Ilheus

Located in the southern region of Brazil, Ilheus was once a major producer of cocoa and is now a key holiday destination and one of the most important tourism centres in northeast Brazil.

Coconut trees and beautiful beaches

Located in the southern region of Brazil, Ilheus was once a major producer of cocoa and is now a key vacation destination and one of the most important tourism centres in northeast Brazil.

Once you’ve caught a glimpse of Ilheus’s beaches you’ll soon see why! These are among some of the most beautiful and renowned in the world, many lined with picture-postcard coconut trees.

A day lounging in the sun will, for many passengers embody the ideal day away from the ship as they choose to spend their day off the cruise liner soaking up the rays. However, as always, MSC Cruises has laid on an exciting package of activities and tours that represent the best deals and day trips that make the most of what this city has to offer.

Why not take the city tour and enjoy Ilheus’s elegant Portuguese architecture, finishing off the day with a dip in the warm seas.

Visit the home of Brazil’s best-known and most popular writer, Jorge Amado, whose books have been on the bestseller list in 52 countries. Epicureans will be delighted to learn more about the city’s cocoa heritage and the stopover at the Ilheus’ Chocolate Homemade Factory is always popular!

Pick up a souvenir of your vacation with some pretty handicrafts and go home with something that will always remind you of Ilheus.

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 BRILE01 - ILHÉUS HISTORIC & BEACH Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Tasting included  Drink included  Best seller  In this combination tour you will see the best that Ilhéus has to offer, history & beach. Visiting first the Historical Centre of Ilhéus, the Saint Sebastian Church (inside), an outside visit to the Municipal Theatre, House of Jorge Amado (optional), House of Artists, Saint Jorge Church and photo stops at the most famous places in Ilhéus due to novel “Gabriela” wrote by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, the Cabaret Bataclã and the Vesuvius Bar before making a stop for souvenirs at a handcraft shop. From Ilheus we head to “Cabana Palmito” at Milionarios Beach; an option of beach structure with bar and restaurant, usually used by the local people, located only 20 minutes of Historical Center. You will be greeted with a welcome drink (non-alcoholic) and you will be able to enjoy the splendid sun and warm waves of the Cacao Coast Remarks: The entrance ticket to Jorge Amado house is not included in the value of the excursion. We advise guests not to swim beyond the wave brakes due to strong drift. Free time at the beach will be approximately 3 hours depending on traffic. During summer the Cabana Beach may be crowded and the service from the bar & restaurant may be slow, we advise guests to order from the Bar/Restaurant upon arrival. The Cabana Palmito charges service tax for the bar and restaurant service and artistic covert (values not included in the price of the excursion). Limited capacity and we advise guests to book in advance. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). November 26th 2013 MSC Orchestra call, this excursion will last 4 hours.

Price per person $30.00 Adults $21.00 Children

   


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 BRILE01A - HISTORIC ILHÉUS Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Would you like to see a little bit of everything that Ilhéus has to offer in a comfortable and nice way but is not interested in beach? In this bus sightseeing you will be visiting first the Historical Centre of Ilhéus, the Saint Sebastian Church (inside), an outside visit to the Municipal Theatre, House of Jorge Amado (optional), House of Artists, Saint Jorge Church and photo stops at the most famous places in Ilhéus after the novel “Gabriela” wrote by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, the Cabaret Bataclã and the Vesuvius Bar before making a stop for souvenirs at a handcraft shop. Remarks: The entrance ticket to Jorge Amado house is included in the value of the excursion. Bataclã and Vesuvio bars charge a cover fee for consumption and it is not included in the excursion.

