Brazil Holidays

The Full Monty

The Complete Holiday in Brazil

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21-day Brazil Holidays for £3650pp

Everything we do is tailor-made and so even if you only have a few days available, we can organise your Brazil holidays to suit. However... if you have the time to spare then our Full Monty itinerary really gives you the chance to see the very best of Brazil.

We'll start in Rio to experience the fantastic city life, and then head out to the fabulous beaches of Buzios. From here we'll take you to the breathtaking beauty of the Iguazu Falls, before heading inland to the amazing Pantanal wetlands - the best place in Brazil by far for wildlife-spotting. Finally, we'll take you to the north of Brazil, and the carnival city of Salvador to appreciate a slice of Afro-Brazilian culture before finishing your Brazil holidays with a few days enjoying the gorgeous beaches of Praia do Forte...

Outline Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival in Rio
  • Day Two: Corcovado and Tijuca National Park
  • Day Three: Sugarloaf Mountain and City Tour
  • Day Four: Free day to explore Rio
  • Day Five: Travel to Buzios
  • Days Six to Eight: Relaxing in Buzios
  • Day Nine: Fly to Iguazu
  • Day Ten: Iguazu Falls (Brazil side)
  • Day Eleven: Iguazu Falls (Argentina side)
  • Day Twelve: Into the Pantanal
  • Day Thirteen: Rio Mutum
  • Day Fourteen: Fly to Salvador
  • Day Fifteen: City tour of Salvador
  • Days Sixteen to Twenty: Relaxing in Praia do Forte
  • Day Twenty-one: Overnight flight back to the UK

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Detailed Itinerary

Day One - Your Brazil Holidays Begin

You’ll land in Rio on an evening flight as you begin your holiday in Brazil! We’ll be there to meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in the stylish Copacabana area of the city - once you’re settled in, you might want to take a walk along the waterfront or take in an evening meal on your first night here in Rio. Of course, since this is your first night on holiday in Brazil, Copacabana is a great place for a night out if you’re feeling up to it.

Day Two - Tour of Corcovado and Tijuca National Park

After some free time this morning to recover from your journey, this afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel and drive through Rio to the base of Mt. Corcovado. Here we will board a funicular railway which carries us up through the dense Tijuca Atlantic Rainforest to the top of the mountain and the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that has become one of the most famous symbols of Rio, and indeed Brazil. The views over the city from the top are absolutely amazing and it's the perfect way to get your bearings and pick out where to visit next. (Breakfast included)

Day Four - Sugarloaf Mountain Tour

Today, you will have a free morning to explore Copacabana, and then after lunch we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you for a tour through downtown Rio. You will pass the famous Sambadrome, which is the heart of Rio’s annual Carnaval celebrations, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which stands like an immense 80-metre-high pyramid. We will also enjoy some of the republican and old colonial buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. We will finish this section of the tour in the neighbourhood of Urca, at the foot of the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, where we will board a cable-car heading first to Urca Hill. Here, at a vantage point of 215 meters, we’ll have beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain. A second cable car takes us the all the way to the top of Sugarloaf, from where you can enjoy the amazing view of Rio spread before you, with its hills, beaches, favelas and bays. (B)

Day Four - Free day in Rio

A holiday isn't a holiday if you don't have a chance to relax so today is all yours - you could head to some of Rio's other neighbourhoods, such as Ipanema or the bohemian Leblon area. You could take a trip to the Maracana or head up into the hills to the arty Santa Teresa area, or even just relax in Copacabana and go for a stroll along the beach... (B)

options...
  • if you'd like to stay busy, then why not take a schooner tour of the bay? Or visit the colonial capital of Petropolis?

Day Five - Travel to Buzios

We'd like to make sure that you're thoroughly relaxed before continuing on your travels, so this morning we will pick you up and drive north from Rio along the coast road heading toward the beautiful Buzios peninsula. The small town of Buzios is home to cobbled streets, lovely cafes and fantastic seafood restaurants, and it's all surrounded by miles of secluded sandy beaches with stunning warm, clear water. This is the ideal place to kick back, take a deep breath... and relax... (B)

Days Six to Eight - Relaxing in Buzios

These four days are completely up to you to spend as you please - you can take advantage of the adventure sport activities Buzios has to offer, relax with some Brazilian coffee and get your postcards written, or just carry on with the tough job of enjoying the tropical sunshine and clear, warm water. (B)

Day Nine – Fly to Iguazu

You’ll have time for breakfast at the hotel this morning before we pick you up and take you back to the airport to catch a short flight inland to the town of Foz do Iguacu, on the border with Argentina. We'll be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in this small town, which is the base for visits to the amazing Iguazu Falls. Since you’ll be arriving in the early evening, you will have some time to wander around and soak in the laidback atmosphere of Foz. (B)

Day Ten - Iguazu Falls (Brazil side)

This morning we will take you for your first visit to the incredible Iguazu Falls. Higher than Niagara Falls, and wider than Victoria Falls, Iguazu will take your breath away with its spectacular beauty and awesome power. We will visit today from the Brazilian side, where a long walkway along the canyon top allows you to appreciate the true scale of Iguazu from above. You'll get some fantastic photos, as you work your way along to a viewpoint giving you a panoramic vista of the famous Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls combine in a single 350-foot drop, sending spray over 100 feet into the air for a dramatic permanent rainbow. (B)

Day Eleven - Iguazu Falls (Argentina side)

Today we will cross the border into Argentina for your second visit to Iguazu Falls, this time from the Argentinian side, where a system of walkways project right out into the middle of the waterfall system, allowing you to get close and really feel the power of the waterfalls all around you. Most people feel that this experience trumps even the amazing views of yesterday... (B)

options...
  • For an added taste of adventure, how about taking a white-water rafting trip on the Rio Iguazu?

