DAY 1: COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO & CARMELO
Arrival to Colonia Del Sacramento and transfer to Charco Restaurant for a delicious lunch. Afternoon walking city tour along the cobbled streets of the old town of Colonia Del Sacramento; visit to the old buildings, old forts and Spanish and Portuguese Museums and the most important tourist spots of this Old Portuguese City form the XVII century that has been declared Patrimony of Mankind by the UNESCO. Afternoon transfer to the Carmelo Resort & Spa A Hyatt Hotel, located in the outskirts of the small town of Carmelo in the vineyard area, just one hour north of Colonia del Sacramento. Accommodation at Carmelo Resort & Spa A Hyatt Hotel.
DAY 2: WINERY TOUR CARMELO
Morning at leisure to enjoy the Carmelo Resort & Spa A Hyatt Hotel.
Winery tour in the area starting with a visit to a small and charming chapel, nowadays a national monument known as La Calera de las Huerfanas (The Lime Quarry of the Orphans, named after an orphanage in Buenos Aires that was supported with the production of lime). After the Jesuits were expelled by the Spanish crown, Don Juan de San Martín took the administration of the estancia and found 1500 stocks of grapevine that had been planted by the missionaries: this was the birth of wine in Uruguay. We will then continue to the Cordano winery where; depending on the season, guests may be able to see the harvest, bottling or grape manual selection. After a wine tasting, we will continue towards Finca Narbona Winery. The winery Narbona is located in what was originally the Estancia Narbona, founded in 1740 in the outskirts of Carmelo. Narbona has recently signed an agreement with EnoRolland; the expert advice of the consultant oenologist Michel Rolland was a decisive turning point in the quality of their wines. The varieties grown in the vineyards of Finca Narbona are Pinot Noir and Tannat, and there are new vineyards of Syrah and Petit Verdot. Accommodation at Carmelo Resort & Spa A Hyatt Hotel. B
DAY 3: MONTEVIDEO
After breakfast, you will be picked up and enjoy a private transfer to Montevideo. You will be taken to the lively Port Market to (Mercado del Puerto) and enjoy a typical Uruguayan parrilla at El Palenque Restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of the old city (the colonial historic neighborhood) and visit several museums and the Solis Theatre (museum selection subject to preferences and opening times). Accommodation at Sofitel. B, L
DAY 4: CULTURE & WINERIES IN MONTEVIDEO
Morning pick up for a short panoramic city tour of the neighborhoods of Montevideo their most important attractions. Continue to Juanico Winery, 40 minutes north of Montevideo, for a tour with a wine tasting and a delicious lunch. Afternoon at leisure, or if of interest we can organize the visit to the atelier of a local artist who works with leather (not included). Luis Alberto will show you how he creates his leather sculptures and during a hands-on-session, you can experience working with this very typical Uruguayan material. Accommodation at Sofitel. B, L
DAY 5: PUNTA DEL ESTE & JOSÉ IGNACIO
After breakfast departure in direction of Punta del Este, one of the most famous beach resorts of South America. On your way we will visit Piriapolis. The city was founded by Francisco Piria, who was an alchemist; this is why there are many symbols of alchemy, can still be seen throughout the small city. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from the San Antonio Hill. Continue to Casapueblo a strange, quirky and beautiful construction created by Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró which was his residence, workshop, atelier, hotel and museum. In Punta del Este discover the Mansa and Brava beaches, the residential neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, San Rafael and Cantegril Golf. We will cross the unique undulated bridge that connects the city center with the boho-chic area of La Barra. In the city downtown area you can stroll along main avenue Juan Gorlero, visit the yacht port and enjoy an almost infinite number of luxury boutique stores, cafes and bars. Continue to Playa VIK Hotel in José Ignacio in the afternoon. Accommodation at Playa VIK. B
DAY 6: COLINAS DE GARZON
After breakfast, guests will be transferred to Colinas de Garzon, where the best olive oil of Uruguay is produced. For those who enjoy the taste of new experiences, spectacular views, top quality wines and olive oils, this will be a wonderful visit. You will be able to learn all the secrets of the extra virgin olive oil and explore the olive plantations and Boutique Production Plant. It is an invitation to discover the origins of this product and its elaboration process. You will then enjoy a tasting of the fine wines and olive oils of Colinas de Garzon, served with selected home-made cheeses. Between the months of March and June, guests can also learn to and participate in the harvest.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the village of José Ignacio with its selection of excellent restaurants, small boutiques and beautiful beaches. Accommodation at Playa VIK. B
DAY 7: ANASTASIO
After breakfast, transfer to Estancia Anastasio, a small secret paradise in the natural Reserve of the Anastasio & Garzon Lagoons. The visit starts with a welcome drink at the charming construction, formerly house to local fishermen, which has been converted into a small cozy restaurant. You will be able to choose between two of the different proposed activities: biking, horseback riding, canoeing, Stand-up paddle, cooking classes, yoga & yoga sup. You will be fascinated by the landscape that surrounds you! Enjoy a typical Uruguayan barbecue for lunch and a well deserved siesta on one of our hammocks during the afternoon. Choose another activity in the afternoon and have a typical merienda including a mate tasting, Uruguayan bizcochos, tarts and biscuits. Transfer back to Jose Ignacio. Accommodation at Playa VIK.
DAY 8: RETURN
Transfer back to Punta del Este Airport or Montevideo Airport.