15 days from £4,695 subject to availability
England may be the home of football, but surely Brazil is its heart and voice. The 2014 World Cup is being held there from 13 June to 13 July with matches taking place in 12 cities. In spite of misgivings about the cost and deadlines, it is fully to be expected that the country will erupt in delirious enthusiasm as the tournament approaches. When Brazil plays, the country shudders to a silent halt when a penalty is lined up, only to explode in a cacophony of cheering if they score. You have to be there to believe it.
This fixed departure positions you in Brazil’s most fascinating and alluring cities so that you can enjoy a highlights holiday while soaking up a bit of the atmosphere.
Our journey coincides with games in Manaus (14 June, when England take on Italy!) and the Salvador da Bahía area (16 and 20 June). We aren’t selling tickets but if you’d like to try to take in a game you can apply from the official FIFA website. Otherwise, you can watch games on the TV in your hotel and in bars and parks, alongside Brazilian enthusiasts draped in their national team colours of yellow, blue and green. For smaller scale excitement but equal joyous participation, you could cheer on a game of beach football under the floodlights in Rio or Salvador.
07 June: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights in Copacabana.
08 June: Jeep excursion to Christ the Redeemer statue.
09 June: At leisure in Rio.
10 June: Fly to Foz do Iguaçú, 2n. Excursion to Brazilian Iguazú Falls.
11 June: Excursion to Argentine side of Iguazú Falls.
12 June: Fly to Manaus, boat/drive to Amazon jungle lodge, 3n.
13 June: Amazon jungle excursions.
14 June: Amazon jungle excursions. England play Italy in Manaus at 6pm local time
15 June: Fly to Salvador da Bahia, 3n.
16 June: At leisure in Salvador.
17 June: At leisure in Salvador.
18 June: Drive to Praia do Forte, 3n.
19 June: At leisure in Praia do Forte.
20 June: At leisure in Praia do Forte.
21 June: Transfer to Salvador airport.
Owing to many clients' preference for flexibility, and the variation in flight price according to season and availability, the price quoted excludes the cost of international flights, which we will happily arrange for you. Flights to Brazil can be daytime or overnight, while the return flight is always overnight, so you will need to add at least one day to arrive at the total length of your holiday.
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I was living in Brazil during the World Cup of 1986. It was an extraordinary experience in which I witnessed the sweeping up of virtually the whole population in almost hysterical excitement. Of course they expected to win: when Zico missed his penalty in the shoot-out against France the country collapsed in speechless gloom (for a day or two!)...
Claire Milner, Client Information Manager
England play Italy 11pm BST in Manaus on 14 June. Italy is the country which knocked England out of the Euro finals in 2012 ..time for revenge..
You can be there!!
If you have the good fortune to get a match ticket, based at our jungle lodge close to the city, you will be well placed on our World Cup holiday to attend the game.
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Beach football, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil always celebrates with street music
The Falls at Iguaçú - Devil's Throat
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