THE BEST OF MONTEVIDEO AND SHOPPING

  • Port

    Montevideo

  • Level of difficulties

    Easy

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping

  • Price

    Adults

    USD57.0

  • Duration in hours

    4.0

  • Shore excursion code

    00LX

Description

A fascinating tour of Montevideo, the vibrant and eclectic capital of Uruguay steeped in history. On this excursion we will explore the old town and discover the origins and spirit of the country's political and economic hub. Football fans can admire the Centenario Stadium where the first World Cup was played in 1930.



What we will see
  • Old town
  • Seafront and remains of the Graf Spee battleship
  • Legislative Palace
  • Avenida 18 de Julio, Batlle y Ordóñez park and the Obelisk of Montevideo
  • Centenario Stadium - Monument of World Football
  • Pocitos residential area, shopping at shopping centres
  • Stunning white beaches


What we will do
  • We will set off to explore Montevideo, the charming capital of Uruguay, Mercosur (the South American trade bloc) and the Hispanic-American culture. Its majestic buildings built in the 19th and 20th centuries, its green parks and its historic monuments make it an unmissable destination.
  • Our day will begin with a trip around the picturesque old town and along the seafront, where we will discover the remains of the Graf Spee battleship. It was sent out into the waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean in the weeks prior to the Second World War, and after sinking many British ships it was damaged by the enemy in the famous battle of Río de la Plata and was forced to shelter on Montevideo's shores where it was then dismantled at the captain's request.
  • Our tour will then continue to Legislative Palace, which is home to Uruguay's parliament and is considered one of the three most beautiful government buildings in the world thanks to its marble structure.
  • We will then travel along Avenida 18 de Julio and head to Batlle y Ordóñez park, named after former Uruguayan President José Batlle y Ordóñez. There are several monuments in the park, such as the La Carreta bronze statue, the Obelisk of Montevideo dedicated to those who drafted the first Constitution, and the Centenario Stadium, built for the first football World Cup in 1930 and declared a Monument of World Football by FIFA.
  • Then we will head to the residential area of Pocitos and spend our free time shopping in one of the many ultra-modern shopping centres.
  • On our way back, we will pass some fantastic white sandy beaches*, another side of the fascinating capital of Uruguay.

What you need to know
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.