2-day history tour

rio + petropolis

Want to learn a lot about the history and heritage of Brazil? Board this 2-Day ‘time-travel’ tour with us to explore two very important cities in two different ways: a Walking Tour in Rio and a Day-Trip Tour to Petropolis. 

The first day will be in Rio. We will explore the historic city center and discover how a colony on the other side of the Atlantic became the capital of the Portuguese Empire. You will learn the history of slavery from the point of view of those who suffered from the Atlantic trade and their descendants, as well as the impact and legacy of Afro culture on national identity. 

On the second day, we will visit the city of Petropolis, where the Royal Family built their summerhouse. You will learn more about the Imperial times and not only visit the summerhouse itself (nowadays a museum) but also other important historic sites. This is a hidden gem of Rio. 

Places Visited in Rio (Day 1):

  • Cinelandia Square
  • Tiradentes Palace
  • XV Square
  • Olympic Boulevard
  • Banco do Brasil Cultural Center
  • Maua Square
  • Pedra do Sal
  • Cais do Valongo
  • Etnias Panel
  • National History Museum (optional but highly recommended)

Duration: 5 Hours

Places Visited in Petropolis (Day 2):

  • Quitandinha Palace
  • Imperial Museum
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Casa de Petropolis (House of 7 Errors)
  • Crystal Palace
  • Bohemia Brewery

Duration: 7 Hours

Flexible starting time

Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish

We do not operate this tour on Mondays because all the attractions are closed.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Imperial Museum is only partially open. We will update this information as it changes.

Inside visit to the House of 7 Errors is not available on Tuesdays, we will visit only the outside on those days.

Price: US$ 570.00 per private group (up to 4 people)

What is included

  • Private Car with Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Tickets to the Attractions
  • Pickup and Drop-off within Rio de Janeiro (you say where!)
  • Complimentary Bottled Water

What is not included

  • Food and Drinks

Questions? Check this tour’s FAQ and/or contact us by email or Whatsapp

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Payment Policies:

  • Prepayment of 20% when booking (Credit cards, Apple Pay)
  • Payment of 80% on the tour day by cash (US$ or BRL) or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express).

    Cancellation Policies:

    • Full refund of the prepayment if cancelled at least 48 hours before the tour date.
    • No refund if cancelled 48 hours or less before the tour date.

    frequently asked questions

    What are the preventive measures against covid-19 adopted on the tours? If I'm already vaccinated, do I need to follow them?

    The measures are those recommended by WHO and OMT, which guarantee us the ‘Safe Travels’ and ‘Responsible Tourism’ stamps: mandatory use of masks during the tour (including inside vehicles), hygiene of hands and surfaces, social distance whenever possible. People who have already been vaccinated must comply with the measures in the same way as those who have not yet been vaccinated. These are measures aimed at protecting the team and customers. Failure to comply will result in immediate suspension of the tour without the right to reimbursement.

    Are pick-up and drop-off services included for both the tour days?

    Yes. Although it is common to have a meeting point for Walking Tours we included the pick-up and drop-off for the 2 days.

    This is a 2-day tour. Does that mean we will spend the night somewhere? Do I need to book another hotel?

    No. At the end of the first day we will drop you off at the hotel you are already staying in in Rio (or another place you want). Next morning we will pick you up for the Daytrip to Petropolis.

    What if I want to spend the night in Petropolis?

    We can arrange that, but there will be extra cost. Please inform us by email.

    Is Serra dos Órgãos, on the way to Petropolis, very winding? How long is the trip? I'm afraid of getting motion sickness.

    It’s not very winding, we never had cases of motion sickness on the tours to the Imperial City. Although the average drive time to Petropolis is near 1:30h, the ‘Serra dos Orgaos’ part takes about 30 minutes only. If you often feel nauseous, we recommend that you take the steps you normally take to avoid it.

    Will the tour be cancelled in case of bad weather?

    We do not usually cancel tours due to bad weather. What we do is to adapt the itinerary or, if possible, change the date. If you cancel the tour less than 48 hours in advance, except in extreme cases, there will be no refund, as per our cancellation policies.

    Can you explain the 'per private group of up to 4 people' prices?

    This is how it works: the prices listed entitle up to 4 people, from your group only, to participate in the tours. Those are final prices, not ‘per person’ prices.

    My group has more than 4 people. How can I book?

    You can either book 2 (or more, according to your group size) tours for the same date or contact us for a special quote.

    I am not sure if I feel safe booking on your website. How can I be sure that it's not a fraud?

    We have a TripAdvisor profile and we are registered in the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. But we understand your concern. There is a lot of scams on the Internet so if you don’t feel safe and/or comfortable booking directly on our website, we strongly recommend that you do on TripAdvisor. You can follow this link or search for ‘be free rio’ on their website. No matter the source of your booking we guarantee that you will have an unforgettable experience!

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