Brazil Classic Tour - Iguacu Falls, Rio, Manaus, Amazon, Salvador



The extraordinary Iguaçu Falls
Rio de Janeiro
Rio « The wonderful city »

The Amazon forest experience

Salvador, The soul of Brazil

Our Classic Tour of Brazil is the ideal way to take in all the highlights of this vast and beautiful country. Lasting 9 days and 8 nights, the Classic Tour of Brazil enables you to discover Rio de Janeiro, the Iguaçu Falls, Salvador, and Manaus, and also includes a 2-day cruise on the Amazon.


Price per person based on 2 pers  :  from $ 2,643.00
Price per person based on 4 pers  :  from $ 2,307.00
(Prices 2017 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

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Day 1 : Iguaçu in
The falls from the Argentinian side
Day 2 : Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro
The  Falls from the Brazilian side & Macuco Safari option, flight to Rio
Day 3 : Rio de Janeiro  
Visit Sugar loaf mountain & free time
Day 4 : Rio de Janeiro / Manaus
Visit Corcovado &  time of leisure, evening flight to Manaus  
Day 5 : Manaus / Croisière Amazonie
Visit Manaus & leave on a 2 day cruise on the Amazon
Day 6 : Croisière Amazonie
Cruise with visits & tours
Day 7 : Croisière  / Manaus / Salvador
End of cruise, transfer to Manaus, flight to Salvador
Day 8 :  Salvador
Salvador historical & panoramic sightseeing tours
Day 9 : Salvador / out
Transfer to the airport

Carte Brésil


Le circuit classique du Brésil


D1 - Iguaçu in

Transfer to hotel
Afternoon, visit the Argentinian side of the falls.
28 km from the town, the Iguaçu falls on the Argentine side are 72 meters high and form a semi circle that gives a unique view of the complete falls. They are wedged in among the luxuriant vegetation which increases the impression of the primitive force of nature. A series of paths and bridges lead to other view points all very beautiful and different from those on the Brazilian side of the falls. The main attraction is the « gorge du diable » where you reach almost the bottom of the horse shoe shaped falls.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice.


Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro

D2 - Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro

Morning, visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
The Iguacu falls are considered among the most beautiful waterfalls in the world along with the Zambezi and Niagara falls. Located on the border between Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil, the falls form a natural amphitheatre that looks very different depending on where you are situated. The Brazilian side is les spectacular but easier to reach and there is a better view of the whole waterfall.
Afternoon free or option Macuco Safari:
Excursion to the falls in a twin motor zodiac, the boats go up the river to the canyon where the falls are found...
The excursion starts off in open electric cars that drive 3kms through the national park, to allow better views of the local fauna & flora. Then a 600m walk in the forest to get to the boats (it’s possible to do the full distance in the open electric cars for those who don’t want to walk) Total time of excursion: 1h45, from getting in the cars.
Transfer to airport & flight to Rio.
Arrival in Rio & transfer to hotel.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro - Pain de sucre

Rio de Janeiro / Manaus

D3 - Rio de Janeiro

One no longer needs to introduce "The Wonderful City" amazingly located between the tropical forest and the mountains. Its beaches, its samba and its famous carnival have made its reputation and the town lives up to the myth.
Morning: visit Sugar Loaf Mountain: A 4hr excursion with a guide (entrance fee included). You can see the mountain as soon as you enter the Guanabara bay. There are two parts to it, One that goes down to the Red Beach (Praia Vermelha) and to the Urca hill, which reaches 224 meters high; the other goes from Urca hill to the Sugar Loaf reaching 395 meters in height. The cable car trip lasts about 3 minutes for each part.

Afternoon, possible optional excursions, You can also discover Rio off the beaten track with a guide and a car.

Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

Manaus / Croisière Amazonie

D4 - Rio de Janeiro / Manaus

Morning, visit the Corcovado: a 4hr tour with a guide. The Corcovado hill, with its summit topped by the image of Christ the redeemer, is one of the main symbols of the town. This enormous stone monument, vertical and imposing, immerging out of the forest and dominating all around, is without doubt one of the elements that makes Rio de Janeiro « the wonderful city ». The climb to the top can be done by funicular train.

Afternoon, possible optional excursions, You can also discover Rio off the beaten track with a guide and a car.

Early evening, transfer to the airport to fly to Manaus, transfer to hotel Tropical on arrival.

Overnight at the Tropical hotel.

Manaus Coirsière Amazonie

Carte Manaus

D5 - Manaus / Amazon cruise

Morning, Manaus sightseeing tour,

A tour of about 3 hours in which you will visit the famous Amazonas theatre, built at the time in rubber and inaugurated in 1896. Very inspired by the European style this theatre is the symbol of Manaus today. You will see the salle de spectacle with its superb ceiling, its stage curtain picturing the ‘meeting of the waters’ but also the hall with its Murano glass chandeliers, rococo mirrors and its ceiling featuring the fine arts.
The tour will also take you to the main market where you can see the famous Amazonian fish (tambaquis, pirarucus, tucunarés, jaraquis, etc), but also regional fruits and Amazonian handicrafts (necklaces made from grains, basketery or wicker-work, ceramics, bows and arrows etc.)
Then you can see the other important town monuments: the courthouse, The Rio Negro Palace, etc.
The tour will finish at your hotel.

