Journey to Santiago de Chile, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo, Punta del Este including Jewish Heritage visits This is a sample itinerary and customized for each client.

Day 1  Santiago de Chile

Arrival at Santiago de Chile airport, meet & greet by local guide and transfer to your hotel.

Santiago de Chile - Located directly behind the city, the Andes rise and determines the permanent background of Santiago de Chile’s landscape. For tourists, Santiago de Chile is one of the best structured capital cities in Latin America. Although it is a metropolis (5,9 million inhabitants), it has the atmosphere of a province with very few skyscrapers and spacious estates. There is a predominantly European influence in the city’s culture, which can mainly be noticed among the upper and middle class communities. 

City tour Santiago (combination of traditional and Jewish itinerary)

Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its Colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself.

“Shalom Santiago”

Get immersed in the beautiful experience of visiting the places where was born and happens the history of Jewish life in Chile.  

During the tour we visit the most important places of Jewish life in Santiago de Chile, such as: 

* In the old downtown area: Plaza de Armas (main square) with Catedral -Santa Lucia hill (where Santiago was founded in 1541 with a panoramic view of the city) - Government Palace -Commercial District 

* Jewish Institutions: Community Center (Estadio Israelita) – Synagogue -Jewish Fire Station (Bomba Israel, the only one in South America with Jewish volunteers).

Visit to La Bomba Israel, the Jewish Fire Department in Santiago. Santiago’s Jewish history stretches back to the Spanish Conquest, but the community fully established itself in the early 1900s.  The fire department, established in 1954 has a rich history and has received constant support from the Jewish community of Santiago.

You will visit afterwards the Museum of Memory & Human Rights in the cultural district of Matucana, where you will learn more about the Chilean history dedicated to the events which took place between 1973 and 1990 (Mondays closed).

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights (in Spanish: Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos) is a Chilean museum located in Santiago, dedicated to commemorate the victims of human rights violations during the civic-military regime led by Augusto Pinochetbetween 1973 and 1990. It was inaugurated by former President Michelle Bachelet on January 11, 2010, which formed part of government works celebrating the bicentennial of Chile. In 2013, the Foundation Museo de la Memoria and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights signed an agreement to established a network of institutions dedicated to this theme. They plan to coordinate investigation, collaboration, and elaboration of human rights. The agreement will result in conferences and seminars held together, as well as interchange of officials, professional practices, research and publication.

The tour continues with a visit to the famous Central Market, which is the main market for fresh fish and seafood, an interesting building, dating back to the end of the 19th century: It is a steel construction, built in London and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, you continue the tour crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to the San Cristóbal Hill. From one of the hill’s viewpoints, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains.

To round off the tour, you will pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone.

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 02       Santiago de Chile

Optional: Tour & wine tasting winery Cousiño Macul (3-4h) - group tour 

This historical Viña Cousiño Macul is located at the foothills of Santiago and can be visited from Monday to Saturday. Ever since Mr. Juan Jufre planted table grapes on these lands that were awarded him back in the mid-1500s in return for this help in the Spanish conquest, the Maipo Valley has proved to possess the ideal conditions for the production of fine wines. 300 years later, the Macul estate was purchased by Matias Cousiño to produce wines of premium quality. It is on these 280 hectares that you may find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. These being the most famed grape varieties of the old world, the Cousiño family brought them to Chile in the mid 1800’s just prior to the devastation caused by the Phylloxera plague in most of Europe. Enjoy a visit to the wine cellars and production halls and taste some fine wine.

** Remark:  – tour and wine tasting shared with other international travellers (transfers in private).

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 03  Santiago de Chile-Valparaiso

Today you are going to participate in a full-day trip to the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. You will leave Santiago in western direction. Arriving in Valparaiso, you pass by the main square where you can view the monument honoring the Naval Battle of Iquique fought in 1879. The city was declared World Heritage by UNESCO and it’s currently the site of the legislative power of Chile. It’s a magical place of unique and unforgettable landscapes with colourful neighbourhoods and picturesque funicular elevators. Driving towards the southern side of the city and seeing the old funiculars you will drive up a hillside for a spectacular view of the bay seeing Valparaiso’s downtown district and its adjoining hills. Then proceed to the lower level of the city through the commercial heart of the port, where you will take the coastal highway that joins Valparaiso with the modern seaside resort city of Viña del Mar.

