FAQs

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what makes your travel service unique

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At Brazil Carnival Group (BCG) we meticulously design intimate travel experiences for every guest who tours Brazil with us. Our collective will is centered on the idea of service with a singular focus on catering to the specific needs of our travel guest, no matter how small. With years of experience, our core Brazil-based travel team, coupled with an extensive network of established travel partners/vendors in Brazil, we're able to deliver an exceptional travel product/service, with unprecedented Insider Access, to our valued clientele of international thrill seekers, who desire premium level travel experiences with appreciable value. We specialize in non-fixed, unscripted, journeys of discovery to world famous cities like Rio de Janeiro (host city 2016 Olympic Games) as well as cities in Brazil that are hidden gems like Salvador Bahia, home to our featured party destination (Salvador Carnaval). Salvador Carnaval is our showcase attraction each year. We offer premium Carnaval packages, synonymous with once-in-your-lifetime experiences, that feature VIP entry to all-inclusive (food/drink) parade viewing venues. We're always proud to mention our longstanding partnership with Bahiatursa the largest tourism board in Bahia state. Over the years, our close association with Bahiatursa has proven successful in helping us craft unique tour packages designed specifically for a growing tourism base in the culturally rich state of Bahia Brazil.

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what travel documents do i need to visit brazil

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All US citizens need a valid passport and a Brazil tourist visa to visit Brazil. You must acquire a 10-year Brazil tourist visa before your journey begins: click here to start the process to get your Brazil tourist visa. (allow 8 weeks or more to obtain your visa) FYI, if you want to exchange your money for Brazilian (BRL-Reias)  currency you must do so at international airports in Brazil. Banks in Brazil do NOT exchange international currency.  Besides clothing and personal effects, tourists entering Brazil may bring in one of each of the following items: iPhones, iPads, iPods, CD players, laptop computers, movie and still cameras. Brazil employs strict import duties on foreign products, i.e, computers, electronics, and designer clothing and cologne. In most cases, if you are caught with more than the allotted number of these products you’ll be charged the applicable tariff/duty tax. The Brazilian government has a very strict non-compliance policy related to illegal drugs entering the country. It should be noted that Marijuana is NOT legal in Brazil.

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Is Salvador Carnival like Mardi Gras New Orleans

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Salvador Bahia Carnival is like Mardi Gras New Orleans on steroids! Yes, Salvador Carnival is HUGE. Our street Carnival celebration here in Bahia easily dwarfs Mardi Gras New Orleans in spirit, size and scope. Salvador Carnival is all about the Samba Music blasting from giant music tractors that slowing roll down seaside street parade routes. Salvador Brazil is the ONLY place in the WORLD where you can actively participate in the largest street party on planet earth! Here in Salvador during Carnival with millions of people celebrating in the street, one fact that you must know is that things can go sideways on you in a heart beat if you don't have a very skilled guide by your side to have your back. By choosing the private tour route for Carnival, you'll party in private all-inclusive party/viewing venues comfortably situated away from the party-goers on the street, but, you'll still be able to feed off the street crowd's enormous energy rush. So, if you want to party with peace of mind, feeling really secure, while enjoying the very best that Salvador Carnival has to offer, we highly recommend that you hire the services of a trusted incoming tour company like ours, featuring exclusive insider access services that always keep you safely in the party mix. Since our private guide service is a perfect match for an American tour clientele of professionals from sports and entertainment, we completely understand the needs of seasoned world travelers who demand 24/7 pampering when touring Brazil.

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when is brazil carnival in 2018

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Next year the official Carnival dates in Brazil run from (Friday, Feb 09 thru Wed, Feb 14-2018). These dates are predetermined by the Catholic church calendar, however, pre-Carnival parties routinely erupt spontaneously throughout Salvador during the days leading up to the official start of Carnival. We offer extended private excursions beyond our scheduled Carnival touring dates; featuring many fabulous pre-carnival ceremonies and musical performances by popular, local, Brazilian bands. Next year we're offering our Carnival guest an exclusive after-carnival retreat to Dreamland Bungalows (Feb 14-18-2018) on the Maraú Peninsula on the southern coast of Bahia state. Maraú is home to some of the world’s greatest natural beauty, Bahia’s Southern ‘Dendê Coast’ will enchant you with its lush vegetation, miles of virgin beaches, flavorful Afro-Bahian gastronomy and other tasty traditional dishes born in this region.

