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Day 1: WASHINGTON DC / SALVADOR

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PM departure from Washington’s Dulles for an overnight flight to Salvador Bahia.

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

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Dinner on board.


Day 2: SALVADOR

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AM Arrival at Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport where a Yates Tours 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.

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

Late PM transfer 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.

In the evening 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.


Day 3: SALVADOR

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Early Wake up call

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

After breakfast, 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).

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.

In the evening, 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..

After dinner, the coach returns us to our hotel.

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


Day 4: SALVADOR

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Wake up call

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

After breakfast, 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.

Early evening, 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.

After the show, the coach returns us to our hotel.

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


Day 5: SALVADOR BAHIA / RIO DE JANEIRO

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Wake up call

Luggage pull

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

After breakfast, 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.

Depart on your 2 hour flight for Rio. Snacks and beverages can be purchased on board from the food trolley.

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.

In the evening, we will meet in the lobby and board our coach for transfer to a nearby “Brazilian” Style restaurant for dinner.

After dinner, the coach returns us to our hotel.

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


Day 6: RIO DE JANEIRO

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Wake up call

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

After breakfast, 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.

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).

Late afternoon, 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.

Early evening, 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.

We will return to the hotel where we will have dinner in the main restaurant.

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


Day 7: RIO DE JANEIRO

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Wake up call

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

After breakfast, 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.

Early evening, 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.

After dinner, the coach returns us to our hotel.

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


Day 8: RIO DE JANEIRO / WASHINGTON DC

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Wake up call

Luggage pull

A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

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).

In the late afternoon, 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.

Depart for Washington DC on our overnight flight. A light meal and refreshments will be served on board.

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


Day 9: WASHINGTON DC

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Early morning arrival into Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

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15th – 17th October 2018

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