Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires

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Private Tour: Colonia del Sacramento Day Trip from Buenos Aires
from USD $231.00
Located on the opposite coast of River Plate lies the ancient city of Colonia del Sacramento. On this private day trip, you will get to know its charming cobbled streets, flowery balconies and the astonishing colonial layout. Visit this enchanted destiny for nature and history lovers.
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In Brief

Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Important InfoInfo
Your will be picked up at your selected location (hotel, apartment) and meet your driver who will transfer you to the ferry terminal, where you will board a fast ferry (1-hour trip) to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide who will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall with a sign with your name on it.

After meeting your guide, enjoy your 1.5-hour walking tour in Colonia's historic quarter. See the Portón de Campo (city gate), where you will admire the old wall and wooden bridge. Next, head to Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), a narrow cobbled street surrounded by 18th century colonial houses. The street’s main attractive is the combination of the old houses, the colors and the river view at the end of it.

You will then arrive at 25 de Mayo Square (Main Square), which was created during the foundation of the city. Here, you can see some beautiful and well-preserved Portuguese-style houses including the Portuguese Museum, with remarkable stone walls of 90 centimeters(almost 3ft) width. You will also see Nacarello´s House, which has original furniture of the 18th century, and the Viceroy’s House, with a surprising name since there were never any viceroys in Colonia.

Afterwards, head to visit an archaeological site, which was formerly the original Portuguese construction destined for Residence of the Governor, destroyed by the Spanish in 1777. Your walking tour ends at the Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, which maintains the original design of stone walls and tiled domes.

After the walking tour, you have free time in Colonia to spend at your leisure. Your guide will give you advice on restaurants, museums, shopping, and how to return to the terminal on your own (it is just a 10-minute walk from Colonia historic quarter).

You will later board the ferry back to Buenos Aires and, upon arrival there, your private driver will meet you and drop you off at your selected location.


  • Round trip private transfer from your hotel to the Ferry Terminal
  • 1.5-hour private walking tour in Colonia del Sacramento with local English-speaking tour guide


  • Lunch
  • If you have paid the reciprocity fee to enter Argentina, you will need to show the reciprocity document to re-enter Argentina when returning from Uruguay. If you forget the reciprocity document, you will have to pay the fee again. In case you have not paid it, you will not need it

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from hotels and apartments in Downtown, Palermo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, Retiro, San Telmo and Cruise Ship Terminal in Buenos Aires.
Passengers can choose drop off location (inside the tour boundaries). Otherwise returns to departure point.
Does not include pick up nor drop off at the airport.

Buenos Aires Cruise Ship Terminal

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Note: You will need to bring the reciprocity fee document if you have paid for this to enter Argentina. In case you have not paid it, you will not need to bring it
  • In order to process your booking, the following information is required: * Passport Details for ALL traveller including: - Full Name - Nationality - Passport Number - Date of Birth
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.18 out of 5 based on the last 17 recent reviews

We book this trip with the idea to spend a day at Uruguay while staying the Buenos Aires. It takes a while in the ferry terminal to check-in and get to Colonia but it is worth it. The old town is remarkable and peaceful. The tour guide is very nice and friendly and showing us a great restaurant at the old street. Highly recommended for people who likes old ruins and old style building. Nothing munificent but ancient and old fashion stone houses.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
Very well taken care of, from pick-up at our hotel to drop-off. The short tour was informative, the tour guide excellent. We enjoyed having time on our own to explore the town. I was concerned about the short time in the town but actually it was perfect. We ate lunch at Charco Bistro on the river - had a traditional sandwich plus mint ginger tea. We saw a lot of different birds coming to the river to drink and then resting in the restaurant's garden. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Wonderful little town, we had the best guide Lourdes.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
Our tour guide Lourdes was awesome and extremely knowledgeable. I appreciate that our ferry was the first one out in the morning so that we had a bit of time to explore Colonia before it became more crowded.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
Very informative. The lady who was our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. Colonia del Sacramento is a beautiful town. I would highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 05 Aug 2017
What an awesome tour.. Colonia is beautiful and quite a charming little town. The guided walking tour was amazing. Highly recommended. An excellent break away from the busy Buenos Aires.
• Submitted 02 May 2017
My only complaint is that we did not stay a night in this little town. The guide was really nice and she gave you plenty of free time to do what you like. The town is charming and I recommend it.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2016
Very well organized visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2016
Everything went perfectly. I appreciate the timing and ease. Driver was waiting promptly in both directions to the ferry. Tour guide was knowledgable and well informed about the history of Uruguay. Colonia is special and worthwhile. I will recommend this tour to friends who come to Buenos Aires in the future. Thank you.
• Submitted 28 May 2016
Excellent. Very well organized. Enjoyed our day in Colonia del Sacramento.
• Submitted 26 May 2016
Everything went as planned. The driver showed up at our hotel as planned and was there to meet the ferry when we arrived back in B.A. He was very cordial and efficient. The best part, though, was our guide Karen. She was great!! Very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. We had a wonderful time on our walking tour with her and she set the stage for a great day. One of her suggestions for lunch was Charco, a restaurant which was extremely enjoyable. Colonia is a great, quiet place that is perfect for a day away from the hustle/bustle of B.A.
• Submitted 28 Apr 2016
Wonderful village, good guide, great lunch. Takes an hour each way to get through check in, emigration, customs, etc. Pickup at hotel was prompt. Return ferry was 15 min late but driver was waited for us. Thought there might be too much time after end of guided tour and check in for return but not really. Plenty to see and do. Sycamores in bloom caused allergies to flare. Could do on own but guide was very additive. All in all worth the money.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Colonia is a fabulous town and well worth a visit. Lots of history, great scenery and grand old buildings. The ferry trip took longer because of engine issues. Our guide was great. The town is small and be visited easily on a day trip.
• Submitted 10 May 2016
The tour ran like clockwork with no time spent waiting between pick up and boarding ferry. Colombia was gorgeous, but it was a miserable rainy day. The walking tour was therefore conducted in the pouring rain. However, it was a lovely day and well organised.
• Submitted 20 Apr 2016
The tour was extremely expensive for an hour a half walking tour of Colonia. Our tour guide was Ok. I strongly recommend including in your tour price museum tickets with a tour guide. The tour guide informed us where to purchase tickets, in three museums and all the information was in Spanish.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2017
First- it is definitely worth it to go to Colonia del Sacramento but DO NOT do it via this trip. It is incredibly overpriced. I recommend just get a taxi and go buy your own tickets for a third of the cost. Doing it through viator gave me a very short trip and I didn't get to explore the city as much as I would have liked. The walking tour was nice- but nothing you couldn't read online before you go. Plus this was the only non-refundable trip I booked in Argentina and I booked a lot and a friend was out 300 who could make it. Wake up early- get the first ferry out- buying tickets online ahead of time can get you an under 100 ticket. Spend a full day shopping and eating in Colonia.
• Submitted 19 Dec 2017
This tour was incredibly overpriced and a complete waste of time. I haven't had a bad experience with Viator until now. The ferry tickets are only 40, the transfer can easily be taken care of with a 20 uber, and the tour was abysmal. I've had much better free tours. Colonia is beautiful and worth visiting, but go on your own!! Waking up early and paying for the tour was a huge mistake - there isn't enough to do in Colonia to entertain you from 9-5. It is, however, a wonderful place to go on your own time or for an afternoon. The tour was almost comical, with our guide walking at a snail's pace and pointing out this is a restaurant, this is an old car, and this is a church. I didn't learn anything. In summary, go to Colonia on your own save 100 and you'll have a great time!
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017

In Brief

Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver