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Montevideo, Uruguay-port

Laid-back Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population. The relatively small capital is the nation’s only major city, yet visitors do not come here in search of the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis. It is said that Montevideanos themselves travel to Buenos Aires and São Paulo when they crave big city excitement. As Uruguay’s cultural, political and economical center, the city boasts a good number of monuments, museums and impressive architecture.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Colonia Del Sacramento Choice of Unesco
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Jewish Heritage
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Juanico Winery Visit
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity RequiredRegent Choice
  • Montevideo Panorama
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Old Town - Walking Tour
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Punta Del Este - Uruguay's Premier Resort City
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Traditional Estancia La Rabida and Montevideo
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal

Colonia Del Sacramento Choice of Unesco

Moderate Activity/Walking Regent ChoiceMeal

Duration: 8 1/2 hours

Tour Code: MVD-006

This tour presents an alternative to the regular programs offered in Montevideo. The 2 1/2 hour drive each way is long but well worth it for those guests who may have heard or read about this city and its historic significance to Uruguay. One hundred fifteen miles from Montevideo lies the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site - the city of Colonia del Sacramento. The drive is through pleasant rural settings offering marvelous views of the countryside of Uruguay.

This charming, lively town has a fascinating historic section jutting into the Rio de la Plata. Founded by Portuguese settlers in 1680, it was an important center for smuggling British goods across the Rio del Plata. The Barrio Historico with its narrow streets, colonial buildings, and reconstructed walls is particularly interesting and now registered as a World Heritage Site (few examples remain in South America). The city was prized by both the Portuguese and the Spanish who fought over it at regular intervals until the treaty of Saint Lldefonso which awarded the city to Spain. The cobblestone streets, the lighthouse, and the beautiful cathedral together with the picturesque setting all blend into an unusual and quaint perspective of this historic continent providing you with an altogether unusual day. After lunch at a typical restaurant, set off on the 2 1/2 hour return drive to Montevideo and the ship.

Please note: Guests participating in this tour will not see Montevideo.