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Brazil's Coastal Highlights tour

Brazil's Coastal Highlights

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
10 days
From: $ 3,320 $ 332 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy a tour of Olinda, a UNESCO-recognized town near Recife.
  • Stroll through the colorful Historic Center of Salvador, then watch an unforgettable sunset over the bay!
  • Kick back and relax in paradise on Brazil's famous beaches, like Ipanema and Boa Viagem.
  • See all of Rio de Janeiro through included tours, which make stops at Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, world-famous beaches, and tons of Rio's downtown highlights.
  • Take a train through tropical Tijuca Forest and glide up mountains in a cable car!

Short Description

Feel yourself gasp in amazement as you look down at the blue-green waters from the top of mountains in Rio de Janeiro! On this unique adventure, you'll travel along the Brazilian coast and enjoy tours and stays in Rio, Salvador, Recife, and Fortaleza. Immerse yourself in Brazil's vibrant culture, see postcard-worthy natural wonders, and dive into the fascinating history of the country's most charming coastal cities.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Rio de Janeiro
End City Fortaleza

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

Arrive in the bustling beachy city of Rio de Janeiro, otherwise known as the Marvelous City! You will immediately feel immersed in Brazil's vibrant culture and picture-perfect scenery. Nestled between soaring mountains and the bright blue sea, colorful Rio will sweep you off your feet from the moment you land.

Enjoy a comfortable, convenient transfer to your first luxurious accommodation. A bilingual guide will welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Spend your first night relaxing in your hotel - you will need to be well-rested for the adventures that await you!

Transfer from Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG) to Rio de Janeiro Hotel

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Ahhh, wake up in the rich land of Rio de Janeiro. Recharge with an energizing breakfast, then grab your camera and make your way to the Cosme Velho Station, where you will hop on-board a cog-train through Tijuca Forest! Glide up the 748 meter-high Corcovado Mountain and begin your full-day tour. See famous statues, breathtaking views, picture-perfect beaches, downtown city highlights, and Sugar Loaf Mountain!

Full-Day Tour to Corcovado & Sugar Loaf Mountain

Meet your guide and proceed to the Cosme Velho Station, where you will board a cog-train and ride through tropical Tijuca Forest and up the 748 meter to Corcovado Mountain! This train ride takes approximately 20 minutes, and is a wonderful opportunity to take a closer look at the forest's lush vegetation and enjoy scenic views of the city and its beaches. Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, you will proceed up the steps to the peak's lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands! Appreciate the breathtaking view, take some unbeatable photos, then descend by train.

Next, this tour will pass by Rio's world-famous beaches! Once you reach the Urca District, you will board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugar Loaf Mountain, which sits at 390 meters high. Ooh, ahh, and take tons of photos, then get ready for the next leg of the tour!

Once you descend back down to the mainland, you will proceed along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park, all the way into downtown. Visit the bustling downtown area, stroll through the financial and business center, and see famous attractions such as Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Sambodrome (the site of Rio's famous Carnival parade).

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a pleasant breakfast, then spend a beautiful day at leisure. You may want to check out the upscale neighborhood of Leblon, which is chock full of lively bars, stunning beaches, and top-notch restaurants! Then, immerse yourself in the paradise of Ipanema, a bright beachfront neighborhood made famous by the well-known song The Girl from Ipanema.

After a perfect day of sand and sea, head to the vibrant neighborhood of Lapa and experience the best of Brazilian nightlife!

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Salvador

Today, you will wave goodbye to Rio and you''ll say hello to Salvador! After breakfast, grab your bags and hop in a comfortable transfer to the airport. Board your plane, and in no time, you will be landing in a world of colorful beauty, cultural tradition, and warm hospitality. Brazilians call this capital city the "Land of Happiness" because Salvadorian life feels like a constant celebration!

Transfer from Rio Hotel to Rio Airport (GIG or SDU)

Fly to Salvador!

Transfer from Salvador Airport (SSA) to Salvador Hotel

Day 5: Salvador

Today is all yours! Explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Indulge in a yummy breakfast, then make your way to Salvador's storybook-like Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Stroll through this cobblestone wonderland of amazing architecture and brightly-colored buildings. In this area, be sure to find the impressive, lavishly decorated Cathedral of Salvador and Sao Francisco Church and Convent.

