Brazil’s Coastal Highlights Duration 9 Days
From colorful cities to sparkling seascapes 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.
Escape to bright blue waters, sky-high mountains, and culture-rich cities – where every day feels like a beach party! On this vacation, you’ll experience the very best of both worlds, as you’ll discover Brazil’s natural wonders, and also explore its fascinating architecture and urban highlights. And, let’s be clear – this isn’t just a single-city trip, This package takes you all along the picture-perfect coast, from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador to Recife to Fortaleza! Notice the differences, similarities, surprises, and quirks of each spectacular city. With a mix of guided tours and free leisure time, you’ll appreciate the perfect balance of informative structure and relaxing freedom.
Your journey starts in the Marvelous City… Rio, of course! Take a train ride through tropical Tijuca Forest, see the world from the peak of Corcovado Mountain, and feel spiritually lifted as you stand next to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Soak up some sun on Rio’s famous beaches, then take a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain! Discover Rio’s lively downtown, filled with art, architecture, restaurants, and Brazil’s renowned roaring nightlife.
From Rio, you’ll jet off to the beautiful beach-side cities of Salvador, Recife, and Fortaleza. Salvador, also known as the “Land of Happiness,” exudes a constant cheery, celebratory vibe. Become immersed in magical beauty, local culture, and welcoming hospitality. Next, fly to Recife,a large, yet tranquil city which boasts a relaxed, beachy lifestyle. Lounge on the white sand of Boa Viagem, take in the breeze on Pina and Porto das Glinhas, then enjoy a tour of Olinda, a colonial, history-packed UNESCO site! Last but not least, take advantage of your included Fortaleza City Tour. See ornate churches, wander around historic squares, and do some souvenir shopping in the Central Market. Each city boasts its own unique wow-factors – see them all!
Great Ways to Explore
- 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!
Day 1. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!
Arrive in the bustling beach city of Rio de Janeiro, otherwise known as the Marvelous City! You’ll 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’ll need to be well-rested for the adventures that await you!
Transfer from Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG) to Rio de Janeiro Hotel PortoBay Rio Internacional
Located on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, PortoBay Rio Internacional combines the best of both worlds – the vibrant city and the beach right at your feet. You’ll have exclusive beach access as well as top notch facilities when you stay at this modern and chic hotel.
Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing from the 117 rooms offering private verandas or panoramic window views overlooking Copacabana. Savor Brazil on a plate at La Finestra restaurant, sip a negroni at Negroni Bar and enjoy a light snack at Bossa Lounge. Take a dip at the hotel’s rooftop pool on the 20th floor, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the famous bay and major sights of Rio de Janeiro, with Copacabana beach in the foreground and Christ the Redeemer in the background. Additional amenities include a massage room, two saunas, fitness center and pool bar.
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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll board a cable car for a two-stage 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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) and fly to Salvador!
Transfer from Salvador Airport (SSA) to Salvador Hotel – Sheraton Da Bahia Hotel, Salvador
Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Salvador, the 5-star Sheraton Da Bahia Hotel is the ideal base for all your explorations in northeastern Brazil. You’ll be close to Salvador’s highlights including Museu Rodin Bahia, Porto da Barra beach and Castro Alves theater. Each of the 284 contemporary rooms features complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and work areas with desks and ergonomic chairs. Outside of your room, enjoy the luxury of three restaurants, a sleek lobby bar, and a poolside bar offering light fare. Take a dip in two pools and get your endorphins pumping at the 24-hour fitness center. Relax after a long day of sightseeing at the elegant spa offering massage and beauty treatments.
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)
Transfer from Recife Airport (REC) to Recife Hotel Wyndham Garden Recife Pernambuco
Feel yourself drift away to sunny, seaside paradise at this beautiful hotel. Enjoy spectacular views, contemporary rooms, outdoor pools, a fitness center, beach access, numerous dining options, and more! With endless amenities and services, you’ll never want to leave.
Unwind on the soft white sand or soak up the sun on a comfy poolside lounge chair. Gaze out at the bright blue ocean while sipping on a refreshing cocktail, then grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe! Work all your stresses away in the modern fitness center, relax in the sauna, or venture out and explore the area. Head up to your bright room, take a nap on your large cozy bed, and post some photos to social media, using the hotel’s WiFi. Freshen up in your sparkling bathroom and make your way down to the elegant ocean view restaurant, or stay snuggled and order room service!
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)
Transfer from Fortaleza Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza Hotel – Quality Hotel Fortaleza
Look out over the water as you relax at the Quality Hotel Fortaleza. Just a minutes walk from the Meireles Beach, the Quality Hotel offers a laundry service, a restaurant that serves up international cuisine, private parking, and a pool.
Rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with cable, air conditioning, a minibar, and room service available around the clock. The Beira Mar handicraft market and the center of Fortaleza are within walking distance, making the area excellent for those looking for promenades, food, and sand and surf.
Day 9. Fortaleza
Another Brazilian buffet breakfast? Yes please. Although your tummy will be full, you’ll 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!