Travel 2 Touring 18/19

SOUTH AMERICA

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £1739pp

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Witness the kaleidoscopic colours of the Sambadrome • Experience the pulsating energy of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival • Soak up spectacular views from Corcovado Mountain • Marvel at the legendary Christ the Redeemer statue • Dance up a storm in Rio, the world’s samba capital • Ride the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain

6 day Rio Carnival Experience Rio Carnival • Corcovado Mountain • Sugarloaf Mountain

Day 1: Arrive Rio de Janeiro On arrival into Rio de Janeiro transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon join your guide and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting with the option to join a welcome meal at a local restaurant afterwards (payable locally). Day 2: Rio de Janeiro This morning join an orientation walk with your local guide to get to know the local area. Afterwards you may opt to join one of the local ‘blocos’ (street parades), these are great fun, often very crowded, hot and lively! The local ‘cariocas’ will be all dressed up, so make sure you bring your glitter! Alternatively you may choose to explore the city or go to the beach. The optional evening activity is a night out at Rio Scenarium. Rio Scenarium is a night club, a restaurant and an antiques warehouse all rolled into one and covers 3 amazing floors in a superb colonial mansion. During Carnival time there are usually live bands, Samba forro and gafiera music. It’s a great way to Rise early and head to Corcovado and its world- famous statue of Christ the Redeemer for a half-day guided tour. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro, and if the weather is clear there is also a fantastic view over the rest of the city including Sugarloaf Mountain. In the evening it’s time for the main event of the week – the parade in the Sambadrome. The top samba schools parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours. Day 4: Rio de Janeiro This morning is free for you to recover from last night in the Sambadrome! It’s a great chance to hit the beach, explore the city or simply have a lie in. In the afternoon embark on a guided visit to Sugarloaf Mountain, rising almost 400 metres above the harbour. Take the cable car up to the top for wonderful vistas over the city and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. If the weather is clear you will also be able to see Christ the Redeemer looking down at the city from the top of Corcovado Mountain. Return to the Sambadrome this evening but this time nearer the start of the Parade and close to the judges. You’ll be experience Carioca life! Day 3: Rio de Janeiro

right in the middle of the action and ready to party the night away all over again. There is also the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway – a once in a lifetime experience (additional cost, payable in advance). Note: If you want to partake in the parade this must be booked around 3 months in advance of departure. It requires a decent level of fitness as dancing in the heat can be physically demanding. Day 5: Rio de Janeiro Today is a free day to explore Rio de Janeiro further, and perhaps to find one of the blocos (street parades) that take place during the Carnival and continue the party. In the afternoon there’s the option to go for a guided visit to the Morrinho Project, a favela community project supported by Dragoman. Day 6: Depart Rio de Janeiro Your tour concludes today, ask about extending your stay in Brazil with a Amazon or Iguassu Falls extension.

TOUR DETAILS

£1739 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation

• Entrance ticket to Sambadrome on day 3 (day 4 entrance is an additional charge) • Orientation walking tour of Rio, half day guided tours of Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains DEPARTURES 2019: Mar 1; 2020: Feb 21 Note: Early booking is advised as these tours fill up quickly

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 22 max

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 stars Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Ask about adding a wider tour of Brazil to this itinerary or perhaps twin it with Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires.

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