Take postcard-worthy photos of the cascading pastel buildings of Pelourinho, then watch the sunset over the turquoise Baia de Todos Santos. Best spots to catch it? From the old art deco Elevador Lacerda or any of the nearby waterfront restaurants!

Day 6: Salvador - Recife

Today's the perfect day for adventure! Meet your bilingual guide and enjoy a convenient transfer to the airport. Enjoy a quick flight to Recife, then check-in to your next accommodation. Once you're all settled, get to know the city!

Wander through the beachfront neighborhood of Boa Viagem, then treat yourself to a delicious dinner.

Transfer from Salvador Hotel to Salvador Airport (SSA)

Fly to Recife!

Transfer from Recife Airport (REC) to Recife Hotel

Day 7: Recife

After breakfast, embark on a special sightseeing tour of Olinda! See famous landmarks up-close, gawk at incredible artwork, and take tons of photos of amazing views.

Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own!

Olinda City Tour with Alto da Se, Misericordia, and Se Churches

Embark on a tour of colorful Olinda! Enjoy a guided ride in an exclusive vehicle and visit the main sights of this colonial town. See Alto da Se, Misericordia, Se Churches, and gawk at amazing views of the ocean and surrounding cities!

Day 8: Recife - Fortaleza

Enjoy breakfast, then jet off to your final Brazilian destination: Fortaleza! Once you land in this coastal city, a guide will transfer you to your last hotel. During the drive, look out the window and take in the unbeatable beauty of Fortaleza! This beachfront playground is known for its incredible coastlines, lined with red cliffs, palm trees, dunes, and lagoons. While Fortaleza feels like nothing more than a natural paradise, it's also a very important industrial center that specializes in embroidery and apparel manufacturing!

Settle in to your hotel and take advantage of its amenities. Spend the night relaxing, or venture out and begin to explore Fortaleza!

Transfer from Recife Hotel to Recife Airport (REC)

Fly to Fortaleza!

Transfer from Fortaleza Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza Hotel

Day 9: Fortaleza

Another Brazilian buffet breakfast? Yes please. Although your tummy will be full, you will still be hungry for adventure! Meet your guide and enjoy a half-day tour around Fortaleza. Travel through time as you visit the old and new neighborhoods, which are both filled with tons of amazing sights!

Take the afternoon to relax. Plan your next day, hang out on the beach, or treat yourself to a lovely seaside dinner.

Half-Day Fortaleza City Tour

Immerse yourself in the magic of the "old" and "new" Fortaleza on this half-day tour! Experience the diversity and beauty of Brazil's fifth largest capital, and visit its historic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Central market, President Castelo Branco's Mausoleum, Martyrs Square, the Statue of Iracema, and more. In addition, enjoy a visit to the Meireles Beach and browse around its famous craft fair. Then, make your last stop at Mucuripe Beach and the famous "Praia do Futuro!"

Day 10: Depart Brazil

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your bags and hop in your final transfer to the airport. Say goodbye to your guide, board your plane, and spend your flight dreaming about your next adventure!

Transfer from Fortaleza Hotel to Fortaleza Airport (FOR)

Fly home!

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I have never experienced such a load of BS from any company like Great Value Vacations. I absolutely abhor their customer service, refund policy, price jacking and refusal to refund the totally paid trip insurance. I am willing to join a class action suit against this unprofessional and greedy corporation. I will NOT let this drop!!!!
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The unfairness of per person policy.

