Zim Ugochukwu

BAHIA

Zim Ugochukwu
BAHIA

THE INSIDE SCOOP

You'll experience the rich Afro-Brazilian culture on this ultimate Brazilian getaway.

6 nights in a beautiful boutique hotel, set in the heart of Salvador. 

Curated itinerary based on our personal favorites.

Email support and outstanding customer service.

Photos for days. That's right, each morning, you'll receive images of you soaking in your Brazilian experience. By the end of the trip, you'll rack up at least 1,000 photos of pure happiness and bliss. 

See and eat the things you’d never find on your own.

Travel like a Bahiano local.

Did we say stress free? Just show up and we’ll handle the rest. We'll take care of you like a slow sip of coconut water on a hot summer day. Yup. 

Airport transfers included.

CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THESE DATES

  • January 20 - 26, 2018 (sold out)
  • January 28 - February 3, 2018 (6 spaces available)

LOCALE

You’ll sleep in Salvador at a locally owned bed and breakfast rooted in the heart of the city.


You'll experience life in a way that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the Brazilian culture by engaging with a local couple in an authentic cooking class, as you’ll learn to prepare authentic Brazilian cuisines with the use of fresh vegetables, local herbs & spices, and your choice cut of meat.

You will spend a large part of this experience around water, either surfing or cruising the beautiful coast of Brazil. The heartbeat of Bahia is its music. You will be surrounded by live performances filled with passion and electric energy. Get ready to spend a full afternoon with an instructor to learn the art of Samba. You will be an expert before you know it! Just start forwarding your mail here now.

BAHIA IS THE RHYTHM FILLED HEARTBEAT OF BRAZIL

AND WE’D LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and taking on the challenge to venture to Bahia alone is a much more daunting prospect than traveling with someone who knows the land well.

You’ll get the best of everything Bahia has to offer, compressed into one week of phenomenal highlights.

Coming with Travel Noire is so much easier than traveling by yourself, guidebook in hand, crossing your fingers for the best. You'll get to hang with phenomenal people from around the world, and you'll want to experience the best of a new destination with someone who understands the culture and the turf.

THE THINGS YOU’LL EXPERIENCE WITH US CAN’T BE FOUND IN A GUIDEBOOK.

Over the past year, we’ve had the honor of creating lifelong memories for travelers just like you, and we’d love the opportunity to do that for you too.

WE DO THIS BECAUSE WE TRULY BELIEVE EVERY DESTINATION NEEDS A BACKSTAGE PASS. AND WE TRULY THINK YOU DESERVE ONE.

To be perfectly frank, Bahia is epic. Few cities can match the energy and unadorned beauty you'll find here. Wild festivals happen frequently, and it’s not uncommon to hear drum corps pounding out powerful rhythms against the backdrop of colonial buildings.

JUST SHOW UP. WE HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED FOR YOU.

TRAVEL WITH US AND INDULGE IN THE TRAVEL NOIRE EFFECT

A WHOLE DECADE

A decade of traveling means that we know what it takes to have a good time, anywhere. And now you do too.

A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

During your experience, your group will be accompanied by a personal photographer ready to capture it all. Each morning, hundreds of images will be digitally delivered to the group for you to share with the world. That means you can leave your camera behind and live in the moment.

OUR CONNECTIONS ARE YOUR CONNECTIONS

As they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We've cultivated incredible relationships with locals over the years and you’ll meet them because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-of-the-line food and service because you’re with us.

THE BFF FACTOR

Dream about exploring the world with a well traveled friend who knows about the best food, shopping & views each destination has to offer? And is extremely positive, supportive, grounded and drama free? That's us. Our Experience Designers are so top notch, we'd spend every day of the year with them if we could.

SERVICE THAT MATTERS

You’re not a booking number, you’re an honored guest and a valuable part of our family. No matter what time of day or night (even in the wee hours of the morning), you can count on us. We've built this brand from nothing to sold-out-in-hours experiences because we truly care about people and their journeys.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

We really understand you. We know what you want to see, do and experience because we were once vacationers too. But the only difference is that we now get the nuances that allow us to navigate like locals. This unique perspective will give you a “best of both worlds” experience.

FRIENDS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

You want to travel the world with amazing people. We get it. Our experiences attract the best of the best. And they keep coming for more. It's not uncommon for a traveler to return home from a trip we've hosted and immediately book another. Our groups are fun-loving, drama free, and a joy to be around. They've formed faux musical groups on our experiences and even travel together long after our experience with them ends. Now that's epic.

THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE WITH BENEFITS

RENEWED INSPIRATION 

Travel continuously connects you to inspiration that's proven to fuel a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Experiencing a sense of purpose, gratitude, and vitality are all direct results of feeling inspired. And those who seek inspiration find it.

LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

We've all heard it: travel when you're older and you've saved for retirement. But travel often requires good health, which you likely have right now. If you have dreams to see the world, don't you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?

EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS

Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat local food and savor fresh vegetables and seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, surrounded by live music and Brazilian locals. 

LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU

Do you feel like you’re always on the go but have very little time for yourself? We thought so. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to kick back and leave all the planning to us. In fact, you're gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna take another sip of fresh juice at breakfast.

CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE VERSION OF YOU

In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person they're meant to be?

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

After you arrive in Salvador, our private Travel Noire shuttle will take you to our newly renovated hotel. If you’re tired from your flight, you can spend the time getting settled into the hotel, taking a luxurious nap, or chatting with your fellow travelers. In the evening, we’ll gather for a group walk through the lively streets of nearby Pelourinho. Get ready to enjoy an authentic Brazilian welcome as we dine at a world-famous restaurant and enjoy the eclectic live performances of local dancers. Don’t be surprised if the music moves you to get up and dance along!

DAY 2

We'll be spending today exploring the old city!  Begin your morning with a fresh breakfast on the terrace of our locally owned bed and breakfast. We'll then head to a local samba studio where we’ll learn the history of the spicy Samba and dance away the morning. After an incredible lunch, you'll be grateful for a midday break. You'll be immersed in the vibrant history on our evening walking tour and or day will be capped off with dinner in a local restaurant.

DAY 3

We hope you’re hungry because today is all about decadent, delicious food! We’ll spend the afternoon making authentic Brazilian cuisine with our market finds. After lunch, you can choose to work off the calories with some Brazilian martial arts (Capoeira), or keep things a little less physical by learning traditional Brazilian drumming from a dynamic local percussionist. Spend the evening however you want, wandering through the town, checking out live music, or dining at one of the many local restaurants.

DAY 4

Today is made for recovery, relaxation, and regrouping. Today is up to you. Lounge on a hot beach, or if you're in recovery mode, you can spend some time at the hotel for a long and luxurious mid-day nap. It’s your day to truly find your bliss.

DAY 5

After breakfast we’ll head to one of Bahia’s breathtaking beaches (the area is widely considered to have the most beautiful beaches in Brazil) for a surfing lesson! Once you’re done surfing with the fish, we’ll eat some (and some fresh vegetables) for lunch. The evening is yours to spend as you please exploring Salvador, spending some time with your new friends, or finding your favorite local restaurant.

DAY 6

There are few things as relaxing and romantic as a day on the water. Today we’re boarding a boat and cruising off the coast of Brazil to the islands of All Saints’ Bay where we’ll stop for a swim in the warm water. In the afternoon, we’ll stop at the island of Areaia Branca to enjoy lunch before returning to Salvador. Once we dock for the day, we’ll all meet for an intimate reflection dinner to recap the week and solidify the friendships we’ve made.

DAY 7

If you feel like waking up early today, you can relish in the last few hours in Bahia. Take a walk through the town, visit your favorite shops, or spend time with your new friends. We’ll all enjoy breakfast together, and then take the TN shuttle to the Salvador Airport. But just because you’re flying away today doesn’t mean this experience will ever be left behind.


YOUR INVESTMENT

THE INVESTMENT STARTS AT $1,799

Payments plans available (4 payments of $499 totaling $1,996)

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

  • 6 nights at an outstanding hotel. 
  • Transfers from airports. (Arrive SSA, depart SSA.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All activities on itinerary.
  • Day trip to the the islands of All Saints’ Bay.
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (alcohol not included).
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms. You can submit a request when registering.

Your investment does not include your flight to Brazil.


YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Everything is organized, so you stay sane. Arrive before 3pm local time on the first day of your Experience and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Zero stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Travel Noire delivers personalized instructions, so you'll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us. 

YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT

You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You'll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we'll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.

EMAIL SUPPORT

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You'll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You'll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away. 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go, ask us questions and maintain friendships when you return.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

One hub for all your travel needs.


THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS OF THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE'RE NOT ONE OF THEM. 

WE’VE LIMITED OUR BAHIA EXPERIENCE TO 14 PEOPLE, BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.

Just think about it. We could totally pack a bunch of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have thousands of people on our waitlist. 

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone. 

HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH OUR CREW

  • It’s so much more fun than traveling alone. 
  • You'll meet the most epic people.
  • It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning. 
  • You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
  • You have a professional photographer by your side.
  • You'll get the real deal Brazil, not anything you can find in a guidebook.

The truth is, we have an uncanny ability to attract positive and generous people from all around the world. Our guests always share with us that they aren't tour group type of people, but that they are surprised at how well Travel Noire makes it transformative and easy.  


WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO BRAZIL?

HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO BRAZIL?

Incredible. So you know how amazing it is. But think of how amazing it could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you’ve traveled with a Brazilian friend and stayed with them at their home, it's impossible to not feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO BRAZIL?

Then you’ll love the safety of the group, the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, getting ripped off or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.

THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.

IT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You enjoy eating, walking, and off-the-beaten-path ideas. 
  • You love learning about history.
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You're not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t like to try new foods. We'll be eating Brazilian food. Every day. If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, we have great options for you.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

You’ll sleep in 1 locale for 6 nights. Awaken in the heart of Salvador's Historical Center, mere blocks from the beach, and enjoy the hotel's many charms.

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?

Great idea. We’ll give you tips.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

Fly into Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA) and out of Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA). We provide airport transfers for free.*

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?

We thought you’d never ask. Email support@travelnoire.com, so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.

WILL I BE TOO OLD, TOO YOUNG?

Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn't mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily. 

*If you arrive before 3pm local time and depart before 5pm local time.


HEAR WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELING WITH US

"I was hesitant about traveling solo and going abroad with a group that I had never met. But, as a two time TN Experiences customer, one of my favorite aspects of the trips are the connections made with people who love adventure as much as I do. The thing that always sticks out the most after the experiences  are the personal connections made with individuals from all ages and walks of life. This isn't something that money can buy. After my experience, I am more present with people that I meet and more open to traveling to places I’ve never been before."

— Angelica, Philippines

"The itinerary was jam packed with goodies, including gorgeous hotel, local guides in-house, a full-time photographer, not including the actual activities. There’s no way that I could have pulled together the full immersive TN Experience without a travel expert's help and definitely not at that price. I really loved the opportunity to learn the REAL truths of the struggles, hopes and gratefulness of the local people we visited during our experience. This is something I could have never gotten from any other group experience."

— Ladonna, New York

“When you experience what Travel Noire has curated, you’ll engage with emotions that money can never buy. You’ll spend more money trying to explore this magical place on your own and you’ll only end up receiving a portion of the perspective. There are aspects to this trip that can’t be explained. They must be felt. Priceless. The best experience of my life.” 

— Warren, California

"My experience was worth every penny. You can tell each activity was carefully thought out and planned. You really had to dig deep and see beyond the surface. I was able to bond with AMAZING individuals that I still communicate with daily. It would have been impossible for me to plan a trip like that on my own. An experience so extraordinary must have taken tremendous effort and time. I left my experience feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity and will definitely go on another one. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I can easily say booking a TN Experience is one of the best investments I've ever made!" 

— Lauren, New York

ARE YOU COMING?
WE SELL OUT EVERY TIME.

CHOOSE FROM THESE DATES.

  • January 20 - 26, 2018 (limited spaces available)
  • January 28 - February 3, 2018 (limited space s available)

For a week, you’ll enjoy panoramic walking trails, colorful buildings, fresh coconut water and delicious food. 

Few cities can match the energy and unadorned beauty of Salvador da Bahia. From the white ships dotting the crystal blue sea to the historic architecture, there is no shortage of beauty here. Once the capital of Portugal’s great New World colony, Bahia is the country’s Afro-Brazilian jewel. Wild festivals happen frequently, and it’s not uncommon to hear drum corps pounding out powerful rhythms against the backdrop of colonial buildings.

We don’t run from city to city; we sleep in one city (called Salvador) and day trip to our hand picked highlights throughout the week to ensure you a special connection to this land, these people and your new friends.