Tailor-Made Holiday

A Taste of Uruguay

11 days

from £3,945pp (excluding flights)

This private journey is a taste of Uruguay, encompassing the most popular regions and their culinary highlights. Perhaps not wildly known for its gastronomy, Uruguay produces world class wines, successful olive oils and superb cheeses.  Explore the world of estancias, colonial towns, and the striking coastline of Jose Ignacio.

  • Spend time in UNESCO Colonia del Sacramento
  • Experience cheese and wine pairing
  • Multiple opportunities for wine tasting
  • Private cookery lesson
  • Trek to the disconnected hamlet of Cabo Polonio
  • Relax on the beaches of Jose Ignacio

 Colonia del Sacramento

Your holiday to Uruguay begins in quirky Montevideo before transferring to the historic town of Colonia de Sacramento home to cobbled streets and painted houses fronted by sycamore trees.  A guided walking tour is the best way to explore the old forts and Portuguese heritage as well as the interesting museums.  Spend the afternoon at a local winery tasting Uruguay’s signature wine, Tannat.

Carmelo

Travel to Carmelo visiting Jesuit ruins and the wineries in the area.  Depending on the season it can be possible to see the harvesting and bottling process.  Stay at the delightful Finca Narbona Wine Lodge where you can experience a picnic lunch in the vineyards and a cheese and wine pairing session.

Montevideo

Passing through Montevideo take time out to visit the old part of the city as well as several museums and the Solis Theatre.  Leaving the capital city behind, continue to the department of Rocha and the Estancia Charabon.  Relax by the pool or horse ride across the plains and experience life at a working hacienda.

Cabo Polonio

From Charabon take the opportunity for a privately guided hike to Cabo Polonio village. Explore the sand dunes and this tiny hamlet, cut off from resources such as electricity and running water.  Visit one of the largest sea lion colonies in the world.

Punta del Este & Jose Ignacio - Cheese, Wine, Olive Oil and Cooking

Your journey continues through Uruguay to Garzon and Punta del Este, where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the finest olive oils in the world.  Test your palate on wines from Altos de la Ballena winery before continuing to an artisan cheese farm for superb homemade cheese tastings. Finally conclude your holiday in Jose Ignacio with a cooking lesson at Estancia Anastasio and relaxing on the beaches, famous for their celebrity visitors. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3945 £ 850

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Montevideo


Montevideo boasts a rich heritage of architecture ranging from French to Italian and English influences coupled with a distinctive flair for Art Deco and grand neo-classical designs. Combining an old historic centre, seaside resort, old dockside markets and the country's financial centre, Montevideo offers a fascinating blend of music, culture, food and people.


You will be staying at Alma Historica Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento


A journey time of approximately two and half hours.


Half day city tour
Private half day tour of Colonia, visiting the main highlights such as the lighthouse, San Carlos bullfighting arena and the town’s various museums.


You will be staying at Charco Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo (Road Journey)


On the shores of Rio de la Plata, Carmelo is Uruguay's little secret. Carmelo is a relaxed town with bicycles as the main transport, golden riverfront beaches and an increasingly popular wine region.

The cobbled streets and Independence Square are perfect for pottering, with interesting museums and Ignacio Barrios' House, today the House of Culture. The area is also a centre for yachting, fishing and exploring the Parana Delta. It is the swing bridge however, that is Carmelo's greatest accolade. It is considered a masterpiece of modern engineering and has become synonymous with the town.


You will be staying at Narbona Wine Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Picnic Lunch & Cheese and Wine Pairing
This afternoon a picnic lunch will be served in the vineyards. In the late afternoon a wine and cheese pairing experience will be provided in the cellar, guided by the winemaker of Finca Narbona (includes three different Narbona wines and seven choices of cheese).


You will be staying at Narbona Wine Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Drive from Carmelo to Montevideo (Road Journey)


Lunch and Half Day City Tour
Take a walking tour of the old colonial neighbourhood and visit several museums (subject to opening days and times) and the Solis Theatre before lunch at Port Market.

