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About this Tour
‘African Heritage’ Bahia & Rio  

11 days / 9 nights
Salvador (6 nts) / Rio de Janeiro (3 nts)


Tour / Package Extensions, Local Sightseeing Tours, Car Rental and/or other services can be arranged, subject to availability and price alteration.


Brazilians of African ancestry share much of their history with African-Americans, in their arrival and adaptations to the ‘New World’. Their customs and religions may have been influenced by centuries of Latin, instead of Anglo-Saxon upbringing, but there is much in common between African descendants in North and South America.
Salvador, in the State of Bahia, formerly the capital of Brazil, was the main port of entry for much of the colonial period and is today one of the country’s most fascinating and historical cities. Four centuries of blending African, Portuguese and Native Brazilian influences have created a rich culture, with many well preserved features from the Colonial era. Besides Bahia’s famous sandy beaches, there is a wealth of places to visit in Salvador, including over 300 churches and excellent museums such as the Afro-Brazilian and Sacred Arts, as well as some of Brazil’s finest examples of colonial architecture. Faithful to traditions brought from Africa, the people of Bahia have diverse customs and religions and ‘Candomble’ is one of their most prominent spiritual orientations. Bahia folklore also reflects a rich cultural diversity and ‘Capoeira’, originally a martial-art of self-defense, is now a delightful form of dance entertainment, like a blend of ballet and acrobatics.
Rio de Janeiro, with its spectacular mountains and beautiful beaches, is world famous for its laid-back and fun loving ways. Samba and soccer are the native’s greatest passions and both are practices at Rio’s beaches on a daily basis. Rio is also a shopping paradise, with the best buys being jewelry, leather goods and casual clothes. The quality is excellent and the prices are low. For the greatest bargains don’t miss the Hippie Fair, a famous part of Rio’s lively and colorful traditions.

Suggested Intinerary
  Day 1: USA / Salvador (Bahia)
Overnight flight. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
    Day 7: Salvador (Bahia)
On your last day in Bahia, go back to your favorite spot in town or mingle with the locals at the beach. There are shopping centers nearby and in the evening you can join in the fun at one of the nightspots in the ‘Pelourinho’ old quarter.
  Day 2: Salvador (Bahia)
Upon arrival in Salvador, you will be met at the airport and transportation to your hotel will be provided. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the surroundings.
    Day 8: Salvador (Bahia) / Rio
Departure transfer with assistance, for your flight to Rio. You will be met by the local Skyline’s representative and transportation to your hotel will be provided. The rest of the day is free. A favorite pastime for the locals, who are known as ‘Cariocas’ is to stroll or jog along the promenades on the beachfront. The Hippie Fair is only on Sundays, so you may want to schedule your stay in Rio to coincide.
  Day 3: Salvador (Bahia)
Morning ‘African Heritage’ tour of Salvador, featuring visits to the African Museum and Praca da Se in Salvador’s old quarter of Pelourinho, as well as the Cathedral and other important sights. Afternoon free.
    Day 9: Rio de Janeiro
Your morning tour will take you to Corcovado mountain, rising 2,329 feet above sea level, with spectacular views of the “Marvelous City” of Rio. The statue of  Christ adds majestic proportions to this deservedly recognized site as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. Your tour will also include a visit to Tijuca Forest.
  Day 4: Salvador (Bahia)
Day free. Time to relax at one of Salvador’s beaches or enjoy a stroll through the bustling city center. There are lively markets selling local arts and crafts, as well as food delicacies. In the evening dinner and folklore show at one of Salvador’s typical nightspots.
    Day 10: Rio de Janeiro
Day at leisure. You can taka an optional tour to visit the Sugar Loaf mountain, where you climb up a solid rock 1,299 feet high by cable car for great views of  Rio’s main beaches and the city. A complimentary optional visit to a Gem factory is available upon request.
  Day 5: Salvador (Bahia)
Today you may want to go on an optional sightseeing tour to Cachoeira, a remote village in Bahia’s countryside which is one of the best preserved locations of historical significance from the colonial days.
    Day 11: Rio de Janeiro / USA
You will have time for some last minute shopping and to enjoy a stroll along the promenades on the ocean front like the ‘Cariocas’. Late afternoon departure transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
  Day 6: Salvador (Bahia)
Day free to do as you please. An optional cruise by schooner boat is recommended for a relaxing day exploring Bahia’s beautiful coastline and tropical island. This evening you may want to attend a ‘Candomble’ ceremony.
Hotels Featured     Package Features
No.of Nts   Location   Hotel Name   Category
  Salvador   Marazul  
* * * *
  Rio de Janeiro
Tulip Regente
* * * *
  Salvador   Pestana Bahia  
* * * * *
  Rio de Janeiro   Othon Palace  
* * * *
Where only one hotel category is listed, the same hotel is featured for both Deluxe and Superior.
• Round trip Airfare.
• Accommodation for 9 nights at the hotels featured.
• Brazilian breakfast daily.
• Escorted sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
• Round trip airport transfers with assistance, in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.
• Hotel Taxes and service charges.
• Services of the local Skyline Representatives.

Daily departures.

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