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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.


  • 4-hour Montevideo private shore excursion with wine-tasting option
  • See Batlle Park and Ordonez Park and historic landmarks of Montevideo
  • Visit the lovely coastal neighborhoods of El Prado and Carrasco
  • Walk along a beautiful beachside promenade in Old City and delight in the coastal views
  • Discover the architecture and rich history of the capital city with your private guide
  • Upgrade to include an optional winery tour with a tasting of Uruguay’s award-winning tannat wine
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Montevideo Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour with Optional Winery Tour and Tasting

Explore Montevideo on a City Tour!

After your cruise ship pulls into port in Montevideo, your private guide whisks you away for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Uruguayan capital. Travel to the city’s major landmarks, starting your shore excursion at Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia), situated on the border of Old City. 

View the impressive statue of José Artigas — a monument to the national military hero — and admire the 26-story Palacio Salvo (Palacio Legislativo), once the tallest building in South America. Walk with your guide to the opposite end of the plaza to see Puerta de la Ciudadela, one of the few surviving remnants of the city wall that once encircled colonial Montevideo.

Next, you’re driven to the residential neighborhood of El Prado, whose tree-lined streets feature early 20th-century mansions. See Prado Park before you pass through Parque Batlle, a barrio and major public central park, home to Estadio Centenario, the national soccer stadium.

Relax on the scenic drive through elegant Carrasco and stroll along a section of La Rambla, a beachside promenade boasting coastal views. After your half-day tour, you’re transferred back to the Montevideo port.

Optional Winery Tour with Wine Tasting
If you’re a wine lover who wishes to learn about Uruguay’s winemaking tradition, upgrade your shore excursion for a winery and vineyard tour. You’ll taste an award-winning tannat wine — red wine made from tannat grapes, one of the most prominent grape varieties used in Uruguayan wine.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Montevideo port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our tour was excellent. Our guide took us in a van and also walking to many interesting parts of Montevideo. She was very knowledgeable and interesting. We highly recommend her.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellence combination of a walking tour in the old part of the city with a driving tour of the remainder of the city. The guide provided us excellent commentary on the sites as well as some of the history. I would recommend the tour for a good overview of the cit.

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an excellent tour. Montevideo is a great city to visit and we learnt a lot about Uruguay as our guide Brigitte was outstanding. Having a private guide was great as we had so much more time to see everything and take lots of photos. I would highly recommend both this tour and our guide.

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent! Beatrice did an excellent job of showing us the area and the city, while educating us on her country and culture. We loved the itinerary, the driver and the guide. We would definitely recommend this experience. It was a memorable experience and a great value for the money spent.

Renuka S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

this was really the best tour, guide went out of his way to show unusual things and gave excellent commentary.

Roger S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We were met at the cruise ship terminal by Julius our driver and guide. We had a four hour tour of Montevideo and saw all the major sights. Excellent value for a private tour.

Judy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved the winery...good guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an absolutely wonderful tour. Veronica, our warm , personable tour guide took us to the Marichal winery, a small family winery where we were Royally met, fed and entertained with and by the owner family. Best empanadas and some of the best wines we had in South America. All four of us agreed that this was the best tour we had during our two week cruise.

Patty G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We enjoyed our tour with Veronica and our driver Oscar. Veronica spoke very good English so we had no problem with communicating. We stopped at a more touristy winery which had a restaurant along with an antique car collection. Although the restaurant was very good and reasonably priced, it took a long time to get our food which took away from the tour of the winery.

Holly T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was a highlight of our trip. Highly recommend the Winery Tour and Tasting. We also added on lunch at the Winery. Wonderful people at a small family winery, and the wine and food were outstanding.

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