Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Discover Brazil: Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon Rainforest

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • World-famous carnival culture & samba sounds
  • Amazing opportunities for animal encounters
  • Thousands of bird species—more than in Europe & North America combined
  • The Amazon: the world’s largest rainforest
  • Fresh fruit, fresh coffee & food fresh off the barbecue
  • The colonial history & heritage of Salvador

Short Description

From the wetlands and rainforests that teem with life to the bustling city streets, experience Brazil from all sides. Over the course of two weeks, alternate between carnival-colored cities and peaceful retreats surrounded by stunning, wild landscapes.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Rio de Janiero
End City Manaus

Trip Includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 8 three-course dinners with beer or wine
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees
  • Multilingual Tour Director

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Itinerary

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro today.

Rio de Janeiro 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

Meals: Dinner

Land in Rio this morning, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, enjoy a cable car ride up Rio’s Sugarloaf Mountain, then get to know Rio de Janeiro on a guided tour.

Halfway up the mountain, stop to take in scenic vistas of the Rio Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay

Continue to the top of the mountain, soaking in panoramic views of the city, beaches and Atlantic ocean

Return to Rio to admire the city’s colonial architecture, including Carioca and Marchal Floriano Square, and visit the Metropolitan Cathedral

Later, go behind the scenes of Rio’s biggest celebration, Carnival.

Visit a samba school to see where performers perfect their routines

Head to the barracão, a workshop where artisans craft parade floats and decorations

Enter the Sambadrome, the stadium built to house the procession of samba schools

Afterward, enjoy a free evening in Rio or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rio by Night: Carnival Cultural Show & Dinner $149pp* Details

Day 4: Corcovado

Meals: Breakfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a guided tour of the iconic peak.

Hop aboard the cogwheel train, taking in the rainforest landscape of Tijuca National Park as you ride up the mountain

See the iconic Christ the Redeemer, a colossal Art Deco statue atop the summit

Pass Rio’s white-sand beaches, including Ipanema and Copacabana

Back in Rio, get a taste of Brazilian cuisine with lunch at a local restaurant

Afterward, enjoy a free afternoon and evening in the “Majestic City.”

The Pantanal 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to the Pantanal

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Hop a morning flight to the world’s largest continuous wetland, the Pantanal.

Journey through the expansive Brazilian savanna

Make stops for photos and animal sightings

Arrive at your eco lodge in time for an included dinner, followed by an evening stargazing walk.

Day 6: The Pantanal wetlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Explore the Pantanal on horseback or in a canoe with a local guide.

Keep watch for anacondas, jaguars, capybaras, caimans, deer and anteaters

Join a wildlife guide on a bird-watching walk, where you’ll learn about the area’s 1,000 species

Back at the eco lodge, enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Day 7: The Clarinho River

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hop aboard a canoe for a guided tour of the Clarinho River.

Scan the riverbanks for families of giant otters

Try your hand at fishing for piranha

Savor a freshly caught lunch in the Pantanal

Salvador 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Flight to Salvador

Included meals: Breakfast

Catch the sunrise from the top of Heron’s Tower before flying to the city of Salvador, located in the state of Bahia.

Later, enjoy a free evening in Salvador or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Salvador By Night: Folklore Show & Dinner $119pp* Details

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Salvador

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Get to know Salvador on a sightseeing tour of the city.

Explore modern suburb of Barra, home of the continent’s oldest lighthouse

Discover the “lower” area of Salvador and take in views of the Itapagipe Peninsula

Stop in the Pelourinho, Salvador’s UNESCO-recognized historic center

View the Rio Branco Palace in Tomé de Souza Square and the Sao Francis Church

Visit the DiDá Project, an organization devoted to the development of young women through dance and cultural performance

Day 10: Cachoeira & Bahia Hinterlands

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Afro-Brazilian communities in the areas of Bahia outside of Salvador.

Begin with a visit to the farming hinterlands of Bahia, passing sugar cane plantations, colonial villages and bustling markets

Stop in the city of Santo Amaro to admire the Church of Our Lady of Purification and the town square

Visit a settlement for rural farmers, where you’ll learn about the history of the Landless Workers Movement

Continue to UNESCO-protected Cachoeira, once one of colonial Brazil’s wealthiest cities. Enjoy lunch at a hacienda and a visit to cigar factory that’s been in operation since 1873

This evening, enjoy dinner with your group in Salvador. Be sure to pack an overnight bag for your adventure in the Amazon.

