On our custom Cities, Islands, Wine and Waterfalls Brazil Tour , see the highlights of one of the most vibrant cities in the world in Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the natural beauty and incredible beaches on the island paradise of Florianopolis, tour Brazil’s most famous wine region founded by Italian immigrants in Vale dos Vinhedos, take in one of the world’s most impressive expanse of waterfalls in Iguazu falls (Foz de Iguacu) and experience the enormous, economic hub of Brazil in Sao Paulo, all in one 13 day trip. During the duration of your Brazil vacation, stay in our incredible Hand Picked Accommodations which we have partnered with to best serve you.
Situated between lush, Atlantic Rainforest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has an allure like no other. Rio’s passion and zeal are instantly felt upon arrival as a result of the Carioca’s way of life, where every day seems like a celebration. While large-scale festivities such as Carnaval make Rio famous, there are countless occasions to enjoy all year long; Saturday at Ipanema Beach where some of the the bikini clad Brazilians bask in the tropical sun, a party in Lapa, football at Maracanã, tranquil bossa nova music at a Santa Teresa cafe or an impromptu samba circle on the sidewalks of Leblon or Copacabana. The spectacular landscape is another of Rio’s virtues. Majestic peaks, golden beaches and deep blue sea offer a range of adventure. Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugarloaf are just the beginning of Rio’s wonderful offerings, ride great surf breaks, trek through Tijuca’s rainforest or hike up Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Hill) for one of the most impressive views of the city. Rio de Janeiro is a must for your Brazil Tour.
Florianopolis is an extraordinary, unique and diverse island that offers an array of attractions in an area that is less than 70 kilometers (44 miles) long. The west side of the isle consists of a thriving Brazilian city that has one of the highest standards of living in the country while the rest is mostly unspoiled nature, pristine seaside towns and beaches. The island has a vibrant and varied coastline. There is the resort, party vibe of the northern beaches of Praia de Jurere & Praia dos Ingleses. To the east you will find some of the best surf beaches in Brazil with great kite surfing nearby as well at Praia do Santinho and Praia Mole. Further south, there are the the calm, end of the road, cliff hugging, fishing villages, Campeche, Armação, Pantano do Sul and Costa de Dentro. On the mainland, just a short drive across the bridge brings you to one of Brazil’s swankiest and most sophisticated seaside towns, Praia do Rosa, which has been recognized as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. The town has chic restaurants, incredible surf breaks, a stretch of beach where models/photo shoots are a normal occurrence and majestic whale watching as well. However, it’s not only beaches that the region has to offer. The protected pine forest shelters the east coast, while the sand dunes near Praia da Joaquina create a mini desert like landscape. The mountains that run down the center of the island, covered with Mata Atlântica (Atlantic rain forest), drops precipitously down to the lovely Lagoa da Conceição (Lake Concecicao). Florianopolis offers the best of both worlds on one island…A flourishing metropolis that is the cultural capital of southern Brazil with some of the most famous nightlife/parties in the country and the stunning natural geography, including all of its 42 beaches within an hour drive. Florianopolis’ diversity makes it a must see for your South Brazil Tour!
Vale dos Vinhedos is Brazil’s largest and most important wine region. It accounts for almost 90% of Brazil’s fine wine production and is an up and coming location on the international wine scene. In the late 1800s influxes northern Italian immigrants came to southern Brazil where they put down roots in the area’s rolling hills. The landscape has a striking similarity to the Piedmont wine region which could be the reason they were able to seamlessly transfer their agricultural expertise from Italy to Brazil, where they now grow a variety of both red and white grapes. The red varietals include: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Ancellotta, Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional and Teroldego. White grapes include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Muscat, Malvasia and Glera. Vale dos Vinhedo’s sparkling wines are produced in dry and sweet styles, and are among Brazil’s more sought-after bottles. Vale dos Vinhedos’ rich, green knolls, dotted with wineries, hotels and restaurants specializing in Brazilian Italian fusion cuisine are a perfect place to explore, taste and become acquainted with Brazil’s steadily growing wine culture. If you are a wine lover, Vale dos Vinhedos is highly recommended for your South Brazil Tour.
