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Buenos Aires + Uruguay (Carmelo, Colonia, Montevideo)


WPA12M
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine a visit to Buenos Aires in Argentina, including a city tour & tango show, with one of our holidays exploring the highlights of Uruguay - including the picturesque colonial town of Colonia del Sacrameno, the Carmelo winelands, the culturally rich capital city of Montevideo & the splendid beaches of trendy Jose Ignacio. All transfers, high speed hydrofoil ferry & specified sightseeing included.
Holidays Uruguay Montevideo Colonia Carmelo Jose Ignacio Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires
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City Tour & Tango Show
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Colonia del Sacramento
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Carmelo
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Western Vineyards
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Montevideo
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Plaza Independencia
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Jose Ignacio
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Atlantic Beaches
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Holidays Uruguay
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Buenos Aires
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City Tour & Tango Show
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Colonia del Sacramento
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Carmelo
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Western Vineyards
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Montevideo
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Plaza Independencia
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Jose Ignacio
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Atlantic Beaches
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Holidays Uruguay
Day 1
You will be met at Buenos Aires Airport and transferred to your hotel in this exciting city, situated on the estuary of the Río de la Plata - the 'River of Silver'.
 
Check in and relax in this capital of Argentina, known for its wonderful architecture, tango dancing and rich culture, including the highest concentration of theatres in the world.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a half day shared tour of Buenos Aires - a cosmopolitan city that has been influenced by the many immigrants who helped form it and offering beautiful architecture, history and culture.
 
Our tour starts at the Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Here you can see the Pink House (Presidential Palace), the Pyramid de Mayo and Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, with its wide avenues and spacious green areas, past the Obelisk to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city with cobbled streets and colonial houses. Every Sunday an antiques fair takes place here around the Plaza Dorrego. The vibrant area is the centre for most of the tango parlors, restaurants and bars of the city.
 
Going further south, we visit the Italian port neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful houses in Caminito Street and many “cantinas” (small restaurants). Also the trendy modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where the old piers have been converted into upmarket offices, apartments and restaurants with views of the Rio de la Plata. We visit the residential neighborhood of Palermo with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks, before arrivinge in glamorous Recoleta, where there is the option to visit the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, with its rich architecture (pay locally). Next to the cemetery is the church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Recolete Cultural Centre (originally a convent) and the Palais de Glace exhibition centre.
 
In the evening you will be collected for a Tango Show. Born in the brothels of the city amongst a racial mix of Gauchos, Italian, Spanish and African immigrants, this dance and its music originated as a combination of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, with some polka and African beat. Enjoy the show and dinner, including mouth-watering Argentinian beef and Malbec wine.
Day 3
At leisure to explore more of Buenos Aires independently.
 
Alternatively enjoy a full day optional excursion to Santa Susana Ranch to admire the skills of the Argentinian gauchos (cowboys) who live in these fertile pampas grasslands about 2-hours from the city. With a distinctive culture that combines their European and Native American heritages, gauchos play an important role in regional cultural tradition - including folk songs, dancing and equestrian shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races) and entrevero de tropillas (horse games). Note: Ranch is closed on Mondays.
Day 4
Today transfer from your Buenos Aires hotel to the the Hydrofoil Terminal and take the 45-minute high speed hydrofoil ferry across the Rio de La Plata ('River of Silver') to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel in this picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5
This morning enjoy a 2.5-hour tour of historic Colonia del Sacramento, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river.
 
We start with a visit to the Real de San Carlos area, stopping at the San Benito Chapel and the Mihanovich Complex that dates back to 1910 and includes a 10,000 seater Bullring, a 3,000 seater Fronton (court for playing the Basque sport of jai alai), a casino hotel and a racecourse. We continue driving through various residential areas and along the river's west coast beaches to the Downtown shopping area. From here we enter the historic Old Town on foot and explore its narrow cobbled streets. Also view the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate which contains remnants of the old city walls.
 
The balance of the day is free for you to explore this historic city independently.
Day 6
At leisure to independently explore the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento.
Day 7
Today we leave Colonia del Sacramento to explore the Western Vineyards - the birthplace of wine in Uruguay:
 
We transfer 1.5-hours to the ruins of La Calera de las Huerfanas in the Carmelo region, where in 1741 the Jesuits built a chapel and planted fruit trees, breed cattle and produced lime. After the Jesuits were expelled by the Spanish crown, Don Juan de San Martín took control of the ranch and planted the first 1,500 vines.
 
In this region we visit two family-owned 'bodegas' (wineries), where we visit the vineyards and wine production areas. Also enjoy tasting some of their excellent wines.
 
Afterwards we check into our hotel in the wine producing region of Carmelo, situated on the Rio de la Plata and surrounded by beautiful vineyards.
Day 8
At leisure to soak up the atmosphere of the Carmelo wine producing region and independently explore.
 
Optional wine tasting tours are available on request (pay locally).
Day 9
Today transfer 3-hours from Carmelo to Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay.
 
Check into your hotel in this vibrant and culturally rich city, situated on Montevideo Bay and home to nearly half of Uruguay's population.
Day 10
Enjoy a half day tour of Montevideo with its many monuments, parks and scenic waterfront.
 
At the heart of the city is the Plaza Independencia, which separates the city's Downtown ('Centro') from the Old Town ('Ciudad Vieja') with its fascinating colonial and art deco buildings, the towering Palacio Salvo landmark and the neo-classical Solís Theatre. Other buildings of interest include the Catholic Cathedral, Constitution Square, Government House and the Town Hall.
 
Avenue 18 de Julio, the main commercial street, is lined with shops, cafes and commercial buildings.You will also see the impressive Plaza del Entrevero (the Parliament), built using 52 different colours of marble and 12 types of wood. The arts, music and theatre scene is very much alive in this city – from elegant older theatres and cozy tango bars to modern beachfront discos.
 
We continue driving through the Prada residential neighbourhood, one of the oldest in the city and home to a famous sculpture, La Diligencia (The Stage Coach) as well as a monument to the last of the Charrua Indians and a Rose Garden. We pass the Obelisk and La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monuments as we continue to Ordonez Park in the Batlle district. We also stop at the Plaza Virgilio monument to fallen naval soldiers, from where there are excellent views over the city. At the end of our tour, we return along the coastal road with its lovely beaches.
Day 11
Today transfer 2.5-hours from Montevideo to the resort town of Jose Ignacio.
 
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, today it attracts the rich and famous to spectacular Brava Beach. Check into your hotel and explore the endless beaches of this scenic coastline, with its iconic lighthouse.
Day 12
At leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Jose Ignacio.
Day 13
Transfer 2.5-hours to Montevideo Airport for your flight home.

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