Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
RIO DE JANEIRO | CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN
This morning, journey up Corcovado Mountain for a spectacular glimpse of Rio, and an up-close look at the majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Relax with an afternoon at leisure.
RIO DE JANEIRO | ICONIC BEACHES & SUGARLOAF SUNSET
Begin with a leisurely cycling tour of Rio’s iconic beaches, including Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Pause at a local fruit stand to sample some exotic varieties you may not have encountered before. Later in the afternoon, ride by cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain, where you toast the sunset and drink in the amazing views.
IGUAZU FALLS | POWERFUL CASCADES
Fly to Iguazu Falls and transfer to your hotel situated just a short walk from the cascades. This afternoon, explore the Brazilian side of the falls, enjoying panoramic views and venturing out on a catwalk suspended over the cataracts.
IGUAZU FALLS | THE DEVIL’S THROAT
Today, discover the Argentine side of the falls by train, taking in spectacular views of the falls as well as the tropical flora and fauna. After lunch, proceed to a catwalk above the lush basin called the Devil’s Gorge.
BRASILIA | ARCHITECTURE OF THE CAPITAL
Fly to Brasilia this morning. Upon arrival, take in the city’s iconic architecture, including Our Lady of Fatima Church, Belvedere TV Tower, Three Powers Square, Metropolitan Cathedral, JK Memorial, National Congress and University of Brasília. Later this evening, enjoy dinner at a local churrascaaria (barbecue) restaurant.
BRASILIA & SALVADOR | DISCOVERY & CELEBRATION
After breakfast, explore Brasilia’s Central Bank Museum, Federal Savings Building, and Itamaraty Palace (State Department). Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to historic Salvador, Brazil’s former capital. Later this evening, gather for a lively Bahia musical performance, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
SALVADOR | COLONIAL ECHOES
Take in the largest assemblage of colonial architecture in Latin America as you stroll the cobbled lanes of the Pelourinho, or town center. Discover a pastel canvas of brightly painted stucco and terra cotta tiles, exploring São Francisco Church and the Municipal Square. Next, sample a distinctive local sugar cane spirit — the national drink of Brazil, cachaça. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
SALVADOR | FLAVORS & RHYTHMS OF BAHIA
Continue your exploration of Bahia culture, sampling the eclectic blend of Mediterranean, African, Latin and Asian flavors that define this regional cuisine. Begin at the bustling São Joaquim market, gathering ingredients for a Chef’s Table experience featuring a flavorful local dish, moqueca. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the rhythms of Bahia, a percussive regional music that drives the pulse of the city. A local expert guides you through the finer points of this influential sound, leading an upbeat and interactive performance.
This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Flightsee Rio by Helicopter
Take off on a 10-minute private helicopter tour, affording a bird’s-eye view of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest and Christ the Redeemer.
Go Behind the Scenes at Iguazu Bird Park
Partake in a private, behind-the-scenes experience at Iguazu Bird Park before it opens to the public. As you meet with a park biologist, learn about the reserve and the species it cares for, and help feed flamingos and toucans.
Blend Your Own Caipirinha
Join an expert mixologist to learn how to craft your own caipirinha, an iconic Brazilian cocktail mixing sugar lime and the distinctive national spirit, cachaça. Once you’ve mastered the legendary caipirinha, try your hand at mixing other creations using local fruits, spices and spirits.
Go Backstage at Carnival
Get a taste of Rio’s Carnival culture with a tour that takes you backstage to see the construction process of costumes and floats. Then, enjoy a chance to dress up in Carnival costumes, learn some samba moves and join a percussion class.