Vitoria & Vila Velha Highlights
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Get acquainted with one of the oldest cities in Brazil. You’ll start with a panoramic tour of Vitória, set on Honey Island in Vitória Bay.
As Vitória is on an island, you must cross to the mainland by way of the Third Bridge. In the city of Vila Velha you will visit the Convent da Penha -- a famous icon of faith in the state of Espirito Santo. This exceptional historical and religious monument was built in the 16th century and boasts an incredible 360-degree view over both cities.
Shop for a taste of Brazil at Garoto Chocolates Showroom -- the retail outlet of the most famous chocolatier in Brazil. Excellent quality chocolate is sold here at reasonable prices -- what a fabulous excuse to indulge!
Back on the Vitória side of the bridge, relax for a panoramic drive past Praia da Costa -- inarguably one of the state’s most beautiful beaches. Its clear blue waters offer a sensational aesthetic landscape -- not to mention it’s also a great spot for diving, swimming and snorkeling. Camburi Beach is next -- the longest beach in Vitória. Its character is very urban, with bicycle paths, bars and sidewalks, recreation and physical exercise areas.
Stop at the Cooperativa da Paneleiras de Goiabeiras, where artisans make clay pots by hand.
You will return to the ship via a very interesting part of this historic city -- the downtown core offers a cityscape of old-style buildings contrasting sharply with the modern construction.
The visit to Garoto Chocolates will be to the showroom, not to the factory. Please bring local currency or a credit card if you wish to purchase any chocolates. Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure of Vitória is part of the city’s charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Tour may be conducted by a Portuguese-speaking guide and an English-language translator. Expect traffic congestion in anticipation of the Carnival holiday. Access to the top of Penha Convent is by van. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.