Driving to the famous beaches of Salinas, Reñaca, Los Lilenes and Concón, you’ll have the opportunity to see Viña’s flower clock and the Casino and then pass through a rough scenery of rocks where the sea, on windy days and high tides, crash fiercely against the coast. Reaching the Concón beach, you can admire various fish stands displaying a great variety of seafood. Summer homes and restaurants are spread out along the coast. Afterwards, visit the main square "Plaza Vergara" and the shopping avenue before returning to Santiago.

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 04                       

Santiago de Chile-Mendoza

At the given time, you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your flight to Mendoza.

Arrival at Mendoza Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Mendoza the province counts with rivers, valleys, canyons, and the imposing Andean range, with the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, the Aconcagua Mountain with 6.959m (22.831ft. )

Mendoza is a green city in a kind of dessert. It`s the land of sunshine and good wine, as several wineries have settled in the area and produce the famous Malbec grape with delicious and high quality red wines.

City Tour in Mendoza

You will visit the city sights learning about the culture and history of its foundation by the Spanish colonizers four centuries ago.

Visit to the oldest part at Pedro del Castillo Square, the Alameda of General San Martin, passing by the Museum of “Area Fundacional”, Ruins of San Francisco Church, last testimony of Mendoza city before the earthquake that took place in 1861.

Along tree lined streets, hosed down by irrigation ditches, you will drive to the new city area and its squares such as Plaza Independencia, Plaza España, downtown with its main avenues and the Civic Center until getting to the General San Martin Park with its beautiful entrance door, the lake and rose garden.

Continue up to the Hill of Glory, where you will see the imposing monument built to celebrate 100 anniversary of Argentina Independence, the crossing of the Andes and in honour to our National heroes.

Hill of Glory is also a popular spot for panoramic views.

**Remark: Museum of “Area Fundacional (optional not included).

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 05 -            Mendoza

Wine tour in the Maipu or Lujan de Cuyo area with lunch included (7h) - ( service shared with other travelers)

Enjoy the pleasure of visiting one of the best enological areas in Argentina. Accompany us to discover its terroir guided by experts. You will have the opportunity to taste different wines and visiting vineyards to understand the culture of this region.

In the morning you will meet the guide who will accompany us throughout the tour. Then you will depart to Mendoza's agricultural oasis, and visit three wineries of wine's circuit. There you will enjoy a wine tasting session, during which you will begin to familiarize ourselves with the local's wines, and its elaboration process.

Lunch will be included at one of these bodegas.

Local guide will explain the technique of wine tasting, wine production techniques, the importance of the cork in the bottle and the correct way to handle a glass in order to taste wine.

In the afternoon return back to Mendoza city.

Wineries at Lujan de Cuyo area could be:

Catena Zapata – Lagarde with lunch – Luiggi Bosca –Alta vista - Cavas de Weinert - Belasco de Baquedano - Achaval ferrer - Sottano - Finca Decero - Melipal - Benegas

**Please note that wineries to visit during these tours might change without prior notice.

**Most wineries are opened Monday till Friday. Saturdays, Sundays & holidays some might remain closed.

**Remarks: visit to the mentioned wineries is subject to availability at time of booking request and might be replaced by another winery

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 06 -                       Mendoza-Iguazu

Flight Mendoza/Iguazu  MDZ/IGR (not included) -  Suggested AR 2812 16:35/20:45

Transfer Iguazu airport – hotel

At the given time, you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your flight to Iguazu.

