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Salvador da Bahia

Look up Salvador da Bahia on Wikipedia and you’ll discover that this city is known as Brazil’s ‘capital of happiness’, due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival.

Brazil’s ‘capital of happiness’

Look up Salvador da Bahia on Wikipedia and you’ll discover that this city is known as Brazil’s ‘capital of happiness’, due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival.
We think that makes for a pretty good introduction to what we know to be a fabulous city and a great vacation destination.

MSC Cruises’ luxury ships stop over at Salvador da Bahia to enable our guests to sample a taste of this exciting cultural city and experience this happiness for themselves!

Located on the north-east coast of Brazil, Salvador is the third most populous Brazilian city, after São Paulo.

As the first colonial capital of Brazil, Salvador da Bahia is one of the oldest cities in the country. Much of the population of Salvador has Black African ancestry and the city has retained its Afro-Brazilian roots making it an important centre for culture and the arts.

You can experience a little of this enthralling heritage on the ‘Bahia by Night’ tour, where visitors can enjoy a show of typical Afro Bahiana music and dance.

Visually, the city is stunning, with 17th- and 18th-century architecture dotted with gold-embellished churches – why not learn more about the city’s history on our historical Bahia tour?

Other great deals and excursion packages take in the spectacular scenery around Salvador da Bahia, providing some of the best ways to see the area and creating a unique day out.

Let us help you plan your day off the ship and take advantage of everything that this spectacular holiday city has to offer.

Cruise to Salvador de Bahia - Brazil - South America - MSC Cruises

Directions


Ship dock at the Salvador Cruise Ship terminal downtown Salvador, which is within walking distance from the city centre.

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 BRSAL03 - PRAIA DO FORTE & TAMAR 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  A panoramic 90 minutes scenic transfer to reach Praia do Forte, a famous, interesting and charming fisherman village, full of restaurants and local shops that become a must visit beach in the Brazilian coast. The tour includes free time at the beach and a visit to the “Tamar Project”, the Brazilian maritime complex for the sea turtle preservation. During the visit, there will be time for souvenirs. Remarks: The transfer from Salvador to Praia do Forte may take up to 90 minutes. The entrance ticket to the Tamar project is included in the value of the excursion. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period, please consult the Shore Excursion office once onboard. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 28th, MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013 and March 03rd 2014.

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL04 - HISTORICAL SALVADOR Duration: 4 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Best seller  This excursion will take you through the most interesting historic and cultural places of Salvador. Departing from the port in a motor coach we will make a stop at “Farol da Barra”, the first military construction of Salvador and known as the city’s postal card. It includes a walking tour through the historic part of the city, starting with the “Praça da Se” and the “Municipal Square” overlooking the “Todos os Santos bay”. The tour also includes an inside view of the “Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco”, built in the XVII century and with a marvelous stone façade recalling the Spanish baroque style and one of the most important churches in Bahia state. We will continue the walking tour until reaching Jorge Amado Foundation for an outside visit. After the Pelourinho the tour will proceed to the lower part of town to visit the “Mercado Modelo” the famous handcraft shop before returning to the pier. Remarks: We advise guests to wear hats and comfortable shoes. This tour includes walking on uneven path and cobble stones. This tour is not suitable for guests with physical challenges, wheelchairs and baby strollers. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period, please consult the Shore Excursion office once on board. On Sundays Mercado Modelo close at 13h00. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013, March 03rd and March 04th 2014; MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014 and March 05th 2014.

Price per person $35.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL05 - PANORAMIC TOUR & BONFIM Duration: 3 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Best seller  The city was founded in front of the bay of “Todos os Santos” and developed around it. Departing from the port we will head towards the traditional Bonfim region to visit the famous “Nosso Senhor do Bonfim Church” and its sacred steps. After the visit we will continue our panoramic drive passing by the downtown area and the historic market of Campo Grande before arriving in the “Cidade Alta” and the “Ondina Circuit” where the famous carnival of Salvador is celebrated for a photo stop of the “Farol da Barra” with its amazing view overlooking the city of Salvador. Before returning to the port we will have some free time at the “Mercado Modelo” the most famous handcraft market in Salvador. Remarks: The Bonfim church is not wheelchair accessible. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period, please consult the Shore Excursion office once on board. The Bonfim Church is closed on Mondays and the visit will be exterior. On Sundays Mercado Modelo close at 13h00. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013, March 03th 2014; On March 04th and 05th this excursion will not visit Farol da Barra and Mercado Modelo. Bonfim Church will be closed and the visit will be external.

