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

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Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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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Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Wine tasting + empanadas (if option selected)
Viator's worry-free policy
Food and drinks
Wine tasting + empanadas (if option not selected)
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Cruise Terminal Montevideo, 11000 Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay


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 TastingIf 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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Port of Call Montevideo
Cruise terminal
Pass By:  
Palacio Legislativo
One of Montevideo's most impressive landmarks is this neo-classical, three-story building, constructed in the early 1900s, and housing significant works of art inside.
Stop At:  
Mercado del Puerto
At one time a train station, this wrought-iron structure is now a market housing an array of restaurants that specialize in meat and seafood dishes.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ciudad Vieja
This “Old City” by the harbor retains remnants of the past, like iron gates and colonial street lamps, and, with antique shops, museums and cafes, it’s a great place for browsing.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza Matriz
Smaller leafy square with a beautiful fountain in the middle & surrounded by the Town Hall, Cathedral & The Beautiful Club Uruguay.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza Independencia
This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. It also contains a statue of General Artigas, considered the father of Uruguay.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Batlle
The park is some 60 acres in area and includes the Estadio Centenario national football stadium. Plenty of vegetation and shady trees.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Estadio Centenario
The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums. In 1983 it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of World Football. The stadium was the scene of Uruguay's win in the Final of 1930 and Club Nacional de Football´s win in the final of Libertadores Cup 1980 and 1988.
Stop At:  
Rambla de Montevideo
Amazing views of the beach and Rio de la Plata.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Pocitos
This fashionable seaside neighborhood has all the amenities: shopping malls, movies, restaurants and bars.
Stop At:  
Playa Pocitos
This fashionable seaside neighborhood has all the amenities: shopping malls, movies, restaurants and bars.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Theatre Solis
Opened in 1856, this once-prominent music theater hosted world-renowned conductors, composers and performers until 1930, and now features occasional cultural events.
Stop At:  
Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM
Food Court and restaurants...all dry goods and garden fair you could ask for, safe affordable and sometimes free live performances.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catedral de Montevideo
Notable for its domed bell towers, this 1804 cathedral is the burial place for some of the country’s most important figures.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pizzorno Family Estates
ONLY for WINE TOUR OPTION Our visits are always accompanied by one of the members of our family, a unique opportunity to know our stories and share our passion.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Duration is 4 hours for just the city tour and 6 hours if winery tour and tasting selected
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.?
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 Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.?
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
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What is the maximum group size during Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "It would have been best to just book a walking tour around the old city and be done with the tour." See review

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wonderful tour!
Maru
, Mar 2020
Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. She paid attention to detail and made it very interesting. The driver was also fabulous and very helpful with my husband who is disabled and we travel with a mobility scooter. He was wonderful about taking it on and off the van and assisting my husband.
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Wine tour and cultural information from tour guide.
John_D
, Feb 2020
We really enjoyed our tour and wine tasting. Guillermo shared lots of good information about Montevideo and his love of the area. He also gave us some excellent cultural aspects of the country. The wines at the family owned winery were great. The place was very welcoming. Highly recommend this tour. We arrived from a cruise ship and were met at the pier.
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Great Montevideo Tour
James_R
, Feb 2020
Great guide. Had a wonderful day, saw all of the highlights. Even received Tango lessons. This was one of the highlights of our 18 day trip. Highly recommend.
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Great half day tour
Kristine_M
, Feb 2020
Aerial ( not sure of spelling) was great!! Professional, knowledgeable and patient. He shared his love of Buenos Aires and filled us in on history and customs.
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Comprehensive Tour with Wine Tasting Experience
warren_k
, Feb 2020
We did this tour as a shore excursion and had an outstanding experience. Fernando from Indoor America communicated with us as soon as booked to arrange our meeting points and discuss out tour - great personal service - We had a nice roomy van for the 4 of us - the wine tasting at Pizzorno winery was very well done - nice family run business and the walk through the vineyards and the process of winemaking was one of the best we have been on - with each of the 5 wines we tasted there was a detailed explanation. Overall even though we actually don't drink wine regularly - we thought it was a great chance to learn more and definitely recommend the add on option The city tour covered everything !! monuments . squares , soccer stadium, panorama viewpoint etc etc . we had a special interest in the holocaust memorial and he made sure to take us there and walked us through it - we even stopped in front of a synagogue for pictures- this is why we love private tours like this - Fernando was more than helpful and clearly the company policy is totally customer focused - Highly recommend this tour and even the wine tasting as when else would you ever go to a winery in uruguay !! give it a chance !
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Great Montevideo Overview
melrose223
, Jan 2020
We were met by Hector our driver at the cruise port. Being a Sunday, Hector was able to take us on a very nice and uncrowded city tour. The tour visited several different areas of Montevideo stopping at a variety of places. Hector was able to provide some very interesting information of the area and the Country and was very eager to share the information. We were very pleased with Hector's tour and it was much better than the always crowded ship tour. Our four door Mercedes Benz was better than a crowded and rushed tour bus. If you have time after the tour walk across the street to the shopping/restaurant area for a great late lunch.
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Great Day In Montevideo
decosailor
, Dec 2019
Hector and the Mercedes took us all over including 2 museums : Carnaval and Palacio Taranco. Best tour of our trip!
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Nice driving tour, but better to walk the downtown
nowandthen
, Mar 2019
This was a private tour driving around the city and seeing the landmarks. I booked the Winery option, but the driver said it was too far to go. It would have been best to just book a walking tour around the old city and be done with the tour. There is not much to see driving around. Would have liked to go to the winery, but there was no option as the tour titled indicated there would be.
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The uide was very good. We had in a...
Karel B
, Apr 2018
The uide was very good. We had in a few hours a very good idea about Montevideo: the old center and the marvelous coast with nice buildings and parks.
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We were met by Hector our driver...
William T
, Mar 2018
We were met by Hector our driver with a black Mercedes. He took us on a very nice city tour stopping wherever we wanted. We were very pleased with the winery tour and the hosts there. Much better that a standard ship tour.
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