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Our 15-day North-East Brazil Self Drive Holiday is one of our Travel Specialists favourite holidays as it mixes some absolutely stunning beaches with exploring some of Brazil’s most fascinating towns and cities.
You will begin your holiday in the heart of Old Town Salvador and its network of cobbled streets, brightly coloured colonial buildings, shops and restaurants. You will then pick up your car and head out on the open road to Praia do Forte and one of the best beaches in Brazil. After some time to relax you will then head north to the colonial town of Aracuja. Next, your journey will head to Porto de Galinhas and another coastline of stunning beaches. Finally, the itinerary finishes the UNESCO town of Olinda with time to explore here and the vibrant nearby city of Recife.
This itinerary is a great self-drive holiday in Brazil and a perfect trip to combine stunning beaches with exploring some great towns and cities.
Days 1 & 2 - Salvador
Days 3 - 6 - Praia do Forte
Days 7 & 8 - Aracaju
Days 9 - 12 - Porto de Galinhas
Days 13 & 14 - Olinda (Recife)
Day 15 - Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
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Price based on departures in 2021, 2 people sharing a room. See price tab for detailed information.
Any element of this holiday can be made truly individual to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Arrive in Salvador to enjoy two nights in the heart of the Pelourinho district which is the charming historic district of the city.
You will have a day at leisure to explore the old town of Salvador with its colourful colonial houses, abundant churches and cobbled streets lined with charming bars. Be sure to ride the beautiful art deco Elavador Lacerda which connects the upper city to the harbour for great views out to sea.
You will be transferred to the car hire office where you will pick up your vehicle for the next 12 days. A 5-door Volkswagen Gol (or similar) including air conditioning and standard insurance is included but you may choose to upgrade to something sportier for your upcoming journey to Recife.
The first drive is just 2 hours to Praia do Forte where you will stay 4 nights near to the beach. Enjoy three days at leisure to explore some of the stunning beaches that make up the coastline around Praia do Forte. Alternatively, you may decide not to do very much at all!
The drive from Praia do Forte to Aracaju will take around 4 hours but longer if you choose to stop and do some exploring along the way. Aracaju is a small colonial town with charm and you will stay at a hotel near to the centre of town.
With a day at leisure, you may decide to relax by the pool of the hotel, explore the town or venture to some of the great beaches along the coastline.
The drive from Aracaju to Porto de Galinhas is the longest one of the holiday and will take around 7 hours. We recommend an early start and taking your time to enjoy the great scenery. You may decide to stop in the towns of Penedo or Maceio along the way. Upon arrival at Porto de Galinhas, you will stay at a hotel for four nights.
Enjoy three days at leisure in the area where you would be forgiven for just relaxing by the pool or on the beach sipping ice-cold cocktails! If you are feeling more adventurous you can explore more of this beautiful stretch of coastline.
The final drive from Porto de Galinhas to Olinda takes just two hours. Olinda is one of the most beautiful historic towns in Brazil. So much so it has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With your last day, it is well worth exploring Olinda but the nearby city of Recife is also worth looking around. In almost complete contrast Recife is a vibrant, modern city on the coast and very popular as a holiday spot for Brazilians. It is an easy drive between the two.
You will drive back to Recife airport where you will drop off the car before taking your onward flight
(2021 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Brazil from the UK start from £699 per person
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14 nights’ accommodation as detailed
Transfers and tours as per itinerary
12 days car hire
Full cover insurance
One way drop off fee
International flights if not added
Meals not indicated in your itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges
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