Price per person $35.00 Adults $25.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL10 - PANORAMIC & HISTORIC SALVADOR Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Best seller  An excursion designed for those whom wish to walk a little less in Pelourinho and for families with baby strollers and kids. In this combination tour you will visit the Bonfim Church, the historic district of Pelourinho and the Mercado Modelo. Remarks: We advise guests to wear hats and comfortable shoes. Although tis tour is advisable for families; it still includes walking over uneven path and cobblestones. This tour is not suitable for guests with physical challenges. The Bonfim church is not wheelchair accessible. Lunch is not included in the excursion. In calls where the length in port is 6 hours, this excursion will be offered with the duration of 5 hours and the visit to Pelourinho will last 1 ½ hours instead of 2hours and the free time in the Mercado Modelo will be 30 minutes. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period, please consult the Shore Excursion office once onboard. The Bonfim Church is closed on Mondays and the visit will be exterior. On Sundays Mercado Modelo close at 13h00. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013, March 03rd 2014 and March 04th 2014; MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014 and March 05th 2014.

Price per person $44.00 Adults $31.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL13 - 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 Spanish. 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 Praia do Forte. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Service not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 08th 2013, March 13th 2014; MSC Poesia November 19th 2013, April 26th 2014; MSC Preziosa November 23th 2013, March 22th 2014; MSC Magnifica December 06th 2013 and April 01st2014.

Price per person $340.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRSAL14 - 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 Spanish. 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 Praia do Forte. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Service not available for calls: MSC Orchestra November 08th 2013, March 13th 2014; MSC Poesia November 19th 2013, April 26th 2014; MSC Preziosa November 23th 2013, March 22th 2014; MSC Magnifica December 06th 2013 and April 01st2014.

Price per person $550.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRSAL15 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 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  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 Spanish. 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 Praia do Forte. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages.

Price per person $490.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRSAL16 - Van with driver & tour guide (9 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  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 Spanish. 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 Praia do Forte. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. 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 $790.00 Adults  Not AvailableChildren

   


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 BRSAL22 - CAMAROTE VIA FOLIA CIRCUITO BARRA ONDINA Duration: 7 ½ 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  This excursion was designed for families and couples wishing to see the Carnival in Salvador with all the safety and comfort in a “Camaros” balcony located in the Barra Indian, at the President Vargas Avenue, place where the “Trios Electrics” parade in front of the Spaniard Club. Usually the “Trios Electrics” stop in this location for 15 minutes. The Via Folia Camarote with 1200 meter square and 40 meters facing the avenue, offers restaurant, beauty salon for those whom wish to model their hairs with a typical Bahia style “Tereré”, massage, resting area and a lot of fun for you and for your family. Notes: This excursion is only available with overnight call in Salvador during the Carnaval cruise. Limited seats please book early to avoid disappointments. This excursion is not advised for physically challenge guests. The t-shirt for access does not give access to the Trio Elétricos in the avenue. Restaurant, bar and all services offered in the Camarote are not included in the value of the excursion and it is available for purchase (please carry cash as the Via Folia does not accept credit cards). Transport to and from is included and the return time will be at 1:00am. Guests wishing to return before or after 1:30am must provide their own transportation back to the ship. This tour is available for any age. From the bus drop-off place to the Camarote, there will be approximately 500 meters of walking. This excursion is advised for families and the tour guide will stay with the group in the Via Folia Camarote. Not recommended for infants. This excursion is only available on the following carnival cruises calls: MSC Preziosa March 03rd 2014 and MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014

Price per person $290.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL25 - GRAND TOUR SALVADOR Duration: 6 hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Best seller  We will leave the port, to visit the Church of Bonfim and its sacred stairs. After visiting the Church of Bonfim follow up to the Memorial of Sister Dulce opened in 1993 one year after his death. Then depart with destination to the Farol da Barra, the first military construction in Salvador and the most famous postcard of the city with a photo stop and to enjoy a beautiful view of the coastline. Then we will follow the shore, past the neighborhood of Ondina (one of the places where one realizes the Carnival of Salvador), Campo Grande to the historic center of Salvador. Walking Tour of the towns historical part, starting with the Cathedral Square and City Square to admire the splendid panorama of the “Baia de Todos os Santos”. Visit the beautiful seventeenth-century Baroque Church of San Francisco, one of the most important and beautiful churches of Bahia. Walk by the renowned Square "Pelourinho," the heart of Salvador, to admire the typical architecture "colonial". After our tour Pelourinho follow toward the Mercado Modelo to buy a Salvador’s souvenir (approximately 300 craft stores) before returning to port. The Church of Bonfim is not accessible to wheelchairs. This tour itinerary may change in the scales during the carnival. Remarks: Guests are advised to wear a hat and comfortable shoes. This tour includes a long walk on coble stone and is not suitable for any guest with walking difficulties. Lunch is not included on this tour. If the length in is 6 hours, this tour will be offered with a duration of 05 hours, and the visit of the Pelourinho will last for 90 minutes and free time in the “Mercado Modelo” 30 minutes. This tour itinerary may change in the scales during the carnival. Guests must cover shoulders and knees to enter the churches. Shorts and skirts are permitted as long as they cover the knees. The Bonfim Church and the Memorial Irma Dulce are closed on Mondays and the visit will be exterior. On Sundays Mercado Modelo close at 13h00. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013, March 03rd 2014 and March 04th 2014; MSC OrchestraMarch 04th 2014 and March 05th 2014.

