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Brazil Cyity Break

SALVADOR

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Bahia situated on the NE coast of Brazil is a lovely tropical state with white sandy beaches, coconut groves, golden sunshine, refreshing blue sea and great weather year-round. It is the heart of Brazil. Once the economic, cultural and political center of the South Atlantic. Bahia is colonial, modern and mystical. White settler from Europe, black slaves from Africa, along with the native Indians built a harmonious life, which still prevails today. Salvador / The Saviour - capital of Bahia was the first capital of Brazil. There are enough churches for each day of the year; majestic and simple: made of gold, silver and stone like the São Francisco and Senhor do Bonfim. There are many museums like the Costa Pinto, which portray the art, customs and life of the past. Fortresses built centuries ago in medieval style still stand. Pelourinho is considered the most important architectural setting in the world that has completely restored recently. Bahia is a unique architectonic monument, with its old mansions and houses. The warmth of the “Baianos” and their openness is evident. People of mixed blood - mulattos - the result of an incredible mixture of races: black, white and indian. Religious festivals like the Capoeira, a dance game originated from the slaves using a musical bow “berimbau”, are fascinating. Bahia is known as the Land of All Saints. It is characterized by its profound and multiple religious beliefs specially Catholicism and Condomblé. Bahia is a fantastic mixing of religions, which constitutes a great part of Bahian soul.

DAY 1

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Transfer Airport / Hotel
Passengers will be met at the arrival gate and will be accompanied to the hotel. Guide will assist passengers with handling of luggage at the airport, at the hotel and check-in procedures.

DAY 2

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HD Historical city tour : Leaving the hotel, tour will stop at Barra Lighthouse, entrance to the All Saints Bay. Baia de Todos os Santos / All Saints’ Bay is not only biggest bay but also one of the biggest in the world. Barra Lighthouse was build using the foundations of the Santo Antonio Fort. After time for photos, tour will pass by Santa Maria Fortress, Porto da Barra where Tomé de Souza docked in the 16th Century; Ladeira da Barra, Vitória and its 19th Century mansions; Campo Grande and the monument of the Liberation of Bahia; Castro Alves Theater, Sete de Setembro Avenue and its throbbing commercial life; São Bento Monastery and last but not least - the main stage of Bahian Carnival - Castro Alves Square. This is the site of the Portuguese America. Tour will continue visiting the upper entrance of the Lacerda Lift; See Square; Terreiro de Jesus - a square with 5 churches, among them the Basilica Cathedral, the Saint Francis of Assissi church - built in the 18th Century and famous for its gold-inlaid interior. Pelourinho – declared in 1985 an UNESCO World Monument, Latin America’s biggest colonial complex with buildings dating back from the 16th, 17th and 18th Century, that has been completely overhauled by the city authorities. Another stop will be at Carmo church and monastery for a visit (Tour does not run on Sundays).

DAY 3

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Tonight, you will be taken to see the presentation of the Miguel Santana Theatre followed by dinner at typical bahian restaurant.
The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) is 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 seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin 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. (tour does not run on Sundays and Tuesdays)

DAY 4

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Transfer accompanied by the local guide, from the hotel to the airport for a flight to your next destination in Brazil.

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