Day trip

From Rio de Janeiro: Petrópolis Day Trip with Optional Lunch

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Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours
Day trip

From Rio de Janeiro: Petrópolis Day Trip with Optional Lunch

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

From US$ 38.87 per person

Admire the Imperial Museum on a city tour of Petrópolis, the former summer residence of the Brazilian Royal Family. Upgrade to a buffet lunch or a visit the Bohemia Brewery.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Copacabana. Meeting Points in Leblon, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Centro. Contact the local partner to confirm hotel pickup. Sometimes the access for the transport could be impossible due to the narrow streets if so, an agreed meeting point will be arranged. If you are staying outside the pickup route, you will be provided with the closest meeting point available. Pickup between 07:45 AM and 09:30 AM, depending on hotel location. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. The guide will call you by your name in the hotel lobby.


  • Admire the memorabilia of the Imperial Museum, the former summer house of the Imperial Family
  • Marvel at the neo-gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara
  • Explore the grand garden area of the Quitandinha Palace
Full description
After pick up from Rio, relax on the 2-hour drive as you ascend into the hills towards Petrópolis, located 823 meters above sea level. Historic Petrópolis is famous for the period that Brazil was a monarchy, ruled by Dom Pedro II. Start the tour with a stop at the Casa do Alemão. Located at the entrance to the city, the diner is famous for German sausage and croquettes. Next, marvel at the gardens outside the Quitandinha Palace. Continue the tour at the Imperial Palace. Explore the interior of the palace, and see the original furniture, paintings, clothes, and jewelry used by the Royal Family in their former summer house. Next, revel at the neo-gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcantara. Take photos at the Crystal Palace, once used as the princess’s private garden. After this, take a break and enjoy lunch at a buffet restaurant (if option selected). Otherwise, use your free time to wander. See the Santos-Dumont House, the former home of the famous Brazilian inventor and aviator, from the outside. Finally, visit the Bohemia Brewery (if option selected) and learn the techniques of beer making in the region. Stop at the Casa de Chocolate Katz before returning to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete, and Centro
  • Entrance Fee to the Imperial Museum
  • Multilingual Guide
  • Visit to Bohemia Brewery (if option selected)
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Drinks and deserts
  • Entrance fee to Quintandinha and Santos Dumont House
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Pickup between 6:45am-9:30am according to hotel location. Contact local supplier to find out pickup time.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.2 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

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January 27, 2023


La actividad es interesante pero creo que puede mejorar tanto en tiempos de cada lugar que muestra como incorporar más edificios históricos. La visita a la casa de chocolate no tiene sentido.

January 20, 2023


A very old bus smelling of urine and with broken seats frozen in a reclined position. English translation was after Portuguese and Spanish which took for ever and was the shortest. Brazilians were always late to meet by the bus. From 15 minutes to one hour late.

November 28, 2022

Product ID: 388491