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Join a 10-day culinary exploration through Uruguay. Cheese, wine, and olive oil were introduced in Uruguay by families of immigrants who arrived in these lands more than 250 years ago. Today, many vineyards, wineries, and local cheese artisan producers open their doors to visitors from all over the world to taste these hidden Uruguayan gastronomy treasures! Sip wine, taste artisan cheeses, and sample olive oils as you make your way through the countryside.
Wine cellarPassing along the grapesStone buildingsChurch and vineyards
Highlights
  • Visit local wineries, an olive oil plant and cheese farm
  • Climb the sand dunes in Valizas for a panoramic view of the dunes and ocean
  • Relax at the Estancia Charabon, a glimpse of the traditional gaucho life
  • Walk to cobbled streets of Colonia and Montevideo with your guide
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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: Arrive Colonia | Half Day Walking Tour

Begin your journey with a private transfer and guide from CYR Port to the hotel in the historic old town.

Start your Half-Day Walking Tour with Museums and mate Tasting (Private Service). Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Colonia del Sacramento, a city founded by the Portuguese and steeped in history. Your local guide will lead you through the enchanting cobblestone streets, showcasing landmarks such as the old city gate (Portón de Campo), the iconic Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), picturesque squares, and the local Iglesia Matriz church. This experience also includes a mate tasting and admission to local museums.

Day 2: Colonia Del Sacramento | Wines & Cheeses of Colonia

Your day begins with breakfast and then a transfer to Bodega el Quinton, where you start a trip through the vineyards and olive plantations, culminating in a delightful wine and olive oil tasting. Then, you proceed to the La Vigna Cheese Farm, where you delve into the intricacies of local cheese production and savor some of the region's finest cheese varieties under the guidance of the "Cheese Architect." Agustin and Lucila, the proprietors of La Vigna, have established a truly exceptional establishment, driven by principles of sustainability and organic production. Here, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in some of the most delectable and innovative cheeses. For an added culinary experience, you may opt for a cheese-tasting lunch at La Vigna (additional cost, not included).

Day 3: Finca Narbona | Puerto Camacho

Finish up your breakfast and then transfer to Finca Narbona with a guide, including a visit to Calera de las Huérfanas along the way.

Visit the "La Caléra de las Huérfanas" National Monument (approximately 70 km/43.5 mi - 55 minutes on the route). The history of this place dates back to the 18th century when the Jesuits established themselves in the northern region of the Province of Colonia in Uruguay. They continued their mission here and constructed the first buildings in 1741. This was a gathering place for Indians, slaves, and priests. After the Jesuits were expelled by the Spanish crown, Don Juan de San Martín took over the administration of the estancia and discovered 1500 grapevines, giving birth to wine production in Uruguay.

In the afternoon, transfer to Puerto Camacho for an unforgettable activity: a Rio de la Plata Sunset Cruise (approximately 1.5 hours). Enjoy a relaxing tour through the islands of the Delta, where the waters of the Río de la Plata and Rio Uruguay converge; this location is considered the "kilometer 0" of both rivers. The experience begins shortly before sunset at the secluded marina of Club del Faro, where you'll board a classic boat under the guidance of the captain. Discover the legends of the Uruguayan coasts and its shipwrecks, and raise a toast to an incredible sunset!

Departure Time:
Winter: 16:00 (4:00 PM)
Summer: 19:00 (7:00 PM)

Day 4: Tour of Carmelo's Wineries and Tasting and Lunch

After a nice breakfast, meet your local guide for a tour of Carmelo's wineries, complete with tastings and lunch. Explore two wineries in the Carmelo region:

Bodega El Legado: This family-owned winery has a rich history. It all started when Bernardo Marzuca and his family decided to reclaim the family vineyards. The winery is a testament to their legacy, where they've worked the land and crafted unique wines. Bodega El Legado is known for producing exclusive fine wines using a distinct technique in Uruguay. Their vineyards use a free vertical cord system, allowing the vines to "express freely." The visit includes a guided tour through the vineyards, wine cellar, and production area. You'll also enjoy a tasting of 3 wines paired with cheeses, salamis, and olives.

Bodega Cordano: This small, family-run winery is currently led by Ana Paula Cordano and her husband, representing the 5th generation of the family. The visit encompasses a guided tour of the production areas and vineyards. You'll also stop by the "Almacén de la Capilla," a vintage grocery shop founded in 1855 by Antonio Cordano. The experience concludes with a tasting of their top 3 wines and a delightful homemade lunch.

Day 5: Montevideo Walking Tour of the Old City

Start your day with breakfast and then proceed to your transfer from Carmelo to Montevideo (without a guide). Relish a delightful lunch at the Port Market. Following lunch, rendezvous with your local guide for a comprehensive Montevideo Walking Tour of the Old City (Private Tour, With Guide). Delve into the rich history of the Old City in Montevideo. Explore the stories behind the surrounding structures, including Independence Square, the iconic Palacio Salvo, the Presidential office, and the mausoleum of the national hero, José Gervasio Artigas. Immerse yourself in the capital city's history as you stroll along Sarandi Pedestrian Street and Matriz Square, home to the Cathedral of Montevideo and the town's Cabildo. Additionally, you can visit two museums of your choice (please check their opening hours in advance): the MAPI – Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art, the Torres Garcia Museum, and the Gurvich Museum, primarily dedicated to their eponymous artists (note that Gurvich Museum is closed on Sundays). Following the tour, transfer to your hotel. 

