Just wanted to drop you and your team a message to say thank you so much for organising the trip of a lifetime.
Everything was organised perfectly and all of the hotels that we stayed in gave us the most fantastic upgrades – Fasano was outrageous! They gave us the most stunning suite on the 7th floor which had been decorated with balloons, chocolates, fresh fruit and flowers. It truly was a 5* experience. The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas was also beautiful and again a fabulous upgrade with a view of the falls from our room. And finally Insolito……..one of the most chilled out hotels we’ve ever stayed in with breath taking views from again an upgraded room……Outeiro da Gloria Suite. We found some amazing places to eat and drink in Buzios and made some great new friends from Argentina and Newcastle of all places – they run a bar in Buzios called Libertas Point. Great wee place.
As for our guides and driver…………..they were all brilliant. Sabina was our guide in Rio/Buzios and she was simply outstanding. Great fun, super local knowledge and a genuinely lovely person who was full of suggestions and ideas of things for us to do when we weren’t doing tours. The two tours were also great, helped by the fabulous weather we got for the entire trip, with Sabina organising all tickets and managing to get us to the front of any queues! Bruno and Gabriel were our drivers again they could have been more helpful, and always exactly where they said they’d be and when.
Our guide in Iguazu was Bernardo and he was one of the most enthusiastic guides ever who clearly still loves the falls and surrounding area even after years of being a guide……….alas we couldn’t assist with his life long quest of seeing an anaconda in the park, although I wasn’t greatly disappointed with that one! We did however see plenty of other wildlife and pumas had been spotted when we were there but again they were to illusive for us.
All of our travel arrangements were also perfect, with everything running to plan and time. BA were fantastic, and literally give us the first class treatment despite the plane being fully booked and not being able to bump us up to the first class cabin. On the way out they fed us from the 1st class menu and at the end of the flight very kindly gave us an amazing bottle of vintage champagne to enjoy in Rio. Rob was literally rattling with excitement – although this may have something to do with the fact that we bumped into Sophie Ellis-Bextor at Heathrow which was a total coincidence given we had walked down the aisle to one of her songs a few days early………..she was lovely and stopped to chat for ages, even tweeting us afterwards wishing us well for the honeymoon.
Anyway, that’s us home and struggling to get back to normality. Thank you so much…………it was a perfect trip and a perfect honeymoon. We will be going back to Brazil……..it has blown us both away.
The support from Kirsty was first class from start to finish. It’s a bit of a risk to organize a trip with someone you don’t know, and from a long distance, but the level of professionalism and promptness of replies were very impressive. The trip itself was simply outstanding. The guide on the trek of Chapada (Aconi) was brilliant – his knowledge and genuine care of his workplace (the Park) was first rate and I was extremely lucky to be paired with him for the 5 days. I would recommend him to anyone going through Chapada. The Amazon went a little off the scheduled plan (eg the 5am walk was not offered) but it didn’t really matter as the location is so wonderful that it covers up for anything like that. Staying at the Belmond Hotel at Iguazu, whilst expensive, was an excellent part of the trip as it gives access to the Falls at times when everyone else is not there. I had the Falls to myself on three occasions which given the beauty of the location is simply ridiculous in terms of good fortune, and is something I will never forget. The coordination of transportation and hotel reservations was all completely seamless – there are usually a couple of glitches on any sort of holiday but in terms of transportation and reservations there were no such glitches. All in all, it was an outstandingly organized holiday – full credit to Kirsty!
We absolutely loved it! It was voted by the whole family as the best holiday ever (and we have had some great holidays to some glamorous places).
Last time we went to Brazil I organised it myself but I was particularly pleased that this time you organised our trip for us as itt took all the stress out to be met in the arrivals hall by a friendly face with a board with our name on it.
The “book” you sent us before we left with your recommendations for restaurants and beaches etc became our bible and we tried many of them. Thanks to your advice, we spent just the right amount of time in each of the cities and the transfers and Jeep hire all worked out perfectly. The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas was fabulous and the trip with your guide to the Argentinian side was one of the highlights. The whole trip gets a perfect 10 from me. I am already planning to go back and continue exploring up the coast from Salvador to the mouth of the Amazon and will definitely ask Bespoke Brazil to organise it for me.
Second time using Bespoke Brazil and same result. Another AMAZING trip 1st was to Brazil and 2nd was to Peru. Everything well organised and any issues we did face resolved with supreme efficiency and with no fuss. Looking to change next year to Africa for our holiday but when we return to South America will definitely be getting in touch with Bespoke Brazil. Cannot fault and would highly recommend to book with Bespoke Brazil!! An absolute pleasure!! See you again soon!!
Our enjoyment of Brazil was enhanced by the helpfulness and efficiency of BB not only before our journey but while we were there. A small problem at one hotel was resolved by a fast response. We would not hesitate in recommending this company.
On behalf of myself and Garry we would like to thank you very much for the holiday you put together for us. We returned yesterday and had a great time. We were impressed with the package you put together: flights, tours (the guide Paulo was great and gave us all sorts of helpful snip bits of info) and the hotel. Overall is was the perfect arrangement for us and we were able to see the Paralympics and do our own thing.
