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BUENOS AIRES & COASTAL URUGUAY

Valid until : April 2019

9 days
Land Arrangement only

$4745

About your trip

This nine-day itinerary flows smoothly from a slice of cosmopolitan life in Buenos Aires to a relaxed exploration of Uruguay’s historic and modern cities, wineries, countryside ranches and vineyards, and sunny Atlantic coast. Like olives, cheeses, and a glass of fine wine, Buenos Aires and Uruguay pair perfectly together.

Tour Highlights

Feel the energy of South America’s most cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires

Experience life on a river delta in the waterfront community of Tigre

Compare Uruguay’s quaint historic Colonia with hip, modern Montevideo

Sip your way through some of Uruguay’s top wineries

Ride goucho-style on horseback along scenic beaches and dunes

Lounge on the sandy beaches of chic bohemian resort town José Ignacio

Take in the art and glamour of Punta del Este, Uruguay’s coastal hot spot

Inclusions
  • Comprehensive pre-departure planning packet and expert travel advice.
  • All in-country transfers as scheduled (transfers on different days are additional). Ground transportation in spacious and comfortable private vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Boat transportation where applicable on a seat-in-boat basis (other travelers will be aboard, but our group will be privately escorted).
  • Ferry to Colonia, Uruguay from Buenos Aires operated on a seat-in-boat basis (unguided as it’s an international crossing but we’ll have VIP seating)
  • Local and return flight reconfirmation, in-country airport check-in and luggage assistance
  • All accommodations in first-class (4-5 star) hotels as listed (or at similar hotels, the best available in smaller towns) on a shared basis with private bath. Advanced bookings are recommended if you plan to arrive early or extend your stay. Double beds for couples (queen or king-sized) can be requested in advance, but cannot be guaranteed, as most hotels offer few rooms with double beds.
  • Single Supplement provides single room accommodations in all hotels. Due to the small size of some of the hotels we use, there is a maximum of 2 singles allowed per group. If you require single accommodations, making reservations well in advance is recommended.
  • All meals indicated on the itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner). Vegetarian diets accommodated on request (advance notification required). For other diets, consult your travel specialist before making a reservation.
  • All guided tours and excursions (as listed) conducted on a private basis by knowledgeable, English-speaking local guides in each region (includes applicable entrance fees). The visits at Finca Piedra, Bouza winery and Colinas de Garzon will be on a group tour basis with other guests at the property, but will be privately escorted. There will be two main guides throughout the trip (one from Argentina and the other from Uruguay).
  • First-aid kit.
Itinerary

DAY 01 (SAT): HOME

Overnight flight to Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires.

DAY 02 (SUN): BUENOS AIRES

Our local Southwind representative greets you this morning at the Ezeiza International Airport and brings you to the elegant and modern Emperador Hotel. Centrally located in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood, the Emperador is near shopping centers, art galleries, and is a few blocks from Puerto Madero’s restaurants and the city’s landmark, the Obelisk. After a rest and lunch on your own, join your local guide for a tour of this vibrant, European-style city. On foot and by vehicle, we visit the Plaza de Mayo, the main square of the city where the Metropolitan Cathedral and the pink-hued Casa Rosada presidential palace are found. Next stop is the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentinian political icon Evita Peron was buried, and a lesson about her legacy at the Evita Peron museum. Other highlights on the tour are San Telmo (Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood featuring a Sunday antiques and souvenirs market at Plaza Dorrego), and a drive by the famous Colón Theater, which is regarded as one of the top three opera houses in the world, the 9 de Julio Avenue (the widest avenue in the world), also see other historical sites in the city. This evening, enjoy an Argentine welcome dinner, a glass of Malbec wine, and sultry tango show at one of the best venues in the city, Gala Tango. (D)

