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2023 Brazil Carnival Getaway: Rio and Bahia

Feb 17, 2023 to Feb 28, 2023
Salvador (Bahia) and Rio del Janeiro

Bahia and Rio Carnival Brazilian Group Getaway

Welcome to Salvador de Bahia; the capital city of Bahia, the heartbeat of Brazil. Famous for its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture, century-old architecture, and remarkable beaches topped only by the splendor of the people. Credited as the birthplace of Samba and Capoeira, this Northeast coastal city has an infectious energy that pulses through your veins!

Brazil is world famous for its Carnival; a festival taking place in both Rio de Janeiro and Salvador leading up to the holy season of lent.

  • The energy is riveting; people dance in the streets in costumes forming a kaleidoscope of colors
  • You inhale the aroma of traditional foods
  • Bop to the sound of familiar drums
  • Dance the Samba
  • Melt into the African influences preserved in language, music, dance, and religion
  • Watch the young and old engage in Capoeira on the beaches
  • Walk along cobblestone streets lined with multi-colored buildings that take you back in time
  • Party all night!
  • Bahia is enchanting, and Rio is unforgettable… You will fall in love with Brazil.

This trip includes:

  • 12-day, 11-night Hotel accommodations per the itinerary.  
  • Admission to Salvador Carnival with BLOCO and Grandstand access
  • Domestic airfare between Salvador and Rio de Janeiro
  • All transfers and transportation are private, air-conditioned coaches with a driver/ English-speaking guide
    • Important: any individuals traveling outside the group arrangement must organize their transportation.
  • Arrival Meet and Greet Guide
  • Departure Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes on accommodation and sightseeing tours, based on current rates
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • Roommate matching assistance by request

What's not included:

  • International airfares, departure taxes, fuel surcharges, and seat selection. 
  • Personal items
  • Optional Tours - see below
  • Meals unless listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities Increase in local tax rates
  • Early room check-in; late room check-out.
  • Standard check-in time is 2 pm and check-out time is 10 am.
  • Travel Protection Coverage
    • Getting Covered: our partner Allianz Travel Insurance is offering an optional Travel Protection group rate. Click HERE for more info.
    • However, if you choose to decline the projection that the offered travel insurance provides, complete and sign the Travel Protection Waiver Form and email it to requests@bagtravel.net at least 3-days before departure for the trip. One per person.
  • Passport/Visa handling fees

Itinerary:
Day 1: Friday, February 17, 2023 - Salvador, Bahia

Check-in 14:00h / 2pm
Meals included: None

 

Day 2: Saturday, February 18, 2023 - Salvador, Bahia
Meals included at the hotel: Breakfast

PELOURINHO HISTORIC CITY TOUR:
Walking tour to explore the Historic Center of Pelourinho

  • Private service with English speaking guide
  • Departing from the hotel at (TBD) am
  • Lunch will be provided on the tour
  • Total duration: 4 hours.

- Please note that many museums, churches, or other tourist attractions and streets are not available during Carnival.

Day 3: Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Salvador, Bahia

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
Meal included on tour: Lunch

 

FULL-DAY SCHOONER TOUR TO THE ISLANDS OF ITAPARICA AND FRADES:
Includes:

  • Private service with English speaking guide
  • Port fee & island tourist fee
  • Open Bar on the schooner with water, beer, caipirinha, and soft drinks
  • Samba group with 4 musicians and 2 dancers on the schooner
  • Lunch at the Manguezal Restaurant, native cuisine (beer and soft drinks during lunch)
  • Total duration: 8 hours.


Travel in the beauty of All Saints Bay:
- Enjoy a schooner tour through the calm waters of All Saints Bay, the largest Bay in Brazil, where we will visit 2 of the Bay’s 56 islands. While experiencing the nautical paradise, we will basque in the beauty of the bay’s clear waters where diving visibility extends as far as 10 to 20m. We will continue to Frades Island, stopping at Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe Beach, which boasts the coveted Blue Flag Seal for social and environmental responsibility. This is the most sought-after tourist spot on the island- it is irresistible for a good swim and has coveted food stands!
- We then proceed to the next destination: Itaparica Island. Itaparica, named for its geographical characteristics, meaning “around stones” in Tupi, is the largest island in Brazil, steeped in history and adorned with beautiful beaches, local fauna, and a touch of native wonder! The surrounding reefs help keep the waters calm and shallow.
- The last stop will be at Ponta de Areia beach where we can also enjoy a great swim and dine on delicious Bahian cuisine for lunch at the Restaurante Manguezal.​ Our return trip to Salvador will be at the end of the day. There will be a view of the sunset visible from All Saints Bay.​ The sun will be setting on the Bay as we make the trip back to Salvador.

