Brazil

Brazil: A 9-Day Luxury Small-Group Tour with Belmond Stays, Salvador Cooking Class and Iguazu Falls Visit

Learn the secrets of Brazil, uncovering glistening waterfalls, jungle-clad mountains, mesmerising culture and vivacious nightlife fuelled by the rhythm of samba on a nine-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Feel on top of the world as you marvel at Rio de Janeiro’s 'Christ the Redeemer', see what it takes to put on one of the greatest shows in the world — Rio Carnival — cheers to exploration with a refreshing caipirinha, and experience the impressive roar of Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. Float beneath the torrents of one of the world’s greatest waterfalls, and get lost in the colonial history of Salvador with incredible gastronomic experiences along the way.

Includes all internal flights, luxurious five-star accommodation throughout – including a stay at the number one hotel in Rio, Belmond Copacabana Palace, and the Belmond das Cataratas, the only hotel within the glorious 677km Iguazu National Park – daily breakfast and selected meals as per the itinerary, such as dinner at the award-winning Assador in Rio and a cooking class in Salvador, the services of expert English-speaking guides, incredible insider experiences, airport transfers and so much more.

Amazon Extension: Enter a place of near-mythical status as you spend four days in the otherworldly Amazon Rainforest. Experience incredible adventures such as sunrise over the forest, nocturnal wildlife sightings, piranha fishing and more, with all-inclusive dining (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

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9 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • Eight nights of luxurious accommodation, including stays at the #1 rated Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and Belmond das Cataratas on the edge of the UNESCO-listed Iguazu National Park
  • All internal flights from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu to Salvador do Bahia
  • Daily breakfast, two lunches and three dinners, including a cooking class in Salvador
9 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion highlights:
  • Packages valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Eight nights of luxurious accommodation, including stays at the #1 rated Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and Belmond das Cataratas on the edge of the UNESCO-listed Iguazu National Park
  • All internal flights from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu to Salvador do Bahia
  • Daily breakfast, two lunches and three dinners, including a cooking class in Salvador

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon — ‘The Heart of Rio de Janeiro’
  • Marvel at Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain
  • Dine at Assador in Rio, an iconic Brazilian barbeque restaurant
  • Ascend in glass cable cars to the breathtaking peak of Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Gain a fascinating insight into the iconic Rio Carnival and try a classic caipirinha
  • Visit one of Rio’s first samba schools to learn the quintessential dance
  • See the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls and enjoy views over more than 275 falls
  • Float beneath the immense wall of water on the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls
  • Ascend to Devil’s Throat Station and embark on an adventure into the Sendero Yacaratia
  • Float through the San Martins Islands and visit Three Musketeers Waterfall
  • Tour Salvador da Bahia’s historic centre, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pelourinho
  • Learn to craft Salvador’s signature dish, the Moqueca, with a local chef

The Experience — From the waterfalls to the street parties and jungles, there’s always a festival in Brazil

The journey begins in Rio de Janeiro, a city that dazzles with lush jungles, powder-soft white sands and a vivacious nightlife that never seems to tire. Embark on a guided drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon — an area commonly renowned as ‘The Heart of Rio de Janeiro’ — and ascend to the summit of Corcovado Hill, gateway to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, offering 360° vistas over the city.

An impressive sight for the eyes, Sugarloaf Mountain is an iconic symbol of the ‘Marvelous City’, rising up from the small peninsula of Guanabara Bay. Experience the iconic beauty via glass cable cars, firstly savouring the exquisite views from Urca Hill, and continuing upwards to the peaks of Sugarloaf for panoramic vistas over the entire city, including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio.

Embrace the samba beats and rhythmic pounding of steel bass drums that drive the spirit of Rio Carnival, one of the world’s greatest carnivals. Gain fascinating insight into the artistry and inspiration that goes into creating the 6,000 costumes, feathers and impressive floats for this incredible festival, and learn to sway your hips at Grande Rio Samba School.

Discover the jaw-dropping natural grandeur of the cascading Iguazu Falls, a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly 3km long, across the Brazilian and the Argentinean side. Over two days, you will drink in views over more than 275 falls, take a train to the impressive Devil’s Throat Station, trek to the highest point, and embark on a heart-stopping adventure into the Sendero Yacartia. Take a motorboat through rapids along the glistening Iguazu River, glide underneath the curtain of water, weave through the San Martin Islands, appreciate the Three Musketeers Waterfall, and follow the shore to San Martin Waterfall to experience the thrill of the water immediately above you.

