Arrive today to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry from Buenos Aires and begin a walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia. This is an exciting opportunity to visit the best sights of the city of Colonia. Due to its colonial beginnings, the city's layout is different from the majority of Uruguayan cities. Its cobbled streets and houses alternate with small bars, excellent restaurants, art and craft shops, museums and a large yacht harbor. The trip can be customized based on your specific interests.
In the afternoon, our wine tour of the region begins with a visit to the Los Cerros de San Juan. Sample the Tannat, Uruguay's signature wine (Tannat is to Uruguay what Malbec is to Argentina). The Tannat grapes originated from southwestern France and brought to Uruguay almost 250 years ago by a French Basque immigrant. The Tannat vines are an excellent match for the soil and climate in Uruguay, and Uruguay's vineyards have mastered varieties of Tannats that characterized by their softer tannins when compared with the "old vines" from France.
This morning enjoy a private transfer from Colonia to Montevideo, where you will enjoy lunch at the Port Market. After lunch, enjoy a walking city tour of the Ciudad Vieja (the colonial historic neighborhood) and visit some local museums. The evening is free to enjoy dinner at one of Montevideo's restaurants or the nightlife that ranges from cozy tango bars to trendy, modern discos.
This morning take a guided city tour of this cosmopolitan city and a visit to a winery in the region with a tasting. In the afternoon transfer to Estancia Charabon. Surrounded by the hills of Rocha, this 2300 acre estancia contains natural and eucalyptus forests. Enjoy the evening relaxing and dinning at the Estancia.
After breakfast, transfer to the small fishing village of Valizas, the starting point of today´s trekking adventure. After discovering this small village, cross the Valizas Stream and dive into what feels like the Uruguayan desert. Climb the high sanddunes until you arrive at the highest point of the “Cerro de la Buena Vista”, from where you have stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean, the dune system and the surrounding wetlands. Start your descent and walk along the beach until arriving to Cabo Polonio, the small village surrounded by sanddunes which cannot be accessed by car. Enjoy lunch in one of the small restaurants and watch the sea lions sprawling on the rocks next to the lighthouse. In the afternoon, take one of the 4-wheel-trucks out of Cabo Polonio. Transfer back to Estancia Charabon for dinner this evening.
Today, transfer to Pueblo Garzon, a small, picturesque village just 30 minutes from Jose Ignacio, where time seems to have stood still. Stroll around the central square, where everyone knows everyone and gathers for a chat. Just a few kilometers outside the village, Colinas de Garzon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Boutique Plant awaits you for a visit to their production facilities followed by a tasting of their award-winning olive oils. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure in Pueblo Garzon, where you will spend the night in a small, charming posadas.
Transfer to Jose Ignacio after breakfast this morning. The rest of the day is a free day to enjoy the area. Stroll through the village, climb the lighthouse, enjoy good food in one of the many local restaurants or just lay back are relax on the beach.
Visit one of the few wineries in the region of Punta del Este: Altos de la Ballena. As one of the youngest wineries in the region, the owners will explain about their unusual decision of opening a winery close to Punta del Este. Afterwards, continue to the cheese farm Nonno Antonio, where you will learn about the art of making artisan cheese and will taste the different varieties. Finish the day with a visit to Casapueblo museum, the home and atelier of famous former Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. In the evening, return to your hotel in Jose Ignacio.
Enjoy breakfast this morning before taking your private transfer back to Montevideo. From here you can connect with a ferry to Buenos Aires or your return flight home.