The Amazon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Travel to the Amazon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Manaus and continue by speedboat on a journey into the Amazon.

See the amazing Meeting of the Waters, where the muddy Solimões River and the shadowy Negro River form the Amazon River

Keep your eye out for pink dolphins and rainforest wildlife as you make your way to the Juma Amazon Lodge.

Board a canoe to observe the rainforest populations that become active at night

Day 12: The Amazon

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out on a jungle walk with a local wildlife guide.          

Learn about the edible and medicinal plants of the region

Tour the Juma Amazon Lodge to see the buildings set high atop stilts

Show off your piranha fishing skills and learn about local fish on a motorboat excursion

Later, your catch is served up as part of an included dinner. After dinner, take part in a discussion about Amazon wildlife with a local guide.

Day 13: The Amazon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wake before the sun to witness wildlife on an early morning canoe excursion.

See the sky and landscapes change with the light, and spot local bird species with the help of your guide

Return to the lodge for breakfast before setting out on a jungle excursion.

Head out on a canoe ride with a local wildlife guide, catching sight of birds and monkeys along the riverbanks

Stop to enjoy a lunch of regional cuisine cooked over a fire

Visit the home of a native family to learn about local culture, with an emphasis on medicinal plants and the production of manioc flour

Learn how latex is extracted from rubber trees

Later, head back to the lodge and say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast

Ride a speedboat back to Manaus. Take the afternoon to relax before continuing on to the airport to board your plane home.

(Please note: Depending on your final destination, you may spend the night in Miami and arrive home on day 15.)

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Optional Activities

Tour extension to Iguassu Falls: $999 pp
The thundering Iguassu Falls is one of South America’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions. Witness the epic splash of 275 cascades surrounded entirely by subtropical paradise.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Maximum tour group size: 16 travelers

Accomodations

Pestana Rio Atlantica

Pestana Rio Atlantica has a privileged location on Atlântica Avenue, with a dazzling view overlooking Copacabana beach, one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. Guests of Pestana Rio Atlantica, one of the most emblematic hotels in Rio de Janeiro, will find a perfect hotel for all kinds of tourists, from those who wish to enjoy the beautiful beaches to those who care about culture and sports.

Araras Eco Lodge

The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary.From this lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, it is possible to do first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, horseback riding, truck photo-safaris, night tours, two exciting tree top look outs with 12 and 25 m high and much more, all under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides.

Sheraton da Bahia Hotel

 The Sheraton da Bahia Hotel, Salvador is a historic building that has been renovated to provide modern amenities for business and leisure travelers alike. Its prime downtown location makes it easy to see nearby theaters and museums, the historic city center of Pelourinho, Porto da Barra Beach, and Arena Fonte Nova football stadium.

Juma Amazon Lodge

 Located three hours away from Manaus by boat (or 30 minutes by hydroplane), the trip to the lodge is a spectacular tour by itself. Juma´s region is remote and relatively untouched. The Juma Amazon Lodge is a small and comfortable hotel designed to be totally integrated to the Amazon Jungle. The construction and operation of the lodge comply with and respect the limitations of the environment, which is the very reason for the hotel to exist.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your reservation, the cancellation fee schedule below will apply. If you are booked in a double/twin room and your roommate cancels his or her tour more than 45 days prior to departure, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee. Upon notifying GAT of your cancellation, you will be given a confirmation number that verifies your cancellation. If you purchased travel protection and are cancelling for a reason covered under the policy guidelines, cancellation fees will be reimbursed to you directly from the insurance company. In the event that you have to cancel your tour on the day of departure, you must notify GAT prior to the departure of your first flight. Any penalties for supplemental services/guarantees (including, but not limited to, flights, hotels or late additions) resulting from cancellations made at your request will be your responsibility, and all service fees are non-refundable. Substitution of travelers is not permitted. If you choose not to travel, but fail to cancel your tour prior to the departure date or if you return home before the scheduled completion of your tour, you will not be eligible for any refund or reimbursement from GAT for any unused portion of your trip or costs incurred by leaving your trip early.

For travelers with the travel protection policy (goaheadtours.com/travelprotection), Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

Cancellation of European land tours

  • If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $ 450
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 30%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 50%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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