Day 6: Tour of Modern Montevideo

Begin your day with breakfast and then meet your local guide for an exciting tour:
Hop on a Tour of Modern Montevideo with a special visit to the workshop of Lobo Nuñez, a renowned Afro-Uruguayan drums luthier and percussionist, considered a "legend" in the realm of Uruguayan Candombe music. Gain insights into the history of Carnival in Uruguay, which dates back to 1760 when slaves were only permitted to celebrate on specific occasions. This unique cultural experience provides you with privileged access to the hidden world of Uruguayan drums.

Explore the different neighborhoods of Montevideo that began to flourish after the demolition of the Old City Walls in September 1829. Unlike the Old City, La Ciudad Nueva (the new city) was thoughtfully designed with broad, tree-lined streets, featuring magnificent stores and residences. From "Plaza Independencia," you can admire the grand avenue of 18 de Julio. A short distance away, you will visit Plaza Fabini, or "Plaza del Entrevero," showcasing a splendid sculpture depicting a historic horse battle between the first Spanish settlers and the native inhabitants, created by the Uruguayan artist José Belloni. From this vantage point, you'll have a clear view of the Palacio Legislativo (Congress), an opulent, multi-colored marble building, ranking among the most extravagant in Latin America. You'll continue to the "Ciudad Abierta" (the open city), an area of Montevideo that evolved into an open expanse featuring green parks, iconic monuments, and residential districts. Along the way, you'll encounter landmarks such as the famous "Estadio Centenario" (Sports Centre - entrance not included), the Monumento a la Carreta, and the residential zones of Carrasco and Punta Gorda.

In the late afternoon, you'll have the privilege of discovering the winemaker behind the wine, with a visit to the home of Manuel Filgueira. Much is said about wines, wineries, and vineyards, but seldom do people get to know "the artist behind the art." This tour is an opportunity to unveil the passionate winemaker behind an exceptional wine. Your journey commences when you meet Manuel Filgueira, an enologist, wine enthusiast, and proprietor of the "Los Nadies" boutique winery. Whether you are a first-time wine enthusiast or a seasoned connoisseur, you are bound to be captivated by the art of winemaking, as Manuel's passion is truly infectious. After a lifetime dedicated to the wine industry, he chose to focus on producing highly specific, carefully defined wines. Currently, he offers two outstanding selections: a white and a red wine. His challenge was to craft two unique and exquisite wines that would leave a lasting impression and stand out from the rest. You will have the opportunity to taste both and decide for yourself if he has achieved this goal. Following the wine tasting, you will enjoy a dinner with Manuel and his family, where you'll uncover the secrets of winemaking!

Day 7: Eastern Wines & Olives Tour

Start your day with breakfast and meet with your guide for a transfer to Jose Ignacio. Along the journey, immerse yourself in the Eastern Wines & Olives Tour. This captivating experience commences amidst the olive groves of Olivos de las Animas, where you will gain insights into the production of extra virgin olive oil. Indulge in a tasting session and savor an exclusive lunch at the residence of an associate. Next, your adventure continues with a visit to Bodega Altos de la Ballena, a locally-owned winery nestled amidst the rocky terrain of Punta Ballena. This remarkable setting, where the wines embody the climatic influences of the hills and the invigorating breezes of the Atlantic Ocean, is truly exceptional. You'll have the opportunity to explore the winery and partake in a tasting session before proceeding to your hotel.

Day 8: Tour to Punta del Este with visit to MACA Museum

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, meet your local guide for: Tour to Punta del Este with visit to MACA Museum of Contemporary Art Panoramic tour of Punta Del Este with a visit to the lively La Barra where you will cross the famous undulated bridge just before arriving at the Brava Beach of Punta del Este. Visit the most important attractions: “Juan Gorlero Avenue”, the yacht’s port, the residential areas and the lovely Casapueblo, a strange and attractive construction designed by the renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró where you will visit his museum. On the way back to José Ignacio visit the Atchugarry Foundation of the Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry located in Manantiales. Evening cooking class at the home of a local chef. There is a designed special cooking class to expose you to the best that the local products have to offer. You will spend a lovely day with “hands-on” instruction by one of the professional local chefs so that you take not only your memories home but also some great recipes and techniques to add to your own collection. After dinner, Transfer back to your hotel.

 

Day 9: Garzon | Uruguayan Tuscany

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Following breakfast, rendezvous with your local guide for the next leg of your journey: An excursion to Garzon, often referred to as the Uruguayan Tuscany.

Your adventure commences with a visit to the tranquil town of Garzon, where you'll explore the central square, the charming chapel, and the historic train station. Subsequently, proceed to Garzon Winery, where you'll partake in a guided tour, wine tasting, and a delectable lunch. Perched atop a rocky promontory, this winery offers breathtaking vistas of vineyards that gracefully cascade down the hillside. These vineyards thrive in mineral-rich, well-draining soils, ensuring the production of exceptional grapes. Following your memorable meal, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 10: Return to Montevideo

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Accommodations

Finca Narbona

Finca Narbona
Finca Narbona
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Charco Hotel

Alma Historica

Anastasio Hotel & Beach Club

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  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • One-Way Ferry Ticket from Montevideo to Buenos Aires
  • One-Way Ferry Ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia

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