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Colonia and Montevideo Uruguay

Overview

For the first two days of this tour you’ll be treated to an exciting tour of two fabulous old Uruguayan cities, Coloniadel Sacramento, declared an UNESCO World Heritage city, and Montevideo, the capital. In Colonia you’ll embark upon a private walking tour wandering old cobbled streets, forts, Spanish and Portuguese museums, the port, downtown, the delightful Coastal Rambla and even the Ferrando Beach. There will also be a chance to take in the city’s bullring and the race.

Then it’s on to Montevideo and a tour of hotspots such as Independence Square, the Legislative Palace, a traditional Prado neighbourhood, the residential zone of Carrasco, the Old City and a host of wonderful old streets and impressive buildings. Save some energy though for the afternoon tour to the vineyards of Montevideo, where we will be able to taste the superb Uruguayan wine Tannat. The next stage of the six-day trip heads to one of the world’s top beach resorts, Punta del Este. People watching is almost obligatory, especially if you like to spot a celebrity or two!

A guided tour will ensure you visit all the must–see attractions, too, including San Antonio Hill in Piriápolis and Casapueblo, a strange construction designed by the famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, Juan Gorlero Street, the port and its fabulous yachts, as well as a trip across the bridge of “La Barra". The beaches of Mansa and Brava make great destinations for relaxing and soaking up the exclusive atmosphere of Punta del Este.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Colonia
Your private transfer will welcome you at the port of Colonia (ferries arriving/departing to/from Buenos Aires) and transport you to your hotel. You will then check in and the rest of the day will be at your leisure to rest or walk around this quaint town that is so full of history.

Day 2: Colonia
Today you will be picked up from your hotel to join the Regular Colonia Walking Tour. This walk will take you around the Old District of Colonia (known as Colonia del Sacramento), a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1680 by the Portuguese. The walk starts at the old city gates, and continues toward the “Street of Sighs” which dates back to 1720. Next, a stop at the Main Square, then the ruins of the San Francisco Church (the oldest ruins in Uruguay), the Lighthouse, Governor’s House, the Sacramento Basilica and other attractive sites and buildings along the way.

Day 3: Colonia - Montevideo
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and you will be transferred in private transport with a guide over the Colonia Bus Terminal to take a regular bus to Montevideo. Once in Montevideo, you will transfer to your hotel, and take the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Montevideo
You will be picked up from your hotel for a Regular Montevideo City Tour. This tour will let you enjoy Montevideo’s monuments, parks and gardens. The main points of interest are the Old City, Constitution Square, Cathedral and Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, Independence Square (at which center stands a monument and the mausoleum for the country’s national hero, José Gervasio Artigas). Next is a photo stop at the Parliament Building. (A visit to the inside is optional). This immense structure is the pride of Uruguay - it was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with 12 types of wood and local marble of 52 colours. The tour continues on to Batlle & Ordoñez Park, passing by the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument and the “Centenario” Soccer Stadium. Moving on towards the residential area of Carrasco, and stop at Plaza Virgilio to view the monument dedicated to the Fallen Navy Soldiers and an excellent view of the city. The tour will return to the city center driving along the coastal beaches.

Day 5: Montevideo - Punta del Este
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel lobby to go on a Regular Full Day Punta del Este Tour. This tour begins leaving Montevideo and driving along the promenade to later merge with the Interbalnearia Highway, which will take you to Punta del Este. We will drive through urban areas and countryside along the coast, up to Piriápolis, one of our most important seaside resorts with a gorgeous promenade. Next ascend the ´San Antonio´ hill with a stop at the top for a beautiful panoramic view of the beaches and countryside. You will then continue to Punta Ballena where you’ll see the famous museum ´Casapueblo´, former house of the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. You arrive in Punta del Este driving by the residential neighbourhoods for a chance to admire the beautiful houses and gardens; you’ll visit the Mansa (calm) and Brava (rough) beach sides, Maldonado’s Barra and the Port. There will be time at your leisure to have lunch, walk and shop around the Gorleo avenue, the main one in the center of Punta del Este. In due time the tour will return to your hotel in Montevideo.

Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and a private transfer will take you to the Montevideo port.

Want some more time relaxing on the beaches of Punta del Este? Get in touch to extend your trip!

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Essentials

Included:
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ground transport
  • Excursions/Activities mentioned in the itinerary (unless otherwise stated)
  • Bilingual guides
  • National Park, Natural reserves or museum entrance fees (Unless otherwise stated)
  • Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Internal flights (if applicable)
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Essentials

    Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.

    International Flights
    Getting to Uruguay is straightforward from most areas of the world, but you may find that the choice is bewildering, or you’re not sure about the easiest route. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and we are very happy to advise you on the different choices available. Because prices tend to increase closer to your departure date, we advise that you buy your international flight tickets as soon as you have made a decision about your tour. As an ATOL bonded tour operator, we can assist in your purchase of international flights. In fact, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that flight tickets are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Internal Flights
    As with international flights, Tango Tours' friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to book your internal flights for you if required. For some itineraries, you need to arrive at a particular destination at a required time/date therefore, it is vital that you book the correct flights and times of arrival. Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that flights are non-refundable and 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation.

    Payments
    To confirm your booking with Tango Tours, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flights. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.

    Accommodation
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    Activities
    We provide brief activity/excursion information in the itinerary. If you would like more in-depth details regarding any included activity/excursion then contact us! Please note: itineraries may be subject to change.