Arrival at Puerto Iguazu Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Iguazú Falls nature blessed the Argentine, Brazilian and Paraguayan border with a show of her splendid talent. Iguazú Falls leave every visitor speechless. Imagine standing a few meters away from an impressive mass of water; a total of 275 falls dropping over 70m (230ft.). Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) is the most impressive waterfall, where the falling water gives the illusion of magical ra inbows. The National Park is full of exotic subtropical vegetation surrounding the falls: several plant species with giant trees, ferns, lianas and orchids, 400 species of colorful birds (toucans, parrots, woodpeckers, humming birds and butterflies, with fascinating vivid colors and designs), and other fauna such as jaguar, tiger-cat, foxes, tapir, monkeys.

Iguazu National Park was designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO, while the close Jesuit Missions have been declared Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Iguazu Falls National Park is a magic place in the world recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 07 -                                                              Iguazú

Departure from the Hotel to Argentinean National Park.

Arrival to the Visitors Center and board a gas-propelled train at the main station, which takes visitors to the upper falls circuit and the Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), the most prominent and one of the highest falls.

Be surprised by a strategic lookout point resting on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat

Then, visitors can walk more than 3km (1.87 mi.) along the Iguazu river canyon, via the lower circuit and the upper circuit to appreciate the flora and fauna, always feeling the almost 270 individual waterfalls up close.

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 08 -                                    Iguazú-Buenos Aires

At due time transfer to Puerto Iguazu airport in order to board your flight to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your hotel.

Buenos Aires - is the capital of Argentina and the center of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. It is also the most elegant and busy city in South America. This cosmopolitan city with great European cultural influence displays a refined taste in its cooking, in its boutiques and in the elegance of its inhabitants. Whilst of modern construction and dynamic activity, it has managed to preserve old traditions and charming corners.

The atmosphere, the individual personality of each of its neighborhoods, the cordiality of its people and the w ide selection of its cultural and commercial opportunities, fascinates one.

Almost 13 million people live there and can enjoy the plentiful nightlife visiting tango bars, discotheques, eternally open bars and restaurants.

During the day, a wide variety of attractions are offered: museums, art galleries, tasteful shops, fascinating antiques, large green areas, parks, wide tree lined boulevards, clubs, sporting events and golf courses. This is the land of tango music, included in UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Buenos Aires City Tour with Colon Theatre inside visit (5h 30min)

Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango!

During your city tour in Buenos Aires you will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of t he world, you will pass close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "porteños" (as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called).

Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo the cupola of the Congress building can be seen.

Stop an inside visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral, this imposing Neo-classical building is Argentina´s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (our National Hero) is located inside the Cathedral, and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city.

Continue to San Telmo, an historical neighborhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires. Here you may have some time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops On Sundays a visit to Plaza Dorrego is a "MUST" for its famous antique market.

Your next stop is La Boca, a most colorful area with the famous street Caminito.

Continue to the north area driving to Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields. Palermo is well-known for its artificial lakes.

At the end of the tour you will visit Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees. At the cemetery of Recoleta you will find the grave of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Perón (Evita). The cemetery is the centre of this aristocratic neighbourhood, and the most relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest in this place. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina.

Included during the tour, Teatro Colon (Opera House)

One of the most stunning buildings in the city, Colón Opera House has been a Buenos Aires landmark since it was built in 1908.

Colon Theatre was born due to the strict demand of a society which had become devoted to opera since the early XIX century.

Materials used in its construction were imported from around the globe.

Especially impressive is the “Salon de Oro” (Hall of Gold), where crystal chandeliers and opulent wall decorations create an elegant atmosphere.

Occupying an entire city block, the theater can set 2,500 people while another 1,000 can stand and enjoy the operas, ballets and concerts.

Different rooms of this imposing architecture masterpiece will be visited during the guided tour.

Colon Theatre is an experience to be discovered!!

