Petropolis – Imperial City Tour

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Booking during 2021 you get a “$15 discount per person” ! 


What makes this tour unique?

Petropolis is known as the ‘Imperial City’ of Brazil is the only Imperial city of the Americas and is located just 30 miles away nestled into the hills of the Serra dos Orgãos forest. The stately homes, monuments and improvements that the city received are a legacy from a past that has been respected and conserved.

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What to expect:
In this Petropolis, Imperial City Tour, the city of Petropolis is located 60 km away from Rio and has been called the Imperial City since the times of the Emperor Pedro II. Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular winter holiday spot. You will see the Quitandinha Palace Hotel – Norman-style – was opened in 1944 – unfortunately the glitz and glamour was short-lived for this hotel and casino which was forced to give up its dreams in 1946 when gambling was prohibited in Brazil. Now, they have turned the Quitandinha Palace into a Convention and Tourist Center. It still has the same old fashioned architecture and is filled with ballrooms, galleries, a theater, a convention center, and balconies.
During the Petropolis, Imperial City Tour, the famous Gothic Cathedral, São Pedro de Alcantara, is also worth of a visit. It was built between 1834 and 1925, in honor of the Emperor of Brazil, and there visitors are able to find the tombs of the Imperial Family.
Visit the former Palace of the Emperor, Dom Pedro II, which is today an Imperial Museum. There is a plethora of antique beauty surrounding the guests of this former palace, including antique furniture, jewelry and tapestries from another world of splendor and luxury. Among the exhibits are Dom Pedro II’s crown and scepter, the crown jewels, works of art and various objects which belonged to the imperial family.
Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), a structure imported from France and erected here by the Conde d’Eu for a flower show (1879-84). It is now used for exhibitions, concerts
The “Enchanted House” house of the aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont (1873-1932), with an observatory and observation terrace.
Visits or stops: São Pedro Cathedral, Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, (Enchant House, Quitandinha Palace and Bohemia Bier Factory if you have time, interest and if is open)

Additional information

About this activity:

Hotel pick up in a range of hotels in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana

Informative, friendly and professional bilingual guide

Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

Small-group tour by deluxe van transportation

Minimum of 2 people per booking required


6 – 7 hours


Pick-ups between 8:30am and 9am

(Wednesdays and Fridays – morning tour)

Tour departs from selected hotels along the shore of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana.

If your hotel is outside the pickup area contact us to know the best pick up location and time.


Drop-offs at the original departure point

Tour Cost Includes

Professional guide

Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs (selected hotels only)

Small-group tour transported by an air-conditioned deluxe minivan

Tour Cost Excludes

Food and drinks

Entrances fees* – Estimated local cash needed for entrance fees: USD 11 = BRL 40,00 per person. Our guide will assist you with your purchase.

*Entrance fees will be paid directly at the attractions. All major credit cards are accepted in both attractions.

Attraction prices are subject to changes without prior notice.

Discount at the Museum for: Children, Juveniles, Students, and Seniors above 60 years old and people with disabilities. To guarantee your discount you must present an identification document with photo and date of birth on paper. No electronic documents will be accepted.

Good to know before you go:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers older than 6 years

Infants with ID (0-5 on the lap) are free of charges

Tours operated in English and Spanish

Wheelchair accessible, please advice at time of booking to check if possible

Payment Info:

Price: US $115.00 per person

Infant (0-5 years old, sitting on the lap) with ID: Free

Deposit required of US $25.00 per person (non-refundable).

Please pay the remaining amount in cash (American Dollars or equivalent in Brazilian currency, Reais) to your tour guide on the day of your tour.

Online bookings usually need to be made at advance, If you need to book your tour with in 24 hours. Please contact us at:

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In case you prefer to do the full payment of the tour, please contact us by email and we will send an Invoice for payment online, with credit card.


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