Uruguay Coasts & Vineyards Bike Tour

  • Region: Latin America
  • Destination: Uruguay
  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Level: Occasional
  • Price From: $5695
  • Single Supplement: $1500
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Jan 10 - Jan 16, 2016 $5695 Book Now
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National Geographic 50 Tours of a Lifetime AwardCycle along golden, riverfront beaches, and through vineyards on our Uruguay Coasts & Vineyards Bike Tour. Visit the Museo Taller de Casapueblo, the workshop of the world-famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaró. Explore the exciting beach resort town of Punta del Este. Partake in a traditional mate tasting. You’ll never forget the breathtaking panoramic views from Las Cumbres, sipping cocktails while floating atop the lagoon at Garzuana, or the exceptional honey and raw cow’s milk cheeses from Finca Narbona. And you’ll delight in visiting the vineyards that produce Uruguay’s famous tannat wines. Discover why this biking tour in Uruguay is a National Geographic Trip of a Lifetime winner!


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Uruguay!
Your guides will greet you at the Buquebus Ferry Boat terminal in Colonia del Sacramento, and we’re off to the exclusive Four Seasons Resort in Carmelo. In the afternoon, we’ll start with a bike fitting and safety talk before our cycling trip begins with a leisurely ride around the resort’s scenic golf course. Or, take some time to acclimate while relaxing back at the hotel. Before dinner, participate in a traditional mate tasting. This evening we’ll be treated to dinner at the first of our four wonderful hotels.

Meals: Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Colonia del Sacramento, Carmelo
Accomplished: Optional 3 miles / 5 km
Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Carmelo

Day Two: Carmelo Wineries
This morning we’ll bike to downtown Carmelo and Playa Cere before continuing to the boutique winery, El Legado, for a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting. Indulge in Uruguay´s famous tannat wines, known for yielding very intense ruby color, and marked by mature and lasting tannins. Enjoy lunch before riding to Finca Narbona, a national heritage monument and a boutique winery. Delight in a tasting of their tannat wines along with some of their exceptional honey and raw cow’s milk cheeses. Tonight features a delicious dinner of homemade pasta, a local specialty.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Carmelo
Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km (Optional 9 miles / 15 km ride)
Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Carmelo

Day Three: Carmelo / Colonia del Sacramento
After breakfast, you’ll check-out from this lovely hotel and transfer (apprx. 40 mins) to Anchorena Park. Our cycling trip continues through the beautiful countryside before arriving at the historic Colonia del Sacramento. We will meet with the local historian who will fill us in on the history of this picturesque city. After lunch at La Florida Restaurant – our favorite spot in the region – you’ll have the opportunity to visit several museums, such as the Portuguese Museum of Mosaics and the “Farol”. To finish the day we’ll check into the charming Charco Hotel to relax and prepare for a charming dinner at the hotels restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Carmelo, Colonia del Sacramento
Accomplished: 24 miles / 39 km (Optional 6 miles / 10 km ride)
Accommodations: Charco Hotel

Day Four: Loop Ride around Juanico Vineyard
This morning we’ll drive to Juanico Vineyard for a quick tour by bike around the winery’s lake, followed by a champagne toast. Enjoy a fantastic tour of the winery, a wine tasting and lunch. Next, we’ll transfer to the stunning Punta del Este, where our hotel, Las Cumbres, is set in the middle of a nature reserve with breathtaking panoramic views. The night is yours to enjoy however you see fit. Tonight you are free to explore the chic town of Punta del Este where your guides can provide great dining recommendations. A shuttle to and from the city center will be available.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Colonia del Sacramento, Punta del Este
Accomplished: 3 miles / 5 km
Accomodations: Las Cumbres Art & Spa

Day Five: Punta del Este and Jose Ignácio
Begin the day with a bike ride to the Museo-Taller de Casapueblo, the workshop of the world-famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. His wooden-framed building is a masterpiece itself, without a single straight line. His unique style represents a breaking away from traditional architectural concepts. We’ll continue by bike to the town of Manantiales for a stop at the beach and some lunch. Next, choose to hop in the van or cycle the rest of the way to our hotel for the night in Jose Ignacio, the Bahia Vik Hotel. Enjoy delicious regional specialities with dinner on the town tonight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Punta del Este, Jose Ignácio
Accomplished: 22 miles / 36 km (Optional 11 miles / 19 km ride)
Accommodations: Bahia Vik

Day Six: Ride from Garzón to Anastacio
This morning we’ll transfer to the village of Garzón, founded in 1892 by Fermin de León. We’ll participate in a cooking class and enjoy lunch at Casa Ana. After, cycle to Agroland’s Colinas de Garzon, an amazing olive oil plant surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, where we’ll be treated to a tasting of their incredible olive oil and wine. Back on our bikes we’ll ride to Anastacio lagoon, where a fishing boat* will be waiting to take us to Garzuana for happy hour. Opt to cycle or transfer back to the hotel where our cycling tour comes to an end. Tonight we’ll gather for a special farewell dinner at Bahia Vik.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Jose Ignácio, Garzón
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32.5 km (Optional 5 miles / 8 km ride)
Accommodations: Bahia Vik

*Boat Ride to Garzuana is subject to availability due to weather conditions and water levels of the lagoon.

Day Seven: Jose Ignácio to Punta del Este
After breakfast, your guides with transfer you to the Punta del Este Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Punta del Este