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Brazilian Carnival & Coast Adventure 15D/14N (Rio to Salvador)
Start: Rio de Janeiro / Finish: Salvador da Bahia
Category: Classic Adventure
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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
All Transfers Between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador

Accommodation:
-4N 3* Hotel Monte Alegre in Lapa (Rio)
-2N Buzios
-2N Vitoria
-2N Itaunas
-2N Arraial d Ajuda
-2N Itacare

Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Welcome Briefing Including:
- Welcome Caipirinha Cocktail
- Samba Dance Class

Sunset Boat Cruise Including:
- Lunch
- Open Bar During First Hour

Sunday Sambadrome Parade Including:
- Face Paint and Cocktail
- Brazilian Churrasco BBQ Dinner
- Parade Tickets Sector 12 or 13 (With Group Escort from Accommodation)

Guides On-Hand 24hrs Offering Escorted Outings Daily and Events/Parties Every Night

Portuguese Phrase Sheets / Food & Drinks Sheets

Special Carnival T-Shirts

English & Portuguese speaking Guides who give insider tips and advice throughout the trip

Informal Portuguese lessons offered on the road for those who want them
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Airport Transfers

Other Meals & Drinks

Personal Expenses

Optional Activities

Tips

Visa Fees

Travel Insurance

Optional Extras:
- Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off
- Samba School Add-On
- Sambadrome Sector Upgrade

Pre-Tour Night:
- Dorm 50USD per person, per night
- Single Room 117USD per person, per night
- Double Room 67USD per person, per night
- Triple Room 63USD per person, per night

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Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil! On this 15-day road trip, enjoy Carnival, one of the biggest celebrations on the planet, and discover all the hidden gems between Rio and Salvador, from historic colonial towns to beautiful wonders of nature: wild surf beaches, nature reserves, sand-dunes, and jungles.

Highlights:

  • Party at the best Blocos in Rio and experience the energy of Carnival
  • Explore Rio de Janeiro and enjoy a relaxing boat cruise
  • Enjoy pearl-white beaches and crystal clear waters
  • Take part in jungle trekking, snorkelling & horse riding
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Join us for an unforgettable Carnival experience and road trip from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia!

 

Overview:

Join us in Brazil for an unforgettable 15 days. On Day 1 you will have a welcome briefing before your first night out in Carnival. On Day 2 you will have a morning bloco followed by a sunset boat cruise. On Day 3 partying continues and you experience Sunday’s  Sambadrome Parade. Next on Day 4 enjoy a bloco street party. On Day 5 you will leave Rio and head to Buzios, where you will enjoy a boat cruise. Enjoy a free day in Buzios on Day 6. On Day 7 you will travel from Buzios to Vitoria. Enjoy a free day in Vitoria on Day 8. Day 9 is a travel day, as you will head to Itaunas. Day 10 is an activity-filled day in Itaunas. On Day 11, you will travel to Arraial d’Ajuda. Enjoy a day trip to Trancoso on Day 12. Travel to Itacare on Day 13. Enjoy an activity-filled day in Itacare on Day 14. On Day 15 you will head to either Morro de Sao Paulo Island or Salvador, where your trip will end. Safe travels!

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Friday (09 February): Rio Arrival & Welcome Briefing

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Upon arrival to the airport, please make your way to your accommodations. There is an optional airport transfer option (additional cost) or just hop in a taxi (not included).

Your accommodations are located in Lapa, Rio’s colourful bohemian centre, where many of Carnival’s major events and block parties take place. The neighbourhood is full of samba clubs, theatres, capoeira halls, trendy antique stores house in historical buildings, funky bars, restaurants, cafes, and of course, the famous Lapa Arches! You are free to arrive when you wish, however, keep in mind that check-in is from 2PM on. Our crew will be awaiting your arrival, and will be happy to show you your room, give you local maps, give you insider tips, and take you on an optional orientation walk through the area.

