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Ultimate Uruguay Vacation

PRIVATE TOUR - 13 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$7048+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Perusing the market stalls and museums of Montevideo, brimming with colorful streets and exquisite architecture.
  • Tasting Tannat, the national wine made with grapes and blackberries, at prestigious wineries around Colonia and Montevideo.
  • Sampling artisan produce on a gourmet cheese tour in Colonia, and staying at the estancia of a sheep milk farmer in La Vigna.
  • Glimpsing the chic neighborhoods of Punta del Este, a lively coastal town with intriguing surrealist art strewn along its enticing beaches.
  • Reveling in the natural delights of Humedales del Este, by canoeing, birdwatching, horse riding, fishing and hiking.
  • Watching the seals and sea lions relaxing on the rocks at Cabo Polonio’s islands, home to the largest population of seals in the world.
  • Learning the gaucho way of life while staying at estancias, by getting involved in the day to day rural tasks and horseback riding.
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Tour Overview

The Ultimate Uruguay Vacation will bring you to many exquisite regions in Uruguay. You will visit Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital and largest city; Cabo Polonia, a quiet fishing village with one of the world’s largest sea lion reserves; Colonia, a small colonial city on the banks of Río de la Plata; and Punta del Este, an upscale seaside-resort town that’s come to be known as the St.-Tropez of Uruguay, and with good reason.

First settled by the Spanish and Portuguese as a mercantile and military base, Montevideo soon came to be Río de la Plata’s main port, a role that’s shaped the city’s profound cultural heritage in no small measure. From the Prado district and the Legislative Palace to Mercado del Puerto, an indoor market (full of small shops that sell books, crafts, clothing and textiles) that’s come to be a venue for local musicians a typical rendezvous for Montevideanos., Montevideo’s highlights are “must-sees” for travelers.

Colonia’s highlights fall into the same category. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, Colonia’s historic quarter is almost otherworldly. The Street of Sighs, the city gate (and its original wooden drawbridge), the bullring, the Viceroy’s house, the Portuguese Museum and Iglesia Matriz, the oldest church in Uruguay are just some of its draws. Well preserved and full of charm, you’re sure to lose yourself on its stone-paved streets just as you’re sure to see why Punta del Este is comparable to St.-Tropez.

Located in the province of Maldonado, just a half hour away from Montevideo, Punta del Este has come to be known for its long, white beaches; high-end resorts & restaurants; cutting-edge art galleries; all-night nightlife; and water sports, from sailing and fishing to windsurfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving and surfing. (Other non-water sports, such as polo, golf, tennis and rugby, are common Punta del Este pastimes as well.)

At dusk, Punta del Este’s art galleries, bars, cafes, discotheques and restaurants come alive. Whether you’re up for a long dinner or you’re ready to catch the sunrise, Punta del Este is the place to be (and be seen).

As if that weren’t enough, on this trip you’ll also have the chance to explore Cabo Polonia, a quiet fishing village (with one of the world’s largest sea lion reserves), and visit several estancias and vineyards.

Inclusions
Prices include hotel accommodation complete with daily continental breakfast, city tours in English including all entrance fees, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, and meals where specified. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote). The tour prices are based on doing the tour as it's been outlined. Modifications will only be quoted at your request. Estancia Balcón del Abra y Estancia Kururu. On day seven and day eight, 3-Star and 4-Star accommodation will be at Estancia Kururu, and 5-star and Deluxe accommodation will be at Balcón del Abra. Posada Kururú,
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Double £$6839 £$7048 £$7668 £$8041
Single £$7926 £$8315 £$9302 £$10169

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Montevideo

Flight to Montevideo. Reception and transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

Flight to Montevideo. Reception and transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

Day
2

Montevideo

In the morning, take a three-hour tour of Montevideo, Uruguay's largest city and capital, showcasing colorful street markets, the Gaucho Museum and the historic quarter—its highlights, its architectural nuances and galleries. From there, head to El Mercado del Puerto, an indoor market with small shops that sell books, crafts, clothing and textiles. The market has come to be a venue for local, up-and-coming musicians, a common "meet up" for Montevideanos. Lunch at La Posada Don Tiburon, a good market restaurant, where one can try out some authentic Uruguayan cuisine. After lunch, explore Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos (all residential neighborhoods) and walk along the Rambla on the coast. Note: One can choose to take the city tour in the morning or afternoon, and, on top of that, it's possible for the tour to be customized to one’s needs.
In the afternoon, head to the outskirts of Montevideo to tour some of Uruguay's finest vineyards, see how wine is produced, visit the wine boutiques and cellars, and taste Tannat as well as some other wines. (Tasting included.) Be sure to check and some of the local boutiques and bring some wine back. Note: Street Markets are only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
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3

Montevideo – Colonia

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Morning transfer to the bus station, to connect with the bus to Colonia. Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel upon arrival.
In the afternoon, explore Colonia's historic quarter—the stone-paved streets, colonial architecture, forts, Spanish and Portuguese museums, the port and last but by no means least, Ferrando Beach. From the beach, follow the Coastal Rambla, an esplanade from the Old City to the "Real de San Carlos," and visit the bullring, the horses' race course and the old port. Lunch at Meso de La Plaza Restaurant.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at La Casa de Jorge Páez Vilaro, a restaurant and art gallery.
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Day
4

Colonia

After breakfast, visit the Zubizarreta winery (founded by Pedro Zubizarreta fifty years ago) and The Irurtia Winery (the biggest winery in Uruguay). Tannat, Uruguay's all-star grape, produces deep, herbal red wines made with blackberries (sometimes blueberries) that Time Magazine has aptly described as “marvelously complex” and “beautifully structured."
For lunch, head to Finca Narbona, a farm that makes delicious cheese, cultivates organic fruits and vegetables and produces exquisite wines. Narbona’s restaurant has brick and mud walls, a dividing wall with more than 1,700 wine bottles and a countryside kitchen with a first-rate cheese deposit.
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5

Colonia – La Vigna

In the morning, set off on a Gourmet Cheese of Colonia Valdense Tour, visit three local artisan producers and taste some typical homemade cheeses. Later, transfer to Posada La Vigna located in Colonia Valdense. Dinner and overnight stay.
A traditional, 1880s estancia with thirty hectares to its name, La Vigna is set apart by its sustainability, the artists and intellectuals that it tends to draw and, perhaps, above all, its homemade pecorino cheese. The owner is the only sheep milk farmer in Uruguay. Some of the available activities are bike riding, bocce & table games, fishing, horseback riding and trekking.
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6

La Vigna – Punta del Este

After breakfast, private transfer to Punta del Este. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After settling in, take a city tour featuring some of Punta del Este's foremost highlights, the port; Juan Gorlero, the main avenue, and some residential neighborhoods, such as the San Rafael, Rincon del Indio, Cantegril and Golf. After that, cross La Barra, an undulated bridge, and visit the Indigenous Park as well as Mansa and Brava beaches and Beverly Hills, one of Punta del Este's most elegant neighborhoods. Last, but by no means least, visit Casapueblo, once the self-designed home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaro's and now an art gallery, museum, hotel and sculpture in its own right. ...read less

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7

Punta del Este – Lavalleja (Posada Balcon del Abra or Kururu)

After breakfast, private transfer to the Posada. Day at leisure. Take advantage of the surroundings: Bird watch, take a walking tour, or horseback ride. Dinner and overnight stay.

After breakfast, private transfer to the Posada. Day at leisure. Take advantage of the surroundings: Bird watch, take a walking tour, or horseback ride. Dinner and overnight stay.

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Day
8

Lavalleja

Another day at leisure. Explore or just take it easy. (All meals included.)

Another day at leisure. Explore or just take it easy. (All meals included.)

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Day
9

Lavalleja – Rocha (Estancia Guardia del Monte)

After lunch, head to Estancia Guardia del Monte, a private transfer that's worthwhile in it of itself; be sure to look around. In the late afternoon, visit to an ombú forest, one of the few that still exist. Part of the Humedales del Este (declared Biosphere Natural Reserve by the UNESCO) and located on the border of the Castillos Lagoon, the landscapes that surround Estancia Guardia Monte are staggering.
Many outdoors activities are available, such as bird watching, canoeing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Dinner and overnight stay.
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Day
10

Guardia del Monte

In the morning, go for a horseback ride through the palm groves. Rest of the day at leisure. (All meals included.)

