What to do and see in Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department: The Best Private Tours

May 22, 2022 Kiesha Cripe

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. 2-Days and 1 Night in Colonia

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Visit Uruguay and enjoy Colonia del Sacramento. Founded in 1680 by Portuguese people, this small town with a beautiful colonial architecture awakens admiration among visitors who walk along the cobblestoned streets and marvel at residences and colourful houses.  For these reasons, Colonia was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Ret}st in a 4 stars hotel, and discover the city by yourself.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Ferry Tickets, Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, 2-hour Colonia del Sacramento city tour with a local tour guide, Overnight Accommodation at a 4* Hotel in Colonia

Exclusions: Food and Drinks

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.

2. 16-Day South America Tour: Argentina, Uruguay, Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro

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This South American tour is the adventure of a lifetime enabling you to experience the jewels of Argentina, Brazil & Uruguay on this enthralling 16-day tour which will take you to the main sights in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay including the two main cities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Starting in Buenos Aires, you’ll catch a Tango show and head out to dinner to sample some of the country’s world famous beef and Malbec wine and a visit to the historic city of Colonia. El Calafate is your next stop. It’s the gateway to Los Glacieres National Park, where highlights include the awe inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. Then on to Mendoza to taste the world famous Malbecs and experience the mighty Andes on horseback before heading to the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls, where you’ll get to experience both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. Finally, we take you to the city of Rio de Janeiro, where you will get to see its iconic sites and feel its vibrant culture.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transfers in air-conditioned vehicle, Tours & activities as listed, 24 hr emergency service

Exclusions: Gratuities, Travel insurance, International and local flights, Entrance fee to National Parks

Reviewed By CC0913

We did a 12 day customized trip in 2018. Found this company through Zicasso, Kieran was great arranging it all and communication was easy. Our trip started in Buenos Aires where we did a cooking class at the Argentine Experience and took a tango lesson. Our dance instructors took us out to a milongo afterwards and we ended up staying out until 2am. It was great! We felt completely immersed in the culture. We then flew to Iguazu and toured the jungle, got blasted by the falls in a boat ride and saw all the incredible creatures that live there. Our last 5 days were spent hiking in Patagonia where we trekked the Perito Moreno Glacier, visited a ranch, and then drove to El Chalten for the final days. All of our transportation was provided, all internal flights booked by Kieran, and everything was just wonderful. To this day, it’s one of my favorite vacations!

3. 10-Day Best of Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls Tour

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Enjoy a 10-day tour of Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, the jewels of Argentina. You'll discover this magical city filled with amazing history, fascinating neighborhoods, amazing food, and experience the seduction of the tango. Taste the worlds best beef and the renowned malbec wines during a visit to a working Estancia. Then, you'll live the passion of Argentine football by attending a local soccer match and get to understand why Argentines live and breath football. Finally, you'll see Iguazu Falls, one of the worlds natural wonders, where you will have the opportunity to get close to nature and feel the power of the falls. . You'll be accompanied throughout by a professional guide and have all accommodation and meals included. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors to the region who would love to experience all aspects of the Argentinian culture.

Inclusions: Accommodation as per itinerary, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Professional driver/guide, Transport by air-conditioned minivan, Local taxes, Round-trip shared transfer

Exclusions: Domestic flights, insurance

Reviewed By CC0913

We did a 12 day customized trip in 2018. Found this company through Zicasso, Kieran was great arranging it all and communication was easy. Our trip started in Buenos Aires where we did a cooking class at the Argentine Experience and took a tango lesson. Our dance instructors took us out to a milongo afterwards and we ended up staying out until 2am. It was great! We felt completely immersed in the culture. We then flew to Iguazu and toured the jungle, got blasted by the falls in a boat ride and saw all the incredible creatures that live there. Our last 5 days were spent hiking in Patagonia where we trekked the Perito Moreno Glacier, visited a ranch, and then drove to El Chalten for the final days. All of our transportation was provided, all internal flights booked by Kieran, and everything was just wonderful. To this day, it’s one of my favorite vacations!

4. 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.

5. Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires

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Located on the opposite coast of River Plate lies the ancient city of Colonia del Sacramento. On this private day trip, you will get to know its charming cobbled streets, flowery balconies and the astonishing colonial layout. Visit this enchanted destiny for nature and history lovers.

Inclusions: Round trip private transfer from your hotel to the Ferry Terminal, 1.5-hour private walking tour in Colonia del Sacramento with local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions: Lunch, If you have paid the reciprocity fee to enter Argentina, you will need to show the reciprocity document to re-enter Argentina when returning from Uruguay. If you forget the reciprocity document, you will have to pay the fee again. In case you have not paid it, you will not need it

Reviewed By sheila_poli_peer

This private tour was very through and we had an wonderful and expert guide( Ilan). He was also attentive to our preferences and change the plans accordingly. We manage to visit all we expected and more... Strongly recommend this company and specially the guide that accompanied us , Ilan.

