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8 Hours History tour itinerary for Petrópolis & Rio de Janeiro: Examine The Imperial Imprint On This Mountain Retreat

Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro

Architecture
Architecture Tour
History
History Tour
Museum
Museum Tour

Take a short trip amidst the stunning forested peaks to reach this charming city north of Rio. Examine the exquisitely designed  Palácio Quitandinha and the intriguing artefacts on display at the Imperial Museum. 

DAY 01

RIO DE JANEIRO - petrópolis

  • Meet your Brazilian tour guide at your hotel, cruise ship, Airbnb or airport. Then take the road to Petropolis. Around one hour drive will take you through the Serra dos Orgãos National Park.

  • Upon arrival in Petrópolis, your first stop is Palácio Quitandinha. This old casino hotel has a beautiful garden and luxurious interior and was built in 1944 by Joaquim Rolla to be the largest hotel-casino in Latin America. Its architectural style is the Hollywood rococo (internally) and Norman-French (externally) - the latter very present in architecture due to Petropolis German colonisation.

  • After the visit, continue to the Imperial Museum, to see more than 100,000 artefacts of the Brazilian Empire.

  • From there, go to a restaurant for lunch at a restaurant of your choice (meals, drinks and tips are not included).

  • After lunch, continue the tour visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Peter de Alcantara, a beautiful and essential Neogothic catholic edification where rests the mortal remains of Brazilian imperial family. 

  • If time permits, visit these places:

    • The house of Santos Dumont

    • Crystal Palace

    • A local brewery

    • Ceramic store

  • Return to Rio.

  • 112 USD Per Adult (* 5 to 10 person in a van, a minimum fee of 6 persons if less than 6 passengers)
  • 355 USD Per Group (* 1 to 4 passengers (1 in the front seat the other 3 in the back seats))
  • English, French, Spanish or Portuguese speaking Brazilian tour guide.

  • Private Transportation in an air-conditioned 4x4 deluxe vehicle (1 up to 4 persons).

  • Van with air-conditioning and driver for 5 to 10 persons.

  • Toll and parking fees.


  • Personal expenses and souvenirs

  • Food, drinks, snacks, tips

  • Tickets admissions to attractions


  • Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Airbnb

  • End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

  • Carry with you around 50 Reais for lunch, tickets, and tips.

  • Petropolis: City founded by the last Brazilian Emperor - Peter II - in 1884, to leave the Capital during summer, became the only city in America where there is an Imperial Palace, today the Imperial Museum. Its proximity to Rio de Janeiro turned Petropolis into the leading destination for the royal court during summer days. Petropolis then became the central city of Rio's mountain region in the 19th century. The town had been planned and built following the plans of an architect, Major Archer (who was also the main responsible for the replantation of the Tijuca Forest in Rio) and made at the hillsides of the mountains, 800 meters high.

Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro

Architecture
Architecture Tour
History
History Tour
Museum
Museum Tour
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Contributed By

Francisco Silveira

starting from
USD 112
Type of Tour

Private Tour

Departures

This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.

  • Tuesday
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