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Buenos Aires and Uruguay

13 days

from $3,745pp (excluding flights)

Direct flights to Argentina and a short hop across the estuary to Colonia, means that beginning in Buenos Aires is a great addition to a longer holiday to Uruguay.

  • Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Spend time in the wine region of Carmelo
  • Explore Montevideo
  • Experience estancia life
  • Relax on the beaches of José Ignacio

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vivacious city, home to great history, architecture, a fantastic art scene and world-class gastronomy. Spend a morning exploring the city with your guide, visiting areas of interest such as the Recoleta Cemetery; the resting place of Eva Peron.  In the evening, dine whilst watching a tango show performed by the country’s best dancers.

Colonia

Depart Buenos Aires by hydrofoil, crossing the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento. This route is a main thoroughfare between Argentina and Uruguay, and used by many commuters who live in Uruguay and work in Buenos Aires.  Colonia is one of the last examples of the colonial heritage of Uruguay and is a delightful town to wander the cobbled streets and observe the European architecture.

Carmelo

The journey continues to the wine region of Carmelo. Stay at the delightful finca, Narbona Wine Lodge for a full immersion on a working vineyard. This boutique hotel has an extensive cellar, and offers tours of their winery as well as cheese and wine tasting sessions. Spend your days by the pool or cycling through the vineyard.

Estancia Santa Modesta

Located in Paysandú, Santa Modesta is an authentic estancia dating back to the late 19th Century. Discover the pastoral land on horseback or relax by the pool with a book.  A stay here is a great way to experience rural life in Uruguay.

Montevideo

Although a capital city, Montevideo has a quirky charm with an almost Parisian feel to it. Cafes spill out on to the streets, berries are donned by the men often with a baguette tucked under an arm. Plus for a capital city, it is very safe.  The city is divided into regions, the historic centre and the modern part and the southern part backs on to the beaches of the Rio de Plata.

José Ignacio

At the cutting edge of beach resorts is Playa Vik, providing superb high end accommodation in Uruguay’s most sought after area. José Ignacio‘s rise to fame peaked when the likes of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was photographed strolling the boardwalks of its beaches. Its appeal has yet to wane.  The dramatic coastline gives way to impressive sand dunes hiding exclusive restaurants for unique dining experiences.  Alternatively, if being seen to be seen is not your scene, nearby is a fantastic olive oil plant offering excellent tastings and the small hamlet of Cabo Polonio, cut off from running water and electricity, that can be visited by 4x4 or on foot providing a contrast to the glitzy coastline.  

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 
$ 5055.75 $ 1147.5

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Buenos Aires overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Buenos Aires


Known as 'The Paris of Latin America', Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities. World class museums and leading restaurants jostle for space with boutique shops and antique markets, and the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of San Telmo contrast with the modern lines and waterfront designs of up and coming Puerto Madero. It is a city with a colourful and fascinating history, which has given rise to a variety of neighbourhoods from the uber trendy Palermo Soho to the bohemian charm of La Boca, the birth place of tango.


You will be staying at Legado Mitico, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Half Day City Tour
A fascinating four-hour tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the sobriquet 'the Paris of South America'. Begin the tour on the charming cobbled alleyways of San Telmo with its colonial architecture, before moving on to the Plaza de Mayo that is dominated by the the government house Casa Rosada, the Nación Bank, the cathedral and the original parliament houses. Continue up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress, before ending your tour at the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery. Discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry that is Buenos Aires.


Evening El Viejo Tango show
One of the oldest and most traditional shows in Buenos Aires. The El Viejo Tango show consists of an orchestra, male and female solo singers and couples dancing tango. It lasts for just under two hours and includes return transfers, dinner and drinks.


You will be staying at Legado Mitico, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.


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.

Drive from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.


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, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Cordano and El Legado Wineries Tour
This tour starts with a visit to the birthplace of wine in Uruguay. Visit two wineries in the region of Carmelo (the selection of wineries may vary due to availability and opening days). First, visit Bodegas Cordano, a small family-run winery which is led by Ana Paula Cordano and her family who are 5th generation. Visit the vineyards and the production areas of the winery. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of the Cordano wines in the special atmosphere of the Almacen de La Capilla. Continue to the second winery Bodega El Legado, another small, family-run winery in the Carmelo area with a very exclusive and limited, but excellent wine production. Culminate the tour with a tasting of El Legado´s wines. Return to Colonia del Sacramento or drop off at your hotel in Carmelo.


Tasting and Dinner At Narbona Wine Lodge
Narbona Winery is located on the grounds of the original Estancia where Juan de Narbona founded his winery in 1909. At the end of the last century, the Estancia and the Winery were refurbished and in 2010 a new winery was constructed. This small winery is now part of the wine lodge. After a visit of both the historic winery and the recently constructed new winery, experience a tasting of Narbona´s Wines accompanied by dinner at the picturesque restaurant of Finca Narbona (payable locally).