Unravel the colonial history of Salvador da Bahia, once the capital of Portugal’s New World colony, with a tour of the historic old city. Visit Bahia’s oldest fort, famous for the lighthouse hidden within its walls, wander through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pelourinho — a district famous for its narrow, winding streets and old pastel-coloured buildings — and end at the Largo do Pelourinho, the heart of the colonial district, where Salvador’s past meets its present.

The Food — Taste your way through rich culinary roots, influenced by Africa, Asia, Indigenous culture and the Mediterranean

With daily breakfast and an exceptional selection of exciting dining experiences throughout the tour, you will truly experience the excellence of this unique and world-famous cuisine.

In Rio de Janeiro, indulge at the award-winning Assador, one of the city’s most iconic Brazillian barbeque restaurants, rated among Rio de Janeiro’s top 15 steakhouses on TripAdvisor. This acclaimed restaurant is renowned for its meat-on-a-spit-style of cooking, imbuing Brazil's 300 years of barbeque ritual and ancestral knowledge into their restaurant and offering pristine views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Embrace the intoxicating atmosphere you'd typically experience at Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro with Brazil’s most famous cocktail, the caipirinha, made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.

Experience Salvador da Bahia’s rich and diverse culinary roots as you are guided through a bustling food market with a private, local chef to gather fresh ingredients for Salvador’s signature dish, the Moqueca. This iconic delicacy is a seafood stew traditionally made with shrimp or white fish and mixed with garlic, parsley, pepper, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk and a secret ingredient, prepared in an earthenware wok-like dish and brought directly to the table from the stove. Your cooking class ends with a traditional Salvadorian dessert.

The Accommodation — Experience iconic luxury staying in some of Brazil’s finest hotels, including the renowned Belmond brand

Unwind in true luxury in Rio de Janeiro, staying at the glamorous Belmond Copacabana Palace, ranked the number one hotel in Rio on TripAdvisor. A timeless hideaway in the heart of the buzzing city and the self-proclaimed ‘jewel in the crown on the world’s most iconic beach’, this glamorous Art Deco icon will get your discovery off to a luxurious start on the white-sand shores of Copacabana Beach. Described by The Telegraph as ‘easily the most glamorous spot in town’, this retreat offers renowned Belmond signature service, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a half-sized Olympic swimming pool — one of the largest in the country — a tennis court and a fitness centre. Become a part of history amidst your Superior City View Room’s English antique furnishings, original artworks and old-world charm, that was once graced by stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles.

Unravel the beauty of the Iguazu Falls at the famous Belmond das Cataratas, the only hotel within the glorious 677km Iguazu National Park and the area's number one hotel on TripAdvisor. Built in 1958, this delicate pink, Portuguese colonial-style hideaway grants exclusive access to the park — minus the crowds. Soak up the impressive chorus of the Falls floating in the pool, strolling through the gorgeous garden or at first light — as the only hotel on the edge of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder, you’ll be able to soak in the beauty as the sun ascends into the sky.

Cap off your Brazil expedition at Fera Palace Hotel, the perfect location to wake up to the stunning vistas over the Bay of Todos-os-Santos in the historic centre of Salvador da Bahia.

Your Package Includes:

  • Eight nights of luxurious accommodation, including stays at the #1 rated Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Belmond das Cataratas on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguazu National Park
  • All internal flights from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguazu and Foz do Iguazu to Salvador
  • Daily breakfast, two lunches and three dinners, including a cooking class in Salvador
  • The services of local, English-speaking guides
  • Return airport transfers and air-conditioned transportation
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees and insider experiences

Amazon Extension — Unearth the beauty and myth of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders

Embark on a Discovery Channel-worthy experience over four days as you are surrounded by the Brazilian Amazon in the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, beautifully tucked away amongst the islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago on the Rio Negro. Enter into a place of near-mythical status where the wild has taken over, towering trees hide secret wildlife and glistening rivers are the lifeblood of this incredible environment.

Over two days, experience the magic and majesty of the Amazon with your pick of activities. Hike into the depths of the luscious greenery, watch the sunrise over the ethereal Amazonian forest, pluck piranhas from the river on the end of a fishing rod, spot your share of elusive pink dolphins and discrete crocodiles, canoe through the exotic Igapós and Igarapés, wander through the forest to watch the creatures of the night come alive, and gain insight into the local indigenous communities.

Your Extension Includes:

  • Three nights of accommodation at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge in the heart of the forest
  • Internal flights from Salvador to Manaus and Manaus to Sao Paulo
  • Complimentary lodge activities including hikes, wildlife spotting, piranha fishing and nocturnal animal treks
  • All-inclusive dining (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Return airport transfers from Manaus International Airport
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