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Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Explore the charming coastal capital of Uruguay with a full-day trip to Montevideo from Buenos Aires. Journey across the Rio Plata on a scenic ferry ride, and discover the old-world atmosphere and cultural highlights of Montevideo on a sightseeing tour. Enjoy leisure time to wander the colonial streets, shop for unique goods, or relax at the beach. It’s a unique opportunity to experience one of South America’s capital cities in a single day.
  • Day trip to Montevideo, including a scenic ferry ride from Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay
  • See spectacular landmarks such as the Parliament Building and Solis Theater
  • Enjoy free time to explore the city, shop and discover impressive sites at your leisure
  • Upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
City sightseeing tour
Ferry Tickets
Lunch
Gratuities
Guide assistance except during city tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Departure Point

Terminal Buquebus, Av. Antártida Argentina 821, C1104 AAH, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Take a day-long detour from Buenos Aires to visit the nearby capital city of Uruguay. Grab your passport and make your way to the ferry terminal in the early morning, or enjoy hotel pickup (depending on option selected). Your full-day tour to Montevideo begins with a ferry ride across the Rio Plata that separates Argentina from Uruguay. Soak up the sights along this beautiful body of water and enjoy panoramic views of Montevideo and the Uruguayan coast as you approach.

After arriving on land, embark on a tour of the city’s highlights. With a unique atmosphere that combines Latin American and European cultural influences, Montevideo is an artistic hub known for its rich theatrical and musical scene. See the beautifully restored Solis Theater — one of the first theaters in South America.

Admire the impressive colonial architecture of Plaza Independencia, including the Palacio Salvo — Uruguay’s tallest building. See the majestic marble statue of national military hero General José Gervasio Artigas, and keep your camera ready for the many highlights of Montevideo’s old and new quarters.

In the afternoon, enjoy several hours of leisure time in the city. Taste regional flavors with lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and delve into the history of this historic port town at a variety of museums and cultural centers. Browse artisanal goods at local shops or stroll along the lovely coastline.

Connect with your group at the appointed time and place, and board the ferry for the return trip to Buenos Aires. Gain a new fantastic new perspective on the Argentinian metropolis as you approach from water. After landing at the dock, you’ll either be transported back to your hotel (if option selected) or make your own way to your next destination.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
RENAPER Buquebus
Hop aboard a ferry and enjoy a scenic 3-hour sightseeing cruise across the Rio de la Plata to Montevideo. Upon arrival at the port, capture spectacular views of the city and of Uruguay’s beautiful coastline.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
El Fogón
You will be transfered to the city center of Montevideo. Enjoy a delicious tipical lunch at El Fogón.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Montevideo
After lunch starts the city tour of Montevideo (1 hour and a half). Truly a cultural capital in South America, this vibrant port city is home to many first-class singers and musicians.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Theatre Solis
Visit famous landmarks in both the old and new city sectors, and stop at one of the main theaters -- the Solis Theater. Recently restored, this was one of the first theaters in South America and is a must-see when visiting Montevideo.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Plaza Independencia
Travel to Plaza Independencia, one of the main squares in Montevideo boasting a famous marble statue of General José Gervasio Artigas, a well-known South American military leader and national hero.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palacio Salvo
Take photos of Uruguay’s tallest building, the Palacio Salvo.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Punta Carretas Shopping
After the city tour and before leaving Montevideo, your guide will bring you to Punta Carretas, a famous shopping center, so you can go shopping and bring back souvenirs (Montevideo is the shopping capital of South America).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rio de la Plata
At 6 pm, meet your group at the end of your shopping tour to board a coach in the direction of the pier. At 7:15 pm, head back to Buenos Aires by ferry. When you dock in Buenos Aires, you’ll be transported to your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: a current valid passport is required to enter Uruguay
  • Possession of proper government issued documentation is the responsibility of the passenger. You may require additional documentation to enter Uruguay. A Uruguayan visa may be required for some nationalities; check your home country requirements for entering Uruguay.
  • Passport number, date of birth, nationality and complete name are required to complete the reservation process for this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tangol

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Montevideo Day Trip from Buenos Aires with Lunch and Transfers.

