Recife / Olinda / Salvador / Ouro Preto / Mariana / Congonhas / São João Del Rei / Tiradentes /Barra do Piraí / Paraty / Rio de Janeiro

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Recife
Arrival at the airport and transfer to the chosen hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 2 – Recife
After breakfast, departure to a cultural tour in Recife, visiting the Museum of the Northeast Man, designed by Gilberto Freyre, Ricardo Brennand Institute, with its remarkable collection of more than two thousand works of the prominent artist and Atelier Francisco Brennand. Following we will visit the Government House, Republic Square, the Golden Chapel and Cachaçaria Carvalheira, where we have the opportunity to taste good “cachaças”. After the tour, return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 3 – Recife/ Olinda
After breakfast, we depart to a panoramic tour passing by Boa Viagem's beach, the center with its colonial districts, its old churches, its rivers and bridges. In Olinda, the "Humanity Cultural Monument" with its convents, narrow streets and colorful houses. From "Alto da Sé" you have the most beautiful view of Recife, its islands and deep blue water. After the tour, transfer to chosen pousada in Olinda and overnight.

Day 4 – Olinda / Salvador
Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Transfer to Recife airport to take the flight to Salvador. Arrival in Salvador and transfer to chosen hotel. Overnight.

Day 5 – Salvador
After breakfast, a full day tour to meet Salvador and its history. After hotel pick up we take the passenger to the mouth of the immense bay and then via elegant tree-lined avenues and bustling city streets to the Pelourinho, a Unesco Heritage ite and the largest complex of colonial architecture in the South America. We leave the vehicle at the Muncipal Square, by the towering Lacerda Elevator, with great views of the bay stretching out to the lower city, and stroll through the narrow, bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by, soaking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Visit the church o São Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town. Lunch. The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Visit to Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretized with the Candomblé. We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artifacts and souvenirs.  Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 6 – Salvador
Day at leisure. Tour by night at Miguel Santana Theatre. The Bahia Folklore company is one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. The company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé; puxada de rede, a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá, the queen of the sea; maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan origin and  the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. Dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 7 – Salvador / Belo Horizonte
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Belo Horizonte. Arrival, transfer to chosen hotel and overnight.

Day 8 – Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto
After breakfast, City Tour in Belo Horizonte with visit to the Pope Square, the Liberty Square and the Pampulha Complex with panoramic view of Mineirao and Mineirinho Stadium. Lunch at Dona Lucinha Restaurant. Transfer to Ouro Preto first city of Brazil considered a WORLD HERITAGE BY UNESCO, check-in at the chosen pousada. Overnight.

Day 9 – Mariana / Ouro Preto
Breakfast and transfer to the first city of Minas Gerais, called Mariana, followed by city tour and visit to Basílica da Sé Main Cathedral. Optional tour at the Passagem Mine. Lunch at Chafariz Restaurant in Ouro Preto. In the afternoon, city tour in Ouro Preto with visit to Mineralogy Museum, São Francisco de Assis Church and Casa dos Contos. Dinner at Deguste Restaurant. Overnight in Ouro Preto.

Day 10 – Ouro Preto / Congonhas / São João Del Rei / Tiradentes
Breakfast and transfer to Tiradentes, passing through Congonhas. Visit to Basílica Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, Passos Chapel and Prophets. The journey continues to São João Del Rei with visit to São Francisco de Assis Church and panoramic tour at the city. Lunch at Villeiros Restaurant. After lunch, arrival in Tiradentes and visit to Matriz de Santo Antônio, Padre Toledo Museum and São José Fountain. Overnight in Tiradentes at chosen pousada.

Day 11 – Tiradentes / Barra do Piraí
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to Barra do Piraí. Foreseen arrival at 04:00pm in Ponte Alta Hotel Farm. Dinner and overnight.

Day 12 – Barra do Piraí / Paraty
Breakfast at the Farm. Free morning to enjoy the farm beauties from the times of the coffee cycle. Lunch and transfer to Paraty. Foreseen arrival at 05:00pm. Accommodation at chosen pousada. Overnight.

Day 13 – Paraty
Day at leisure to relax. Opportunity to do the schooner tour. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Overnight.

Day 14 – Paraty / Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, transfer to Rio de Janeiro. Accommodation at chosen hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 15 – Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, pick up at hotel toward the city center, the oldest part of Rio for an unusual walking tour, which gives the visitor a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown. The walking tour includes many interesting points such as Candelaria church, Praça XV square, the "Travessa do Mercado" alley, Paço Imperial museum, the cultural center located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil building, the Casa França-Brasil museum, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street, where the traditional Confeitaria Colombo bakery is located (food or beverage not included). The walking continues down to Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square and the visit at Carmo church. Return to hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight.

Day 16 – Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, departure in a tour to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf, the two largest tourist attractions in Rio. The tour starts with a visit to Christ Statue at Corcovado Mountain taking the cog train through the luxuriant rain Forest. Enjoy the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside. After the morning tour, relax and enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant. In the afternoon, join the Sugar Loaf tour on to the cable car at Praia Vermelha. A ride to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain gives the visitor a wonderful view of the city nestling between the mountains and the sea, and the sight of the sun going down over Copacabana beach is magical. After riding down the cable car, return to the hotels. Overnight.

Day 17 – Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.

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