Tailor-Made Holiday

Brazil Highlights Holiday

Perfect for a first time visit - Rio, Iguassu Falls, Salvador & Paraty

12 days

from £2,215pp (excluding flights)

Brazil is a fascinating and diverse country with so much to offer visitors. Due to its size, it is important to strike the right balance between seeing as much as one would like but at a pace which allows for a true experience of each destination. This itinerary makes for a fantastic Brazil holiday, taking in some of the very best that the country has to offer.

  • Explore vibrant Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s great cities
  • Witness the mighty roar of Iguaçu Falls
  • Wander the cobbled streets of Salvador, a colourful, lively city
  • Relax in the charming town of Paraty with its colonial streets and beautiful bays

Begin this holiday in Rio, a cosmopolitan city which has it all - beautiful beaches, lush mountains, fantastic restaurants, iconic sites and hotels to suit every taste.

You will not want to leave but the next stop at Iguacu Falls will not disappoint. Hear the continuous rumble as the Iguassu River tumbles 80 metres to the river below. Marvel from afar on the many viewing platforms or get up close on a boat and feel the spray on your face.

Salvador is a wonderful mix of African culture and colonial history. Whilst the cobbled streets are beautiful in the day it is after dark that the city comes alive. Fantastic seafood stews, Afro-Brazilian drumming and caipirinha’s await.

Relax at the end of the holiday in the sleepy fishing village of Paraty. A picture-perfect town with cobbled streets and traditional white washed houses. The town sits on a bay that is dotted with small sandy islands, hire a boat and find your own for the day.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2215 £ 1000
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Rio de Janeiro

As the Brazilians say, 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. This vibrant and lively city is a fun place to spend some time, and offers something for everyone.

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Rio's natural beauty is unsurpassable. Its magnificent shoreline, with its charming bays and beautiful beaches, is an important part of Rio social life and offers numerous outdoor activities from biking to surfing.

In the mountains above Rio, you will find the Tijuca national forest, the largest natural urban park in the world. The city's eight million inhabitants, known as 'Cariocas', are friendly, carefree people who always seem to find time for the pleasures of good living.

You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Days at Leisure with Suggested Sightseeing
Days to explore Rio. Find below a selection of activities and excursions:- Learn how to Samba at a dance school;- People-watch on Copacabana Beach;- Watch a football match at Maracana Stadium;- Listen to live Bossa Nova in a restaurant in Ipanema;- Visit the botanical gardens and the avenue of imperial palms;- Visit Petropolis, the Summer Residence of the Imperial family of Brazil;- Board a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain;- Admire the view from Corcovado below the statue of Christ;- Hire bicycles and explore the beaches;- Visit Santa Teresa, the bohemian quarter;- Explore the colonial historical quarter;- Relax on the beach and enjoy the day to day life of the Cariocas.

You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Fly Rio de Janeiro to Iguaçu

Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet where the Iguazú River joins the Paraná river in the north-eastern Argentinian province of Misiones. It is here that the Iguaçú Falls (meaning 'Big Water' in the local Guaraní language) plunges over hard granite into a wide gorge in a series of gigantic waterfalls measuring two miles in length and plunging more than 240 feet below. The thunderous roar of crashing water and the multicoloured mist which rises above the falls is natural beauty and grandeur at its best. Opportunity to visit the different sides of the falls, plus a choice of jungle excursions, boat trips or a visit to the Brazilian/Paraguayan hydroelectric complex, Itaipu, the world's largest. There is a 28USD entrance fee to Iguaçu National Park.

You will be staying at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Iguaçu Falls activities and excursions
Here are some of the best ways to spend your time in and around Iguacu: fly over the falls by helicopter, visit the Brazil side of the falls by jeep and boat, visit Itaipu on the Brazilian side - the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the falls, wander the forest trails and observe the fabulous flora and fauna, visit the fascinating bird farm on the Brazilian side of the falls. For a very different experience take a night tour of the falls.

You will be staying at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Fly Iguaçu to Salvador

Salvador is the vibrant and historically rich capital of Bahia, overlooking the magnificent Bahia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Bay) on the north-eastern shores of Brazil. One of Brazil’s oldest cities, it was also incredibly wealthy thanks to the cultivation of sugarcane and tobacco which relied heavily on the slave trade. The vast majority of slaves came from Africa and brought their unique culture with them.

African culture dominates every niche of Salvador’s colourful lifestyle from the pulsating rhythm of drums to the spicy aroma of its cuisine, the martial art dance of capoeira, and the incessant need to party! Salvador’s crowning glory is the historical downtown area, the Pelourinho; a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautifully coloured colonial houses and dotted with some of the prettiest churches in the country.

You will be staying at Casa do Amarelindo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Salvador activities and excursions
Time to yourself to relax at your hotel or explore the many sights of the town and the surrounding area. Visit Barra Lighthouse, the colourful Pelourinho district declared in 1985 an UNESCO World Monument, join a full day schooner cruise and see the main sights of All Saints Bay, visit to a choice of museums dedicated to Bahian history, learn and watch Capoeira dancing, evening folkloric shows, or further afield to Praia do Forte or the 17 century port of Cachoeira.

You will be staying at Casa do Amarelindo, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Salvador to Rio de Janeiro

Travel along the Costa Verde from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

A journey of approx four hours.

Paraty is a small colonial port on a stunning stretch of jungle-clad coast two hours drive south of Rio. The beauty of this town is that it has something for everyone: renovated 18th century colonial architecture, shopping for ceramics and other local handicrafts and a varied coastline of sheltered bays, hidden beaches and private islands. There is also a delightful weekend music scene based on a variety of jazz and blues.

This is an idyllic spot in which to experience a taste of authentic Brazil.

You will be staying at Pousada do Ouro, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Paraty choice of activities and excursions
Day at leisure to explore the surrounding area. A few suggestions for this area - take a schooner trip around some of the islands in the bay, visit the many ornate churches, explore the colonial cobbled streets with art galleries and restaurants, trek to waterfalls and along the old historic gold trail or walk to the town beach of Pontal or to Jabaquara beach.

You will be staying at Pousada do Ouro, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

You will be staying at Pousada do Ouro, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Travel along the Costa Verde from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro

A journey of four hours.

Fly Rio de Janeiro to Madrid overnight

Day 12

Fly Madrid to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is a beautifully restored, traditional Portuguese-colonial residence, just a stone's throw away from the mighty Iguaçu Falls....

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Pousada do Ouro

Pousada do Ouro

Pousada do Ouro is a charming colonial guesthouse, with rooms built around paved courtyards full of tropical trees and shrubs....

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Porto Bay Rio Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Janeiro is a contemporary-style hotel directly opposite Copacabana Beach....

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Casa do Amarelindo

Casa do Amarelindo

Casa do Amarelindo is a charming hotel set in a restored 19th century house in the historic Pelourinho area overlooking All Saints Bay....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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