Brazil Vacation Packages and Tours - Day by Day Itinerary
This is a Sample Vacation Package that we have created for customers in the past.
Contact us for a Custom Package created just for you.. Day1 -SalvadorUpon arrival, a guide will be waiting for you with your name on a sign. A private transfer to your hotel will follow.
On this tour we will explore the lower part of the city, including the quiet waters of Itapagipe Bay where the first holiday residences were built. It also includes a visit to the famous Bonfim Church (closed on Mondays) and the Modelo Market (closed on Sundays and holidays at afternoon) where we will find several craftsmen selling local works. The Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Church of our Lord of Bonfim) inaugurated in 1754 is one of the most popular in Brazil and certainly the most representative of blended religion constructed in the country. Dedicated to Jesus Christ, the Bonfin’s church is also the place for the cult of Oxalá, supreme divinity of candomblé. We will continue the excursion with a stop at the Monte Serrat Fort. This military construction fort from 1587 combines medieval and colonial architecture and provides a panoramic view of “All Saints Bay”. Crossing the suburbs that surround the bay, we arrive at the heart of the inner-city. At the end of the trip we will take a stroll down Porto da Barra, one of main tourist points of the city and an LGBT hot spot.
The Salvador Carnival is by far the biggest street party in the world. Every year, around 2 million people participate in the Salvador Carnival Parades. During six consecutive days, from about 5pm to 5am, dozens of Bands make a parade along the streets, playing on big trucks (called Trios).
The largest street carnival on Earth is held in Salvador Bahia, the `Land of Happiness` and gateway to the tropical northeast coast of Brazil. The Barra-Ondina circuit is the most popular route where the trios start at the the Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse) and go until the adjoining neighborhood for a few kilometers.
There are 3 main ways to enjoy Carnaval as outlined below:
Bloco - You can dance on the streets inside a safety area surrounding the Trio, protected by bodyguards and thus isolated from the crowd. To be accepted it is necessary to buy a t-shirt (called Abadá), that identifies you as a member of that Trio/Bloco
Camarote – You can watch the Carnaval from the Camarote, a balcony located along the avenues above the streets. They offer drinks, food, music, a dancing environment, and more depending on the specific camarote.
Pipoca – You can simply dance on the streets with the crowd for free called “Pipoca” (popcorn), which is a funny way to describe how the crowd looks from a distance.
Bloco dos Masquerados – The bloco dos Masquerados is one of the oldest LGBT blocos of the Salvador Carnival. The bloco will have its 18th year for the 2017 Carnival. Access is free and the tradition is to wear costumes and masks. The bloco is in the Barra/Ondina Circuit concentrated at the Farol da Barra and many famous people have participated in the bloco in the past. The list for who will lead in 2017 has still not yet been released.
The first night you will have the opportunity to enjoy the the Bloco dos Mascaradas and afterwards the camarote of Licia Fabio.
The Bloco dos Mascarados is one of the oldest LGBT blocos of the Salvador Carnival. The bloco will have its 18th year for the 2017 Carnival. Access is free and the tradition is to wear costumes and masks. The bloco is in the Barra/Ondina Circuit concentrated at the Farol da Barra and many famous people have participated in the bloco in the past. The list for who will lead in 2017 has still not yet been released.
The Licia Fabio camarote is situated at the Monte Pascoal Hotel in Barra and will feature an open bar and themed costume party.Day2 -SalvadorOn Friday night, you will enjoy the Bloco Cha Rosa, headlined by Alinne Rosa. The Bloco Cha Rosa is a bloco commanded by singer Alinne Rosa, a popular Brazilian singer and active member of the LGBT community. She has participated and gained a lot of attention in the Cha de Alice, an annual party in various cities throughout Brazil that is widely attended by the Gay public.
2017 will be the second year Alinne Rosa will head the Cha Rosa bloco, one of the most popular blocos for the gay community at the Salvador Carnaval.Day3 -SalvadorA full day Schooner tour departing from Maritime Terminal in Salvador.
9:00 – 11:30 -During the tour, you will pass by some the most stunning points of Salvador including the São Marcelo Fort, the Bonfim Church, and Tainheiros Cove. You will have the opportunity to stop at Ilha de Maré to take pictures and enjoy the stunning views of this tropical island. Next we will head towards Ilha dos Frades following the coast of Ilha de Maré. We will reach the beach of Loreto with its charming colonial church that overlooks the island of Bom Jesus.
