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City & Sun: Sao Paulo, Paraty & Rio de Janeiro tour

City & Sun: Sao Paulo, Paraty & Rio de Janeiro

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 3,181 $ 353 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Follow your guide through the busy streets of Sao Paulo and take in as much of the amazing city as you can!
  • Explore the Gold Trail by Jeep and take a dip at the base of beautiful waterfalls.
  • Walk the beaches of Paraty and find the best place to eat in this serene coastal city.
  • Kick off your arrival in Rio de Janeiro with a guided adventure through some of the most iconic landmarks and natural scenery!
  • Relax and enjoy as your transportation is taken care of for you and bilingual guides bring you through each city.

Short Description

Embark on an adventure-packed 8-night vacation through the stunning cities of Brazil. Traipse through congested cosmopolitan streets, luxuriate on sultry beaches, and hike to the peaks of towering mountains. Enjoy tours in each city, and the freedom to explore for yourself as well!

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Sao Paulo
End City Rio de Janeiro

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Sao Paulo (GRU), out of Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Sao Paulo at the Hotel Estenplaza Paulista, or similar
  • Half-day Sao Paulo City Tour
  • Land transfer from Sao Paulo to Paraty
  • 3 nights in Paraty at the Hotel Pousada do Sandi, or similar
  • Jeep Tour of Bocaina National Park, Toboga Falls & the Gold Trail
  • Land transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at the Hotel PortoBay Rio Internacional, or similar
  • Full-day tour to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Brazil!

Set foot in the biggest city in South America: Sao Paulo! Stop by your hotel to check in and drop off your bags, then go exploring! This modernized and industrial, cosmopolitan city offers wide avenues, skyscrapers, residential suburbs, a busy nightlife, and lavish shopping possibilities. Pick out a place to shop, sight-see, or grab dinner for the night!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Sao Paulo

Enjoy a Brazilian buffet breakfast that offers the staples of the area, like coffee, cornmeal, toast, cheese puffs and more, before heading out on a half-day tour of downtown Sao Paulo.

You can return to your hotel for a break after the tour, or you might want to revisit some of the sights you saw but didn't get to fully appreciate. You can also wander through one of the many beautiful and vibrant markets, or pick out a place for dinner to get an authentic taste of the local fare.

Sao Paulo Half-Day City Tour

Spend half the day touring through the beautiful history left around downtown Sao Paulo. Enjoy as your guide leads you through Paulista Avenue, a financial district that includes Pateo do Colegio, Liberdade Se Cathedral,  MASP Museum, Sao Bento Monastery, Trianon, City Hall, Ibirapuera Park, and the Municipal Theater.

Day 3: Sao Paulo - Paraty

Enjoy breakfast before embarking via car to your next destination: Paraty. This coastal city is sure to please, with everything from city-life to lush forest and waterfalls

Transfer to Paraty

Day 4: Paraty

Enjoy breakfast before setting out on a 6-hour jeep tour through the Gold Trail and waterfalls that lie hidden throughout the area. Visit cachaca distilleries as well.

If the day hasn't worn you out, you can explore Paraty's town, picking out the best bars and pubs to join in with its colorful nightlife, or you can simply lounge and enjoy the beach.

Jeep Tour Waterfalls and Gold Trail

Climb aboard the Jeep that will take you through the National Park of Serra da Bocania, where you'll get to pass by the Gold Trail, visit waterfalls and cachaca distilleries, tour to the Toboga Waterfall and even stop for a swim in Tarzan's Waterfall, which provides a beautiful spot to relax and bathe.

On your return trip, you'll stop again at the Pedra Branca waterfall, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the region. The entire trip makes for a wonderful opportunity to see indigenous flora and fauna.

Remark: Optional lunch at local restaurant not included. Jeep Tour on shared basis (together with other travellers)

Day 5: Paraty

Today is a day for your own exploration. You can rent a kayak and row over to explore the Jabaquara Mangroves, roam over the stunning Saco do Mamangua, or browse through Praia Grande, a large and bustling fishing market where the day's freshest catches are all up for sale amidst a cluttering of pubs ripe with adventure.

Day 6: Paraty - Rio de Janeiro

Make sure your belongings are together before grabbing breakfast, because you'll be departing for Rio de Janerio today!

If you're looking to unwind before your big adventure tomorrow, you can check out the lovely Ipanema Beach and relax, or you can get right into the nightlife and join the festivities usually going on at Lapa.

Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

Day 7: Rio de Janeiro

Set out today on a journey through the Tijuca Forest, up Corcovado Mountain, to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Continue on to Flamengo Park all the way to downtown, where you'll have the opportunity to explore attractions like the National Library, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Candelaria Church, the Fine Arts Museum, and more.

Tour to Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (full-day)

Tour the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains! Arrive at Cosme Velho Station and board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest and up to the 2,329 ft high Corcovado Mountain. The train ride is a wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and enjoy scenic landscapes of the city and beaches. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado, proceed up the steps that lead to the peak´s lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, you will descend by train.

The tour continues through Rio’s world-famous beaches to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugarloaf Mountain. After admiring the views, descend the mountain and proceed along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park. Visit downtown Rio, passing by the financial and business center and other attractions like Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theater, National Library, Fine Arts Museum and the Sambodrome - site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade.

Day 8: Rio de Janeiro

Today is yours to spend at leisure. You can return to downtown and shop in the many stores, find excellent restaurants for a bite to eat, lounge along the sun-soaked beaches, or maybe explore attractions nearby, like the Jardin Botanico.

Day 9: Depart Brazil

Pack your bags, tuck away your souvenirs, and head out to the airport. Wave goodbye to Brazil...for now!

Transfer to airport

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Pousada do Sandi
  • PortoBay Rio Internacional
  • Hotel Estanplaza Paulista

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