Day Twelve – On to the Pantanal

After breakfast today we will take you back to the airport in Foz to fly into the heart of Brazil and the state of Mato Grosso. We will land in the state capital of Cuiaba, and from here will travel up to the edge of the giant Pantanal wetlands. The Pantanal covers an area larger than England, and is the best place in Brazil for wildlife-spotting. On our trip downriver to the Rio Mutum lodge, we will hope to see some caiman, monkeys, capybaras and hundreds of different bird species. (B/L/D)

Day Thirteen - Rio Mutum

After a very early breakfast we will head out on horseback for an expedition into the Pantanal. Travelling by horse is an excellent way to get through the dense forest, cross the numerous small rivers and streams, and generally allows for the best chance of observing the area's wildlife, including giant otters, iguanas, deer, anteaters and possibly even the big cats. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on our way back to the lodge to give you some time to relax before dinner. After dinner, those who wish can go on a boat trip at sunset to enjoy the spectacular colours and views, and perhaps even see some of the Pantanal's night-time inhabitants... (B/L/D)

Day Fourteen - Last day in the Pantanal

You’ll have another early start today, as we rise at dawn for a canoe trip on the waters of the Pantanal. Dawn is a magical time here, with exceptional stillness and beauty. Being on the water as the animal world awakes is the best way to see many of the birds and other animals that make their home here; we’ll catch them just as they rise to enjoy their breakfasts before heading back to the lodge for ours. We’ll enjoy a late breakfast, and then sadly it will be time to check out and head back to Cuiaba, where we will catch a flight right up to the north of Brazil, and the fabulous city of Salvador. (B)

Day Fifteen - City tour of Salvador

Today we will pick you up and take you for a tour of Salvador, letting you see the highlights of its colonial Old Town, with its brightly-painted and tiled grand houses, churches and squares, and visiting some of the other historical sites of interest before we take you to the lovely beach town of Praia do Forte, which will be your home for the next few days. Here you can relax and then head to the beach to enjoy one of the nicest stretches of golden sands that Brazil has to offer. (B)

Days Sixteen to Twenty – Relaxing in Praia do Forte

These days are about total relaxation, so it’s up to you what you do with them. You can wander up and down the twelve kilometres of golden beaches, backed by dunes and coconut palms, go for a swim, or visit the Garcia d’Avila fort or the marine turtle reservation run by the Tamar project. Of course, if you’re looking for something more active, it you can always rent a surfboard or go horseback riding down the beach! (B)

Day Twenty-one - Last day of your Brazil holidays

Depending on your international flights home, you may be able to enjoy a full last day on the beach here in Praia do Forte, or we may need to pick you up this morning and get you back to the airport in Salvador to start your journey home... (B)

Options for our Brazil Holidays

Amazon Jungle

Amazon - 3 days from £1095pp

Get back to nature by adding on some time in the Amazon jungle. Just a flight away from Rio, Salvador, Sao Paulo, and most major cities in Brazil are a range of fantastic jungle lodges where you can immerse yourself in the full rainforest experience (in comfort!) with our experienced local guides.

Paraty Beaches

Paraty Beach Break - 5 days from £575pp

If you’d like a beach break with a side order of colonial culture, then a great choice is the small colonial town of Paraty. Nestling on the Atlantic shore, this small town was originally a shipping town for Brazil’s gold mines and is graced with lovely colonial architecture but the grand houses and cobbled streets are filled with cafes and galleries these days, while the coast around is dotted with secluded coves with warm clear waters and golden sands. This place is all about relaxation, so how you spend your time here is entirely up to you – you can enjoy the delights of Paraty itself, or even catch a boat around the coast to enjoy your own slice of tropical paradise.

Porto de Galinhas

Porto de Galinhas Beach Break - 5 days from £795pp

The North of Brazil is an amazing place to visit, yet few tourists make it up this far. You’ll land in the city of Recife, and we'll pick you up and take you to the stunning beach nearby - Porto de Galinhas. Porto de Galinhas is consistently rated one of the best beaches in Brazil, if not the world, and you can spend your time here relaxing and swimming at the beach, enjoying some of the finest Brazilian Cuisine, or even taking in a spa treatment or two. However you choose to spend your time here, it’s sure to be relaxing and something you’ll never forget.

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What's Included?

The standard price for our "Full Monty" Brazil holidays is £3650 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels.

That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, plus all your meals in the Pantanal and breakfast every day.

We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2017.

International flights

So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.

We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.

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