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Hidden like a mystery between Brazil and Argentina, this verdant and sea fronting country, has more to offer than you might think.
In Uruguay you can charm yourself with the summery Atlantic beaches; with the rich history of Colonia del Sacramento (which won UNESCO's seal of approval 20 years ago); you can indulge in meat (Uruguay is renowned worldwide for its prime beef ); you can taste Uruguay's typical Tannat wine; or simply enjoy the joy of life at Uruguay's two-month Carnaval celebration which starts in mid-January where you can witness first-hand the famous, candombe, a type of music and dance that originated from African slaves in the 19th century.
On this 5-night day trip you will be taken through some of the most important sights in Uruguay. You will visit Colonia and its beautiful Old District as well as the ruins of San Francisco Church; in Montevideo you will be able to appreciate the stunning architecture and history reflected in the several art-deco and neoclassical buildings, you will be taken to Punta del Este and to its inviting beaches, as well as doing a tour of these three cities.
The Old District of Colonia;
The ruins of the San Francisco Church in Colonia;
Art-deco and neoclassical buildings in Montevideo
Punta del Este beaches
Regular city tours of Colonia, Montevideo and Punta del Este
Any element of this holiday can be truly individual to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Colonia is a charming little town filled with character and beauty close to Montevideo and Buenos Aires. It is not hard to see why UNESCO made the town a world heritage site. The famous Barrio Historico is full of charming colonial-era landmarks such as the Museo Municipal, Convento de San Francisco and Portón de Campo when you are finished exploring the city’s history why not enjoy watching the stunning sunset on the riverfront.
On your first day in Colonia a private transfer will welcome you to the port and take you straight to your hotel. Right after the check-in you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure; take same time to rest, eat, or explore the town at your own pace.
On your second day in Colonia you will be exploring the city in a more educational way as you take part on the 'Regular Colonia Walking Tour'. You will see various important sites such as; the Old District of Colonia founded in 1680 by the Portuguese; 'Street of Sighs' which dates back to 1720; the Main Square; the oldest ruins in Uruguay known as 'the ruins of the San Francisco Church'; the Lighthouse; the Governor’s House; the Sacramento Basilica; and so much more. At the end of the tour you are free to explore the rest of the town on your own we highly suggest you do so as there is so much to see in Colonia.
This day will be all about traveling. Start the day with a rich breakfast at the hotel, check out, and take the private transport with guide on route to the Colonia Bus Terminal. Once there you will take a regular bus to Montevideo. The drive is not too long (about two hours) which makes it perfect for you to catch up on some sleep, chat with your travel companion, read, listen to music, or simply enjoying the views. Once in Montevideo you will be transferred to your new hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Another day exploring, but this time Montevideo is the main event, as you will be doing a 'Regular Montevideo City Tour'. After breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel and taken on to the tour of the city. Montevideo is the capital and largest city in Uruguay, but it is also so much more than that. Situated in the southern coast of the country, this eclectic city home to a vibrant collection of shops, bars and restaurants. Here you will see; art-deco and neoclassical buildings; skyscrapers; modern beach communities such as Punta Carretas; as well as lots of places to socialize and have fun in the city such as shopping malls, theatres or lively tango bars. The city exudes charisma, history and culture all in one. While on the city tour you will be able to enjoy Montevideo’s monuments, parks and gardens, as well as the city's most important sights. You will see the Old City, the Constitution Square, the Cathedral and the Colonial Town Hall, the Solis Theatre, the Independence Square, the Government House (Museum of the Presidents) as well as the main downtown shopping street, 18 de Julio, which is filled with little shops, cafés and office buildings. You will also see the Parliament Building, the Batlle & Ordoñez Park, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument, the “Centenario” Soccer Stadium as so much more. The tour ends back in the city centre where you will drive along the Montevideo's beautiful beaches.
Day 5 will be dedicated to another city tour as you will be heading from Montevideo to Punta del Este to explore this beautiful city. Punta del Este is famously known for its inviting beaches and pleasant weather, and here you can relax to the sound of the sea or at the warm touch of the sunlight kissing your skin. You will recognise the city not only by its stunning beaches, but also its elegant seaside homes, the yacht harbour, the high-rise apartment buildings or the standout hotels and restaurants, all perfectly aligned with Punta del Este's reputation, of being one of South America’s most glamorous resort cities. Before reaching Punta del Este you will make a couple other stops to see - Piriápolis - one of the most important seaside resorts where you can ascend to the 'San Antonio ' hill for beautiful panoramic views of the beaches and countryside – as well as Punta Ballena - where you will see the famous museum 'Casapueblo ' formerly owned by the artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. Once in Punta del Este the tour will take you to the residential neighbourhoods as well as its beautiful houses and gardens, you will see the Mansa (calm) and Brava (rough) beach sides, the Maldonado’s Barra, and of course, the Port. You will also have time at leisure, so you can have lunch, walk around, or do a little shopping.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, followed by a private transfer that will take you to the Montevideo port. It's time to say goodbye to the trip, but not to your memories.
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