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Discover Petropolis and its Hidden Gems with our Private Tour

Discover Petropolis and its Hidden Gems with our Private Tour
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 20297P4
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Tour Guide (if the option is chosen when booking)
  • Pickup and drop-off in Rio and Petropolis: hotels, airports, seaport, you say where!
  • Roundtrip to Petropolis (for customers staying in Rio)
  • Tickets for the listed attractions (except for the Brewery optional inside tour)
  • 'On the fly' adaptations: change the itinerary during the tour to match your wishes.
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
  • Entry/Admission - Imperial Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Casa De Petrópolis / Casa Dos 7 Erros
  • Entry/Admission - Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
Exclusions
  • Food and Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Cervejaria Bohemia
Duration
7–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We will pick you up at any hotel, Airbnb, airport, seaport or any other place of your convenience in Rio de Janeiro and Petropolis. If your pick-up place is not listed, please inform it when booking. Also, for airport pickup please inform the arrival flight details; for seaport pickup please inform cruise ship information The drop-off at the end of the tour is also included.
  • Airports:
  • Internacional Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport, Av. Vinte de Janeiro, s/nº - Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21941-900, Brazil
  • Ports:
  • Rio de Janeiro Seaport (Pier Mauá)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We do not operate this tours on Mondays because all the attractions are closed.
  • The "House of 7 Errors" inside visit is available from Wednesdays to Sundays. Visits on Tuesdays will be outside only.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please remember that due to the covid-19 pandemic, wearing face masks during the tour is mandatory. Don't forget to bring yours ! We'll also have disposable ones in the car.
  • Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Imperial Museum is only partially open. We'll update this information as it changes.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
  • Tour Guide (if the option is chosen when booking)
  • Pickup and drop-off in Rio and Petropolis: hotels, airports, seaport, you say where!
  • Roundtrip to Petropolis (for customers staying in Rio)
  • Tickets for the listed attractions (except for the Brewery optional inside tour)
  • 'On the fly' adaptations: change the itinerary during the tour to match your wishes.
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
  • Entry/Admission - Imperial Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Casa De Petrópolis / Casa Dos 7 Erros
  • Entry/Admission - Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
Exclusions
  • Food and Drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Cervejaria Bohemia
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We will pick you up at any hotel, Airbnb, airport, seaport or any other place of your convenience in Rio de Janeiro and Petropolis. If your pick-up place is not listed, please inform it when booking. Also, for airport pickup please inform the arrival flight details; for seaport pickup please inform cruise ship information The drop-off at the end of the tour is also included.
  • Airports:
  • Internacional Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Santos Dumont Airport, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport, Av. Vinte de Janeiro, s/nº - Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 21941-900, Brazil
  • Ports:
  • Rio de Janeiro Seaport (Pier Mauá)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We do not operate this tours on Mondays because all the attractions are closed.
  • The "House of 7 Errors" inside visit is available from Wednesdays to Sundays. Visits on Tuesdays will be outside only.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please remember that due to the covid-19 pandemic, wearing face masks during the tour is mandatory. Don't forget to bring yours ! We'll also have disposable ones in the car.
  • Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Imperial Museum is only partially open. We'll update this information as it changes.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 11 Oct 2021
A note from Discover Petropolis and its Hidden Gems with our Private Tour
COVID-19 vaccination required for drivers. Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Quitandinha Palace Congress and Convention Center
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Imperial Museum
    Stop: 70 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Centro Historico de Petropolis
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Casa De Petropolis / Casa Dos 7 Erros
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Cervejaria Bohemia
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 7
    Crystal Palace
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Museu Casa de Santos Dumont
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 9
    Casa Stefan Zweig
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Tom
6 contributions
Quitandinha! Very beautiful inside and lots of room for the kids to run around and be kids.
Marcelo and his driver Junior picked us up at the cruise port, took us to our hotel to drop luggage, and then we hit the road for a wonderful day in Petropolis. Marcelo was very patient and kind with our young kids (4 and 1 1/2). He gave us a personalized and very informative tour of the city. Very good English. Highly recommend. And Marcelo introduced us to Brazilian feijoada - delicious!
Written 2 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
MarceloGElias
Fantastic day, I really had a great time with you. Thanks for the compliments and the review. Take care ! :)
Written 3 February 2020
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Shawnino
Halifax, Canada172 contributions
Royal Treatment from Marcelo & Co.
Nov 2019
We were two couples (who hadn't met prior) off a cruise ship and wre greeted by Marcelo (who appears to be proprietor or manager), a tour guide in training (Silvio: he'll be a good one for English speakers--he lived in America), and a driver besides. You might not get quite as much personalised attention but we sure appreciated it.

