Best of Brazil



Best of Brazil
With Marshall C. Eakin, Professor of History
Best of Brazil
A pr il 12-24, 2015
Dear Vanderbilt Alumni,
Family and Friends:
Join us on a journey to one of the world’s most captivating
places, Brazil. From the shores of Rio de Janeiro, to the
Baroque treasures of the colonial city of Salvador and on
to the mighty Amazon River, Brazil is a complex nation of
superlatives. Accompanying you throughout the journey
will be Marshall C. Eakin, Professor of History. Professor
Eakin has written extensively on South America specializing
in the history of Brazil. He is a favorite among Vanderbilt
students for his fascinating lectures and will be a remarkable resource for this extraordinary country.
In Rio de Janeiro, with its legendary beaches and historical
districts, visit Copacabana and Ipanema, enjoy a train
ride to see Rio’s most famous landmark, the Christ the
Redeemer statue, embark on a schooner for a cruise
around Guanabara Bay, and ascend Sugar Loaf via cable
car for spectacular views of the city and its bays. Travel
north to Salvador, where African and Brazilian culture
blend in music, dance, food and folklore—making this
colonial city “The Soul of Brazil.” We’ll go back in time as
we tour the Pelourinho or Old Town, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site preserving colorful colonial buildings, gilded
churches and cobblestoned streets. Finally, travel to
Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city, once home to the
rubber boom and now a major port. After exploring the
historic center of Manaus and touring the National
Institute of Amazonian Research, board the luxurious
Iberostar Grand Amazon to travel down the mighty
Amazon. Accompanied by naturalist guides navigate the
tributaries of the Rio Negro looking for pink dolphins,
scarlet macaws, caimans, monkeys, sloths and other
wildlife. An optional pre-trip extension is available to
Iguaçu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please be sure to contact us early to reserve your
space on this remarkable journey. Please contact us
in the Vanderbilt Travel Program office by phone at
(615) 322-3673, by email at [email protected]
or fax at (615) 343-5730.
Cary DeWitt Allyn
Director, Vanderbilt Travel Program
Professor of History and Faculty
Director of the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt
University. His major publications
have concentrated on economic
and business history, industrialization, and the processes of
nationalism and nation-building—primarily in the twentieth
century. Much of his work addresses audiences beyond
Vanderbilt. These include a one-volume introduction to
Brazil for beginners and two video courses with The Great
Courses. In 2007, Palgrave published his latest book,
The History of Latin America: Collision of Cultures. From
2000-2004, he served as chair of the History Department. Eakin has been the recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
(1991), the Chancellor’s Cup (1994), the Madison Sarratt
Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1994),
the Ernest A. Jones Faculty Adviser Award (1996), the
Alumni Education Award (1999), and a Chair of Teaching
Excellence (1998-2001). He was named the Joe B. Wyatt
Distinguished Professor for 2004-2005. He has participated as the faculty lecturer for eight Vanderbilt Alumni tours.
Eakin’s latest book project is “One People, One Nation:
Brazilian Identity in the Twentieth Century” with a likely
publication in late 2014.
Bahia Ladies Salvador
This exclusive and private program for the Vanderbilt
Alumni Association is designed to give an inside look to
those who are interested in learning about the history,
culture, natural history and arts of Brazil. Accommodations range from 4-star superior hotel in Rio de Janeiro
to deluxe, 5-star hotels in Salvador and Manaus and a
luxury river boat on the Amazon. This is a moderately
active program. Travel is by regularly scheduled jet
aircraft, motorcoach, schooner and riverboat. In Rio
and Salvador typically the weather is warm to hot with
mid-day temperatures from the 70s to the low 80s. The
mean temperature in Manaus and the Amazon reaches
in the mid-80s F during the day and can drop to 70º F
at night. In the Amazon, rain is common throughout the
entire year, but it rarely interferes with our planned tour
activities. Normal activities for the Amazon portion of the
itinerary include leisurely jungle walks often over uneven
terrain and river excursions aboard specially designed
motor launches. On the optional pre-trip extension to
Iguaçu Falls, the weather is tropical (75º– 85º F) and
rain is not uncommon. In order to enjoy this trip, a spirit
of adventure, anticipation, and a desire to experience
first-hand another culture, including exploring the rich
colonial, natural history and modern heritage of Brazil are
musts. Flexibility is essential, since local conditions may
require alterations in schedule.
