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Travel through renowned Brasília and breathtaking Rio

  • 04/23/2020 - 05/02/2020
  • 10 Days
  • Starting price $4,995

See why Brazil was named the World Capital of Architecture for 2020 by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects. Experience Brazil’s incredibly influential Modernist architecture and culture in the country’s capital city of Brasília and the exciting city Rio de Janeiro. Marvel at the creativity and history of remarkable structures throughout the region including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, stylized after Mayan pyramids; the Escaderia Selarón, or “Selarón Steps,” the world-famous mosaic steps; and the Gustavo Capanema Palace, one of the earliest examples of Modernist architecture in Brazil. See UNESCO World Heritage site Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, a remarkable home, garden, and cultural center created by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Enjoy more of his work at the Flamengo Park and walk through his beautifully designed gardens. Dive into Brazilian culture from exploring colorful cities to walking through vast museums to enjoying an unforgettable meal at a classic Brazilian steakhouse.

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Max. guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Explore the University of Brasília’s Central Institute of Sciences, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
  • Step inside Santuário Dom Bosco, a beautiful Catholic church noted for its stunning interior bathed in blue lights from walls of stained-glass windows.
  • Admire Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco statue created by French sculptor Paul Landowski.
  • Walk through the Maua Square, home to the first skyscraper of Rio, the Rio Art Museum, and the Museum of Tomorrow.
  • Enjoy visiting the JK Memorial, a presidential memorial and museum dedicated to Juscelino Kubitschek.
  • Discover the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, stylized after Mayan pyramids.
  • Walk through the Cathedral of Brasília, standing at 131 feet tall with sixteen concrete columns reaching up towards the sky representing two hands.
  • Take in the Municipal Theater, a beautiful early twentieth-century opera house considered one of the most important theaters in Brazil.
  • View the Sambódromo to see the Niemeyer-designed parade area built specifically for Carnival celebrations.

 

More highlights

  • Stroll through the beautiful Flamengo Park, the largest public park and recreation area in the city of Rio.
  • See the famed Escaderia Selarón, or “Selarón Steps,” a set of world-famous mosaic steps created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón as a tribute to Brazilians.
  • Witness the intriguing Nossa Senhora da Fatima, the small and beautiful Catholic church whose architecture refers to the hat of the nuns.
  • Learn about the Moreira Salles Institute, a center of art and culture that occupies a formerly private residence and garden.
  • This trip qualifies for 19 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodations

  • Brasília Palace Hotel (Brasília) — Experience the design of Oscar Niemeyer himself from inside of one of his own buildings. Founded by Niemeyer in 1958, the Brasília Palace Hotel’s history tells the story of the glamor and style of life in Brasília in the 50s and 60s. Though recently restored to its initial elegance, the hotel remains a charming historic hotel. Located near a number of waterfront restaurants and just a quick drive away from many architectural wonders of Brasília, the location will not disappoint. Amenities include a pool and fitness center, as well as the Restaurante Oscar, where guests can enjoy Italian cuisine.
  • Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel (Rio de Janeiro) — Recently renovated by architect Jaime Moraes, the hotel boasts contemporary style as well as an excellent location—by Copacabana beach. The Pestana is walking distance from numerous popular restaurants, shops, and parks. The city’s marvels designed by Oscar Niemeyer and other Brazilian architects are a short drive from the hotel. Amenities include a pool and fitness center, as well as a rooftop deck lounge bar and a restaurant serving typical Brazilian cuisine in a buffet style.

 

Also included

  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 reception and 3 dinners
  • 1 group transfer upon arrival and one group airport transfer upon departure
  • One economy class domestic flight within Brazil between Barsilia and Rio de Janeiro
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Land transportation by private motor coach as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, and restaurant staff
  • Handling of two pieces of luggage per person upon arrival and departure at the hotels

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs

 

Price

  • Land only price: $4,995 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $695 single supplement
  • A deposit of $750 per person, payable by Master Card, Visa or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by January 14, 2020

 

Not included

International airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities to housekeeping staff; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart your gateway city for Brasília, Brazil.
Overview

Arrive in Brasília, Brazil

After settling in at the hotel, visit one of Brasilia’s most prominent designs by Oscar Niemeyer: The Cathedral of Brasília. Designed by Niemeyer, which led to his acceptance of the Pritzker Prize in 1988, and dedicated in 1970, the structure combines modernist and futurist architecture, and it stands at 131 feet tall. The sixteen concrete columns reach up towards the sky representing two hands.