I would thoroughly recommend your company to anyone and would definitely look to use you again if we were travelling in that area.
Thank you again
We had arranged a week in Rio for the Olympics but wanted to see something of Brazil beforehand, with no real idea of what. Having talked to other companies without inspiration, we were delighted to come across Simon at Bespoke Brazil who suggested a wonderful trip despite a very vague outline from us. The locations, accommodation, transfers, guides and travel arrangements were all excellent. The private tours in Rio were with a very experienced guide who ushered us through the crowds with the minimum of fuss. We would highly recommend anyone considering a trip to Brazil or South America to use Bespoke Brazil – a highly professional, friendly and knowledgeable outfit! Thank you!
“ We have just come back from a fabulous holiday in Brazil.
When we approached Bespoke Brazil we already knew where we wanted to go. They then turned this into reality: suggesting and booking hotels, flights and trips. They also provided us with lots of information about the places we were going to. Everything went smoothly – it made a real difference having organised pick-ups/transport, as the distances we were travelling were huge, and our different local guides ensured we got the most out of our sightseeing.
We could have organised the holiday ourselves but it would not have been nearly as relaxed and I doubt we would have got so much out of our time in Iguassu or Bonito.
Brazil is an amazing country and Bespoke Brazil helped give us a taste of a small part of this vast country. We would highly recommend them.”
This was a holiday of a lifetime for the family (mum + 21 and 17 year old “kids”) It was even better than the high expectations we had prior to going. Bespoke Brazil perfectly selected places to stay based on what we told them we’d like to do after our own planned trip to Rio for the Olympics. We also got information and advice on travelling in Rio even though we had booked this leg of the holiday ourselves, including NOT selling us a guided tour which we were unable to afford at the inflated prices due to the Olympics which shows their integrity. The guides provided were all amazing and helped us maximise the time spent in Brasilia, Chapada dos Veadeiros, the Pantanal and Iguassu falls by showing us the sights and experiences from their knowledge and keeping us safe at all times in a country where we could only say hello, goodbye and thank you! Everything from organising flights and accommodation to the package of guided tours was perfect. I would use Bespoke Brazil again when travelling to South America and would recommend them to anyone considering a holiday there too.
Bespoke Brazil were amazing in supporting me and my family arrange our holiday to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Having contacted a lot of specialist South American travel agents Bespoke Brazil provided the best options and were very supportive throughout the whole process. Thanks for everything.
One of the best Holiday we’ve ever had! Everything ran really smoothly from private transfers to flights and organised tours. All the hotels were clean and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff. We would definitely recommend/ use again. Thank you
My trip to Brazil was absolutely amazing, for which a huge thanks goes to Simon (my Bespoke Brazil contact) and the company as a whole, as well as their partners in Brazil. I was there for about 2 weeks and the holiday was expertly put together for that timescale. Everyone I spoke to in Brazil told me that whoever had planned my stay had created the ideal holiday. The flights and hotels were all included, as well as tours and transport – it was a brilliant holiday and I would definitely use Bespoke Brazil again and recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going to visit Brazil!
My husband and I travelled to Brazil, visiting the Amazon Rainforest and then on to Rio. The whole experience was amazing. I cannot thank Simon and his team enough for their help and expertise. Everything went seamlessly. The guides were excellent. The Anavilhanas Lodges were magnificent with breath taking views, lovely trips and excellent food. Rio was also brilliant and we had a very informative guide who spoke perfect English. The Copacabana Palace Hotel was superb with amazing food and staff. Everything was wonderful from the beginning of the trip to the end and very meticulously arranged by Bespoke Brazil. I highly recommend using them. Thank you Simon and all your staff.
We are now back from our trip to Brazil, which you arranged so well for us. We want to express our thanks and to say how wonderfully it all went. Even the small hiccup, we felt you handled efficiently.
We would have no hesitation in recommending you, and if ever we travel to Brazil again or indeed South America you will be our first contact.
We arrived back from our trip last Thursday and, having almost settled back in to UK weather and style, wish to thank you for organising a perfect trip for us to Brazil.
The whole experience was exceptionally pleasurable, from leaving home to returning. We were particularly impressed by the guides that helped us at every transfer and tour. Hopefully you can feedback our thanks to the companies concerned, although we did try to show our appreciation at the time.
Sao Paulo was impressive and the Hotel Fasano facilities, including restaurant and most helpful staff were so good. An ideal location.
You will be pleased to hear that the Royal Caribbean cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas also went well and the excursions in Montevideo and Punta del Este in Uruguay and Buenos Aires in Argentina proved most interesting. Uruguay is worth adding to the list of countries to visit.
The Iguassu Falls experience was remarkable and beyond our wildest dreams. More spectacular than any other ‘wonders’ we have seen. We loved the views from the Brazilian side. The hotel had a restaurant for each night we stayed there – each most enjoyable and the Japanese Sushi proved to be a new experience for us. The swimming pool area was delightful.
The Hotel Caesar Park, in Rio De Janeiro, as you know, was across from the Ipanema Beach and not far from the Copacabana Beach where we strayed to a first class Brazilian BBQ Restaurant recommended by our guide. The food, ambience and service was superb. Also we were able to use our hotel’s taxi arrangements from the Copacabana Palace Hotel despite high security as The Rolling Stones were staying there prior to their gig in Rio later in the week! Also the restaurant at the Hotel Caesar Park provided one of the best evening meals of the trip. The private tour of Corcovado was again a truly memorable experience and we were well assisted by our guide again.
