Private Journeys

Signature Uruguay: Land of vintage charm

14 days from £4,270pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Argentina / Uruguay

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Overview & Highlights

Uruguay is a friendly little republic wedged between two giants, Brazil and Argentina. Mostly rural with ubiquitous cattle pasture, it's a bit bigger than England with a population of just 3.5 million. Unwind in countryside and coastal settings. Good bird watching, innovative hotels, great food. 

Amiable little Uruguay, wedged between its giant neighbours Brazil and Argentina, is a fine place to unwind in both rural and coastal settings, enjoy good food and wine and the freedom to self-drive between some very inviting places to stay. Seasoned visitors to South America particularly appreciate the relaxing and authentic experiences Uruguay can offer.

On this diverse holiday we give you a few days in Argentina’s grand capital, Buenos Aires, one of Latin America’s highlights in itself, before taking you on the short sailing over the River Plate to Uruguay.  This is a Latin country which has a history of social strife but is now politically stable and the people particularly cultured and friendly. Never cutting edge contemporary neither is it pretentious: style and pace of life have a vintage appeal; mid-20th century cars line the streets, fashions are homely and parts of Montevideo are an art-deco time warp; but there’s an increasingly imaginative range of upmarket places to stay. It’s easy to get around and there is a surprisingly wide range of things to do.

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  • Buenos Aires: City tour
  • Buenos Aires: Night-time guided dining excursion and milonga visit
  • Colonia: Guided walking tour including cheese and wine tasting
  • Montevideo: Guided tour of the historic centre
  • Countryside ranch: Activities on the estancia


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  • This was a great trip - wonderful scenery and amazing sites. It was well organised and allowed for some opportunity to do things on one's own away from the group.

    DS, London
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Our Expert's Opinion

This holiday exudes vintage style, making it a perfect choice for classic car enthusiasts, architecture admirers, and those seeking an authentic local gastronomic experience. Uruguay is often overlooked as a travel destination, so we have meticulously crafted this itinerary to showcase the country's unique personality. From a rustic wine tour where you can savour wines similar to the famous Malbec grape, to a guided tour of Montevideo in a classic 1929 Chevrolet convertible, and even embarking on a horseback journey to reach one of South America's wildest peninsulas (as it's one of the only ways to access it), you'll discover the charmingly untamed nature of this captivating landlocked gem during this two-week holiday.

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Maggie Wilson Travel Expert Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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