Price per person $30.00 Adults $21.00 Children

   


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 BRILE02 - ILHÉUS HISTORIC & TIJUIPE WATERFALLS Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Also a combination tour to see two different sides of Ilhéus, history & nature. Visiting first the Historical Centre of Ilhéus, the Saint Sebastian Church (inside), outside visits to the Municipal Theatre, House of Jorge Amado (optional), House of Artists, Saint Jorge Church and photo stops at the most famous places in Ilhéus due to novel “Gabriela” wrote by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado, the Cabaret Bataclã and the Vesuvio Bar before making a stop for souvenirs at a handcraft shop. The second part of the tour will be a scenic drive for 45 minutes along the ecological park road heading to the beautiful Tíjuípe Waterfalls (located 25kms from Itacaré) for 60 minutes of free time for swimming in the crystal clear waters of the falls. Restaurant is available at the waterfalls. On the way back to Ilhéus a stop at the chocolate factory “Chocolate Caseiro” for an option to buy a real souvenir from Ilhéus. Remarks: Restaurant service in the Waterfalls takes a while to process orders, we advise guests wishing to lunch at the Waterfalls to submit their orders upon arrival. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for call: MSC Orchestra November 26th 2013.

Price per person $58.00 Adults $41.00 Children

   


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 BRILE03 - HISTORIC ILHÉUS & COCOA FARM Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Tasting included  Learn all about Ilhéus past and future in one single excursion. This tour will take you back to the golden era of the cocoa production as Ilhéus was the most important cocoa production center on the 1930´s. You will learn all about the legend “witch broom” that almost destroyed the entire local industry and what the region is doing to recover from it. A panoramic 30 minutes’ drive through the historical center to reach the cocoa farm, located at the road Ilhéus – Itabuna for 90 minutes visit including the farm plantation, production area and tasting of cocoa juice (included), free time for photos. On the way back to Ilhéus a stop at the chocolate factory´s store “Chocolate Caseiro” for a souvenir from Ilhéus. Remarks: The Cocoa factory is not wheelchair accessible. This tour includes a light walking over uneven and not cemented ground. The shopping stop will be at the chocolate store and not in a factory.

Price per person $43.00 Adults $30.00 Children

   


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 BRILE07 - BATUBA BEACH Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  Teenagers, families and young at hearth looking for a beach experience with great entertainment infra-structure and fun in Ilhéus, the “Batuba Beach complex” with live music is without a doubt your best bet. Departing from the port of Ilhéus you will find this great structure of beach, fun and entertainment in in the north of Brazil, located only 30 minutes from the historic downtown passing through gorgeous beaches before you arrive in “Batuba Beach complex”. You will be welcomed with a non-alcoholic drink. You will enjoy the splendid sun of the “Cacau coast” and before returning to the ship there will be a short panoramic tour at Ilheus historic downtown. Remarks: During summer the Batuba beach may be crowded and the service from the bar & restaurant may be slow, we advise guests to order from the Bar/Restaurant upon arrival. The Batuba beach complex charges service tax for the couvert artistic, bar and restaurant services (values not included in the price of the excursion). The complex accepts major credit cards. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer limited seats. The capacity of this tour can be reduced in the calls during year vacation period and carnival season. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). November 26th 2013 MSC Orchestra call, this excursion will last 4 hours.

Price per person $33.00 Adults $23.00 Children

   


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 BRILE08 - ITACARÉ & BEACH Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Best seller  With a scenic 90 minutes’ drive through the road BA001 will lead you through the “Mata Atlantica Rain forest”; the road itself is considered an ecological park. It is possible to observe tropical beaches, mangroves, look out points, hanging bridges for small monkeys and tunnels under the road for wild animals to cross. In Itacaré, the famous Brazilian seaside resort, you will debark at the “Praça do Forum” for a guided walking tour for 15 minutes you will arrive at the Concha Beach for swimming and free time for lunch (not included in the excursion). On the way back to Ilhéus a stop at the store of the chocolate factory “Chocolate Caseiro” where you can buy a real souvenir from Ilhéus. Remarks: the transfer from Ilhéus to Itacaré may take up to 90 minutes. Extremely limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment. The stop at the chocolate store will depend on the traffic conditions. There will be an approximately 700 meters walking from the bus parking place to downtown Itacaré. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for call: MSC Orchestra November 26th 2013.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 BRILE09 - Van with driver only (10 seats) Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service not available to Itacaré.