Accommodations: Brasília Palace Hotel
Meals: Lunch
Overview

Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa

Dedicate the day to Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa. Visit the Plaza of Three Powers, where the three branches of government come together, to tour four incredible buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer: the National Congress building, the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pantheon of Homeland and Peace monument, and the National Palace of the president of Brazil. Learn about Brazilian architect and urban planner, Lúcio Costa’s plan of Brasília. Drive over the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, or JK Bridge, a steel and concrete arch across Lake Paranoá that connects the eastern shore to Brasília’s city center. The beautiful bridge was designed by Alexandre Chan, one of Brazil’s leading architects, and it is named for the 21st president of Brazil and founder of Brasília.

Accommodations: Brasília Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx

Start the day with a visit to Brasília’s army headquarters to see another masterpiece by Niemeyer, with landscaping by Roberto Burle Marx. See the JK Memorial, a presidential memorial and museum dedicated to Juscelino Kubitschek, the 21st President of Brazil and the founder of Brasília, another work by Niemeyer. Visit the Modern styled Santuário Dom Bosco, a beautiful Catholic church noted for its stunning interior bathed in blue lights from walls of stained-glass windows, designed by Carlos Alberto Naves in 1963. The centerpiece of the cathedral is a huge golden chandelier made of 7,400 pieces of Murano.

Accommodations: Brasília Palace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

Niemeyer and Burle Marx in Rio de Janeiro

Following breakfast, depart for the airport for an early two-hour domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro. Drive to Niterói via the President Costa and Silva Bridge, a box girder bridge crossing the Guanabara Bay and currently the longest prestressed concrete bridge in the southern hemisphere and the sixth longest in the world. Visit the Caminho Niemeyer, or Niemeyer Path, a cluster of buildings on the foreshore of Niterói designed by Niemeyer. Tour the Popular Theater, the Memorial to politician Roberto Silveira, the Museum of Science and Creativity, the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, and the Center of Cinema, each designed by Niemeyer to creatively reflect their purpose. Continue to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói to learn about Niemeyer’s design of the iconic saucer-shaped structure, sixteen meters tall and accessed via a swirling 98-meter-long red ramp. The hexagonal main hall provides 400 square meters of column-free exhibition space surrounded by a circular lookout promenade with windows slanted at a 45-degree angle.

Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Gardens of Rio

Walkthrough Sítio Roberto Burle Marx, a remarkable home, garden, and cultural center created by landscape architect Robert Burle Marx and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the 40.7-acre property which includes an extraordinary botanical-landscape collection, seven buildings, five reflecting pools, and a museum collection of over three thousand items of Burle Marx. See the gorgeous and lush Casa das Canoas, designed by Niemeyer in 1951 as his family home, located in the Tijuca Forest, and considered one of the most significant examples of modern Brazilian architecture. Enjoy a reception at the estate.

Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Reception
Overview

Art and Architecture of Rio

Explore Maua Square, which marks the beginning of the Port Region. This area is home to the first skyscraper of Rio, the Rio Art Museum, and the Museum of Tomorrow, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Discover the elegance of the Municipal Theater, a beautiful early twentieth-century opera house considered one of the most important theaters in Brazil. See the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, designed by Edgar Fonseca, and stylized after Mayan pyramids. While grey on the outside, it contains four stained glass windows stretching from floor to ceiling. Peer at the Escaderia Selarón, or “Selarón Steps,” a set of world-famous mosaic steps created by Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón as a tribute to Brazilians. Continue to the Gustavo Capanema Palace, also known as the Ministry of Education and Health building. The building, constructed in the 1930s, is one of the earliest examples of Modernist architecture in Brazil.

Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

Christ the Redeemer

Discover Parque Lage, a former private home and garden and current public park located in the Botanical Garden neighborhood at the foot of the Corcovado, the mountain upon which the Christ the Redeemer statue sits. Walk through the Moreira Salles Institute, a center of art and cultural that occupies a formerly private residence and garden. Take a train up the Corcovado mountain to see the 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco statue created by French sculptor Paul Landowski. From there, enjoy the best view in Rio de Janeiro.

Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

Flamengo Park

Visit the Sambódromo to see the Niemeyer-designed parade area built specifically for Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro. Stroll around the beautiful Flamengo Park, the largest public park and recreation area in the city of Rio. The park was conceived and built by architect Lota de Macedo Soares, and the stunning gardens were designed by Burle Marx. Walk along the park to the Museum of Modern Art of Rio, designed by Affonso Eduardo Reidy, contemporary of Lúcio and Niemeyer. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a classic Brazilian steakhouse.

Accommodations: Pestana Rio Atlântica Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Return Home

Depart Rio de Janeiro this morning for flights home.

Meals: Breakfast
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