We will meet in the hotel lobby around 5PM for a group meeting, during which you’ll be given a schedule of all your planned events and meeting times. After the meeting, the party starts! The bartender will give you a caipirinha, the perfect Brazilian welcome drink! Brush up on your samba skills in our group samba class, and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can get your face painted! Once you’re ready, it’s time to hit the streets for our first night out in Rio de Janeiro! Our guides will be there with you every step of the way, taking you to all the best parties in town! Tonight is the first official night of Carnival in Rio - the atmosphere will be electric!

Tonight, you’ll have the option to head over to Avenida Presidente Vargas to check out the samba schools (as well as those that booked the “Samba School Add-on”) prepare and party! Make sure you bring your camera - this will be a night you’ll never forget!

Inclusions: Orientation walk, welcome briefing (Caipirinhas and Samba Class included), partying with the samba schools on Av. Presidente Vargas accompanied by guide/s, night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.

*Pre-Tour Night: Please note an optional night is available before the beginning of the tour for an additional cost. We highly recommend that you book an extra night, especially if you’ve travelled a long way to get here, to give you time to recover, settle in and visit more of Rio’s sites before Carnival.

*Airport Pick-Up: Please note an optional airport transfer to your accommodation can be scheduled for an additional cost.

*Shopping Note: Today is the day most shops and big markets will be open in the area. During Carnival it is customary to wear ‘fancy-dress’ costumes to all street parties; so if you haven’t packed any fancy dress items today is the day to go shopping. Our guides can tell you where to go.

*Samba School Add-On: This add-on must be booked and paid before arriving to Rio. You will need to give your costume size (universal small, medium or large) and European shoe size. For those who pre-booked a Samba School Costume, you’re going to be part of the Sambadrome Parade tonight! Your costumes will be delivered to your accommodation room. There will be plenty of time to get ready after our group meeting, caipirinhas and samba class. Once everyone is dressed and prepped, you will be guided to the meeting point on Avenue Presidente Vargas. This will be one to two hours before the school’s scheduled parade time.

*Please note that the costume you will be provided with for the Samba School depends on the theme set by the school you will be dancing with. You could be anything from a clown, an animal or even food. You will surely see more experienced samba dancers in the parade wearing more elaborate and glamorous costumes. Nevertheless, being part of the parade will be a unique and fun experience!

 

Day 2: Saturday (10 February): Morning Bloco & Sunset Boat Party Cruise (B/L)

Our guides will meet you in the morning at breakfast, where they will be more than happy to provide you with information regarding today’s plans.

One of the biggest and most fun “blocos” in Rio de Janeiro - “Céu na Terra” - traditionally performs on Saturday morning in Santa Teresa during Carnival. If you’re feeling up to it, our guides will accompany you down to the party!

This afternoon, we’ll cruise on down to the Marina da Gloria to grab some lunch and then hop on board our magnificent private schooner. We will then spend the next 3-4 hours cruising around Rio’s spectacular Guanabara Bay! On board the schooner there will be bathrooms, music, a dance floor, a chill-out area, snacks, and an open bar for the first hour of the cruise! Returning just after sunset, you’ll have the chance to view the city, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Christ the Redeemer from a different light and angle.

After the boat returns to port, you will have a chance to return to your accommodations, where you can take your time and get ready for another big night out on the town! As always, our guides will be there to explain the various options offered for the night ahead. Have fun!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Lunch, Boat party cruise around Guanabara Bay (1h open bar), Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.

 

Day 3: Sunday (11 February): Pre-Carnival Party & Sunday Sambadrome Parade (B/D)

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel and getting all the insider tips from our trustworthy guides on what to do today, it’s time to head out! You are free to head to the beach, or you may take an optional tour for an additional cost. If you feel like heading to the beach as a group, one of our guides will meet you in the hotel lobby at 10AM and take you on the metro to the best parts of the beaches at Ipanema and/or Leblon.

If you’re feeling ready to party, our ever-helpful guides will be more than happy to accompany you to some of the most vibrant “bloco” street parties happening in the city today!

