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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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
  • Visit St Peter of Alcantara Cathedral and observe royal burial sites
  • 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
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Guided tour
Hotel pickup and drop off
Imperial Museum Entrance Ticket
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Entrance fees to Bohemia Beer Factory
Entrance fees to Santos Dumont House

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon (South Zone)
* Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. if your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Quitandinha Palace
Get a nice perspective outside of Quintandinha Palace as soon as you arrive in Petropolis and take nice photos of the beautiful building.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Imperial Museum
Arriving at Petropolis, start off at the Imperial Museum, housed in the former summer palace of Pedro II, Brazil's second emperor. Follow your guide into this restored Austrian-style palace built in 1845, and get a good look at how Brazil’s royalty once lived. Walk by tapestries, antique furniture and jewels, and gawk at the imperial crown studded with over 600 diamonds and 77 pearls, weighing nearly four pounds (1.9 kg). See the golden quill used by Princess Isabel to sign a law that liberated Brazil’s slaves in 1888.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Restaurante Catedral
You will have one hour or so to have lunch (not included) in a local restaurant before walking to the Gothic Cathedral
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
The tour will continue on to the Gothic Cathedral where Princess Isabel was buried along with the tombstones of D. Pedro II and his wife.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
You will go to the 14 Bis Square and then walk to the Santos Dumont Museum House, better known as The Enchanted. A picturesque residence embedded in a steep town in the city, built in 1918. The Museum preserves and disseminates a memory of the father of Brazilian aviation, the engineering genius who revolutionized the world. The visit to this Museum is optional and therefore the tickets are not included.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Crystal Palace
Walk over to a quiet park and feast your eyes on the Crystal Palace, a ballroom of glass and steel with chandeliers, all built and imported from France, as a gift to Princess Isabel from her husband. Hear about the expositions and royal parties once held here. You will stay here for around 40 minutes if you are going to the Teresa Street later. But if you are going to the Bohemia Beer Factory, the visit here will last for 10 minutes only
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rua Santa Teresa
If you want to, in your free time, you can choose to visit between the Teresa Street or the Bohemia Beer Factory. The Teresa Street is an open air shopping with great variety of goods, clothes at a very good price. Take your time and buy souvenirs for the whole family.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cervejaria Bohemia
If you want to, in your free time, you can choose to visit between the Teresa Street or the Bohemia Beer Factory. If you are more into local beers, you should visit the Bohemia Beer Factory (tickets not included), the first of its kind in Brazil. The tour is an interactive journey through the history, art and science of brewing. Find out all about beer from ancient times to the present day. Taste Bohemia direct form the source and live the whole experience in a modern and interactive environment. The Brewery Bohemia also has an emporium, a bar, and restaurant for you to enjoy all of their special beers with tasty dishes and snacks.
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Tour has free time for visiting other main sights. Only tickets for Imperial Museum are included in price. Entrance fees to any other attractions are not inlcuded.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entrance fees to Santos Dumont House: BRL 8,00
  • Entrance to Bohemia Beer Factory: BRL 39,00
  • Prices are approximated and subject to change without notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Brazil

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace.

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  • "Call it a drive by, stop in a few places for 3-5mins photo opportunity and move on type of trip" See review

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Beautiful scenery
Muellerbow
, Feb 2020
Great to see an area outside of Rio. The museum was fabulous. The drive into the mountains was beautiful.
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A wonderful day in Petropolis
Escape51572355481
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful day discovering Petropolis, the imperial city of Brazil. We had a wonderful tourguide, full of energy, fun, attentive to the needs of all participants of the tour. She spoke perfect Spanish and English and very good French. We were able to visit all the sites of Petropolis (and even had time to give a look at the house of Stefan Zweig that was not included in the tour but that we could go visit thanks to the advice of our guide). We highly recommend this day tour. Nous recommandons chaudement cette excursion.
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Full day Petropolis day
vinguyen611
, Sep 2019
We really enjoy our tour guide. She is on time and very good with her explanation. We enjoyed her fun personality and energy. We will want to have her again for future tours.
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Tour Guide made the trip
Venture53253781398
, 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.
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First rate trip to see the...
James M
, 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.
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Well I was the 1st stop for pick up...
Zairi
, 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
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enjoyed the trip, very outgoing tour...
mlbrzo1
, Jan 2018
enjoyed the trip, very outgoing tour leader. Packed day, quite long.
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Very good saw lots of things beautiful...
carol q
, Dec 2017
Very good saw lots of things beautiful screeners. Tour guide was great. Carol australia
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Petropolis is a fascinating place if...
Robert M
, 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.
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The mini bus transport was clean and...
Stephen G
, 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.
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