Montevideo & Colonia

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Just a short ferry ride from Buenos Aires, Uruguay has a unique charm and a fascinating history. Visit historical Colonia and the city of Montevideo on this great extension tour from Buenos Aires.

Cross the Rio de la Plata by hydrofoil to Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, a fantastic city with pleasant 19th and early 20th century buildings, beautiful parks, many historic monuments and endless beaches. Explore the city and spend the night before heading to Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in history and the only former Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata, before jumping on the ferry to return to Buenos Aires.

From Buenos Aires, continue your South America adventure...there are so many places to head to, perhaps Iguazu Falls, Patagonia, or Ushuaia, to add on an expedition to Antarctica!

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Explore the historical quarter of the city of Colonia del Sacramento, its stroll cobblestone streets, and photograph colonial buildings, full of old world charm! Enjoy a tour with a local and some free time before catching the ferry back to Buenos Aires.

Explore Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, Ciudad Vieja (the old town), with art deco buildings, colonial homes, visit the old port market, now filled with the delicious steakhouses, and also the Centenario Football Stadium where the first World Cup

A popular side trip from Buenos Aires, is catching the ferry to Uruguay. We recommend taking a couple of nights to explore the history and culture of both Montevideo and Colonia, and the countryside inbetween.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Buenos Aires arrival

On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 2
Buenos Aires highlights

Highlights of Buenos Aires
You will be collected from your hotel for your three-hour tour visiting the most important highlights of the city of Buenos Aires. Discover the history of the Plaza de Mayo Square, the site of Argentina’s most important historical events - see its surroundings and the most emblematic buildings and learn all about them. Then enjoy Mayo Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighbourhood of La Boca: walk along Caminito Street and enjoy the Dancers and souvenir shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along Puerto Madero and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large offices. Pass through the Retiro neighbourhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. The tour comes to an end near the Recoleta Cemetery. Here you can choose to be taken back to the hotel with the group, or to continue unguided into the cemetery, where you can find the final resting place of Eva Peron, "Evita."
Please note: This is a small group tour. If you wish to stay behind and visit the Recoleta Cemetery, there is an entrance fee of approximately $15 USD, payable locally, you would then make your own way back to the hotel.

Fogon Asado Experience and Wine Pairing
This evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Fogón to immerse yourself in their Asado Experience. From the chefs of the famous Uco Restaurant in Buenos Aires and Butterfly in Bariloche comes Fogón - a new way of living the traditional Argentine Asado, served with a twist. A closed-door dining experience awaits you that explores new ways of serving Argentine Asado classics. While seated at the bar you’ll see, feel and taste traditional and modern grill cooking techniques up close and personal as you sit with the chefs around the parrilla. Every Asado is unique but always includes the best cuts of meat available and fire roasted seasonal vegetables. The chefs have designed the tasting menu to combine new grill techniques with tried and true Argentine recipes that elevate the Asado to new heights. The wine pairing menu has also been designed to best enhance the flavours of the ingredients, while presenting you with some of the best boutique wines from Argentina. On completion of your experience, please make your own way back to your hotel.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 3
Buenos Aires: San Isidro & Tigre Delta & Tango

San Isidro & Tigre Delta
Travel from the heart of Buenos Aires to the Tigre Delta in a catamaran, offering one of the best views of the city skyline (a view that surprisingly few people see, even locals). You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the city’s port to board a modern catamaran which will take you to the Tigre Delta. During the one-and-a-half-hour cruise you will be able to admire Buenos Aires from the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), its northern areas and the channels of the Delta, whilst enjoying refreshments on board. After the cruise, disembark at Tigre Pier and visit by vehicle Paseo Victoria, the most important neighbourhood in Tigre and then the Puerto de Frutos. You will soon find yourself in San Isidro where you will visit the town’s historical centre and Cathedral on foot while having a snack, and then finally you will see the city’s northern areas and the Presidential Residence in Olivos, before returning to the city.

Afternoon at leisure

Aljibe Tango Show and Dinner
This evening you will be collected from your hotel to experience a Tango Show with dinner at Aljibe Tango. Located in San Telmo, the venue is a restored conventillo (boarding house) and offers an intimate show featuring professional dancers and musicians. The show is accompanied by a traditional menu and Argentine wines. Due to the show commencing earlier than other venues, this is an ideal venue for families or those who want a taste of tango but not a late evening.