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The tour operator never showed...
Judith M
, Mar 2018
The tour operator never showed up On our arrival into Montevideo. And no one at buquebus seemed to know anything about The Viator city tour. We had no way of contacting anyone to help in Montevideo. So I would definitely not recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Judith Martin, We are truly sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this experience. All details and tickets were sent the next day when you booked the tour to your account. We're sorry you didn't have access to our messages. Kind regards, Tangol
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When we arrived to Montevideo via...
miller_melanie79
, Jan 2018
When we arrived to Montevideo via ferry there was no one in the ferry station with a sign. I had to go outside the terminal and someone helped me find the tour guide and bus. This is basically a shopping tour. We were dropped off twice at two shopping malls for an hour. No one went shopping. We all just wanted to see the highlights of the city. We got off the bus twice to view sights. Other than that we just drove by the sights. Then on the way back to the ferry station we made SEVERAL stops to pick up people going to the ferry. I guess viator also provides transfers to the ferry station. Get a private tour instead.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Melanie Miller, Thank you very much for your comments, We are truly sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this experience. We will send your comments to the Ship Company so they can improve the quality of their services. Kind regards, Tangol
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programm referred free time to...
anjutosi
, Jan 2018
programm referred free time to explore the city but we were driven to a shopping center and had no time to visit more places. Information should refer: arrive with some time to the BuqueBus terminal because you need to check-in and cross Argentina's and Uruguay's borders
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Traveler, Thank you so much for sharing with us your experience on your tour. Remember that this is a one-day tour so we must restrict visits to the site so that passengers can arrive in time to take the tour. Thanks for your comments, in our voucher, we have updated this information, since some passengers do not take into account the immigration procedure that must be passed. We hope you will enjoy the capital of Uruguay.
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This tour was big disappointment...
Christopher M N
, Apr 2015
This tour was big disappointment. Not worth taking - better buy round trip ticket at ferry place for USD 100, and hoop on/off bus tour locally for USD 15. You get pretty much same thing with this trip. No tour guide, no tour in English. Beware that trip is really 17 hours long, from 5:30 am t 10:30 pm advertised as 10.5 hrs long. First bad experience ever with Viator.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thank you for taking the time to let a review, we will send your comments to the ship company so they can improve the quality of their services. Kind regards.
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This tour suits best if you don't...
Karyn
, Oct 2014
This tour suits best if you don't have a lot if time and want to take a quick trip over to Uruguay to see Montevideo. The bus tour was alright, we got dropped at a shopping center or at a lake/beach for 2 hours in the afternoon which was far too long.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Karyn, we are truly sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this experience. The day tour to Montevideo, is the most basic option to know the city in one day from Buenos Aires. Of course, you have the option to add other services. The ship company is who programs the circuit in Montevideo. We will foward your comments so they can improve the quality of their services. Kind regards.
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star-5
Excellent, educational and enjoyed...
TAKAI H
, Oct 2014
Excellent, educational and enjoyed especially from one that comes from the South Pacific.
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The actual tour of the city was...
Tonic O
, Jun 2014
The actual tour of the city was excellent, however the transport to and from was pretty disappointing No directions or person to direct Arrived in Montevideo and once again no direction or person to direct Arrived back in Buenes Aires and was left stranded at Port as no transport back to hotel
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Your pretty much on your own with...
Robert L
, Mar 2014
Your pretty much on your own with this one. Theres no tour guide. I never received any help at all. I enjoyed seeing Montivideo, but it would have been better to just go to the Buquebus website and buy your own ticket. Its cheaper.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Dear Robert, we are truly sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this experience. The day tour to Montevideo, is the most basic option to know the city in one day from Buenos Aires. Of course, you have the option to add other services. The ship company is who programs the circuit in Montevideo. We will foward your comments so they can improve the quality of their services. Kind regards.
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our trip was very enjoyable and went...
Jorge A
, Dec 2012
our trip was very enjoyable and went well. pick up and drop off were on time, would not recommend to any one, to much in one day. from start to finish, a 16hr. day.
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Great day trip and a good escape from...
Bandit
, Jun 2012
Great day trip and a good escape from Buenos Aires! Montevideo is like a small Bs As and definitely worth a visit. It has some great museums, parks and plazas and must-see landmarks - Teatro Solis, the Rambla and the Castillo Pittamiglio, amongst others! I would recommend!
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