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Friday 7th October – Day 1: WASHINGTON DC / MIAMI / SALVADOR

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6:35 PM – After the completion of all of your preparations, we will meet for the first flight of our journey. Our flight will depart from Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, Terminal B for Miami where you will connect with your flight to Rio de Janeiro. You will pack your carry-on with all the things needed for the 8½ hour flight between Miami and Rio.

PLEASE BE SURE TO ADHERE TO THE AIRLINE’S STRICT LUGGAGE WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS (detailed in “IMPORTANT NOTES” attached). Also, please be sure that you do not have any “restricted” items in your carry-on that would impede the check-in procedure

8:38 PM – Depart on American Airlines flight AA 2206 for Miami International Airport.

10:09 PM – Arrive Miami where you will change terminals and proceed to the International Terminal (Terminal I) for your onward flight to Salvador Bahia.

11:55 PM – Depart on American Airlines flight AA 229. A light meal and refreshments will be served on board.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Dinner on board.


Saturday 8th October – Day 2: SALVADOR

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9:12 AM – Arrive at Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport where a Harvey World Travel representative will meet you and will be with you for the duration of your tour in Brazil. The time difference in Salvador is 3 hours ahead of EST.

Salvador, the capital of Bahia state, is a much diversified city which is steeped in history. It has a remarkable historic center and stunning beaches. It is also the black capital of Brazil.

After clearing through customs and immigration, you will have an opportunity to visit an airport bank to change your traveler’s checks or cash (ATM’s are widely available).

After being welcomed to Brazil by the customary Folklore Dancers, we will board the coach for a visit to a traditional candomblé house of worship established at the turn of the century, a long way from the then center of the city. The expansion of the city has meant that the temples grounds have been surrounded by the growing metropolis but the temple maintains the traditional religious and social values of African daily life. Our visit will focus on the religious and social traditions of the temple.

1:30 PM – We will visit the Sao Joaquim Mercado (open air market) for some shopping and lunch (for your own account).

3:30 PM – You will be transferred to your hotel, Sheraton da Bahia Hotel.

Located close to Barra Beach and recently completely renovated, the Sheraton da Bahia Hotel is situated a short driving distance from the city center in a quiet neighborhood, close to various shopping centers, banks, bars, restaurants, museums and one of the largest handicraft markets in the city.

After checking in to our hotel, you will have a few hours at leisure, and you may choose to enjoy the oceanfront swimming pool, sauna, gym and game room.

7:00 PM – We will meet for dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Terra à Vista, which serves up both Bahian and international cuisine, for a “welcome dinner”. A brief informative and “get-to-know your fellow travelers” session will be held.

Overnight: Sheraton da Bahia Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Sunday 9th October – Day 3: SALVADOR

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6:00 AM – Wake up call

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:00 AM – We will board our coach and transfer to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous black church, built with meagre resources over a period of almost a hundred years and The Benin’s House (Casa do Benin), that plays the important role of strengthening the ties between Bahia and African nations, promoting cultural exchange and housing a rich collection of objects and works of art from the Gulf of Benin, from where the majority of blacks who populated Bahia came from.

The tour continues to the lower city which takes us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where the first holiday residences were built. Now a peaceful family district, life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners are at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil.

There will be a lunch stop along the way (for your own account).

1:00 PM – We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and ending at Mercado Modelo, a thriving and colorful market for local goods and souvenirs, before returning back to our hotel in the late afternoon.

7:00 PM – Our coach will transfer us to the popular Odoya Restaurant where we will have dinner. Infectious African beats bounce out of this warm, welcoming restaurant and bar in the historic Pelourinho district of Salvador..

9:30 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel.

Overnight: Sheraton da Bahia Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Monday 10th October – Day 4: SALVADOR

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7:00 AM – Wake up call

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:00 AM – We will board the coach for a city tour which introduces you to Salvador City showing how it has changed throughout the ages to become the Salvador of today. Founded in 1549, Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil; in music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from Salvador. It is the 3rd largest city in Brazil.

Starting out along the bay, the tour then works its way through Salvador’s tree-lined streets up to Pelourinho, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its spectacular and well preserved colonial architecture. Leaving our vehicle behind in the Municipal Square, close to the Lacerda lift, we will continue on foot, giving visitors the opportunity to fully appreciate the splendid buildings that take us back in time to the beginnings of this vibrant city. Along the way, we will stop off at the São Francisco Church, with its extravagant gold leaf baroque designs, from where we will continue our tour, heading towards the Largo do Pelourinho, at the heart of the neighborhood.

