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and stay in Rio and Salvador and you experience the treasures of this vibrant country. Your take you to Rio De Janeiro, the country’s capital from 1763 to 1960, its second largest city and the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s easy to see why—ideally located between the mountains and the sea, Rio is blessed with a glorious shoreline and white-sand beaches, numerous cultural attractions and a lively nightlife. It also offers passionate soccer and Carnival, the most famous street party worldwide. You will decide that its nickname “maravilhosa,” or “marvelous city”, is an understatement once you experience Rio. Salvador, Bahia, was the first capital of colonial Brazil from 1549 until 1763, and one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas. This vibrant city is culturally diverse, evidenced in its cuisine, religion, and arts, reflecting a blend of African and European influences. You will find capoeira here, a unique mix of dance and martial art of Afro-Brazilian origin, spirited festivals, and beautifully restored Portuguese architecture. Salvador is a treasure not to be missed. This deluxe with touring by private car includes a half day city tour to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer, a half day historic tour in Salvador, and a Bahia by Night tour with dinner and a show.
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    Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel.


    Visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you’ll arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Then embark on a cogwheel train that ascends through the Tijuca Forest, a tropical rainforest, towards the peak of the mountain. Here you will find the statue of Christ the Redeemer, located 2,330 ft. above sea level. Enjoy the magnificent views! (B)


    Day at leisure. Choose from one of our available optional tours. (B)


    Morning at leisure, then transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport for your flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador and transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)


    Today we will learn about the history and contrasts of Salvador. We’ll start at one of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city—Barra--popular with tourists for its many attractions, and head towards the historic section known as The Pelourinho, designated a UNESCO World Cultural Center for its spectacular and well preserved colonial architecture. Here you can appreciate the splendid buildings from Salvador’s past, starting with the baroque-style São Francisco Church. Note its exquisite golden gilt woodwork interior. Next, head towards the Pelourinho Square, the cultural heart of the Center. Stroll along the cobble streets with your guide and hear about the early years of this magical place. You may likely catch live music performances in front of the colorful colonial buildings, as well as capoeira dance fights and lively bars and restaurants. (B)


    Day at leisure to choose one of the many optional tours available. Tonight we savor an exquisite dinner followed by a typical show. Enjoy a performance by the famed Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia). This stunning presentation showcases multiple African traditions that heavily influenced the local culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé, capoeira, and Samba de roda among other regional dances. An amazing evening to be remembered! (B,D)


    Day at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

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