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Uruguay’s charming capital city has plenty to offer tourists, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the urban bustle for a day. Here are some top day trips from Montevideo, including colonial towns and the country’s largely unspoiled coastline.

Punta del Este — 81 miles (130 km) from Montevideo
Two hours east of Montevideo, the beautiful beaches of Punta del Este draw visitors from all over the world. Beachgoers flock from Uruguay’s capital to the place where the Rio de la Plata ends and the Atlantic Ocean begins. You’ll find calm conditions, perfect for swimming and sunbathing, at Playa Mansa. On the other side of the peninsula, the sportier Playa Brava is known as a top place for watersports—and houses La Mano, a famous sculpture of a hand reaching upward from the sand. Punta del Este also has buzzing nightlife; its fine restaurants and casinos are considered to be the best in Uruguay.

Colonia de Sacramento — 112 miles (180 km) from Monteviedo
Located two hours west of Montevideo, the laid-back colonial outpost of Colonia de Sacramento has a decidedly different vibe than anywhere else in the country. The only place in Uruguay established by the Portuguese (in 1680), Colonia’s historic quarter is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Filled with charming cobbled streets and shady boulevards, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a bottle of wine—and the views of Buenos Aires across the river—on the patio of an outdoor cafĂ©. More energetic visitors can climb the stairs of the historic lighthouse and gaze out over Ciudad Vieja, the Old Town. 
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The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from MontevideoDay Trips

The Best Punta del Este Day Trip from Montevideo

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Swap the Uruguayan capital for the coastal resort town of Punta del Este. This guided day trip from Montevideo covers main attractions including the Mediterranean-style villa and art gallery of Casa Pueblo. See the fishing town of La Barra del Maldonado, and visit Playa Mansa and Playa Brava, known for its famous sculpture of fingers emerging from the sand.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51.30
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US$51.30
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Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.Day Trips

Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.

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See the top attractions of Montevideo on a private shore excursion with your very own guide. You’ll visit several coastal barrios, stroll the Rambla of Montevideo —  a coastal esplanade — and view historic landmarks in the capital such as Independence Plaza, Constitution Square and Parliament Palace. Along the way, learn about Montevideo history, architecture and culture. Opt to extend your half-day excursion with a winemaking tour at a local vineyard and a tasting of Uruguay’s award-winning tannat wine.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$145.30
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US$145.30
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Day Trip to Colonia from MontevideoDay Trips

Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.13
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US$80.13
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Guided Day Trip to Colonia del Sacramento from MontevideoDay Trips

Guided Day Trip to Colonia del Sacramento from Montevideo

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Explore Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day tour from Montevideo. Listen to a guide's commentary on the Spanish and Portuguese heritage of the area, dating from the 17th century. Other stops include a local farm, a Uraguayan candy shop, and the Granja Colonia Collections Museum.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.00
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US$55.00

City Tour MontevideoDay Trips

City Tour Montevideo

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With key sites set miles apart, exploring Montevideo can be a challenge without vehicle transport. See the Old City, Port Market, city center, Plaza Independencia, Centenario Stadium, La Rambla, and El Prado’s parks and monuments on a half-day Montevideo tour that combines photo stops with a fascinating overview of the city; it’s a perfect introduction and a great way to discover the places you’d like to visit in greater depth.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$29.36
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US$29.36

Full day Punta del Este tourDay Trips

Full day Punta del Este tour

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It is done in new units with air conditioning, wifi on board and the best guides to help you throughout the journey. Time for photos at each stop and free time to enjoy the city.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.42
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US$56.42

Colonia del Sacramento - Full day tour from MontevideoDay Trips

Colonia del Sacramento - Full day tour from Montevideo

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Explore the ancient Portuguese city of Colonia del Sacramento with a guide on this excursion from Montevideo. Round-trip transportation means you can focus on the scenery and relax on the journey, arriving in town refreshed and ready to sightsee. Visit the Museum of the Collections, the Granja Arenas, the Rambla, Real de San Carlos, and the Spanish and Portuguese Museums. Your guide will provide insightful commentary on the rich history and culture of the city.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.00
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US$69.00