You will be staying at Narbona Wine Lodge, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Visit Fray Bentos
When the Liebig Extract of Meat Co. was created in Fray Bentos, the region entered into a new phase in terms of seizing agricultural resources: the industrial revolution had begun in the Río de la Plata. In 1865, the factory located on the banks of the Uruguay River was one of the most important venues in the world.

Today, there are only traces of a prosperous past full of hope. In the Anglo neighborhood, where the old buildings of the former Liebig's Anglo factory are located, there lies the Industrial Revolution Museum. The most important items and events of the golden era of the national industry are preserved and shared. This explains why Fray Bentos was nicknamed the "great kitchen of the world" as a result of the more than 200 products made there.

In 1924, the Anglo company of Uruguay replaced the famous Liebig and, during 47 years, it developed the technology of the meat processing industry. The industry, active since 1979, allowed the survival of the machines and the labor forces of those days, which turn this into a true museum. Also, the machine room can be visited and the huge chimney of the factory can be seen. The latter is undoubtedly a landmark in the region.

Drive from Carmelo to Paysandú (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.


You will be staying at Estancia Santa Modesta, full board

Day 7

Activities and excursions at Estancia Santa Modesta
Estancia Santa Modesta offers a good choice of local activities and excursions, including visiting the pedigree livestock, horse riding, tour of the farm, enjoy the flora and fauna, hikes, bird watching or just relax round the outdoor pool.

A few hours south is Fray Bentos, where it is possible to visit the fascinating meat packing museum.


You will be staying at Estancia Santa Modesta, full board

Day 8

Drive from Paysandú to Montevideo (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.


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 Oliva Luxury Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 9

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).


Half Day City Tour of New Montevideo
Privately guided tour the New Montevideo, which was developed after the demolition of the Old City Walls in September 1829. You will visit the residential "Carrasco", former summer area of the first inhabitants, the Virgilio Square from where a panoramic view of the city can be appreciated and then continue onto Pocitos along the beautiful rambla built between 1900 and 1910 bordering the River Plate until Punta Carretas, a lovely neighbourhood with parks and squares. Continue to downtown Montevideo and visit the Centenario Stadium (entrance not included), the Carriage Monument and the Obelisk. Finish in the residential Prado Neighbourhood bursting with green spaces and visit the well-known Rose Garden dedicated to the famous Uruguayan Poetess Juana de Ibarbourou. The tour will end with a visit to one of the following places:

" The Legislative Palace, where the parliament operates (day and time needs to be prescheduled)

" The " Mercado Agricola" opportunity to taste a local artisan beer produced in the area and visit the local shops

" One of the local art museums (day and time needs to be prescheduled)

" The gaucho museum (day and time needs to be prescheduled)

" The Botanic Garden


You will be staying at Oliva Luxury Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Drive from Montevideo to Jose Ignacio (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.


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 Playa Vik, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Days at Leisure
Days at leisure to relax on the beach and soak up the Jose Ignacio scene. Activities and excursions can also be organised including water sports, boat trips, fishing, bird watching and a good day trip is to go sand dune trekking from the remote and beautiful Cabo Polonio.


You will be staying at Playa Vik, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Drive from Jose Ignacio to Montevideo (Road Journey)


Have breakfast and prepare for a long drive to the Maramures region and the village of Breb.

The drive will be around six hours so the group will stop for lunch en route. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a local market or just stroll around the centre of an ordinary Romania town. Depending on how time is going, we will try and stop at Gherla, a small town know for its Armenian church, said to host a painting by Reubens.

You will arrive in Breb in the late afternoon. Take some time to discover the village and its surroundings or just relax and settle in. Breb is a beautiful and well worth spending some time.

Have dinner in Breb in the house of a local family.

Fly Montevideo to Madrid overnight

Day 13

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

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

Legado Mitico

Legado Mitico

Inspired by the history and culture of Argentina, Legado Mitico is an 11-bedroomed boutique hotel in the heart of Palermo....

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Playa Vik

Playa Vik

Playa Vik is a striking avant-garde beach front hotel in the stylish and bohemian village of Jose Ignacio....

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Estancia Santa Modesta

Estancia Santa Modesta

Located in the department of Paysandu, Guichón area, Estancia Santa Modesta, dating from 1870, has the charm of an authentic colonial estancia with wells and courtyards that recall the time of its construction....

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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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Oliva Luxury Hotel

Oliva Luxury Hotel

Situated in one of Montevideo's most prestigious neighbourhoods, Oliva Luxury Hotel has just 30 rooms including eight suites....

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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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