We saw many key sites of Petropolis and the guides knew their history and knew how to make the trip as efficient as possible. I was mostly using a wheelchair and they made sure I got to see everything. Intelligent, warm, kinds people. Wholly recommended.

The rate was very reasonable. US $90 pp for four, all day, big van.

A couple pieces of advice:

We went on a Friday near the end of school term. This isn't ideal because some of the sites are overrun with schoolgroups on Fridays and at end-of-term. Marcelo did well to work us away from most of the crowds but some were unavoidable. He had done the same tour the day prior and said they had the palaces to themselves. Our cruise ship was in when it was in, so we dealt with it, but if you can stay away from Fridays, do that.

The lunch spot (extra, roughly $25 pp incl drinks, tax, tip) was Bohemia Brewery. We were underwhelmed by the brewed onsite bers we tried (wheat; IPA) but the food was excellent.
Written 26 January 2020
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MarceloGElias
Excellent ! I am so happy that you enjoyed the day, even with the schools visiting ! Thanks a lot for the review, it was great to meet you and show Petropolis. Take care ! :)
Written 26 January 2020
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ElviraAlger
Salt Lake City, UT87 contributions
Hidden gem!! Great tour!!
Our tour guide Marianna and driver Marcelo pick us up right on time to start our tour to Petropolis.
Both of them are very acknowledged on Brazil history and they were answering all our questions
The road to Petropolis is absolutely stunning!! And even better when you are listening Bossa nova music
We visited the Old Casino, that is located in a beautiful area. The original furnitures are still in place and there’s a lot of pictures about the history of this place
We also visited the Palace museum, that has been preserved exactly like when the Royal family used to live there
The crown at the exhibition is stunning!!
We had chance to walk through the downtown area and seeing the beautiful Mansions and the Main Avenue as well as the Cathedral
The tour was fantastic, very professional people
And Petropolis is a hidden gem !!
Written 30 November 2019
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MarceloGElias
What a great review, thanks a lot ! It was a pleasure to show you Petropolis. A hidden gem, indeed.
Written 7 December 2019
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Suze F
6 contributions
Return trip 59 years later
Dec 2018
Our assigned driver (Marcelo) called a few days before to introduce himself and arrange for a pick-up time. He arrived a few minutes before schedule and was very professional and personable. As we drove out of Rio he kept up a very informative description of the various sights and history of the different areas in the city.
He was a very careful driver and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Petropolis. During our first stop at the Hotel/Casino, now a condo complex, he took us through all the various rooms while giving a through explanation of the various sights. We then went to the previous living quarters of the Don Pedro and Don Pedro’s son, who ruled in the earlier times of Brazil. Marcelo gave specific directions as to how to meet him after our tour. He was waiting for us as we departed from the building.
We went to lunch at a local brewery and we asked him if we could try and find the home of an artist that my wife had met almost 60 years ago. We were all skeptical that the family would still be there after that long of a time. We found the address and approached the family. To our surprise the wife (92 yrs. Old) of the artist was still there and Marcello was an excellent interpreter between my wife and the widow. We had a “great” reunion.
Our trip back to Rio was uneventful except for the continued discussion about the family that we had just reunited with. We arrived back at our hotel and will never forget the wonderful time we had with Marcelo. He is a “GEM”!!
Written 19 March 2019
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MarceloGElias
I am speechless. It was a memorable experience ! Thanks !
Written 26 April 2019
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David Svalina
Beecher, IL17 contributions
Petrópolis is anazing
I am so happy I learned of this hidden gem about 1.5 hrs from Rio. The guides, Marcelo and Rafael were in communication with me before the tour and were enthusiastic on giving advice. Both of them were very well versed in Brazilian history as well as that of Petrópolis. I totally recommend the excursion to anyone who has a free day in Rio. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Thx guys!
Dave, Chicago
Written 26 October 2018
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Thanks, Dave ! We´re also lucky with the weather (no rain !!). We too had a great time. Wish you all the best ! :-)
Written 27 October 2018
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FrankDownUnder
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Fully Customized Trip with an Amazing Mood
Jul 2018 • Business
