• Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.


  • Full-day guided tour from Rio de Janeiro to Petrópolis, also known as the Imperial City
  • Discover royal memorabilia, jewels and historical artifacts at the Imperial Museum
  • Visit St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral and observe royal burial sites
  • Stand amazed inside the glass-and-steel solarium of the Crystal Palace
  • Upgrade and take a tour of Cervejaria Bohemia (entrance fee and beer tasting included)
  • Museum entrance fee and round-trip transport from most Rio de Janeiro hotels included

What You Can Expect

Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro

Following morning pickup from your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, board your vehicle for the 1.5-hour ride to Petrópolis. Pass by waterfalls and through scenic forests on the way, learning about the history of the 'Imperial City' from your guide as you drive.

When you arrive in Petrópolis, tucked in the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, start your tour at the Imperial Museum. Located in the former palace of Pedro II, the Austrian-style palace from 1845 gives a glimpse into how Brazil's royalty once lived. See the ostentatious imperial crown, decorated with over 600 diamonds as well as luxurious tapestries and antique furniture.
Visit St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral to admire its Gothic-style architecture and pay respects to the burial place of Brazil's last emperor. Then, take a walk through a tranquil park to the Crystal Palace, a glass and steel ballroom imported from France as a gift for Princess Isabel. Listen as your guide describes the lavish parties and royal exhibitions once held there.

Head back to the center of town to purchase lunch (own expense.) After lunch and some free time to explore on your own, your vehicle will head back to Rio for drop-off at your hotel.

Tour Upgrade: Visit to Cervejaria BohemiaTake a tour of the factory to learn about Brazil's popular lager, which was first produced in 1853. Use your coded wristband to take advantage of the brewery's interactive exhibits and learn about the history of beer. End the tour with a taste of some freshly-brewed Bohemia, then spend some time trying other beers (own expense) or snacks in the brewery's bar and restaurant.

At the conclusion of your day exploring Petrópolis, enjoy drop-off at your Rio hotel.

Customer Reviews

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

First rate trip to see the highlights of Petropolis. The hotel pickups in Rio at the start of the tour included too man stops. But, once we were on the way our guide, Tanya, was great. She efficiently and effectively communicated to a diverse group in Portuguese, English and Spanish. The tour was well organized once we reached Petropolis. We saw or visited most of the highlights before a late 2:30 pm delightful, bargain-priced lunch next door to the cathedral. It was smart of Tanya to suggest waiting until after lunch to visit the Imperial Museum. By then the crowds had thinned out and we were to tour at a leisurely pace. Tanya was exceedingly accommodating in having the driver drop me off close to the port so as to reboard my ship. The tour was well worth the price, and the guide was worth her weight in gold.

carol q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very good saw lots of things beautiful screeners. Tour guide was great. Carol australia

Michelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour outside of the city. Nice seeing the Museum and Crystal Palace. Long drives but worth it. Hey when stopping for lunch the guide wanted everyone to eat at a local restaurant. But my husband and I noticed a brewery with a beer garden right by where we stopping for lunch. Which lunch is on your own. So we walked over to the Brewery. Free brewery tour and great beer and food to enjoy after. So happy we did this extra stop at Bohemia Brewery in Petropolis. If you a beer fan, this is a must check out at lunch time!

Miles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

The place was really interesting. I wish they've allowed us to take photos of the Imperial Museum. However, the tour was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

get to see something outside of rio

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The guide we had was truly a delight and well versed in the history of Rio de Janeiro. It was though she made the vacation....Rio at its best!

aldon m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

excellent knowledgeable guide speak many language,keeps everyone entertained.

Ralph D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip. Tété was our guide and she was fabulous. Effortless transition from Portuguese, to Spanish to English. This is exhausting work, but Tété brought humour with her knowledge and everything went extremely well.

yungsoon y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015


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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!!

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