Classic Jewels 18 Days

Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, Amazon, Salvador, Praia do Forte

Priced from: $3564

With so many amazing opportunities and adventures awaiting in Brazil, you will quickly learn why so many have fallen in love with this exquisite country, and we’re here to make sure you don’t miss a single one of those opportunities.
From the “Marvelous City” of Rio de Janeiro and the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls, to the Amazon Forest rich with its pristine nature and amazing wildlife, you will take in sights and beauty that could have only been blessed by the Heavens. Your journey will then continue to the Afro-Brazilian heritage city of Salvador, as you make your way to your final destination of the water colored paradise of the tropical beach of Praia do Forte. Are you ready to fall in love with Brazil?

Charming Destinations does not have fixed departure dates, and any of our suggested private luxury trips to Brazil can be easily customized for you. Please call our Destination Specialist at +1 (415) 871-0531 or e-mail us at info@charmingdestinations.com. If you are outside of the US, please dial our office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at +55 (21) 99595-6057.

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

Your journey begins when you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, the “Marvelous City” known for its stunningly beautiful beaches and culturally rich heritage. At the airport you will be met by your private driver who will bring you to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, an exquisite Orient-Express landmark hotel on the famous Copacabana Beach. After check in, take the rest of the day to repose in absolute luxury. Enjoy exquisite spa treatments at the hotel, or take a pleasant walk and explore the famous Copacabana Beach. Spotting a movie star in the vicinity would not be surprising!

As the sun starts to set and you begin to make your dinner plans for the evening, we recommend a dinner at one of Rio de Janeiro’s most chic and talked-about steakhouses. You will find the finest cuts of beef served up one after another. Our favorite is picanha, a lean, tender rump steak that will melt in your mouth.

Note: Sample some of the finest restaurants on your trip with Charming Destinations. We will provide you with a complete list of fine dining suggestions as part of your pre-departure package. Please advise on your preferences, and we will be happy to make reservations for you at the top dining establishments of Brazil.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, meet your private guide and start your day at one of the most beautiful beach viewpoints of Rio. You’ll feel yourself unwind in the presence of so much natural beauty. Visit the famous Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, then travel to the heights of Corcovado Mountain, located inside the world’s largest urban Atlantic rainforest, the Tijuca National Park. Here you will enjoy the spectacular views of Rio sprawled out below as you stand next to the one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue that towers 120 feet above. For an even higher vantage point, take an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (optional). Upon landing, you will get a taste of old-world Brazil when you continue on to the historical part of the city. Pause for a moment to taste traditional Brazilian pastries and coffee at the elegant Confeitaria Colombo Restaurant, a part of Rio since 1894. As you stroll and explore this part of the city, you will come across buildings dating back to 16th and 17th century, when Brazil was a Portuguese colony, and things moved a little slower than they do now. You will see magical and dazzling landmarks like the Cathedral at Lapa Arches and the Opera House. Complete your tour in the picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to many of Rio’s artists and writers.

For your night out we recommend you head out to the exclusive neighborhood of Leblon, where you will dine at one of the most sophisticated Portuguese restaurants in Rio. Soft candlelight at each table combined with a fine bottle of wine will make this a night to remember…

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

What better way to begin your day than with a relaxing stroll with your private guide who will take you to discover the stunning grounds of Botanical garden (optional), one of the most beautiful and best preserved green areas in the city and home to more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees. You will literally have to stop and smell the flowers!

Then, be sure to stop for a delicious lunch at Cafe Celeiro in Leblon, considered to be one of the best organic cafes in town and often frequented by Brazilian celebrities. Your guide will then take you to visit Sugarloaf Mountain (optional) for panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Rio’s famous sandy beaches. While here, you breath deeply, relax, and take in a stunning sunset… Reflect on all you have seen and imagine all of the possibilities the rest of your trip holds in store.*

After freshening up at your hotel, treat yourself to a culinary delight by sampling the Amazonia menu at the award-winning restaurant led by French chef Roland Villard. Chef Villard spent years traveling all around Brazil to perfect his recipes, which will amaze and satisfy the most refined and cultured taste.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro/Iguaçu Falls

This morning you will depart Rio for Iguaçu Falls. Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, this is one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the world, with water flowing over 275 falls, spread across 3 miles, and 266 feet high! You are in for a spectacular treat.

