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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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
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.

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M
, Nov 2018

Honestly if the tour guide TT hadn't been so funny and entertaining I don't know that I would have enjoyed this tour so much. She and the Imperial Museum are what made it worthwhile. The other sites on the tour were somewhat meh. And the hour spent shopping I could have done without, absolutely nothing of interest on that street. I would have enjoyed more time walking in the historical area by the imperial museum. It looked much more charming than anything on the street for the shopping area.

S
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

K
, Feb 2018

we have a great time

J
, Feb 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.

Z
, Feb 2018

Well I was the 1st stop for pick up and we did about 9 pick ups this took over an hour out original pick up time was 8:10 but the arrival of the tour guide was :20 mins later due to inclement weather. Call it a drive by, stop in a few places for 3-5mins photo opportunity and move on type of trip

m
, Jan 2018

enjoyed the trip, very outgoing tour leader. Packed day, quite long.

c
, Dec 2017

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

R
, Nov 2017

Petropolis is a fascinating place if you are interested in history. The guide was very knowledgeable about the different places we visited and could answer our questions. It is also a very picturesque place and we had plenty of opportunities for photographs, except in the Imperial Museum where it is not allowed. My only issue were there were times when things could be more organized. We were left in downtown for shopping for over one hour, and everyone felt that was a waste of time.

S
, Nov 2017

The mini bus transport was clean and comfortable, our tour guide TTUHLALA was brilliant, she kept us entertained and informed even though we were the only British couple on the tour.
The Petropolis trip started at a chocolate store, which was okay then on to the shopping centre in Petropolis which was not for us. From there we visited the Crystal Palace, quite interesting. We made a short trip to Santo Dumont's house 8 reals entrance fee where a video explained the inventors life. We then had a buffet meal 40 reals good food and value. Next was a visited to the Cathedral followed by the museum Royal Summer Palace, for us this was the highlight of the tour and our guide kept us informed throughout. A worth while day trip made more enjoyable by our guide TT.

M
, Oct 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!


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