Iguazu falls is one of the most expansive collections of waterfalls on planet earth. Its spectacular setting inside the protected Foz de Iguacu National Park, surrounded by Atlantic Rainforest and a rich array of flora and fauna make this one of Brazi’s most frequented and famous attractions. It is a truly impressive scene to see, touch, hear and feel as the water plunges down into the pools below. The nearby city of Foz do Iguacu has a thriving culinary scene and happening night life for you to enjoy after sunset. Iguazu falls can’t be missed on your South Brazil Tour.
Sao Paulo is an enormous metropolis, a sea of never ending buildings with an estimated twenty million inhabitants, making it the third largest city in the world. Sampa, as the city is affectionately known, is Brazil’s economic hub and a true melting of pot of races. The diverse cultural offerings are supported by Brazil’s biggest and best-educated middle class and further enriched by hundreds of distinct ethnic groups: including the largest population of Italian descendants outside Italy, the largest community of Japanese decent outside Japan, and a significant Arab community consisting mostly of Lebanese and Syrian immigration. There are over million people of German heritage and sizable, Armenian, Greek, Korean, Chinese, Lithuanian, Polish and Hungarian Populations as well. Sao Paulo also has the largest openly gay community in all of Latin America. The cheer numbers of the city are astonishing: Foodies will be delighted with the 12,500 gourmet restaurants, covering 52 types of cuisine. Art/history buffs will have no shortage of attractions with 150 museums and cultural centers. Theater lovers can attend the 420 cinemas and show houses. SP’s bar/club scene is 24/7 and among the best on the continent with over 15,000 to choose from. Sampa has a round-the-clock energy similar to New York or London. As a result of the overwhelming size of the city, no matter who you are or what you are looking for, you can find it in Sao Paulo. If you are a lover of mega cities, don’t miss Sao Paulo on your Brazil Tour.
Start your Cities, Islands, Wine and Waterfalls Brazil Tour on arrival at the Rio de Janeiro airport. Our tour representative will be waiting for you to escort you to our hand selected hotel to fit your preferences. Embrace the lively carioca lifestyle by going for a stroll along the boardwalk, relaxing on Ipanema Beach, going shopping, or people-watching. For dinner, enjoy a typical Brazilian BBQ meal at one of Rio’s most delicious Churrascaria restaurants included in your tour.
After a fresh Brazilian breakfast at the hotel, your English speaking guide will pick you up by air conditioned coach for a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro. First head up to Sugar Loaf Mountain, a granite peak that towers over Guanabara Bay and is right in the midst of the city. Take the cable car ride to the top of Urca Mountain. The views of the city, the ocean and the jungle covered peaks are truly amazing. Then ascend the most famous peak in Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado Mountain where the iconic “Christ the Redeemer” statue sits on top, gazing with outstretched arms they city. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s incredible natural terrain as well as close-ups of the statue. Finish your trip in Tijuca National Forest, a protected national reserve that is situated right in the heart of the city. Its a lush portion of Atlantic rain forest with a huge variety of wild animals. In terms of territory, the park represents 7% of the whole city and is considered to be the lungs of Rio. See the parks attractions like the Taunay`s waterfalls and with a bit of luck, monkeys as well as many species of birds can be spotted along the way. The evening is free to relax, stroll the promenade, go shopping, watch the Rio locals in their element and try one of several top notch restaurants nearby.