And how best can you finish such an enjoyable experience than a stay in Buzios. Beautiful beaches and people, stunning scenery, perfect weather and a first class hotel with excellent facilities and restaurant. In addition to the hotel restaurants we visited two of your suggestions, Estancia Don Juan and Peixe Vivo, that also proved to be excellent choices.
As you may have gathered by now, your tour proved to be up with the best we have experienced (and I believe we can say we are seasoned travellers) and am aware that this was also due to your remarkable knowledge of the area and close attention to detail.
We know it is often helpful if customers can point to possible improvements, but we cannot think of anything we could add. So many thanks again for your attention to our requirements. We shall have no hesitation in recommending you and Bespoke Brazil to all of our friends that wish to visit South America.
Spencer and Chris Colvin
I needed some help putting together a trip to Brazil over Christmas. I happened upon details for Bespoke Brazil online and called up. From the first moment I spoke to Simon at Bespoke Brazil I knew I was in good hands. He listened carefully to our travel requirements and pulled together an imaginative and interesting itinerary for us. This was particularly impressive considering we were aiming to travel only 4 weeks after my initial call and over the very busy Christmas / New Year period. Simon was tireless in refining the detail of our trip to ensure we got the most out of the days we were away. I found him to be reactive, helpful and endlessly patient while we worked out all the details of this trip. We had an absolutely fantastic holiday. I would have no hesitation in recommending Simon as an agent with all the insider knowledge and expertise to make any Brazilian holiday and all round adventure!
What an amazing trip!! huge thanks to Simon and Bespoke Brazil for making all the arrangements and making it such a memorable holiday. Can’t fault the hotels, transfer pick-ups and guides. It took away all the hassles and stress especially as we moved around Brazil a fair amount. Even when not all things went to plan we were not concerned as it was all taken care of.
We cannot recommend Bespoke Brazil enough thanks again for an amazing trip and adventure.
Vacation was upon us…and adventure was a must. With an 11yr old boy with us a glorious lounge chair and cocktails just won’t do. SO…somehow amidst all the great places on the planet, I landed on Brazil. I wanted to work with someone on a personal level…not be one of a hundred active files in a big firm. I hunted on-line for a boutique firm to pull a trip together within 6 weeks of travel…welcome to Bespoke Brazil. The website hooked me in and I sent an on-line query. Within a day or two, Simon was calling -and he was up for the challenge of pulling it all together. We had a good conversation (or two) and off he went. I did very little, in fact…and what a delight that turned out to be. The vacation was beautifully orchestrated and there wasn’t a thing that went sideways on us. The adventures were great fun…and we did manage to find some lounge chairs and cocktails to boot (and great pools for the 11yr old). Go to Bonito…river snorkelling was a highlight. Caiman Lodge -the staff were incredible in this special place. Indulge at Iguassu soaking in Mother Nature’s prowess and dine and dance in Rio to the rhythms of the south. Simon practically read my mind -and for that I am grateful. We each had an amazing vacation that will give us memories for a lifetime. Would I work with Bespoke Brazil again? Without a shadow of a doubt. Find your way to Brazil with Bespoke Brazil…the adventures are just waiting to be had!! Thanks Simon…and cheers! /Kelly
A fantastic trip where everything went smoothly. We were impressed by all the local people who helped us. Everything ran efficiently, and the trip exceeded expectation. We would happily recommend Bespoke Brazil as a firm who offer good value for money and peace of mind when travelling.
My family and I had an incredible holiday in Brazil and were very grateful for the local knowledge of the Bespoke Brazil team. We also valued the flexibility that Bespoke Brazil offered in trying to get our holiday and choice of hotels just right.
We had a really fabulous holiday and LOVED Brazil. Thank you for organising everything so well…there was not a single hiccup… everything went according to plan and moving from one place to the next was remarkably stress free. We’d highly recommend Bespoke Brazil.
Travelling with a 10 year old did concern we somewhat, especially in a country I did not know. The suggested lodges and itinerary were excellent and even though the travel between each area was hard it all worked beautifully. I wasn’t terribly keen on the hotel San Martin only because it was extremely unfriendly but the location and facilities offered to my grand-daughter more than made up for any shortcomings. I won’t hesitate to use Bespoke Brazil again for our next adventure
My husband and I have recently returned from our 11 night honeymoon in Rio. I had tried several local travel agents but they seemed to struggle to put together what we wanted, even the basics like flights! I found Bespoke Brazil on the net and from my initial enquiry I found Simon to be very prompt and professional, He suggested a resort about 2/3 hours drive from central Rio called Buzios. It was superb! We had 7 nights in Rio at the Arena Hotel and the Copacabana Palace combined and had 2 half day tours. Simon even included an airport pickup. Hannah (who was our guide/transfer from the airport) was such a friendly and informative lady. She provided us with some useful hints and tips about the city and staying safe. She was a true professional! A credit to you! Our tours were brilliant, the guides were genuinely interested in making sure we enjoyed ourselves. I would definitely recommened getting to spend some time in Buzios if you are honeymooners as after the pace and noise of Rio, its a perfect, boutique-ee coastal town with miles of beaches and gorgeous restaurants to choose from without the hassle of street sellers! We even received a handy travel pack in the post from Simon prior to travel with all our travel plans outlined in their and useful phrases to help us. Overall, i couldnt fault the service we received at the enquiry stage through to booking and confirmation and the trip itself. I would recommended Bespoke Brazil in a heartbeat and would certainly rebook with you! Thank you for such a memorable honeymoon.