Copacabana Beach Sidewalk
Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Iguacu Falls, RIO, SALVADOR and
Iguaçu Falls
April 8-12, 2015
Roaring out of the jungle and hurtling over cliffs between
Brazil and Argentina, Iguaçu Falls are one of the natural
wonders of the world. The three nights at this extraordinary
place offer ample time to relax and see the cataracts
surrounded by luxuriant rain forest, beautiful exotic birds
(toucans, caracas, and parrots), and intriguing bromeliads
and butterflies. Walk along the upper and lower trails for
close-up views of the many different falls. Exploration from
the Argentinean side is thrilling. At the end of the extension,
fly to Rio and overnight there to enjoy the morning in the marvelous city before meeting up with arriving passengers for a
city tour. Extension includes four-night’s accommodations (taxes
included), buffet breakfast every day, two lunches, entrance
fees, transfers, and leadership. The visit to the Argentinean side
of the falls requires a reciprocity fee (approx. $161)
Iguaçu Falls
which must be purchased before your departure. Airfare from
São Paulo to Iguaçu and Iguaçu to Rio is additional and is
quoted separately.
Mabu Thermas Grand Resort and Porto Bay Rio International
Iberostar Grand Amazon
Double Cabin
A 5-star vessel built specifically to travel on the Amazon River, the Iberostar Grand Amazon comes equipped with all the facilities needed for
comfortable cruising including an elevator between decks. It has 74
air-conditioned cabins distributed between three deck levels each with
private bathrooms and hot-water showers. The Acara deck is located at
the topmost of the three decks, followed by the Tambaqui deck in the
middle of the ship and the Mandi deck at the bottommost of the ship.
All cabins have outside views with a private balcony area and are of the
same size (approximately 248 square feet), except the two larger suites
(available upon request only). Each cabin has two twin beds or a kingsize bed with a night stand next to each bed, hair dryer, and a closedcircuit TV. Cabin closets are large with two sections. The vessel also has
two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and a fitness center for recreation, lecture
area, bar, lounge, library and gift shop, plus amenities such as laundry
service. The ship’s restaurants serve a selection of Brazilian and international dishes, including many delicious Amazon River fish and exotic
tropical fruits. Enjoy complimentary wine and cocktails throughout the
day and evening as you dine in the restaurants or relax at the terrace pool
bar or at the night club bar. Land and water excursions are included and
are made using aluminum launches with twin 240-horsepower motors,
allowing you to quickly get to any place of interest. The ship has a
conscientious and personable crew and expert naturalist guides to
accompany passengers on excursions.
Double Cabin
330 328 326
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313 311 309 307
305 303
Gift Shop
230 228 226
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Sala de
Eventos &
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Cabines camas King size | King size bed cabins
Upper Deck
Lecture Room
Museum, which has a fine collection of
Orixás (deities) and ceremonial art and
clothing. This evening, enjoy a special
night tour of Salvador.
Pestana Bahia (B, L, D)
Saturday, April 18
This morning we’ll tour the Pelourinho or Old Town, a UNESCO treasure
boasting the largest and bestpreserved complex of colonial architecture in the Americas. We’ll have the
remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Pestana Bahia (B, L)
Sunday, April 19
Sunday, April 12
Depart on an overnight flight to
São Paulo with a connection to
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Overnight flight (Meals aloft)
Monday, April 13
Upon arrival in Rio this morning, we’ll
transfer to our hotel. An afternoon city
tour will introduce us to this colorful
capital city, once a Portuguese outpost
on the edge of the New World and
now a thriving major metropolis. We’ll
drive along the world-famous beaches
of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon,
circling the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
and proceed to the Maracanã, one
of the world’s largest stadiums. After
lunch we’ll visit the famed Sugar Loaf
Mountain which affords spectacular
views of the city and its bays. We’ll
gather this evening for a festive
welcome dinner and reception.
