North-East Discovery

The north-east of Brazil is a beautiful and fascinating part of the country with a vast and spectacular coastline, vibrant cities rich in history, delicious cuisine, and a uniquely Brazilian energy. On this 12-day self-drive tour from Salvador to Recife it is easy to find deserted beaches and avoid mass tourism.

Highlights: Salvador – Praia do Forte – Penedo – Maragogi – Olinda



As a self-drive itinerary this Brazil holiday offers a great deal of flexibility for exploring at your own pace. If you are interested in seeing anywhere in particular, or would like to spend more time in any one place this will be no problem. If you would like to extend the trip you can continue driving North (or fly) and visit the wonderful beach town of Pipa, close to Natal. Another great extension to this itinerary would be to visit Chapada Diamantina National Park, approx. 400km inland from Salvador.


DAYS 1-3:

Fly into Salvador (usually via Europe). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Brazil’s former capital. Salvador is a vibrant city rich in African culture where traditions are kept and visible in the religion, dance, music, and cuisine. Activities available to book include a trip to the local market followed by a cooking experience, a city tour to learn about the history of Salvador and visit a number of churches and sights of interest.

DAYS 4 & 5:

Begin the self-drive and head north along the Coconut Highway to the picturesque beach town Praia do Forte. Praia do Forte was once a quiet fishing village and has now become a friendly and picturesque beach destination. With boutique shops, an array of cafes and bars, and a laid back vibe it makes a great beach break close to Salvador. You might also be interested in visiting the Tamar sea-turtle project or heading out to the Sapiranga Forest Reserve.

DAY 6:

Continue along the coastal road to Penedo, a charming colonial town sitting on the Sao Francisco river. Penedo is a quiet town virtually untouched by tourism. If you would prefer to stay on the coast we can suggest a couple of alternatives depending on your preferences.

DAY 7:

Continue north to Maragogi, located on the Coral Coast. Here you will stay on a stunning stretch of beach, with calm waters, white sands and where sand banks emerge forming natural pools. This is a spectacular part of the country and typical of the striking coastline of the North East.

DAYS 8 & 9:

Days at leisure in Maragogi. There are a number of activities you can do here such as walking, boat trips, snorkelling, bathing in rock pools, and we recommend a visit to the manatee sanctuary where you are highly likely to see these endangered animals up close in their natural habitat.

DAY 10:

The final drive will take you north bound once more, this time to Recife. After dropping off the car at the car hire office located within the nearby airport, you will be met and transferred to neighbouring Olinda, a declared UNESCO heritage site and a colonial gem.

DAY 11:

Day at leisure in Olinda – one of the prettiest towns in Brazil, with its red tile roof tops, brightly coloured colonial buildings and views over the coast, it is a lovely place to explore. There is a large artist community in Olinda and you can visit museums, artist’s workshops and art galleries.

DAY 12:

Final morning at leisure to stroll and explore Olina. Come across galleries, live music and interesting finds. We can organise a morning city tour for your if you would like. Afternoon transfer to Recife airport in time to check-in for your flight home or further afield. Farewell Brazil!

The above sample Brazil holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Brazil has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Brazil Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Brazil holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Brazil holiday.

Duration of your Brazil Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Brazil holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Brazil holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made Brazil holiday.