Upon arrival to Foz do Iguaçu your private driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall to escort you to the Hotel das Cataratas by Orient-Express, the only hotel located inside the National Park. After getting settled in your room, you will meet your guide for a walking tour of the Brazilian side of the magnificent waterfalls, viewing the flora and fauna that thrive around Iguaçu. Dozens of rainbows created by the falls attract tropical birds and colorful butterflies, making this a truly magical site!

Complete your day with a relaxing dinner on the outdoor terrace of the hotel’s restaurant, watching a mesmerizing sunset and indulging in Brazilian culinary experiences.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Iguaçu Falls

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will explore the Argentine side of the Iguaçu Falls with your private guide. Walk along the Upper and Lower Trails of the Falls and be prepared to be impressed by the power of Mother Nature when you arrive at the Devil’s Throat – a location at the Falls where fifty percent of the entire Falls’ flow runs into a narrow section, creating a deep roar with a huge amount of mist. Hundreds of birds add to the splendor as they dive into the waters below.

While on Argentinian side of the falls, your guide will take you to one of the most acclaimed local Parillas (Argentine Steak House) where you can enjoy one of the best steaks of your life, along with empadas (mouth watering Argentinean appetizers), and a perfectly smooth selection of Malbec wine. After lunch, embark on Gran Aventura, a fast zodiac excursion (group activity) that will bring you close to the falls – a truly powerful sensation. Finish your day relaxing poolside at your beautiful hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Iguaçu Falls/ Manaus (Amazon)

Take an early morning flight to Manaus, the capital of Amazon. At the airport you will be greeted by your private driver who will take you to the most luxurious hotel in the Amazon region, the Tropical Manaus. Built on the shores of Rio Negro, the Tropical Manaus provides luxury accommodations set against the backdrop of the beauty of the Amazon Forest. Take the afternoon to explore the beautiful amenities and terrains of the hotel, and enjoy the spectacular views of Rio Negro.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Amazon Adventure

Embark on a three-hour journey to the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, described as one of the most authentic and unique hotels in Brazil by National Geographic Traveler “2011 Stay List”. With only 16 suites in the entire lodge, this is a once in lifetime stay in the heart of the Amazon Forest.

Set at the edge of Negro River, in the area of 886 acres of untouched rainforest, Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is the only Hotel in Northern Brazil to be part of the Brazilian Hotels of Charm Association, following the principles of low-impact intervention to conduct tourism activities responsibly and in harmony with the local community. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a delicious local cocktail and given a tour of the grounds while on your way to your exclusive bungalow suite.

Once you have had time to settle in, you will be treated to a lunch that includes regional and international cuisine with various Amazon ingredients and the freshest regional tropical fruits and fish. You will then set off on a three-hour Anavilhanas Islands tour. After dinner, another adventure is waiting for you. You will head out by canoe to listen to sounds of the nature, and explore the riverbanks in search of caimans. Boating through the forest under the Amazon night sky is quite an experience, but nothing prepares you for the sight of caiman’s eyes lighting up in the beam of the spotlight!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8: Amazon Adventure

After enjoying a breakfast, serenaded by the sounds of Amazon birds, today’s adventures begin with a forest hike in the largest tropical rainforest in the world. Biodiversity of the Amazon is striking, and you will have an experienced native guide to help point out for you unusual trees, wild fruits, and plants. Embark next on a trip by boat to visit the Amazonian Pink River Dolphins. These fascinating creatures have survived unharmed for centuries because of the local belief that the dolphins have magical powers. Ranging in various shades of beautiful pink, these are photos you will definitely want to share with loved ones when you return home. Following a visit to local handicraft studios, return to your hotel right in time for another wonderful dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 9: Amazon Adventure

