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From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

1. From Montevideo: Punta del Este Full-Day Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Montevideo. Take a scenic drive down the coast of Montevideo and Canelone. Discover enchanting landscapes composed of mountain ranges, pines, and eucalyptus. As you journey to Punte del Este, your knowledgable guide will share with you the region's history, including its connection to the mysticism of the Templars and alchemy. Continue across the 10 Road accompanied by the De la Plata River landscape. Arrive in Piriápolis, “the sun’s city.” Visit the Argentino Hotel and take in the spectacular view from the San Antonio Hill. Stop at Punta Ballena and visit Casapueblo, a well-known art museum/workshop/hotel. Arrive at Punta del Este on the Mansa Beach, crossing Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Port, where the De la Plata River meets the ocean. From here, you can admire the Lobos Island and its lighthouse. Marvel at Punte del Este’s most emblematic Monument: La Mano. This sculpture of a hand emerges from the sand– seemingly reaching for the skies. Enjoy some free time in the city. Take photos, shop, and explore the city on your own. Choose the option with lunch included and you can sit down for a meal at a Punte del Este restaurant. After your free time, meet your guide for a tour of the city’s Beverly Hill neighborhood. See the mansions and lush gardens. Explore the Marconi and El Cantegril neighborhoods. Afterward, return to Montevideo.

From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

2. From Montevideo: Colonia del Sacramento Full Day Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Montevideo and heads out through the neighborhoods of Capurro, Le Teja, and the emblematic Cerro Hill. As you cross over the scenic Santa Lucia River Bridge, arrive at San José Department, famous for being the largest producer of potatoes in the country. Upon arrival in Colonia del Sacramento, learn about the city’s rich history which dates back to 1783 when it was founded by Spanish immigrants. With your expert guide, visit the Real San Carlos, The Bullring, and the De la Plata River to admire panoramic views across the city and surrounding areas. From here, head to the Historic Quarter of the city and wander around the picturesque streets on an insightful walking tour. Discover the Portón de Campo as well as the City Gate, the Walls, the famous Los Suspiros Street, the Lighthouse, the Main Square, and the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to eat lunch at a traditional restaurant or continue to explore the city at your own leisure. Before returning to Montevideo, make a stop at the Granja Arenas to visit the Collectuonist Museum where you can taste local jams, marmalades, cheeses, and more.

Montevideo: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

3. Montevideo: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Choose from daily morning or afternoon departure times, then set off to discover the city of Montevideo. Founded between 1724 and 1730, it preserves a wealth of architectural and cultural heritage. Start the tour in the Old Town, from the City's Port at the del Puerto Market, the main gastronomic center in the city. Follow your guide to the Matriz Cathedral, Independence Square, and Avenue 18 de Julio, the main commercial center of the city. Then, continue to the Legislative Palace, the National Congress inaugurated in 1925 projected by the architect Cayetano Moretti. Visit the Agricola Market, where you will have some free time to explore. From there, visit the Centenario Stadium, declared a World Soccer Monument. Then go to Batlle Park to see the sculpture La Carreta, before the return back to your accommodation.

Montevideo: Ciudad Vieja 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

4. Montevideo: Ciudad Vieja 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Explore Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja on a 2.5-hour cultural walk. Immerse yourself in the rich colonial history of the Old Town as your guide points out the details of intricate neoclassical facades. Dignified and bustling, the Ciudad Vieja provides a setting straight out of a movie. Walk down the Boulevard Sarandi, location for many of the city’s museums, art galleries, and nightclubs. Your guide will provide an in-depth commentary about the most important characters in the city’s development and how they made the city grow through novel marketing schemes. View a 42-foot (13-meter) stretch of the city's original wall, and stroll along the 25 de Mayo to learn about the original layout of Montevideo’s historic buildings, putting the first colonial Governor's Home into its current-day context. Finally, discover the mysteries hidden in the facade of the emblematic Palacio Salvo. Finish the tour at the Mercado del Puerto, where you can grab a bite of traditional food, if you like.

Montevideo: Private City Highlights Tour

5. Montevideo: Private City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a private guided tour around Montevideo and see all the main sites of the capital of Uruguay. See the Old Town, the Legislative Palace of Uruguay, and the Rambla promenade that runs along the coast, among other sites. Avoid the crowds and crowded bus tours and enjoy this private tour that allows you to go at your own pace. Start with pickup from your accomodation in the city and join your guide on an adventure through the city. First, discover the Old Town and drive past Plaza Independencia. Continue along Avenida 18 de Julio en route to Mercado Agricola, which is well known for its artisanal products. Stop for 30 minutes here to browse for souvenirs and local crafts. Drive by the Legislative Palace of Uruguay, Parque Batlle, Obelisco, Los Constituyentes, and the Estadio Centenario. Stop to take pictures at the Montevideo sign while driving along the Rambla promenade. Afterward, be dropped back at your accommodation.

