Day Tour to Petropolis with Museum Visit and Lunch
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Museum of the Empire: Step back in time, as you wander through the glittering remnants of Brazil's last emperor in this stunning palace-turned museum. See the crown jewels, along with an impressive collection of fine china, furnishings, paintings, and tapestries.
- A Petropolis Drive: The beauty of this imperial city unfolds as your guide points out the Italian-designed Quitandinha Palace – formerly a luxury hotel but now private condominiums – and the cathedral, where Dom Pedro II's remains are interred.
- Lunch: There's nothing like savoring the nonstop delivery of grilled meat at a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse). Sample some for yourself during a lunch stop at a typical Rio restaurant.
About this Rio de Janeiro tour
To go from the distinctly Brazilian rhythms of Rio to the more sedate ambience of Europe takes a mere 90 minutes. That's the entirety of the drive to Petropolis, also known as Cidade Imperial (the Imperial City). You might as well be heading to a different country, because the former summer home of Emperor Dom Pedro II is the antithesis of Rio.
The city named for Brazil's former ruler was founded in 1843, and is home to tree-lined streets, palaces, gardens, mansions, and museums. It's still a favorite weekend getaway for the city-dwellers, who come for the change in climate and a delightful dose of tranquility.
But it's the former 19th century Imperial Palace that's the top attraction in this bucolic countryside. Impeccably preserved, it's a no-shoes-allowed museum, with felt slippers provided at the entrance to protect the fine wood floors. After sliding around a bit, indulging your inner child, it's the crown jewels that will leave a lasting impression. The imperial crown alone is a sight to behold, with 639 diamonds and 77 pearls. You'll also see the ruby-encrusted gold pen that Dom Pedro II used to free Brazil's last remaining slaves in 1888.
The greatest Brazilian was possibly the unhappiest
He was Brazil's second, and last, emperor – beloved by his people – but Emperor Dom Pedro II was a miserable man. Perhaps it was because his grief-stricken widower father abdicated the throne and fled to Portugal when Pedro II was only five years old, forcing him into an early life of servitude and duty.
Please proceed pier side to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
This tour does not operate on Mondays as the Museum is closed.
Vehicles and Santos Dumount House are not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Full Day, Full Day, Private Tour, Food and Wine
Sedan or Van
Lunch - BBQ with Salad Bar
English, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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