Experience a typical Uruguayan "Parrilla" lunch at the emblematic Port Market, which is not only for visitors, but also for the locals. Located right in front of the Port of Montevideo, the former auction hall is the bustling heart of Uruguayan asado grill culture. Discover a multitude of metre long barbecues which are filled with meat and vegetables. The more adventurous may try beef innards, which are not uncommon on Uruguayan grill dishes, the more conservative may stick to a delicious Entrecote or Rib Eye Steak. (A vegetarian option will be available as well).


You will be staying at Alma Historica Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Montevideo to Rocha (Road Journey)


Day at leisure


You will be staying at Estancia Charabon, Full board

Day 7

Drive from Rocha to Barra de Valizas (Road Journey)


Trek to Cabo Polonio
Met by a local guide begin the journey to Cabo Polonio village, a small hamlet in the dunes that can only be accessed on foot or by 4x4. The village has no electricty or running water. After a short walk around the town, trek along the coastline and towards the incredible shifting sand dunes. Trek up the Buena Vista Hill for a fantastic view of the ocean. Continue towards Cabo Polonio for a seafood lunch at a local seaside restaurant. Visit the light house and sea lion reserve (one of the largest in the world). Afternoon 4x4 transfer back to the main entrance of Cabo Polonio where a private car will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel.


You will be staying at Estancia Charabon, Full board

Day 8

Visit Garzon Olive Oil Plant and Wine Bodega
Transfer to Colinas de Garzon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Plant. Visit Colinas de Garzon, where the best olive oil in Uruguay is produced. For those who like new experiences, spectacular views and top quality wines and olive oils, this is a wonderful tour. You will be able to learn all the secrets of the extra virgin olive oil and explore the olive plantations and Boutique Production Plant, discovering the origins of this product and its elaborate process. Take a tour through the olive groves and experience the Uruguayan Tuscany. A tasting of the fine wines and olive oils of Colinas de Garzon will be given, offered with selected home-made cheeses.


You will be staying at Casa Ana, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Rocha to Punta del Este (Road Journey)


Culinary Tour of Punta del Este
Explore the culinary scene of Punta del Este. Visit the Altos de la Ballena winery, for a tasting. Altos de la Ballena is one fo the newest wineries in Uruguay and one of the few in Punta del Este area. Continue to Nonno Antonio Farm, which produces artisan cheeses. Observe the cheese production and enjoy the homemade cheeses during a tasting.

Punta del Este is a glamorous beach resort jutting out on a small peninsula at the southern tip of Uruguay. With an active social life, including numerous cultural and artistic programmes throughout the summer months, it has something for everyone - from lazing on the beach to water sports, exploring the town's many sights, visiting craft markets and sampling delicious local cuisine.

Drive from Punta del Este to José Ignacio (Road Journey)


José Ignacio located on the Atlantic Coast of Uruguay is a small fishing village which has shot to fame and celebrity status in recent years.

Its golden beaches have long since been popular with well-heeled South Americans. However the rest of the world is catching on and the rich and famous from across Europe and the United States of America have made José Ignacio, the beach resort of choice in Latin America.


You will be staying at Posada del Faro, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Cooking Class at Estancia Anastasio
Transfer to Estancia Anastasio to experience first hand the great tastes of this region. A special cooking class is a great way to be exposed to the best local produce on offer. Spend the day with a professional chef and learn some delicious recipes and techniques to add to your own collection at home. Lunch and afternoon by the lagoon. Choose from canoing, horseback riding or stand-up-paddle boarding.


You will be staying at Posada del Faro, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Drive from José Ignacio to Montevideo (Road Journey)

Fly Montevideo to Madrid overnight

Day 12

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Posada del Faro

Posada del Faro

Posada del Faro is a rustic yet elegant whitewashed hotel with a lovely pool and terraces overlooking the Playa Brava....

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Charco Hotel

Charco Hotel

Charco Hotel is located in the historic centre of Colonia del Sacramento, with great views across the River Plate....

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Alma Historica Hotel

Alma Historica Hotel

A restored Palace from the 1900s, The Alma Historica Hotel is located near to the Zabala Square, one of the most romantic spots in Montevideo....

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Narbona Wine Lodge

Narbona Wine Lodge

Part of the Relais & Chateau group, Narbona Wine Lodge is located just 20 kms from Carmelo....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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