Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

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Visit Brazil's Imperial City on this private, full-day tour to Petropolis, leaving from Rio de Janeiro. History is everywhere in this tropical mountain town — with palaces and churches dating back to Portuguese colonial times. Tour the city's most famous places, including the Quitandinha Palace, the Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, the curious House of 7 Errors and more. Wander the charming old streets, dotted with old-fashioned European-style houses. Top the day off with a visit...
Visit Brazil's Imperial City on this private, full-day tour to Petropolis, leaving from Rio de Janeiro. History is everywhere in this tropical mountain town — with palaces and churches dating back to Portuguese colonial times. Tour the city's most famous places, including the Quitandinha Palace, the Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, the curious House of 7 Errors and more. Wander the charming old streets, dotted with old-fashioned European-style houses. Top the day off with a visit the first brewery in Brazil, founded by German immigrants. See things at your own pace with your private guide. Roundtrip transportation is included.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center, Avenida Estados Unidos 2, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25651-050 Brazil

Former Hotel Casino with amazing architeture and luxurious decoration

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Imperial Museum, Rua da Imperatriz 220 Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320 Brazil

Former summer house of the Royal Family, now a museum with a permanent exhibition of their furnitures, musical instruments, clothing, jewerly and more.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Centro Historico de Petropolis, Rua do Imperador, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25620-900 Brazil

A walking to admire the beautiful historical houses of the Imperial City.

Stop At: Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Rua Sao Pedro Alcantara 60, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-300 Brazil

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Petropolis, where the remains of the former Emperor D. Pedro II are...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center, Avenida Estados Unidos 2, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25651-050 Brazil

Former Hotel Casino with amazing architeture and luxurious decoration

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Imperial Museum, Rua da Imperatriz 220 Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320 Brazil

Former summer house of the Royal Family, now a museum with a permanent exhibition of their furnitures, musical instruments, clothing, jewerly and more.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Centro Historico de Petropolis, Rua do Imperador, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25620-900 Brazil

A walking to admire the beautiful historical houses of the Imperial City.

Stop At: Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Rua Sao Pedro Alcantara 60, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-300 Brazil

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Petropolis, where the remains of the former Emperor D. Pedro II are buried

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ipiranga House, Avenida Ipiranga 716, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-150 Brazil

The famous "House of 7 Errors", this house has a quite interesting facade.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Cervejaria Bohemia, Rua Alfredo Pacha 166, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-210 Brazil

First brewery in Brazil. Optional inside tour (not included in the price) and an excellent restaurant for lunch

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Crystal Palace, Rua Alfredo Pacha S/N 0, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-210 Brazil

Former winter garden with beautiful architeture

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Rua do Encanto, 22 _ Centro Próximo ao Relógio das Flores, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-081 Brazil

House of Santos Dumont, the father of aviation.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos, Estrada do Bonfim Correas, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25730-010 Brazil

The road that leads to Petropolis. Breathtaking view !

Important Details

Included
  • Roundtrip to Petropolis
  • Private car and driver
  • Tour Guide (if Driver and Tour Guide option is chosen when booking)
  • Bottled Water and Snacks
  • Hotel/seaport/airport pickup and drop-off
  • Tickets for the attracions (except for the Brewery optional inside tour)
Not Included
  • Entry/Admission - Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
  • Entry/Admission - Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
  • Entry/Admission - Cervejaria Bohemia
  • Entry/Admission - Imperial Museum
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We provide pick-up service in all hotels, airports and seaport in the city of Rio de Janeiro. If your pickup place is not listed, please inform it when booking in the Special Requirements section.

Airports

  • Internacional Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil


Ports

  • Rio de Janeiro Seaport (Pier Mauá)


Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Driver Only 3/1/2020 - 12/29/2020
Tuesday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Driver and Tour Guide 1/2/2019 - 12/30/2020
Tuesday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For hotel pickup, please inform hotel information; for airport pickup, please inform the arrival flight details; for cruise terminal pickup, please inform cruise ship details;
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sunblock are recommended
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

5
/5
Based on 7 reviews

Reviewed: March 11, 2020

Anna S

The tour guides were wonderful and very personal.
The city is a real jem!
What a difference from crowded, crazy, dirty Rio,
Strongly recommend this tour.


Reviewed: October 25, 2018

camelcher

We had a great time on this tour! Our driver and guide, Marcelo, is the BEST - very personable, friendly, and professional ...seriously, we can not say enough nice things about him! We had limited time for sightseeing and it was well worth it to take a private tour with someone so knowledgeable about the area. Rio is great, but getting outside the city allowed us to see some areas we wouldn't want to have missed while in Brazil. We fell in love with Palácio Quitandinha - an amazing place from a much more glamorous era - and had an excellent time visiting all that the city had to offer, including the Imperial Museum, the Crystal Palace, cathedral, the Santos Dumas House, and Bohemia Brewery. Oh, and did I mention the chocolate shop? It was a very memorable trip - if you get the chance to go with Marcelo, definitely GO!


Reviewed: September 25, 2018

LInda F

Our Petropolis tour was SO much fun! Marcelo contacted us prior to the tour to confirm our expectations. One of our group had already been to Rio, so Marcelo kept the tour flexible, allowing us to tailor it to suit our goals. He was on time, spoke beautiful English, had snacks/water available and engaged each of us in conversation. When we stopped for lunch or side trips, he always looked after us and made sure we were safe and well cared for. Honestly, traveling with Marcelo was like traveling with an old friend. Rafael, the tour guide, was enthusiastic and a wealth of knowledge regarding Petropolis and Rio in general. I highly recommend this tour.


Reviewed: March 18, 2017

Barbara H

WE were dumped from our cruise ship at 8 am just before carnaval , with a day to spend before our late night flight home .Fortunately we had booked a tour to Petropolis to avoid samba madness
Our driver Marcello was delayed by traffic and wasa late picking us up . He was appolgetic and did every thing possible to make sure we had an enjoyable day .He was a skilled driver , safely navigating horrendous traffic ,and an excellent guide .The drive into to the hills beyond Rio was spectacular .The history of Petropolis as an Imperial summer home was a revelation , as was the 1930'sl Art DEco hotel/ casino complex . This was an amazing building with room after room of surprises . We kept expecting to see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers around every corner.
Marcello steered us to an enjoyable lunch at a chirascuria and encouraged us to walk it off with a guided tour of the city .Among the highlights were a visit to the Cathedral and Santa Dumos the pioneer aviator strange little house and museum.
We left Petropolis as the sun was setting over the hills and the winding road down to Rio . Marcello dropped us at the airport in good time for our flight . We recommend Marcello as an excellent driver , a very knowlegable tour guide who took pains to find out our interests , and most of all as a considerate companion who was intent on providing us with a most enjoyable day out.
PS
this our second review of this trip , the first is still out there in Cyberspace


Reviewed: March 5, 2017

Ning

We chose the private tour to Petropolis as had been to Rio de Janeiro before and wanted to be away from then hustle and bustle of the big city. The private tour gave us flexible and basically we made up our itinery. Marcelo, our guide picked us promptly at the cruise terminal. Serra dos Orgaes was breathtaking. Quitandinha was like a resort in Austria. Marcelo provided us with coolers filled with bottled water and snacks. As parking was a bit tricky at the Palace Museum, he provided us with his cell phone so that we could text him to pick us. That was smart and efficient. After our break at ten Museum cafe, we drove into town and saw the heritage buildings and visited the oCathedral. Marcelo talked about the history of Petropolis and the royal family. We also visited the Santos Dumont Museum and the Crystal Palace. We also stopped by Fatima's Shrine on our way back to Rio. Marcelo suggested other places the Brewery tour, the chocolate factory etc but we gave those a pass.
At our request, we made a detour to Copacabana Beach as we had never set foot on this beach.
Throughout the tour, Marcelo provided us with background info on the attractions and let us know that we could stay as long as we wanted in any given place.
We would recommend this tour for anybody who has seen the must see attractions in Rio. Marcelo is an excellent guide and we were very lucky to have him.