The service from Bespoke Brazil was second to none. The whole trip was seamless and it was a fantastic trip all around. Thanks Simon for everything.
Thank you – we had a really great time! The whole thing was incredibly well organised, we felt very well looked after! And the itinerary gave us exactly the right amount of time in each place and it was a really good mix of history/culture and scenery/wildlife and we had some really great guides. Our guide (Jorge) in Iguassu was especially good: excellent English, very friendly and pointed out loads of wildlife in the park that we wouldn’t have noticed ourselves. Noronha was absolutely beautiful.
We first met Simon at the Destinations Travel show and he impressed us then with his knowledge of Brazil. The tour he arranged for us in June certainly lived up to our expectations. Whenever we spoke to Simon he dealt with our queries quickly and efficiently and tailored the trip to our requirements.
We were in Brazil for 16 days and visited Rio, Tiradentes, Ouro Preto,Brasilia, Olinda and Salvador. On reflection we could have missed out Tiradentes as it’s a very long drive from Belo Horizonte (the nearest airport) and Olinda (where the artist quarter was closed for a Saints day (even the hotel didn’t know about this). We spent four days in Rio and loved it (could have stayed an extra day or two) and one day in Brasilia which is a fascinating city where we had a wonderful guide and could also have stayed longer.
Whenever we arrived at an airport we were met by a driver and when we returned the driver/guide took us into the airport and checked us.
I would happily use Bespoke Brazil again and would recommend their services to anyone planning a trip to Brazil.
We did the Iguazu Falls, Rio and Amazonia. We were looking for something high quality and designed around us, not designed around the Tour Operator. We couldnt have asked for or wished for anything better from Simon and his team, their service was perfect every step of the way.
If you are looking for top quality for the long haul, probably best avoid TAM, airlines, its really second or third rate compared to most international flag carriers. Other than that everything was brilliant.
Bespoke Brazil certainly live up to their name. Our trip was both bespoke and Brazilian.
My wife and I decided that a we wanted to Honeymoon in Brazil as it’s part of the world neither of us has seen and because it goes against the grain of many popular Honeymoon destinations. We spent many hours searching for our ideal tour but unfortunately most tours offered fell short of our requirements. We wanted to experience a bit of Brazil, have a few days of luxury on a beach and see Rio.
We found a tour that we liked on the Bespoke Brazil website, the “Self-drive North-east Brazil” tour. This ticked most of our boxes but not all of them. So we contacted Bespoke Brazil laying out our requirements for the tour. We had a very prompt response from Simon with what Bespoke Brazil could offer us. The tour itself was very impressive, but with the additions Simon made turned it into something we were very keen to take.
Over the course of the next few months Simon made many adjustments to the proposed tour for us to make it special and unique. Every time we contacted Simon to make amendments we received an updated itinerary very promptly, even on a Sunday!
Before departure to Brazil we received a pack from Bespoke Brazil, covering everything we needed to know for our trip. All the flight details, a day by day itinerary, some Portuguese translations and a whole lot more. It was all covered.
Our trip entailing checking into 8 different hotels, getting on five aeroplanes, having numerous guided and driving over 900 km in Brazil seemed pretty daunting, but the overall experience was amazing. All the local guides we had were very knowledgeable about the area they were in and also about the rest of Brazil. The guides also provided us with transfers to and from car hire centres and airports. On the transfers the guides also came in and translated for us, which was especially helpful with hiring a car. All the hotels that were selected for us were amazing, most even provided us with a small gift to help us celebrate!
We cannot thank Simon enough for providing us with the ultimate Honeymoon. The service we received was truly first class.
I am sending you this “Thank You” note for all you have done to make our tour memorable. We enjoyed the tour a lot, except few very minor things, everything went as per plan and weather supported us as well.
It was well organised, all accommodations were good (Hotel Das Cataratas was brilliant!). I would like to say the guide in Machu Pichu (Juan) and Rio (Illena) was very helpful and those tours were very informative.
I am glad we booked the tour with you and hope we can book another one with Chile/Argentina soon
Anna and I are safely back from our Brazil trip. It was, as before, beautifully organised and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you.
I wanted to send you a note to thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful trip for us to Brazil. We truly loved it – definitely a holiday we will never forget! Brazil is such a fascinating and diverse country.
Bespoke Brazil did a fantastic job at making our trip to Brazil really special. From the moment we contacted the team to the final day of the trip, they were on hand to provide expert guidance and advice, having great local knowledge of where to go and what to do. Simon was very flexible and really listened to our requirements and what we wanted in order to create a tailor-made holiday that met all our travelling needs. We were sent a really smart leather folder that made us feel like quite the travel connoisseurs, listing all the finer details and giving us lots of interesting and useful information about Brazil.
