Day Trip by Ferry to Colonia City in Uruguay from Buenos Aires

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What To Expect

Take a day trip to enjoy the spectacular architecture and rustic charm of Colonia, Uruguay, a favorite of Buenos Aires locals.

Highlights

  • Live a full-day in the picturesque city of Colonia del Sacramento

  • Marvel at its incredibly conserved colonial architecture

  • Visit 7 museums and get familiar with its fascinating cultural heritage

  • Enjoy a 2 hour guided walking and learn about Colonia's exciting history

  • Ship transportation through Río de la PLata and pick up and drop of from hotels in Buenos Aires included for your convenience

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Buenos Aires
Departs From:
Buenos Aires
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
10 hours
Availability:
daily at 7:00 AM
Product Code:
2692
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Description

The atmosphere of the historic Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento is a universe apart from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. Just a short boat-ride across the Río de la Plata, Colonia del Sacramento is a popular day-trip or weekend destination among Buenos Aires locals (Porteños).

A visit here offers an exploratory introduction to Argentina's small neighbor through an enticing blend of colonial history, museums and laid-back ambiance.

Colonia enjoys a superb location 180 km west of Montevideo, perched atop a small peninsula jutting out into the great expanse of the Río de la Plata, standing opposite Buenos Aires. Warm light reflects from its bronze waters creating an effect especially impressive at dusk and only further enhancing the town's remarkable beauty.

While its detractors complain that Colonia has been over-restored or that this once sleepy old town is now merely a playground for wealthy Porteños who see it as a suburb of Buenos Aires, it has managed to cling to its rustic charisma thanks to the untainted quality of its classic architecture. Both Colonia's old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO world heritage sites.

With its immaculate and luxurious parks and gardens, quiet cobbled streets and miles of nearby beaches, Colonia is a relaxing and well-tended place. Colonia isn't sterile like many other "museum towns" around the world.

Enjoy another plus of this beautiful town, the warm welcome of its inhabitants. Uruguayans are among Latin America's friendliest people.

TOUR SCHEDULE

November to March: time zone difference of one hour between Argentina and Uruguay

07:30 - You will be picked up at the hotel lobby and be driven to the ferry terminal of Buenos Aires. The driver will give you your boat tickets and voucher for lunch and the city tour.

08:00 - Upon arrival at the ferry terminal you will check in with your boat tickets, fill the custom forms and board the ferry.

08:45 - Departure to Colonia. The boat ride should take about an hour.

11:00 - Arrival to Colonia. In the main area of the ferry terminal of Colonia, a representative will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. You will be taken to downtown Colonia for a 2 hour guided walking tour in the historic and pedestrian area of Colonia. The tour includes the visit to 7 museums: the Municipal Museum, Casa Nacarello, the Portuguese and Spanish Museums, the Archives Museum, the Tile Museum, and the Indigenous Museum.

13:00 - Enjoy your free time for shopping, walking the city, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Colonia.

16:30 - Meet your guide at the meeting point for the transfer back to the ferry terminal. Check in with your boat tickets, fill the custom forms and board the ferry.

18:00 Departure to Buenos Aires.

18:15 (or 22:15) Arrival and transfer back to your hotel.

April to October: same time zone between Argentina and Uruguay

07:30 - You will be picked up at the hotel lobby and be driven to the ferry terminal of Buenos Aires. The driver will give you your boat tickets and voucher for lunch and the city tour.

08:00 - Upon arrival at the ferry terminal you will check in with your boat tickets, fill the custom forms and board the ferry.

08:45 - Departure to Colonia. The boat ride should take about an hour.

10:00 - Arrival to Colonia. In the main area of the ferry terminal of Colonia, a representative will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. You will be taken to downtown Colonia for a 2 hour guided walking tour in the historic and pedestrian area of Colonia. The tour includes the visit to 7 museums: the Municipal Museum, Casa Nacarello, the Portuguese and Spanish Museums, the Archives Museum, the Tile Museum, and the Indigenous Museum.

14:00 - Enjoy your free time for shopping, walking the city, and exploring the nooks and crannies of Colonia.

15:45, or 16:30 (According to Ferry Schedule): - Meet your guide at the meeting point for the transfer back to the ferry terminal. Check in with your boat tickets, fill the custom forms and board the ferry.

16:45 or 20:00 Departure to Buenos Aires.

18:00 or 21:00 Arrival and transfer back to your hotel.

Includes

  • Roundtrip transfers from selected hotels in Buenos Aires*

  • Ferry ticket

  • Guided Walking Tour

  • Entrance Fees to 7 Museums

  • Afternoon at leisure

  • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish) - City Tour only

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Optional activity costs

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • This tour is non-refundable and cannot be cancelled once booked.

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • Modifications to tour itinerary are not allowed once booked.

  • The tour schedule is subject to changes depending on the departure times of the ferry.

  • Tour duration varies depending on the ferry schedule and availability.

    • Transfers are available from/to hotels located in Microcentro (downtown), Recoleta, San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Pick-up and drop-off are not included for hotels located in Palermo.
  • The following information of each participant must be provided on your online booking form:

--- Passport names (first & last) for each passenger

--- Date of birth for each passenger

--- Nationality

--- Passport number

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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