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URUGUAY Explorer


capital city of Montevideo
jet set beach resort Punta del Este  
historic Colonia

9 Days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Day 1 – Friday – Depart USA: Depart Miami on overnight flight.

Day 2 - Saturday - Arrive Montevideo:  Meeting upon arrival Montevideo and transfer to your hotel, the lovely Sofitel Carrasco Casino & Spa for a two night stay.

Day 3 - Sunday - Montevideo:   Full day tour of Uruguay┤s capital city visiting the main points of interest such as the Independence Square, 18 de Julio Main Av,  Legislative Palace, a 1920┤s lavish piece of architecture. The city features an incredible contrast between the old well-preserved buildings, with European atmosphere and the modern ones. Green parks, wide avenues, residential areas, modern shopping centers and sport clubs are of high standards and easily available. Visit lovely parks, monuments and residential areas, along the famed riverfront beaches of Montevideo. Stop at the Port Market, the most typical place in the city to enjoy an excellent barbecue lunch. In the afternoon explore the quaint charm of the Old Town, walking along its narrow streets and admiring the development of architecture and arts in the 19th and 20th centuries. Museo de Artes Decorativas, Taranco Palace or an alternative museum. Plaza Zabala, the Cabildo (former Town Hall from 1804) and Cathedral (1790-Spanish Neoclassical), Solis Theatre (1842) recently restored to its old glitter, this impressive building is today the center of Montevideo’s artistic activities. (B/L)

Day 4 - Monday - Montevideo - Punta del Este: Morning drive to Punta del Este, 130 km east of Montevideo, on the Atlantic Ocean with long strings of beaches and crystalline sea. Famous all around the world as the meeting place for the jet set and incomparable nightlife during the summer season, it is sophistication, fashion, superb parties given by magnates, casinos, exquisite restaurants, mega-shows, dozens of pubs and discos and a varied cultural life and sports clubs and facilities (golf courses, polo courses, and all water sports).  Stop at Casapueblo, atelier of internationally renowned artist, Carlos Paez Vilarˇ, for a visit to the atelier and an educational video on his very colorful life. Then continue on to Punta de Este for lunch and an orientation tour of this resort city.  Check in at your hotel, L’Auberge for a three night stay. (B/L)

Day 5 - Tuesday - Punta del Este:  Day at leisure to explore Punta del Este and its beaches on your own. (B)

Day 6 – Wednesday - Punta del Este:  Another day to explore Punta del Este and its beaches on your own. (B)

Day 7 – Thursday – Punta del Este – Montevideo: Morning drive back to Montevideo, a drive of approximately 130 km, and to your hotel the lovely Sofitel Carrasco Casino & Spa for overnight. Afternoon free to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or go into town to do some exploring on your own. (B)

Day 8 – Friday – Montevideo – Colonia: Morning drive to the small, charming town of Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colonia was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, at a time when Spain and Portugal were in the midst of confrontations. For over a hundred years both Empires fought over it, until finally the Treaty of Saint Ildefonso awarded it to Spain. Today the Old City has a lot to say about its colonial past. Visit the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento, the eldest city in the country. The streets of Santa Rita, San Gabriel, the Matriz  Church, San Pedro road, the Bastion del Carmen, the famous “ Calle de los Suspiros “ (Street of Sighs) used so often as a scenery for historical films, Puerta del Campo, Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo. The past can still be felt in the city’s cobblestone streets and stone walls. Colonia complements its archaeological values with natural beauty, the permanent company of the Uruguay River and the emblematic monuments that stand out on the horizon, such as the cathedral and the lighthouse, and very nearby, the Real de San Carlos bullring. You’ll explore the historic district and enjoy lunch in town. Overnight at the Plaza Mayor in the Old City. (B/L)

Day 9 - Saturday - Depart Colonia:  Today there are a variety of options for departure, such as hydrofoil service to Buenos Aires where you can extend your stay or overland transfer to Montevideo's international airport, a drive of three hours. (B)


SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (Rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2017 Request $4,900 to $6,995 Not available
2018 Anticipate 10% increase
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit
upon confirmation of all space
65 days prior departure
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'h˘te basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated by private car
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Argentine Reciprocity Fee
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, ship's personnel
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 2, 2017. Information & rates subject to change.
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