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Small-Group Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires

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Enjoy a one-day visit to the small but picturesque town of Colonia, Uruguay. The tour includes a fast ferry, a 2-hour walking guided tour in Colonia with a professional guide and transfers in Buenos Aires and Colonia.

Languages Offered: Spanish & English
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- NOTE: At the time of reservation the following information is needed in order to buy the ferry tickets: full names, date of birth, passport numbers and nationalities
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a kid-friendly tour
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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Stop At: Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

Your full-day tour starts with hotel pickup in Buenos Aires. Meet your guide and drive to the station catch a ferry to the city of Colonia. The ride is one hour long and you can admire the views as you travel.

Once you get to the city of Colonia, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city. This quaint town in Uruguay lies just on the opposite side of the River Plate. You will visit the historic center and be taken back in time. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, the town is famous for its cobbled, windy streets and colorful houses. Today, it is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Learn from your guide about the city's layout and how it differs from the majority of Uruguayan cities. Admire its streets and houses as well as small bars, restaurants. After your tour, you will have three more hours in Colonia to explore on your own. You can head to one of its lovely plazas and small flower-filled parks. You can enjoy lunch and visit some art and craft shops, museums and a large yacht harbour.

After a nice day in Colonia, you will board the ferry back to Buenos Aires, where you will be taken back to your hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: La Calle de los Suspiros, Colonia del Sacramento Uruguay

It is born in the Plaza Mayor and continues on a slope to the Río de la Plata. It is a narrow street with Portuguese characteristics, cobbled with a wedge and without sidewalks. The sides are tilted towards the center to form a drainage channel.

The houses, built in the first half of the 18th century, have stone walls, tile roofs and ceramic floors. The doors and windows are small and made of wood, although only houses with a gabled roof are preserved.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Puerta de la Ciudadela, Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento 70000 Uruguay

It was built in the year 1745 by order of the Portuguese governor Vasconcellos who at that time was leading these lands. In its origins the Door was the portico of entrance to Colony, protected at that time by a strong military of thick walls that were frequent target of pirate attacks, Spanish and English.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Faro de Colonia del Sacramento, de San Francisco, Colonia del Sacramento 70000 Uruguay

It was built in January 1857. It has two red flashes every nine seconds. It is a circular tower of white masonry with a dome with white and red radial stripes. It has a unique structure with a square base and a cylindrical tower that reaches the lantern. It was built on one of the old towers of the Convent of San Francisco, whose ruins are at the foot of the lighthouse.

Its height is 26 meters and has a luminous range of 7.8 nautical miles.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, Calle Vasconcellos Centro Historico, Colonia del Sacramento 70000 Uruguay

The Basilica has the most unusual altar feature for its time and even now; a back lit semi-circular alcove that features a very large monstrance (receptacle for displaying the Sacred Host or Blessed Sacrament). The outside brickwork shows the Portuguese influence of its builders.

Duration: 10 minutes

Departure:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-Up at centrally located hotels in Buenos Aires (Palermo, Recoleta, Downtown areas)

Departure time:

7:00 AM

Duration:

12 hours

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Terms and Conditions:

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.


Reviews:

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Barbara B

Great experience. Excellent guide in Colonia and in the transport. The boat ride between Buenos Aires and Colonia was enjoyable.

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Gregory H

He ferry ride was very smooth and quick. Once we arrived we easily found our guide was was awesome. She shared so much history and answered all our curiosity. She annunciated so clearly and was easy to communicate with. We had a great meal there that we took photos of and keep talking about. The walk along the coast was so peaceful we could feel so much stress released. Got back in Time for another lovely meal in Buenos Aires.

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Steve

After a quick boat ride across from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay, we had a nice tour with Alejandra. She was lively and very informative, and knew her city well (one of seven English-speaking tour guides in Colonia). After a 2 1/2 hour tour, we had three hours on our own to walk around to see the sites and the culture. We had lunch at Charco, recommended by Alejandra, and it was wonderful, right on the water. While this tour was at the upper end in price, we enjoyed ourselves and liked the tour guide.

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davis785

This day trip to Uruguay is amazing! It starts with a personal pickup at your hotel where you're dropped off at the boat terminal. It is a really great treat to see Buenos Aires from the coast. The seats are comfy and great for a nap on the ride over. When you arrive in Colonia, your guide meets to pick you up inside the terminal. Prepare for the 3.5 min car ride from the terminal to the old city of Colonia : Then you get a personalized walking tour through the city where all the hot spots are pointed out, a guide only location in a old hotel plaza, and recommendations to eat lunch and what do to on your free time. There is a significant number of things to do in Colonia: lighthouse with great views of the entire city, three sides surrounded by water, the old fort wall, multiple original cobblestone streets and buildings in both Portuguese and Spanish design a unique aspect of this city, many shops with local handmade items, and countless restaurants both in the old city and right outside on the main street. The walking tour takes about an hour and then you're given about 4 hours on your own. Once you meet back up with your tour guide, you're driven back to the terminal and are helped through the ticket line. Once you get back on board, the boat offers a duty free shop and a snack bar as well. Your driver from the morning will pick you up right inside the terminal in Buenos Aires and take you back to you hotel.

For this trip you don't need to exchange money for Uruguayan Pesos as there is an exchange store in Colonia and is only needed for the city's museums. The Argentinian Pesos is widely accepted elsewhere in addition to being able to use your credit card at many restaurants and stores on the main street. You'll need your passport for this trip.

We highly recommend this detour from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a relaxing day on your own pace while also being able to check a second country off your list.

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Augusta A

Quaint, beautiful town. Guide very informative. Loved it

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Catherine K

Seamless from pick up to ferry to being met in Uruguay to being dropped off back at our hotel.

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gblinsmon

The ferry to Buenos Aires and back was not the newest ship in the world. But it seemed very sea worthy and got us there and back safely. The port facilities seem to be well run. The morning ferry to Colonia was nearly full (app 1,000 people). Check in, immigration and customs took nearly an hour. The tour guide met us as soon as we got off the ferry. She was very knowledgeable and her English was quite good. The history of Colonia is very interesting. We had a very nice lunch at a local restaraunt. Colonia is very clean and the people were very friendly.


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Small-Group Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires
Overview:

Enjoy a one-day visit to the small but picturesque town of Colonia, Uruguay. The tour includes a fast ferry, a 2-hour walking guided tour in Colonia with a professional guide and transfers in Buenos Aires and Colonia.

Languages Offered: Spanish & English

From USD

$230

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