Discover Petropolis and its Hidden Gems with our Private Tour

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From $120.45

40 reviews   (5.00)

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Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Visit Brazil's Imperial City on this private, full-day tour to Petropolis, leaving from Rio de Janeiro. History is everywhere in this tropical mountain town — with palaces and churches dating back to Portuguese colonial times. Tour the city's most famous places, including the Quitandinha Palace, the Imperial Museum, Crystal Palace, the curious House of 7 Errors and more. Wander the charming old streets, dotted with old-fashioned European-style houses. Top the day off with a visit the first brewery in Brazil, founded by German immigrants. See things at your own pace with your private guide. Roundtrip transportation is included.

What's Included

'On the fly' adaptations: change the itinerary during the tour to match your wishes.

Complimentary bottled water

Pickup and drop-off in Rio and Petropolis: hotels, airports, seaport, you say where!

Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver

Roundtrip to Petropolis (for customers staying in Rio)

Tickets for the listed attractions (except for the Brewery optional inside tour)

Tour Guide (if the option is chosen when booking)

What's Not Included

Food and Drinks

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • The Quitandinha Palace (former hotel casino) won't open from Dec 20th 2022 to Jan 10th 2023.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All our Drivers and Tour Guides are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Service animals allowed
  • The "House of 7 Errors" inside visit is available from Wednesdays to Sundays. Visits on Tuesdays will be outside only.
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • We do not operate this tours on Mondays because all the attractions are closed.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
Our first stop is the Quitandinha Palace, a former hotel-casino with impressive architecture and gorgeous decoration inside.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Imperial Museum
Former summer house of the Royal Family, now a museum with a permanent exhibition of their furnitures, musical instruments, clothing, jewerly and more.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
The 'Sao Pedro de Alcantara' Metropolitan Cathedral, a French neo-Gothic style construction, where the remains of the former Emperor D. Pedro II and some members of the Royal Family are buried.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Centro Historico de Petropolis
Let's walk a little to 'feel the city and its atmosphere' and see the beautiful historical houses of the Imperial City.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Casa De Petropolis / Casa Dos 7 Erros
The famous "House of 7 Errors", this house has a quite interesting facade.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Cervejaria Bohemia
The first brewery of Brazil! Excellent place for lunch and, of course, some beer-tasting. Optional inside tour not included in the price.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Crystal Palace
Former winter garden with beautiful architecture.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
The house of Santos Dumont, one of Brazil's most important and famous inventors, known as one of the 'fathers' of aviation. Let's find out why!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Casa Stefan Zweig
The house where the famous writer Stefan Zweig lived with his wife, now a museum.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
The road that leads to Petropolis. Breathtaking view !

• Admission Ticket Free


Fabulous Petropolis
Travelling_man00, 07-01-2023
We had a wonderful experience on this tour to Petropolis. Marcelo was great. He reached out to us prior to the trip and helped set up the pick up etc. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of Brasil and Petropolis. He kept the teenagers engaged too. Was able to suggest places to lunch and coffee and we went to an excellent chocolate and coffee café. They were on time and adjusted the tour according to our family interest and needs.
The city is worth visiting with wonderful architecture and history. Very Quaint.

Overall an excellent tour and we highly recommend this. Thank you Marcelo.
Petropolis is a must-see!!!
Olga K, 30-12-2022
I highly recommend this tour. Petropolis is truly a hidden gem, it’s charming and has a very unique architecture. Marcello is a wonderful guide. He is very knowledgeable and, I learnt a lot not only about Petropolis but also about the history of Brazil. The casino palace has the most exquisite interior, and I found chandeliers particularly impressive. Overall I can’t say enough good things about this tour. We had lunch at local brewery and both the food and beer was just delicious.
Petropolis is worth the visit!
Omar_E, 22-12-2022
When I was younger, I spent time in Rio learning Portuguese, and my sponsor family always told me that I should visit Petropolis. Unfortunately, I just never had the time, so when I had the chance to go back to Rio with my wife, I made sure that we scheduled some time to visit Petropolis, and I'm so glad that we did. Petropolis is an excellent day trip from Rio, and steeped in history. The highlight is the Imperial Museum, of course, but there is so much more to see and do in Petropolis, including many historic homes, churches and cathedrals, an old casino, and surprisingly, a number of fantastic breweries. We booked a private tour, and we couldn't have been happier with our tour guide, Marcello. He and his driver picked us up from our Copacabana hotel promptly at nine, and spent the whole day with us. There were no language issues, and we felt very safe and comfortable throughout the experience. Marcello mentioned to me that his goal is to make Petropolis more well-known and accessible, as it's been his experience that although Petropolis is a very popular destination among Brazilians, it isn't particularly well known to visitors from abroad. I told him that was a shame, since it was highly recommended to me by my sponsor family so many years ago, and that I was really glad my wife and I found the time to take the trip to Petropolis.
samantha m, 19-12-2022
Had an amazing time with Rafael! Very nice, polite, and well spoken! Was on time and kept to schedule. Very knowledgeable about sites including history, architecture, and culture. As a solo female travel made me feel very safe! Would highly recommend!
Rio to Petropolis private tour
Laurel_C, 16-12-2022
This tour was the highlight of our stay in Rio. The driver (Junior) and tour guide (Rafael) were exceptional! They picked us up right on time in our hotel lobby - located in the Ipanema beach area; and the drive to Petropolis took just over an hour. The scenery on the way there is lovely, and Rafael was very good at explaining the history and highlights of Petropolis, Rio, and the surrounding area.
Petropolis is beautiful and is unspoiled with no crowds or lines when we were there. This is a ‘must see’ when in Rio!
Rafael stayed with us the entire time, and I felt very safe and comfortable the entire tour. Great value for the money!

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