Montevideo City Tour Excursion Reviews

Montevideo, at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Rio de la Plata, is an intriguing mix of old and new. The 18th-century buildings in Montevideo's historical "Ciudad Vieja" (Old Town) are just steps away from Plaza Independencia (Independence Square), the bustling, modern main square -- and even that was once a citadel.
The optional tour covered a bit of a drive around old town Montevideo, and then three stops.
The optional tour covered a bit of a drive around old town Montevideo, and then three stops. The city market, featured lots of vegetables, fruit and meats as well as local arts and crafts. The local Language is Spanish but There's ... Read More
The optional tour covered a bit of a drive around old town Montevideo, and then three stops. The city market, featured lots of vegetables, fruit and meats as well as local arts and crafts. The local Language is Spanish but There's enough locals speaking English to get by. Lots of the shops took Visa. Adds, and businesses are encouraged by the government to use e commerce. The second market was a bit more upscale with jewellery stores and clothing stores, but also some great restaurants. Then a stop at the Carnival museum, which was fun and thankfully short, since it was pretty hot by then! Great day all around, did learn a lot about the politics of this amazing country, and that all national galleries and museums are free! Very peaceful country! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Excellent bus tour of the city which took us to all the hot spots.
Excellent bus tour of the city which took us to all the hot spots. Well worth it.
Excellent bus tour of the city which took us to all the hot spots. Well worth it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked the highlights tour through the cruise line and saw the major attractions.
Booked the highlights tour through the cruise line and saw the major attractions. Beautiful city, knowledgeable tour guide. Not a lot of walking. Overall a good tour. Would recommend.
Booked the highlights tour through the cruise line and saw the major attractions. Beautiful city, knowledgeable tour guide. Not a lot of walking. Overall a good tour. Would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Couldn't have seen everything without a coach tour.
Couldn't have seen everything without a coach tour. Interesting.
Couldn't have seen everything without a coach tour. Interesting. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic value for money, picked up by the port, English speaking young man
Fantastic value for money, picked up by the port, English speaking young man
Fantastic value for money, picked up by the port, English speaking young man Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was an interesting tour, but the best part was the tango show that was part of the same tour.
This was an interesting tour, but the best part was the tango show that was part of the same tour. We went to a small tango cafe from the 1930s and watched a tango demonstration by several dancers. The city tour was too short for me to ... Read More
This was an interesting tour, but the best part was the tango show that was part of the same tour. We went to a small tango cafe from the 1930s and watched a tango demonstration by several dancers. The city tour was too short for me to even get a good picture of Montevideo. I would have done better by an Internet tour with Google Street Maps. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A brief overview of the area with a few notable stops.
A brief overview of the area with a few notable stops. A good way to spend a few hours
A brief overview of the area with a few notable stops. A good way to spend a few hours Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Shia Abend was a fabulous tour guide.
Shia Abend was a fabulous tour guide. His English is excellent and he is well versed with the city. Fabulous city.
Shia Abend was a fabulous tour guide. His English is excellent and he is well versed with the city. Fabulous city. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour bus was waiting for walk ons after leaving ships gangway.
Tour bus was waiting for walk ons after leaving ships gangway. For $20 it was a cheaper option to pre booked tours and covered the same ground. It was also useful for free wi fi on the coach. Option to leave tour in the city and walk ... Read More
Tour bus was waiting for walk ons after leaving ships gangway. For $20 it was a cheaper option to pre booked tours and covered the same ground. It was also useful for free wi fi on the coach. Option to leave tour in the city and walk through old town to ship Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
One of the most attractive cities vis-a-vis the variety of architecture.
One of the most attractive cities vis-a-vis the variety of architecture. Well worth the tour.
One of the most attractive cities vis-a-vis the variety of architecture. Well worth the tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We were happy with our driver Jose and guide Carolina.
We were happy with our driver Jose and guide Carolina. Normally the streets are bustling but according to Carolina New Years revelers party until 7 am so the streets are dead on January 1st. As we approached Plaza Zahala, our first ... Read More
We were happy with our driver Jose and guide Carolina. Normally the streets are bustling but according to Carolina New Years revelers party until 7 am so the streets are dead on January 1st. As we approached Plaza Zahala, our first stop. The streets were still littered with some paper from calendars that are thrown from the windows in the business district and then washed away. It is part of their traditions. The statue in the middle of the square represents the liberation of Uruguay form Brazil and separates the old town from the new town. The Canadian embassy faces the square. The architecture of the different buildings is vibrant and mostly French. Our next stop was the Plaza Independencia along the Avenue 18 de Julio. Their legislative building has a statue on each of the 4 corners. We saw Science and Labor. We passed by their soccer stadium which holds 80 000 people before arriving at our next stop. It was the El Gaucho monument. Your Mom bought a fridge magnet at one of the kiosks. When we traveled along the Rambia Sur along the beach we noticed that many families were enjoying their day on the beach. Lots of beach umbrellas were in the sand and lawn chairs were under them. It is their summer. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Terrific tour of Montevideo including the cathedral, old city, and beaches area.
