Day Trip To Colonia From Buenos Aires

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Overview

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 at a quality restaurant of your choice (own expense) and spend the afternoon exploring the city of Colonia at your leisure.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

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A visit to Colonia offers a great introduction to Argentina's neighbor, Uruguay. On this day trip from Buenos Aires, enjoy an enticing blend of colonial history, museums and laid-back ambiance on both a guided and independent sightseeing tour of Colonia.

Colonia occupies a superb location, resting only 110 miles (180 km) west of Montevideo and perched atop a small peninsula jutting out into the Rio de la Plata. After a scenic boat ride to the Colonia port, head inside the ferry station and get directions of where to go for a 1-hour sightseeing city tour. Full of old cobblestone streets, rustic buildings and famous landmarks, this historic town has a captivating atmosphere and charm. Then, walk around the city while absorbing the history of Colonia. Admire the beautiful architecture that gives this city its rustic charm in fact, both Colonia's old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Then, you will be on your own to have lunch. Head to the restaurant of your choice and enjoy a delicious Uruguayan meal (own expense).
After lunch, enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure. Walk through the streets, visit the local museums, browse the pottery and jewelry shops, or take a stroll along the coast to admire the towns remarkable beauty.

When you are finished exploring on your own, head back to the ferry station and check in for your return to Buenos Aires. As you sail off, enjoy the wonderful view of the city from Rio de la Plata. When you dock in Buenos Aires, youll be transported to your hotel.

This tour is likely to sell out! The ferry tickets for this tour regularly sell out weeks in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Inclusions for Day Trip To Colonia From Buenos Aires

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Ferry ticket
  • City sightseeing tour

Exclusions for Day Trip To Colonia From Buenos Aires

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ferry ride is approximately 1 hour

Please note: a current valid passport is required to enter Uruguay

Possession of proper government issued documentation is the responsibility of the passenger. You may require additional documentation to enter Uruguay. A Uruguayan visa may be required for some nationalities; check your home country requirements for entering Uruguay.

Passport name, number, date of birth, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

Note: The city tour may include an English-speaking guide, subject to availability. Please contact the local tour operator upon booking so they can arrange this service for you

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • Colonia was lovely, it is a sleepy little town that you can wander and shop and see a bit of history or go down to the water with a coffee and relax. Not a ton to do there, but a nice change from busy Buenos Aires. We chose the pickup service from the hotel, which drops you off at the ferry and leaves you to figure out how to get on it yourself. It feels daunting at first since there are very little English cues but it actually is easier than it first looks. First, you line up at check-in. Show your reservation voucher on a phone works get your tickets and then head for immigration. Immigration has both Argentina and Uruguay side by side so once you are through you are done. You meet the bus tour at Colonia after a ferry ride - it is on a Buquebus the same company as the ferry. If you tried to book it yourself you would find the website a nightmare so through Viator worked so much better for us. Some people told me the bus tour was not necessary. But we enjoyed it and it follows the hop on hop off route so can decide later if you want to do it again and get off at places. We stayed until the 7:45 ferry but if you are in a time crunch, the 4pm ferry would give you enough time as well. The one thing I would change was the driver that picked us up after the day and took us home was truly terrifying. Reaching speeds of 100km/h in downtown Buenos Aires. have travelled the world and been in taxis in many countries, including India, and they don't hold a candle to how scary this guy's driving was. He started going the wrong way so we made him stop and walked the last few minutes home.

  • Here's what I got with the tour: a hotel pickup at 6:30am, ferry ride roundtrip, 1 hour walking tour of Colonia, driver holding a sign with my name to take me back to hotel when we got back to Buenos Aires at night. If you were to buy all of these separately, you'd pay less than half the cost of this package. I only recommend the package if you feel it's worth 100 or more to not have to plan the items individually.

    Because the walking tour was done by 11:15 am, and the return ferry doesn't leave until 8:15pm if it's on time, we had 9 HOURS to kill. I used the time to eat lunch, shop, climb a lighthouse, and pay for a driving tour that included a winery visit in the afternoon. Even with all of that, there was so much extra time. One thing I could've done was visit the museums. That would've used up some more time.

    I wish this package had the option of the earlier return ferry which left Colonia at 3:15 or 4:15, something like that. I would've rather get back to Buenos Aires with some remaining daylight.

  • My wife and I enjoyed this tour, unfortunately as the weather was not great and everything was pre-booked, The option to come back on an slightly earlier ferry was not possible, even though space was not an issue. In hindsight, some flexibility would have been nice.

  • Didn't need a tour. Just go buy a ferry ticket on Colonia Express. My booking was sold three times to end up not matching the detailed meet up instructions given. Guide's English was poor, just stopped a few times and was set off to explore on your own.

  • It was okay, I didnt really like the guide, made it a big deal that she had to speak English as I was the only non-Spanish speaking person in the big group.

  • Fun way to spend an afternoon. La Boca was the highlight of the trip. We spent a lot of time there. Only downside was the driver wouldn't drop me off at my hotel, and I had some difficulty finding my way back to my hotel.

  • If you have the luxury of a few extra days in Buenos Aires and want something to do some extra touring, this would be great. There's so much to do in BA that I would've been perfectly happy to have stayed in the city. The people were really nice in Colonia and it was cool to see the settlement buildings.

  • I just took this tour yesterday, and while the tour was ok, the description of the tour is inaccurate.
    When you arrive in Colonia, there is no bus tour and the walking tour is given in Spanish only. The lunch
    is included a package lunch at the Yacht club restaurant which was quite good, but not necessarily worth the price paid here.
    A couple of side notes need to be mentioned. This tour uses the Colonia Express ferry, not the larger buguebus ferry. The CE terminal is in a different area of BA, take note when arranging your transportation. Also, the CE ferry doesn't return until 8:30pm depending on the day of the week. The walking tour finishes at noon, which leaves a LOT of time in between. You might want to consider renting a golf cart to drive around, its a nice alternative to taking the bus tour. There are several companies around the Colonia ferry terminal and a few in the old town area.

  • Not worth the money spent. The guided trip is only one hour long while the guide did her best, I cannot see how 8 hours can be spent in a small picturesque town just shopping and looking at historical sites. There should be an option to return at 4 pm instead of at 8-30 pm I don't see how the amount charged is justified. A ferry ride and an hour of a guide's time. Really? The problem was not the guide or the place. Please rethink this one. Colonia can be made cheaper and shorter. Give people the option of a shorter or longer trip. Definitely not worth the money or the time. This fault lies with Viator

  • I loved Colonia, but the time spent there was too long for the winter. Most everything shut down around 5pm and the ferry didn't leave until 8:45pm. I would only do this tour in the winter if you can leave on an earlier ferry.

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