DAY 03 (MON) TIGRE DELTA / BUENOS AIRES

Unwind with a day excursion north to the Tigre Delta. Buenos Aires is located on the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world. Just one hour north of the city, the Paraná and Uruguay rivers join to form the Rio de la Plata. Here, small charming towns offer a pleasant atmosphere and slower paced way of life compared to the bustling capital. In San Isidro, visit the historic plaza with cobbled streets and a neo-gothic cathedral. Further upriver, the Tigre delta offers a glimpse into a unique riverside lifestyle where locals get around by boat. During a 45 min boat ride you can view many small islands and homes built on stilts along leafy riverways while learning about the local history. For a deeper encounter with the flora and fauna, we’ll visit Delta Terra nature reserve to see their progress with wildlife rescue and conservation on a short one-hour hike that loops through the grounds. Enjoy lunch at Novo del Maria Lujan restaurant (one of the finest in the area) located by the river, where you can order a la carte from 7 menu choices. Post-lunch stroll along tree lined streets where locals sip mate at cafes overlooking the river. The colorful Tigre port market offers fruit and handmade products from wicker, leather and ceramic. Last stop in Tigre is the elegant Museo de Arte, a National Historic Monument that was once a swanky hotel, casino and private club for the Argentinean elite. After a relaxing day of touring, return to the capital, where dinner is on your own this evening to explore Buenos Aires’ different culinary options near the hotel. Overnight at the Emperador Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 04 (TUE): COLONIA / URUGUAY

This morning, after an early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer to the Buquebus station and board the 8:30am express ferry for a comfortable 1 hour 15 min ride across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay. Upon arriving to the port, you’ll be greeted by a private guide and transported to the nearby Radisson Hotel Colonia. After check-in, there’s time to relax a bit before the guide returns for a day of exploration in Colonia on foot and by vehicle. Start with lunch at Meson de la Plaza Restaurant in the center of old town to try the Uruguayan variations of regional cuisine – grilled meats (asado), fresh fish and seafood, and fine Italian-influenced pasta dishes. After lunch, we’ll stroll the cobbled streets to Colonia’s “Portón del Campo” (Country Gate), which leads into the historic center of town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll find the Portuguese Museum, which sheds light on the city’s colonial heritage, set in a 17th century settlement house. In the same area, we’ll make our way over to other worthwhile historic sites, such as the Home of Admiral Guillermo Brown, a tile museum, and Calle de los Suspiros, meaning “Road of the Sighs”. Finally, get a bird’s eye view of town from atop its antique lighthouse tower. You’ll return to the Radisson Hotel, which gives panoramic views of the river, with leisure time in the evening to explore Colonia’s local cuisine and laid-back nightlife on your own. (B,L)

DAY 05 (WED): FINCA PIEDRA / MONTEVIDEO

We’ll travel by private vehicle for about 1 hour this morning to visit a special estancia called Finca Piedra about 50 miles inland from the coast. At this traditional country estate, working ranch and vineyard, take part in activities like horseback riding, a carriage ride, a walking tour of the vineyard, a short hike, a visit to the native animal reserve, or even a chance to milk a cow! We’ll get hands-on with a demo/cooking class and learn a little bit about Uruguayan gastronomy. Then, sitting down to lunch at the estancia’s “Los Olivos” restaurant, try the entrée you just helped prepare. Afterwards, a two-hour drive takes us to the well-known Bouza winery, where we will join other guests to visit the grounds and winemaking facilities. The local staff will host a tasting in an ambience of grape terraces and classic vintage cars. Sample Bouza’s award-winning Tannat, the Uruguayan trademark redwine. The final destination today is Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital and most populous and modern city, located at the confluence of the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving in the evening, check in to the Cala de Volpe, a boutique hotel located on the most beautiful section of the rambla, or main pedestrian walkway along the waterfront. Dinner is on your own this evening to peruse the rambla and its fine dining and nightlife. (B,L)

DAY 06 (THU): MONTEVIDEO / JOSE IGNACIO

Get to know Montevideo this morning with a guided walking tour of old town for an overview of the city’s history and its collage of colonial and modern architecture. The centerpiece is Constitution Square, with its two buildings raised in the year the city was founded (1726) – the Cabildo government hall and the Metropolitan Cathedral. On Independence Square you find the landmark 56-foot-high statue of Uruguay’s national hero, Jose Gervasio Artigas, on horseback. As part of the cityscape, artisans and craftsmen sell their wares and buskers entertain passers-by. With a stop at the Port Market, you’ll bear witness to Uruguayans’ love affair with grilling fine cuts of meat. But save your appetite, because a drive east of about two hours will lead us to Maldonado and famed Punta del Este, where the first stop will be a lavish lunch at the L’incanto, one of the finest restaurants in this classy coastal resort town. Afterwards, a short drive will take us to José Ignacio, a neighboring seaside town with a bohemian-chic vibe. This will be our base for exploring the coast over the next two days. Here, you’ll check in to the Casa Suaya, a boutique property set in an ideal location very close the beach. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy the hotel grounds and pool or take a sunset walk along the beach and pick out a spot for dinner on your own this evening, such as Parador La Huella, a breezy seaside grill with an impressive menu of top quality wines. (B,L)