 Remarks:

Regular guided visit (English tour) – operates daily (last about 1 hour) / handled by local guide from Colon Theatre

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 09 -                                                     Buenos Aires

Jewish sites tour (5h)

Today`s tour will be focused on visiting Jewish sites in the city. Depart to Once area; this is the neighborhood that concentrates the majority of Jewish institutions in Buenos Aires, like Hebraica JCC, many synagogues, Jewish theatres, schools as well as Rabbinical Seminaries.

Driving through the Meashearim of Bam where the orthodox are living, and stop at the side of the bombing of the AMIA in 1994.

Guided tour at AMIA will be included, Amia`s goal is contribute to strengthen educational environments to guarantee continuity and reflect the diversity of the Jewish – Argentine community.  This institution has different actions leading to dignified quality of life for Jewish individuals and families throughout the country, especially those at social risk. AMIA has deep ties with Israel and other Jewish worldwide communities, they also encourage the observance of Jewish traditions and cultural heritage.

AMIA guided tour lasts about 1 hour and includes visit of the Dry Park at Pasteur street where the Memorial devoted to the 89 victims of the attempt built by Iaacov Agam can be seen, art exhibition, Jewish history with images, ending with an audio visual.

Regular guided visits (English & Spanish tour) – operates Mondays to Fridays 10:00 AM

Maximum pax allowed per group will be 40 pax ( tour shared with more paxs)

We will also include stop & visit of Libertad Sinagoge / Jewish Museum (40min visit) / 

Remarks: Tours from 11:30am / 16:15 pm (actual schedule subject to changes) 

Time for lunch on tour (lunch not included)

Guests can enjoy a light lunch (on own basis – not included) at the only kosher McDonald’s outside of Israel. Kosher McDonald’s is located inside Abasto shopping mall in the heart of Abasto neighborhood, close to Once district.

Optional: Tonight enjoy an Argentina Culinary Experience (3h 30min)

This tour is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where you will meet and dine with people from all over the world.

The international team of guides are on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey:

Choose from the gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional ‘repulge’ technique. Later, use your imagination in Argentina’s first and only novelty empanada competition (with prizes for the winner!). Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage, and our homemade chimichurri

Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. This top of the line thick cut fillet steaks have a unique 24 hour preparation method that sets apart from the rest. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request

Two distinct Malbec wines, from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request.

For desert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses

Finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch among yourselves.

A fun and dynamic way to approach Argentina cuisine and Argentinean habits while meeting other international travellers!

Remarks:

·        SIB tour (shared with more pax) English speaking only

·        Timing: 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm

·        Operates Mondays to Saturdays

·        Sundays closed

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 10 -                                                Buenos Aires

Day at leisure to relax & enjoy Buenos Aires city own own

Optional: Walking Tour - Remarkable bars and coffee shops

A beautiful way to approach Buenos Aires spirit occurs through its bars and coffee shops, following an urban route or discovering the magnificent patrimony that they have and they offer to us.

Buenos Aires is a city with plenty coffee shops, it is worthwhile visiting some of them.

During this walking tour local guide will show main traditional coffee shops along Avenida de Mayo (which connects the Casa Rosada Pink House executive power – with the Congress building legislative power).

At Avenida de Mayo you will stop at the famous Café Tortoni.

Coffee is a ritual celebrated by the Tango, which can find an excuse in love, loneliness, politics, literature or sports. Café Tortoni is one of the most traditional cafés in Buenos Aires, the oldest literati café, which has been the scene of some of the most celebrated porteño talks, while jazz sessions and literary clubs are held in its cellar.

Stop for coffee this remarkable place selected by their antiquity and permanence in the city, its architectonic value, it particular atmosphere, important people who concurred or still concur. 

Remarks: tour includes 1 coffee and croissants

Dinner and Tango Show at “El Viejo Almacen” (4h)

In the evening, you will enjoy a Dinner together with a Tango Show.

