Enjoy a tropical sojourn north along the Brazilian coast to Barbados, on a journey dotted with vibrant cities, historic architecture, lush rainforests and white-sand beaches. From bustling Rio de Janeiro and lively Belém, “Gateway to the Amazon,” to sleepy Îles du Salut, you will encounter a melting pot of cultures, rhythms and flavors that makes this region one of the most intriguing on the planet.
Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and step on board your ship to begin your journey. Your overnight stay allows time to discover this colorful city on your own.
Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro
The Cidade Maravilhosa, or “Marvelous City,” is blessed with a stunning setting so unique that UNESCO gave it World Heritage Site status. Gaze at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue perched atop Corcovado mountain and admire the azure-blue waters as they lap against the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Take a cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and marvel at the panoramic vistas below.
Day 3 - Armação dos Búzios
Búzios was a sleepy fishing port before French actress Brigitte Bardot visited in 1964. Soon wealthy international visitors started to arrive, attracted by its beautiful beaches, lush landscapes and a tranquil, carefree atmosphere. Discover Búzios charm as you stroll the cobbled streets, browsing the art galleries and boutique shops of this upscale resort. Anchor offshore on a catamaran for a swim or snorkel among colorful coral reefs and tropical fish.
Day 4 - Salvador de Bahia
As the first capital of Brazil, Salvador de Bahia’s roots go back to the 16th century. The city has preserved many Renaissance buildings while retaining its unique blend of European, African and South American influences. Enjoy a walking tour through the maze of bustling streets to explore this diverse and vibrant city. Learn about the complex ecosystem of Dunes Park during a guided hike and discover the Atlantic Forest while cruising the Pojuca River.
Day 5 - Recife
Navigate the maze of waterways that wind their way through the heart of Recife Antigo, the old city, and past opulent colonial buildings that line the banks. Learn how an NGO is helping the once-struggling Ilha de Deus (God’s Island) prosper through sustainable practices. Marvel at the power of Primavera Falls, or spend the day relaxing in the Brazilian countryside at a working farm.
Day 6 - Belém
Today, explore the city at the mouth of the Amazon; bustling Belém is known for the many mango trees that grace its boulevards and squares. Witness the fascinating vestiges of old Portugal along its streets: the soaring neoclassical baroque Cathedral of Sé, the waterfront Ver-o-Peso market brimming with all manner of local goods and the intricately painted azulejos on colonial buildings.
Day 7 - Belém
Enjoy a second day to explore Belém. Experience life along the numerous channels that comprise the Guamá River during a journey to the village of Boa Vista do Acará, where you will meet the locals, known as Ribeirinhos. You will also have an opportunity to stroll through the historic Cidade Velha (Old City), marveling at local landmarks before enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting of a traditional specialty.
Day 8 - French Guiana
Call on Île Royale (Royal Island), one of the three Îles du Salut that belong to the French Guiana mainland. These three “Islands of Salvation” were a much-feared penal colony for the most notorious French criminals. You will see monkeys in the wild, as well as tropical birds and small rodent-like mammals as you explore, then admire scenic views over the whole island.
Day 9 - Bridgetown
Disembark your ship and return home with wonderful memories and a newfound appreciation for the world around you.