Best Private & Personalized Trip Day to Colonia del Sacramento (from Montevideo)Day Trips

Best Private & Personalized Trip Day to Colonia del Sacramento (from Montevideo)

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We are a family company dedicated to making our travelers spend their best holidays and enjoy with us. We love to show tourists from all over the world the charms of our country and to make them spend a nice day in a relaxed atmosphere, making a friend in Uruguay at the end of the trip. Visit the town of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Montevideo. Walk along the cobbled streets of the charming colonial town and learn about its history from your tour guide over the course of two hours. Important: Time for lunch in a restaurant in the colonial area is possible if tourists wish.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$294.36
Price varies by group size
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US$294.36
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Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from MontevideoDay Trips

Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from Montevideo

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Get a comprehensive tour of Punta del Este on this full-day trip from Montevideo. With round-trip transportation included, get views of Cerra San Antonio Point and Piriapolis Sun City on the way. Visit Playa Mansa and Punta Ballena Casapueblo, then get free time for lunch and exploring independently. Learn about the history and culture of Punta del Este through a guide's commentary.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.00
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US$33.00

Full Day Punta del Este Day Trips

Full Day Punta del Este

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Small groups, professional tour guides, flexibility and excellence are outstanding characteristics of our tours.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.00
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US$45.00
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Punta del Este - Full day tour from MontevideoDay Trips

Punta del Este - Full day tour from Montevideo

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Get a comprehensive tour of Punta del Este, one of South America's top seaside resorts, on this full-day excursion from Montevideo. All transportation from your hotel and insightful guided commentary are provided, so you'll learn tons more than you would exploring on your own and can enjoy the experience instead of fussing over driving and directions. Stops include Piriapolis, the Hotel Argentino, Cerro San Antonio, Casapueblo, the undulating bridge of La Barra de Maldonado, the beaches of Mansa and Brava, and others.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.65
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US$33.65

Best Private & Personalized Trip Day to Punta del Este (from Montevideo)Day Trips

Best Private & Personalized Trip Day to Punta del Este (from Montevideo)

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We are a small family company dedicated to making our travelers spend their best holidays and enjoy with us. We love to show tourists from all over the world the charms of our country and to make them spend a nice day in a relaxed atmosphere, making a friend in Uruguay at the end of the day. We jealously care for the comfort and safety of our travelers during our trip and we are available to meet each of your expectations. Beautiful full day tour to visit the most important seaside resort in Uruguay and one of the most recognized in South America.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$250.00
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US$250.00
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Colonia del Sacramento, stories with portuguese and spanish heritageDay Trips

Colonia del Sacramento, stories with portuguese and spanish heritage

Colonia del Sacramento is a historical city, frozen in their colonial past. During several years it was a source of dispute between Spanish and Portuguese. Nowadays is a place where people like to spend some days resting immersed in the peace and tranquility it offers.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$550.00
Price varies by group size
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US$550.00
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Horseback riding - for cruise passengersDay Trips

Horseback riding - for cruise passengers

You may have the opportunity to enjoy the most amazing horseback ride of your life! After the departure from the Port of Montevideo, a professional tour guide will show you around some of the highlights of Montevideo to continue to the place where the horseback ride will take place. Once there, one of the owners of the place will hold a talk about security measures. After that, the horseback ride begins; the tour combines countryside and the coast of the Río de la Plata (1 hour approx.) In addition to all that, a typical lunch is included in the field (beef, salad, dessert, 1 soda – passengers should pay drinks). Return to the port.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.00
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US$160.00
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Colonia del Sacramento - from MontevideoDay Trips

Colonia del Sacramento - from Montevideo

Founded by the Portuguese, Cologne was coveted and disputed for a century. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its historic center is preserved to delight the visitor. Its cobbled streets, its peace, its museums, history and elegance make it a must to visit. Starting from Montevideo, you will get to know its rural area, as well as the fields and industries of the Department of San José, until you reach the Department of Colonia del Sacramento, which stands out for its milk production, originally promoted by Swiss, German and Italian immigrants, among others. .
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.00
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US$69.00

