Laid-back Montevideo is home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population. The relatively small capital is the nation’s only major city, yet visitors do not come here in search of the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis. It is said that Montevideanos themselves travel to Buenos Aires and São Paulo when they crave big city excitement. As Uruguay’s cultural, political and economical center, the city boasts a good number of monuments, museums and impressive architecture.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 14 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 14 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Montevideo Panorama

    Montevideo's monuments, parks and gardens are yours to discover during this scenic orientation tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive through the Old Town. Along the way, you will pass by such historic sites as Constitution Square, the Cathedral, Colonial Town Hall and the Solis Theatre. Additional sites to be seen include Independence Square, which features a monument dedicated to the national hero, General José Gervasio Artigas. Facing the square you will find the former Government House, now the Museum of the Presidents. Your drive will continue past 18 de Julio, the main commercial street lined with shops, cafés and office buildings, en route to a photo stop at the Congress Palace; a luxurious building that is beloved by Uruguayans. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 in 52 shades of local marble and 12 types of wood.

    Next, you will drive by the Prado neighborhood, one of the city's oldest parks and a famous sculpture called The Stagecoach, or La Diligencia. You will also see a monument dedicated to the last Charruas Indians, along with the Rose Garden and Prado Hotel. Your drive will continue past Batlle y Ordoñez Park, the Obelisk, Covered Wagon monument, or La Carreta, and Centenary Stadium. From here, you will proceed through the residential area of Carrasco before making a brief stop at Plaza Virgilio. Here, you will see the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy monument, and take in splendid views and photo opportunities of the city.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the ship via the coastal beaches.

    Please note: This tour includes limited 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; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • City Highlights & Uruguayan Beer Tasting

    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.

    Following approximately 75-minutes of free time at the market, you’ll taste some Uruguayan beer at a local Artisan brewery before rejoining your coach for the transfer back 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.

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  • Traditional Estancia La Rabida and Montevideo

    Experience the lifestyle of a Uruguayan gaucho from a unique perspective during this memorable visit to the Estancia La Rábida.

    Depart the pier for a brief tour of the city of Montevideo en route to the Estancia La Rábida, where a visit will be made to the ranch of a traditional Uruguayan family. This authentic 3.65-acre ranch is home to 650 milking cows producing 45 gallons of milk daily, and incorporates a milking process that has been observed by Agricultural Secretaries of State from several countries.

    La Ribida's fields end abruptly in high cliffs above the beaches on the coast of the Rio de la Plata. The ranch's ideal blend of pastoral, simplicity and cultural refinement has made it the preferred choice of the Uruguayan government for the purposes of entertaining, and offering distinguished guests an authentic glimpse of Uruguayan life. During such visits, guests are served a traditional barbecue, or asado, accompanied by a wide array of natural salads and national wines.

    Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by the owners and staff, then have an opportunity to go horseback riding (at your own risk), tour the countryside, go bird-watching, or learn about the daily chores of gaucho life, including sheep-shearing or milking.

    During your visit, a barbecue lunch consisting of beef, chicken and lamb cooked over an open fire will be accompanied by a selection of salads and dessert.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves moderate walking on dirt surfaces. Participants must be able to climb in-and-out of dray trucks or carriages on their own. Comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes are recommended. Seating at lunch will be on straw bales. Lunch includes soft drinks, mineral water and wine.

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  • Uruguayan Cooking Experience

    If you love meat and wine - this is the tour for you! Sample trendy Uruguayan wines - heralded to rival their Bordeaux ‘sisters’ - learn the secrets of traditional Uruguayan barbecue in a hands-on cooking class and mingle with fellow food and wine lovers over a sumptuous lunch at an elegant country farm.

    Meet your Chef in the Culinary Center for a short introduction to the unique cuisine, bar-b-que traditions and wines of Uruguay. After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive inland through the fertile countryside to a farm where you will enjoy an immersion into Uruguayan cuisine. In particular, you will learn the fine art of preparing “asado,” the traditional style of barbecue.

    More than simply a dish, barbecue is so iconic in Uruguay that it has become a vital part of the country’s identity and its preparation is a ritual event. While participating in the hands-on cooking class, you will discover how to grill an assortment of meats that will include beef and chicken, using techniques handed down from generation to generation.

    Together with your host, Oceania’s Culinary Center Chef will share information throughout the day on the quality of various cuts of beef, discuss grass-fed versus corn-fed beef, explain the art of charcuterie, and host an open discussion of trends such as wagu beef and sous vide cooking.

    Afterwards, you will dine on the juicy barbecue and a dessert that you have prepared while enjoying local wines that complement the complex flavors. The exact wines will be chosen the day of the excursion, but you can expect to sample a full-bodied red blend made in part with Tannat grapes.

    The grape originated in France, but it was brought to Uruguay in the 1870s, where it has flourished. The Uruguayan version tends to be more velvety than its French counterpart and is extraordinarily high in antioxidants.

    Following lunch, you will have a bit of free time at the farm, where you may stretch your legs or simply settle back and enjoy the bucolic atmosphere.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of guided walking and some standing during the cooking demonstration. There will be some uneven and natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Tour duration may vary due to traffic conditions.

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  • Jewish Heritage

    Explore two centuries of Jewish influence in Montevideo during this scenic and informative tour, following the historical progress and development of the Community. Depart the pier for the drive through the Old Town area, where Jewish immigrants first settled in the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Along the way, you will pass the first Sephardic Synagogue, Golda Meir Square and the Hebraica-Maccabi Sports Center. Your drive will then proceed through the area where the Ashkenazi Jews settled upon arrival in the country, passing the still existing Jaime Zhitlovsky Cultural Center, gaining insight into the living conditions of the first immigrants, the challenges they faced and how the Community adapted to their new circumstances.

    Next you will arrive at the Holocaust Memorial, the only one of its kind in South America, an outdoor memorial crafted into the landscape, built in angular sections, conveying a sense of dislocation and destruction, where tombstone-like stone slabs bear quotes of Jewish philosophers, creating a both troubling and strangely peaceful effect. Next, passing through the upscale Pocitos residential area, where since the eighties most of the Community lives nowadays, a visit will be made to two synagogues located in this area.

    Following a drive along the Rambla, the avenue that follows the shoreline and is the nicest feature of the whole city, your tour will conclude with a visit to Independence Square, the Main Square, featuring a monument dedicated to the national hero General José Gervasio Artigas, the Executive Tower housing the President’s Office, the emblematic Palacio Salvo building and the former Government House. From there you will be taken directly back to the pier.

    Please note: Order of sights visited may change to avoid and alleviate congestions at destination. Timing might vary slightly depending on traffic. All guests who visit the Synagogue should dress appropriately. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. In the event the second Synangogue is closed due to unforeseen events, an inside visit to the Gurvich Museum will be made.

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  • Juanico Winery Visit

    Indulge your senses with the scenic beauty and delightful flavors of Montevideo during this winery tour in the Juanicó Region.

    Depart the pier for the drive 23 miles north of Montevideo en route to one of the area's leading wineries, where 1,000 acres produce one million gallons of wine each year. The privileged soil and micro-climate of the Juanicó Region has turned this area into a renowned viticulture site.

    The first vineyards in the region were planted in 1835. Today, the best classic varieties are grown using an intelligent canopy management system based on organic agriculture principles. White varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Sauvignon Gris. Red varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Marselan, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and the flagship Uruguayan variety Tannat, which produces a full-bodied red wine that has carved a niche for Uruguayan wines.

    In recent years, Uruguayan winemakers have penetrated very competitive markets, and received international recognition and gold medals at the most prestigious international wine competitions. Upon arrival, you will take a tour of the vineyards and processing facilities, which are equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and a wine cellar built in 1840. After being comfortably seated, you will be served a plate of cold meats, cheeses and bread accompanied by a tasting of some of the top wines selected by one of the winery's oenologists.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the 23-mile return drive to the pier.

    Please note: Although this tour involves only limited walking, there are difficult steps to access the wine cellar. As a result, while this tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and an able bodied companion to assist them as well as those with mobility concerns, they will not be able to visit the wine cellar. All guests must be able to make their own way on and off the coach. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.

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  • Colonia Del Sacramento Choice of Unesco

    This tour presents an alternative to the regular programs offered in Montevideo. The 2 1/2 hour drive each way is long but well worth it for those guests who may have heard or read about this city and its historic significance to Uruguay. One hundred fifteen miles from Montevideo lies the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site - the city of Colonia del Sacramento. The drive is through pleasant rural settings offering marvelous views of the countryside of Uruguay.

    This charming, lively town has a fascinating historic section jutting into the Rio de la Plata. Founded by Portuguese settlers in 1680, it was an important center for smuggling British goods across the Rio del Plata. The Barrio Historico with its narrow streets, colonial buildings, and reconstructed walls is particularly interesting and now registered as a World Heritage Site (few examples remain in South America). The city was prized by both the Portuguese and the Spanish who fought over it at regular intervals until the treaty of Saint Lldefonso which awarded the city to Spain. The cobblestone streets, the lighthouse, and the beautiful cathedral together with the picturesque setting all blend into an unusual and quaint perspective of this historic continent providing you with an altogether unusual day. After lunch at a typical restaurant, set off on the 2 1/2 hour return drive to Montevideo and the ship.

    Please note: Guests participating in this tour will not see Montevideo.

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  • Highlights & Tango At Casona Maua

    See the most renowned landmarks in downtown Montevideo, including a strange castle adorned with symbols from secret societies, where you will watch a tango performance.

    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. It is no wonder considering Montevideo’s magnificent landmarks, many of which you will see.

    Among them is wonderfully atmospheric Old Town, historical Independence Square and the Legislative Palace, a glorious neo-classical building constructed nearly 100 years ago with more than 50 types of marble. You will also pass through tree-lined Prada, a neighborhood dotted with early 20th-century mansions.

    Then, it’s on to 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.

    A photo stop at a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy follows, after which you tour continues with a visit to Casona Mauá. Upon arrival, you will be offered a complimentary beverage and be entertained with traditional Tango music. Casona Mauá was built in the 1870s and has an important architectural and heritage significance. The venue belonged to Baron and Viscount Mauá, a powerful business man, visionary and entrepreneur who founded among other things, Mauá Bank, the first bank in Uruguay which opened its doors in 1857 and the first one to print currency within the country. Nowadays and after a great restoration process, Casona Mauá maintains its original beveled glass, Carrara marble, floors, ceilings, skylight and moldings, making it a bastion of Montevideo’s historical Old Town.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately1-hour of easy to moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops. There will be a few steps to negotiate. 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. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • City Landmarks, Wine & Dance Performance

    Admire the architectural landmarks in downtown Montevideo and then enjoy a sampling of local wines while watching a culturally significant dance performance.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of downtown, passing architectural gems such as the Solis Theatre, Uruguay’s oldest theater. Nearby, you will pause for photos of Independence Square, where a statue of General José Gervasio Artigas, the father of Uruguay, stands by his mausoleum.

    Another photo stop awaits you at the Legislative Palace. This glorious neo-classical building was constructed nearly 100 years ago with more than 50 types of marble.

    You will also pass through the Obelisk of Montevideo, which celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the country’s first constitution, Batlle Park, a lovely urban greenscape named for Jose Batlle y Ordóñez, a former president of Uruguay. Here, you will see Centenario Stadium, site of the first World Cup soccer championship, and photo stop at “La Carreta,” a bronze sculpture that depicts the area’s 19th-century oxcart drivers.

    Then, head for the district of Cuchilla Pereira called “ The Wine Land “, about 20 minutes away from the city downtown area to Bodega Spinoglio, a real winery full of history funded in 1898. Following a tour of the grounds and old machinery museum, you will be treated to a tasting of national wines and delicious local snacks.

