Escape the crowds of Rio de Janiero at Petropolis, the beautiful mountain retreat of Brazil's only two emperors. Wander through the Imperial Museum. Pay your respects at Catedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara, the burial place of Brazil's last imperial family. See the stunning glass Crystal Palace built by the French in 1879.
- Full day guided tour from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis
- Entry into the Imperial Palace and Catedtral Sao Pedro de Alcantara included
- Optional entry into the magnificent Crystal Palace
- Roundtrip hotel transfers from Rio de Janeiro hotels included
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What You Can Expect
After the 60km drive from Rio de Janeiro you will arrive in Petropolis to explore the Imperial Museum, housing tapestries, antique furniture and jewels. A highlight of your visit is the 1.7kg imperial crown with over 600 diamonds and 77 pearls. The former palace of Dom Pedro II has been restored to its former glory, creating the perfect setting for your trip back in time.
Admire the gothic architecture of Catedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Visit the tombstone of Brazil's last emperor, Dom Pedro II and his wife and daughter. Before returning to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro you will see Crystal Palace, a magnificent glass structure imported from France to house exhibitions and events.
The tour was excellent. First, the pickup service made things a lot easier. Second, Carla, the tour guide, was fully prepared to give all necessary background and to explain the whereabouts of places we visit. Lastly, the schedule they provide was very accurate, regardless the heavy traffic in Rio.
Worth the trip out; an hour and a half bus ride from Copacabana. The palace shows all the rooms as they once were when the queen and her son and grandson lived in Petropolis and the stories are pretty interesting. The lunch was not good (buffet which is about $15USD).