Monday, August 10, 2015

AFRICAN HERITAGE IN BRAZIL TOUR, KRST UNITY AND RUNOKO RASHIDI NOVEMBER 18-27, 2015

AFRICAN HERITAGE IN BRAZIL TOUR, KRST UNITY AND RUNOKO RASHIDI NOVEMBER 18-27, 2015 


HALF BOARD4 * HOTELS 


DAY 1 –Wed, Nov 18 LOS ANGELES / SALVADOR DA BAHIA (D in-flight)  

3:00P Flight to Bahia via Miami  aboard American Airlines.  Enjoy lunch, movie and complimentary beverages, day flight.    


DAY 2 Thurs, Nov 19 BAHIA 

0950a:  Meet and greet, transfer to SHERATON HOTEL This afternoon, after some time to freshen up, you are met by your guide for your African-oriented Historical City tour which combines the newer, modern section and the older Historical Center of Salvador, the Pelourinho area, so called after the pillory which stood in the main square, in front of the central slave market.   Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum that traces the West African origins of the city. See the superb wooden, sculpted panels of the Orixás by Salvador's most celebrated artist, Carybé. Visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous Black church, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years.  Return to Hotel, Lecture by Dr. Runoko  (L) 


DAY 3 Fri, Nov 20:-- SALVADOR DA BAHIA   

After breakfast walking tour of the streets of Central Salvador take tourists back to the beginnings of Brazil. Your tour begins at the Barra Lighthouse, passes the Teatro Castro Alves, home to the Bahian Symphony Orchestra and on to the Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves. The Forte de São Pedro and Praça Castro Alves are on route to the Historical Center of Pelourinho, which offers something to see along every street. Don't miss out on the historical churches, cafes, restaurants, shops and pastel-hued buildings.  With more than a thousand houses, churches and monuments built since the 16th century, Salvador makes up the greatest collection of Baroque architectural heritage in Latin America . End up your tour at  the Mercado Modelo handicraft market the best place in Salvador for souvenirs and shopping. Time to bargain!  Balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure  (B/L) 

 DAY 4 Sat, Nov 21:-- CACHOEIRA, throughout history has mostly been known as Brazil's industrial goldmine, due to its exportation of sugar, cotton and tobacco. Today, Cachoeira is celebrating a revival as the cultural center for Candomblé. With its colorful colonial architecture, offset by the sleepy, laid back nature, Cachoeira is unforgettable. 


This morning, after an early breakfast, you are met by your guide for your full-day tour, leaving the city behind to explore the farming hinterland on the western side of the All Saints' Bay.  This is the land of sugar cane plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets, a day of insights into the life in rural Brazil.  We drive north out of the city and then head west, stopping at busy country market town of Santo Amaro, then continuing our drive westwards through rolling hills to Cachoeira, the jewel of the Bahian hinterland.  Once a busy river port town, Cachoeira provided an essential supply link to Salvador both in the era of sail and later railroad, but the road system bypassed the town, leaving it the tranquil haven that it is today, nestled in the deep valley of the Paraguaçu River.  After lunch in the Fazenda Santa Cruz, overlooking Cachoeira nestled in the valley below, you will take a walking tour of the town, with an opportunity to browse in some local wood carvers' stores.   As in Salvador, Candomblé plays an integral part in the life of the town, epitomized by the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces its origins back to the time of slavery.    After lunch return to Bahia  (B/L) 


DAY 5 –Sun, Nov 22 SALVADOR DA BAHIA   

Day at leisure to finish your shopping Enjoy a spectacular evening in the 18th century colonial complex of Solar do Uniao.  The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) is one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. The company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. See the sacred dances of the Candomble, the Maculele (a stick and sword dance from the cane fields), the dance of the Caboclo (an Amerindian hunting dance), the Capoeira (martial arts/ dance of Angolan origin) and the Samba de Roda (a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance).     A buffet dinner with a selection of local and international dishes included.   A spectacular way to say good-bye to this amazing city (B/D) 


DAY 6 Mon, Nov 23-- SALVADOR DE BAHAI / RIO DE JANEIRO    

Early morning transfer to airport for your flight at 10:20a to Rio Upon arrival, at 01:30am, and after clearing customs and immigration, you are met by your guide and transferred to the  RIO  ROYAL a few blocks from  the famous Copacabana Beach  Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the cidade maravilhosa! Your guide assists you with check-in, gives you a briefing on the hotel and neighborhood, and advises you of the meeting time for today's tour.  This late morning, you are met by your guide for your Half-day Sugar Loaf Tour,  From here proceed to the base of the famous Rio landmark, the Pao de Acucar. Board the first of two cable cars to the smaller of these two mountains off the coast of Rio. Then continue up on yet another cable car to the summit of the second mountain. The view from this peak of the city of Rio, the bay, and the ocean is breathtaking. Here you have the opportunity to take your time admiring the gardens, walkways and magnificent panoramas. After a time, descend to the base at Urca Beach.  Visit  a favela to distribute gifts.  Balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure.  (B/L) 


DAY 7 Tues, Nov 24-- RIO DE JANEIRO    

After breakfast continue on your scheduled Half-day Corcovado Tour. This tour starts, by jeep, at the Corcovado Hill, located in the Tijuca Atlantic Forest, the largest urban forest in the world where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located. The Corcovado Hill, together with D. Marta belvedere, is a mandatory tour in Rio for the beauty of the sightseeing from both locations. From the Corcovado, you can see the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Botanical Garden. End the drive at the charming Santa Teresa district. This area, once favored by Rio's wealthy and powerful, fell into neglect as the chic beachfront neighborhoods of Ipanema and Copacabana came into favor after World War II. Today Santa Teresa is enjoying a renaissance as artists and bohemians who have moved to the area are renovating this funky and colorful part of Rio.  Start descending towards downtown Rio where you stop for lunch at Confeitaria Colombo. A living portrait of the Belle Époque in Rio, and one of the city's gourmet landmarks, the Confeitaria Colombo still retains much of its Art Nouveau charm dating back to the beginning of the century. Its famous Belgian mirrors in their hardwood frames and rosewood showcases, Italian marble benches, ornate light fixtures, glossy floor and period furniture have been preserved intact, just as they were admired by many famous individuals who helped write the history of Brazil, while also making the Confeitaria Colombo a major downtown attraction.   (B/L) 


DAY 8, Wed, Nov 25-- RIO DE JANEIRO    

Day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city – optional tours available upon request.  This evening a Farewell Dinner at Marius restaurant - the Churrascaria. Truly a meat gourmet's delight - a BBQ restaurant with a choice of meats on skewers, seafood, vegetables etc.  After dinner, adjourn to Lapa district, for a rousing show of the different music and dancing with local bands.   Summary lecture by Dr. Rashidi. (B/D) 


DAY 9, Thur, Nov 26-- RIO DE JANEIRO (B 

Shopping tour assisted by local guide   10:20p Depart Rio for Lax via Miami 


Day 10, Fri, Nov 27--MIAMI-LOS ANGELES 

0414: Arrive Miami, conx @ 0722 arriving LAX @ 0947 

Welcome home!   


$2950.00 PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM $500.00 ADDITIONAL FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY 

$295.00 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT REQUIRED BY FEBRUARY 28 TO HOLD YOUR SEAT... 


PAYMENT SCHEDULE AVAILABLE   FINAL PAYMENTS DUE BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 


BREAKFAST AND EITHER LUNCH OR DINNER INCLUDED DAILY 4* HOTELS    


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