    To enhance your enjoyment, you will watch a performance that recreates the era in which the tango emerged in the Rio de la Plata. Dancers and Singers will make you feel you are being transported back in time and

    that are part of the Uruguayan history of the late 1800’s. After this uniquely Uruguayan experience, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 30 minutes of guided walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops. There will be some uneven and gravel surfaces to negotiate as well as a few steps at the winery. 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; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years of age to take part in the wine tasting.

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  • Montevideo By Bike

    Take a delightful bike ride through the streets of Montevideo, while your guide points out the most fascinating attractions and elaborates on their cultural importance.

    After departing from the pier on a bicycle, you will soon arrive at Zabala Square, a leafy plaza in the heart of the Old City. It’s named for Montevideo’s founder, Bruno Zabala, and a statue of the Spanish soldier on horseback graces the center of the square. You will also ride through the city’s oldest plaza, Matriz Square, where you will find the early 19th-century Metropolitan Cathedral and a colonial government building that is now a museum.

    Further along, you will explore the coastal Palermo neighborhood, home to a number of impressive government buildings that include the U.S. Embassy and the headquarters of Mercosur, an organization that promotes free trade throughout South America. There are plenty of green spaces downtown, as you will see firsthand by pedaling through lovely Park Rodo and the Golf Club of Uruguay, one of the country’s premier golf resorts.

    Continuing on, you will ride past a labyrinthine 54-room castle that occultist Humberto Pittamiglio designed for himself in 1911 and visit the Punta Carretas Lighthouse. More downtown landmarks await you, specifically Independence Square, ornate Salvo Palace and the historic Spanish gate that led to the citadel. After approximately 2-hours, you will begin your trek back to the pier where your biking adventure ends.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of cycling through city streets. Participants should be comfortable riding a bike and in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or those with heart conditions or breathing difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and a bottle of water from the ship are recommended. Flat, closed-toe shoes are mandatory. The tour sequence may vary. The local operator requires all participants sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.

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  • Old Town - Walking Tour

    Experience the exquisite beauty of Montevideo's splendid architecture and historic sites during this scenic and memorable walking tour through the Old Town.

    Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Old Town. Upon arrival, you will join your guide for a 2.5-hour walking tour through the Old Town's narrow streets. Along the way, you will take in an eclectic blend of architecture and arts dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. After passing by the Museo de Artes Decorativas, a stop will be made for a guided tour inside the Taranco Palace . Prestigious French architects Charles Louis Girault and Jules Chifflot designed this palatial home, which belongs to the wealthy Taranco family. It features a charming display of paintings, sculptures, Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, Baccarat crystal, and Sevres porcelain.

    Your walking tour will continue on with a visit to the Plaza Zabala. The only fenced square in town, this late-19th-century plaza is home to a monument dedicated to Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, the city's founder. From here, you will walk past the former home of General Fructuoso Rivera, Uruguay's first president. Today, this well-preserved, early-19th-century building houses the Museum of National History.

    Next, a stop will be made at Constitution Square to browse through the stalls of the flea market, and view the best-preserved buildings from the Spanish-Colonial period. You will see the former Town Hall, or Cabildo, built in 1804, and the Spanish Neoclassical-styled Cathedral, built in 1790. You will also see stunning examples of Italian architecture that include the Uruguay Club, built by Luigi Andreoni in 1884, and a water fountain sculpted by Gianni Ferrari in 1871. You will then take a walking tour inside the Solis Theater. Built in 1842 and recently-restored to its original grandeur, this impressive building now serves as the hub of Montevideo's artistic scene.

    Your tour will conclude with a visit to Independence Square, where you will see the former Presidential Palace, built in 1874, and Salvo Palace, built in 1922.

    Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. The order of sites and museums visited may vary depending upon opening times. The Cathedral is closed on Sundays, therefore not available for internal visit. The Decorative Art Museum is closed on Sundays, depending on availability on that day guests may visit the National History Museum, Museo Romàntico or Casa de Lavalleja; it will be advised by the guide on the pier. The Taranco Palace is not available for internal visit.

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