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Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Hi, We will be in Rio in mid October. Can we do this trip on our own if we can arrange a car? We normally don't mind joining a tour so that a guide can explain the history to us. But some reviewers said there was insufficient time to enjoy the museum/sites they liked.

Can you also advise how much the entrance fees are for the museum and palace?

Thanks.

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Philadelphia...
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1. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Petrópolis, a popular mountain resort town located about 40 miles from Rio de Janeiro, is easily done on your own.

Petrópolis used to be the summer residence of the Brazilian emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century and was the official capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1903. The town was named after Emperor Pedro I, the nation's first monarch.

Buses from Rio to Petrópolis leave daily from the long-distance bus terminal, Rodoviário Novo Rio, which is located five minutes away from the downtown district (Centro) in a somewhat seedy part of town, so it’s best to take a taxi there.

http://bit.ly/JEkrhY

Petrópolis Info:

http://bit.ly/yjcSPn

http://bit.ly/w8E9W1

http://bit.ly/KVLMY7

Places of interest in Petrópolis:

Imperial Museum:

http://bit.ly/1Nnaelq

Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara:

http://bit.ly/1KhKFlT

Museu Casa de Santos Dumont:

http://bit.ly/1JqgGJK

Cervejaria Bohemia:

http://bit.ly/1eba2cP

Casa do Alemão

http://bit.ly/1LC4QNl

Palacio Quitandinha

http://bit.ly/1GDOCvH

Toronto, Canada
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2. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Thanks for all the info. How much should i expect to pay for the taxi to take me there and back?

Philadelphia...
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3. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Expect to pay around U.S. $250 round trip.

Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Then this is more economical to join the tours that include both entrance fees.

Thanks for your replies.

Philadelphia...
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5. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Festcine Imperial Film Festival opens in Petrópolis.

The festival will offer free admission, with screenings shown at the historic city's famous landmarks, the Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) and the Museu Imperial (Imperial Museum).

http://bit.ly/2bzUAKD

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6. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

We used Real Rio Tours for their day trip to Petropolis. It was cheaper than most of the other companies we researched. I wanted a private tour to make sure we didn't have to rush through certain museums if we didn't want to. (Their website is www.realriotours.com).

Philadelphia...
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7. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

German Bauernfest 2017 returns to Petrópolis this weekend.

One of the most traditional German festivals in Brazil, the 28th edition of Bauernfest includes three different stages with over ten musical attractions, small homemade beer producers and a drinking competition.

http://bit.ly/2sSkWiM

Philadelphia...
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8. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

The city of Petrópolis will once again celebrate all things German as the traditional Bauernfest returns for its 29th edition, beginning Friday, June 22nd and continuing through July 1st.

https://bit.ly/2tnWoMR

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9. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Greetings,

You could certainly do this tour on your own with a taxi or private driver, but I would recommend a more economical option of taking a group tour with Grayline Tours.

I believe that their current charge for this tour is $60 (US) and that includes transport via bus, a multi-lingual guide and entrance to the Imperial Museum. I have taken this tour twice and enjoyed it immensely both times.

The ride is a nice one with great views as you head up into the mountains and you not only get to stop at the Imperial Museum but also the cathedral where Dom Pedro II and his wife are laid to rest, the Crystal Palace and a very fine chocolate merchant who used to supply sweets for the imperial family.

There is a buffet lunch stop (you pay for lunch separately) right near the home of Santos Dumont that you can visit if time permits and when all is done you are transported back to your hotel.

As far as criticisms of this tour are concerned, the one I hear most often is that it takes so long for the bus to pick-up and then drop-off the clients; but for me this was never a negative. During pickup you can relax and gaze out the bus window to people watch and the opportunity to meet fellow travelers from around the world has always been something I enjoy.

Grayline has been in business forever and they have offices in Europe, the USA, Canada and throughout South America. You needn't worry that they are a "fly-by-night" operation who will fold before you get to take your tour.

I, personally, like riding in an air-condition bus watching the world go by, meeting new people and having a knowledgeable guide give me insight on the places we are passing or will visit.

I would highly recommend taking a group tour especially if this is your first time to Petropolis. Below is the link to the Grayline Imperial City Tour page:

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Here is a link to the Santos Dumont Museum / House page here in Tripadvisor:

https://bit.ly/2tefOVw

I hope that this response has been helpful.

Safe travels to you!

George B.

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10. Re: Petropolis Day Trip incl Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Greetings,

Heh...I just noticed that I was replying to an OP who posted his question in 2016. Ah well, maybe someone will find my reply of use.

That's what I get for replying to forum posts before I have had my 3rd coffee.

Safe travels!

George B.

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