Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Uruguay Holidays

Often overlooked, Uruguay is a little gem tucked under the arm of Argentina and certainly worth considering for a holiday either as a sole destination or combined with Argentina.

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

A Taste of Uruguay

Embark on a private journey through the highlights of Uruguay, travelling along the nation’s southern coast between the eclectic capital of Montevideo and tiny hamlets without electricity. One of the underdogs of the South American culinary scene, Uruguay boasts world-class wine, delicious olive oils and artisan cheeses that can be sampled whilst exploring its traditional estancias, colonial towns and striking coastlines.

11 days

from £4,545 pp

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Self-Drive Journey in Uruguay

Our classic self-drive route through Uruguay unveils the highlights of this often-overlooked nation. From strolling the old dockside markets of Montevideo to cheese and wine pairing in Carmelo, we can curate a fully-tailored trip bursting with extraordinary experiences.
Navigate between sleepy fishing villages and traditional estancias, roam colonial towns, sip your way around vineyards and stroll along the Atlantic.

11 days

from £3,050 pp

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Mountains,Punta Ballena, Uruguay
Punta Ballena, Uraguay

Why we like Uruguay

Uruguay is one of the smallest countries in South America, with the engaging capital city of Montevideo, the beautiful colonial town of Colonia, a large number of long sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes. We love Punta del Este and José Ignacio, the playgrounds of the rich and famous and for those with their finger on the pulse. We also love the wild coastlines and remote hamlets, providing authentic and unusual travel experiences.

Vines, Carmelo, Uruguay
Vines, Carmelo, Uruguay

Food and Wine

Uruguay has an extremely successful olive oil production, exporting high-grade oils that are receiving international recognition, alongside its increasingly popular wine industry. Wine bodegas and olive oil farms can be found countrywide, offering tastings and farm stays. Along with its wonderful bread and cheeses, Uruguay is a leading gastronomic destination.

Uruguay is also one of the easiest countries to travel in within South America. It is safe, English widely spoken and it’s small size means there’s no need for domestic flights. With this in mind it is not surprising self-drive holidays are a very popular way to explore Uruguay.

Punta del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay: What to Expect

The chic sophistication of Punta del Este and José Ignacio is the talking point of Uruguay and these towns are fast becoming South America’s most glamorous beach resorts. Move outside and you find rolling countryside, gauchos, herds of cattle and sheep and some beautiful estancias, some of which accept guests providing some idyllic riding opportunities. Wine production is in full swing and you should try the various varieties including the red wine produced from tannat grapes. Travel to Colinas Garzón, reminiscent of the Tuscan hills, and sample the wonderful olive oils. Finally, do not miss the Spanish colonial heritage epitomised in the UNESCO site of Barrio Historico in 17th century Colonia del Sacramento.

Explore Uruguay

  • Carmelo
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • Jose Ignacio
  • Montevideo
  • Punta del Este


Discover suggested activities to include on your Uruguay holiday

Gaucho Festival, Argentina

Gaucho Experience

Ride out with the gauchos and explore the rich countryside.

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Punta del Este Beach, Uruguay

Punta del Este Beaches

Relax on the golden beaches around the bohemian centre of Punta del Este.

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Vineyard, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Wine Tasting

Visit some wine estates and olive oil farms and sample the excellent produce on offer.

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Montevideo Central Market, Uruguay

Food and Wine Festival

Take part in Uruguay’s summer food and wine festival, attended by celebrity chefs from across South America.

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City of Montevideo, Uruguay


Explore several colonial cities, including the French/ Italian inspired cosmopolitan capital Montevideo.

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