Both the driver, Marcelo, and the guide, Rafael, were very friendly and knowledgeable. The mood was amazing all day long, and I learned a lot about the area and its history. They were very flexible and let me stay at any place for as long as I wanted. Rafael was even holding an umbrella for me while I was taking shots in the rain. What a memorable day!
Written 30 September 2018
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Thanks very much for the review ! We´re very happy that you´ve enjoyed the day with us. Petropolis is really a big surprise for people that don´t know. It was a great day ! :-)
Written 1 October 2018
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Robby W
Jerusalem, Israel2 contributions
Informative and Fun
Aug 2018 • Couples
Both Marcelo and Rafael were engaging and knowledgeable about the area. They have a great understanding of Brazilian culture and history. They both speak English very well and were fun to banter with when in between stops. They accommodated us at every turn and never rushed us. I'd highly recommend any tour their company gives.
Written 15 August 2018
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Thanks, Robby ! It was a great day indeed. It´s great to discover and explore Petropolis, right ? Totally different from Rio and so close ! Wish you all the best !
Written 19 August 2018
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Connielr
16 contributions
Excellent day trip to Petropolis
Mar 2018 • Couples
Marcelo was a very knowledgeable and engaging guide for our day trip to Petropolis. He accompanied us through all our stops, recommended an excellent place for lunch, and never rushed us when we dawdled to take photos. Heartily recommend!
Written 23 March 2018
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Sorry for the late reply. I'm happy that you enjoyed the day, cause I certainly did. Petropolis is really something, isn't it ? :)
Written 2 June 2018
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Juliana O
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Happy camper!!
My mom and I had such a good time on this tour. Marcelo (driver) and Rafael (guide) were both so knowledgeable of
cindy5000
cindy5000
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Too much fun
Marcel Elias made sure we had the perfect car to accommodate us and my wheelchair and the perfect guide Rafi, his p
AnthonyD3973
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Incredible Followup
When the Covid-19 hysteria hit, we were in Buenos Aires, preparing to embark on an awesome three week cruise with a
DH0303
DH0303
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A day in Rio
I do not usually write reviews but this tour was excellent and great value. Marcelos, as our driver, and Rafael, a
erozemd
erozemd
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Great day tour of Rio
We just came back from Rio de Janeiro and had an awesome tour scheduled by Marcello and the tour was given by Wagne
Worldtrekfamily5
Worldtrekfamily5
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Not enough time!
We had a fabulous day with Marcelo and Wagner! What a blast. They were informative, funny and flexible. We staye
Les S
Les S
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Excellent Three Day Private Tour
My wife and I just returned from our vacation in Brazil and are happy to share these comments with other travellers
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Private Tour: Private Tour: Icons of Rio (Christ and Sugar Loaf), Santa Teresa and City Center of Rio (Christ a
Amazing day. Rafael was enthusiastic, loves being a guide, speaks very good English, showed great flexibility and
Samantha T
Samantha T
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Amazing trip
I am writing this review to say that if you are coming to Rio and want to see and experience the sights please book
napoli96
napoli96
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WONDERFUL COMPREHENSIVE TOUR OF RIO
We toured for a day and a half with Be Free Tours and had a wonderful overview of Rio. Touring with Rafael and lat
TheBFamilia
TheBFamilia
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Great tour and lots of fun!
Just completed a two-day tour with Be-Free Tours. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Marcelo and our driver, Junio
Ed M
Ed M
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Highlight of Our South American Trip
Upon our arrival in Rio, I called Be Free to confirm our tour. Marcelo, the owner of Be Free, answered and advised
GoPlaces757984
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Private Tour
Marcello and Rafel provided us with an excellent private tour that met all of our needs and then more. Marello's En
BasM108
BasM108
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Great snapshot of Rio
Marcelo was waiting for us when we arrived in the cruise port and we had a fantastic day seeing the sites and eatin
John C
John C
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Amazing day in Rio
This should be on everybody's top list coming to Rio Marcelo and Rafael we're wonderful hosts they are both very fr
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