Montevideo: 3-Hour Bike Tour

6. Montevideo: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Discover Montevideo on 2 wheels on a 3-hour bike adventure in a shared group and with the expertise of a local guide. Arrive at the convenient meeting point and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment. Embark on a comfortable ride through the urban center, starting at Plaza Zabala and the Taranco Palace. Listen as your guide reveals the story about the foundation of Montevideo. Continue on the cycle route to visit the Plaza Matríz, Church, Water Fontain, Cabildo, Club Uruguay, Pedestrian Sarandí. Next, take a short walk through the Sarandí pedestrian area to the gate of the Citadel. Reach Independence Square, and see the mausoleum. Then, continue on to see the Salvo Palace and Estevez Palace. Ride along the Rambla for views of the Solís Theater as you learn about the story of the battle of the Rio de la Plata.  Pass by the Graf Spee, the German and American embassy buildings, Yemanjá Monument, Mercosur Building, Parlasur, Rodo Park, Summer Theater, Jewish People's Memorial, Punta Carretas Lighthouse, Pittamiglio Castle, and Trouville Point. Finally, return to the start point filled with new information about the history, architecture, and culture of this incredible city.

Montevideo: 1.5-Hour Winery Visit with Tastings

7. Montevideo: 1.5-Hour Winery Visit with Tastings

In the past few decades, Uruguayan wine has emerged quietly and steadily onto the world wine market. Get to know the history of wine production in Uruguay and enjoy tasting 3 types of local wines with appetizers. Begin the tour with hotel pickup in Montevideo and travel 40 minutes in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to Winery Carrau. Admire the old colonial house and explore the beautiful surroundings on a 45-minute guided tour where you will learn about the family's winemaking tradition that stretches back more than 265 years. Following the tour, taste 3 different wines paired with appetizers. Next, browse the wine cellar where local wines are available at excellent prices. The total time of the excursion is 2.5 hours and at the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

From Buenos Aires: Montevideo Ferry Transfer w/Bus Tickets

8. From Buenos Aires: Montevideo Ferry Transfer w/Bus Tickets

Enjoy a day trip to the capital city of Uruguay, and discover its history, colonial buildings and bohemian culture. Go to explore this city by board a ferry + bus ticket from Buenos Aires to Montevideo city. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo, the city went from Portuguese to Spanish rule several times until the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Discover how these events made the city a melting pot of architectural styles where Spanish and Portuguese-style buildings coexist.  Explore the only surviving section of the wall that once surrounded the entire city, Puerta de la Ciudadela, that now functions as the entrance to Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo's oldest neighborhood. Discover the colonial buldings, museums and theaters, and at night, enjoy the difference nightclubs where tango and candombe are played for so many dance lovers. Yo can also have a relaxing walk along the beautiful beaches and enjoy the sunset in the boulevard of Montevideo, with spectacular views of Rio de la Plata. This tour include ferry ticket to Colonia del Sacramento and bus transfer from Colonia to Montevideo. Other services not included.

Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

9. Montevideo: Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour

Start your visit in the main lobby of the building in front of Independencia Square, in the center of the city. Walk through the building and get to know its stories, start by knowing the original owners and the architect who built it. See the bronze ornaments of the columns on the ground floor that form a great marine animals bestiary around the building. Then, enter the old party halls on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, where a billiard club operates. In the rest of the staircase that goes from the 1st to the 2nd floor, admire and learn about the great stained glass window that occupies a whole wall, originally built in 1928 and completely restored 2 years ago. Reach the open terrace of the 11th floor, from where you can see the De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, Independencia Square, and the tower of the building, which was the highest point in the city until 20 years ago. The visit ends in the closed viewpoint on the top floor, where you can see a unique view of the city, the port, the coastal promenade, De la Plata River, Montevideo Hill, the Rodó Park, Punta Carretas, and the Citadel Door that surrounded the colonial city.

Montevideo: Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience

10. Montevideo: Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience

Taste the wines of Uruguay on this trip to Montevideo. Tour a winery, join a tasting, then head to the vineyards to savor a lunch paired with wine. This is a fun day out making, perfect for making new friends with fellow wine and food lovers. If joining the tour in a group of four people or less, you'll be picked up in a private car and your tour will be private. If in a larger group of 5 or more people, you'll get a shared transfer in a van and your tour will also be shared. You will be picked up at your place of residence and get to see the best parts of Montevideo on route to the winery. Depending on availability, your guides will select the best winery to visit for the occasion. Most of the wineries that you can visit date back to the early 1900s, with most having at least 4 generations of history. Upon arrival at the winery, meet a winery guide who will take you through the vineyards, winery, and cellar so you can get an educational look at the winery and winemaking. The highlight of the day is a gourmet wine-paired lunch. Taste some delicious wines including Tannat, Uruguay's flagship grape, which can produce big, bold, robust wines.

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What people are saying about Montevideo

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4.4 / 5

based on 705 reviews

Good itinerary although we did not see the cathedral which I was very interested in. Guide Marcela is very knowledgeable but is flat out with speaking in 3 different languages, which made her very rushed to keep up with the bus.

it was good, however i would have liked to have more photo shoot opportunities on the way there as the bus does not stop except for a quick coffee on top of the hill

Amazing tour to get-to-know Montevideo and it’s main spots! 100% recommended.

Very nice tour with good explanation about the history of the city!

a very charming city and Marcela (tour guide) very knowledgeable