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yungsoon y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

great

Athens Hootie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Quite a surprise to find a town of over 350,000 people on top of this mountain. Beautiful, although long, trip up the mountain, but our guide, Leo, was excellent. He knew his history and was enthusiastic to share his country's past. He was very attentive to his tourists and made sure they were well cared for. He explained all the different aspects of the museum we visited which made the experience interesting. Well worth the price!!

Joseph F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Loved the tour to Petropolis. TT was the best tour guide ever! she entertained us and gave us a fun history lesson during the tour and made sure we had time to explore on foot while there. We never felt rushed. I would recommend this tour with TT as the tour guide.

Sachia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

The tour guide was amazing, he had a very hard job as I was the only English speaking person there , it was done in error but luckily he spoke many languages. He was very attentive, and made sure he translated everything so I was still in the loop. He was very passionate about the history of Brasil.

Tonic O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Great tour really informative
Guide was worth the price of the tour
All four tours were excellent however
Transport arrangements we're chaotic
At each hotel there were always heaps of people waiting on transport and the drivers/guides who had the names did not have signs with passengers names
Toni

César S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

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.

cindyp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

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).

Elodie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Unbelievable city! Very good guide, savvy on the place. A must-do I would say. Beware the road to get there is across the mountains so lots of turns to be expected. Sit in the front of the bus (very comfortable) if you are "fragile" while traveling.

Eduardo W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Very good tour! Right amount of time in each attraction, free time to visit Santos Dumont house right after lunch; really nice!

A little confusing in the hotel pickup: we stayed 45 minutes in the bus going to other hotels and then we were about three blocks from our hotel again. But no big deal!

Ursula H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Guide very knowledgeable. Most enjoyable trip.

Monte C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2008

Beautiful and informing.

Robert G

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2015

Very nice trip and an excellent day trip from Rio. The guide was great and everything went very smoothly. The tour stopped at a chocolate candy factory/store in Petropolis and the people running that store could serve as an example of how not to run a business. They should skip that place on all future tours and spend that 20 minutes someplace else.

shazclarke2

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Angela C

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Celia was a good tour guide- she was multilingual and made me feel comfortable on the tour. Was very nice about taking pictures for me. Great job!

Teddy

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Very nice, worth visitin

Marius S

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2014

Nice guide (JB), nice tour but something was missing from the program: the Cervejeria (brewery) in Petropolis. Maybe would not be bad idea to introduce it in the tour.

Jesse L USA

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2014

Excellent value to a most interesting place away from Rio. Our guide spoke mostly Portuguese and Spanish since we were the only couple who understood English. Our guide spoke to us on the side however about everything we needed to know. Extremely happy to have taken this trip.

Gabriela R

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

I had a great time it is an excellent option while in Rio. I will recommend it.

Yim Lee W

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

Very informative and picturesque town

graciela m

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2014

The place is beautiful! I recommend to go. Our guide was very warm and friendly, and I would love to have another tour with her! The choice of restaurant was excellent, and I wish I could eat that delicious food again. The only thing I would recommend is to have the shopping time at Petropolis reduced to zero and add that time to the museum.

California Tourist USA

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Worth the time for sure. Learnt the history of the country from a very good guide Maria. She was organized. Recommendation for buffet lunch was also excellent! Recommend it!

Tricia USA

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

Very good However, Crystal Palace is disappointing.

Ariel V USA

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

Just simply a beautiful tour.

William S United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

Late start, entry to Crystal Palace included on my voucher - not included on tour. The guide was going to contact the company about this but never did so we didn't get inside the Crystal Palace which we had paid for. Other than those points it was a good tour.

Mariusz K United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

A very nice trip. Be aware that in winter it may get quite cold there as it's high in mountains.

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