This is a unique morning, as your day will start before the sun is even up. You will leave the lodge shortly before dawn and head to a lake where you will witness the awakening of the tropical birds and take in the magical sight of an Amazon sunrise. After breakfast, you will travel in wooden canoes for a fishing expedition like no other. The catch of the day? Piranha. Considered to be one of the most feared freshwater fish in the world, piranhas are known to have incredible appetites, extremely sharp teeth, and travel in enormous packs. Later that afternoon you will visit an isolated Tiririca community to observe their lifestyle, social structure and customs.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Amazon Adventure

A ride in regional canoes through the Amazonian creeks and flood forest starts the tenth day of your adventure. Explore the wild beauty of riverbanks, and enjoy the serenity of the scenery. After an enjoyable lunch, take some time to relax in your suite and look back through the images of your Brazilian journey to date. Then head out for a Bow and Arrow Practice with real Waimiri-Atroari Indian’s Weapons, where local instructors will reveal to you skills and materials used to make bows and arrows, as well as share with you handling techniques and invite you to put to use your new archery skills.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Amazon Adventure/Salvador

After a morning at leisure and another tasty lunch, say “tchau” (Portuguese for “goodbye”) to the mighty Amazon as you depart to Manaus, where you will board a flight to Salvador, a fascinating Afro-Brazilian cultural and historical center of Brazil.

Upon arrival at Salvador, your private driver will take you to your hotel, Pestana Convento do Carmo, chosen by Travel +Leisure Magazine as “One of the Best New Hotels in the World.” Initially built in 1586 by the First Order of Carmelite Friars, The Convent has been the stage of many significant events of Brazilian history throughout the centuries, and after careful restoration is now the leading luxury historic hotel in Brazil.

On your first night in Salvador we recommend you treat yourself to a delicious fresh seafood dinner in a romantic setting at of one of the best restaurants of Bahia. The glass floor allows seeing gentle waves crashing under you, and the view of the bay is simply magic. Try the great ceviche, seafood risotto, or any of the fish dishes, and you will never want to leave this place.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Salvador

A private city tour of Salvador, Brazil’s oldest city and one of the most beautiful and interesting in the country is at the top of the list today. As the first capital of Brazil from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and local Indian cultures. With the easygoing nature of the locals, Brazilians and international visitors love Salvador for its bright tropical beaches, exceptional local cuisine that uses the freshest seafood, red palm tree oils, and exotic fruits and vegetables, and its musical heritage that has its roots in traditional African music. Discover the city’s most significant sites, including the São Francisco Church, with its gold-leaf Baroque interior, and Pelourinho, the city’s historic center, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its colonial-era, pastel-colored architecture.

Dine at a traditional Bahian restaurant, with it’s gorgeous Bahian setting and the delicious cuisine in the best Northeastern traditions. After dinner, enjoy an amazing folkloric show that showcases the essence of Salvador and the country’s unique Afro-Brazilian culture and musical heritage.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Salvador/Cachoeira/Salvador

Following a tasty breakfast, your guide will take you to Cachoeira, the charming colonial town built in 17th century during the peak of Brazil’s sugarcane boom. On the way to Cachoeira you will pass a variety of plantations, including sugarcane, cotton, cocoa, and tobacco. Protected by the National Institute for Historical and Artistic Heritage since 1971, Cachoeira remains one of the unique cities to display important Baroque architectural heritage in Bahia. You will spend the afternoon strolling picturesque streets that are lined with multi-colored colonial houses adorned with Portuguese tiles facades and learning about practices of the local religion, Candomble, which has strong connections to Voodoo. It’s also the home of some of Brazil’s most authentic Afro-Brazilian rituals.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Salvador/Praia do Forte

This morning you are off to a stunningly beautiful Bahian beach. Located by a tropical coast approximately 50 miles just north of Salvador, your first stop is at Tamar Project station (optional), a highly successful nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving sea turtles in Brazil. You’re then back on the road to your final destination of the Tivoli Eco Resort in Praia do Forte, an idyllic paradise that is both beautiful and luxurious. You will find architecture in complete harmony with nature, grounds that are immaculate and a beach that can only be deemed as perfect.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner at Tivoli, or All Inclusive at Iberostar

Day 15 – 17: Praia do Forte

Spend your next days in the lap of luxury as you spend your afternoons sunbathing on a tropical beach, sipping coconut water or caipirinhas at the beach kiosk, and enjoying massages in a Thalasso SPA. It’s as if time stands still in Praia do Forte and your only care in the world is when to refill your drink.

