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  • Location:Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Best Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires

Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the historic Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento. On this day trip, take a short boat ride from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata and enjoy a city sightseeing tour and walking tour of Colonia. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a quality restaurant of your choice (own expense) and spend the afternoon exploring the city of Colonia at your leisure.


  • Full-day trip from Buenos Aires to Colonia
  • Take a scenic boat ride across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia
  • Enjoy a sightseeing city tour and a walking tour to discover top Colonia attractions
  • Discover Colonia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed architecture
  • Enjoy free time and explore the vibrant city at your leisure
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Best Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires

Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires

A visit to Colonia offers a great introduction to Argentina's neighbor, Uruguay. On this day trip from Buenos Aires, enjoy an enticing blend of colonial history, museums and laid-back ambiance on both a guided and independent sightseeing tour of Colonia.

Colonia occupies a superb location, resting only 110 miles (180 km) west of Montevideo and perched atop a small peninsula jutting out into the Rio de la Plata. After a scenic boat ride to the Colonia port, head inside the ferry station and get directions of where to go for a 1-hour sightseeing city tour. Full of old cobblestone streets, rustic buildings and famous landmarks, this historic town has a captivating atmosphere and charm. Then, walk around the city while absorbing the history of Colonia. Admire the beautiful architecture that gives this city its rustic charm – in fact, both Colonia's old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Then, you will be on your own to have lunch. Head to the restaurant of your choice and enjoy a delicious Uruguayan meal (own expense).
After lunch, enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure. Walk through the streets, visit the local museums, browse the pottery and jewelry shops, or take a stroll along the coast to admire the town’s remarkable beauty.

When you are finished exploring on your own, head back to the ferry station and check in for your return to Buenos Aires. As you sail off, enjoy the wonderful view of the city from Rio de la Plata. When you dock in Buenos Aires, you’ll be transported to your hotel.

This tour is likely to sell out! The ferry tickets for this tour regularly sell out weeks in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Loved this tour Colonia is just beautiful, tour guide very friendly and informative, lovely little cafés to have lunch at was hard to choose which one to go in. Had the best gelato here outside of Italy, lovely Spanish and Portuguese buildings and roads, recommend highly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

It was perfect. The driver was on time, everything was easy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This was FANTASTIC! it was the surprise of the trip! Beautiful, safe, clean. Rent a golf cart to drive around the city.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Awesome trip! Ferry was comfortable and Colonia is well worth the visit. It's so close to Buenos Aires, that you shouldn't miss out if you have an extra day of sightseeing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Great day trip and a good escape from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. Colonia is a laid back and calm village with a lot of personality. It was great to spend the day there wondering around its colonial and quaint historical sector. Don't miss out on the city's entrance, the lighthouse and the famous cobblestone streets!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Beautiful city and clean.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2012

Trip was good but I was unable to contact the supplier to reconfirm the trip on the phone number provided as requested. I was unsure if the trip would go ahead until I received advice about a pick up time late in the afternoon before the trip.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2010

Colonia is a quaint town. Lunch was very good. Arrangements went like clockwork. Would recommend leaving at around 5pm rather than around 8pm if you have the option. The 3 extra hours makes the tour drag a little.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2015

NOT VERY HAPPY - we had got communication from your Co. to say that pick up at the hotels would start at 7.30a.m. On 16th the phone rang in our room at 6.25a.m. and the man at the front desk said they were there to pick us up. We got ready as quickly as possible and WITHOUT BREAKFAST we then had to be taken by taxi. When we got to Buquebus there was nobody to tell us how to get the booking on the ferry done. After going to four booking in desks we finally got our boarding passes. When we got to Colonia again nobody there to tell us where to go to meet our tour guide and we were lucky again to be able to find the correct bus in time. With the money we paid not happy at all.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Tour was good but overpriced. But otherwise, Colonia was beautiful! Would recommend visiting!

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