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Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

13 days from £2,693pp

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Self-drive Uruguay: Classic highlights

13 days from £2,693pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip


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Uruguay, wedged between the behemoths of Brazil and Argentina, is a holiday destination offering a real sense of breathing space. It's the size of England but with a population of just 3.5 million, not much greater than that of Wales. The gently rolling countryside is dreamily bucolic -  the famous beef cattle graze nonchalantly accompanied by a multitude of birds, whose song at sunrise is as enchanting as the unspoilt little towns and increasingly chic range of hotels and restaurants.

Getting around is most satisfyingly achieved with the freedom of your own hire car. Our self-drive holiday explores the UNESCO jewel of Colonia, Carmelo’s vineyards, Montevideo’s art-deco streets, Rocha's glorious countryside and the beaches of José Ignacio. There’s about 900km of driving over nine days and you’ll have the support of pre-booked accommodation allowing you to explore at your leisure.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires, transfer to your hotel in Recoleta.

Day 2

Guided walking tour in central Buenos Aires.

Day 3

Ferry across the River Plate to Colonia in Uruguay.

Day 4

Collect your hire car, drive to Carmelo at the head of the estuary.

Day 5

Day at leisure at a wine lodge near Carmelo.

Day 6

Drive to Montevideo, Uruguay’s pleasant capital.

Day 7

Guided walking tour of Montevideo.

Day 8

Drive east shadowing the coast to Rocha.

Days 9-10

At leisure on a working estancia.

Day 11

Drive to the small but upscale boutique-style beach resort José Ignacio.

Day 12

At leisure in José Ignacio.

Day 13

Drive back to Montevideo airport to drop off your car and take your international flight.

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What our experts say

With well marked roads in great condition and very considerate local drivers, Uruguay is one of the best South American countries to hire a car, using the freedom it brings to explore its landscapes and local culture. This holiday is a must for people looking for real authenticity and the chance to dive head first into a country that is packed full of off-the-beaten-track moments. With in-depth knowledge of this country, I have included all the must-see highlights on this trip; including a tour of vibrant Buenos Aires, the chance to explore the old charm of Montevideo and Colonia and the chance to explore the lesser-known charms of this country.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Travel Consultants

Included in this holiday

Buenos Aires
Places visited

Buenos Aires
Things to do

Buenos Aires Grand Hotel


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