City Highlights & Uruguayan Beer Tasting
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: MVD-008
Admire the marquee attractions in downtown Montevideo, which include architectural gems, a lush municipal park and a 100-year-old farmer’s market.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through Montevideo, a capital city so vibrant and cosmopolitan that nearly half of Uruguay’s population calls it home. As you pass the picturesque waterfront and continue through affluent neighborhoods, you will pause for photos at many of the city’s most recognized landmarks.
Among the highlights is the Legislative Palace, a glorious neo-classical building constructed nearly 100 years ago with more than 50 types of marble. It is considered to be among the world’s most beautiful Houses of Parliament.
You will also spend time in Batlle Park, a lovely urban greenscape named for Jose Batlle y Ordonez, Uruguay’s president from 1911-1915. Here, you will see Centenario Stadium, site of the first World Cup soccer championship, and “La Carreta,” a bronze sculpture that depicts the area’s 19th-century oxcart drivers, which local artist Joe Belloni unveiled in 1919.
Then, it’s on to MAM, the city’s sprawling farmer’s market. It presents an alluring mix of sights and sounds, colors and aromas, and merchandise of every imaginable type. Besides the expected fresh fruits and vegetables, you may come upon gift shops selling handicrafts, live entertainment and gourmet restaurants. Of course many of the goods are produced locally; including the complimentary Uruguayan beer you will be served. Following approximately 75-minutes of free time at the market, you’ll rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately1-hour of easy walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to take part in the beer tasting. The tour sequence may vary.