- 10 to 14 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the historic Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento. On this day trip, take a short boat ride from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata and enjoy a city sightseeing tour and walking tour of Colonia. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a quality restaurant of your choice (own expense) and spend the afternoon exploring the city of Colonia at your leisure.
- All entrance fees included
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
- City sightseeing tour
- Entry/Admission - Rio de la Plata
- Entry/Admission - Faro de Colonia del Sacramento
Av. Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane 155
Traveler pickup is offered
This is not an exhaustive list, please indicate your hotel address at payment.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Tangol, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District
Our Day Trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires by Ferry begins at the ferry port (details above) at 7:15am.
Stop At: Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal District
Embark on our trip to Colonia at 8:15am. The ferry takes about 2 hours to cross to Uruguay
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Faro de Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia Department
Head inside the ferry station and get directions of where to go for a 1-hour sightseeing city tour. Full of old cobblestone streets, rustic buildings and famous landmarks, this historic town has a captivating atmosphere and charm. Then, walk around the city while absorbing the history of Colonia. Admire the beautiful architecture that gives this city its rustic charm – in fact, both Colonia's old and modern architecture are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Then, you will be on your own to have lunch. Head to the restaurant of your choice and enjoy a delicious Uruguayan meal (own expense).
After lunch, enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure. Walk through the streets, visit the local museums, browse the pottery and jewelry shops, or take a stroll along the coast to admire the town’s remarkable beauty.
Duration: 4 hours
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Ferry ride is approximately 1 hour
- Please note: a current valid passport is required to enter Uruguay
- Possession of proper government issued documentation is the responsibility of the passenger. You may require additional documentation to enter Uruguay. A Uruguayan visa may be required for some nationalities; check your home country requirements for entering Uruguay.
- Passport name, number, date of birth, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- Note: The city tour may include an English-speaking guide, subject to availability. Please contact the local tour operator upon booking so they can arrange this service for you
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
We decided ahead of time to book this trip and it was worth it. Colonia is beautiful. The ferry is not a complicated process and tickets can be purchased at the Colonia Express terminal. We were on the 9a.m. ferry but were picked up at our hotel at 6am, which was too early. We sat at the terminal for 1 hour before others passengers arrived. A 7 am pick up would allow ample time to check in. Colonia is charming and a perfect day trip from Buenos Aires.
We chose to meet the tour at the ferry terminal, which was an east thing to do. It saved a lot of money to take our own taxi transportation. All the details went exactly as described, and we hAd no complaints with the tour operator. The problem is: Colonia is deadly dull and really not worth a day
The trip was well organized. A driver picked us up at our Airbnb and dropped us off at the end of the day. The walking tour of Colonia upon arrival was very good. Maria was very knowledgeable. We had the rest of the day on our own to explore the city. The weather was lovely and we had a great time walking the streets of Colonia.
It was perfect. Nice difference between BA and Colonia. I wish I could have stayed a few days there to really slow down. Everything was good and I encourage anybody to go.
Colonia was lovely, it is a sleepy little town that you can wander and shop and see a bit of history or go down to the water with a coffee and relax. Not a ton to do there, but a nice change from busy Buenos Aires. We chose the pickup service from the hotel, which drops you off at the ferry and leaves you to figure out how to get on it yourself. It feels daunting at first since there are very little English cues but it actually is easier than it first looks. First, you line up at check-in. Show your reservation voucher on a phone works get your tickets and then head for immigration. Immigration has both Argentina and Uruguay side by side so once you are through you are done. You meet the bus tour at Colonia after a ferry ride - it is on a Buquebus the same company as the ferry. If you tried to book it yourself you would find the website a nightmare so through Viator worked so much better for us. Some people told me the bus tour was not necessary. But we enjoyed it and it follows the hop on hop off route so can decide later if you want to do it again and get off at places. We stayed until the 7:45 ferry but if you are in a time crunch, the 4pm ferry would give you enough time as well. The one thing I would change was the driver that picked us up after the day and took us home was truly terrifying. Reaching speeds of 100km/h in downtown Buenos Aires. have travelled the world and been in taxis in many countries, including India, and they don't hold a candle to how scary this guy's driving was. He started going the wrong way so we made him stop and walked the last few minutes home.
My wife and I enjoyed this tour, unfortunately as the weather was not great and everything was pre-booked, The option to come back on an slightly earlier ferry was not possible, even though space was not an issue. In hindsight, some flexibility would have been nice.
It was okay, I didnt really like the guide, made it a big deal that she had to speak English as I was the only non-Spanish speaking person in the big group.
Fun way to spend an afternoon. La Boca was the highlight of the trip. We spent a lot of time there. Only downside was the driver wouldn't drop me off at my hotel, and I had some difficulty finding my way back to my hotel.
If you have the luxury of a few extra days in Buenos Aires and want something to do some extra touring, this would be great. There's so much to do in BA that I would've been perfectly happy to have stayed in the city. The people were really nice in Colonia and it was cool to see the settlement buildings.
I just took this tour yesterday, and while the tour was ok, the description of the tour is inaccurate.
When you arrive in Colonia, there is no bus tour and the walking tour is given in Spanish only. The lunch
is included a package lunch at the Yacht club restaurant which was quite good, but not necessarily worth the price paid here.
A couple of side notes need to be mentioned. This tour uses the Colonia Express ferry, not the larger buguebus ferry. The CE terminal is in a different area of BA, take note when arranging your transportation. Also, the CE ferry doesn't return until 8:30pm depending on the day of the week. The walking tour finishes at noon, which leaves a LOT of time in between. You might want to consider renting a golf cart to drive around, its a nice alternative to taking the bus tour. There are several companies around the Colonia ferry terminal and a few in the old town area.
I loved Colonia, but the time spent there was too long for the winter. Most everything shut down around 5pm and the ferry didn't leave until 8:45pm. I would only do this tour in the winter if you can leave on an earlier ferry.
Weather was nasty but still worth doing. Problem I had was falling at the zoo and was unable to walk as much as normal our guide said if we went back to the ferry building we could change our ticket back to an earlier return time. That was not honored.
I would highly recommend visiting Colonia. It was a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. I walked along the beach and the small town. It was quite relaxing.
NOT VERY HAPPY - we had got communication from your Co. to say that pick up at the hotels would start at 7.30a.m. On 16th the phone rang in our room at 6.25a.m. and the man at the front desk said they were there to pick us up. We got ready as quickly as possible and WITHOUT BREAKFAST we then had to be taken by taxi. When we got to Buquebus there was nobody to tell us how to get the booking on the ferry done. After going to four booking in desks we finally got our boarding passes. When we got to Colonia again nobody there to tell us where to go to meet our tour guide and we were lucky again to be able to find the correct bus in time. With the money we paid not happy at all.
Tour was good but overpriced. But otherwise, Colonia was beautiful! Would recommend visiting!
Loved this tour Colonia is just beautiful, tour guide very friendly and informative, lovely little cafés to have lunch at was hard to choose which one to go in. Had the best gelato here outside of Italy, lovely Spanish and Portuguese buildings and roads, recommend highly!