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Brazil's Colonial Treasures
Best time to go: January to April, September to December
11 Nights | from £4,875pp
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Transport yourself back into Brazil's colourful colonial history when the Portuguese created cities and towns from the riches of slave trading and diamond mining. After days exploring the cobbled streets and churches of these fine cities, relax on the coast.
Day 1 - London/Rio
Fly to Rio where you will be met in the morning and driven to your hotel in Santa Teresa, one of Rio's oldest bohemian districts. This afternoon your private guide will accompany you on a cable car ride to Sugar Loaf Mountain, offering spectacular views of the city and Guanabara Bay. You may also like an optional helicopter ride over this incredible landscape.
Day 2 - Rio
In the morning visit the towering Corcovado Mountain to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and then discover Tijuca, the world's largest urban rainforest.
Day 3 - Rio
Explore the city of Petropolis today, once the summer residence of the imperial family of Brazil. This attractive mountain resort is famous for its museum and fine architecture.
Day 4 - Rio/Ouro Preto
Fly to Belo Horizonte, then drive towards the colonial jewel of Ouro Preto. Stop en route to tour the pretty town of Congonhas, one of the most important towns during the gold rush of the 18th century. Arrive at your beautiful colonial hotel in Ouro Preto close to the main square and stroll its beautiful cobbled streets and head to the Church of St Francis of Assisi and the museum.
Day 5 - Ouro Preto
Take a walking tour of Ouro Preto , exploring some of its highlights with your guide. Then head out to the village of Mariana, a delightful colonial town built on the riches of gold deposits, once so abundant they could be picked up from the riverbed. Explore the cathedral, the Minas Gerais Plaza and the art museum of this National Heritage Town.
Day 6 - Ouro Preto
The day is yours to explore the town of Ouro Preto from your small boutique hotel or we can arrange further excursions to nearby towns and villages.
Day 7 - Ouro Preto/Salvador
Fly north to the state of Bahia and enjoy two nights at Convento do Carmo, a converted monastery located in central Salvador, one of Brazil's most vibrant cities.
Day 8 - Salvador
This morning, tour the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site combining a wealth of colonial architecture with a vibrant African influence.
Day 9 - Salvador/Trancoso
Fly south to Porto Seguro and drive to the hip coastal town of Trancoso, often visited by Brazil's own elite.This charming town with its large main square is a very relaxed place to unwind for a few days away from the hustle and bustle.
Day 10-11 - Trancoso
The only boutique hotel set within the historic 'village green'(the Quadrado) of Trancoso, Uxua Casa Hotel has become the hotel of choice in this beautiful seaside village. Relax by the beach or enjoy any number of activities from seakayaking to capoeira lessons.
Day 12 - Trancoso/London
Return to Porto Seguro to fly via Sao Paulo back to the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 11 night suggested journey in Brazil will cost from £4,875 per person based on two adults sharing with flights from the UK and subject to availability.
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Best time to be there
Before you visit Brazil decide what you want to see: Brazil is a continental country, with large temperature variations from north to south. Visit the Pantanal from July to December, the Amazon Jungle from March to August, Rio de Janeiro from September to May and the Northeast year round.
Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro (British Airways)
14 hours 15 minutes
GMT -3 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area