DECEMBER 28, 2016 TO JANUARY 2, 2017 ITINERARY

From $3499

Day One ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 11A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant (If you arrived the night before or pre paid this day for early check in)

6A to 6P:   Handcrafts & Art Fair of Ipanema
The official name is Feira de Artezanato de Ipanema (Handcrafts & Art Fair of Ipanema), but everybody still uses the original name, Hippy Market, reminiscent of the 70´s. Typical foods, handmade art, Brazilian leather goods, paintings, jewelry, and many more attractions are found at this weekly event. It is the perfect place to find a souvenir with local colors. Or, just walk around leisurely, and enjoy the moment.  This is a short walk from the hotel, and once there, you may choose to wander on your own within the market plaza and return to the hotel (or beach) whenever you choose.  This market only takes place on Sundays. 

Late Morning/Early Afternoon: Welcome Brunch
The buffet is situated in a long air-conditioned conservatory, set against the perfect blue swimming pool on one side and the sparkling green of the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  Limitless champagne is served by creaseless waiters who pour with a smile. The ten meter-long buffet awaiting the mixture of Palace guests, well-to-do Cariocas, and intrigued others is straight out of a medieval costume drama, piled high with oysters, caviar, slow-cooked lamb, salmon, hams, and cheeses. A chef dressed in pressed whites cooks pasta on demand. The desert counter is divine, boasting five types of cheesecake.  It really is all about the details.  Suggested attire:  country club casual, no jackets.

Accommodations: A Five Star Property in Rio
Meals Included: Welcome dinner

 

Day Two ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 10A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant.

Late Morning/Afternoon: Helicopter Tour and Lunch at Sugarloaf Mountain.
Signature Zoom Event™ Our helicopter tour of Rio de Janeiro with a sensational lunch and tour of Sugarloaf Mountain!

Accommodations: A Five Star Property in Rio
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day Three ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 10A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant.

Late Morning: Picnic on the Praia
Today, you will enjoy one of the most famous gay beaches in the world, while Zoom Vacations takes care of all the logistics, from beverages to bites to beach chairs and beyond! Just steps from our hotel, Farme Beach is very international and friendly, and offers beautiful views of Ipanema, Corcovado, and the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) Peaks. Of course, these may not be the main things catching your eye on Farme Beach.

Accommodations: A Five Star Property in Rio
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast, lunch and open bar all day

 

Day Four ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 11A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant.

Evening New Years Eve Dinner
Bring your cameras and a healthy appetite to this special New Years Eve celebration exclusively for Zoom Vacations® guests.

Nighttime: Copacabana Beach & Fireworks.  
We take a slow, 30 minute walk to Copacabana Beach where we will watch the fireworks. 
You will be invited to give a flower offering to the Brazilian sea goddess Yemanja, and in exchange she will cleanse your sins for the past year. We will watch a spectacular fireworks display on the waters edge where millions of Cariocas (as Rio locals are called) dress in white and gather to greet the New Year. The tradition in Rio over New Years is that everyone from the locals to the tourists wear white on New Years Eve.

Accommodations: A Five Star Property in Rio
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast and dinner

 

Day Five ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 11A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant.

Today, the day is free to recover from New Years Eve. You may also wish to attend the pool party or one of the many other parties and events taking place today. Our Zoom Concierges will help make sure that your New Year is off to a great start!

Accommodations: A Five Star Property in Rio
Meals Included: Buffet breakfast

 

Day Six ~ Rio de Janeiro
7A to 11A:  Included Buffet Breakfast is served in the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Opium Restaurant.

12 Noon:  Hotel Check Out.  If you are leaving Rio today and not joining Zoom on the Paraty extension, the Ipanema Plaza Hotel will gladly store your luggage while you explore the day in Rio prior to your flight.  You are welcome to use the showers in the gym area if you wish to freshen up before your flight home.

9:30A-10A:  NOTE: Paraty Travelers Only.  Check out of the Ipanema Plaza Hotel early, meet at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel Lobby, and load luggage onto bus for departure to Paraty.
10A (sharp):  Paraty Departure for the group attending the Paraty add-on.

Meals Included: Buffet breakfast

 

Air: Airfare not included.

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. 
Note: Passport pages titled "Endorsement Pages" are not visa pages.

Visas: Please note that currently US citizens must have a Brazilian Visa to enter Brazil. If you are not a US citizen, please contact your nearest Brazilian Consulate to determine your visa requirements.

While Zoom Vacations will assist when possible, please note that passport, visa, and vaccination requirements vary from country to country and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you are a US resident, you may click here for more information on passport, visa, and vaccination requirements for various countries.

*Land only Introductory rate, based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to change. Need a roommate? Zoom Vacations® is happy to match you with someone, at no additional charge. Or, you may pay a single supplement and go as a single.

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