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Highlights of Uruguay

8 days from £2,390pp (excl. international flights)

Colonia de Sacramento  – Wine Lodge  – Jose Ignacio  – Montevideo

An introduction to the charm of Uruguay

Experience a captivating journey through Uruguay, exploring the country's diverse landscapes and cultural gems.

Begin in the enchanting Colonia del Sacramento, where cobbled streets and colonial architecture transport you back in time. Stroll through its historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and soak in the rich history of this charming town.

Continue your adventure to Carmelo, a hidden gem known for its picturesque vineyards. Indulge in a wine tasting experience, savouring the unique flavours of local varietals amid the serene countryside. The lush vineyards provide a tranquil backdrop for discovering the art of winemaking in this idyllic region.

Next, venture to the pristine beaches of Jose Ignacio, a coastal village exuding a laid-back charm. Bask in the sun on Playa Brava or Playa Mansa, appreciating the natural beauty that surrounds you. Wander through the village, discovering boutique shops and embracing the relaxed atmosphere of this coastal retreat.

Conclude your journey in the vibrant capital city of Montevideo, where modernity meets tradition. Immerse yourself in the dynamic energy of the city, from the historic Independence Square to the bustling 18 de Julio Avenue. Delight in a comprehensive tour of Montevideo's monuments, parks, and gardens, gaining insights into the city's rich cultural heritage.

Throughout this journey, you'll witness the diverse facets of Uruguay, from the historic charm of Colonia to the tranquil vineyards of Carmelo, the coastal allure of Jose Ignacio, and the vibrant urban life of Montevideo. Each destination offers a unique perspective on Uruguay's cultural tapestry, creating a memorable and enriching travel experience.

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The itinerary…

Day 1: Departure time!

Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Montevideo in Uruguay.

Day 2: Welcome to Uruguay!

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento

You’ll be greeted by your English-speaking guide at the airport in Montevideo to transfer to Colonia or at the port of Colonia. Today includes a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Colonia del Sacramento. The towns magical history remains intact and as you walk along the charming, cobbled streets, discover the old city gate, Portón de Campo and the historical street, Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), the lovely town squares and the local church of Iglesia Matriz.

Day 3: Wine tour in Carmelo

Bodega

Carmelo Winery

El Legado Winery is a popular stop on the Colonia Wine Route in Uruguay. Start with a delightful tasting of three distinct wines from the region, paired with a delicious variety of cheeses and cold meats. Following this, you will be guided through the vineyard, offering insights into the rich history of the winery and the surrounding region. Gain in-depth knowledge about the entire winemaking process, including a unique production system known as "vertical free vine driving," an exclusive and distinctive feature in Uruguay.

Our journey continues to Bodega Cordano, a charming family-run winery currently overseen by Ana Paula Cordano and her husband, representing the 5th generation of the family. Your visit encompasses a guided tour of the production areas and vineyards, with a special stop at 'Almacén de la Capilla,' a vintage grocery shop established in 1855 by Antonio Cordano. The experience concludes with a delightful tasting of three of their finest wines, accompanied by a delicious homemade lunch.

Day 4: Transfer to Pizzorno Winery

Pizzorno wine tour

Wine tour at Pizzorno

The Pizzorno family, now in its fourth generation, upholds a cherished wine making legacy that began over a century ago. Nestled amid beautiful vineyards, the estate offers an exceptional gastronomic experience and exclusive wines. Your stay includes a Masterclass with wine tasting alongside a paired three-course lunch.

Day 5: Onto the beach at Jose Ignacio

Beach

Beach near Posada del Faro

Return to coastal Uruguay and the beach area of Jose Ignacio, a traditional fishing area transformed into a bohemian enclave of ‘rustic elegance’. Surrounded by three beaches, the charming town is restricted to low level properties.

Relax at charming Mediterranean-style boutique hotel, Posada del Faro, situated near the lighthouse and a mere 50 metres from its own beach area on Playa Mansa. The perfect blend of coastal charm and comfortable elegance.

Day 6: Explore Punta del Este & Casapueblo

Casapueblo

Casapueblo

Embark on a picturesque journey through Punta del Este, often referred to as the Saint Tropez of Latin America. The scenic drive takes you through residential areas like San Rafael, Cantegrill, and Punta del Este's distinctive wavy bridges. Perched on a high rocky peninsula, Casapueblo is a sculptured museum often dubbed the "Santorini" of Latin America and the terraces of Casapueblo provide unparalleled views of Punta Del Este. The complex is truly one-of-a-kind in South America, featuring winding, cave-like corridors adorned with a rich collection of artefacts, paintings, and sculptures by Paez Vilaró.