The range of tours and activities were excellent and our itinerary comprised the right balance of sight-seeing, carnival fun and relaxing island tours. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and when we did eventually get round to reading a guide book, it turns out that Bespoke Brazil had covered the essentials anyway!
Simon and the team were very responsive; they got back to us when we had any queries and the whole trip ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend them, we had a really wonderful holiday.
All transfers/flights etc worked great. Everyone was there on time (which is amazing in Brazil, as 8pm normally mean 8:45pm :-)) and spoke good English.
Tropical tree climbing was the best part of the trip.
I booked with Bespoke Brazil because out of all the tour operators I contacted they were the only one that actually listened to my requirements, and I wasn’t disappointed when I got there
So thank you :-)
Simon was instrumental in piecing together our itinerary to make sure we did as much as possible in the most logical way. Jericoacoara was simply stunning and worth the long drive from Fortaleza, the Amazon part was perfectly organised and Turtle Lodge was a great base to discover the area. Our guide Hildo was also wonderful and very flexible with our requests. We then went to Rio which was fabulous and the amazing Buzios. I just wish Brazil was a little closer so that we could go back more often!
Thank you Bespoke Brazil.
Thank you Bespoke Brazil for organizing our brilliant honeymoon. Everything went like clockwork, we had just the right amount of time in each location and the places we stayed ticked all the boxes. The itinerary, guides, recommendations and information provided was all spot on!
As a woman travelling alone, I was anxious to feel safe, while at the same time experiencing a feeling of adventure and exploration on this, my first trip to Brazil. I was not disappointed. I was met, ferried, guided and accommodated perfectly on my very brief but intense trip. Thank you Simon, and Bespoke Brazil for tailor-making this perfect holiday – and, when there was the very odd glitch, responding immediately with a solution. You were a safe pair of hands.
Our family of four has just returned from an 18-day trip incorporating Rio de Janeiro, Bonito, the Pantanal, Iguazu and Paraty. We are seasoned, demanding and adventurous travellers and this has to rate amongst the best holidays we have ever had. Early on I gave Bespoke Brazil our list of likes and dislikes and they came up with the most perfect itinerary. Our friendly and professional guides and hotel staff, the unique and awe-inspiring organised activities (snorkelling down river with iridescent fishes to mention just one) and the quality of food and accommodation more than exceeded our expectations. I cannot find any fault in my dealings with Bespoke Brazil or their suppliers (well just one grumpy receptionist) and would recommend the company to anyone (indeed two days back and I already have!).
Thank you for a most memorable and seamlessly organised trip.
Thank you Bespoke for introducing us to the wonderful country that is Brazil through your terrific, helpful and knowledgeable local guides. It is a fascinating destination and we look forward to seeing more of it on a return visit.
The Foody Traveller (www.foodytraveller.com)
We did indeed have a fantastic time. In fact the whole trip exceeded my expectations. It was perfect. Thank you so much for putting it all together for us. Although I must say that I had warned the my girls that everything might not go as smoothly as they were used to, how wrong could I have been! Every flight was on time, transfers were ready and waiting for us, everybody in the hotels and airports ( important as we took 10 separate flights in all) were helpful and friendly. We will remember it always and will return.
Bespoke Brazil have been an invaluable find! Simon provided us with excellent advice and service in putting together our bespoke honeymoon to Paraty, Ilha Grande, Rio, Iguazu and Buenos Aires. We had a basic idea of what we wanted and budget and Simon worked hard to meet those plus extra, invaluable advice.
Other aspects he considered, which helped with the overall ‘flow’ and experience were the location of hotels, timings of flights and when to do visits ( e.g. Sugar Loaf in the afternoon to see the sunset). All aspects we may not have got quite right which really help maximise the enjoyment of the holiday.
There was lots of attention to detail such as a travel document wallet he sent to us, which became our bible for all details for the holiday, including handy guides to each area.
Overall, they are the perfect company to plan your Brazilian adventure. Knowledgeable, friendly, with a real desire to provide you with the best holiday ever (which ours certainly was).
We had a great time and the tour guides were so kind and fun. Great job!
Thanks for organising what was a great trip. With so much to see and such massive distances to cover it made life so much easier for us to be able to follow the plans you had made. I think the balance between sightseeing and having time to watch games on big screens/in fan parks, bars etc, as well as the games we had tickets for, was just about right – important on a football trip! The information about the trip before we went and the prompts for info that you needed from us were well timed and friendly. It felt like we could contact you for any additional info we might have wanted.
Just a short note to say thank you to Bespoke Brazil for the outstanding arrangements and support given in our recent trip to the World Cup (there were 20 of us!) The accommodation and itinerary were both excellent and contributed massively to a hugely enjoyable experience. Very much appreciated and I would have no qualms whatsoever in recommending you to anyone also thinking of taking a holiday in such a marvellous country.
Thanks to Bespoke Brazil for organising my trip of a lifetime to Brazil. The football was peripheral to enjoying the diverse pleasures of such an amazing country. It took the stress out of such a big expedition. The organisation was first class, and Simon was always on hand to iron out any problems travel randomly throws up. The undoubted highlight was our stay in the eco-lodge. Such an amazing place. I had never been so relaxed, while having such an eventful time.
