Small-Group Day Trip To Colonia From Buenos Aires

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up at centrally located hotels in Buenos Aires (Palermo, Recoleta, Downtown areas)
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a one-day visit to the small but picturesque town of Colonia, Uruguay. The tour includes a fast ferry, a 2-hour walking guided tour in Colonia with a professional guide and transfers in Buenos aires and Colonia.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Barrio Historico, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

Your full-day tour starts with hotel pickup in Buenos Aires. Meet your guide and drive to the station catch a ferry to the city of Colonia. The ride is one hour long and you can admire the views as you travel.
Once you get to the city of Colonia, you will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city. This quaint town in Uruguay lies just on the opposite side of the River Plate. You will visit the historic center and be taken back in time. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, the town is famous for its cobbled, windy streets and colorful houses. Today, it is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Learn from your guide about the city's layout and how it differs from the majority of Uruguayan cities. Admire its streets and houses as well as small bars, restaurants. After your tour, you will have three more hours in Colonia to explore on your own. You can head to one of its lovely plazas and small flower-filled parks. You can enjoy lunch and visit some art and craft shops, museums and a large yacht harbour.
After a nice day in Colonia, you will board the ferry back to Buenos Aires, where you will be taken back to your hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: La Calle de los Suspiros, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

Walk in the street

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Puerta de la Ciudadela, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

The original entrance to the Portuguese Port

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Faro de Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

Scenic area and a lot of photo ops around the lighthouse

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department

The Basilica has a most unusual altar feature for its time and even now; an back lit semi-circular alcove that features a very large monstrance (receptacle for displaying the Sacred Host or Blessed Sacrament). The outside brickwork shows the Portuguese influence of its builders.

Duration: 10 minutes


Professional Guide

Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Ferry tickets

Colonia del Sacramento City Tour


Food and drinks


Entry/Admission - Faro de Colonia del Sacramento

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

NOTE: At the time of reservation the following information is needed in order to buy the ferry tickets: full names, date of birth, passport numbers and nationalities

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a kid-friendly tour

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

In addition to the security measures taken by the company we encourage passengers to take note of the symptoms caused by COVID-19 and to always be conscious of sanitization and prevention (please ask for further assistance).

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Nov-2022

    Very enjoyable day out. Picked up on time and driver ensured we were booked through right onto the ferry. We were met in Uruguay by the very personable and informative Ruth, who walked us though the new town but also the very picturesque old part of Colonia. Had a great lunch at the Charco bistro before meeting up with Ruth again later. Back in BA our driver was waiting and took us back to our doorstep. Sure you can do it cheaper on your own but I preferred the no hassle and information given option. As with other reviews, don't linger on the boat coming back into BA as the queues for immigration were quite long so get off quick!

  • 01-Nov-2022

    You can take the ferry on a same day RT for USD32. Turn left from the terminal and off you go. Easy.

  • 23-Oct-2022

    This was a good tour. The trip was well organized and comfortable, the guide was very good and knowledgeable and interesting. I was a bit worried, after the disastrous Tigre delta tour, organized by the same company, but this, Colonia tour really was what they said it would be. Highly recommended! It was a lovely day in a very lovely place.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Trip is well organized. When return, plan for a longer time to pass immigration and custom.

  • 07-Oct-2022

    Great tour from start to finish! Hotel pick up was easy to find, took us to the ferry and showed us how to board. Uruguayan guide was waiting for us when we got to Colonia and the tour began immediately. Definitely recommend.

  • 30-Sep-2022

    The expert knowledge of my guide was outstanding.The whole town of Colonia was delightful to explore

  • 26-Sep-2022

    I took this wonderful small group tour (3 of us only) to and of the charming and historical city of Colonia from Buenos Aires on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, and absolutely LOVED IT. Pick up at my centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires was prompt and the ferry / boat trip across the Rio de la Plate to Colonia was smooth and very comfortable. Once we arrived in Colonia, we were met by our very friendly and professional tour guide (ALEJANDRA) who then proceeded to give us an extremely interesting and enjoyable two hour walking tour of this gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage City. I LIKED the fact that Signature Tours provided us with approximately 3 hours of free time after the walking tour to explore the shops and restaurants on our own, which we certainly took full advantage of. The restaurants and gift shops in Colonia are plentiful, so the options are very good. Our lunch was amazing and we had the opportunity to try Uruguay's famous Tannat wine (spelling?), which was flavorful and delicious. Alejandra met us, once again, after our 3 hours of free time was over with and walked us back to the ferry, which was greatly appreciated. The ferry ride back to Buenos Aires was sooo comfortable that I fell asleep for most of the hour long cruise back to the city. IN CONCLUSION, I would like to say that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this outstanding tour to Colonia from Buenos Aires for anyone wanting to add another country to their personal list of travels (Uruguay was country #45 for me) and for history lovers like myself and to do so with SIGNATURE TOURS, which is a very professional tour company.

  • 25-Sep-2022

    Such a great day traveling to Colonia! The historic town was beautiful! We walked around with our very informative guide that allowed plenty of time for pictures and exploring. We had a great lunch at CHARCO, one of the hotels in the area and then caught the ferry back to Bueno Aires. This trip is worth it! Spend your day in another country!!

  • 23-Sep-2022

    The amount of knowledge that our guide has is incredible. Not only she explained the history of Colonial but also had deep knowledge of other countries. Very impressed!

  • 09-Sep-2022

    I would recommend this to anyone. Alejandra is and excellent guide and a good representative of Uruguay. The resturants are very good and the local wine is excellent. The wine is a must try. Try the local sandwich (I forget the name).

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