Visiting a Tango Show is a MUST when you are in Buenos Aires. The Tango tradition started at the end of the last century, developing from a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer quarters. In the beginning Tango was only danced by men, accompanied by flutes, violins and guitars. The flutes were later replaced by the "bandoneón" (a type of accordion), which gave the Tango its distinctive flavor. Reflecting the nostalgia and melancholy of mostly European immigrants, the tango brought up some great musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla and Anibal Troilo.

Transfer from the hotel and drive to one of the famous Tango Houses for dinner including drinks. Then enjoy tango show with its music, singing and dancing.

Dinner includes entrée, main course, dessert & drinks

In the early evening, you depart from the hotel to the restaurant of Viejo Almacen. After dinner, you will walk couple of meters across the street in order to attend the show.

It became a unique spot thanks to its surroundings and to an authentic style nourished by a popularity built through the years. Every night its doors open to welcome outstanding personalities of this century and to enjoy the city's best show performed by prominent interpreters of the tango's excitement. 

After the tango show return back to the hotel.  Arrival at the hotel around midnight

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 11 -             Buenos Aires-Colonia del Sacramento

Morning check out and transfer to Buenos Aires pier to board you hydrofoil service to Colonia del Sacramento, in the neighbor country of Uruguay. 1h fast hydrofoil service.

Colonia del Sacramento is one of the few remains of the colonial age here in the south of South America. Over 300 years of history have left their marks on this piece of Uruguayan territory declared by the UNESCO as Historic Heritage of Humanity.

City tour Colonia del Sacramento including a visit to the Jewish angle

Colonia is a small colonial city founded by the Portuguese in 1680, at a time when Spain and Portugal were in the midst of confrontations. For over a hundred years both Empires fought over it, until finally the Treaty of Saint Ildefonso awarded it to Spain.

Today the Old City has a lot to say about its Colonial past. Visit the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento, the eldest city in the country, recently declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

There are existing signs that the founders of Colonia del Sacramento consisted of Jews. The community tries to rescue footprints, which, they say, were intentionally erased in the past.

In recent times Lareo rabbis, diplomats and dozens of people from the Jewish community have visited Colonia del Sacramento to meet records of the story that says that Jews of Portugal and other countries were the founders of the city.

In the historic quarter of Colonia there still exists the remain of a mikveh (Jewish ritual pool) in Posada Plaza Mayor, which was visited and accepted by Uruguay and Argentina rabbis, Jewish scholars in Israel, France and Brazil. On both sides, there is still a fig tree and a vine, symbolic elements of Judaism. According to the Torah, in the shade of the fig tree and the vine, "men can talk in peace”.

You visit the streets of Santa Rita, San Gabriel, the Matriz  Church, San Pedro road, the Bastion del Carmen, the famous “ Calle de los Suspiros “ (Street of Sighs) used so often as a scenery for historical films, Puerta del Campo, Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo. The past can still be felt, in the city’s cobblestone streets and stone walls. Colonia complements its archaeological values with natural beauty, the permanent company of the Uruguay River and the emblematic monuments that stand out on the horizon, such as the cathedral and the lighthouse, and very nearby, the Real de San Carlos bullring. After the end of the city tour you will be transferred to the port to take the ferry to Buenos Aires.

After tour transfer to your hotel in Colonia del Sacramento and check in

Reminder of the day at leisure to relax & enjoy the peaceful of this wonderful little town

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 12 -               Colonia del Sacramento-Montevideo

Today transfer from your hotel in Colonia to the bus station and board regular bus service to Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay located (180km – 112mi - about 2h 30 min drive)

Meet & greet by local guide at Montevideo bus station and begin Montevideo Jewish Heritage Tour.

Montevideo - Uruguay’s capital is a city of contrasts with its well conserved historical buildings on the one side and a lot of modern buildings on the other. The capital’s Rambla (waterfront promenade), providing access to over 30km/18mi  of coastline, is one of the main attributes of Montevideo and an unforgettable stroll for its inhabitants who frequently go there to drink ‘mate’.