“During 3 weeks of the World Cup Bespoke Brazil showed the skills to both tailor a tour for a very disparate group of 25 as well as meet each and every individual need. Bespoke paid attention to detail, and when itineraries had to change Bespoke was more than willing to provide a very personal service to ensure everyone’s expectations were accommodated. If you are a seasoned traveller Bespoke can make your journey that much the smoother, if you are visiting for the first time Bespoke will offer advice as to what you should see (and the most comfortable way to see it), and if you have very specific requirements Bespoke will ensure that these are met. I do not hesitate recommending Simon and his small team.”
“Thanks to Bespoke Brazil we had a truly memorable trip to Brazil for the World Cup. The itinerary was varied, the accommodation was excellent and Bespoke Brazil were attentive throughout the trip. The local guides were very knowledgeable and gave us a real flavour of Brazil. Bespoke Brazil were professional from start to finish – they only thing they couldn’t fix were England’s disappointing results!”
“Thanks to Bespoke Brazil for the truly brilliant and memorable holiday we had in Brazil with our group of England Supporters at the World Cup 2014. Unfortunately Simon was unable to arrange any wins for the England football team while we were out there (!) but his team did came up with an wonderful itinerary, ranging from our stay in an Eco Lodge in the Amazon to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte highlights. There were many extra excursions included along the way to ensure we saw more of Brazil than the football, which was much appreciated especially considering the way England played! I would have no hesitation in recommending Bespoke Brazil to anyone intending visiting this fascinating country, in future.”
“Just a short line to thank you for lining up the trip to Paraty. The transfer service was excellent and the Pousada was superb. We all really enjoyed our short stay in Paraty and it made for an even more memorable time in Brazil. We all wished we could have spent a little more time there. Thank you once again.”
“Had a fantastic time in Brazil the organisation was spot on, I had the misfortune of needing a hernia op early into my holiday but Simon and his tour guides helped me by rearranging flights, transfers and advice beyond what I expected, god knows what I and my friends would have done without it, I would recommend Bespoke to anybody thinking of travelling to this wonderful country.”
“I loved it up at the Eco Lodge which was a very good start to my Brasil trip. The food was lovely, in fact the best of the whole trip. I enjoyed all the activities and the trip to the waters meet. Also the company of the party I was with. Amazonia is an area I would like to go back and see more of. Thank you for re-arranging my pick up after my flight was delayed. The transfers all worked well.”
“Brazil was awesome and from Lloyd and I, thank you for your expertise.”
“The organisation of the trip was great, from the first phone call with Simon and information provided, through all the transfers, tours and guides, to the last flight home. The guide at Iguassu was brilliant and a great experience was had visiting the falls despite it being uncommonly rainy, a wonderous sight to see.”
“Just returned from a well planned trip to Brazil. Never would have been able to organise this ourselves. Great to use a specialist.”
“We’re delighted with the service we got from Bespoke Brazil. Simon’s great advice and flexibility meant that we saw everything that we wanted, travel arrangements worked out flawlessly and the local guides and drivers were very helpful too. The carnival was an amazing experience and as a keen photographer it was important to me to get seats located where I could get the best pictures. The tickets we got for the Frisas were just stunning. An unforgettable experience. We didn’t see any Jaguars in the Pantanal (wrong time of year) but did see an Ocelot and lots of other wildlife. Buzios was a great place to relax and indulge ourselves at the end of the holiday. I would thoroughly recommend using Bespoke Brazil to help plan your next Brazilian adventure.”
“The 8 day trip you organized for us was excellent, all went perfectly. Thanks for organising such a great trip so efficiently.”
“A HUGE thank you to Simon and Bespoke Brazil for a wonderful holiday. From the start of planning our itinerary Simon was so helpful and efficient. Everything from the transfers, flights, accommodation all went very smoothly – it was brilliant! We were so glad that Bespoke Brazil gave us information regarding the Amazon as it really was a trip of a lifetime – an amazing experience. Our itinerary was perfect – Rio for 5 nights, The Amazon for 5 nights and then 4 nights chilling in Buzios – don’t hesitate to book Brazil through this company – Brazil is a fascinating country with so much to offer. Many thanks to Bespoke Brazil for a wonderfully organised holiday.”
“We really, really, enjoyed our holiday and all your organising for us worked out perfectly. The areas you suggested were just what we had in mind a great mix of city and rural. The walking was at just the right level and I am happy that you suggested that as it would be very hot we may not feel like tramping the distances that we normally do here in France or the UK you were right! The heat was very enervating. We saw fabulous birdlife and animals too in the Pantanal and your friends in the Eco lodge made sure we were very comfortable and sent you their regards. A very nice place they have. The Chapada dos Veadeiros was great too, completely different, much drier savannah type area with wonderful swimming holes, we swam in so many lovely pools during and at the end of the walks that I lost count. The birds and animals there were good too although not so plentiful as in the Pantanal – it was the waterfalls and swimming which we shall remember from there. All the guides you organised were great and their knowledge, enthusiasm and English were great. All the other hotels, restaurants and sights that you organised were wonderful thank you.”