Tonight our guides will be taking you to the main Carnival event of the week: the Sunday night parade at the Sambadrome! This parade is where all of the city’s best samba schools parade their outrageous floats and costumes down the runway, and we will have a great view of the spectacle from the stands above! We will once again meet in the hotel lobby for included pre-drinks and yet another opportunity to get your face painted. Our professional photographer will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to get dressed up in your very best Carnival-themed attire! Before arriving at the Sambadrome we will grab dinner at one of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous churrasco restaurants to enjoy dinner, giving out bodies the much-needed fuel to last the entire night!

We will be sitting in Sections 12 and 13 of the Sambadrome, located near the end of the runway and known to be one of the liveliest sections, full of fun, rowdy locals! There will not be any fixed seats, just concrete bleachers from where you can stand and cheer as the samba schools arrive at the finish line! Another hidden perk of this section is the potential to salvage an abandoned costume to wear later, as many dancers leave their costumes behind after the parade!

Alternatively, you have the option to upgrade to another section for a closer view and a less rowdy crowd at an additional cost.

You’ll see that the local Cariocas really support their samba school (similar to supporting a football team!) with lots of singing and dancing. They know ALL the words to the ‘anthems’. It is a wonderful local experience and one that goes on until the wee hours of the morning!

Inclusions: Breakfast, Group trip to the beach, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s, Sambadrome Parade Tickets Sectors 12-13 with group escort to and from accommodation with pre-drinks, face-painting and All-you-can-eat Brazilian Churrasco BBQ dinner.

*City Tour Note: Please note you can book an optional city tour for this morning for an additional cost.

*Sambadrome Sector Upgrade: If you wish to get closer to the parade and get a better view you have the option of purchasing an upgrade for an additional cost. You will still have a guide accompanying you if you choose to upgrade.

 

Day 4: Monday (12 February): Bloco Street Party & Group Beach Trip (B)

Once again, our guides will be downstairs to greet you during breakfast and give you all the insider information regarding the day’s best options. Don’t be too worried if you are feeling tired - there will definitely be many of you wanting a free day in order to recover from last night’s madness!

If you’re feeling like the champion you are, there is an option to go to one of the city’s BEST “blocos” - Sergeant Pepper’s Bloco. This party is a Beatles-themed party, featuring over 100 samba percussionists. Drinks, hats, and water pistols included! Be sure to wear your swim suits underneath your clothes and, if it’s a sunny day, don’t forget your sunscreen!

If you’re feeling the beach today, our guides will be more than happy to escort you straight from the “bloco” to the world-famous Copacabana beach. After relaxing on the beach, we will watch the sun set over the Dois Irmãos mountains from Arpoador Rock, clapping with the locals as the sun disappears over the horizon. For those that wish to stay in Rio de Janerio’s southern zone, there will most likely be night markets and parties in Copacabana that our guides will direct you to.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Bloco street party accompanied by guide/s (drinks, hats & water-pistols included), Beach Excursion to Copacabana beach & Arpoador Sunset, Night out in Rio accompanied by guide/s.

 

Day 5: Tuesday (13 February): Rio de Janeiro – Arraial do Cabo – Buzios (B)

Our Carnival adventure officially finishes after breakfast today. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Rio bright and early for the 2.5hr drive to Arraial do Cabo, where our boat will be waiting to take us on a relaxing cruise around the bay islands. Described as the Caribbean of Brazil, you’ll be dazzled by pearl-white beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant sea-life. We often spot penguins, turtles and even whales.

This is an included half-day trip with food and drinks offered on-board. Plenty of swimming, snorkelling (optional) and sun-bathing, with 3 beach stops in total. It’s then only a 40 minute drive from Arraial do Cabo to Buzios where we stay for 2 nights.

Buzios was once a quiet fishing village until French movie star Brigitte Bardot turned up in the 1960s. It wasn’t long before Mick Jagger, Madonna, and all of Rio’s ‘beautiful people’ followed and nowadays Buzios is considered one of the coolest, hippest and most sophisticated beach towns this side of the equator.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Arraial do Cabo boat trip. Bring spending money for drinks and lunch.

