Travel Deals Brazilian soccer star Neymar will play in the World Cup. Photo: Agencia Brasil

Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut

Brazilian soccer star Neymar will play in the World Cup. Photo: Agencia Brasil

TRAVEL DEALS: Brazil World Cup Tours & Travel Packages in Rio & Manaus

It’s not too late to attend the World Cup in Brazil — as long as you act fact, and have the money. LatinFlyer’s weekly Travel Deals section normally focuses on the cheapest and best travel discounts and hotel deals in Latin America. But this week, we’re keeping our eye on the ball — the soccer ball, to be exact — to show some of the World Cup tours and travel packages that can help you get into the big soccer matches that will take place around Brazil in June.

Perhaps the most interesting and unique tour listed below is from Rainforest Cruises, which combines visits to the Amazon jungle with World Cup games in the city of Manaus (you’ll even get a discount if you book before March 31). So if you wanna see Neymar and the other footballers play, read on (you can also check out my earlier post about How to Find Flights, Hotels & Tickets for World Cup 2014).

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Here are this week’s World Cup travel deals:

Kensington Tours
Offer: Brazil World Cup Packages
What It Is: Among the tour offerings from Kensington Tours is the “Brazil World Cup – Follow USA” itinerary, which includes attendance at two Preliminary Round matches, airport transfers, accommodations, flights between match cities within Brazil and other services. Prices for the “Follow USA” itinerary start at $7,995, per person.
Also available is an eight-day “Preliminary Rounds” package that includes two World Cup Round 1 matches in Rio de Janeiro, various meals, luxury hotel accommodations, VIP MATCH Pavilion hospitality and private vehicle transfers. Prices for the “Preliminary Rounds” package start at $12,353 per person.
Valid for Travel: The “Follow USA” itinerary departed on June 20, 2014. The “Preliminary Rounds” tour departs on June 12, 2014.
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Ludus Tours
Offer: Brazil World Cup Packages
What It Is: Ludus Tours offers several World Cup tours. The least expensive is the “Group Stage – Wave 2” itinerary, priced at $3,100 (per person, double occupancy), includes transfers, a guided city tour of Rio de Janeiro, a World Cup celebration dinner, and access to the Ludus Hospitality Lounge. The priciest is the 33-night “Full Duration” package, which includes all of the above (with more time to see matches).
Valid for Travel: The “Group Stage – Wave 2” itinerary is available June 17 through June 22, 2014. The “Full Duration” package is available June 11-July 14, 2014.
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Rainforest Cruises
Offer: World Cup Excursion with Rainforest Cruises
What It Is: Rainforest Cruises has put together five-day Manaus World Cup Amazon cruises that combine a journey through the heart of the Amazon with attendance at World Cup matches. On game days, the riverboat will be moored at the port in the city of Manaus, the only FIFA World Cup host city in the Amazon rainforest and northern Brazil, which will host four World Cup group games in its new 42,618-seater stadium, the Arena Amazonia. Rainforest Cruises passengers will experience the matches of England versus Italy (June 14) and United States versus Portugal (June 22). When not docked for game time, the vessels will venture up river, allowing passengers to explore the region with activities such as piranha fishing, jungle walks and nocturnal caiman safaris, accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide. The cruise package costs $1,999 per person; book before March 31, 2014 and get 15% for double occupancy of a cabin, or pay no single supplement for single occupancy.
Valid for Travel: June 12-July 13, 2014.
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