Silversea Luxury Cruises A Itajai

Itajai

Though founded in the early 18th century, Itajai only started to develop during the mid-19th century when surrounding parts in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina began to see an arrival of European immigrants who generated business for the port. Toward the close of that century, the town itself received a considerable influx of Italian, German and Polish immigrants, whose descendants now make up the bulk of the population. Out in the countryside, neat farms and distinct European architecture are still evidence of these early immigrant settlers. View more

Despite its early beginnings, Itajai looks fairly new, with few buildings dating from before 1950. And while it may be short on “must sees,” the town benefits from nice beaches and its close proximity to Camboriú, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Santa Catarina state. In addition to white sand beaches, Camboriú boasts a busy commercial centre and the only cable car in the world to link two beaches. A day trip away is Blumenau, settled by German and Italian immigrants. Evidence of their heritage can still be seen in the town’s traditional style architecture and memorials. Pier Information The ship will be docked at the Itajai commercial pier, within walking distance to the town center. Taxis are generally available by the pier entrance, but you are advised to establish the fare before setting out. There are few English-speaking drivers. Shopping A variety of shops line the downtown pedestrian street. Most of them carry items of interest to the local population rather than tourists. The currency is the real. Cuisine As a busy port with freighters and tankers calling from around the world, Itajai offers a number of good but basic eateries, offering regional dishes as well as international fare. A bar and eatery, located just across from the pier entrance, is a popular attraction due to its seafaring clientele who have decorated the walls of the establishment over the years with interesting slogans and drawings. Other Sites There are few “must-see” sites in Itajai, but taking a stroll along the pedestrian street or having a look inside the cathedral may offer an interesting look at local lifestyle and activities. Beaches About a 10-15 minute drive away one can find Itajai’s beaches of Atalaia and Geremias, or still a bit farther the Praia Cabecudas. Beaches do not offer any tourist facilities, but are popular with locals. More upscale beach facilities can be found at Camboriú, a 6-mile (10 km) drive from Itajai. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing are limited in this port and subject to the availability of English-speaking guides.

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Excursions depuis Itajai

Blumenau: German Heritage in Brazil

Explore the German history, architecture and culture of Blumenau during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Blumenau and Colonial Family Museum

Depart the pier for the short, scenic drive along the Itajai Aiu River en route to Blumenau. As you approach the city, immediately notice the powerful European influence on its stunning architecture, some of which dates back to the 1800s. Upon arrival, a visit is made to a 'biergarten' and the Colonial Family Museum. During your guided museum tour, learn about the German traditions that have left an indelible imprint on the culture of this unique town, as well as the importance of German heritage in 19th-century southern Brazil.


Lunch and Vila Germanica

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a Brazilian buffet lunch at the nearby Altaliba restaurant. After lunch, head to Vila Germanica, home to an annual Oktoberfest that ranks among Brazil's biggest celebrations. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to soak in your surroundings, browse the local shops or perhaps treat yourself to one of the myriad of brews offered at a host of famous local microbreweries. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Please note that the city is much more industrial than touristy nowadays.

Camboriu at a Glance

Experience the coastal splendour of Camboriu from a unique perspective during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Camboriu and Atlantic Avenue

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Camboriu, a much-beloved beach resort consisting of two beaches equal in beauty, and famously connected by cable car. Upon arrival, drive along picturesque Atlantic Avenue en route to Unipraias Park and the famous Barra Sul Cable Car Station.


Unipraias Park and Barra Sul Cable Car Station

Upon arrival at the cable car station, board a cable car for an incredibly panoramic ride over the sea and up to the Atlantic Forest. Here, take a guided trek along one of its ecological trails on-foot. Designated an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, this area is home to many endangered species; look for marmosets or maybe a lion tamarin, a monkey named for its lion-like mane.


Laranjeiras Station

Following your nature trek in Unipraias Park, return to your cable car and continue on to Laranjeiras Station. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking, at times over uneven and terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 15 steps at the cable car station and 200 steps at the Atlantic Forest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed.

Camboriu on Your Own

Explore the shops, restaurants and nearby beach of lively Avenida Brasil during this half-day, self-guided sightseeing excursion to Camboriu.


Itajai, Camboriu and Ilha da Medeira Hotel

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to Camboriu, a major beach resort city in the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina. The city, with its steep hills dropping down to the sea, is popular amongst South Americans and famous for its unique cable car, which links the city's central beach and beach of Laranjeiras. The drop-off point for your leisurely visit is at the Ilha da Medeira Hotel, located on Avenida Brasil, one of the most famous and lively avenues in the city. Upon arrival, begin your self-guided visit.


Aveneda Brasil, Shopping, Restaurants, Beach, and Swimming

Bustling Avenida Brasil is lined with shops and restaurants. You may opt to browse the shops for souvenirs, and/or dine at your own expense. Since Avenida Brasil is just one block from the beach, you may opt to take a stroll here and swim in the ocean, or simply relax and sunbathe on the inviting, white-sand beach. At the conclusion of your visit, return to the Ilha de Medeira Hotel and re-board your awaiting coach, then commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at Avenida Brasil is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel, bottled water and change of clothing from the ship. Beach facilities (chairs umbrellas, restrooms) may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.