10 Historical & Heritage Tours in Colonia del Sacramento That You Shouldn't Miss

August 23, 2021 Alida England

The historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento, founded in 1680, evokes old Lisbon with its Portuguese-influenced architecture and winding streets. The area, located in southwestern Uruguay on the Rio de la Plata, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. It's an easy day trip by ferry from Buenos Aires, making the beaches a popular Argentinean escape. Major sights include Iglesia Matriz, the country's oldest church, the Municipal Museum and a 17th-century port jutting into the river.
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1. Best Private & Personalized Trip Day to Colonia del Sacramento (from Montevideo)

Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay Blanco Tour
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We are a family company dedicated to making our travelers spend their best holidays and enjoy with us. We love to show tourists from all over the world the charms of our country and to make them spend a nice day in a relaxed atmosphere, making a friend in Uruguay at the end of the trip. Visit the town of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Montevideo. Walk along the cobbled streets of the charming colonial town and learn about its history from your tour guide over the course of two hours. Important: Time for lunch in a restaurant in the colonial area is possible if tourists wish.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, WiFi on board

Exclusions: Gratuities

Reviewed By 771spencerj

My husband and I booked the Best Private and Personalized City Tour in Montevideo for cruise passengers as we had never been to that city. I was able to stay in contact with the tour operator through WhatsApp which gave me an extra layer of comfort. Our tour guide Alvaro picked us up on time right outside of the cruise terminal. His English was great and he was very knowledgeable about the city. Everywhere we went, someone knew him! He spoke about the history of his city, showed us the old town, the historical rich area, government buildings, beautiful architecture, and of course all of the main attractions. We also escaped the downtown area for a bit and explored the beautiful beaches and the area where many of the embassies are located. Overall we were very happy with this tour and because of the personalized aspect of it, we were able to venture and see areas that appealed to us more. I believe that we got to see double the amount of attractions and probably learnt more about the history and day-to-day life of Uruguay than any tour we would have booked on the ship. Alvaro dropped us off at the Meat Market where we tried some of the local BBQ before we headed back onto the ship. We arrived with plenty of time to spare and enjoyed the entire day. Thank you Andres and Alvaro for everything.

2. 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

Inclusions: Professional Guide, Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, Ferry tickets, Colonia del Sacramento City Tour

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By juliasU2939EQ

We really enjoyed this virtual live experience all together. And even-though we decided to "only" watch, due to the time difference (after dinner for us), we had a great time learning more about how to properly cook Empanadas. Thanks again to Camila for making it very interesting, "tasteful"and fun and giving us the chance to discover the world of Empanadas and also sharing insights about Argentina with us.

3. Premium Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires

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Get to know the city of Colonia del Sacramento on a one day trip from Buenos Aires. Discover the colonial charm and history of this coastal city while exploring the cobbled streets with a professional guide. The tour includes a fast ferry, a 2-hour walking guided tour in Colonia with a guide and transfers in Buenos Aires and Colonia. Languages Offered: Spanish & English We are granted by the safe travel seal of World Travel & Tourism Council.

Inclusions: Professional guide, Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, Ferry Tickets, Colonia del Sacramento City Tour

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By ivbuyliev

Absolutely worth for the money! Great experience, comfortable ride. The boat trip was also amazing. Communication with travel agency was perfect .Patrice was the guide. He is knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend him as a guide. Gracias por todos! Merci pour tout!

4. Guided Day Trip to Colonia del Sacramento from Montevideo

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Take a day trip from the city of Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento. In this 9-hour guided tour, enjoy a golden opportunity to discover this citadel. In 1995, Colonia was listed as a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO for it's unique historic center, which harbors vestiges of the first Portuguese colony in the Rio de la Plata in 1680, as well as a rich Spanish heritage of the following centuries. This tour is great for history lovers as you stroll through the gate and amidst the centuries-old village and listen to your guide's commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off and stops along to a local farm, Granja Colonia Collections Museum, and candy shop are included.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Air-conditioned vehicle, Professional guide

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks, Museum ticket

Reviewed By Paul K

The tour was very good and picked us up at our hotel. We then listened to our guide who explained the itinerary and a bit of history. Our first stop was Piriapolis which was charming. We went to the top of the Cero for a great view and photo opportunity. The tour takes you to the Casapueblo which is an amazing tribute to the famous artist - Carlos Paez Vilaro. It looks like Santorini on steroids. We then went through the back streets of Punta del Este and our guide explained why it's the home of the "rich and famous." We stopped near Play Brava and had some free time to photograph and get a snack. It's a long tour but it's worth it.

5. Day Trip to Colonia from Montevideo

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Get to know the city of Colonia del Sacramento on a day trip from Montevideo! Discover the colonial charm and history of this coastal city as you explore the cobblestone streets with your knowledgeable guide. Visit Barrio Histórico -- Colonia's historic area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and see Real de San Carlos, Fernando's Beach and more. As you wander through Colonia’s wharf and downtown areas and admire unique colonial architecture, you’ll feel as though you’ve journeyed back in time.

Inclusions: Day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Professional English-, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By mildersa_ll2020

Punta del Este is a worldwide recognized tourist destination. The uruguayan city is surrounded by beaches and has a wide hotel capacity, it stands as one of the most chosen tourist destinations in the summer in the southern cone. The peninsula stands out for having two beaches, one of the Rio de la Plata and the other of the Atlantic Sea. The locals are very friendly and there is a wide range of activities, a casino on Gorlero Avenue, a large number of restaurants where you can taste the famous Uruguayan goat. its beaches are beautiful and its people too.

