Brazil: A Cultural Odyssey - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

Welcome to Brazil where vibrant cultures meet hypnotic rhythms and where natural wonders range from beautiful coastlines and tropical forest to thundering waterfalls.

Journey Overview

Welcome to Brazil where vibrant cultures meet hypnotic rhythms and where natural wonders range from beautiful coastlines and tropical forest to thundering waterfalls. The country’s energy is infectious and you’ll be mesmerised by cosmopolitan cities which overflow with eye-catching colonial and modernist architecture, by its music and dance and its rich culinary heritage. On this journey discover the beach vibe in Rio and Paraty, admire the work of Brazil’s leading architects and designers in vibrant São Paulo and Brasilia, savour the ethnic flavour of Salvador, bed down in the country’s leading hotels and dine out on the fresh flavours of Brazilian cuisine.

Journey Highlights

  • View Rio from on high when you visit the Statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf
  • Meander through Paraty’s charming colonial streets
  • Explore São Paulo’s vibrant and fascinating cultural and architectural elements
  • Marvel at the sheer power and noise of the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls
  • Come into contact with hundreds of species of birds during a private backstage bird encounter
  • Wander Salvador’s cobblestone alleys and uncover fascinating Portuguese colonial architecture
  • Witness the mesmerizing sound and dance of the Bahia Folklore Company
  • Stroll through enticing markets with a local chef selecting ingredients for a cooking workshop

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro.

A warm welcome to Brazil and marvellous Rio where your elegant beachfront hotel awaits. Join your Tour Director this evening for a briefing on the adventure ahead and dinner.
Belmond Copacabana Palace | Meals: D

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro | Carnival to Corcovado.

Today venture by cog-wheel train to the summit of Corcovado Mountain crowned by the 30-metre-high Statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. From beneath Christ’s outstretched arms, soak up the extraordinary panorama of Rio’s mountains, rainforest and coastline and on the way back you’ll be able to make out the Maracanã stadium and the Sambodromo, site of Rio’s annual Carnival parade competition. Dig a little deeper for a different perspective on Rio with a choice of the following:

  • Set out on a behind-the-scenes backstage experience exploring the artistry and imagination of Carnival.
  • Capture the essence of Rio on a bike tour of the beaches
  • See the work being done by A&K Philanthropy at Vidigal favela supporting youth activity and employment.

Belmond Copacabana Palace | Meals: B

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro | Jaw-dropping Views.

This morning see Rio from the water on a sailing trip in Guanabara Bay past islands, forts and beaches with awe-inspiring views of the city. This afternoon tick off Sugar Loaf peak, one of Rio’s most iconic landmarks, accessed via cable car, with breathtaking views from the top.
Belmond Copacabana Palace | Meals: B

Day 4: Paraty | Costa Verde.

Shop like a Carioca at one of the city’s street markets and taste some local fruits before the scenic drive along the coast to Paraty, a charming UNESCO World Heritage listed town. Arrive at your boutique hotel with time to relax before a walking tour. Ramble along cobblestone streets and discover the town’s history. Browse boutiques, galleries and cosy cafés and step inside the humble waterfront church.
Pousada Literaria | Meals: BD

Day 5: Paraty | Design Your Day.

Uncover more of this colonial jewel on a choice of Design Your Day activities:

  • Glide around nearby islands and seek out hidden beaches on a private schooner cruise.
  • Take a jeep tour into the Atlantic Forest for lunch and a chance to sample Brazil’s most famous spirit – cachaça.

Pousada Literaria | Meals: BL

Day 6: São Paulo | City Skyline Views at SEEN.

Drive north to São Paulo, the country’s dynamic economic and cultural centre. Dinner tonight is at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant SEEN. With 360-degree views of the city skyline you’ll be dished up award winning cuisine by the executive chef and drinks by head bartender.
Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 7: São Paulo | Museums & Markets.

