Friday 3rd of January 2020 until Friday 18th of December 2020
Colonial Treasures of Brazil - 10 Days / 9 Nights - from $4476* per person (with World Journeys).
Enjoy this tailor made journey which includes the highlights of the colonial cites of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador & Ouro Preto. Often called "Cidade Maravilhosa" (The Marvellous City), Rio de Janeiro is notorious for its breathtaking scenery and location, nestled between lush-green mountains and crystal clear seas. Travel onto the first capital of Brazil, Salvador which was a major place for the slave trade and is now a thriving center of Afro-Brazilian life. Salvador is considered the country's soul and the birthplace of Brazilian culture. Finally spend some time in Ouro Preto, founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto (meaning Black Gold in Portuguese) was originally called Vila Rica, or "rich village," the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil's golden age in the 18th century under Portuguese rule.
Day 01: Rio de Janeiro. You will be met and transferred to your hotel and spend 3 nights enjoying the sights and sounds from your hotel located on Copacabana beach.
Day 02: Rio de Janeiro. Depart from the hotel to visit Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Statue which was recently elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill. Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors will experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the "Marvelous City"!
Afterwards continue onto the historical centre of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a walking tour where you will gain a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. The walk includes a visit to many interesting points, such as the Sao Bento Monastery, Candelaria (the candle-makers), Praca XV, the "Travessa do Mercado", Imperial Palace (Paco Imperial), the cultural center located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil, the Casa Franca-Brasil, Ouvidor (the listeners) Street and Goncalves Dias Street with the traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square up to the Metropolitan Cathedral where passengers will then return to their hotel.
Day 03: Rio de Janeiro. Over a million tourists every year visit the world famous Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.
This evening experience a visit to Rio Scenarium with your Guide. This unusual bar is a mix between an antique shop and an auction room, where the locals come to listen to traditional Brazilian jazz and samba. From traditional north-eastern forro, to Rio's own samba, to reggae from Bahia, visitors will enjoy the best that the Rio music scene has to offer
Day 04: Rio de Janeiro > Salvador de Bahia. Fly to Salvador de Bahia, as one of Brazil's great historical destinations, the city is filled with churches, homes and forts that reflect stunning Portuguese architecture from the Baroque period. Spend 3 nights here in the Old Town enjoying this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its spectacular and well preserved colonial architecture.
Day 05: Salvador de Bahia
Full day sightseeing tour with the highlights of a walking tour in the morning giving visitors the opportunity to fully appreciate the splendid buildings that take us back in time to the beginnings of this vibrant city. Along the way, we will stop off at the Sao Francisco Church, with its extravagant gold leaf baroque designs, from where we will continue our tour, heading towards the Largo do Pelourinho, at the heart of the neighbourhood. After a stop for lunch (not included) continue onto the modern lower city tour which takes us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where the first holiday residences were built. Now, a peaceful family district, life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dug out canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners are at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil. We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and ending at Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local goods and souvenirs.
Day 06: Salvador de Bahia. Today we leave the city behind to explore the surrounding areas on Salvador. This is the land of sugar cane plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets, a day full of insight into the lifestlye of rural Brazil. We drive north out of the city and head westwards, stopping in the country market town of Santo Amaro. We continue our drive westwards through the rolling hills to Cachoeira, the jewel of the Bahian hinterland nestled deep in the valley of the Paraguacu River. After lunch (not included) we take a walking tour of the town, with opportunities to browse in some local wood carvers stores'. Like Salvador, Candomble plays an integral part in the life of the town, epitomized by the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces its origins back to the time of slavery. We cross to the western bank of the slow moving river and visit the Dannemann Cultural Center where world class cigars are expertly rolled. This tour is truly a journey back in time to the Brazil of yesteryear.
Day 07: Salvador de Bahia > Belo Horizonte > Ouro Preto. Fly into Belo Horizonte today and transfer through to Ouro Preto. The city is a masterpiece of colonial Brazilian architecture and art and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Here the intricate details of the buildings and artwork clearly reflect the originality and autonomy of the craftsmen and artists who created the Brazilian baroque style. The paintings of Manuel da Costa Athaide and the sculptures of Antonio Francisco Lisboa (known as Aleijadinho) are living examples of this period of enormous creative inspiration.
Day 08: Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto was founded in 1711 and soon became the center of the gold, diamond and semi-precious stone trading in the colonial-era. The town has managed to preserve across the years its 18th century architecture, which offers visitors a first-hand look of its historical heritages. The city is considered today by UNESCO as a Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Mankind. Enjoy a visit of the highlights of the Old Town including the Sao Francisco de Assis Church, Museum of the School of Mines, Church of Our Lady of the Pilar, Oratorio Museum & the Opera House
Day 09: Ouro Preto > Congonhas & Mariana > Ouro Preto. Congonhas has important works from the Golden Age of Brazil. The main points of interest are Aleijadinho's sculptural masterpieces of the twelve Prophets, carved in soapstone, and his representation of the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross in woodwork.
After lunch we will continue to Mariana, also known as the "Enchanted City", which was founded in 1696 and was for a short time, the capital of Minas Gerais. The town originally called the "Royal Village of Our Lady of Carmel" received its present name "Mariana" in 1745 in honour of the Queen Maria Ana. On this walking enjoy the picturesque streets & houses that date back to the beginning of the 18th century, with balconies of wood, iron and soapstone.
In Minas Gerais Square, we will visit the St. Francis of Assis Church known for its richly sculpted door, the Our Lady of Carmel Church, the City Hall and the Pillory.
Day 10: Ouro Preto. Today travel from Ouro Preto back to Belo Horizonte Airport, you may like to add an extension to the Pantanal or even the Amazon should you wish.
Includes: • Tailor made journey with English speaking local guides • 9 nights' accommodation • transfers & transport by land • sightseeing & entrance fees • 9 breakfasts and 2 lunches.
Departs: Daily between 03 Jan - 18 Dec 2020.
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