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Colonia

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Discover the picturesque Uruguayan coastal resort of Colonia del Sacramento. After a short ferry ride across the Rio Plata, meet with your guide at the Colonia port and go on an adventure. Enjoy a personalized experience while traveling through the city's historic heart on an informative walking tour. This is a full-day visit to Colonia with a three-hour city tour with a guide and an afternoon to explore on your own. The trip can be customized based on the specific interests of the group, but travelers often visit the beach promenade, Real de San Carlos with its bullfighting arena, the Old Town, and museums
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Highlights
  • For a day, escape Buenos Aires and visit the tranquil Colonia del Sacramento.
  • An English-speaking tour guide provides you with an insider's perspective on Colonia.
  • Take advantage of your small group and maximize your adventure.
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Full Day Tour of Colonia

This morning, your transfer picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the ferry terminal for the one-hour ferry to Colonia, Uruguay. Arrive in Colonia and meet your guide. A visit to the historic center of Colonia del Sacramento is like a walk back in time. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, this old colonial town is renowned for its cobbled, windy streets and colorful houses reminiscent of old Lisbon. 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. In the evening take the ferry back to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

This is a full-day visit to Colonia with a three-hour city tour with a guide and an afternoon to explore on your own. The trip can be customized based on the specific interests of the group, but travelers often visit the beach promenade, Real de San Carlos with its bullfighting arena, the Old Town, and museums.

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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary. Rate does not include Buquebus ticket from Buenos Aires - Colonia - Buenos Aires. Please inquire for current rate.
Included
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Recommendations for Uruguay
    -Local guides: $10-$20 per traveler per day
    -Drivers: $5-$10 per traveler per ride
    -Support staff (porters, horsemen, doormen, camp crew): $2-3 per traveler per day
    -Taxi Drivers: For taxis, rounding up the fare is approperiate
    -Baggage Handlers: $1 per bag
    -Hotel Hospitality: $1 per room per day for the cleaning staff
    -Restaurants: In Uruguay, the standard tip is 10% of the bill

    Budgeting for Meals
    In remote areas we provide the food, but in-town meals are typically not included in the cost of your trip.  This allows our travelers to choose restaurants or local cafes to suit each personal palette. For details on meals included/excluded, please review your itinerary.

    The following are recommendations to help you plan your personal meal budget.  These guidelines are based on per person expenses and include water and/or soda.

    Recommendations for Uruguay
    Prices typically include an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
    -Mid-range lunch: $15-$35 per person
    -Mid-range dinner: $20-$40 per person
    -High-range lunch: $35-$50 per person
    -High-range dinner: $50-$90 per person
    -Domestic beer: $2-$4 a bottle
    -Imported beer: $3-$4 a bottle
  • Roundtrip Ferry Tickets: Buenos Aires - Colonia - Buenos Aires

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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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