For your introduction to São Paulo, head downtown to visit the neo-Gothic Sé Cathedral and the geographic monument, Marco Zero. At the church of Patio do Colegio, step inside the museum dedicated to Father Anchieta, a Jesuit missionary who was one of the city’s founders. Continue to Liberdade, also known as “the Japanese district”, which is home to the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan. On Paulista Avenue, the city’s major thoroughfare, head to MASP (São Paulo Museum of Art), considered one of the best museums in the world.

Later today unwind at the famous Ibirapuera urban park, a green oasis which is home to the Museum of Modern Art (MAM). Stop for a light lunch at the covered Belle Epoque-style Municipal Market and try a variety of different local dishes.
Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 8: Iguazú Falls | 500 Years of Brazil’s Culinary History.

Fly to Iguazú Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Settle into your grand hotel situated within the National Park, just a short stroll from the waterfalls, providing exclusive access when the crowds have left.

This afternoon wander from the hotel down the canyon for a panoramic view of the Brazil side of the falls. Tonight, take a chef-led gastronomic journey through Brazil’s culinary history with a six-course meal and matched wines.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: BD

Day 9: Iguazú Falls | Thundering Cataracts.

Discover the falls from the equally breathtaking Argentine side this morning. Take a small train through the park, wander along walkways to the top of the falls and then head out to the suspended platform at the Devil’s Throat. After a traditional Argentinian asado return to the Brazilian side and set off in open wagons through the jungle. Hike up to the Macuco Falls and then journey by speed boat through canyons and along rapids for an up close and exhilarating view of the falls.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Iguazú Falls | Conserving Brazil’s Birdlife.

This morning set off on a private behind-the-scenes experience at the Iguassu Bird Park where you have the chance to handle and feed macaws, toucans, scarlet ibis and more. Before your flight to Brasilia you have the option of taking a scenic helicopter flight over the falls (additional cost). Arrive into Brazil’s capital and transfer to your hotel.
Windsor Plaza Brasilia | Meals: BD

Day 11: Brasilia | Modernist Masterpiece.

Lose yourself in this beguiling city, which was designed to replace Rio as Brazil’s capital. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Brasilia is a definitive example of 20th century modernist urbanism. Admire many of the city’s most interesting sights including Our Lady of Fatima Church, the Belvedere TV Tower and explore the genius of city architect Oscar Niemeyer – the sweeping plazas, imposing white concrete monuments, the JK Memorial mausoleum and his masterpiece, Catedral Metropolitana.
Windsor Plaza Brasilia | Meals: BL

Day 12: Salvador da Bahia | Afro-Brazilian Jewel.

Fly to Salvador and check in to your sophisticated new hotel with its views over the Bay of All Saints. Late this afternoon a walking tour takes you through the historic Pelourinho district, the largest collection of colonial buildings in Latin America and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the brightly coloured houses and take a peek inside the exuberantly gilded church of São Francisco, the most ornate Baroque church in Brazil.
Fasano Salvador | Meals: BD

Day 13: Salvador da Bahia | Food & Folklore.

Accompany a local chef to the bustling São Joaquim market not select ingredients for Bahia’s signature dish, the moqueca. Then watch as the dish is prepared in an earthenware pot and delivered to your table for lunch. Return to the hotel with time at leisure before ending the day at an explosive and exhilarating traditional dance performance by the acclaimed Bahia Folklore Company.
Fasano Salvador | Meals: BL

Day 14: Salvador da Bahia | Design Your Day.

Discover your Bahian inspiration with a choice of Design Your Day activity:

  • Move to your inner beat at an intriguing percussion demonstration and workshop.
  • Trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour which visits the key attractions.
  • Shift into low gear on a tour of Salvador’s Lower City where life moves at a slower pace.

Tonight step inside Amado restaurant in a renovated bayside warehouse for your farewell dinner.
Fasano Salvador | Meals: BD

Day 15: Depart Salvador da Bahia.

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 18

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Tour Inclusions

All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges, all tipping.

Tour Exclusions

International flights not specified as included, visas, insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges

Tailor Made Travel with A&K

If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 6, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020
Price AU$13,995pp Single Supplement AU$5,250 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book

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