 

Day 6: Wednesday (14 February) Free Day in Buzios (B)

Free day to explore the surrounding beaches. Hiring a beach buggy is a good way to do this. You might also want to check out some of the many chic boutique shops. Buzios is the best place in Brazil to buy bikinis. Buzios is also known for its great variety of restaurants, bars and awesome nightclubs!

Tonight we will enjoy a delicious BBQ prepared at the hostel the Brazilian way. Afterwards, if we still have enough energy, we might just have to sample some of that famous nightlife Buzios is known for!

Inclusions: Brazilian BBQ (churrasco) dinner

 

Day 7: Thursday (15 February) Buzios - Vitoria (B)

Today we set out on our first and longest drive (approx. 7 hrs) up the coast to the city of Vitoria, the capital of Espirito Santo State. Founded in 1551, built on the largest island of an archipelago of 33 islets joined by landfills and bridges, the city itself consists of colonial buildings, ports, beaches, tree-lined streets and a fine seafront promenade six kilometres long – perfect for jogging, biking or walking.

Tonight we’ll take you to Vitoria’s most lively restaurant and nightlife area for a night out Brazilian-style. You’ll be hard-pressed to see many foreigners!

 

Day 8: Friday (16 February) Vitoria Free Day (B)

Today we have a full free day to explore the city of Vitoria and its surroundings. Options range from visiting some impressive waterfalls and lakes, catching some rays at the beach or perhaps visiting the Penha Convent located high up on a hill in the old part of the city, offering fantastic views over the entire archipelago.

 

Day 9: Saturday (17 February) Vitoria - Itaunas (B)

From Vitoria it’s another 5 hours or so to our next destination, Itaunas; a colourful little town located on the banks of the Itaunas River. If you walk over the bridge to the other side of the river you’ll find yourself inside a huge ecological reserve made up of sand-dunes up to 30m high, wild ocean beaches, mangroves, flooded forests and a huge variety of flora and fauna. They say the old town (which apparently existed sometime before the 1950s) was located 1km closer to the ocean, but is now completely covered by sand. See if you can spot the old church tower poking out above the dunes.

Itaunas also happens to be a huge centre for forro music, which is probably the most popular and easy-to- learn dances of Brazil – yes, even more than samba! The National Festival of Forro is held here every year, attracting thousands of Brazilians.

This evening you will be shown how to make the perfect Brazilian caipirinha cocktail, along with some serious taste-testing. Take your pick: mango, pineapple, passion-fruit, or the most popular and traditional of all, lime. We’ll also offer you a Brazilian forro dance class (while drinking the caipirinhas)! This should fully prepare us for a night of partying with the locals, under the star-filled skies of Itaunas…

Inclusions: Caipirinha cocktail making and tasting class & Forro dance class (if you choose to take it).

 

Day 10: Sunday (18 February) Activity Day around Itaunas (B)

Loads of activities on offer, most of them inside the ecological reserve. We recommend horse riding along the endless, wild beaches all the way to the border of Espirito Santo and Bahia - where the mouth of the river divides the 2 states. Other cool activities include; mountain bike riding, hiking, sand-buggying, canoeing & kayaking down the river spotting wildlife along the way. Chances to see capivaras, otters, turtles, monkeys, sloths, lizards, lots of birds and perhaps a jaguatirica cat if very lucky!