11:30 – 12:30- You will have the opportunity to swim at Loreto Beach on Ilha das Frades and also enjoy the relaxing natural pools. Don’t be shy about showing some skin, as men in Brazil are accustomed to wearing a sunga, known as a Brazilian speedo.
12:30 – 14:30 – You will return to the Schooner Resort boat that will anchor at the Loreto Cove, one of the most protected places in the bay with an array of tropical vegetation. Here there will be served an exclusive buffet lunch prepared by the Chef.
14:30 – 16:30 –After lunch, we will continue the tour navigating around Ilha dos Frades and passing by other islands, sand banks, and the Nossa Senhor Point of Guadalupe with its beaches of crystalline waters before arriving back in Salvador.
17:00 – Arrival back at the Maritime Terminal in Salvador, in time to enjoy the nighttime Carnaval festivities
In the evening, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Salvador for a night out in the city! First you will tour the neighborhood of Rio Vermelho, which is considered one of the most vibrant and cultural bohemian neighborhoods in Salvador. A neighborhood filled with artists and lots of bars, Rio Vermelho contains the main gay nightclub of Salvador; San Sebastian. The pre-game can be done in Largo de Santana, where Dinha is located. It is one of the most famous spots and arguably the best in Bahia to enjoy Acarajé, a typical snack food which is similar to a shrimp falafel.
Chupito is also one of the trendier bars in the area, where a variety of drinks and shots are served. The bar is located between Largo de Santana and the San Sebastian night club.
San Sebastian Club in Rio Vermelho
After some fun and drinks, you will be then transferred to the San Sebastian Night Club in Rio Vermelho.
The San Sebastian Club is a gay electronic nightclub that unites the good taste and high quality of Salvador, something that all its visitors deserve. Big names and artists of the international electronic scene are played throughout the club that has one of the best and most up to date sound systems. The building consists of 2 floors is full of bars, camarotes, and an ample area for dancing. Things can for sure get hot, (or as Brazilians say esquenta!), during your night out at one of the most frequented gay clubs in Salvador.Day4 -Rio de JaneiroPrivate transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio, a guide will be waiting for you with your name on a sign. A private transfer to your hotel will follow.
Free Evening to enjoy the CarnavalDay5 -Rio de JaneiroPick-up from the hotel after breakfast in an executive car to visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above.
After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, passengers arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. The Christ statue known as the “wonder of Rio” was recently elected one of the 7 "New Wonders of the World". Upon arrival at the top, guests can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City".
Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’, (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The cable-car rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio de Janeiro.
In the evening, you will be transferred to the Samba Parade to watch the most famous street party in the world, with 12 samba schools parading in the largest stage ever. Be mesmerized by the size and beauty of this show.Day6 -Rio de JaneiroYour guide will transfer you to the 00Club and Restaurant for an evening of entertainment.
00 Club and Restaurant
The 00 club is located inside the Planetarium of Gavea and is widely attended amongst the locals, Brazilian tourists, and foreign tourists due to its outdoor terrace with a contemporary restaurant and modern dance floor. On the terrace you can find couches and an area to hang out and meet friends. There is also a bar where extravagant drinks are served and a dance floor with lighting to fit the mood of the musical program that night. Sundays are dedicated to gay nights and can start in the late afternoon and go until sunrise.Day7 -BuziosIn the morning, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the coastal beach town of Buzios. This trip takes approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and a free afternoon to enjoy beautiful Buzios, Rio de Janeiro.
In the evening we suggest going out to Rua das Pedras, a cobblestone street that runs down the center of Buzios with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Perfect for an evening stroll or to have a night out to eat. Day8 -BuziosThe Praia Olho de Boi (Eye of the Bull) is a small beach in Buzios off of Praia Brava, one of the main beaches of Buzios. It is frequented by the LGBT public and because of its more isolated location, has some of the best scenery and views of the region.
In order to arrive, there is a trail that leads from Praia Brava where travelers can walk for about 30 minutes up and down hills before arriving to the small pristine beach. The trail is not the most accessible so tennis shoes and water is recommended. Small snack bars and beach umbrellas are also available once arriving at the beach.
Upon arrival, guests enjoy the surroundings while feeling the cool sea breeze.Day9 -BuziosFree day to relax and enjoy Buzios.
For a night out in Buzios, we would recommend Privilege, Pacha, and Deep Bar, all LGBT friendly spots with some of best music, dance, and entertainment available in Buzios.Day10 -BuziosAt the specified time, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you back to your hotel in Rio or to the Rio airport.
We thank you for traveling with us and hope to see you again soon!