“Having just returned from Brazil, we felt we had to write to say how much we had enjoyed the whole experience, and to thank Bespoke Brazil for making our holiday such a great success. When we first made contact, we explained that we were looking for a mixture of Cities, Culture and Wildlife, finishing somewhere at the end where we could relax, but still have options for various activities should we feel the need.
Your recommended Itinerary fitted the bill perfectly, and the subsequent immaculate planning, your extensive personal knowledge of the areas we were visiting, and with your contacts on the ground, created a holiday we will never forget.
The accommodation, which is an important aspect of any holiday were perfect throughout, both in terms of location, comfort and also the level of service provided.
There are so many highlights, that it would be impossible to list them all. Suffice it to say that having hoped for one good sighting of the elusive Jaguar, to have seen ten during our stay at Porto Jofre was absolute magic. The birdlife was so varied and prolific, that spotting was no problem because they came to you.
The guided tours you organised in advance, gave us a wonderful insight into the country, along with its heritage, culture and people, whilst still allowing us time to explore on our own.
You may be a relatively small company, but you certainly deliver in a very big way, and we would have no hesitation in recommending you anyone interested in seeing the real Brazil.”
“Bespoke Brazil provided excellent customer service. I was especially impressed with the flexibility they provided. I changed my plans several times and Bespoke Brazil was able to change the booking so it meet my needs. I would use Bespoke Brazil again and recommend them to my friends and family”
“Nothing could’ve prepared us for how incredible our experience was. I have never done anything better in my life. A complete assault on your senses, the music, the heat, the costumes and the buzz are like nothing you can ever imagine. I thought I’d seen carnivals before, hell, I’ve been in a carnival before, but the Rio Carnival is an absolute mind blowing occasion that is unrivalled, so much fun, craziness and excitement. I’d say to anyone it must be a tick box on your bucket list and one you will never forget. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!”
“After 30 years together we wanted a 30 day “holiday of a lifetime” to celebrate. Brazil had been for many years on our radar screen, especially with Flor being Portuguese from Angola but never having visited the country of her great, great grandfather. Once we had decided upon Brazil, and put together a draft wish-list of places to visit and activities to do, we “threw it over the wall” to Simon. This was not just going to be a holiday, but a journey of adventure and discovery going back to Flor’s roots.
Bespoke Brazil did not disappoint. They delivered, and even exceeded our expectations!
13 internal flights and 11 places visited in 30 days required military planning to optimise the use of time. Overnight stays were balanced to the location and situation, ranging from the simple beach pousada in Atins, at the edge of the Lencois Maranhenses, to the celebrity luxury of the Hotel Das Cataratas at Foz do Iguacu, with the majority being comfortable hotels/pousadas in keeping with the locality.
Although we picked some specific activities that we wished to pursue, such as climbing in Rio and diving in Paraty, Fernando de Noronha and Bonito, Simon came up with so many other brilliant suggestions. These included the north coast “safari” from Jeri to Atins (3 4x4s and 4 boats in 10 hours, including crossing the Delta do Rio Parnaiba, the 3rd largest delta in the world!), Abismo Anhumas in Bonito (a 72m free abseil/jumar into a cavern with an 87m deep lake, followed by an 18m dive, all in the dark!), Fumaca Falls in Chapada Diamantina (at 360m, the largest free-falling waterfall in Brazil!), to white-water rafting on the Rio Mambucaba, near Paraty. All the guides were outstanding and became friends, with whom we are still in touch.
One of the highlights was visiting Resende Costa, the birthplace of Flor’s great, great grandfather, who was part of the first attempts to gain independence for Brazil from Portugal. The revolutionaries were eventually betrayed in 1789, caught, and imprisoned for 3 years, before the ringleader was hung, draw and quartered (I thought that this was only a brutal English activity), and the rest, luckily for Flor’s ancestor, granted a reprise and exiled to Africa for 10 years. His son, went to Angola, married the Princess Kissama, and had a daughter who was Flor’s grandmother. Flor’s mum still has Costa in her name. When I finally realised that I had a wife with revolutionary and royal blood flowing through her veins it helped explain a lot!
This was never going to be a “backpackers” budget holiday, but considering the complexity of the trip, the places that we visited, and the activities that we participated in, we are very satisfied with the job done by Bespoke Brazil, value for money, and would certainly use them again and recommend them to friends.
Well done Bespoke Brazil!”