After yesterday’s ground tour of the city, today see Rio de Janeiro form the air by Helicopter. The 1 hour long flight will provide you unimpeded, spectacular views of: Jacarepaguá airport, Barra da Tijuca forest, São Conrado, Rocinha Slum, Vidigal Slum, Leblon, Ipanema, Arpoador, Copacabana Fort, Copacabana beach, Sugar Loaf, Niteroi city ( Mac Musem, Ferryboat Station and Icaraí beach), Rio- Niterói bridge, Santos Dumont airport, Downtown Rio, Sambadrome (where the largest carnival in the world takes place, Maracanã Stadium ( Brazi’s largest soccer stadium and home to the 2014 world cup final) Corcovado Mountain (the Statue of Christ), Alto da Boa Vista, Barra da Tijuca. Panamerican Games Village, 2016 Olimpic Games Village. Spend the afternoon at your leisure and tonight, try one of our Rio de Janeiro nightlife tours. Enjoy the best cuisine the city has to offer, a fascinating cultural event, a live musical permormance or dance samba at one of the city’s original samba houses in the Lapa neighborhood.
After breakfast at your hotel you will be whisked away by private air conditioned coach to the airport where you will take the short flight to Florianopolis. On the other end, our tour representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hand picked hotel. Take the afternoon to get to know your gorgeous surroundings on your own and this evening’s included dinner can be enjoyed overlooking the water.
Eat an extravagant breakfast at your hotel in preparation for a full day Florianopolis tour. Today our bilingual tour guide will take you by private, air conditioned coach to see the diverse array of natural beauty that the region has to offer: the laid back streets of Lagao de Concecao, the dunes of Praia da Joaquina, the crashing surf breaks of Praia Mole, the artistic and ecological minded town of Campeche, as well as the authentic end of the road fishing villages of the south, Armação, Pântano do Sul and Costa de Dentro. A freshly caught lunch is included at one of Floripa’s most appetizing seafood restaurants. Enjoy the evening at your leisure or opt for our Florianopolis nightlife tour to experience some of the best restaurants and nightclubs Brazil has to offer.
Today, after breakfast, our tour representative will transfer you to the chic beach village of Praia do Rosa for check in at our hand picked hotel. After you are situated in your accommodations, prepare for today’s Praia do Rosa tour. The specific route will depend on the time of year you are visiting. From June-October the majestic Southern Right Whales return to Praia do Rosa to breed. We recommend a thrilling whale watching tour by boat with the region’s ecologically certified guides to observe these impressive creatures in their natural habitat. Should your trip be outside this time frame, your guide will take you by air conditioned coach on a tour of the area’s popular attractions, as well as some of the hidden gems. Bask in the sun with the beautiful crowd on the beaches of Praia do Rosa, stop to take a swim at the more secluded beaches accessed by short trail near Imbituba & Garopaba. Visit the lovely bohemian, river mouth, surf town of Guada do Embau. Admire the mountain view points along Caminho do Rei and recharge with a delectable lunch included in this Brazil tour.
Power up with a delicious Brazilian breakfast to prepare for a travel day. Our tour representative will transfer you by air conditioned coach to Brazil’s most famous wine region, Vale dos Vinhedos. Head Southwest on the interstate BR 101 to the neighboring state of Rio Grande do Sul where you will pass through the gorgeous Serra Gaucha mountain range with its forested hillsides and rocky cliffs, often sparkling with waterfalls. Stop in the lovely town of Gramado which Is tucked away in the hills and has the feel of a swiss mountain village. Take a short Gramado city tour and enjoy the included, irresistible lunch at one of area’s best eateries. From here, its just 2 short hours to arrive at your hand selected hotel overlooking the vineyards in Vale dos Vinhedos. Spend the rest of the evening sipping wine on the pleasant grounds of the vineyard. Tonight’s dinner at the onsite restaurant is included. Don’t worry, your Cities, Islands, Wine and Waterfalls Brazil Tour is not even half way over, there is much more to come!