Full day City Tour Punta del Este - From Montevideo, UruguayDay Trips

Full day City Tour Punta del Este - From Montevideo, Uruguay

Enter the neighborhoods and beaches of Punta del Este with this guided tour where you will discover the charm of Casapueblo, the lighthouse, the undulating bridges, the famous Fingers on the beach and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$83.08
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US$83.08

Private Wine Tours by Wine Explorers UruguayDay Trips

Private Wine Tours by Wine Explorers Uruguay

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If you are a wine lover or simply want to know the best wineries in Uruguay, their production process and be received by the owners of the establishments, you should not miss this experience! Verónica González, the owner of the company will accompany you personally, take you in her car, have lunch with you and make many recommendations that will improve your stay in Uruguay. In addition you may have the possibility to interact with someone local and learn more about Uruguayan culture!!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$205.13
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US$205.13

Full day Colonia del Sacramento - From Montevideo, UruguayDay Trips

Full day Colonia del Sacramento - From Montevideo, Uruguay

Explore the cobbled streets, reddish houses and colonial buildings of one of the most charming cities in Uruguay: Colonia del Sacramento.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$124.11
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US$124.11

Visit 2 wineries in a dayDay Trips

Visit 2 wineries in a day

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If you are a wine lover or simply want to know the best wineries in Uruguay, their production process and be received by the owners of the establishments, you should not miss this experience! Verónica González, the owner of the company will accompany you personally, take you in her car, have lunch with you and make many recommendations that will improve your stay in Uruguay. In addition you may have the possibility to interact with someone local and learn more about Uruguayan culture!!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$256.42
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US$256.42

Full day tour to Punta del Este, from MontevideoDay Trips

Full day tour to Punta del Este, from Montevideo

Punta del Este.You will have the privilege of visiting the most European resort throughout Latin America. Sumptuousness, modernism, beautiful beaches and natural landscapes are associated with the heat and the sun which characterize the Uruguayan people. During this tour you will visit the most emblematic sites of the summer resort: Hotel Casino Conrad, the main street is named after the famous General Gorlero, the marina, where you can see luxury boats and sea lions following fishermen.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.00
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US$89.00
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Privated Vine TourDay Trips

Privated Vine Tour

Our vineyard tour is a totally flexible offer, our objective is to create an agenda that meets the interests of our clients. After booking we ask you about your preferences and with this information we send you a proposed agenda. We offer a mid-range car transfer in perfect condition, with a cleaning protocol adapted to the new Covid-19 reality, information on the history and updating of the country, information on the wine history of Uruguay.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$200.00
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US$200.00
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Excursion to Colonia de Sacramento from MontevideoDay Trips

Excursion to Colonia de Sacramento from Montevideo

Pick up from your hotel in Montevideo to start a Colonia City Tour. Once in Colonia, your first stop is the historic quarter of the city, where you will go on a walking tour through the cobblestone streets, seeing the old buildings, remnants of fortifications and Spanish and Portuguese museums, which protect and display the historical heritage listed by UNESCO as a Heritage of Humanity. After this cultural visit, the guided tour will then take you to the modern city centre and port zone, before continuing on to the forest reserve, Fernando Beach and the beautiful waterfront avenue, where you can appreciate the views of the Rio de la Plata. From this point, you will continue to the Real de San Carlos to see the Plaza de Toros (Bullring), the Frontón de Paleta Vasca (pelota court – used for a game of hand or racket ball played against a wall), the Hipódromo (race track) and the old dock. Finally, the shuttle will take you back to your hote in Montevideo.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$129.00
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US$129.00
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Punta del Este from Montevideo for CruisesDay Trips

Punta del Este from Montevideo for Cruises

Luxury Punta del Este and José Ignacio. It is not a traditional tour, it is an experience of the best we have in the East. It was designed for demanding tourists looking to be surprised by a wonderful place between nature and luxury.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$250.00
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US$250.00
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Punta del Este - from MontevideoDay Trips

Punta del Este - from Montevideo

Beautiful full day walk to visit one of the most important spas in the world: Punta del Este. On the tour we will visit Piriápolis, with an ascent to Cerro San Antonio, Punta Ballena with Casapueblo, Brava and Mansa beaches, La Barra and much more.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.00
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US$43.00

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