Departure from the hotel Tropical lobby at 14hr, boarding and start of the Amazon cruise with a welcoming drink and itinerary briefing on the boat. After a snack, meeting in the lounge to listen to a conference on the Amazon and where ecology will be discussed among other things while the boat goes up river. Dinner, then night outing to look for animals with the help of powerful lamps: crocodiles, snakes, owls, frogs and sloths.

Croisière Amazonie

D6 - Amazon Cruise

Wake up on the lake Janauacá and departure for a first exploration in canoes in the early morning forest. We will see lots of birds and pink dolphins. Back for breakfast and then a walk in the forest and a visit to meet the people who live around the lake. They fish for a living, and grow manioc, fruits, rubber, wood and other things.
Piranha fishing at the end of the afternoon is not just for fishermen, it’s also an excellent time to watch the many tropical birds.
After dinner, another night outing in canoes to see more animals and admire the millions of stars and constellations in the southern hemisphere.
Croisière Amazonie / Manaus / Salvador

D7 - Amazon Cruise / Manaus / Salvador

A last excursion to see the birds and a good chance of seeing some Victoria Regia, the giant water lilies in the January ecological park. Navigation in canoes through the mysterious flooded forest punctuated by short walks to see fauna in the trees and water. Back to the boat for breakfast while we make our way to the « Meeting of the Waters » A unique spectacle where the brightly colored Amazon waters meet the dark waters of the Rio Negro without mixing together for several kms. Then back to the Hotel Tropical and on the way you will see the town of Manaus with its floating wharfs, its market, ancient customs house and opera, arriving at 11h30, end of the cruise
Transfer to the airport & flight to Salvador, transfer on arrival to the pousada of your choice.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice.




D8 - Salvador

The Candomblé, an afro Brazilian religion, is still practiced in all social levels; the state of Bahia is its birth place; The first capital of Brazil, Salvador, is well worth a visit with its polychrome houses, baroque churches from the colonial era and its festive atmosphere when you visit before and during the carnival.

Morninghistorical  centre sightseeing tour,
Walk in the heart of the old town (the Pelourinho): a magnificent collection of colonial houses, renovated in pastel colors (light & dark blue, bright pink, yellow and pale green), The paved streets, richly decorated churches : the San Francisco church – amazing baroque church where inside it seems covered with gold leaf – the basilica cathedral – ancient church of the Jesuit college built in the 17th century, a master piece of colonial baroque architecture.

Afternoonpanoramic sightseeing tour,
Departure by car to visit the lower town right out to the Itapagipe peninsula with its magnificent view. You will visit the Bonfim church, a shrine for the Bahianese people.
This church is the most famous one in Salvador. Built in 1754, it stands on a hill from where you can see the whole town with its rugged landscape. In its Sala dos Milagres (room of miracles) the ex-voto, that show the parts of the body healed by miracle, offered by the faithful in memory of a grace or cure given. They are also in the form of tickets describing promises made by the faithful. In the square in front of the church there are people selling coloured ribbons « fitas » that you tie around your wrist with 3 knots, each representing a wish which will be granted once the bracelet falls off through simple wear & tear. The visit continues with the Monte Serrat fort. The fort is on a headland on the Itapagipe peninsula and has a unique view of the Itaparica island and its bay. Built in 1583, it protected Salvador from attacks by the Dutch in the XVIIth century. Its harmonious shapes make it an architectural wonder built by the Brazilian military.

Overnight in the hotel of your choice.


D9 - Salvador / out

Transfer to airport.

Prices* from - based on the low season prices :

(*Prices 2015 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

Price for a double roomStandard category (3*)Superior category (4*)
Based on  2 pers2643 US$ / pers2769 US$ / pers
Based on  4 pers2307 US$ / pers2434 US$ / pers
IGUACUContinental InnHotel Bourbon
RIO DE JANEIROPorto Bay HotelHotel Sofitel
AMAZON CRUISETraditional boat cruisePremium boat cruise
SALVADORPousada do PilarHotel Pestana Convento do Carmo

Prices include :

Accommodation in a double room with Brazilian breakfast in the hotels chosen in the category (standard or superior),  transfers and excursions mentioned in the program with English speaking guide (or other language on request) and  monument entrance fees

You may extend your tour with these vacation packages  around Salvador :

Praia do Forte vacation package (3 nights)

Praia do Forte - BahiaOne hour from Salvador, the small seaside resort of Praia do Forte is an excellent choice for a quiet family beach holiday. The village is pleasant and has lots of restaurants for the evenings. One must visit the turtle conservation centre and there are several sports activities available such as golf close by.

Itacare / Txai Resort vacation package (3 nights)

Ilheus - Itacaré - BahiaThe Txai resort, is 48kms from Ilheus, in the wild setting of a 100 hectare property of atlantic forest. It is the only place on the Bahianese coast where you can find rocky cliffs, white sandy bays and the forest. The rooms vary from 45m² to  70m² with a terrace and the hotel’s motto is "excellence in the service and wellbeing".

Morro de São Paulo vacation package (3 nights)

Morro de São Paulo - BahiaThis village is about 2 hrs by boat south of Salvador and has become a busy and trendy seaside resort, especially the month before the carnival. The lodges and hotels are all located along the beaches that follow on after the village.