Porto Bay Rio International or similar
(L, D)
Tuesday, April 14
This morning we’ll depart on a train ride
through a lush forest to Corcovado to
see Rio’s most famous landmark, the
Christ the Redeemer statue. We continue to the Botanical Garden to view its
6,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees. In the afternoon,
we visit Brazil’s largest folk art museum, the Museo Casa do Pontal, which
displays works according to themes
such as Carnival, religion and folklore.
Dinner is on our own this evening.
Porto Bay Rio International or similar
(B, L)
Wednesday, April 15
This morning we’ll explore Rio’s historical downtown, including the baroque
São Bento Monastery, the modern
Metropolitan Cathedral and Praça XV
de Novembro, where Brazil declared
its independence from Portugal. After
lunch at the historical Confeitaria
Colombo, we’ll embark on a schooner
for a cruise around Guanabara Bay,
providing a panorama of many of Rio’s
islands, beaches and neighborhoods.
From the boat we’ll have wonderful
views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the
Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem church,
the Museum of Contemporary Art,
designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and the
impressive Rio-Niteroi Bridge Museum.
Porto Bay Rio International or similar
(B, L, D)
This morning fly to Manaus, the capital
of the state of Amazonas and gateway
to the upper Amazon. Upon our arrival
in Manaus this evening, we’ll transfer
to our hotel.
Tropical Hotel Manaus (B, D)
Monday, April 20
We’ll begin our exploration of Manaus
this morning with a visit the National
Thursday, April 16
After an early breakfast we depart on
a morning flight to Salvador, the capital
of Bahia, and for over 200 years (until
1763) the capital of Brazil. Here African
and Brazilian cultures blend in music,
dance, dress, food, and folklore, making this colonial city “the Soul of Brazil.”
Pestana Bahia (B, D)
Friday, April 17
Salvador is the city with the country’s
oldest churches, its most important
colonial architecture, and its largest
collection of sacred art. Today explore
this fascinating city and learn about
its history, architecture, and the deep
African influence. We’ll visit the famous
Bonfim Church, the Lacera Elevator,
a landmark of the city, and the São
Francisco Church, the most ornate
church in the Americas. Thereafter,
we’ll explore the excellent Afro-Brazilian
Cafeitaria Colombo
Amazonian Research Institute, where
we will meet with scientists to learn
about their research and see a collection of manatees, fresh water dolphins,
and other species. After lunch we’ll visit
the opulent Teatro Amazonas Opera
House with its unusual mixture of art
nouveau, neoclassical, and Baroque
architecture. In the late afternoon we’ll
embark on the Iberostar Grand
Amazon, a luxury ship which will be
our home for the next four nights as
we cruise along the Rio Negro. This
evening we’ll gather for a Captain’s
welcome dinner and cocktail party.
Iberostar Grand Amazon (B, L, D)
Tuesday, April 21
We arrive in Novo Airao this morning.
After breakfast we’ll embark on a motor
launch trip along the Trinchera Igarapé
(Creek) in hopes of seeing the Botos,
the friendly, intelligent pink river
dolphins. After lunch onboard we’ll
venture to Lago Aracari where our photo excursion will reveal the abundance
of wildlife in the region. After dinner this
evening, we’ll have the opportunity to
accompany the onboard naturalist on
a caiman spotting cruise.
Iberostar Grand Amazona (B, L, D)
Amazon Produce
Heliconia Plant
Thursday, April 23
After breakfast onboard we’ll arrive to
Río Cuieiras. We’ll go ashore this
morning to learn more about the
Amazon Rainforest and it inhabitants.
