Located on the River Plate estuary Montevideo has a distinctly European feel to it with wide avenues and many parks. The historical old town can be explored easily on foot. At the west end of the city is the international port and at the east end sandy beaches, pine forests and posh residential areas extending along the coast. Rambla Naciones Unidas proudly traverses the entire waterfront and beaches of the city. Highlights of Montevideo include the old city with it’s eighteenth century buildings, the bustling Mercado del Puerto restaurant area and the main commercial avenue, 18 de Julio.
Suggested Itinerary: Montevideo City Stay : 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1: Arrive Montevideo
Transfer to your hotel. Half-day City Tour of Montevideo including visits to Independence Square, Legislative Palace and the main avenue 18 de Julio. Explore the quaint charm of the old quarter where you will find the Plazas Zabala and de la Constitucion, the Cathedral built in 1790, the former Town Hall from 1804, and the Solis Theatre.
Day 2: Full-day tour to Punta del Este
Located just 130 kilometers east of Montevideo, Punta del Este which is particularly popular with visitors in the Summer months is Uruguay’s top sea-side resort and has excellent bathing beaches and yacht marina and club. A place where you can mingle with the rich and famous, the city has a high styled social life, with many cultural and artistic programmes, parties, spectacles and shows during the high season. Drive along the Mansa Beach of Punta del Este to visit the residential suburbs of Beverly Hills, El Golf, Cantegril, San Rafael with its spectacular mansions and summer houses of diverse modern architecture. Leisure time to enjoy the beach, shopping and the craft market. Lunch is included. Return to Montevideo.
Day 3: Full-day tour to Colonia Del Sacramento
Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, Colonia del Sacramento was recently declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Visit the old quarter with its narrow cobbled-stone streets, colonial buildings and reconstructed city walls. Visit the Plaza Mayor, Matriz Church, Bastion del Carmen, and Puerta del Campo which is the restored city gate and drawbridge. Nearby visit the only bull ring remaining in Uruguay – Real de San Carlos (bullfighting is banned in Uruguay). Lunch is included. Return to Montevideo.
Day 4: Depart Montevideo
Transfer to the Airport for your departing flight.
Montevideo Tours - Overview
Full and half day tours available from Montevideo. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" box, a the bottom of this page
City Tour Montevideo - half or full day
A comprehensive tour of the city of Montevideo - either a half day tour to take in the main city sights, or an extended tour allowing extra time to visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the Gaucho & The Coin, as well as time for a little retail therapy at the city's largest shopping mall...
Punta del Este & Piriapolis
Spend the day enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery and architecture of Uruguay's seaside cities, with lunch and afternoon leisure time to enjoy shopping or relaxing before being taken back to your hotel in Montevideo...
Beretta Wine Cellar
Travel half an hour to Melilla to enjoy a tour of the vineyards and sample fine wines accompanied by local Uruguayan cheeses and foie gras in this lovely, historic winery...
Colonia del Sacramento
A full day tour of beautiful Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walk through the Historical district, visit the small musuems and the lighthouse, plus many more interesting sites. Take a bus tour along the river and also a brief stop at Colonia Suiza...