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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.

Colonia Wine Experience to Oldest Winery in Uruguay

2. Colonia Wine Experience to Oldest Winery in Uruguay

Experience wine on a perfect tour, just for food and wine lovers staying in Colonia del Sacramento over the weekend. Discover wineries off the beaten path, especially the oldest winery in Uruguay. Explore the cellar and then head to the vintage tasting room for a 3-course meal, paired with wine. Take a time machine back to the 1920s and experience the history and culture of Colonia del Sacramento by tasting wine and eating traditional Uruguay cuisine. Arrive at the oldest winery in Uruguay, founded by Germans in 1854. Head down into the cellar, and discover the winemaking process, including century-old barrels. Then, drive to the vintage tasting room, where a 3-course meal of typical Rio de la Plata dishes awaits. Paired perfectly with the vineyard's wines, eat and drink the flavors of Colonia del Sacramento and start the weekend with a bang.

Carmelo Wine Experience to 2 Wineries with BBQ Lunch

3. Carmelo Wine Experience to 2 Wineries with BBQ Lunch

Explore two wineries, away from the typical tourist track of the new wine region, Carmelo. Taste the complexity and depth of novel wines of the region, while trying out Uruguay's famous grass-fed beef. Perfect for food and wine lovers, be surprised by the big flavors of this small country. Discover the small wineries of Carmelo, a new wine region in Uruguay that is making a name for itself for its unique and delicious wines. Tour 2 wineries and make the choice to have a traditional Uruguay Asado (BBQ) featuring mouth-watering, grass-fed beef. Try out several wines from the area, including the country's flagship and highly recommended grape, Tannat. If you didn't partake in the Asado, enjoy plates of cheeses and snacks to pair nicely with your tasting of red and white wines. People are always blown away by such a small country producing such high-quality wines. Take the chance for a fun day, perfect for foodies and wine lovers alike.

The Punta Wine Experience

4. The Punta Wine Experience

This is the most popular tour in Punta del Este and was designed specifically for Wine Lovers, who like to visit wineries off the beaten track. Taste a variety of wines and get introduced to Uruguay's flagship grape, Tannat, which is now known as the healthiest wine in the world. This will be a great introduction to Uruguayan wines with a local wine expert, who will guide you through the wines with plates of artisanal cheeses. Besides tasty wines, see the best parts of Punta del Este on route to the winery located in the countryside, for a wine-tasting and sightseeing tour all in one. Upon arrival, enjoy a glass of wine followed by a visit to the property, cellar, and vineyards. Taste more wines including Tannat.

Visit a Surprise Vineyard with Lunch and wine

5. Visit a Surprise Vineyard with Lunch and wine

Enjoy the Wine Experience and visit small boutique wineries off the beaten track for more of a personal, intimate and educational experience. Think of it as more of an Adventure visiting a winery that is not normally that accessible. Explore completely unique wineries that offer something special, lending to its name, surprise winery. Besides delicious food and tasty wines you will get to see lots of beautiful scenery, so this is very much like a sightseeing tour, where you will see the best of Punta del Este and its surroundings in one day. Taste new and interesting wines including Tannat, which is Uruguay's flagship grape and now known as the healthiest grape in the world. You will be guided and hosted by wine expert, Ryan, who has worked in Scotland, London, South Africa and on cruise ships as a sommelier, so you will be in safe hands. Start your vacation with a bang!

Montevideo: Guided Private Van Tour to Punta del Este

6. Montevideo: Guided Private Van Tour to Punta del Este

This tour starts from your place of residence in Montevideo. It requires 4 or more persons, so perfect for groups, families or cruise ships. If you love exploring and seeing new and interesting places this tour is perfect for you. There will be a special stop in the sleepy beach village of Piriapolis. Before arriving in Punta del Este for those that love Art there will be a stop at Casapueblo, where you can visit the museum or have drink in the restaurant. The tour will continue to the famous resort town of Punta del Este, where you will stop at the Port. There will be free time to have lunch and do some exploring. The tour will then make its way to the beach town of La Barra driving along Playa Brava. You will get to drive over the wavy bridge. Before returning to Montevideo there will be a stop at El Mano (famous hand out of the sand). This is a great opportunity to see the very Best of Punta del Este. It's a full day tour with air conditioning and a local guide.

Sacromonte Food & Wine Experience

7. Sacromonte Food & Wine Experience

Explore Uruguay's hottest property, just an hour from Punta del Este. Take in beautiful scenes, taste delicious food and wines, and get off the beaten track in a secluded and peaceful location in the countryside. During the week from Monday to Friday there will be 3 courses paired with 3 wines including a welcome glass of rose. If you book on a Saturday or Sunday you will experience a Traditional Uruguayan Asado with terroir-driven wines. Visit the vineyards with an electric golf cart and visit the chapel. The highlight will be lunch at the top of the hill with epic views and delicious foods. As part of the World's Best Secret Hotels and being on the cover of Time magazine, this place makes fruit-forward wines that really express their terroir, which is a combination of soil, topography, and climate.

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What people are saying about Punta del Este

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 210 reviews

Very well organised. Pick up from the hotel and transfer back. Nice place for lunch. Unfortunately far too little time for the booked Casa Pueblo museum. (20 minutes) Perhaps this is the result of some guests being unpunctual. Definitely annoying.

Perfect! As pessoas super amáveis, tanto a guia quanto o motorista. Tinha imaginado um tour só até Punta mas fui descobrindo muitas coisas no caminho. Ônibus confortável e super pontuais para nos buscar!

Marcela la guía y Daniel el conductor, estuvieron fabulosos ! El tour súper completo, con tiempo para cada actividad. Punta del este una joya en Suramérica . Muy recomendada la actividad.

Marcella was a rockstar and could not do more to make the trip great for everyone. Jose was a great driver too. enough time at each stop. good lunch reccomendations too!

Great tour. Punctuality, information and the attention of the guide Carmem and the promptness of the driver Raimundo. I recommend!