx. 5 hours

Day 11: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after a fantastic holiday in Brazil.

Single room supplement £440
Single supplement (when single traveler) £990
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