Coast of the Conquerors
8 days in Salvador, Maceió, Recife & Olinda
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On this tour you are never far away from the best beaches Brazil has to offer. Home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations on earth, Brazil mixes Old World charm, new world vitality and African rhythms. Many nations have made a claim to Brazil's soul. Today, these influences spice everyday life, from the former Dutch colonies in Recife to the most African city in the Americas - Salvador.
Much for you to discover & yet plenty of time to relax on the beach!
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- Africa in the New-World: Salvador
- Maceió: the friendly beach capital
- Dutch Influence in the 'Venice of the Northeast': Colonial trading outposts Olinda and Recife
- 8 Days/7 Nights in Brazil
- 3 Dinners
- 7 Brazilian Buffet Breakfasts
- All Transfers**
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Sunday: The diverse face of Brazil is nowhere more prevalent than in Brazil's first capital, Salvador. The current capital of Bahia is a mix of rich colonial houses, picturesque churches and a lively mix of African and Indio rhythms.
At the airport, your SouthAmerica.travel Tour Guide or representative is waiting to transfer you to your hotel Golden Tulip Rio Vermelho **** overlooking the bay. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or relax at the pool or the beach, which is reached by the hotel's own cable car.
Enjoy dinner (included) tonight, spiced by the local culture of Bahia.
Monday: After a hearty Brazilian breakfast, depart for a lively tour of Salvador. Visit the Pelourinho, the recently restored historical center of Salvador, which the UNESCO declared a World Heritage Cultural Site.
This evening, opt for a Bahia by Night excursion including dinner.
Tuesday: Continue your explorations of the city, or opt to visit Praia do Forte, including a visit to the Turtle Station Tamar and lunch.
Wednesday: Transfer by coach to Maceió. Located on the "Linha Verde", the green strip north of Salvador, you are never far away from the beach and the palm tree forests. The small capital of Alagoas state is modest, yet declared a "very friendly city with a low crime rate" by the South American Handbook. This is one of the most famous beach resort towns amongst Brazilians, yet undiscovered by the international crowd. Tonight, stay in the famous beach district in the Melia or Jatiuca hotel right on the beach. After dinner (included) enjoy the light breeze of the trade winds during your walk along the extensive beach promenade.
Thursday: Beach life at it's finest - enjoy! Beach, sun, a fruit drink (not even the Brazilians are always familiar with the fruits used to create the delicious "Vitaminas" or opt to take a "Jangada" sail boat out to the reefs, where you can swim in one of the tidal pools.
Friday: The scenic journey to Recife takes only 2 1/2 hours. The city is built on land reclaimed from the ocean by the Dutch. Check in to the Manibu Recife Hotel 4**** in the city beach district and enjoy a stroll along Boa Viagem ("bon voyage") with its many protective coral reefs. Tonight's seafood dinner is a mix of European influences, served Brazilian-style.
Saturday: Sightseeing includes the newly restored historical district of Recife, a city with 39 bridges and 50 canals. Colonial baroque architecture rests under palm trees.
Splendid Olinda, just 7km away, was the original state capital until it was jealously set afire by the Dutch Prince Maurice of Nassau in 1637 to elevate his city of Recife. Built on hills above Recife, with it's many esteemed baroque churches under shading palm trees, it has become an artist's colony. The city has been given World Heritage Cultural Site status by UNESCO, as well as being declared a National Monument by the Brazilian government, with funds for restoration donated by the Dutch government. This included excursion leaves you plenty of time to return for Recife to say boa viagem on one of the best beaches Brazil has to offer.
Sunday: Depart today for the continuation of your journey, or a safe return home.
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