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Petrópolis: Imperial City Tour

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Petrópolis: Imperial City Tour

From US$ 42.64 per person

Discover the Imperial City of Petrópolis, one of the most important historical cities in Brazil. On this full-day tour, you'll see palaces, villas, imperial jewels, and learn about the lives of the Brazilian imperial families!

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up is only available from hotels located in downtown, Lapa district and south area of Rio. Please consult the supplier to find the closest meeting point from your hotel, if necessary.
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  • Enjoy a day full of culture and history of the Brazilian royal family
  • Visit the summer palace of the royal family
  • See beautiful historic buildings throughout the city
  • See the imperial family's royal jewels
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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.
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Accredited tour guide
  • Entrance fees for the tourist attractions
  • Lunch buffet (if option chosen)
  • Beer factory tour (if option chosen)
  • Drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Suitable for people of all ages
  • Pick-up is only available for hotels located in downtown, the Lapa district, and the south area of Rio. Consult the supplier to find the closest meeting point from your hotel, if necessary.
  • Duration of the tour: approximately 9 hours
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4.1 /5

based on 49 reviews

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The trip was reasonably interesting and provided a day away from the bustle of Rio. The historical information about Brazil and “the Peters” - Peter I and Peter II was good. The city itself is bustling and pleasant. We were not very happy with the lunch buffet. Our guide Tanya was excellent - full of information and energy and a great storyteller. She did a remarkable job of keeping things moving despite giving commentary in three languages!

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February 19, 2020

Unfortunately the weather was against us with rain and low cloud, which resulted in a late pickup and little sightseeing going up the hills and a late pick up from the last stop. However the best was made and the main purpose of the visit to Petropolis Palace museum was successful.

February 12, 2020

Not that interesting, the palace is nowhere near European. We were mostly on the road to and fro. Saw the "casino" from far away, stayed 15 min at the cathedral, Crystal palace was closed for the inside, the weather was rainy, and the BBQ lunch was not like the ones in Rio with the skewers and meat. Not at all tasty.

November 20, 2019

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