Escape the crowded cruise line tours on this exclusive and excellent Montevideo Highlights Tour, which includes Old Town, Port Market, Parliament Palace and the Rambla.
Your tour begins when you meet your professional guide at the pier and climb aboard our air-conditioned vehicle. Your first stop will be historic Old Town. Until 1829, a wall that protected it from possible invasions surrounded Old Town. After the wall was torn down, the only part that was kept was its gateway, which remains an emblem of this part of town. Old Town has the most beautiful buildings from the Colonial era and the first decades of independence. The Cabildo (built in 1812), the Solís Theatre, the Metropolitan Cathedral and several museums, like the Museo Torres García, are among the most impressive ones. Several design shops and recycled loft floors flourish in the streets near the port.
Next you will visit Port Market. The market was completed in 1885 and is a must for the tourist who arrives in Montevideo, whether for its traditional foods or to view the historic culture of the city. While there you may see several talented los guitarreros viejos (the old guitarists) playing folk music that's lasted for centuries, all for the few coins that people donate.
Departing the Old Market, you will next see Independence Square. Located at the border of the Old City and the new city center, Independence Square is the heart of the city, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. From the square you will see the statue and mausoleum of General Artigas (considered the father of Uruguay), the Ciudadela gate, and the Palacio Estévez (the former Presidential palace). You will also see Parliament Palace. The palace houses Uruguay's parliament in a very impressive Neo-Classical building, completed in 1925.
Next you will visit the romantic neighborhood "Prado." This residential neighborhood is home to impressive mansions on tree-lined streets built in the early 20th century. Nearby, you will see Cerro de Montevideo, a beautiful green park with several impressive monuments.
You will also visit Carrasco. Located on the city's southeast coast, this neighborhood was originally an elegant seaside resort. However, it eventually became the city's most exclusive bedroom community. Carrasco is regarded as one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Montevideo, and features a wide range of architectural styles.
Departing Carrasco you will visit famous Rambla, the avenue that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo and features a string of beautiful beaches. This area provides a great environment for jogging, walking, biking, fishing, or just relaxing in the sun.
Departing Rambla you will be returned to your ship.
Reviewer: Maggie (Magdalina) Harrison
We were met 'early' by a bright and cheerful tour guide. The bus was clean and comfortable. This tour did not entail a lot of walking. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Montevideo is a very modern and prosperous city. The beaches looked wonderful. A great tour!!
Reviewer: Marcia Meyer
We met our guide right where promised and were promptly on our way in an air conditioned van. We had a great tour around the city, stopping for photos at several scenic spots along the way. We also had a short stop at a shopping area where we were able to purchase drinks and snacks. This is a great way to see the sights without being in a large tour bus.
Great tour! Courteous and knowledgeable guide.
Reviewer: Donald Hardy
The guide was informative, the bus was exceptional, the explanations were complete and easy to understand. It was an excellent and comfortable way to quickly learn and see a lot.
Reviewer: Dianne Boucher
Visiting a country capital on a Sunday has pluses and minuses; on the plus side traffic was light and it was possible to reach sites of interest. On the opposite side stores and museums were closed! A good guide led us in a VIP bus (superb + WIFI). This tour provides good information on a modern city, its population, history, points of interest and offers opportunities for good photography. Upon return those who wished were dropped at the port market where tourist could shop or have lunch in traditional style open pit cooking restaurants.