DAY 07 (FRI): JOSE IGNACIO

Today we’ll take in the landscapes around José Ignacio Uruguayan gaucho-style – on horseback! Accompanied by the equestrian guides from Haras Godiva ranch, trot through deserted beaches to the iconic lighthouse, and ride to Garzón lagoon which is home to a smattering of resident and migratory birds such as Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brown pintail, Chilean Flamingo, Neotropic Cormorant, American Kestrel, Maguari Stork and Roadside Hawk among others. Return to Haras Godiva on quiet back roads that pass over dunes and along gorges. After the ride and a refreshment, a short drive takes us to the Colinas de Garzón olive plantation to enjoy an extravirgen quality olive oil tasting, complemented by a sampling of delicious homemade bread and select cheeses, followed by a classy picnic lunch. Later on, we’ll have a firsthand look at the olive oil-making craft, a hallmark of Uruguay’s Mediterranean-style culture, before strolling among the trees and windmills in the lovingly-tended fields of the plantation. Heading back to José Ignacio and the Casa Suaya hotel in the afternoon, the remainder of the day is open for beach lounging and seeking out another gourmet seaside dining experience. (B,L)

DAY 08 (SAT): PUNTA DEL ESTE / MONTEVIDEO

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, taking in one last dose of sun and sand before saying goodbye to charming José Ignacio. A special farewell meal awaits us in Punta del Este – lunch at the elegant Lo De Tere restaurant overlooking the sea, for one final pairing of top-notch Uruguayan grilled steak and wine. This afternoon is dedicated to the unique art scene, culture, and coastline of Punta del Este, where sophisticated residential areas in the city are surrounded by pine and eucalyptus trees. Enjoy a short walk along the beautiful seaport. Then, driving from the harbor to the east, you will see the Peninsula, Brava Beach, and the open-air collection of sculptures at Square of Americas, among which “The Hand” has become a city icon. Next stop is the Ralli Museum, which houses a collection of Latin American painters and sculptors as well as European artists such as Salvador Dali. The final visit is the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation, a tribute to a Uruguayan sculptor and home to his impressive marble works. We may encounter artists in action in their workshops. This afternoon, depart on a two-hour drive to Montevideo in time to check in at the airport for your overnight flight home. (B,L)

DAY 09 (SUN): ARRIVE HOME

Arrive back in your gateway city this morning and make onward connections home.

Transportation

The Land Cost does not include any flights. Round-trip international air from US gateway cities arriving in Buenos Aires and departing from Montevideo is approximately $1,000-$1,400. International carriers offering non-stop service to Buenos Aires from US gateways include; American (JFK, Dallas, Miami), Delta (Atlanta), LAN (Miami) and United (Houston or Newark) Airfares are subject to change at any time before tickets are issued. Upon receipt of your deposit, Southwind will send you recommended air arrangements to match your land itinerary. Airfares are subject to change at any time before tickets are issued.

Additional Information

EXCLUSIONS

  • US domestic, International flights, nor local flights within Argentina or Uruguay.
  • The entry fee into Argentina for US citizens is $160 (valid for 10 years and multiple entries) and for Canadian citizens is $75 (valid for single entry only). Fees must be paid online before arrival.
  • Six (6) meals at about $25-40 each per person.
  • Tours or other services not listed on the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages nor items of a personal nature; such as clothing, equipment, laundry and phone calls.
  • Tips to the local staff.
  • Expenses incurred in preparation, such as, but not limited to, non-refundable airline tickets, travel insurance, nor additional expenses resulting from flight delays, schedule changes, cancellations, or missed connections.

VISA INFORMATION

Travelers with a US or Canadian passport do not need a visa for visits less than 90 days. For those traveling with a passport from another country other than the US or Canada; visit projectvisa.com for more information.

WEATHER INFORMATION

Uruguay enjoys a humid subtropical climate. Near the coast, winter months (June-August) can be cooler and windy, with low temperatures below 50°F and high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s. The summer season (December-March) is warm and excellent for beach-going, with high temperatures in the upper 80s and some humidity. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. Farther inland, humidity decreases, and the climate is drier, making winters milder and summers warmer.

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