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Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis City Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis City Tour

Explore Petrópolis, also known as the Imperial City, which is located in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy the city’s mild climate and quiet, charming streets. See many historic buildings and the Atlantic forest on your tour. Located among the forested mountains of Serra dos Orgaos, Petrópolis is a very well-known and popular place to visit in Rio with numerous tourist attractions. Enjoy the mild climate, memorable architecture, and preserved forest. Along your tour, stop at some of Petrópolis’ most iconic locations: • Quitandinha Palace: originally the largest hotel-casino in South America • Sao Pedro de Alcantara Cathedral: a cathedral featuring Gothic architecture • Imperial Museum: a historical thematic of the Brazilian monarchy • Santos Dumont’s House: the house of one of the pioneers of aviation • Crystal Palace: a palace built in 1884 • Bohemia Brewery: the first beer factory ever established in Brazil

From Rio de Janeiro: Petrópolis Day Trip with Optional Lunch

2. From Rio de Janeiro: Petrópolis Day Trip with Optional Lunch

After pick up from Rio, relax on the 2-hour drive as you ascend into the hills towards Petrópolis, located 823 meters above sea level. Historic Petrópolis is famous for the period that Brazil was a monarchy, ruled by Dom Pedro II. Start the tour with a stop at the Casa do Alemão. Located at the entrance to the city, the diner is famous for German sausage and croquettes. Next, marvel at the gardens outside the Quitandinha Palace. Continue the tour at the Imperial Palace. Explore the interior of the palace, and see the original furniture, paintings, clothes, and jewelry used by the Royal Family in their former summer house. Next, revel at the neo-gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara. Take photos at the Crystal Palace, once used as the princess’s private garden. After this, take a break and enjoy lunch at a buffet restaurant (if option selected). Otherwise, use your free time to wander. See the Santos-Dumont House, the former home of the famous Brazilian inventor and aviator, from the outside. Finally, visit the Bohemia Brewery (if option selected) and learn the techniques of beer making in the region. Stop at the Casa de Chocolate Katz before returning to Rio de Janeiro.

Petrópolis: Private Tour with Museum Ticket

3. Petrópolis: Private Tour with Museum Ticket

Sightsee around Petrópolis, The Imperial City, on this tour with a professional guide. As you explore palaces and other iconic sights of Petrópolis, learn about the history and culture of the city. This tour includes an entry ticket to Petrópolis’ Imperial Museum. After pickup, the first stop will be at Palacio Quintadinha and the second at the Cathedral of Petrópolis, the mother church of Petrópolis. Along the tour, visit the Imperial Museum of Petrópolis, one of the places seen as mandatory to visit to get to know everything about the Brazilian monarchy. The museum is housed in the Petrópolis Imperial Palace, the former summer residence of Emperor Pedro II. As the tour continues, visit the house of Santos Dumont, a picturesque residence that’s now a museum. Learn Dumont’s story before heading to the Crystal Palace. At the Crystal Palace, marvel at the pre-assembled structure that was commissioned by Count d'Eu, being built in the workshops of the Saint-Souver Lés Arras Corporation in France. The structure is inspired by the Crystal Palace in London and the Crystal Palace of Oporto. See these sights and much more on this tour of Petrópolis.

Petrópolis: Imperial City Tour

4. Petrópolis: Imperial City Tour

In the past, Petrópolis was the place where the Brazilian imperial family, as well as many other important people from high society, used to spend their summer vacations. Nowadays, people come from all over the world to see the well-preserved villas and palaces where they stayed.   Your tour begins with pick-up from your accommodation between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. You’ll then take the approximately 1-hour drive to Petrópolis on a comfortable air-conditioned bus. On the way, you’ll catch beautiful views of the mountains and the green spaces of the National Park of Serra dos Orgãos. Once at the city, start your visit with Quitandinha Palace, which used to be the biggest casino hotel in Latin America. Take some pictures at the palace, and then continue with a tour of the Imperial Museum, once the summer house of Emperor Pedro II. There, you’ll be able to see many important artifacts from the imperial family, such as jewels and the Emperor’s diamond crown. Your guide will teach you about the history of the Brazilian Empire and about the everyday life of the imperial family.     After a break for lunch, you’ll visit São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral, a marvelous Gothic building which is the mausoleum of the imperial family. Afterward, explore the city and see its German-engineered architecture. Stop in at the Crystal Palace, an erstwhile events venue for the imperial family. Finally, you’ll visit the Flowers Watch and see the Santos Dumont house. Arrive back in Rio at approximately 7:00 PM. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to a beer factory which makes the oldest beer in Brazil. Learn about the history of beer during a 1-hour tour with tastings included.

From Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to Petrópolis

5. From Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to Petrópolis

Welcome to Paradise! Leave from Rio de Janeiro with a private and safe transfer service to Petrópolis by private car. Choose from daily departures. Relax during your trip! With a driver exclusively for you, hop on a private vehicle leaving directly from your hotel, accommodation, or airport in Rio de Janeiro. After the driver exits the city, take the 1.5 hours drive to your address in Petrópolis.

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What people are saying about Petrópolis

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Ederson was such a kind and passionate tour guide and gave us so much interesting information on the historical and cultural significance of each Petrópolis landmark we went to. He was a very flexible tour guide, as well, modifying his tour to allow us to have lunch with our friends. 5 stars, highly recommend!

Our guide was great and answered all of our questions during a full day tour of Petrópolis. We enjoyed the experience!