Though it shares a coast along the Rio de La Plata with Buenos Aires, the town of Montevideo is a much smaller and quieter destination spot. Perfectly combining culture and relaxation, Montevideo offers something for everyone. Both its beautiful, narrow streets and the beach promenade “La Rambla” provide a great atmosphere for a stroll during the day or in the evening. Charming cafes, pubs and a good steak restaurant can also be found when you need a break from sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Of course, you can also use your time to relax in the sun and sand at one of the various beaches, or watch a tango show in the old town.
After arriving in the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, you will be taken to your accommodation. From there, you’ll be able to easily explore the city. Be sure to check out the main street, Avenida 18 de Julio, lined with cute cafes, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Couples wishing to leave a romantic memento can also add a ‘love lock’ to the Fuente de los Candados or, “lock fountain,” also located on the Avenida 18 de Julio. Another great destination off of this main street is the Plaza de la Independencia at Puerta de la Ciudadela, which separates the old and new districts of Montevideo. 20 minutes from there is the Mercado del Puerto. There you’ll be able to enjoy a sandwich-style Chivito and a glass of wine, Medio y Medio, both specialties of Uruguay.
3* Hotel Urban Express / 4* Hotel Esplendor Montevideo
Fill up on a hearty breakfast before you are picked up for the city sightseeing tour. Some of the tour attractions include the Independence Square, Torre Ejecutiva, Palacio Salvo, theater Solís, the Palacio Legislativo and the Obelisco a los Constituyentes. The tour will stop in the Mercado del Puerto and the Mercado Agrícola, allowing you to buy local specialties. From there, the tour goes to the other end of Montevideo, where you’ll find the sandy and beautiful Pocitos beach. And for big football fans, a long stop at the football stadium will be a highlight as it was one of three venues where the first World Cup in 1930 was hosted. Finally, the tour will end with the option to be dropped off at the Punta Carretas Mall or to your hotel, to rest and recoup.
3* Hotel Urban Express / 4* Hotel Esplendor Montevideo Breakfast
Prepare for your journey home, unless you decide that you would like to extend your stay in Uruguay. We would be happy to assist with the booking to either stay in Montevideo or to travel to the town of Colonia del Sacramento, located directly on the border of Argentina.
- 2 nights in hotels including breakfast
- Transfer from the airport to accommodation
- Guided city tour (with English speaking guide)
- Other meals (1 lunch and 2 dinners)
- Tips and Gratuities
Punta del Este
Don’t miss one of the most stylish cities of the continent - Punta del Este! Famous for its powder-fine sandy beaches, this hip city on the Uruguayan peninsula promises to be paradise surrounded by luxury. Yachts in the picturesque harbor, art galleries, casinos, modern skyscrapers, posh hotels, fine dining and exciting nightlife! Vacation among celebrities such as Ralph Lauren, Zinedine Zidane or Shakira, who are known to travel here. Experience one of the most idyllic beaches and hot spots of Uruguay!
Price: 60 € per person
Included: Transfer, and English speaking guide
Not included: Entrance free for the Casa Pueblo
Duration: full day (Distance from Montevideo: approx. 134 km / 83 mi)
Colonia del Sacramento
Take a journey back in time to 1680 as you venture to the oldest town in Uruguay! The World Heritage town of Colonia del Sacramento has preserved its historical charm, visible throughout the city. Stroll through its cobblestone streets past antique and craft shops, beyond the 270-year-old city wall with a classic medieval drawbridge. Take a look at the 18th century houses, which have can be visited today as a museum. Stumble upon the Mayor Plaza, spectacular churches, and the "Calle de los Suspiros" – a protected place of mystique, mystery and ancient legends. The magic of this city continues to unfold at dusk, as yellow light pours from old lanterns, lining the the cobblestoned streets. A final tip for a magnificent view: the lighthouse!
Price: 90 € per person
Included: Transfer, stopping at all the main attractions
Not included: Tour with English speaking guide (optional), food
Duration: full day (Distance from Montevideo: 190 km / 118 mi)