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Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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Montevideo, Uruguay
Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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
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Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento
Professional English-, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:30 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Barrio Historico
The historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento, founded in 1680, evokes old Lisbon with its Portuguese-influenced architecture and winding streets. The area, located in southwestern Uruguay on the Rio de la Plata, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo?
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 Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo.
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo.

Traveler Tips


  • "A tour of the government buildings and/or the museums would make this tour more worthwhile." See review

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star-2
How not to do Colonia
JOHANNES
, Feb 2020
Time spent traveling versus time spent at site is. Tour on site was done in three languages I felt neglected. Cheerleader was overworked what happened to translate everything into 3 languages. I would not recommend this trip to anyone. Please note this has nothing to do with the efforts of the guide. I think she work as hard as she possibly could but this was not set up for success because of the itinerary.
star-3
Long bus trip for a short tour.
Neil S
, Nov 2019
The guide was lovely and tried her best, but the tour was too short for a six hour bus ride. A tour of the government buildings and/or the museums would make this tour more worthwhile.
star-4
This was wonderful! The guide was...
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.
star-5
I dont usually do bus tours, but...
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.
star-5
Everything about this tour was...
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! :)
star-5
Wonderful trip! In one day we got to...
stephenragell
, 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!
star-5
Great full day tour of the city of...
fredayr
, 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!
star-4
Was good trip overall. Could do...
djscott
, 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.
star-3
Very good guide and driver and worth...
David T
, May 2016
Very good guide and driver and worth visitng colonia but only briefly... There isn't much time needed to see everything
star-5
Very good day - good comfortable...
Joan P
, Dec 2015
Very good day - good comfortable bus, good commentary and guide worth doing the day trip to Colonia

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