Uruguay Wines & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Is it Tuscany...or Bordeaux...nope, it's Uruguay! Feel like you've entered a beautiful, undiscovered European country on this culture-packed trip to Uruguay, one of South America's best-kept secrets. Begin in the capital of Montevideo, a timeless city on permanent vacation mode. Tour the city's main points of interest like the Cuidad Vieja (Old Town) and the...
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Overview

Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Private Montevideo city tour (3.5 hours)
    • City tour of Colonia del Sacramento
    • Visit to Bouza Boutique Winery with wine tasting and lunch

What's this trip about?

    Is it Tuscany...or Bordeaux...nope, it's Uruguay! Feel like you've entered a beautiful, undiscovered European country on this culture-packed trip to Uruguay, one of South America's best-kept secrets. Begin in the capital of Montevideo, a timeless city on permanent vacation mode. Tour the city's main points of interest like the Cuidad Vieja (Old Town) and the Plaza Independencia, then have the freedom to explore on your own. Uruguayans eat more beef than anywhere else in the world, so head to a parillada (steakhouse) and dig in! From Montevideo, drive to the postcard-perfect Colonia del Sacramento, which is the oldest city in the country and a World Heritage Site. Stroll the cobblestone lanes and admire the vine-draped stone buildings, often used as the backdrop of historical movies. You'll then travel into the heart of Uruguay's wine country in Carmelo. Uruguay is South America's fourth largest producer of wine but often overlooked over Chile and Argentina. Visit three family-owned wineries where you'll learn about the winemaking process and get to sample some for yourself.  Return to Montevideo for a cultured-packed tour of the country's famed song and dance: tango, Carnival and Candombe! Visit two fascinating museums in the city and enjoy performances of these passionate and joyful art forms. Leave Uruguay with a deeper understanding of its wine, culture and history. Helpful links for travel to Uruguay: Visa & Passport Info Vaccines & Medications Info

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityMontevideo
End CityUruguay

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • South America
  • Uruguay

Attractions

  • Colonia del Sacramento

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Nature
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Winetasting

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Montevideo (MVD)
    • All airport, bus terminal and inter-city transfers
    • 2 nightsin Montevideo at the Own Hotel Montevideo, or similar
    • Private Montevideo city tour (3.5 hours)
    • City tour of Colonia del Sacramento
    • 1 night in Colonia del Sacramento at Hotel Posada Don Antonio, or similar
    • Guided tour of Carmelo
    • Visit to Narbona Winery, with wine tasting & snacks
    • Wine tasting at Cordano Winery
    • 1 night in Carmelo at Bemar Carmelo Hotel, or similar
    • Visit to Bouza Boutique Winery, with wine tasting & lunch
    • 2 nights in Montevideo at the Own Hotel Montevideo, or similar
    • UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Tango & Uruguay's Carnival Tradition Tour (4 hours)
    • Dinner with Tango Show at Primuseum Restaurant
    • Breakfast daily

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Montevideo!

Bienvenidos a Uruguay! Arrive at Montevideo airport and enjoy a transfer to your first hotel. Uruguay’s capital is a city of contrasts, with its well-preserved historic landmarks on one side and modern buildings on the other. 

Once you settle in, take a stroll on La Rambla (Montevideo's waterfront promenade), which provides access to over 18 miles of coastline. 

Day 2 Montevideo

Wake up and enjoy a 3.5-hour tour of Montevideo's must-sees, including stately Art Deco and Beaux-Arts buildings, colonial churches and leafy squares.  

In the afternoon, consider booking a town car for the 20-minute drive to Bodega Bouza Winery. This bea...

Day 3 Montevideo - Colonia del Sacramento

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel for a transfer to Tres Cruces bus terminal in Montevideo where you'll board a comfortable bus to Colonia del Sacramento.

Meet your English-speaking guide and embark on a comprehensive tour around the c...

Day 4 Colonia del Sacramento - Carmelo

Say goodbye to Colonia del Sacramento as you transfer to the city of Carmelo, just across the Río de la Plata from Argentina. Carmelo is home to eight vineyards in total, and all are family-owned and very accessible to visitors. 

Enjoy a guided tour of Ca...

Day 5 Carmelo - Montevideo

Before leaving the rolling green hills of Carmelo, visit Juanico Winery and enjoy a tour and tasting. Take a few bottles with you and return to Montevideo. Consider visiting Mercado del Puerto, a grand 19th-century market building filled with bustling, meat-centric restaurants and bars.

Day 6 Montevideo

Today, enjoy a 4-hour tour of tango, Carnival and Candombe! Learn about one of the most famous tangos ever written and hear the African-influenced beats of Candombe music, which is integral to Uruguay's culture.

Spend your last night in Uruguay by seeing a performance at the ornate Solis Theater, which offers a diverse performing arts program and public tours. 

Day 7 Depart Uruguay

Your wine and World Heritage Sites vacation ends today. Take a private transfer from your hotel to the international airport in Montevideo for your flight home. 

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