A visit to the Brazilian Imperial City
The day begins with a beautiful ride to the mountains of Rio and just about one hour later we arrive at the top to enjoy a great view of the region; Not too much further we can again stop to have a coffee, use the restrooms before we finally cross the city's portal. A visit to the Imperial museum, a summer residence of Brazilian's favorite Emperor, is a must to check its gardens, a collection of carriages including the recently restored one used by Peter and personal belongings of the family during monarchy !!.
The tour is followed by a visit to Saint Peter cathedral, a Gothic church and Chrystal palace used nowadays by Petropolis citizens as a park.
Other places to see like an old Casino/hotel - Quitandinha - are additional suggestions of visit that can be decided during the tour. We also offer the opportunity of having lunch at a family restaurant of the city but starting the day early, we can also just stop for a coffee and return to Rio for a meal at one of the famous and nice restaurants of the city!
Most visits are already described on the tour page.
Petropolis is known as the Imperial city, therefore a visit for people interested in Brazilian history.
Another interesting side is that the population of the city was increased by German immigrants that arrived during the first decades of 20th century searching for opportunities in the New world but also after cooler climate (due to the altitude the city offers lower temperature then Rio). Both architecture and gastronomy was immediately affected by this change and is today also a place where natives of Rio go to spend the day during summer holidays getting away from the heat, having a cold beer, sausages and great strudels!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: You will be picked up at your Rio hotel at a pre set time
End location: You will be dropped off at the location of your convenience
Duration: 8 hours
Our tours do not have an exact number of hours. We try to give you an idea of how long we can spend on a sightseeing depending on the place. Petropolis is 70km (approx. 40 miles)away from the city. It's a very nice area on the mountains of Rio state. You can easily spend 8 hours on this visit taking your time to enjoy it as the city deserves it.
Private transportation. Most cases I drive my own car which is a 2017 GM spin. For larger groups I rent a Mercedez van.
It includes private transportation and myself as your driver/guide for up to 3 people. For larger groups I rent a larer van.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
12 Real - R$ 12 or approx. 6USD is the cost p/person today for the entrance fee to the Imperial museum. This payment is done directly at the museum.
*Each attraction has their own gratuity or discount policies. We suggest travelers to keep a copy of passport or any photo document. Attractions that take only REAL as this one, we bring extra cash to cover them and traveler can pay us the corresponded amount in US$.
Entrance fees when needed, souvenirs and meals are extra.
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We highly recommend a day trip to Petropolis. Driving through the forested hills and mountain was easy. Once you get to this tranquil place with great weather, you can understand why people choose to holiday there. We enjoyed visiting the Summer Palace of the last Brazilian Emperor and learning about Imperial history. We'd like to go back to tour the Bohemia brewery and sit in the garden sampling beers. We were able to adjust the tour to get back in time to visit an art market before closing time.