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Petropolis - The Imperial City –Tour from Rio

Instant confirmation Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Start time

    8:00am. Exact pick-up time will be advised upon reconfirmation

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point

Key Highlights

  • Discover the Imperial splendour of lovely Petropolis
  • Stunning landscape and scenery
  • The jeweled crown of the Brazilian Emperors is a sight to behold
  • Knowledgeable guide to accompany you
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off from all Rio de Janeiro hotels


Leave the bustle of the city for the day and escape to the attractive mountain resort of Petropolis. With its delightful climate and delightful location, you will soon see why it was chosen as a summer residence by the Emperors of Brazil.

Learn about the brief imperial history of Brazil and explore the Imperial Museum, once the Emperor’s palace. See the spectacular jewel-encrusted crown and scepter, plus other memorabilia such as tapestries, paintings, antique furniture and carriages.

View the Imperial tombs at the splendid Gothic cathedral and visit the delightful Crystal Palace, imported from Europe to act as an exhibition center.

Stroll through the streets of the town looking at the quaint period houses in a fascinating variety of styles and enjoying stunning views of the forested hills around.


For your delightful Petropolis – The Imperial City – Tour from Rio you will be picked up from your hotel (or the cruise port) in a comfortable air-conditioned coach. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on the excursion.

You will be driven about 60 km (36 miles) into the forested hills that surround the town of Petropolis. The city is named after Pedro II, Brazil’s second emperor. It was the summer residence of the Brazilian emperors and nobles in the 19th century and the official capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903.

Your tour starts with a visit to the Imperial Museum, an elegant neoclassical building that was once the summer palace of Emperor Pedro II. Here you will see displays of the Imperial furniture, paintings, historic documents, and weapons. You will also see the jewelled scepter and the spectacular 18 carat gold crown set with 596 precious stones and 80 pearls. Magnificent carriages used by the Emperor’s family are also on show, housed in a special pavilion adjacent to the main building.

The tour continues with a visit to the fine Gothic Cathedral of Saint Peter of Alcântara. Here you will find the tombs of Emperor Pedro II and his wife as well as his daughter Princess Isabel, who earned a place in Brazilian history by abolishing slavery.

You will also see the glass and metal Crystal Palace, built in France and transported to Brazil to house exhibitions and social events promoted by Princess Isabel.

Lunch is not included in your tour but there will be plenty of places in town where you can catch bite to eat.

At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Rio and dropped back at the starting point.

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission to Imperial Museum


  • Meals and beverages

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Please note

Upon arrival in Brazil, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding the coach.

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Tap water is not drinkable in Brazil, always drink bottled purified water.

Require a minimum 6 people to run this tour. It may get rescheduled departure or refund will be provided if the minimum people requirement is not met.

We picks up from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. If we are not able to pick up from your hotel of stay, an alternate pick up location will be arranged upon reconfirmation.

Please wait 5 minutes prior to the informed time at the lobby of your hotel, with your voucher. The guide will come in and call you by name

This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Therefore it is mandatory to call the local isango! partner at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the tour to confirm the departure time and location.

“If you would like to avoid picking up and dropping off other passengers, please ask for the last meeting point location when calling to reconfirm or when selecting your pick up point.

On Week days at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for tours departing until 9:00am. After that, at the Marina Palace hotel.

On Saturday at the Marina Palace hotel for all tours.

On Sundays and holidays at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for all tours.”

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

Customer Reviews

  • Alissa Bernholc

    Though the guide was not great for our minority of English speakers, the scenery along the way, and the place itself, was interesting.

    United States 11/18/2018
    A good day out

    Excellent day. If we had an earlier start it would have given us more free time to explore the town on our own free time. We set off from Rio at around 11:30. An ealier start...

    Cyprus 08/02/2012
  • Mik Stensrud
    Excellent tour

    The trip was excellent, our driver was friendly and courteous, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the two of them made the day what it was! They were awesome!...

    United States 09/19/2008

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