Tour code: 5640MVDCOL
Escape bustling Montevideo for the colonial charm and tranquility of Colonia del Sacramento, situated on the banks of the Río de la Plata. On this day trip a knowledgeable guide accompanies you along the cobblestone streets of the Barrio Histórico, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll meander on foot past historical landmarks like the lighthouse and former bullfighting arena — Real de San Carlos — as well as  Colonia’s downtown, port and Fernando's Beach.


  • Colonia day trip from Montevideo
  • Explore the historic district of Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walk through the cobblestone streets and see unique colonial architecture
  • Visit Colonia's wharf and downtown area, as well as Fernando´s Beach and Real de San Carlos, Colonia's former bullfighting arena
  • Learn about the history of this vibrant city from your knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

Lighthouse in Colonia

Discover the colonial beauty of the coastal city of Colonia del Sacramento, located across from Buenos Aires along the Río de La Plata. Following hotel pickup, meet your guide aboard the coach and relax during the approximate 2.5-hour drive west from Montevideo.

Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot through Colonia’s narrow, cobblestone streets and admire the city's well-preserved colonial architecture — a mix of Portuguese and Spanish influences. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic district — Barrio Histórico — founded by the Portuguese in the late 17th century. Later disputed over by the Spanish, it was incorporated into Brazil in the early 1800s before becoming part of Uruguay. 

Visit the former bullfighting arena, Real de San Carlos, which once held up to 10,000 spectators, and view the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, built atop the ruins of the San Francisco Covenant. 

Your guide accompanies you to downtown Colonia and the Uruguay port. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) in this shopping and dining district before finishing tour Colonia tour at Fernando's Beach, which boasts splendid water views. Complete your day trip with the return drive to Montevideo and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Joan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very good day - good comfortable bus, good commentary and guide worth doing the day trip to Colonia

Klaus E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Nice tow with a nice atmosphere of history. The guide was very informative. We enjoyed every minute
of this tour incl. the trip of getting there.

Francisco RJ Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

A very beautiful city. I like very much.

Jody K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013



5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

We really liked the trip to Colonia. It was a nice nice day and we had a great rime. The tour guide, Federica, was incredible. She explained the whole story (and history) about the city very well. And she is such a nice and kind lady.

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We loved this trip, even though it took 4 hrs and 15 minutes to get from Montevideo to Colonia. We had made a few stops along the way, but there was a detour in Colonia that took us far away from the Rambla and kept us stuck in traffic for quite a while because of a bicycle race. The town was lovely and very beautiful and dreamy and we had researched before hand where to eat and had decided on Meson de la Plaza and were very pleased. Our guide Andres was great and the driver was excellent, they both deserved tips, but my husband and I were the only ones who tipped them. Such a pity!

Margareth E

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

I found the visit to Cologne a great option because it is a historic site very well preserved with Portuguese and Spanish influences, about 2 hours from Montevideo. Unfortunately, the guide was not a very gentle person in some times, though she spoke in 3 different languages (and is therefore suitable for the function). In return the bus driver ended up leaving us about 1 block down from our hotel, I think for a certain distraction.

Robert C F

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014


David T

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

Very good guide and driver and worth visitng colonia but only briefly... There isn't much time needed to see everything

Teresa M

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

It was Christmas day so everything was closed except a few restaurants. When I spoke with the travel agent he said most everything would be open. Suggest to people that if they want an open town, not to go on Christmas day. But it was a good way to spend a day where everything everything in Montevideo was closed. Main guide spoke (in Spanish) about stuff that was relatively benign. Our English guide was less chatty but gave us the important details. Restaurants were definitely priced for tourists and food mediocre. But overall glad we went and glad we went only for a day trip.

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