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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 Est...
Good commentary from guide with interesting stops particularly the famous artist’s house. Weather was not good for our tour but, that cannot be controlled! Overall a good experience!
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. Aft...
Other than the tour company not having me on a manifest for pick up...it all worked out. Great little town! Shouldn't be missed! I would have liked a little less detail on the history and maybe a little less history. The flora & fauna was lovely. The buildings were charming and the people friendly. Perhaps explanation of some of the farm (crops and animals) both directions. Being English speaking, you won't get all the same details as Spanish & Portuguese on any tours. It's fine, I can understand some! The guide went out of his way to help me especially after disastrous pick up. Certainly didn't make the other passengers happy either.
3. Montevideo: Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience
Take a private shuttle to visit a famous Tannat wine producer, well-known for making experimental wines for a educational and personal experience. Enjoy an intimate, homely experience as this small wine producer serves you some of Uruguay's finest wines, including those made from the famous Tannat grape, well-known for being the healthiest red wine in the world. Receive a local homemade countryside lunch, prepared by the chef, in the VIP room where you will have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines while facing the vineyards. Begin your meal with empanadas, followed 3 dishes, including a main dish of Uruguayan grass-fed meat. For those that don't eat meat, you will be served salmon or an alternative.
4. 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 v...
The tour is definitely worth doing. Interesting history and beautiful building and views.
5. Montevideo Beer Tour
After hotel pick–up, visit 2 breweries in Montevideo to sample very tasty artisanal beers in a fun environment. The purpose of this beer experience is to introduce you to Uruguayan craft beers, while you get to know best parts of Montevideo. Breweries tend to open in the evening, so your tour starts at 6:30pm and lasts up to 3.5 hours. Stop at each brewery for at least 1 hour to sample and enjoy your beers. Your guide will let you know when it's time to move onto the next brewery. After your adventure the driver will drop you off at your hotel in time for dinner.
6. 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.
7. Montevideo: Tannat Wine Experience in Canelones
Sample some fine wines and learn more about the wine industry of Uruguay at a small family winery that is now more than a century old. Taste a wide variety of wines with the winemaker, including wines made using the famous tannat grape. Located in the heart of the Canelones wine region, the winery is surrounded by lovely rural landscapes and countryside. Admire the views on the way to a winery, where on arrival you will spend more time exploring the characteristics of the tannat grape. Benefit from the services of the winemaker, who will welcome you like an old friend and tell you all you need to know about Uruguay and the exciting tannat grape so dominant in the nation's wine industry.
Ryan did a great job. First working out logistics of picking us up and dropping us off was great (we were in a rented Air BnB). Communications were very good. Driving to the winery allowed Ryan to tell some good stories and give some history of Uruguay. When we got to the winery it was a family owned winery called Pizzorno. The great grandson of the founder gave us an educational tour and provide a very nice tasting of multiple wines plus some lovely homemade empanadas. After we returned from the tour I messaged Ryan later in the week to get some restaurant tips and he provided some great suggestions.
8. 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 ...
Alberto is a very knowledgeable guide who speaks excellent English. We'd walked around many if the areas covered in the tour but it wasn't until Alberto explained the sights and the history behind them that we actually saw them. Very enjoyable!
9. 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, ...
10. Montevideo: Ciudad Vieja Photo Walking Tour with Audio Guide
Meet your group at the remains of the citadel wall, located on the corner of Buenos Aires and Bartolomé Mitre. Receive your audio guide, which will inform you about the places visited on the tour, then set off toward the beautiful Matriz Square. During the tour, stroll through hidden places and uncover exciting surprises under the old facades of Montevideo. Make stops where several pictures of you will be taken by the photographer-guide. You will pose in different places of significance throughout the city. In less than 2 hours, visit enough places to feel like you've been in the city for days. Receive tips on how to be professionally portrayed in your photographs, with expert knowledge from your guide.
The Guide Martin is exceptional. Great way to see the old city and sunset at The Ramble.
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What people are saying about Montevideo
Nice little tour out of town for the day. well worth buying the add-on tickets for Casa Pueblo to skip the queue. Plenty of time in Punta Del Este to walk around and have a meal. Plenty of restaurants to choose from. Our guide was great (we travelled on the 9th February) - didn't catch his name, but please thank him for a great tour, and for letting me try his tea - Caleb & Mark (London)
There were three of us and it was great. Insights into the old town, drive along the sea and across the city back again. Together with our guides' explanations about the country and its people, it was an interesting and instructive day. The enthusiasm of our guides about "their" city and "their" country was carried over to us. We have been Urugay fans ever since
Everything you have to see in Montevideo, plus information about history, culture and politics. Finally, you can work off a little more on the Ramla .. Tour, bikes and guide exelente.
The Guide Martin is exceptional. Great way to see the old city and sunset at The Ramble.
Very nice except for the first visit to the museum of different collections