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The Best Montevideo City Tour

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Montevideo, Uruguay
The Best Montevideo City Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Get an introduction to Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour — perfect for those short on time. Travel by coach with your knowledgeable guide, and step off the bus to view prominent landmarks around Independence Plaza and other city hot spots. See Parliament Palace; venture into the residential barrios of Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos; and stroll along the coastal avenue, Rambla of Montevideo. Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • 3-hour Montevideo city tour
  • Visit Montevideo’s main attractions including Independence Plaza and Parliament Palace
  • Explore the residential neighborhoods of Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos
  • Admire coastal views as you stroll down a picturesque beachside promenade
  • Learn about the city’s rich history and architecture from your guide
  • Walk along La Rambla of Montevideo
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
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3-hour city tour
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Not allowed for people arriving by cruise ship

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up only at hotels.

Departure Time

2:30 PM
Get acquainted with Montevideo’s architectural landmarks, neighborhoods and coastal views on this insightful 3-hour guided tour of the capital. Board your coach upon hotel pickup for the drive to Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia), which divides Montevideo’s Old Town and downtown.

Your guide points out the monument to José Artigas, Uruguay's great military leader and national hero, and leads you on a walk around the plaza. Admire the Italian Gothic–style architecture of the Palacio Salvo (Palacio Legislativo), whose 26 stories once made it South America tallest building. View Puerta de la Ciudadela, one of the few remaining parts of the city wall that once surrounded colonial Montevideo.

Back aboard the bus, head to the barrio of El Prado, home to three soccer stadiums and Prado Park. Listen to your guide’s commentary as your city tour continues to elegant Carrasco, Punta Gorda and Pocitos, traveling along La Rambla de Montevideo. Get out to stroll a section of this beachside promenade where you can browse local shops and enjoy lovely coastal views from Punta Gorda before the return drive to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Palacio Salvo
Palacio Salvo
Stop At:  
El Prado
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Palacio Legislativo
Palacio Legislativo
Pass By:  
Rambla de Montevideo
Stop At:  
Pocitos
Pocitos Rambla
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for passengers arriving to Montevideo by cruise ship.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Top Private Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Best Montevideo City Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Best Montevideo City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Best Montevideo City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Best Montevideo City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Best Montevideo City Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Best Montevideo City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Best Montevideo City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Best Montevideo City Tour.

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star-3
I took this tour on the day I...
Elisabeth_G
, May 2018
I took this tour on the day I arrived in Montevideo and it provided a decent overview of the city. Stopped at Independence Plaza, the Legislative Palace, Mercado Agrícola, and the Montevideo sign. Guide was conducting the tour in Spanish, Portuguese, and English unfortunately for me, English got the shortest explanations. I was staying in the Old City so it was nice to get out and see parts I might not have seen otherwise. Tip: At Independence Plaza, take steps beneath Artigas monument to visit the mausoleum. Tour guide didn't mention this but we had time at the Plaza and it only takes a few minutes.
star-4
This tour gives you a taste of the...
Claudio P
, Apr 2018
This tour gives you a taste of the city of Montevideo its parks, architecture, history and culture. It was an enjoyable day with good photo opportunities.
star-2
Tour was ok but to little and to...
Anja S
, Jan 2018
Tour was ok but to little and to long stops in places. We arrived two hours late back to hotel and this was due to long stays at some places.
star-1
The tour overview certainly does not...
Deborah H
, Dec 2017
The tour overview certainly does not suggest the tour is predominantly in Spanish. Our tour was overwhelmingly in Spanish. The guide provided perhaps a quarter of the content in English. My wife could not follow at all. But, I did follow the Spanish content and it was disappointing and superficial. We were told a few major dates and place names. But, we spent many minutes driving through older neighborhoods which were run down, and heard nothing about what had changed to cause the deterioration. We learned nothing about the people, the economy, the culture. Perhaps the best example. We stopped for a five minute photo opportunity at a sculpture depicting an colonial settler on a horse-drawn wagon. We learned nothing about where they had come from, where they were going, and what the settlement process was all about. It could have been a statute of a US wild west wagon. The guide was pleasant and polite, and the tour did cover the City. We just didn't learn much about why Uruguay is different from Argentina or Brazil.
star-2
Wasted way too much time going from...
James G
, Oct 2017
Wasted way too much time going from Hotel to Hotel to pick up other passengers. Then wasted more time dropping everyone off.
star-5
Perfect!! Well organized and...
FABIO M
, Aug 2017
Perfect!! Well organized and punctual!! Tour guide Frederica and Gustavo were awesome! They could inform everything related to Uruguai such as curiosity, economy, history and so on. Congratulation!!!
star-5
Excellent tour giving a good brief...
Mansel I
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour giving a good brief overview of the city
star-1
This tour was billed as 2.5 hours...
Howard B
, May 2017
This tour was billed as 2.5 hours private tour with an English speaking guide. The bus was 40 minutes late arriving. It was a minibus of 24 people, very cramped and uncomfortable. Those sitting in the aisle seats had restricted views due to the bus construction and curtains which couldn't be moved any further. We were the only 2 English speakers. 80 of the commentary was in Spanish with just a nod to English. The bus spent most of the time in heavy traffic rather than visiting the sights of Montevideo. About 40 was after dark which meant we couldn't see anything anyway - remember they were late picking up. The trip ended around 7pm when we were told it would be 2.5 hours from 2.30pm. This buggered up our dinner reservation - for my husbands 50th birthday! Not worth the money, or the time spent, I know no more about Uruguay and Montevideo than I had read before coming to the country. Don't book this tour!
star-5
A great half-day tour of Montevideo...
Frederick_D
, Feb 2017
A great half-day tour of Montevideo. Perfect way to have a good idea of the landmarks and general layout of the city. Our guide Jocelyne was just perfect!
star-3
This tour had some high points and...
Gregory_P
, Jan 2017
This tour had some high points and some low points, but I'll start,with the high points. Sara was a really good tour director. She had to translate into four different languages formus, plus one family had a baby, but she carried on with grace. She told us some personal stories, which I found endearing and which made the tour more real to all of us. The tour itself had a high point when we stopped and were able to visit the market and buy a few nice souvenirs. Again, Sara was patient about giving us all plenty of time. The itinerary of the tour is quite lackluster, not really what I had expected in a tour of Uruguay's capitol. We mostly looked at the outside of buildings, with little time to get out. But Sara'/ taking the time to take us past some regular neighborhoods and telling us a lot about the people was a plus. There was some mixup at the beginning and rather a long wait, but things happen and we understand that. Would I recommend this tour? Maybe not. Had I known ahead of time, I would have hailed a cab and gone straight to the market. But since our Spanish is rusty at best, Sara was a big help that way. So to answer: if you are not proficient in your Spanish, I think it could be a good idea. Luckily, we were dropped off steps from another outdoor market where we had a delicious fish lunch and shopped the street wares. If someone with you speaks Spanish, get on line, do your homework and take a cab for your own trip. You can do better.

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