City tour for cruise passengers arriving at the Port of Montevideo.
Fascinating half-day guided tour (approximately 3:30 hours) during which we will visit the most attractive points of the city. Departure from the port of Montevideo to visit the Old City, the «Mercado del Puerto», the city center and the main square of Montevideo «Plaza Independencia». The tour continues to the Congress building known as the «Legislative Palace», the «Agricultural Market» and «El Prado». In addition to all this, you can visit the Parque Batlle and its famous monument «La Carreta», the «Centenario Stadium», site of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, the elegant residential neighborhoods and beaches along the exceptional « Rambla ”, where you will find the sign with the word“ Montevideo ”.
Duration: 3.30 hours.
Tour available between October 1 and April 30.
The Capital of Uruguay is a beautiful city that overlooks the Río de la Plata. Its landscaped neighborhoods, its rich building heritage, its beautiful Rambla, make this city one of the most beautiful and visited in South America. This tour leaves and returns to the port of Montevideo so that cruise passengers do not have to travel to another starting point.
Here you will find the monument erected to honour General Jose Artigas. It is sculpted in bronze by Angel Zanelli and his remains lie in the mausoleum built under the monument. You will also find other interesting buildings such as Salvo Palace, the Estévez Palace (the old government house) and The Executive Tower building, the current headquarters of the Executive Branch. The well-known Gate of the Citadel is one of most prominent points of the city.
Constitution Square is an array of the Matrix church, headquarters of the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the center of the square there is the Carrara marble fountain inaugurated in 1871 along with the first drinking water system. The old Town House, named “El Cabildo” is another reference point in the old city. The Port Market is a fine example of the local gastronomy and you will be delighted with the food choices.
The Prado was a park and seating area for the aristocratic families of Montevideo. Bordering the Miguelete waterway we arrive at the Charruas monument, a memorial to an aboriginal family that was taken to Paris and put on exhibition. The Parliament house, named Legislative Palace, is a colossal work decorated with details unique to Uruguay. It took 17 years to build and it was inaugurated to commemorate the centenary of the independence of the country.
Tres Cruces is a very important hub of the city, which houses various monuments and important public and private institutions. Among them is the Obelisk, erected as a tribute to the members of the Constituent Assembly in 1830. The Centenario stadium is a world football icon; inaugurated in 1930 for the first World Cup when Uruguay emerged the winner. It is also home to an interesting themed museum.
A few minutes from the city center, Punta Gorda shows the elegance and beauty of an area of magnificent residences and manicured gardens. You will ride along the United Nations seafront, an overall length of 18 kilometers, where you will be dazzled by the white sandy beaches and beautiful water for swimming. You will end your tour in the spectacular Montevideo Shopping Centre.
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