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL25A - GRAND TOUR SALVADOR WITH LUNCH Duration: 6½ hours - 2013/2014
Long route by bus  Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Lunch or dinner included  Shopping  New  In this combination tour you will visit the best that Salvador has to offer, the Bonfim Church, Pelourinho with lunch typically “baiano” and still have free time to shop for souvenirs at the Mercado Modelo. We advise guests to wear hats and comfortable shoes. Although tis tour is advisable for families; it still includes walking over uneven path and cobblestones. This tour is not suitable for guests with physical challenges. The Bonfim church is not wheelchair accessible. Lunch is included in this excursion into self-service buffet style and drinks are not included. The free time in the Mercado Modelo may vary depending on traffic conditions. The Bonfim Church is closed on Mondays and the visit will be exterior. On Sundays Mercado Modelo close at 13h00. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa December 28th 2013, March 03rd 2014 and March 04th 2014; MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014 and March 05th 2014.

Price per person $89.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL26 - SALVADOR_by night (DINER & SHOW) - 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  Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee  Lunch or dinner included  Celebrate the Salvador evening with an unforgettable show in one of the most famous show houses of Bahia, the Coliseu! Located in the heart of the historic center of Salvador, the famous PELOURINHO, we will enjoy a delicious dinner buffet with international dishes and typical Bahia cuisine and then, we will see a beautiful spectacle of the folk group “Topazio” that joins folkloric manifestations in a contemporaneous language, where African mythology is told through its mystical, rhythmic and sensual universe, highlighting aspects of the Candomblé religion and popular culture rooted in Brazilian ancestry. The Candomble Xirê is the moment when the deities like Ogun, Exu, Xangô, Oxum and Oyá Iansã present, dance and display their tools, clothing, and especially their supernatural powers. Then we have the presentation of “Puxada de Rede”, Maculelê dance, Berimbaus Capoeiras, Xaxado and Samba de Roda After this electrifying spectacle full of colors and joy, we will return to port. Remarks: Drinks are not included in the diner and the coliseum accepts major credit cards. Due to the warm weather and the Coliseu atmosphere, we suggest light clothing, such as shorts and skirts. We advise guests to book early to avoid disappointments as this tour offer extremely limited seats. This excursion is only available for the overnight calls or departure at 11PM. This tour has a minimum age of 6 years old to participate. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa March 03rd 2014 and MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014.

Price per person $119.00 Adults $83.00 Children

   


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 BRSAL37 - A DAY IN ITAPARICA & ILHA DOS FRADES Duration: 8 ½ hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  New  In this beautiful tour through the Baía de Todos os Santos, will embark on a maritime terminal located 50 meters from the port in schooner towards the Frades “Friar” Island, according to legend, the island was named after the Indians who inhabited the region “tupinambás” murdered two friars who went to the island in order to catechize them. During the tour we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Salvador. The Frades Island is shaped like a star, with many beaches and calm seas. The coral reefs are ideal for diving, with a maximum depth of 11 meters and visibility up to 15 meters horizontally. Among the most frequented beaches is the “Ponta da Nossa Senhora”, where we will stop for about 02 hours, a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. The wave less sea is ideal for children. Situated in the north of the island the Nossa Senhora is the beach that is used by most of the schooners to drop anchor. During your visit you can climb the hill Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, where the ruins of an old church will offer the best view of the beach. Then continue on to the island of Itaparica, more precisely on the Ponta da Areia, the calm waters where we would be approximately for 2 hours to enjoy the beach that has become in recent years one of the major tourist destinations of the Bay of All Saints. Its proximity to Salvador, bring the schooners loaded with tourists that usually land there in the summer, seeking its picturesque atmosphere, peppered by regional cuisine served in many beach kiosks where you can have lunch and enjoy the Bahian food. It will be served in the schooner a round of tropical fruits, and a small group of Samba players for enjoyment. The schooner also offers bar service aboard selling drinks and snacks. Note: The free length time on the beaches will depend on weather conditions. The boat used is schooner and it is not a private schooner for MSC guests as it is also used by local tourists in Salvador. The tour guide remains at all times with the group of MSC Cruises. We advise guests to bring a bath towel and Brazilian currency in cash, as most bars in Itaparica may not accept credit cards. On all overnight calls, this excursion will be offered on the first day. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion is only available for the overnight calls and for departure at 11PM. This excursion is not available for calls: MSC Preziosa March 03rd 2014 and MSC Orchestra March 04th 2014.

Price per person $59.00 Adults $41.00 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.