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday. The idea of having 5 really different snapshots of Brazil worked really well and despite all the numerous connections the travelling around went very smoothly. We have some amazing memories and unusually for us some equally amazing photos. A heartfelt thanks for the personal service and all the advice you gave us. We want to return to Brazil in the near future to visit the Amazon and the northern area. When we do we will not hesitate to use Bespoke Brazil again. Many thanks Sheldon Robbins”
“A massive massive thank you for all your help in planning and booking our truly wonderful honeymoon in Brazil. You really took the time to listen to what we wanted and then used your expertise to not only surpass those requirements but then suggest other amazing things that we would never have known to do otherwise. The whole trip was incredible – from the stunning Iguassu Falls, to riding the Serra Verde Express, to beautiful Paraty, relaxed and enchanting Ilha Grande, to the incomparable Rio! We have no hesitation in recommending Bespoke Brazil to anyone who might be interesting in visiting this amazing country – in fact another family member has already recently booked with you at our recommendation! Best wishes, Adam & Alex”
“We had already some ideas of where we wanted to go and had arranged some flights and accommodation – but we were starting to find it difficult to work out some locations and how to transfer between them. We then got in touch with Bespoke Brazil and it became no problem at all! Simon worked with our existing arrangements and was then able to provide us with a range of additional suggestions and price points to choose from. His friendly and helpful liaison meant it was very much a team effort working together with us as we finalised the details. As a result we ended up with our own unique – bespoke – package with the comfort of the arrangements, flight tickets and ground transfers all in place when we got there. This meant a relaxing, enjoyable and stimulating experience throughout our journey. Particular highlights were our stay in Lencois where the scenery and hikes made a great contrast with the time spent in Salvador and Rio, and with the small beach-side pousada in Alagoas with its deserted palm-fringed beaches… A truly hand-stitched service! Time to plan another trip for us, Simon?”
“We REALLY enjoyed our time in Brazil. All the arrangements were perfectly sorted and trouble free. Personally we’d like to thank you for all you’ve done. The places we visited were lovely and we would definitely recommend both Brazil and Bespoke Brazil to others. Rio, the Amazon and its eco-forest resort, Iguassu falls (!!!!!) and the little pearl of Paraty at the end were all gems!! Thanks again.”
“This was one of our best trips ever. Not only did we see much that was not on the standard round, but we had three exceptional guides, Celia in Minas Gerais and Christoph on the Rio Negro – who were also stimulating company. Lucio, our guide in Brasilia was great – a real enthusiast whose father had been an architect who worked on the project. Thank you. It was wonderful.”
“Simon from Bespoke Brazil was extremely helpful in organising our itinerary, he was very prompt in the response and suggested some excellent tours and ideas. He was also very flexible when our plans changed. We had a fabulous holiday.”
“We had a brilliant holiday thanks to Simon at Bespoke Brazil. The highlight of the holiday was Carnival – a fantastic and once in a lifetime experience – Simon’s recommendation to avoid the tourist section in the Sambodrome and experience it with the locals was the right one. Simon’s obvious knowledge and experience of Brazil, his interpretation of our requirements and the locations and accommodation he recommended were all excellent. He was very quick to respond to any questions and sent detailed proposed itineraries by email which he was happy to talk through and adapt as necessary. A few weeks before our holiday we received a comprehensive document with lots of helpful advice and insights. The whole holiday went very smoothly – the drivers and private guides were all very helpful and friendly and spoke very good English and we stayed at some amazing pousadas and hotels. If we return to Brazil for another holiday we will definitely get Bespoke Brazil to organise it.”
“One of the most exhilarating experiences I have ever had. It was great getting ready with the rest of the Samaba School (Beija-Flor) in the staging area and taking pics with one another in costume. As soon as the fireworks blast indicated our turn, the drummers started and all 3000 of our hearts started racing. Our bodies started shaking with the beats of the drums and we all started chanting the Samba School’s song – or tried our best to. As soon as we turned that corner into the Sambadrome, it was amazing to see 88,000 fans waving our Samba School flag, cheering for us and chanting our song along with us. I danced and chanted with my fellow ‘wing-members’ as much as I could and just had the best time performing for the fans (and judges) around me. Everyone congratulated each other at the end and took some memorable photos before heading out.”
“I cannot recommend Simon and Bespoke Brazil enough. It being my first trip to Brazil and on my own, the itinerary that was put together for me really did cater for all of my needs and requirements. All modes of transport and transfers were so smooth, on time and meant I had no worries what so ever travelling alone. The guides in each area were great, they were charismatic, friendly, loved their job and their English was really good. The only thing I could say about the trip is that I wish I could have stayed longer. In fact I loved it so much I am considering going back for the carnival and wouldn’t dream of booking it with anyone other than Bespoke Brazil. Thank you so much Simon.”
“Simon and Bespoke Brazil have provided us with exceptional customer service from organising a tailored holiday to ensuring every aspect of our trip went to plan. Simon took the time to discuss different options for our multi-stop trip to Brazil to ensure all of our wishes were met – as a result we had the holiday of a life time!
Brazil is an amazing destination and I’d love to visit again – and if I do I will definitely be using Bespoke Brazil!”
“After having worked constantly on a project for the last 3 years I needed a relaxing break so when Simon suggested Jericoacoara, I didn’t really know what to make of it as had never heard of the place, let alone be able to pronounce it. I’m glad he did suggest it as was the best holiday I’ve ever had.
Simon was so enthusiastic about Jericoacoara that it became infectious and as soon as I did a bit of research myself I was totally hooked. I don’t think I could have visited a more chilled out, relaxing destination. I work long hours in the city so to have a week of being able to wander around the sand covered streets without any shoes on was amazing and just what I needed. Each night we walked to the top of the sand dune next to the town with a caiprinha to watch the sun set. It was so beautiful and made London seem a million miles away. We would then spend the evenings relaxing in a local bar trying our best Portuguese on unsuspecting bar staff, a source of much amusement!
I’m already thinking of going back again next year!”