Overview & Highlights
Discover the charming countryside, delicious local wines and dramatic golden coastline of Uruguay on this relaxing self-drive holiday. You’ll stay at a family-run winery a welcoming estancia and enjoy sights of wild beaches, undulating pastures and thriving birdlife.
- Wine tasting
- Explore Montevideo
- Self-drive to Uruguay's beaches
You may not have thought of visiting Uruguay, but this laid-back rural oasis of wild beaches, rolling pastures and friendly estancias makes for a uniquely relaxing holiday. With the freedom of your own hire car and blissfully quiet roads, travel at your own pace between the delightfully varied accommodation we have pre-booked for you: a welcoming farm lodge, an authentic family-run winery and a laid-back hotel on the coast.
Begin your stay in the fertile vineyards and verdant countryside just outside Montevideo. Explore the vibrant capital or take an optional excursion to Uruguay’s oldest and prettiest colonial town, Colonia. With your hire car, drive on to Rocha, a remote and beautiful region boasting wild sand dunes, shimmering lagoons and a multitude of birds. After a few days in this natural haven, you’ll continue to the chic beach town of José Ignacio with its al fresco restaurants, upscale boutiques and charming low-key atmosphere.
Arrive in Montevideo and transfer to your hotel in the vineyards.
Sample the local wines, explore Uruguay’s capital.
Take an optional excursion to Colonia.
Collect your hire car and self drive to remote estancia near the coast.
At leisure to relax and take scenic drives to nearby coastal reserves and beaches.
Self-drive to chic resort of José Ignacio.
At leisure in José Ignacio.
Self-drive to Montevideo airport.
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Overall an absolutely fantastic holiday. Arranged at last minute, there is no way that we would have been able to organise something like this on our own. Everything ran smoothly, the group leader was extremely helpful and the group got on very well together, in spite of a large age range. Thanks very much!RB, Kettering
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Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
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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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
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Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
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