Montevideo Jewish Heritage Tour (approx. 3h 30min)

Enjoy an insight into Jewish immigration and life in Uruguay from the last century.

You will travel to the Old City, where Jewish immigrants began to settle at the end of the 19th century. Pass by Golda Meir Square and the Hebraic Maccabi Sports Centre as well as the Sephardic and Ashkenazi synagogues. You will visit the main Community Centre to see the synagogue and different working areas of the community. In the Goes area, view the colorful housing projects built in the early 1920s by real estate Developer Emilio Reus, as well as the old synagogue. Catch a glimpse of present-day life in the Pocitos Residential Area. Passing the Jewish schools, you will stop at the Holocaust Memorial, the only one of its kind in South America. Back in the city, stop at the Gurvich Museum to study the works of Uruguay’s most famous painter, Gurvich. Born in Lithuania, Gurvich immigrated to Uruguay in 1933. All his paintings register elements of Jewish religious iconography. In 1973, Gurvich was invited by the Jewish Museum of New York to hold a retrospective exhibit.

Return to the hotel upon completion of your tour.

**Remarks: inside visit to the synagogues are only possible on week dates (Monday to Friday am/pm) & Saturdays mornings only.

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 13 -                Montevideo-Punta del Este

Punta del Este located 130 km away from Montevideo or only an hour and half by car, is called the St. Tropez of Uruguay for its miles of beautiful, pristine beaches, its upscale and exclusive resort tradition, glittery nightlife and also an upscale summer population. Here one can also enjoy different sport practices such as golf, horseback riding, and specially water sports. Its best-known main avenue is called”la Gorlero” and it turns into a glamorous catwalk where thousands of visitors parade without missing any detail, both during the day and at night.

For Latin American Jews, many of whom live with constant concerns about personal security, the city's tranquility and safety are key parts of the city's appeal. Punta del Este has a Jewish film festival, a sumptuous mansion offering low-cost accommodations to Israeli backpackers and Sabbath elevators in luxury high-rises. Uruguay’s first kosher pizza restaurant opened here in January 2013.

Full day Punta del Este with Casapueblo & Beit Meir Synagogue

In the morning you leave Montevideo to Punta del Este. Enjoy the 85 mile drive to one of the finest resorts in South America, gateway for the jet set.

First stop at Portezuelo and Punta Ballena for sweeping views up and down the coast (great spots for photographers), photo stop at Casapueblo (*). Continue the drive to Punta del Este, visit to the Residential areas with its elegant homes of the most sophisticated architecture such as San Rafael, Cantegril, Parque Golf and Beverly Hills. A visit will be made to Fundación Ralli. This private museum of Contemporary Latin American Art houses an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, including works by Salvador Dali (Mondays closed). 

You continue visiting the Beit Meir Synagogue, where hundreds of Jewish attend Shabbat services.  Next we will visit La Barra and its unique hanging bridges. Along the wide variety of fine sandy beaches such as Playa Brava, San Rafael, El Emir, to downtown area, main Avenue (Avenida Gorlero) and the port.

You have some free time (if available) for shopping or exploring on your own before you return back to Montevideo.

(*) Casapueblo, the home and atelier of the famous artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. The dazzling white complex, resembling Spanish-Moroccan architecture, is situated on a rocky bluff overlooking the ocean. Vilaró built it in 1958 with his own hands, using only traditional tools. Narrow steps lead to a maze of rooms scattered on different levels and filled with the artist’s works.

**Remarks: inside visit to the synagogues are only possible on week dates (Monday to Friday am/pm) & Saturdays mornings only.

Check in at your hotel in Punta del Este, enjoy your last night close to the sea!

Overnight at the selected hotel (Standard room)

Day 14 - Sunday November 01st, 2015                           Punta del Este-Montevideo

Enjoy your day in close contact with the sea at quiet Punta del Este (during this time of the year).

At due time, transfer to Montevideo airport (1h 30min drive) in order to board your flight back home.

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