Brazil Custom Group Vacation Package and Tour – Salvador Carnaval (5 Nights)
Brazil Custom Group Vacation Package and Tour – Salvador Carnaval
Travel to Brazil with this 5 Nights Personalized Salvador Carnival Vacation Package with Accommodations, Carnival Camarote and Abada tickets, and Private Tours and Transfers. Contact our Brazil Travel Agents for your Custom Brazil Group Vacation Package. We focus on Groups of 8 or more Travelers.
Experience Carnival in Salvador, considered the biggest street party in the world. Salvador is known for its history, beating African culture, and natural beauty. This truly African-Brazilian city will awaken your senses with its exquisite culinary flavors and the rhythm of its electrifying music. Carnival in Salvador is a celebration of life that you will never forget.
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Day 1 – Salvador
Upon arrival, a guide will be waiting for you with your name on a sign. A private transfer to your hotel will follow.
Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries. The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the Bay of All Saints. It was built on two levels with administration buildings and residences constructed on the hills, with forts, docks, and warehouses on the beaches. To this day the city is still divided into upper and lower cities. Many of the city’s baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil’s historic patrimony. In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible. This can be seen from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraje), to the ceremonies of candomblé which honor both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the capoeira schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught.
Salvador is not only one of Brazil’s oldest cities, but one if its most gay-friendly as well. One of Salvador’s most popular and touristic neighborhoods is Barra; which is home to a variety of gay bars, saunas, hotels, and the most popular attended gay beach in the city. The annual Carnaval of Salvador attracts millions people and is one the most popular events in Brazil and worldwide, as everyone flocks to the streets for the 6-day long party.
Day 2 – Salvador
On this tour we will explore the lower part of the city, including the quiet waters of Itapagipe Bay where the first holiday residences were built. It also includes a visit to the famous Bonfim Church (closed on Mondays) and the Modelo Market (closed on Sundays and holidays at afternoon) where we will find several craftsmen selling local works. The Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Church of our Lord of Bonfim) inaugurated in 1754 is one of the most popular in Brazil and certainly the most representative of blended religion constructed in the country. Dedicated to Jesus Christ, the Bonfin’s church is also the place for the cult of Oxalá, supreme divinity of candomblé. We will continue the excursion with a stop at the Monte Serrat Fort. This military construction fort from 1587 combines medieval and colonial architecture and provides a panoramic view of “All Saints Bay”. Crossing the suburbs that surround the bay, we arrive at the heart of the inner-city. At the end of the trip we will take a stroll down Porto da Barra, one of main tourist points of the city and a hot spot.
The Salvador Carnival is by far the biggest street party in the world. Every year, around 2 million people participate in the Salvador Carnival Parades. During six consecutive days, from about 5pm to 5am, dozens of Bands make a parade along the streets, playing on big trucks (called Trios).
The largest street carnival on Earth is held in Salvador Bahia, the `Land of Happiness` and gateway to the tropical northeast coast of Brazil. The Barra-Ondina circuit is the most popular route where the trios start at the the Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse) and go until the adjoining neighborhood for a few kilometers.
There are 3 main ways to enjoy Carnaval as outlined below:
Bloco – You can dance on the streets inside a safety area surrounding the Trio, protected by bodyguards and thus isolated from the crowd. To be accepted it is necessary to buy a t-shirt (called Abadá), that identifies you as a member of that Trio/Bloco
Camarote – You can watch the Carnaval from the Camarote, a balcony located along the avenues above the streets. They offer drinks, food, music, a dancing environment, and more depending on the specific camarote.
Pipoca – You can simply dance on the streets with the crowd for free called “Pipoca” (popcorn), which is a funny way to describe how the crowd looks from a distance.
The first night you will have the opportunity to enjoy the camarote of Licia Fabio. The camarote is situated at the Monte Pascoal Hotel in Barra and will feature an open bar and themed costume party.
Day 3 – Salvador
On Friday night, you will enjoy a Bloco.
Day 4 – Salvador
A full day Schooner tour departing from Maritime Terminal in Salvador.
9:00 – 11:30 -During the tour, you will pass by some the most stunning points of Salvador including the São Marcelo Fort, the Bonfim Church, and Tainheiros Cove. You will have the opportunity to stop at Ilha de Maré to take pictures and enjoy the stunning views of this tropical island. Next we will head towards Ilha dos Frades following the coast of Ilha de Maré. We will reach the beach of Loreto with its charming colonial church that overlooks the island of Bom Jesus.
11:30 – 12:30– You will have the opportunity to swim at Loreto Beach on Ilha das Frades and also enjoy the relaxing natural pools.
12:30 – 14:30 – You will return to the Schooner Resort boat that will anchor at the Loreto Cove, one of the most protected places in the bay with an array of tropical vegetation. Here there will be served an exclusive buffet lunch prepared by the Chef.
14:30 – 16:30 –After lunch, we will continue the tour navigating around Ilha dos Frades and passing by other islands, sand banks, and the Nossa Senhor Point of Guadalupe with its beaches of crystalline waters before arriving back in Salvador.
17:00 – Arrival back at the Maritime Terminal in Salvador, in time to enjoy the nighttime Carnaval festivities.
Beco das Artistas
In the evening, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Salvador for a night out in the city! First you will tour the Beco dos Artistas. This is a stretch of simple bars close to the Traditional Castro Alves Theater in the historic center, and one of the principal points in the Salvador.
Day 5 – Salvador
Take this day to spend some time at Porto da Barra, Pelourinho, enjoy the Carnaval during the day, or even explore some of the more uninhabited beaches that Salvador has to offer.
Day 6 – Salvador
On this last day, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Salvador airport.
Salvador Hotel Options
- 5 star – Aram Yami Hotel
- 5 star – Pestana Convento do Carmo
- 5 star – Deville Prime Salvador
- 4 star – Casa do Amarelindo
- 4 star – Villa Bahia Hotel
- 4 star – Grand Hotel Stella Maris Resort
- 4 star – Fera Palace Hotel
- 4 star – Sao Salvador Hoteis e Convencoes
- 3 star – Bahia Cafe Hotel
- 3 star – Pousada Papaya Verde
- 3 star – Pousada Estrela do Mar
Salvador Tour Options
- Private Airport transfers
- Full Day Salvador City Tour featuring Pelourinho
- Bahia Folkloric Ballet show Folkloric Dinner Show in a UNESCO World Heritage sea front Fort
- A typical Bahian lunch Mercado Modelo and other historical sites
- 4-Wheeler tour through Atlantic Forest with a river stop
- Canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River
- Typical Bahian lunch at a fisherman village
- Complementary stress release massage