From here we’ll visit the local
Cambebas Community before
re-boarding the vessel for lunch. Our
journey continues to Praia Grande
where we will take a small launch boat
cruise through Igarapé do Pato. We’ll
have the remainder of the afternoon at
leisure at Praia Grande. This evening
we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner followed
by an onboard folkloric show.
Iberostar Grand Amazona (B, L, D)
Friday, April 24
We’ll gather on the deck bright and
early this morning to observe the
phenomenon known as “encontro
das aguas”, or the meeting of the
waters, as the black waters of the Rio
Negro and the muddy waters of the
river Solimôes merge to form the main
Amazon River. We’ll disembark in
Manaus after breakfast and will
transfer to the airport for our flight back
to the USA. (B)
Wednesday, April 22
In the early morning we’ll enjoy bird
watching at Río Puduari before breakfast. Thereafter, we’ll board the small
launch boats for a jungle trek along the
River Puduari, where we will see many
species of trees, plants, exotic birds,
animals and insects. After re-boarding the vessel, we’ll have lunch as
we cruise toward Ilha de Jacare. This
afternoon’s photo safari in the Aturia
Igarape will further our education of the
Amazon flora and fauna. This evening
we’ll dine on board the Iberostar as we
depart for Rio Cuieiras.
Iberostar Grand Amazona (B, L, D)
Land / Cruise Rates
(per person)
Mandi Deck
Tambaqui Deck
Acara Deck
Royal Suite
SAMPLE AIRFARE COACH CLASS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $958
Roundtrip from Miami to Rio de Janiero and return from Manaus to Miami as
of June 1, 2014 and is subject to change.
April 8-12, 2015
(Per person based on double occupancy). Single supplement for the extension
is $495. Rates are based on a minimum of 10 guests. Flights from São Paulo
to Iguaçu and Iguaçu to Rio are not included in the extension price and are
approximately $286 and subject to change.
Mabu Thermas & Resort Cataratas and Porto Bay Rio International
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PROGRAM COST INCLUDES: 5-star accommodations, meals as specified in the
itinerary; 2 in-tour flights (Rio to Salvador
and Salvador to Manaus) provided increases in the in-tour airfare after the initial pricing of this program are not included—see
below; all land and water transportation;
4-night Amazon River cruise aboard the
Iberostar Grand Amazon including an open
bar (drinks must be consumed in the bar/
lounge areas or in the restaurants aboard
the ship), English speaking guides and tour
manager throughout; airport transfers for
group flights; domestic airport departure
taxes; entrance fees; baggage handling;
basic gratuities to local guides and drivers on land; pre-departure information;
coordination and administration.
U.S. domestic and international airfare
(quoted separately);customary ship board
gratuities aboard the Iberostar Grand
Amazon; meals not specified in the itinerary; liquor, dishes and beverages not
part of included meals, personal items
such as laundry, fax or telephone calls,
liquor, room service, passport and visa
fees (visa required to enter Brazil), reciprocity fee into Argentina (approx. $161
required to see the Argentinean side of
Iguaçu Falls), excess baggage charges,
individual transfers, medical expenses,
travel insurance, optional extension or
deviations from the scheduled tour. Any
increases in the in-tour airfare (included
as part of the program cost), airport taxes,
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Best of Brazil
A pr il 12-24, 2015
Stroll the famous Copacabana and Ipanema
beaches in Rio!
Marvel at the famous Christ the Redeemer statue
at Corcovado.
Catch a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf
Mountain for spectacular views of Rio.
Embark a schooner for a cruise of Rio’s
Guanabara Bay.
Journey to Salvador, “The Soul of Brazil.”
Visit the colonial town of Salvador, Pelourinho,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the mighty Amazon River and its
amazing wildlife aboard the luxurious
riverboat, the Iberostar Grand Amazon.

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