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Day 1: Thursday – April 20th

Departure

Depart USA – New York or Miami after 6PM

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Day 2: Friday – April 21st

Goree Island

Morning arrival in Rio de Janeiro; clear customs and transfer to hotel.
Check into Golden Tulip Regente Hotel on beach.

7:00 PM – Rio by Night Plataforma Show and Dinner – Folklore show of samba and carnival featuring African-Brazilian performers – “Meu Brasil 500 Anos” (My Brazil 500 Years). An evening of music and dance as it evolved in Brazil over the past 500 years. The mesmerizing show begins with Native Indians, the arrival of Portuguese colonizers, then peoples from Africa, who introduced capoeira (an African martial art and dance) and the foot-tapping rhythm of samba. Before the show ends, visitors from other countries are recognized and a few bars of typical foreign music played. At the finale, artists dance the samba with spectators

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Day 3: Saturday – April 22nd

Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

Each day in Brazil begins with a lavish breakfast buffet, complete with the freshest of exotic local fruits, juices, cereals, pastries and hot and cold dishes.

10:00 AM – City Tour of Rio de Janeiro to include Corcovado (Christ Statue) – Corcovado

is what most people think of when they imagine Rio de Janeiro. Corcovado is a mountain that towers nearly 2,400 feet above the city, the summit acting as the base for the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, his arms outstretched to welcome all to the city spread out before him. Corcovado offers the most breathtaking view of Rio. The panorama stretches from Maracana and Guanabara Bay to the heart of Copacabana, Ipanema, and as far south as eblon and the Botanical Gardens. From this vantage point the crazy-quilt geography of Rio is more easily grasped.

Lunch is included.

1:00 PM – Tour Sugar Loaf Mountain

It is perhaps the most famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro. It’s a thrill to take the cable car up the two stages, up Morro do Urca and then Sugar Loaf itself, the latter so steep that you’ll never think you will make it. The biggest thrill is the view, which many say is the most romantic view of Rio. The view is indisputably magical and will convince you, if you still need convincing, that Rio is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Evening Free

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Day 4: Sunday – April 23rd:


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

10:00 AM – Visit the Hippie Handicraft Market

Well-known outdoor bazaar that fills the entire Praça General Osório found in the Ipanema district. You’ll find souvenir items as well as buy direct from an artists creating original design

Afternoon Free
Evening Free

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Day 5: Monday – April 24th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

Check out of hotel and enjoy an African Heritage City Tour – New Blacks Gallery/Burial Site

The burial site cemetery was part of what was once the busiest slave-trading complex in the Americas. Up to a million men and women first stepped onto the New World here and were then held in some 50 warehouses nearby until their sale. Many of the slaves died before being sold, weakened by the cross-Atlantic trip, and their bodies were buried in what was known as the “Cemetery of New Blacks,” which operated in Rio between 1769 and 1830, though it was closer to a dump than a cemetery. Bodies of such “new blacks,” called that because they had just arrived, were thrown into mass graves, burned, and their bones chopped up to make room for more. From some of the warehouses, the open-air cemetery could be seen and smelled, researchers said. The remains of some of the approximately 20,000 men, women and children interred there.

Departure for Salvador da Bahia; arrival and transfer to Bahia Othon Palace Hotel on the beach.

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Day 6: Tuesday – April 25th:


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

9:00 AM – City Tour of Salvador

Visit Upper and Lower City. The African roots of Brazil are traced on a city tour which combines the newer, modern section and the historical center of Salvador, the Pelourinho area, meaning “whipping post” after the pillory which stood in the main square, in front of the central slave market. This area is now a symbol of the African-Brazilian movement in Bahia and the home of many places of interest to those wishing to trace this underlying African influence. We visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum which traces the West African origins of the city and see the superb wooden sculpted panels of the orixá by Salvador’s most celebrated artist, Carybé. We visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous church built by slaves with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. The Casa do Benin ( Benin House) nearby further investigates this permeating African influence. We look in aon artists and sculptors at work and let the senses do the rest as we soak up the feel of this vibrant city. The buildings may be European but the rest is African.