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I am around 100’s and 100’s of people everyday at work . So when it comes to my vacation I just want some peace and quiet.
Some me time.
So I prefer to embark on adventures by myself . However as a solo traveler I just can’t fathom the fairness of how pricing is calculated. Same date same trip cost $1174 per person if you travel in pair for a total of $2348 . I would pay $2089 if I travel solo. So I would have to pay an additional $915 per person.. for the same trip... because I am by choice a solo traveler. The pairs total price is $259 more than mine ... for 2 people.
Now that’s an expensive bed that I’m paying for just to sit there untouched.
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Do not ever book with this company. I booked a trip with my family in January to travel to Ireland in October. The merchant cancelled the trip due to COVID-19. When I requested a refund, they refused stating that they are giving travel credit instead. Who knows what the world will be like? What if I don't feel comfortable traveling anymore? My son will also be over 2 by the time we can use the travel credit so he will need his own airline seat rather then sitting on my lap.
They should be refunding my money due to the fact that I am not receiving what I paid for through no fault of my own.
I even called the Irish Consulate who told me that although Americans can travel to Ireland, they will need to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival. This doesn't make any sense to do since our trip was only scheduled to be a week long, and traveling all over Ireland (which they wont let you do either. you need to stay in one place).
I am sure that travel restrictions like these will remain in place for some time. The travel credit doesn't make sense. During a time when people are struggling financially, $2,000 would help tremendously with other things.
Give us our money back.
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Great Value Vacations forced us to travel during a pandemic on 3/14/20 and instead of staying 8 nights we only stayed 2 nights due to the pandemic, Upon return we realized on their website on 3/14/20 they were allowing other customers to rebook their vacation eff 3/15/20 and didn’t allow us the same option, Their offer was unacceptable and all we wanted was to redo our vacation!
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In February we booked a trip for my husband and myself to Ireland for October, 2020, naively assuming that the coronavirus threat would be over by then. Like most of these other complainants, we also purchased travel insurance (TripMate). As the date of our trip approached, I realized that the trip would probably be impossible. The Irish Government travel website stated that, although US citizens are allowed into Ireland, they are required to self-isolate in one designated place for 2 weeks. Our scheduled trip was only 1 week long!

No problem, I thought, that should be covered under the quarantine clause of our contract with TripMate that states that our trip cost will be reimbursed if one or both of the travelers is quarantined. Long story short, after applying for a reimbursement, we were denied. Then I discover that GVV has already cancelled the October trip, but still TripMate won't reimburse our money.

I understand that travel companies are struggling through these difficult times, but I'm sure that the vendors who work with GVV have reimbursed them. $2000 is not a little amount to us. Some companies do the right and ethical thing by reimbursing their clients. I hope those companies will stay in business. As for Great Values Vacations, I will never do business with them again. Some companies deserve to go out of business, and GVV and TripMates are two of these.
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Absolutely avoid this company! As well as American Tours International as this is their parent/sister company. If they cancel your trip for any reason, you will not get your money back even if you purchased the trip insurance! Doesn’t matter if they are the ones that cancel your trip - still not getting your money back. Our original trip was cancelled due to Covid and we were told we had to use our trip credit within 6 months. We did rebook in an effort to not lose $6,000 and the trip was beyond disappointing since we missed out on so many things we would have done if everything wasn’t still shut down due to Covid restrictions. 6 months is an absolutely ridiculous timeframe to require someone to reschedule when the world is in a pandemic!!! We rebooked with the Northern California tour which included in the description San Fran, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite National Park.
Our hotel is Sonoma was terrible and the toilet didn’t even work in our room and was never fixed after multiple complaints and wouldn’t give us a new room either. Also GVV puts you in the cheapest rooms possible, I noticed on the hotel vouchers that GVV emailed me - it would say things like Mountain View room as requested and not a lake view room when we were staying in Lake Tahoe. Our hotel in Lake Tahoe didn’t even have AC in the room and it was 90 degrees while we were there. They are putting their guests in the cheapest options for hotels!!
They also changed our hotels 3 times before we ever left for our trip and then called us to let us know of the last minute changes while we were already in California. Good thing I checked my own email since their “helpful” call came after we arrived.

Also, even though the trip said Yosemite National Park it didn’t actually include reservations to the park nor did they let us know that we needed reservations during Covid. They made ZERO effort to make sure we had a positive experience during the pandemic or help us with any new travel plans with our new booking. Absolutely worthless company!

Once they get your money, this is the absolute worst company to deal with. Since they didn’t give me an option to review their terrible customer service, I’m going on my own and finding other ways to let the public know to never book through GVV or ATI!!
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • PortoBay Rio Internacional
  • Wish Hotel da Bahia
  • Hotel Gran Marquise
  • Hotel Atlante Plaza

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