Nov 13
Nov 29, 2023
17 Days / 16 Nights

Grand Rail Tour of Brazil

Trip Synopsis

We start this grand tour of Brazil in Salvador de Bahia, among the most culturally diverse cities in Brazil and home of a bustling colonial center where frequent cultural events are held. We’ll then fly to Vitoria, from which we’ll commence a nearly 700-km train trip through lush countryside to Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, a veritable paradise of Museum Railways. The first from Ouro Preto to Mariana, and then another from Tiradentes to Sao Joao del Rei.

In Rio de Janeiro, we’ll explore numerous sights in this vibrant, historic city and also visit the nearby Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains. Next, we’ll continue our southward journey on Brazil’s most famous tourist train of all, a rail trip from Curitiba to Moretes through breathtaking tropical mountain scenery. After that, we’ll ride on a glorious museum steam train from Campinas to Jaguariuna and arrive at our final destination, Sao Paulo. We will explore the city and visit Paranapiacaba, which hosts a fascinating old Funicular System. You will also have the option of traveling from Sao Paulo to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls.

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Summary of the Trip
  • Day 1: Arrival at Salvador de Bahia
  • Day 2: Salvador de Bahia
  • Day 3: Capoeira and Dannemann Cigars
  • Day 4: Salvador de Bahia to Vitoria
  • Day 5: Vitoria to Belo Horizonte by train
  • Day 6: Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto
  • Day 7: Museum Train Ouro Preto
  • Day 8: Museum Train Sao Joao del Rei
  • Day 9: Tiradentes to Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 10: Rio de Janeiro
  • Day 11: Rio de Janeiro (day at leisure)
  • Day 12: Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba
  • Day 13: Curitiba to Mariana
  • Day 14: Museum Train Campinas
  • Day 15: Paranapiacaba and Santos
  • Day 16: Sao Paulo
  • Day 17: Departure from Sao Paulo
Tour Option: Foz do Iguacu
  • Day 18: Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu
  • Day 19: Foz do Iguacu, Brazilian Side
  • Day 20: Iguazu Falls, Argentinean Side
  • Day 21: Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo
  • Day 22: Departure from Sao Paulo
Rates & Travel Dates
Upcoming travel date:
Nov 13
Nov 29, 2023
Tour length:
17 Days / 16 Nights
Maximum travellers:
Other planned departure dates:
Nov 11, 2024
Nov 10, 2025

Pricing based on two persons traveling together and sharing a bedroom: USD 5.810.- per person.

Single Room Supplement: USD 1.495.- per person.

Additional Money for personal expenses such as drinks to accompany meals, some meals, and incidental expenses: approximately USD $700 per person.

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When you book any 2022 journey, enjoy flexible payment terms with no change fees on your tour cost. For all 2022 bookings, final payment will not be due until 60 days before departure – giving you more time and flexibility should your plans change.

If your 2022 plans do change due to COVID any time up until the day of departure, your full deposit (or tour payment) can be applied to a future Rail South America journey of your choice.
Be assured that you’ll also have choices in the event Rail South America cannot operate your journey’s departure date. We’ll give you flexible options to travel on another 2022 or 2023 date – or, if you wish, on a different journey. And if you decide that the time is not right for you to travel, we’ll refund your full tour cost.

Please Note: These flexible payment terms apply to 2021/22 journeys only; deposit must be made at the time of booking.

Price Includes:
  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals during travel portions of the tour
  • Accommodation at 3-4* hotels
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Domestic flights in Economy Class
  • Transport as mentioned
Price Excludes:
  • International flights to Salvador de Bahia and out of Sao Paulo
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides and driver
  • Personal Expense


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