Lunch included

6:00PM – Gemstones of Brazil

Brazil is known as the “gemstone capital of the world”. Here we will have an orientation to all of Brazil’s precious stones – how to distinguish levels of quality, origin and more. Of course, you will have every opportunity to purchase whatever suits your taste

Evening Free

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Day 7: Wednesday – April 26th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

8:00 AM –Full-Day visit to Cachoeira, local market and Boa Morte Sisterhood

Departure for a visit to the Recôncavo Region including the MST (Movement of Rural Landless Workers) settlement and Cachoeira meeting the sisterhood of Boa Morte. Today we travel to the historical city of Cachoeira, home of the Boa Morte. We leave the city behind and drive through the oldest farmland in Brazil. This is the land of sugarcane and tobacco plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets. We lunch in Cachoeira, a charming colonial town in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Paraguassu River and later take a walking tour of the town with its many wood sculptors, bustling market and visit the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte. The history of the Irmandade da Boa Morte (Sisterhood of the Good Death), a religious confraternity devoted to the Assumption of the Virgin, is part of the history of mass importation of blacks from the African coast to the cane-growing Recôncavo region of Bahia. Iberian adventurers built beautiful towns in this area, one of them being Cachoeira, which was the second most important economic center in Bahia for three centuries. In a patriarchal society marked by racial and ethnic differences, the confraternity is made up exclusively of black women, which gives this Afro-Catholic manifestation – as some consider it – a significant role in the annals of African Diaspora history. Besides the gender and race of the confraternity’s members, their status as former slaves and descendants of slaves is an important social characteristic without which it would be difficult to understand many aspects of the confraternity’s religious commitments. The former slaves have demonstrated enormous adroitness in worshipping in the religion of those in power without letting go of their ancestral beliefs, as well as in the ways they defend the interests of their followers and represent them.

Lunch Included
Late afternoon return to Salvador
Evening Free

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Day 8: Thursday – April 27th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

Take a schooner for a Full Day island tour to Itapricia

You will visit the islands of Baia de Todos os Santos (‘All Saints Bay”), including music, bar service and an experienced guide. At the first stop, you may enjoy a refreshing swim in the warm and crystal clear waters around the Ilha dos Frades. Then visit Itaparica, the most famous island in the bay. Its beaches and calm tide pools allow for a perfect diving adventure. Lunch is included. Don’t forget your sun and swim gear.

Return to Salvador and free evening.

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Day 9: Friday – April 28th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast

10:00AM –Visit to Ile Aiye and Ile Axe Opo Afonja

The Ile Aiye Cultural Association founded in 1974 by Vovo and the late Apolonio de Jesus, is the first and most important Bloco Afro of Bahia. Its’ name means “House of Life” in Yoruba and its’ objective is to preserve and expand African-Brazilian culture. During the past twenty-four years, the organization has been responsible for awakening within the black population of Bahia, the awareness of its African roots. At the center of it all is Mae Hilda, mother of Vovo, and Mae de Santo, Priestess of Candomble. She is the spiritual leader and foremost authority on Ile Aiye. Music is the main ingredient of Ile Aiye. In 1975 Ile Aiye became the first Afro bloco Afro group, to march in a Carnival parade. Over the years they have developed a number of projects praising the African culture. One of these is the Festa da Beleza Negra, the Festival of the Black Beauty. It is a competition in which a girl is chosen to represent the Deusa De Ebano (Ebony Goddess). Also, there are the Black Mother’s Day and the Music Festival. The Afro-Brazilian organization begun by Ile Aiye spawned many other similar groups in the 70’s and 80’s. They helped spread the word and rhythm of Afro-Brazil around their own country as well as throughout the world.
Visit a traditional candomblé terreiro or house of worship, Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá, established at the turn of the century, which has continued to maintain the religious and social values of African daily life. Mother Mae Stella of Oxóssi, one of the most highly respected priests of Brazil, is the Ialorixá of Ilê Axé Opô Afonjá. Our visit will focus on the religious and social traditions of the temple. We also visit the primary school in the grounds of the terreiro whose curriculum includes Yorubá language studies, the study of the spiritual and medicinal properties of sacred plants, as well as normal academic studies.

Lunch on your own

7:00 PM –Folklore Show and Dinner

The natural refinement of the dances and dancers in the company is due to the fact that the State of Bahia is the region in Brazil where one finds these cultural manifestations in people’s everyday lives. The result is an integrated performance where dance, music and other aspects of the region are presented on one integrated show.

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Day 10: Saturday – April 29th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast
Morning Free
Afternoon Check out of hotel
Transfer to airport for departure to USA
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Day 11: Sunday – April 30th


Brazilian Buffet Breakfast
Morning arrival in the USA – New York/MIA at approximately 6AM.

Additional information

DestinationBrazil
Duration11 Days
MonthApril
OccupancyDouble, Single

Tour includes: Roundtrip air from JFK or MIAMI, English speaking guides, all taxes, all admissions, First class accommodations, air conditioned motorcoaches, air from Rio to Bahia, breakfast daily and other meals as noted in the itinerary. A visa is required.

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