Day 7: Jose Ignacio

Posada del Faro balcony

Views from Posada del Faro

The village of Jose Ignacio features stunning sandy beaches, including Playa Brava with its powerful waves on the Atlantic Ocean side and Playa Mansa with calmer waters on the Rio de la Plata side. Both are popular for sunbathing, water sports, and enjoying beautiful sunsets.

Visit iconic Jose Ignacio Lighthouse, situated at the peninsula's tip, offering panoramic views of the surrounding coastline or dine in an upscale restaurant serving fresh seafood and delectable dishes, often with beachside settings.

Day 8: Montevideo

Montevideo

Montevideo

Spend part of the day exploring Montevideo's monuments, parks, and gardens, including the rich history and cultural landmarks of Uruguay's capital city. Immerse yourself in the historical and cultural tapestry of Montevideo, experiencing its vibrant streets, iconic landmarks, and lush green spaces.

Lunch at the Port Market in Montevideo is a culinary experience that immerses you in the vibrant atmosphere of this historic marketplace. As you explore the market, you'll discover an array of traditional Uruguayan eateries offering a diverse selection of dishes, with a focus on grilled meats and local specialties. The ambiance is lively, with the scent of sizzling meats wafting through the air as skilled chefs showcase their grilling expertise.

Day 9: Depart Montevideo

Montevideo 2

Montevideo charm

Reflect on your weeklong adventure in Uruguay as you travel to Montevideo airport for your departure flight.

Day 10: Arrive back in the UK after a wonderful South America adventure.


Duration: 7 nights

Location: Uruguay holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £2390pp

From £2,390 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:

  • 2 nights at Posada Plaza Mayor - Senior Room, breakfast included.
  • 1 night at PIzzorno Wine Lodge – Standard Room, all meals included.
  • 3 nights at Posada del Faro - Junior Room, breakfast included.
  • 1 night at Sofitel Montevideo – Superior room, breakfast included.

Also includes

  • All transfers, private guides and fees where stated as included.

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from Uruguay
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
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When to go to Uruguay

A month-by-month guide of when to visit Uruguay

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January

Peak Season - Summer is in full swing with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The coastal areas, including Punta del Este, are bustling with beachgoers. It's the best time for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying vibrant Carnival celebrations, with colorful parades and music filling the streets.

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February

Peak Season - The weather remains perfect for beach lovers and partygoers. Montevideo's Carnival, one of the world's largest, comes alive with elaborate parades, costumes, and a vibrant atmosphere. The coastal towns, like Punta del Este, continue to draw visitors with their lively beach scenes.

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March

Shoulder Season - While still warm, March sees fewer crowds. It's an ideal time to explore Uruguay's wineries and countryside tranquility. Enjoy wine tasting and leisurely drives through the beautiful landscapes.

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April

Shoulder Season - As summer comes to an end, temperatures begin to cool. April is a quieter time to visit. Explore the historic charm of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, without the summer crowds.

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May

Low Season - May brings cooler temperatures, making it perfect for leisurely exploration. Experience local life in small towns and the countryside. It's a time to connect with Uruguay's culture and heritage without the tourist rush.

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June

Low Season - Winter begins, and temperatures drop. While the beaches are less appealing, you can explore the cultural side of Uruguay. Visit museums, warm up with a cup of mate, and partake in various indoor cultural events.

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July

Low Season - Winter continues, providing an excellent opportunity to explore Uruguay's inland beauty. Go horseback riding, experience the gaucho culture, and enjoy the serene countryside without the tourist crowds.

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August

Low Season - August is perfect for birdwatching and wildlife tours in Uruguay's natural reserves. It's a unique opportunity to witness the country's diverse wildlife in a peaceful and less crowded setting.

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September

Shoulder Season - Spring blossoms in Uruguay. With pleasant weather, you can enjoy various outdoor activities. Explore national parks, hike, and witness the vibrant displays of wildflowers.

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October

Shoulder Season - The beauty of October lies in its mild weather. The countryside comes alive with colorful blossoms, making it an excellent time for outdoor adventures, historical exploration, and wine tasting.

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November

Shoulder Season - November is the time to visit beaches before the summer crowds return. Enjoy the coastal areas and historic sites with pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists.

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December

Peak Season - Summer returns with warm temperatures and bustling beaches. December is perfect for beachgoers and festive holiday celebrations. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and celebrations that mark the end of the year.

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