Historic Petrópolis From Rio: The Imperial City –Palaces, Architecture & Culture

Historic Petrópolis From Rio: The Imperial City –Palaces, Architecture & Culture

Uncover the early stories that marked the imperial past history of Brazil and shaped its future visiting the charming historic city of Petrópolis.

Petrópolis is known as the imperial city, where Brazilian heritage is proudly preserved in the historical palaces, architecture, culture, food and historical displays.

It was founded in 1843 by the Emperor Dom Pedro II. It preserves historical past and the most modern touristic infrastructure, the city today receives visitors that crowd the quaint streets, museums, gardens, shops, restaurants, and exhibits.

Accompanied by a guide, learn about the curious history of the Brazilian royal family that ruled Brazil for 67 years, and why Brazil practically the entire 19th century was the only monarchy in a Latin America.

With a rich ethnic mix assimilated to its culture, Petrópolis also stands out with a unique gastronomy that combines flavors and recipes for all tastes. From funky bars to fine restaurants, and yet many breweries.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center, Avenida Estados Unidos 2, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25651-050 Brazil

"Quitandinha Palace"

Visit Quitandinha Palace, a building built in 1944 to be the “Gambling Capital of Brazil”. Marble bathrooms, chandeliers with crystal pendants, a lighting system that would be enough to light up a city of 60,000 inhabitants and a lake is shaped like a map of Brazil. Its halls can accommodate up to 10,000 people simultaneously. It’s really worth the visit!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Imperial Museum, Rua da Imperatriz 220 Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320 Brazil

We will also enter the Imperial Museum to admire the relics which is preserves, taking us closer to the charismatic figure of Pedro II, who made this marvellous building his summer residence. Today, it is the most visited museum in Brazil.

Visit its beautiful garden and interior, where objects of the royal family and several other historical pieces are located.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Rua Sao Pedro Alcantara 60, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-300 Brazil

"Cathedral of São Pedro de Alcântara"

One of the main sights of Petrópolis, the São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral enchants tourists from all over the world with its new-gothic French style, marble sculptures in Carrara, stained glass and the imperial mausoleum. Not to mention the interesting stories and some curiosities.

The Imperial Mausoleum is one of the cathedral's great historical attractions. In the center there is a double sarcophagus with the remains of the Emperor D. Pedro II and Empress Tereza Cristina.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Rua do Encanto, 22 _ Centro Próximo ao Relógio das Flores, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-081 Brazil

Visit the Santos Dumont's House. Known as the father of aviation for being the first to fly on board a motor plane, without the need for launch ramps. Alberto Santos Dumont is one of the main names in Brazilian history and his achievements are considered national pride.

The house was designed by Santos Dumont for his summer residence in the city. The Santos Dumont's house preserves and disseminates the memory of the father of the Brazilian aviation, an engineering genius who revolutionized the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Crystal Palace, Rua Alfredo Pacha S/N 0, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-210 Brazil

Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace is one of the most touristic spots in Petrópolis. The precast structure, in cast iron, was ordered in France by Conde D'Eu, Princess Isabel's husband, and took five years to be ready. It was set up in Petrópolis and opened in 1884 to house exhibitions of flowers, birds and agricultural products. Currently the space hosts cultural events and exhibitions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cervejaria Bohemia, Rua Alfredo Pacha 166, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25685-210 Brazil

Brewery Bohemia

Whoever enters Brewery Bohemia, immediately falls in love with the universe of beer. The visit offers the most complete brewing experience in Latin America. The tour presents the history of beer, its production process and ingredients that lead visitors to unique sensory experiences with exclusive tastings.

It’s certainly an unmissable attraction to take a complete tour at it with tastings.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Rua Teresa, R. Teresa - Alto da Serra, Petrópolis - RJ, 25580-600, Brazil

It's worthwhile paying a visit to one of the largest open-air malls in Latin America. On Tereza st., there are more than 1200 stores with a lot of variety of products for all tastes and styles.

Duration: 40 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers"
"COVID-19 vaccination required for guides"

It’s mandatory to present the "COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate" at some attractions for the city tour in Petrópolis. It's not allowed to access some attractions without showing the COVID certificate."

Duration: 10 Hours
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered
• Wherever place you specify at the time of the booking. As it’s a private tour, you choose the best pick-up point that suits your needs as long as it's within the city of Rio.
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• Wherever place you specify at the time of the booking. As it’s a private tour, you choose the best drop-off point that suits your needs as long as it's within the city of Rio.
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• As soon as the tour guide arrives at your hotel, they get the front desk to call you in the room in case you are not at the lobby.
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• Once you have arrived at the airport or port there will be a member of our staff waiting for you at the arrivals area holding a clear sign with your name on it, they will then escort you to your waiting private transfer vehicle.


  • Internacional Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil


  • Pier Mauá, Av. Rodrigues Alves, 10 - Saúde, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20081-250, Brazil

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Transport by fully-equipped vehicles.
  • Any address pick-up and drop-off are included like hotels and airports.(Within the city of Rio)
  • Professional licensed private tour guide.
  • Entrance fees for all attractions described in the program.
  • Private driver for groups bigger than 4 people. Otherwise, the guide drives the vehicle themselves.
  • VAT, all taxes, handling charges, parking fees during stops, airport Greet & Meet service.
  • Entry/Admission - Imperial Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Cervejaria Bohemia

Not Included

  • Meals and drinks.
  • Tips. (optional)
  • Entry/Admission - Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center


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