Day 1 ARRIVE IN SALVADOR.
Welcome to Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, situated on a peninsula overlooking Todos los Santos Bay and thought by many to be the “Soul of Brazil.” Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 SALVADOR.
Private GUIDED SIGHTSEEING showcases the Upper City. View the district’s well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, representing some of the finest colonial architecture in all of the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 17th-century Jesuit CATHEDRAL; the baroque CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS; and the AFRO-BRAZILIAN MUSEUM, housing objects highlighting the strong African influence on the Brazilian culture. The balance of your day is free to explore. (B)
Day 3 SALVADOR–RIO DE JANEIRO
This morning, possibly visit the Mercado Modelo, a must for securing wonderful souvenirs and experiencing the true Bahian life. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, South America’s capital of glamour! Your Local Host will be available with suggested activities during your free time. (B)
Day 4 RIO DE JANEIRO.
An included PRIVATE CITY TOUR takes you to the top of the CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and to enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Rio and the beaches below. (B)
Day 5 RIO DE JANEIRO.
Today is at leisure. You may opt to join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza. (B)
Day 6 RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS.
A flight takes you to IGUASSU FALLS. Spend the afternoon on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR, enjoying the magnificent panorama of waterfalls from the Brazilian side. (B)
Day 7 IGUASSU FALLS.
Today, on the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS, ride the Ecological JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a private walking tour of this side of the falls. (B)
Day 8 IGUASSU FALLS–MANAUS.
Head to the airport for your flight to Manaus, gateway to Brazil’s Amazon. (B)
Day 9 MANAUS (EMBARKATION).
This morning, PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING shows you opulent sites from Manaus’ rubber boom at the turn of last century, like São Sebastião Square and Palácio Rio Negro. Next, proceed to the famous OPERA HOUSE, built almost entirely of European materials during the rubber boom and inaugurated in 1896. Later, transfer to the pier and embark your cruise ship, the Iberostar Grand Amazon, your home for the next three nights. Stops will be made at locations along the Amazon’s Rio Solimões, offering excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and local vegetation, see indigenous animals, and even visit local river communities. This evening, enjoy a Captain’s welcome cocktail party before dinner. (B,D)
Day 10 CRUISING: RAINFOREST WALK & PIRANHA FISHING.
This morning, board a PANGA BOAT RIDE to shore and embark on a NATURALIST-GUIDED WALK through the rainforest in the Manacapurú region. Along the trail, learn how native people subsist off the flora. You’ll also hear about some of the medicinal qualities each plant possesses. Keep an eye open for capuchin and howler monkeys! After a lecture on the region and lunch on board, head back out via panga and try your hand at PIRANHA FISHING. Tonight, take a NIGHT CRUISE along the waterways on a caiman-spotting expedition. (B,L,D)
Day 11 CRUISING: BIRD WATCHING & LOCAL HOME VISIT.
Enjoy the sunrise over the Amazon on a BIRD-WATCHING SAFARI in search of the many endemic birds of the Janauacá Lake region. Later, visit a LOCAL HOME for an up-close view of how the native communities live and work. This afternoon, CRUISE the Amazon tributaries, looking for wildlife. Your final evening on board begins with a gala dinner, followed by a Brazilian folkloric show. (B,L,D)
Day 12 MEETING OF THE WATERS–MANAUS (DISEMBARKATION).
Cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões to form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! Say goodbye to the Amazon when you disembark in Manaus, where your vacation ends. Please schedule flights after 10am. (B)
All This Included
Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 3 three-course dinners
Transportation: As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included.
Your Amazon vacation package includes a 3-night cruise on the all-inclusive Iberostar Grand Amazon, a luxury ship offering included excursions to explore the wonders of the Amazon.
Local Host In Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls & Manaus
Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
Accommodations on this Tour
Salvador: Wish Salvador Hotel Da Bahia
Rio de Janeiro: Windsor Plaza
Iguassu Falls: Viale Cataratas
Manaus: Hotel Blue Tree Premium Manaus
Amazon River: Iberostar Grand Amazon
Cruise pricing is based on outside cabins located on the Mandi deck.
Hotel upgrades are available.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.