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Montevideo Trails of Culture and Wine

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Explore Montevideo's wine and culture on this 3-day heritage tour, immersing travelers in museums, landmarks, and wineries. Discover Uruguay's rich legacy, shaped by immigrants over 250 years, blending European savoir vivre, family values, African rhythms, indigenous traditions, and gaucho lifestyle, fostering a unique culture. Experience the passion for art, gastronomy, family customs, and freedom that drives Uruguayans. Learn the captivating blend of wine, culture, and history in Montevideo.
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Highlights
  • Learn the captivating blend of wine, culture, and history in Montevideo
  • Discover Uruguay's rich legacy
  • Experience the passion for art, gastronomy, and family customs
  • Immerse in the museums, landmarks, and wineries of Montevideo
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Walking Tour with Museums | Winemaker Behind the Wine

Reception at Montevideo’s Port or Airport and private transfer to hotel (downtown) with guide.

Meet your local guide for a private Montevideo Old City Walking Tour. Explore the historic Old City, including Independence Square, Palacio Salvo, the Presidential office, and José Gervasio Artigas' mausoleum. Discover the city's history while strolling along Sarandi Pedestrian Street and Matriz Square, home to Montevideo Cathedral and the Cabildo. Then, visit the vibrant Port Market for lunch (included) and choose two museums to explore: MAPI – Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art, Torres Garcia Museum, or Gurvich Museum (closed on Sundays).

In the afternoon, join your local guide for a private tour: "Discover the Winemaker Behind the Wine." Begin in Manuel Filgueira's garden, where you'll explore the world of wine with the passionate enologist and owner of "Los Nadies" boutique winery. Manuel, a devoted wine lover, offers limited red and white wines of exceptional quality. He aimed to create distinctive and memorable wines, and you'll have the chance to taste them and judge for yourself. After an introduction to Uruguayan wines, especially Tannat, enjoy a typical "Uruguayan picada" and wine tasting.

Day 2: Visit to Lobo Nuñez drum luthier | The Modern Montevideo

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, meet your local guide for a tour of Modern Montevideo, including a visit to the Lobo Nuñez drum luthier. Explore the new neighborhoods of Montevideo that emerged after the demolition of the Old City Walls in September 1829. See wide, tree-lined streets, stores, and residences in La Ciudad Nueva (the new city), starting from Plaza Independencia and the iconic 18 de Julio avenue. Visit Plaza Fabini (Plaza del Entrevero) with its remarkable sculpture depicting a historic horse battle, crafted by Uruguayan artist José Belloni. Enjoy views of the vibrant Palacio Legislativo (Congress).

Explore Ciudad Abierta (the open city), known for its green parks, monuments, and residential areas, including Estadio Centenario, Monumento a la Carreta, Carrasco, and Punta Gorda. The tour includes a special visit to Lobo Nuñez's studio, an Afro-Uruguayan drums luthier and percussionist renowned in the Candombe music genre. Learn about Uruguay's Carnival history and its ties to Candombe music.

Conclude the tour in Rural Montevideo, where you'll have lunch at one of the family-run wineries located just minutes from the city.

Transfer back to your Hotel.

Day 3: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer (without guide) to Montevideo Airport, Port or Bus Station (or continue to the next tour).

Accommodations

Alma Historica

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Included
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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