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Salvador

Salvador is a refreshing blend of past and present. Pelourinho, the oldest part of the city, is reminiscent of New Orleans' French quarter. Stroll along cobbled streets, through wide open squares and past pastel coloured homes. The city has the largest collection of colonial architecture in Latin America and you'll spot wonderfully preserved examples across the city.

If you're looking to sink your toes into soft Brazilian sand, you're spoilt for choice in Salvador as the city sprawls along the stunning coastline.

 

Shore excursions in Salvador Cruises

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Historical Highlights

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the many faces of Salvador da Bahia and take a glimpse at the city’s intriguing cultural mix of African and European.

Transfer directly to Municipal Square, where you’ll see the Lacerda's Elevator that links the upper and lower city and enjoy an overview of Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay). From there, walk through the Historical Centre, arriving at ‘Terreiro de Jesus Square’, home of two of Salvador's important churches, Rosârio doe Pretos and The Church of Sâo Francisco.

The Pelourinho District is one of the oldest areas in town, stroll through its narrow cobbled streets lined with old buildings which now house art galleries, jewellery and souvenir shops. The Largo do Pelourinho is a colonial square and pillory, where slaves and prisoners were punished in full view of the approving gentry.

Re-board your coach, passing by the Dique do Tororó, where you’ll view the ‘Orixás Sculptures’, by the Bahian artist Tati Moreno. Continue onto the Barra district where you’ll see the Farol da Barra (lighthouse) which is situated at the fortress of San Antonio, built to protect the Portuguese colonists from Dutch invaders.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour over some cobble-stoned streets. Due to Mass at the Churches on Sunday’s exterior visits only will be possible.

Salvador and Pinto Museum

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the main sights of Salvador da Bahia and visit the Pinto Museum.

Journey to Municipal Square to enjoy scenic views of ‘Baía de Todos os Santos’ (All Saints Bay) and to see Lacerda’s Elevator, which links the upper and lower city.

Your guided walking tour of Salvador begins with a stroll through the historical centre to reach the recently-renovated Terreiro de Jesus Square where you’ll view two of Salvador’s most important churches; the Baroque Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco.

Continue through the Pelourinho District, one of the oldest areas in town. Enjoy a stroll through the narrow cobbled streets lined with old buildings housing art galleries, jewellery and souvenir shops. Along the way, you’ll see the Largo do Pelourinho, a Colonial square and pillory where slaves and prisoners were once punished in full view of the public.

Back onboard the coach, you’ll drive to the Costa Pinto Museum, passing by the ‘Dique do Tororó’ to see the ‘Orixás’ sculptures by Bahian artist Tati Moreno, the San Antonio Fortress and ‘Farol da Barra’ Lighthouse.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, over cobblestone surfaces. This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Lightweight clothing and a sun hat is recommended, as the climate is usually hot and humid.

Snapshot of Salvador

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

Take in the sights of this historic city from the comfort of your coach.

Salvador is known as the ‘happy city’ and is considered the cultural capital of Brazil. Your city drive passes by Carlos Gomes Avenue, Campo Grande Square and Sete de Setembro Avenue to arrive at Municipal Square. Here, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights about the Historical Centre, buildings and Lacerda's Elevator.

Continue via Chile Street, Corredor da Vitória and Ladeira da Barra, to reach the Farol da Barra (Lighthouse). Continue along the coast, passing by the most important districts and beaches of Salvador, such as Ondina, Rio Vermelho and Pituba.

Proceed back through the modern part of the city, passing by the Iguatemi District, Garibaldi Avenue and Dique do Tororó, where you will be able to view the ‘Orixás’ sculptures by the Bahian artist Tati Moreno.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. To avoid disappointment please note, this tour does not include photo stops or walking as all the highlights will be seen from the comfort of your coach.

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