Price per person $400.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRILE10 - Van with driver only (10 seats) Duration: 8 hours* - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Service not available to Itacaré. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Orchestra November 26th 2013. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price.

Price per person $530.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRILE14 - PÉ DE SERRA BEACH Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Don´t miss the opportunity to visit an explored beach! Located only 15 minutes from Itacarezinho, the pe de serra beach is the new destination for the nature lovers in the south coast of Bahia. You will travel about 40 minutes for the first road park in Latin America until the beautiful beach “Pé de Serra”. Already on arrival, you will see why this beach is on every postcard of the Cacao Coast. There is a rustic, but comfortable bar, with special cuisine because all the dishes begin to be freshly prepared to order and fresh ingredients. The beach is beautiful where the MSC guests can enjoy the experience of a beach almost uninhabited and untouched; a beach with large sand strip where you can hike or just enjoy the emerald sea. For those who enjoy walking, we can follow a trail to the Observatory of “Pé de Serra” to enjoy the beautiful landscape and print your experience in a photo with the sky and the sea in the background. Return to port with a stop at the Chocolate Factory/Store. Remarks: From Ilheus to Pe de Serra can take up to 60 minutes. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer limited seats. Lunch is optional. The stop at chocolate shop will depend on traffic conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for call: MSC Orchestra November 26th 2013.

Price per person $35.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRILE15 - CABANA PALMITO & BEACH Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  No guide available  From Ilheus Port we head to “Cabana Palmito” at Milionarios Beach; an option of beach structure with bar and restaurant, usually used by the local people, located only 20 minutes of Historical Center. You will be greeted with a welcome drink (non-alcoholic). You can enjoy the splendid sun and warm waves of the Cacao Coast.. In return your bus pass will make an overview of the historic center of Ilheus before returning to the ship. Remarks: We advise guests not to swim beyond the wave brakes due to strong drift. Free time at the beach will be approximately 3 hours depending on traffic. During summer the Cabana Beach may be crowded and the service from the bar & restaurant may be slow, we advise guests to order from the Bar/Restaurant upon arrival. The Cabana Palmito charges service tax for the couvert artistic, bar and restaurant services (values not included in the price of the excursion). The capacity of this excursion is reduced in period of vacation and carnival. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer limited seats. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). November 26th 2013 MSC Orchestra call, this excursion will last 4 hours and the free time at the beach will be reduced to approximately 2 hours due to the length of the ship in port.

Price per person $28.00 Adults $20.00 Children

   


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 BRILE16 - ECOTOUR SLOTH COLLAR & CACAU ROUTE Duration: 5 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  We will depart from the pier heading towards the road Ilhéus to Itabuna with a scenic view of the Atlantic forest for approximately 30 minutes before we reach the “Executive Plan of Cocoa Farming” known as the CEPLAC. It is one of the most important research centers of the world for the studies of the cocoa plantation and local area of biodiversity. In CEPLAC, you will learn all about the history of the region Cocoa plantations in this region that was once the most important cocoa production region in the world. You will visit the cocoa processing area that includes the fermentation and drying of the beans finishing in a visit to a small chocolate factory. The CEPLAC also offers its visitors an interesting sight to the recovery center for the animal "sloth collar" which is unique in the region and threatened with extinction. On the way back to the pier you will make a quick stop at a homemade chocolate store for souvenirs before visiting the historic center that includes a visit inside the Cathedral of St. Sebastian and a walking in the narrow streets to see the bar Vesúvio, Teatro Municipal, Casa de Jorge Amado, Bataclã. The final stop will be at the Ilheus hand-craft market. Remarks: This excursion is not advised for guests with any walking difficulties or physical challenge. Limited seats available; please book in advance to avoid disappointment. This excursion is not available for call: MSC Orchestra November 26th 2013.

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.