You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets are required for this tour
Type of tour:
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Free concierge service if you need any advice
Meeting points: Chafariz do Mestre Valentim
What makes this tour special
· Walk around the historic Praça XV
· Visit the old royal residence at the Paço Imperial
· Lose yourself in Rio’s largest museum: the Museu Histórico Nacional
The centre of Rio has been of crucial importance in Brazilian history. It is where the Portuguese established a foothold in the south of the country, the location of the King Joao VI’s court, and the first capital of an independent Brazil. Join your personal guide as they take you on a trip to see this past first-hand.
The First Palace
Close by where the Portuguese monarchy disembarked in 1808, your guide will tell you the story of how Rio developed from a colonial port to the capital of the Portuguese Empire. Telling you the tale of how the Portuguese overcame native resistance to found a major city, they will take you to see some of the most important colonial sites around the Praça XV, a square that was the historical heart of the city. After learning about its history, you will go into the Paço Imperial. This is where King João VI of Portugal settled when he arrived in 1808 and the building remained an important site for the royal family until their ousting in 1889, only one year after Princess Isabel announced the abolition of slavery from its balcony.
An American Monarchy
A short walk with your guide, as they tell you the curious episode of how Brazil declared independence from Portugal yet kept the Portuguese heir as its monarch, will take you to the Museu Histórico Nacional. Housed within the old colonial arsenal, this museum covers the history of Brazil from before the arrival of European explorers to the 19th century. It is easy to get lost among the exhibits but your guide will be there to help and it is definitely worth asking them to show you Emperor Pedro II’s throne and the royal carriages. You might also want to look at some of the Museum’s other curiosities, from the blind-friendly Patio of Cannons, to its monumental coin collection.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <email@example.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
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