Dinner will be served from 7.00pm followed by the show commencing from 8.00pm. Please note timings are subject to change and will be confirmed directly to you. On completion of the show, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 4
Buenos Aires Montevideo

Transfer to the pier this morning (Don't forget your passport, as you are off to Uruguay!)

Board a ferry to Montevideo, Uruguay.

On arrival you will be met and transferred from the port to your hotel. In the afternoon you will join a half day city tour.

Montevideo is the historic yet cosmopolitan capital of Uruguay. Situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata it is home to half of Uruguay’s population. The city has much to offer including the historic Old City with the Plaza Independencia at its heart and its Citadel Gate used up until 1829 to protect the city from invasion. The plaza separates the Ciudad Vieja (old town) with its art deco buildings, colonial homes and landmarks such as the towering Palacio Salvo, from the city's downtown. Other notable places of interest include the covered market of Mercado del Puerto, Centenario Football Stadium where the first World Cup was played in 1930 and La Rambla that hugs Montevideo’s scenic waterfront.

The city tour takes you into the heart of the Old City where you will visit Matriz Square, site of the first drinking water fountain in colonial Montevideo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cabildo (First Town Hall) and the Uruguay Social Club. You will also visit the Solis Theatre, Uruguay’s most important and renowned theatre that opened in 1856 and was designed by the Italian architect Carlo Zucchi. The theatre is located next to the Plaza Independencia where there is a monument dedicated to the national hero, Jose Artigas. The tour also takes you to the Citadel Gate, Salvo Palace and Estevez Palace (Old Governmental House).

The tour continues on to the main Avenue 18 de Julio, lined with shops, restaurants, bars and office buildings and then on to Libertador Avenue where the Parliament building, called the ‘Legislative Palace ́ is located. We drive through the pleasant neighbourhood of Prado and see the Presidential House. The tour also visits the Obelisk, Battle Park, the Athletic Track, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) Monument and the Centenario Stadium.

Later you will head to the residential area of Carrasco and Virgilio Square for a panoramic view of the city. You return to downtown Montevideo via the neighbourhoods of Punta Gorda Malvin, Buceo where Buceo Port and Montevideo’s main marina are situated, Pocitos, Punta Carretas and Rodo Park and past the Mercosur Building.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Overnight in Montevideo

Day 5
Montevideo Colonia

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Colonia del Sacramento, visiting a few places of interest on the way.

The first stop is at Colonia Suiza, now known as Nueva Helvecia, founded in 1862 by Swiss and German settlers and known for its Swiss heritage. Here you will see the Nirvana Hotel, Founders Square and Schoenstatt Virgin Sanctuary. The next stop is at Granja Arenas where you can sample various handmade products in this central region of Uruguay. The tour then continues on to Colonia del Sacramento.

UNESCO World Heritage listed Colonia del Sacramento is a highlight of Uruguay - one of the oldest and most picturesque towns in the country, full of colonial charm. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, Colonia’s cobbled streets are lined with well-preserved colonial buildings and classic cars. The 19th century lighthouse affords beautiful views of the old town and the Rio de la Plata and the town also houses an abandoned Plaza de Toros (bullfighting ring).

The tour will take you to Sighs Street, the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, San Pedro Bastion and to the lighthouse. There is also the option to visit the Portuguese and Spanish Museums and the Tile Museum (tickets not included). You will see San Carlos Royal with its old bullring, San Benito Church and the port.

At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to have lunch and explore the town further at your leisure.
Overnight in Colonia

Day 6
Colonia Buenos Aires pier

Morning at leisure to enjoy the beautiful city of Colonia (depending on ferry departure time, before your ferry departs to return to Buenos Aires.

Transfers can be added for your onward requirements

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 5 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Private airport transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo
  • Included Copy 20 Ferry from Colonia to Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Explore Buenos Aires, one of South America’s most vibrant cities.
  • Included Visit the Tigre Delta from Buenos Aires.
  • Included Explore the sights of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay
  • Included Wander the charming cobblestone streets of Colonia, Uruguay
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$2,306 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures