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Explore the winelands & countryside of beautiful Uruguay on this holiday, that visits both Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. Enjoy a city tour of the lovely capital, before heading inland to Villa Serrana in the scenic Lavalleja region & the Carmelo winelands. Visit the charming colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, then take the hydrofoil to exciting Buenos Aires. Transfers & English speaking guides included. HIGHLIGHTS • Montevideo • Plaza Independencia • Villa Serrana • Penitent's Waterfall • Olive Farm • Carmelo • Western Vineyards • Colonia del Sacramento • Buenos Aires • Tango Show
Day 1 : Arrival
You will be met at Montevideo Airport and transferred to your hotel.
Check in and relax in this vibrant and culturally rich capital city, situated on Montevideo Bay and home to nearly half of Uruguay's population.
Day 2 : Montevideo
Enjoy a half day private tour of Montevideo today, with its scenic waterfront and glorious beaches.
At the heart of the city is the Plaza Independencia, which separates the city's downtown ('Centro') from the Old Town ('Ciudad Vieja') with its fascinating art deco buildings, colonial homes, towering Palacio Salvo and neo-classical Solís Theatre. The arts, music and theater are alive here – from elegant older theaters and cozy tango bars to modern beachfront discos.
Across the harbour, the fortress of Cerro de Montevideo offers outstanding views over the city. There are also many wonderful beach suburbs, from exclusive Carrasco to modern Punta Carretas and Pocitos.
Day 3 : Villa Serana
Today transfer 2-hours northeast from Montevideo to Villa Serana in the beautiful Lavalleja region, known for its rugged countryside, granite hills, caves and rivers.
Check into your hotel and enjoy your scenic surroundings.
Day 4 : Villa Serrana
At leisure to independently explore Villa Serrana and its surrounding countryside.
Activities vary by hotel but include walking to view the splendid Salto del Penitente (Penitent's Waterfall), hiking in the mountains and horse riding.
Day 5 : Carmelo
Today we travel 5-hours from Villa Serrana to the wine producing region of Carmelo, situated on the Rio de la Plata.
Along the way we visit an Olive Farm to learn more about the production of extra virgin olive oil. We also stop at Viña Eden Winery for a wine tasting and included lunch.
Afterwards check into your hotel in this region that is surrounded by vineyards.
Day 6 : Carmelo
At leisure to soak up the atmosphere of the Carmelo wine producing region and independently explore.
Optional wine tasting tours are available on request (pay locally).
Day 7 : La Calera de las Huerfanas
Today we explore the Western Vineyards - the birthplace of wine in Uruguay:
We travel to the ruins of La Calera de las Huerfanas, where in 1741 the Jesuits built a chapel and planted fruit trees, breed cattle and produced lime. After the Jesuits were expelled by the Spanish crown, Don Juan de San Martín took control of the ranch and planted the first 1,500 vines.
In this region we visit two family-owned 'bodegas' (wineries), where we visit the vineyards and wine production areas. Also enjoy tasting some of their excellent wines.
Afterwards we travel 1.5-hours to the charming colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento. Check into your hotel in this picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is today a famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 8 : Colonia del Sacramento
This morning enjoy a half day private walking tour of the historic centre of Colonia del Sacramento, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river.
Explore the narrow cobbled streets and from the 19th-century lighthouse above the town, discover sweeping views over the Rio del Plate. Also view the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate, with remnants of the old city walls.
Day 9 : Colonia del Sacramento
At leisure to independently explore the historic colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento.
Day 10 : Colonia del Sacramento
Today transfer from your Colonia del Sacramento hotel to the the Hydrofoil Terminal and take the 45-minute high speed ferry across the Rio de La Plata to Buenos Aires in Argentina.
You will be met on arrival in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel in this sophisticated city, situated on the estuary of this great river - the 'River of Silver'.
Day 11 : Buenos Aires
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon enjoy a half day shared tour of Buenos Aires - a cosmopolitan city that has been influenced by the many immigrants who helped form it and offering beautiful architecture, history and culture.
Our tour starts at the Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Here you can see the Pink House (Presidential Palace), the Pyramid de Mayo and Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, with its wide avenues and spacious green areas, past the Obelisk to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city with cobbled streets and colonial houses. Every Sunday an antiques fair takes place here around the Plaza Dorrego. The vibrant area is the centre for most of the tango parlors, restaurants and bars of the city.
Going further south, we visit the Italian port neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful houses in Caminito Street and many “cantinas” (small restaurants). Also the trendy modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where the old piers have been converted into upmarket offices, apartments and restaurants with views of the Rio de la Plata. We visit the residential neighborhood of Palermo with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks, before arrivinge in glamorous Recoleta, where there is the option to visit the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, with its rich architecture (pay locally). Next to the cemetery is the church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Recolete Cultural Centre (originally a convent) and the Palais de Glace exhibition centre.
In the evening you will be collected for a Tango Show. Born in the brothels of the city amongst a racial mix of Gauchos, Italian, Spanish and African immigrants, this dance and its music originated as a combination of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, with some polka and African beat. Enjoy the show and dinner, including mouth-watering Argentinian beef and Malbec wine.
Day 12 : Santa Susana Ranch
At leisure to explore Buenos Aires independently.
Alternatively enjoy a full day optional excursion to Santa Susana Ranch to admire the skills of the Argentinian gauchos (cowboys) who live in these fertile pampas grasslands about 2-hours from the city. With a distinctive culture that combines their European and Native American heritages, gauchos play an important role in regional cultural tradition - including folk songs, dancing and equestrian shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races) and entrevero de tropillas (horse games).
Note: Ranch is closed on Mondays.
Day 13 : Departure
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your flight home.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||$ 4163 / Adult|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
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* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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