6. Colonia Day Trip & Optional Private Transfers from Buenos Aires

Colonia Express, Av. Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane 155, Buenos Aires, Argentina Tangol
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the historic Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento. On this day trip, take a short boat ride from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata and enjoy a city sightseeing tour and walking tour of Colonia. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in the restaurant of your choice (at your own expense) and spend the afternoon exploring the city of Colonia at your leisure.

Inclusions: Private hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected), 1-hour guided city tour, Ferry tickets

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By alenag745

I Do not recommend this company I did a pre-planned day trip of Argentina. It was arranged they pick me up from nearby hotel. I msg to confirm and they changed the plans and I had to meet there which wasn’t Easy to find. I attempted many times to contact them via the phone numbers they provided and concierge also attempted, but they never responded. Then I only got half the tour. Try other more reliable and reputable companies.

7. PACK 6: Tour Montevideo, Punta del Este & Colonia

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Montevideo: Half day tour visiting the highlights of the city. (Old City, Port Market, downtown, Plaza Independencia, Palacio Legislativo, the neighborhood known as "El Prado", Estadio Centenario, home of the first FIFA world cup and the residential neighborhoods, and beaches along the Rambla. Punta del Este: Full day tour to know the most important seaside resorts in Uruguay. (It includes a visit to Piriápolis, then the tour continues to Casapueblo, the well-known house - sculpture of the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró (entry not included). Finally, in Punta del Este, we will visit the main neighborhoods, the undulating bridge of La Barra de Maldonado, the Brava and Mansa beaches, La Mano monument and finally the peninsula (downtown). Colonia: a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved architectural wealth. We will do a memorable full-day tour to know its stone streets, its old buildings, remains of fortifications and the Spanish and Portuguese museums, etc.

Inclusions: City Tour Montevideo: 3 hour guided tour with an expert tour guide (English, Spanish and..., Full Day Punta del Este: 10 hour guided tour with an expert tour guide (English, Spanish and..., Hotel (in Montevideo) pick-up and drop-off, Transportation in van or bus depending on the number of passengers, Air-conditioned vehicle, Full Day Colonia: 10 hour guided tour with an expert tour guide (English, Spanish and...

Exclusions: Admission to Casapueblo (the museum), Accommodation, Food & drinks, Gratuities, Admission to museums in Colonia

Reviewed By Flygodess

The winery was excellent and we really enjoyed the wines and the food. However the tour of the City was boring and too long wasted too much time going around and not enough time in the winery. Our bus driver got lost and did not explain what was going on. If on a cruise book the winery you can see the city on your own or the hop on hop off.

8. Full day Colonia del Sacramento from Buenos Aires with fast ferry and transfers

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Enjoy a full day tour to Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour includes round trip transportation from any downtown hotel in Buenos Aires or Buenos Aires Cruise Port. Fast ferry (1.15 hours) tickets departing from Buenos Aires at 8.15am and arriving back at 9.30pm. Walking tour with lunch at a local restaurant with 1 non alcoholic drink.

Inclusions: Round trip transfers from Buenos Aires Cruise Terminal or any downtown hotel to Ferry Port., Fast ferry ticket - round trip from Buenos Aires to Colonia and back., Lunch at a local restaurant, set menu with 1 non alcoholic drink included., Colonia del Sacramento walking tour.

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Reviewed By lennif2016

Unfortunately our guide didnt speak well. But "the translator" did speak worse. So the whole travel they tried to get across their tellings but interrupting each other all the time in spanish or english leading to the point where nobody understood anything anymore. The nature on the peninsula was great, the view points for sea lions or sea elephants were disappointing as the animals were hard to spot in the distance. The pengiuns were adorable and we got to see other animals like owls, the pampa rabbit-dogs and loads of guanacos. I enjoyed the day but I wished the guides were a bit better prepared for that high price. The bus in total payed neraly 2000 $, so I feel a good organized and well explained trip could be expected.

9. Half day city tour in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

RipioTurismo Uruguay

This Colonia City Tour will pick you up from your hotel. Your first stop is the historic quarter of the city, where you will go on a walking tour through the cobblestone streets, seeing the old buildings, remnants of fortifications and Spanish and Portuguese museums, which protect and display the historical heritage listed by UNESCO as a Heritage of Humanity. After this cultural visit, the guided tour will then take you to the modern city centre and port zone, before continuing on to the forest reserve, Fernando Beach and the beautiful waterfront avenue, where you can appreciate the views of the Rio de la Plata. From this point, you will continue to the Real de San Carlos to see the Plaza de Toros (Bullring), the Frontón de Paleta Vasca (pelota court – used for a game of hand or racket ball played against a wall), the Hipódromo (race track) and the old dock. Finally, the shuttle will take you back to your hotel.

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10. Half day city tour in Montevideo

RipioTurismo Uruguay

Montevideo is the capital and most populated city of Uruguay. It is also the administrative headquarters of the MERCOSUR. It has its coastline on the Rio de la Plata (River Plate) and boasts an ideal bay that forms a natural harbor. It provides all kinds of cultural, gastronomic and entertainment attractions as well as outdoor walks along its rambla, squares, parks and historical buildings. The tour shows the most spectacular landmarks of the city: Plaza Independencia, Executive Tower where the offices of the President of the Republic are located, Palacio Salvo, the Solís Theater, Port Market, Agricultural Market, the Legislative Palace home of the legislative branch, the Constituency Obelisk of 1830, the Estadio Centenario and much more. Along the United Nation’s promenade we start the way back to downtown going through Punta Gorda and stopping in Plaza Virgilio where you’ll get one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the coast.

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