6. Sightseeing Lovers - Best of Montevideo to Colonia!

The Wine Experience

The Wine Experience pioneered Wine Tourism in Uruguay and has been Number 1 on Trip Advisor for 10 years running. We have since been creating Cultural & Sightseeing Tours that best promote Uruguay. This tour was specifically designed for small groups of 8 or more persons, so perfect for small groups, families or cruise ship groups. You will get to see beautiful scenery and landscapes on route to Colonia. This experience is really like taking a time machine back to the early 1900's, where you will get to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst taking in great architecture, culture and history. We always keep in mind that you have travelled from afar to experience something special. Together with our small team, our goal is to make it as personable as possible (like hanging out with a new friend). We see ourselves as ambassadors of this beautiful country and see it as a privilege to show you the best of what's around. We can't wait to meet you and share this experience :)

Inclusions: Local Driver/Guide , Hotel or Port pickup and drop-off, Private Tour of 8 or more persons, Transport by air-conditioned minivan, Number 1 on Trip Advisor for 10 years running

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Lunch, Gratuities

Reviewed By FarAway144408

Ryan is a wonderful host! He is super knowledgeable about wine as well as the locations he took me. He's a great conversationalist and did an excellent job with providing an amazing wine tasting experience! So far, I have had two wine tasting experiences with Ryan and am hoping I can do one more before I leave Uruguay. If you like adventure and going a little off the beaten path, Ryan is your guy.

7. Private Visit to Colonia del Sacramento from Montevideo by Van

EUROPE SHUTTLE Montevideo, Uruguay

Enjoy a Colonia del Sacramento private visit from Montevideo City with your local guide including pickup and drop off at your hotel in Montevideo or at the Port. Discover the most important places of the city in a 10 hours tour by private Van, Hyundai H1 (up to 6 pax), Renault Master or Mercedes Benz Sprinter (up to 12 pax).

Inclusions: Transport by private vehicle: Hyundai H1 (up to 6 pax), Renault Master or Mercedes Benz Sprinter (up to 12 pax), Chauffeur, Private Bilingual Guide (English-Spanish), Bottled water, All taxes, fees and handling charges, Hotel/Port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuities (recomended up to 20%)

8. 2 Days and 1 Night visiting Colonia and Montevideo

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Visit Uruguay and enjoy the town of Colonia and the capital city, Montevideo. Colonia was founded in 1680 by Portuguese people. This small town with a beautiful colonial architecture awakens admiration among visitors who walk along the cobblestoned streets and admire residences and colorful houses. For these reasons, Colonia was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Montevideo is the capital and most important and influential city in Uruguay, seat of MERCOSUR. It hosts one of the most important ports in the region. This metropolis has an old district with a strong Spanish influence, with the main focus on Plaza de la Independencia (Independence square) and new areas, such as Carrasco, Punta Carretas, Pocitos and Malvin.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Ferry Tickets, Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, Transport from Colonia to Montevideo, 2-hour city tour with a local tour guide in Colonia, 3-hour city tour with a local tour guide in Montevideo, Overnight accommodation in a 4* Hotel in Montevideo

Exclusions: Food and Drinks

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!

9. 2 Days and 1 Night in Colonia

Tours Buenos Aires

Visit Uruguay and enjoy Colonia del Sacramento. Founded in 1680 by Portuguese people, this small town with a beautiful colonial architecture awakens admiration among visitors who walk along the cobblestoned streets and marvel at residences and colourful houses. For these reasons, Colonia was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Ferry Tickets, Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, 2-hour Colonia del Sacramento city tour with a local tour guide, Overnight Accommodation at a 4* Hotel in Colonia

Exclusions: Food and Drinks

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!

10. Argentina Pope Francis Pilgrimage tour

Experience Argentina

The Argentina Pope Francis Pilgrimage provides a fascinating insight into the milestones that marked the life of a simple and humble Jesuit priest from Buenos Aires who would surprise the world and become the first Latin American Pope. During the course of the Pope Francis Pilgrimage tour, insight into the life lived by Pope Francis will be given by members of the religious orders. There will be a number of opportunities to participate in Mass celebrations. Alternatively, if your group is travelling with a priest, we can make arrangements for him to celebrate Mass. In addition, talks will be given on Argentina’s history and the role of the church on its culture and society.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Tours & activities as listed, Wine tasting session, Private Tango class, Dinner Tango Show, Private Masses as listed, All Transfers, Private guide and spiritual advisor, 24 hr emergency service

Exclusions: insurance

Reviewed By CC0913

We did a 12 day customized trip in 2018. Found this company through Zicasso, Kieran was great arranging it all and communication was easy. Our trip started in Buenos Aires where we did a cooking class at the Argentine Experience and took a tango lesson. Our dance instructors took us out to a milongo afterwards and we ended up staying out until 2am. It was great! We felt completely immersed in the culture. We then flew to Iguazu and toured the jungle, got blasted by the falls in a boat ride and saw all the incredible creatures that live there. Our last 5 days were spent hiking in Patagonia where we trekked the Perito Moreno Glacier, visited a ranch, and then drove to El Chalten for the final days. All of our transportation was provided, all internal flights booked by Kieran, and everything was just wonderful. To this day, it’s one of my favorite vacations!

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