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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

Uruguay, Uruguay
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9 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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.
  • Explore the historic district of Colonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 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
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.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Mari G
, Mar 2018
tovah w
, Jan 2018

This was wonderful! The guide was friendly, informed and accessible, for starters. And the comfort of participants was well attended to the pleasant stop at the Nirvana hotel with refreshments, for instance.
Colonia is totally charming, and it seemed to be a good balance between the little tour the guide led and some free time on our own. Unfortunately it was beastly hot that day, so that slowed some of us down. But the guide offered suggestions for where to go and how to manage under the circumstances. The artisanal shops were also fun to explore, as were the port areas there, and the architecture. A little more descriptive map with a bit of history or explanation would be helpful.
We also enjoyed the stop at the collection museum and the shop where we could sample and buy local products dulce le leche, jams, empanadas, etc..
One of the more enjoyable tour experiences we've had.

Kathleen H
, Dec 2017

I dont usually do bus tours, but this one may change my mind. Viator was extremely helpful and efficient when I made my reservation. The tour guide was well-spoken, knowledgeable and friendly. This is now my go-to tour company.

As for Colonia...its easy to see why it is a UNESCO site. The cobble stone streets and mix of Portuguese and Spanish architecture are like eye candy. The tour guide gave us a couple of hours to explore and get lunch. It was relaxing to just stroll the streets. I ate at what looked like your average pizza place on the Main Street, but decided to have their vegetarian sandwich instead. It was amazing. Roasted vegetables on a fresh chiabatta bun.

The entire day was lovely and well worth the price.

Kara C
, Nov 2017

Everything about this tour was incredible! From pickup to drop off you will be thoroughly entertained with wonderful sights and rich history. Roxana is the BEST tour guide I have ever had. If you are lucky enough to get her you are in for a treat! She's educational, fun, and funny! :)

, Nov 2017

Wonderful trip! In one day we got to see Colonia, Nueva Helvetia and Granja Arenas, and didn't feel like we were rushed through anything. Our guide Roxana was amazing, she was very professional and willing to help with any questions we had. The coach used for the trip was comfortable and had complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Highly recommended!

Diego M
, Aug 2017

Excelente, 100 recomendable.

Angela S
, Jun 2017

Wonderful trip! Knowledgable tour guide!

, Feb 2017

Great full day tour of the city of Colonia del Sacramento with a nice guide Jocelyne she was very energetic with a good sense of humor and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Colonia is charming but very small with an interesting mixture of Spanish and Portuguese influences.
We were lucky for the weather!

, Nov 2016

Was good trip overall. Could do without the stop at the farm, felt like a tourist they were trying to sell things to. The hotel was a nice stop to have some coffee and a break. The actual tour in Colonia was very short. The tour guide was great and helpful. Long day but worth it.

Regiane Couto
, Jun 2016

A atmosfera da cidade é ótima, o ambiente possui lugares bastante pitorescos e bem cuidados

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