After breakfast your bilingual Brazil tour guide will pick you up for a your Vale dos Vinehedos wine tasting tour to try the region’s diverse wines and gastronomic delights. Taste the most internationally respected Brazilian wines, the sparkling wines of Garibaldi. See how the whole process takes place from grape to bottle, by visiting the best sparkling wine producers in Brazil: Vinícola Chandon, Peterlongo, George Aubert, Garibaldi, Courmayeur, Rossoni e Adolfo Lona Vinhos. In Pinto Bandeiras, go even higher into the hills and taste how the flavor of the grapes changes with the increased elevation at Don Giovanni Vinhedos amongst others. Pair the wines with local, artisan cheeses, jellies and chocolates throughout the day in preparation for a wonderful Italian meal from one of the region’s most highly touted chefs, included.
After breakfast at your hotel, our Brazil Tour representative will transfer you by air conditioned coach to the Porto Alegre airport where you will catch the short flight to Foz de Iguacu. On the other end, our driver will be waiting to take you to your, beautiful accommodations. Take the afternoon to laze around the pool, play a round of golf if that suits you, dine in one of the on property restaurants, or opt for a Foz de Iguacu nightlife tour for amazing food, drinks and dancing. Simply let us know that you are interested and we can arrange everything in advance.
After breakfast our bilingual Brazil tour guide will meet you at your hotel to show you the remarkable attractions in the region. Today your first stop will be Foz de Iguacu National Park to experience the might of these waterfalls first hand. The park features catwalks built in an ecological fashion to minimize human’s effect on this pristine area and also give you unimpeded views of the waterfalls from several different angles. The main attraction of the park is Garganta do Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the Iguazu river suddenly drops off over 65 meters (213 feet) into the canyon below. If you wish to feel the waterfall’s mist on your face, take an exciting inflatable raft ride with certified guides right next to the water crashing down. After seeing the park on foot, one with the tropical foliage you will then get to see an aerial view of the falls and the park by helicopter. If birding, flora and fauna are your thing, there is a protected part of the park specifically designed for viewing the wide, colorful array of plants, birds and other native creatures. Included in the tour is a meal at a magnificent restaurant offering international cuisine from the European trained chef with an amazing view of the Iguazu River. Spend the evening relaxing on the grounds of your accommodation or opt for a Iguazu nightlife tour. There are also kayaking, hiking, repelling and rafting trips available for those who are interested during the day. Simply let us know your preferences and we can get everything prearranged for you.
After breakfast our Brazil Tour representative will transfer you by air conditioned coach to the airport for the short flight to the mega city of Sao Paulo. On the other end in SP, our driver will be waiting at the airport to take you to your hand selected accommodations. Tonight’s mouth watering dinner at your on property restaurant is included. For a Sao Paulo nightlife culture tour, just let us you know you are interested and we can prearrange all the details.
After breakfast, our bilingual guide will take you by private, air conditioned coach on a Sao Paulo city tour where he/she can help you wrap your head around one of the 5 largest cities in the world. Today you will see the most essential attractions of the city as well as some lesser knows ones including: Casa da Marquesa de Santos (church), Catedral de Se (cathedral), Sao Paulo Art Museum, Museum of Brazilian Football/Soccer, Murumbi Staduim, the home of Sao Paulo Football Club, Praca da Republica (city plaza) and Parque do Ibirapuera (city park), Mercado Municipal de Sao Paulo (Municipal Market), Avenida Paulista (Paulista Avenue), Murumbi neighborhood and shopping center, Liberdade neighborhood, as well as a few beautiful panoramic views of the city and an included delicious lunch at DOM, rated the 6th best restaurant in the world. Spend the evening at your leisure, or if you want to go out with a bang, opt for a Sao Paulo nightlife tour to explore the endless array of top notch restaurants, fascinating cultural events and happening bars/clubs. Please let us know and we can prearrange everything for you.
At check out from your accommodations, our Brazil tour representative will transfer you by air conditioned coach to the Sao Paulo International Airport for your flight back home. If you are not ready for your Cities, Islands, Wine and Waterfalls Brazil Tour to end, choose to extend your trip or combine it with any of our other Custom Brazil Vacations.
The perfect, personalized Brazil vacation, tailor made to your unique preferences.