The Tivoli Resort also provides plenty of adventure opportunities to complement your hours of relaxation with activities like yoga, dance, Capoeira lessons, tennis, beach volleyball, or water aerobics.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner at Tivoli, or All Inclusive at Iberostar

Day 18: Salvador/Rio de Janeiro

Depart beautiful Salvador for Rio de Janeiro this afternoon, where later that evening you board your international flight home and say tchau to Brazil and hello to the unforgettable memories you have made.

Meals Included: Breakfast

If you’re looking to add even more adventure to any of our incredible packages, consider adding one of our Trip Extensions.

  • Four Star Superior/Deluxe
  • Porto Bay Rio
  • Bourbon Cataratas
  • Park Suites Manaus
  • Anavilhanas
  • Casa do Amarelindo
  • Iberostar Bahia
  • $3564
  • INQUIRE
  • Five Star Deluxe
  • Sofitel Copacabana Hotel
  • Hotel Das Cataratas
  • Tropical Manaus
  • Anavilhanas
  • Villas Bahia
  • Iberostar Praia do Forte
  • $4098
  • INQUIRE
  • VIP Premier
  • Copacabana Palace
  • Hotel Das Cataratas
  • Tropical Manaus
  • Anavilhanas
  • Pestana Convento do Carmo
  • Tivoli Eco resort
  • $5762
  • INQUIRE

Land Only. Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges may apply.

Packages Include:

  • Luxury accommodations in Hotels and Lodges mentioned in the program based on your selected Category (VIP, Five Star, or Four Star)*
  • All breakfasts, Full Board in Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, Half Board (Breakfast, Dinner) in Tivoli Eco Resort, or All-Inclusive at Iberostar Praia do Forte and Iberostar Bahia
  • Private transfers mentioned in the itinerary in air-conditioned vehicle (except for to/from Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, which is a shared transfer. Private transfer by hydroplane or land can be arranged, please see the Options section listed below)
  • Private sightseeing as indicated in day-by-day itinerary (activities and sightseeing in the Amazon are typically on a small group basis)
  • English speaking guide during sightseeing and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to Corcovado, Iguaçu National Park, Churches and Museums in Salvador.
  • Admission tickets for Gran Aventura zodiac adventure
  • Show tickets for Bale Folclorico in Salvador
  • Pre-departure travel package, which includes detailed day-by-day itinerary, fine dining recommendations, suggested packing list, suggested reading list, information on recommended vaccination, contact information for hotels and lodges on your itinerary, and Charming Destinations’ 24-hour emergency contact line in Brazil

Note: The American hotel star rating system is not applicable to the Amazon and Pantanal Lodges. Instead, our trip categories are descriptive of the overall exotic and incomparable experience in the most remote parts of Brazil.

Options:

Please inquire about:

  • Panoramic Helicopter Rides over the Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Rio beaches and the Lagoon
  • Visiting Samba Schools rehearsals (pre-Carnival only)
  • Rio’s Favelas (slums) tour
  • Tickets to Soccer games
  • Pricing on Private Land or Private Hydroplane transfer from Manaus to Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge.

Note: Bale Folclorico in Salvador has no performances on Tuesdays and Sundays

Additional fees and/or charges not included in the package:

International flights, domestic flights, airport taxes, excess luggage charges, travel or medical insurance, passport and Brazilian visa fees, vaccinations cost, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks (except for at Iberostar Praia do Forte as part of Five Star Luxury Package, where all drinks are included), tips for drivers or guides, laundry, personal expenses.

Note: Guided tour and entrance fees to Botanical Garden and Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, and to Tamar project  in Praia do Forte are optional and not included into pricing.

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