In the morning, go for a horseback ride through the palm groves. Rest of the day at leisure. (All meals included.)

Day
11

Guardia del Monte – Cabo Polonio (Estancia El Charabon)

After breakfast, head for Cabo Polonio, a small fishing village that's only accessible by horseback or by cars with four-wheeled drive on account of shifting sand dunes—sand dunes that make one feel as if they’re in the middle of the Sahara. Have lunch at La Perla, or The Pearl, a small, local posada, or lodge, that looks out on the sea. After lunch, check out the seals and sea lions on the surrounding islands. (Collectively these islands have one of the largest populations of seals in the world.) Then, continue on to Estancia El Charabon, for an overnight stay. Dinner included. ...read less

Day
12

Estancia El Charabon

Day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Estancia (all meals included). Overnight stay.
At El Charabon, Fabian, who couldn't be much more attentive, will guide the tours. Guests can opt to lend a hand with rural tasks, learn more about cattle breeding or horseback ride through the countryside toward the beach or just take it easy.

Day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Estancia (all meals included). Overnight stay.
At El Charabon, Fabian, who couldn't be much more attentive, will guide the tours. Guests can opt to lend a hand with rural tasks, learn more about cattle breeding or horseback ride through the countryside toward the beach or just take it easy.

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Day
13

El Charabon – Montevideo

After breakfast, private transfer to Montevideo’s airport to take the flight back home.

After breakfast, private transfer to Montevideo’s airport to take the flight back home.

Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay

Places You'll See

  • Montevideo-at-Night

    Montevideo

    Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo, is a great destination for culture and history buffs, as well as those enjoy music, tango, and nightlife. Visit the National History Museum Spread between five old historic houses. See the colorful homes of the Barrio Reus neighborhood, or bike along the Rabmbla. Purchase everything from t-shirts to kitchen supplies at La Feria Tristin Narvaja Flea Market.

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    Colonia

    Colonia is a South American fishing village in spirit. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, its historic quarter is full of cobblestone streets, well-preserved colonial architecture, waterfront cafes and locals with plenty of intriguing stories to tell.

  • Punta-del-Este-Monument

    Punta del Este

    Enjoy all the intriguing sights, sounds, and activities Punta del Este has to offer. Relax on the sandy beaches, or try your hand in the exciting casinos. Visit the Casa-Pueblo, a beautiful resort-museum with its Mediterranean surrealistic architecture. See the display of exotic plants at the Arboretum Lussich botanical gardens, or enjoy the swinging nightlife.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Montevideo : Hotel Orpheo Express

Montevideo : Hotel Plaza Fuerte

Montevideo : Hotel Crystal Palace

Colonia : Posada del Virrey

Colonia : Hotel Plaza Mayor

Colonia : Don Antonio Posada

4 Star Properties

Montevideo : AXSUR Design Hotel

Montevideo : My Suites Hotel

Colonia : Costa Colonia Riverside

Colonia : Radisson Colonia

5 Star Properties

Montevideo : Belmont House Hotel

Montevideo : Radisson Victoria Plaza

Colonia : Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort

Luxury Properties

Montevideo : Sofitel deluxe Hotel

Colonia : Carmelo Resort and Spa

Testimonials

Janet

Traveled December, 2009

I had a wonderful and exciting trip

I had a wonderful and exciting trip. I am very impressed with the arrangement from your tour company especially in the Amazon, Peru and Chile. They are highly recommended and very professional.

Barbara (Travel Agent)

Traveled January, 2012

I look forward to working with you on future itineraries

My clients just returned from their Uruguay trip. Everything was perfect!!!They loved their guide in Montevideo, loved the hotels and all went very well with the car and the driving itineraries. They especially loved the country and the people. This was a very positive commentary since they have traveled in South America previously and are very well traveled VIP clients. I look forward to working with you on future itineraries and relying on your contacts and expertise.

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Barbara (Travel Agent)

Traveled January, 2012

I look forward to working with you on future itineraries

My clients just returned from their Uruguay trip. Everything was perfect!!!They loved their guide in Montevideo, loved the hotels and all went very well with the car and the driving itineraries. They especially loved the country and the people. This was a very positive commentary since they have traveled in South America previously and are very well traveled VIP clients. I look forward to working with you on future itineraries and relying on your contacts and expertise.

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