Terrific tour of Montevideo including the cathedral, old city, and beaches area. Tour guide spoke acceptable English. We had been promised a 12 seat van (for 8 people), but were jammed into an 8 seat van.
Terrific tour of Montevideo including the cathedral, old city, and beaches area. Tour guide spoke acceptable English. We had been promised a 12 seat van (for 8 people), but were jammed into an 8 seat van. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Tour along the beach for views was very nice.
Tour along the beach for views was very nice. A stop near the football stadium to see a sculpture of oxen was a waste. The stop downtown was excellent and we were dropped off at the port market where we had a great lunch.
Tour along the beach for views was very nice. A stop near the football stadium to see a sculpture of oxen was a waste. The stop downtown was excellent and we were dropped off at the port market where we had a great lunch. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
It's very short and easy to walk to downtown from the cruise pier.
It's very short and easy to walk to downtown from the cruise pier. There is an information office just outside the gate. There are some very safe walking streets that go to Independence Plaza. We went to the free gaucho museum, which ... Read More
It's very short and easy to walk to downtown from the cruise pier. There is an information office just outside the gate. There are some very safe walking streets that go to Independence Plaza. We went to the free gaucho museum, which is housed in an old bank building. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Good way to see an overview of town.
Good way to see an overview of town. Also included a visit to a tango show. Enjoyable. We were tired and ready to go home, so we didn't walk to the Mercado that is just outside the port.
Good way to see an overview of town. Also included a visit to a tango show. Enjoyable. We were tired and ready to go home, so we didn't walk to the Mercado that is just outside the port. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Tour could have been better.
Tour could have been better. Guide needs to be much better.
Tour could have been better. Guide needs to be much better. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The Curioso Free Tour (http://curiosofreetour.com.uy/eng/) is a nice cultural option for Montevideo.
The Curioso Free Tour (http://curiosofreetour.com.uy/eng/) is a nice cultural option for Montevideo. The Agricultural Market (MAM) is also a recommended place to go.
The Curioso Free Tour (http://curiosofreetour.com.uy/eng/) is a nice cultural option for Montevideo. The Agricultural Market (MAM) is also a recommended place to go. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
guide was on dock waiting w sign [that he never showed] poor english-was supposed to be english ...
guide was on dock waiting w sign [that he never showed] poor english-was supposed to be english speaking awful tour-very few stops @ attractions-mostly drive by's
guide was on dock waiting w sign [that he never showed] poor english-was supposed to be english speaking awful tour-very few stops @ attractions-mostly drive by's Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Saw many interesting sights and had a tango demonstration.
Saw many interesting sights and had a tango demonstration. A lot of fun.
Saw many interesting sights and had a tango demonstration. A lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Montevideo is a nice city.
Montevideo is a nice city. I liked it better than Buenos Aires. It's big and crowded but it's clean and well maintained. The ship docks close to downtown. We did the city tour on a bus in the morning and walked into town on ... Read More
Montevideo is a nice city. I liked it better than Buenos Aires. It's big and crowded but it's clean and well maintained. The ship docks close to downtown. We did the city tour on a bus in the morning and walked into town on our own in the afternoon. The bus tour was nice, about the right length I'd say, we saw Independence Square and a few other parks and neighborhoods and landmarks and went up to the highest point of the city, a park that looks over the bay and back towards downtown. When we went walking on our own we started with the Port Market and continued as far as Constitution Square and then came back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We arranged a private tour for the four of us with Tours by Locals.
We arranged a private tour for the four of us with Tours by Locals. W were met at the ship and spent 5 hours walking the city, hopping on a bus to go to the beach area and learning about the city, history, and culture from a retired ... Read More
We arranged a private tour for the four of us with Tours by Locals. W were met at the ship and spent 5 hours walking the city, hopping on a bus to go to the beach area and learning about the city, history, and culture from a retired gentleman that grew up in the area and raised his family there. It was a great day and very enjoyable. We walked about 5 miles. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
An extremely comfortable bus with a knowledgeable guide.
An extremely comfortable bus with a knowledgeable guide.
An extremely comfortable bus with a knowledgeable guide. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We walked off the ship and at the end of the pier locals were selling a city tour, 3 hours for $20 ...
We walked off the ship and at the end of the pier locals were selling a city tour, 3 hours for $20 each in an air conditioned bus. Guide on the bus spoke good English and Spanish. Great for the money. There is a post office for post ... Read More
We walked off the ship and at the end of the pier locals were selling a city tour, 3 hours for $20 each in an air conditioned bus. Guide on the bus spoke good English and Spanish. Great for the money. There is a post office for post cards and a WIFI center at the end of the pier. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice tour plus tango dancers.
Nice tour plus tango dancers.
Nice tour plus tango dancers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Saw key historical markers
Saw key historical markers
Saw key historical markers Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises