Silversea Luxury Cruises To Recife


This vibrant metropolis has a spirit that's halfway between that of the modern cities of Brazil's South and of the traditional northeastern centers. It offers both insight on the past and a window to the future.It was in Pernambuco State, formerly a captaincy, that the most violent battles between the Dutch and the Portuguese took place. Under the Portuguese, the capital city was the nearby community of Olinda. View more

But beginning in 1637 and during the Dutch turn at the reins (under the powerful count Maurício de Nassau), both Olinda and Recife were greatly developed.The city has beautiful buildings alongside the rivers that remind many visitors of Europe. Unfortunately, huge swathes of 19th-century buildings were razed to make way for modern structures. As a result, the center of the city has pockets of neocolonial splendor surrounded by gap-toothed modern giants. Today Recife is a leader in health care and has benefited from significant government investment in recent years, resulting in a boom in infrastructure and construction industries. It's also Brazil's third-largest gastronomic center—it's almost impossible to get a bad meal here.Recife is built around three rivers and connected by 49 bridges. Its name comes from the recifes (reefs) that line the coast. Because of this unique location, water and light often lend the city interesting textures. In the morning, when the tide recedes from Boa Viagem Beach, the rocks of the reefs slowly reappear. Pools of water are formed, fish flap around beachgoers, and the rock formations dry into odd colors. And if the light is just right on the Rio Capibaribe, the ancient buildings of Recife Antigo (Old Recife) are reflected off the river's surface in a watercolor display.

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Rio de Janeiro To Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • South America
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Departure
    Mar 07, 2020
  • Duration
    20 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Shadow

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Excursions in Recife

Recife & Olinda

Discover the picturesque beauty, history and architecture of Recife and Olinda during this scenic, half-day orientation tour.

Depart the pier for the brief drive into Recife and begin your sightseeing tour of the city.


Your tour begins with a stop at the Praça da República for splendid views and photo opportunities of the Governor's Palace, Santa Isabel Theatre and the Justice Palace. Next, a stop is made at Casa da Cultura, a prison that has been transformed into a handicraft market. During your visit, some time is made available to browse the items available for sale.


From here, your drive continues on to the old capital city of Olinda, a UNESCO Natural and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, and home to grand houses and Colonial churches. Upon arrival, visits are made to the Alto da Sé Church, Belvedera and an outside visit of the Misericordia Church, which offers exquisite views overlooking Olinda and Recife.

After a visit to the São Bento Monastery, return to the pier to reboard the ship.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and rubber-soled shoes. To reach the centre of Olinda requires a transfer by minivan. Coaches and minivans are air-conditioned. The churches and convent are subject to closure without notice. Be aware of persistent local vendors peddling their wares. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.

Recife by Catamaran

Depart by motor coach from the port of Recife and embark on a unique tour to see Recife from the Capibaribe River.

Travel through the streets of Old Recife heading downtown to the "Praça da República" (Republic Square). Stop to take some photos of important sites such as the imposing Governor's Palace, the Justice Hall, St. Isabel Theater and a Baobab tree from the slavery period.

Back on the coach, drive to the catamaran's pier. Divided by rivers and bathed by the ocean, Recife is the city of waters so called the "Brazilian Venice" because of its many bridges and waterways.

Join a Catamaran that will take you along the Capibaribe River and have a different view of the opulent colonial buildings that makes Recife so charming. Your guide will introduce Recife's history as your Catamaran cruises the city's old waterways.

After this relaxing trip, you will disembark at "Praça do Marco Zero" (Mark Zero Square), the most popular square of the city. Walk along the "Rua do Bom Jesus" that has remarkable buildings from the 17th century, then, called the Jewish Street. There you will visit the Kahal Zur Israel - Synagogue.

After the visit, return to the pier area and your ship.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and rubber-soled shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.