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January 9-18, 2022 

The bustling city of Rio de Janeiro has been one of Brazil’s most popular and frequented tourist destinations for decades. Its vibrant city centre is bursting with culture and pulsating with a deep sense of history and heritage.  Rio is famous for its breathtaking landscape, its laid back beach culture and its annual carnival. Rio is unlike any other place in the world, with more natural beauty per square inch — and more flip-flops per capita — than any major city. 

The state of Bahia, oftentimes referred to as “Little Africa” has the largest African population outside of the African continent, particularly in its capital of Salvador. Located on the Bahian coast, Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, serving as the center of the slave trade.  As a result, this city has a blend of mainly African and Portuguese residents, as well as some of Amerindian influence, which can be seen through its food, language, music, dance, religion and architecture, especially the cobblestone roads and antique buildings located in the Pelourinho neighborhood.




  • Meeting and assistance at Galeao and Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airports on arrival and departure

  • Welcome by our Brazilian guide 

  • RT airport transfers (for group arrival and departure)

  • Guiding, as per program, by licensed English-speaking representative

  • 9 nights accommodations in 4 & 5 star hotels

    • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro

    • 6 nights in Salvador da Bahia

  • Welcome reception sponsored by Going Places International

  • Visit to Samba School (Carnival Costume Factory)

  • Christ the Redeemer Statue, and Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

  • Brazilian cooking class OR beach day

  • Flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia

  • City tour of Salvador da Bahia

  • Visit to Pelourinha

  • Samba lessons

  • Lavagem da Bonfim Festival

  • Afro-Brazilian tour

  • Condomblé ceremony

  • Capoeira demonstration

  • Balé Folclórico da Bahia at the Miquel Santana Theater

  • Farewell dinner sponsored by Going Places International.



  • Daily breakfast 

  • 2 lunches

  • 2 dinners


  • RT airfare U.S. - Brazil -U.S.

  • Meals not mentioned

  • Beverages during included meals

  • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • Personal extras

  • Travel insurance

Maximum availability: 16 guests

Minimum requirement: 10 guests

NOTE:  If minimum number is not met 60 days prior to departure, all monies paid by registered guests will be refunded without penalty.


Packages from $3,480 per person based on double occupancy. ​ Single occupancy please add $1,150 to the package price.

​A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is required to reserve space with minimum monthly payments of $500 per person due on the first of each month following payment of deposit.  Total payment due 60 days prior to departure.

You will receive a complete copy of our company's terms and conditions, with reservation documents.

Going Places International can provide you a quote on RT airfare for your consideration.  You are under no obligation to purchase your airfare through us.

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Looking forward to sharing this amazing experience with you!

"At least once a year, go someplace you've never been before."


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Saturday 1/9

After arrival, we will check into the hotel and a Caipirinha nearby with the local Cariocas.  This evening we will enjoy a Welcome Reception hosted by Going Places International.

Sunday 1/10

This morning we will visit the world famous Christ the Redeemer Statue and bask in the grandeur of the edifice.  From this vantage point you will see all of Rio de Janeiro.  Afterwards we will go to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for another breathtaking view of the beautiful city of Rio.

Free evening.

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Monday 1/11

Our beach lovers will spend an entire day at the beach and join the locals to sunbathe and swim, OR you can opt to participate in a Brazilian cooking class and learn recipes to take home and impress your friends.  Tonight we will visit the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood for an authentic Brazilian dinner. 

Tuesday 1/12

After breakfast we will head to the airport to fly to Salvador da Bahia, the city with more people of African descent than any other in the world, outside of Africa.  We will be met at the airport by our local guide who is prepared to show us Bahia through her eyes.

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Wednesday 1/13

Today we will relax at Praia do Porto da Barra, one of the most famous and crowded beaches in Salvador OR  visit historic Pelourinho with open-air caipirinha bars, Afro-Bahian souvenir stores, and squares filled with musicians and dancers.  This afternoon we will take Samba lessons at a local dance school, then go to a Samba nightclub to show off what we learned!

Thursday 1/14

Today is the world famous Lavagem da Bonfim Festival celebrated on the second Thursday of the year, the traditional washing of Bonfim’s staircases is considered the second largest popular manifestation of Bahia, only behind Carnival.  It is steeped in tradition and African ritual and truly is a  once-in-a-lifetime experience that brings us home.

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Friday 1/15

Today our guide will give us a tour of