Salvador Beach Holiday
Salvador de Bahia beaches are so stretched out that some of them have no names. Seeing from the sky they shine like gold, surrounded by the sea and the green Atlantic rainforest. The closest beach to town is Farol de Barra, a popular weekend hangout for the city’s inhabitants. Beyond the lighthouse, is Itapuã Beach with natural pools and white sand. Further north, Stella Maris and Flamengo beaches, with good waves attract surfers.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro. Visit its highlight destinations such as Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. Salvador da Bahia is known for a mix of stunning colonial buildings, beautiful beaches, cobbled streets, African culture and pulsating musical rhythms. Travel to Marau near Itacare with the best stretch of beaches on the eastern coast.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY SALVADOR BEACH HOLIDAY…
And, take a private Samba Dance Class in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio De Janeiro, Salvador, Marau
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach. This afternoon, your orientation begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches. Bottle of champagne in the room to celebrate your first night in Rio.
Overnight at Fasano.
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro With your private guide and driver, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below.
The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train which zigzags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where it’s possible see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views. You will have lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, a 100 year old Tea Room / Restaurant (closed Saturdays afternoon, Sundays and public holidays) that has been kept in pristine conditions and it is a pleasure to enjoy. It is one of the most traditional restaurants in Rio and it is part of the city's cultural heritage.
Overnight at Fasano (B, D)
Day 3 – Rio Cuisine & Samba
Rio de Janeiro Samba Dance Class at the prestigious dancing school of Carlinhos deJesus. Rio de Janeiro is the birthplace of samba. It's impossible to resist the most Brazilian of all beats. You listen to it, and before you notice your feet are tapping, your fingers snapping! If only you knew how to dance it the way locals do... Well, you can. With a 2-hour lesson you’ll be ready to do the basic samba steps and body movements, and before you know it you will be dancing really well!
Tonight dinner will be at Rio Scenarium which if there was an award for most beautiful bar, it would certainly deserve it. Located in a renovated warehouse on the edge of Lapa, it is an antique store-turned-bar which serves a wide range of seafood and traditional Brazilian dishes. There is also a stage on the main floor where live Brazilian samba and choro bands will be playing as well as dance floor in case you want to samba the night away. This is the perfect place to practice the moves you learnt earlier today.
Overnight at Fasano (B, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Salvador Morning at leisure to relax on the beach or linger at sidewalk cafes or take in an optional tour. In the afternoon, fly to Salvador, where Brazil was born and her early history remains, both in colonial monuments and African folk culture. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo(B)
Day 5 – Historical tour
Salvador Your morning historical tour of Salvador ventures from the colonialera slave auction site and grandiose baroque Sao Francisco Church, to the newer Upper City. Check-out and transfer to the Salvador airport. At13:30 you will take a 35 minute flight to Kiaroa Resort – awarded in 2007as the Brazil's Leading Boutique Hotel by the World Travel Awards.
Welcome drink and accommodation 5 nights on the peninsula. This is an exclusive property designed for your pleasure with SPA, gourmet gastronomy and pleasant activities surrounded by luxury, comfort and privacy. Your stay includes a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket, a feet ritual session at Armonia Spa, a jeep tour and a candle light dinner.
Overnight at Kiaroa (B, D)
Day 6-10 – Sun & Beach
Marau Full days at leisure to relax. Perhaps take one the Boat and land optional tours available.
Overnight at Kiaroa (B, D).
Day 11 – Transfer
Salvador Transfer to the airport for your transfer back to Salvador at 12:30 - note that airport is located inside the resort. Arrive at Salvador airport and transfer to Convento do Carmo for your last night in Brazil. Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Salvador Transfer to the airport to Rio airport to connect to your overnight flight back home. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.