Note: Not recommended for the elderly and people with limited mobility

Day 4: Monday, February 20, 2023 - Salvador, Bahia

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast

GUIDE AND BUS TO THE BARRA ONDINA CARNIVAL CIRCUIT.

  • Private service with English-speaking guide assistance – Included.
  • Security service to accompany the group. – Included.
  • Total duration: 8 hours.
  • Private Cabin box seating (12-person capacity each)
  • Open bar and all-inclusive services

The Barra Ondina circuit is approximately 3km long. On one side is the sea, on the other, are the cabins, and in the middle are the blocks with the Electric Trios (floats)  on the track.

- If you want, you can go down, take a walk, and return to the cabin. 
- Important: the coach that will take you to participate in the carnival does not arrive close to the cabin.  You would have to walk about 15 minutes through the crowd.



Day 5: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - Travel from Salvador to Rio De Janeiro
Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
Check-out of Fera Palace Hotel by noon 
Transport to Airport: You will be picked up from the Fera Palace Hotel to travel to the airport at the scheduled time. Private service with English speaking guide

*Flight SSA-RIO (included).
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Rio De Janeiro
 - Upon arrival at the airport, you will receive assistance and transfer to the hotel.  Private service with English-speaking guide assistance.
- The next seven nights’ stay will be at the Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel - A 4-Star Hotel where you will have a superior or equivalent room
Check-in: 14:00h / 2:00pm

Day 6:
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro
Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
Meal included on tour: Lunch 

FULL-DAY SUGAR LOAF + CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN/ WITH LUNCH:

  • Private service with English speaking guide
  • Total duration: 4 hours.
  • Departing from the hotel at (TBD) am

- Partake in a tour of Corcovado Mountain and Beaches.
- Board a cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to stand in awe of one of the world’s most famous landmarks: the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
- Experience the 20-minute adventurous train journey through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca, offering a wonderful opportunity to examine the forest's lush tropical vegetation and enjoy the scenic landscapes of the beaches and city.
- Disembark at the top of Corcovado and climb the steps leading to the top lookout. This is where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, gloriously stands.
- Get up close to Christ the Redeemer while absorbing the panoramic view of this beautiful city from the incredible mountain-top vantage point.
- Descend via train. The beauty of the tour continues as you pass by Rio's world-famous beaches.

- Lunch will be at a local restaurant (beverages not included) After lunch, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca to be introduced to one of the largest symbols of the city: Sugar Loaf Mountain. You will travel to the top by cable car. The first cable car will take you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high with beautiful views of the islands in Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain. A second cable car takes you up to the top from this stage. At 395 meters, you will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and several beaches of Niterói. After riding the Cable car back down, we will return to the hotel.



Day 7: Thursday, February 23, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro 

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
FREE DAY to explore 

Day 8: Friday, February 24, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
FREE DAY to explore

 
Day 9: Saturday, February 25, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro 

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast

SAMBA SCHOOL WINNER PARADE
 

  • RT hotel transfer for the group
  • Grandstand access included

- The samba school parade at the Rio Sambadrome (samba stadium) is something that everyone must have experienced at least once in their life!  The Grandstands (also known as “arquibancadas”) are large concrete steps, located at the highest part of the Sambadrome, with an incredible aerial view of the parade. The tickets for the grandstand are the best value for money for the Rio de Janeiro Carnival and the location at the top gives an excellent perspective of the samba school.



Day 10: Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast

SUNSET CRUISE IN GUANABARA BAY
Meal included: snacks and drinks 
- Enjoy an evening with the group, sailing across Guanabara Bay and marveling at one of the  most beautiful cities on earth.

Day 11: Monday, February 27, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro 

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
FREE DAY to explore

Day 12: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - Rio De Janeiro 

Meal included at the hotel: Breakfast
- Transport to Airport: At the scheduled time, you will be picked up from the Windsor Excelsior Hotel to travel to the airport. Private service with English speaking guide
- Airport: Upon arrival at the airport, assistance, and transfer from the hotel. Private service with English speaking guide

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Deposit: $250.00

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