Bossa Nova is a Brazilian musical style created between 50’ and 60’. The movement started in Rio de Janeiro, the songs reflected the beauty of the city on the 60's. Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, João Donato, Nara Leão, Vinicius de Morais are some of the famous names of this movement. With the consolidation of the Bossa Nova, some points of Rio de Janeiro, mainly between Copacabana and Ipanema, became lyrics to famous songs like Girl from Ipanema, “Chega de Saudade” and “Samba de um nota só”, which are sung and played in various corners Rio. Ideal program for those who like history, music and travel.
Suggested itinerary: 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio and transfer to hotel with guide assistance. Accommodation at Best Western Copacabana Design, it was inspired by the Bossa Nova. Balance the day at leisure and overnight.
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast. Morning departure for a half day tour to Sugar Loaf and panoramic views of Downtown Rio, including a visit at Casa Villarino (place where Tom Jobim was introduced to Vinicius de Moraes, in 1956. The delicatessen and Scoth Bar are decorated with wooden walls and has waiters from the old days. Food and drinks are not included).
Return to hotel and time at leisure. Overnight.
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast. Morning departure for a half-day tour including special venues related to Bossa Nova. Return to hotel and time at leisure. Overnight.
Visits of the tour:
Botanical Gardens - it was a big inspiration for Tom Jobim as something sacred. Inside the park, there is the Tom Jobim Space, formed by Tom Jobim Theater, the Galpão of Arts and the House of the Collections. It holds the complete collection of Tom Jobim and maintains a permanent exhibition with photos, original scores, personal objects and videos of some performances of the composer. The site is open for visit, except on Mondays.
Toca do Vinícius: Reference books and CDs of the Bossa Nova. The owner, Carlos Alberto Afonso - enthusiast and expert on the subject - maintains a library with manuscripts of Vinícius, musical instruments and magnetic coils for original recordings and other rarities.
Bossa Nova & Companhia: A three-floor building with various books, CDs and DVDs (some of them very rare) of Bossa Nova and MPB, besides musical instruments, thematic souvenirs and vinyl records for collectors. There is also an exhibition of more than 100 pictures telling a little of the Bossa Nova history.
Restaurant and Bar Garota de Ipanema: Its name says it all! Previously known as Bar Veloso, it was redecorated and renamed to honor the music that became famous all over the world. Pictures on the walls show the memorable meetings of Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, among others. (Food and drinks are not included)
Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast. Morning departure for a half-day tour to Corcovado and panoramic views of local beaches. Return to hotel and time at leisure.
By night tour: typical BBQ dinner at Churrascaria Palace restaurant. After dinner, guests will be taken to Bottle´s Bar (located at the famous “Beco das Garrafas” – Bottle´s Alley) for a live Bossa Nova presentation. (Entrance fee included, food and drinks not included) *It must be reconfirmed, depending on the specific date*. The set of clubs and bars, located at Duvivier Street, in Copacabana, they were known as bottle´s alley, since the 1950s. The name was probably originated from the attitude of some neighboring residents, who used to throw bottles in reaction to the noise made by the clients of the bars. In the early 1960s, it became known as the "Temple of Bossa Nova", with live presentations. The Bottle´s Bar is open until today, after renovations.
Day 5 – Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
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