Inclusions: River kayaking / canoeing (if you don’t want your own, the guide will take you in a canoe)

 

Day 11: Monday (19 February) Itaunas – Arraial d’Ajuda (B)

Today we cross into Bahia - land of palm trees, paradise and so much more! Once again it’s about 6 hrs drive. Where we’re headed to tonight is only a short distance away from the exact place where Brazil was first ‘discovered’ back in 1500, where the very first indigenous people were encountered and where Brazil’s fascinating history all began… It all started here. Tonight we’ll introduce you to some of Bahia’s best street food! And street cocktails…

 

Day 12: Tuesday (20 February) Day trip to Trancoso (B)

For those keen, we will walk for 3-4 hours all the way along the beach to the quaint little town of Trancoso. The timing of this walk will depend on the tides, but we’ll try to arrive in time for lunch. Since the establishment of Trancoso in the 16th Century hardly anything has changed. The town has a beautiful ‘Quadrado’, a long grassy square with a little whitewashed church at the far end overlooking the dramatic coastline below. Lining the quadrado are colourful little Portuguese houses. A photographer’s dream! Later, we return by bus to Arraial and go out for another night on the town!

Inclusions: Half day beach walk to Trancoso, surrounding beaches

 

Day 13:  Wednesday (21 February) Arraial d’Ajuda - Itacare

Back on the road, we continue our travels north up the coast. It’s an easy 5.5 hour drive to Itacare (beautiful scenery), with plenty of time to visit the Ilheus chocolate factory along the way and still make it to Itacare in time for sunset and drinks on the beach!

Itacare is an incredible tropical destination, featuring coconut-fringed beaches, tropical rainforest, waterfalls, adventure sports and some of the best surfing and capoeira in the world! You won’t be disappointed in the nightlife either… Itacare is known for its live reggae music and nightly parties.

Inclusions: Visit to chocolate factory en-route

 

Day 14: Thursday (22 February) Itacare Activity Day (B)

Itacare has always been popular with Brazilians, but the word is only just getting out internationally. There are only a few places in the world where nature has been so generous, offering such diverse attractions in one single place.

Today you will be taken on an included excursion to what is known as the ‘lost’ or ‘hidden’ beach. To get to the stunning beach of Prainha we must hike through the rainforest for 40mins… passing by various cascades and streams. On the way back, if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll have the option to go on a jungle (zip-line) canopy tour. Nb. Surfers should bring their boards today. Prainha has great waves!

Later, we will offer you a free capoeira lesson on the beach closest to the town centre. Your instructor, is one of the most respected capoeiristas and teachers of this Afro-Brazilian martial arts, now embraced as a national sport and practiced by over 60 million Brazilians – young and old.

Inclusions: Guided jungle trek to Prainha Beach & Capoeira class (all levels)

 

Day 15: Friday (23 February) Itacare – Morro OR Salvador (B)

Today’s drive first takes us 2.5 hours to the small town of Valenca, from where you can take a boat over to Morro de Sao Paulo Island. Morro - a place where there’s not a care in the world. The only thing you’ll have to think about here is which drink to order at the beach cocktail stands.

If, however, you’re on a bit of a time limit, you might prefer to continue another couple of hours straight up to Salvador. You will be taken to the accommodation of your choice and the trip will end this evening. A briefing will be given on Morro, Salvador and the Salvador area and your guide will be ready to give you all the tips and advice you need if you’re lucky enough to be continuing your travels, or staying longer in Bahia! Safe travels!

 
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Departure Times

17:00

Duration
15 days.

Departure Point
Accommodation Pick-up in Rio de Janeiro

Arrival Point
Accommodation Drop-off in Salvador de Bahia or Valenca (Morro de Sao Paulo Island)

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Please contact Bamba Experience at go@bambaexperience.com to receive your trip details at least 1 week prior to your day of departure.

Visa Reminder: Remember to check the visa requirements for your nationality at least 2 months prior to departure. It is your responsibility to assure you have the proper travel documents for entry to Brazil.

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BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL & COAST ADVENTURE 15D/14N (RIO TO SALVADOR) - HOSTEL DORM
You will be staying in a hostel dorm, except for your time in Rio de Janeiro where you will be staying in a 3* hotel.
Price per person: USD2,298 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 1
BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL & COAST ADVENTURE 15D/14N (RIO TO SALVADOR) - TWIN
You will be staying in a shared twin room with your travel partner, except for your time in Rio de Janeiro where you will be staying in a 3* hotel.
Price per person: USD3,074 USD
Minimum number of passengers: 2

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