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what is it like to party on those humongous music trucks

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We've had numerous guest in the past who've told us that partying on top of those humongous music trucks with live Brazilian bands performing in front millions watching on satellite TV worldwide was their best travel experience ever! For the record, those humongous music trucks that parade the streets of Salvador during Carnival are called trio electricos. Designed to perform like Rose Bowl parade floats, these huge music tractors are wrapped with gigantic, high power (super-charged) sound systems and equipped with customized stages built on top of the music tractor. Yes, we get you on the stage where you party with bands rockin' their tunes! So, if you're a world traveler who loves attending international music festivals in tropical settings, Salvador Carnival is the perfect bucket list destination for you.

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Can I book a tour excursion with your service using my travel agent

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Yes, on a regular basis, we book add-on tour excursions here in Brazil for other agencies. We specialize in both private and group excursions focused in our primary Brazil destinations in Bahia state and Rio state. If you want to book a side excursion that's exclusive to our service, click here to initiate our participation with your travel agent to facilitate your request.

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how do I book my tour package with your service

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(Live Chat/Email Exchange/Phone Conversation) To initiate your booking, simply click here to request a quote for the tour excursion of your choice. Once your quote request is received our US sales reps in Los Angeles will send you an email reply with a base quote and any pertinent questions specific to your request. After you receive this email quote and you want to proceed to the next step in the process, you can call us at +1(888)457-7117 (toll free) to schedule your initial phone conversation with either (Denise or Hersh) of our US based sales team, who'll have first-hand knowledge of your tour excursion. At that time we'll discuss with you the specifics and descriptions of all activities associated with your tour choice; based on your specific preferences. During this initial contact, you can schedule a complimentary telephone trip planning consultation. (Suggested Itineraries) A follow-up email will be sent to you with a final package quote and detailed, tailor-made itinerary listing for your approval. (Tour/Excursion Bookings) We’ll email or fax a copy of our Guest Participant Agreement (GPA) documentation with refund and cancellation details for your review and signature. Next request will be for you to pay the quoted price point to confirm your tour package or custom trip excursion(s) with our service. (Payments) We accept Mastercard/Visa credit cards, Bank Transfers, Business, Personal Checks, Certified Checks (US), Banker's Draft/Checks. All payments are processed by our US office. Most package prices don't include optional hotel cost, airfares, airport taxes, baggage fees, meals not specified in itineraries, personal expenses, travel insurance, or tips.

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can i pay for our carnival package with a personal check

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We accept Direct Bank Transfers, Business/Personal Checks (U.S.), Certified Checks (US) and Banker's Drafts (Intl). Per CA law, client deposits held in a trust account (U.S. bank) until payment disbursements are made to our Brazilian vendor partners on client's behalf. Our Salvador Carnival packages, add-on excursions, and extensions require an initial 50% deposit payment due at time of booking; final payment due 45 days prior to initial itinerary excursion date. Before final confirmation and payment for all Carnival packages, we will email (pdf), snail-mail or fax a copy of our (GPA) Guest Participant Agreement documentation, including cancellation/refund details, to guest for review, signature/acceptance of our (TOS) Terms of Service. Final payment for BCG VIP Carnival package and all featured Carnival excursions is due on Friday, December 15-2017

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can we book your private guide service without booking a tour package

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When Carnival is not in season,  you can reserve the services of one of a select number of vetted tour guides for your private employ, as well as our private bodyguard service. Our multilingual travel pros will introduce you to the best local restaurants, entertainment spots, shopping venues; you’ll get insider access to all of the popular attractions, including the local spots that many visitors never experience. No worries, our licensed guides will always place a premium on your personal safety/well being whenever and wherever you tour Brazil with us.

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Can we book our flights with your service

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We recommend our trusted Brazil air travel partners at BACC - a travel company with over 30 years of experience and a reputation which is well known and respected worldwide in the travel industry. Use BACC's secure website to book air travel to and within Brazil at very competitive rates. BACC only partners with the most reliable American and Brazilian airlines with modern fleets. We arrange Private Jet travel to and within Brazil. For all Brazil air travel questions, you can contact BACC travel directly: 16 West Little Brazil Street 16 West 46th Street 2nd floor New York, NY 10036-4503 Phones: +1(212)764-6161 /+1(800)342-5746 Fax: +1(212)719-4142 E-Mail: info@clickandfly.com - www.clickandfly.com