Day 1 - Colonia
Departure in the morning from your hotel in Buenos Aries to the pier, to take the fast ferry across the River Plate to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. On arrival, we have a tour of the town, walking the cobbled streets and leafy squares with colonial architecture. Colonia was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, alternating ownership with Spain numerous times, until it was the southern most reach of Brasil from 1817 to Independence in 1828; it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Colonial town. Overnight at a traditional hotel. (B)
Day 2 - Trip to Carmelo
Set off north for a day trip to the Carmelo. Visit to the Finca Narbona Wine Lodge, for a tour of the vineyards, and a tasting of the wine and cheese that they make on the property, and lunch in the restaurant. Overnight in Colonia. (B,L)
Day 3 - Montevideo
Journey along picturesque countryside on the banks of the River Plate to Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, a vibrant city with wide squares connected by tree-lined avenues, with many grand neoclassical buildings and art museums. Stay for two nights.
Day 4 - Full day tour of Montevideo
Full day tour of the city centre and fashionable districts, including a walk along Rambla, the colourful street markets, and the Mercado del Puerto, at the heart of local lifestyle, with bars, restaurants and outdoor tables serving the country's excellent wines and a great variety of grilled meats.
Days 5-6 Transfer and leisure at Punta del Este
Transport to Punta del Este, the trendy beach resort where South America's wealthy and celebrities take their Summer holidays. We stay for two nights at a hotel by the beach with time at leisure to enjoy the seaside setting and the cafés and restaurants of this wealthy city.
Day 7 - Ferry and departure
Return to Montevideo for the ferry back to Buenos Aires.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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