There will be a lunch stop along the way (for your own account).

Early afternoon transfer to our hotel.

5:00 PM – Meet in the hotel lobby. This evening you will visit the Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia). They are one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. The company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a stunning presentation of the multiple African traditions that heavily influence the Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé; puxada de rede a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá the goddess of the sea; maculelê an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art / dance of Angolan origin and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. After the show, we will have our “farewell” dinner at Uaua restaurant.

10:00 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel.

Overnight: Sheraton da Bahia Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Tuesday 11th October – Day 5: SALVADOR BAHIA / RIO DE JANEIRO

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7:30 AM – Wake up call

8:30 AM – Luggage pull

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:30 AM – You will you check out of the hotel and board the coach for transfer to Salvador’s Airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Your tour leader will show you to the TAM Airlines check in desks.

11:16 AM – Depart on TAM Airlines flight JJ 3191 for Rio. Snacks and beverages can be purchased on board from the food trolley.

1:24 PM – Arrive at Rio’s Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (popularly known as Galeão). Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil, and the sixth largest city in the Americas.

After collecting our luggage, we will board our coach and transfer to our hotel, The Windsor Leme Hotel. Located alongside the Copacabana Beach, the The Windsor Leme Hotel is ideally located with easy access to the center of Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach. The hotel features a spacious deck with a swimming pool and panoramic views of the nearby beach and surrounding native vegetation. We are expected to arrive at our hotel at about 3:00 PM and you will have a few hours at leisure before dinner.

6:45 PM – We will meet in the lobby and board our coach for transfer to a nearby “Brazilian” Style restaurant for dinner.

9:30 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel.

Overnight: The Windsor Leme Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast on board, Dinner.


Wednesday 12th October – Day 6: RIO DE JANEIRO

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7:00 AM – Wake up call

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM – We will board the coach and transfer to Guanabara Bay for a morning cruise. On the 1st of January 1502 a Portuguese squad, commanded by Goncalves, discovered the Guanabara Bay and, judging it to be a great river, and that time being January; he gave it the name of Rio de Janeiro. Guanabara Bay is the largest bay in the world based on volume of water, has several islands such as the Governor’s Island, Fundao and Snakes Island. In the west, you will see Rio de Janeiro, and facing east – the municipal district of Niteroi. A city vision is discovered as you leave “Marina da Gloria” by saveiro (schooner), neighborhoods of Botafogo, Flamengo, Urca, Sugar Loaf, Fort Sao Joao, Flagstone Island, Santa Cruz Fortress, Rio-Niteroi Bridge and more.

1:00 PM – You will return to the shore and we will board our coach and transfer to the Barra da Tijuca’s expansive nine-mile beach and shopping center, known to Cariocas as “Baja,” is popular among sun-seekers and shoppers alike. Along the shore, you’ll find plenty of inexpensive shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants as well as kiosks selling coconut water. The adjacent shopping mall is the largest in South America. There are many options available to you for lunch (for your own account).

3:30 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the many exciting sites that Rio has to offer, or perhaps relax around the hotel’s pool or on one of Rio’s famous beaches.

6:00 PM – Our coach will transfer us to Avenida Atlântica for “The Night Market in Copacabana”. This is probably the optimal souvenir market catering heavily for tourists, and as such is a good bet for football shirts, capoeira pants, hammocks, T-shirts and souvenirs.

8:00 PM – We will return to the hotel where we will have dinner in the main restaurant.

Overnight: The Windsor Leme Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Thursday 13th October – Day 7: RIO DE JANEIRO

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6:00 AM – Wake up call

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:30 AM – We board our coach and we will visit the Christ Statue, recently elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill.

Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors will experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”!

We will stop along the way for lunch at a local restaurant (for your own account).

The tour continues on a panoramic tour of Rio’s main beaches, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, and includes a cable car visit to the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay.

Late afternoon transfer back to our hotel where you will have time to freshen up before our evening’s activities.

7:00 PM – We will meet in the hotel lobby before boarding our coach to transfer to our dinner venue. Your final evening in Rio is at the famous Rioscenarium. Located in 3 floors of an old Brazilian colonial building, you will enjoy lively Brazilian music, which is awesome. Here you will enjoy three floors of fun. One of the amazing things about Rioscenarium is how spacious it is. Four buildings were joined to create it. The two top floors overlook the dance floor and stage at ground level, allowing you to talk to without shouting and still listen to the music. Antiques are everywhere. There are collections of all kinds – clocks, scooters, radios, mannequins – lining every wall and corner. Start with dinner specializing in local foods and delicacies. Then, sway to the Brazilian Big Band sounds of mache, bossa nova, samba, lambada and more.

9:30 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel.

Overnight: The Windsor Leme Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Friday 14th October – Day 8: RIO DE JANEIRO / MIAMI

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7:30 AM – Wake up call

8:30 AM – Luggage pull

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:30 AM – Your luggage will be loaded on to our luxury coach and we will embark on a heritage tour of Rio. This tour traces the footsteps of Afro-Brazilian culture in Rio from the first arrival of the African slaves to the in dissociable image of Rio and Carnival.

Begin at Praça XV the original port of Rio and learn how the slave trade became one of the most valuable commodities of its time. Then continue to the recently unearthed Cais (docks) do Valongo, where the commerce of slaves was transferred, away from society’s eyes. Walk up to the newly restored Jardins (gardens) do Valongo, a 1906 attempt to erase the past during the Pereira Passos era of transforming Rio into a cosmopolitan Capital. From here you can see the old Largo do Depósito, where the actual commerce took place.

We will drive to the other side of the Conceição Hill and descend at Pedra do Sal. Here, freed and slaved Africans gathered to rest, sing, dance, and celebrate their culture. It is here that many years later samba gained its first tunes. The journey across the sea was terrible, many of the Africans disembarked dead, or about to die. They were buried in a common ditch, close to the port, but the exact location was unknown until 1996, when a family looking to expand their home, discovered bones buried in their backyard. The Pretos Novos Cemetery is now a Cultural Center to remind us of the shame and horror of that period. Our last stop will be at Favela Providencia, the first in Rio. Created to facilitate the lives of the hills residents, the brand new Providencia Cable Car will allow you to have a birds’ eye view of this favela.

We will stop along the way for lunch at a local restaurant (for your own account).

4:00 PM – Our coach will transfer us to Rio’s Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, and upon arrival we will proceed to the American Airlines check in desk for your flight to Miami.

8:20 PM – Depart on American Airlines flight AA 904. A light meal and refreshments will be served on board.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner on board.


Saturday 15th October – Day 9: MIAMI / WASHINGTON DC

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4:15 AM – Arrive at Miami International Airport where you will collect your luggage and proceed through customs and and then proceed to Domestic Terminal where you will re-check your luggage at the American Airlines check-in desk for your onward flight to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport.

7:00 AM – Depart for Washington DC on American Airlines flight AA 1441.

9:31 AM – Arrive Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, Terminal B.

TOUR ARRANGEMENTS TERMINATE

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Saturday 15th October – Day 8: RIO DE JANEIRO / IGUASSU FALLS

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6:30 AM – Wake up call

7:30 AM – Luggage pull

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM – Your luggage will be loaded on to our luxury coach and we will transfer to Rio’s Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, and upon arrival we will proceed to the GOL Airlines check in desk for your flight to Iguassu Falls (Brazilian side).

10:00 AM – Depart on GOL Airlines flight G3 1462. A light meal and refreshments will be served on board.

11:59 AM – Arrive at Foz Do Iguaçu, International Airport where you will collect your luggage and board our coach for transfer to our hotel, the 4-star Bourbon Cataratas Convention Resort for check in.

2:00 PM – After check in, we will board our coach and take the short ride to the Iguassu National Park and spend the afternoon exploring the Brazilian side of the falls with a Local Expert, including a scenic walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls. Formed approximately 150 million years ago, the area is composed of approximately 275 waterfalls (depending on the water level). The Iguazu Falls are arranged in a way that resembles a reversed letter “J”. The border between Brazil and Argentina runs through the Devil’s Throat. On the right bank is the Brazilian territory, which has just over 20% of the jumps of these falls, and the left side jumps are Argentine, which make up almost 80% of the falls..

Late afternoon transfer back to your hotel where you will have a few hours at leisure before dinner.

7:00 PM – Dinner will be in the main restaurant in the hotel.

Overnight: Bourbon Cataratas Convention Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Sunday 16th October – Day 09: IGUASSU FALLS / BUENOS AIRES

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6:30 AM – Wake up call

7:30 AM – Luggage pull

From 7:00 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

8:30 AM – Your luggage will be loaded on to our luxury coach and we will transfer across the border into Argentina where we will spend some time getting acquainted with the geography of this unique region at the Visitors Centre before entering Iguassu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls and to such endangered species as the giant otter and giant anteater. Board an open-air ecological jungle train and bask in the majesty of the many different views and perspectives of the falls. Along the way, take a walk on a protruding catwalk to get an up-close view of the cascades and view the thundering Devil’s Throat Falls.

12:30 PM – After our morning visit to the Falls, we once again board our coach for transfer to the Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport (also known as Mayor Carlos Eduardo Krause Airport) and proceed to the LAN Airlines check in desk for your flight to Buenos Aires.

2:15 PM – Depart on LAN Airlines flight LA 4027. A light meal and refreshments will be served on board.

4:10 PM – Arrive at Jorge Newbery Airport where you will collect your luggage and board our coach for transfer to our hotel, the 4-star America Towers Hotel for check in.

6:45 PM – We will board our coach and transfer to the nearby La Parolaccia Restaurant where typically Argentinian cuisine is served.

9:30 PM – The coach returns us to our hotel.

Overnight: America Towers Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Monday 17th October – Day 10: BUENOS AIRES

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7:00 AM – Wake up call

From 7:00 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:00 AM – Get acquainted with Argentina’s largest city and capital this morning with a guided visit. Departing from the hotel to get to 9 de Julio Ave. the world’s widest boulevard, passing the famous Colon Opera house, the Obelisk commemorating the first founding of the city in 1536 to get to Plaza de Mayo (May Square). The square is bordered by the Cabildo (the old town hall dating from 1751), the Casa Rosada – Government House and the Cathedral housing the Mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s greatest national hero. The tour continues to La Boca, an area greatly influenced by the Italian immigrants who settled there, and the brightly painted houses of ‘Caminito’ street. The tour continues along Buenos Aires docks and San Martín Square towards Palermo Chico residential district and Palermo Park with its jacaranda and palo borracho trees which flower in the spring and late summer. The ride continues to Recoleta elegant district to visit Recoleta Cemetery where the famous are laid to rest (including Eva Peron).

12:30 PM – We will stop at the popular La Cabrera Restaurant for lunch. After lunch we will visit the popular Feria de Recoleta market do some shopping. Here you will find high quality artisan goods ranging from silver, yerba mate gourds, leather, pottery, jewelry, all both traditional and modern. Music, food vendors, acrobats and street performers can often be found wandering around or setting up shop within close proximity.

3:00 PM – We will return to the hotel along the stylish Alvear Ave. and you will have a few hours at leisure.

6:30 PM – No visit to Argentina is complete without witnessing one of their famous Tango shows. Enjoy a top-quality tango show with professional tango singers and dancers, in one of the most exclusive atmospheres of Buenos Aires´ nightlife. Dinner will be served during the show.

Late PM transfer back to our hotel.

Overnight: America Towers Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Tuesday 18th October – Day 11: BUENOS AIRES / URUGUAY / BUENOS AIRES

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7:00 AM – Wake up call

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

9:00 AM – Cross the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil this morning for a full day tour. On the Uruguayan side, a Local Expert takes you on a tour through the UNESCO World Heritagelisted historic district of charming Colonia del Sacramento. After a leisurely Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoy time to stroll through the exclusive art galleries and shops on your own. Return by hydrofoil to Argentina later this afternoon.

7:00 PM – End your South American adventure with a relaxing evening and farewell dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: America Towers Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


Wednesday 19th October – Day 12: BUENOS AIRES / MIAMI

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7:30 AM – Wake up call

8:30 AM – Luggage pull

From 6:30 – A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

FULL DAY ACTIVITIES (morning at leisure, then visit a popular market where you will have lunch (for your own account).

4:00 PM – You will board the coach for transfer Arrive at Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport, (more popularly known as Ezeiza International Airport) for your flight back to Washington DC. Proceed to the American Airlines check-in desk for check-in for your flight, via Miami, to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport.

8:10 PM – Depart for Miami on American Airlines flight AA 900.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Breakfast.


Thursday 20th October – Day 13: MIAMI / WASHINGTON DC

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4:28 AM – Arrive at Miami International Airport where you will collect your luggage and proceed through customs and and then proceed to Domestic Terminal where you will re-check your luggage at the American Airlines check-in desk for your onward flight to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport.

7:00 AM – Depart for Washington DC on American Airlines flight AA 1441.

9:31 AM – Arrive Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, Terminal B.

TOUR ARRANGEMENTS TERMINATE