Indulge in Uruguay's burgeoning arts and culinary scene

Uruguay proves to be an exceptional destination for a vacation encompassing the arts, gastronomy, and oenology. Immerse yourself in the country's burgeoning art scene, where numerous galleries and exhibitions showcase the country's diverse artistic expressions, like Casapueblo in Punta del Este, and the Atchugarry Foundation in José Ignacio. Throughout your trip, savor the culinary offerings of Uruguay, ranging from the traditional asado to the freshest seafood, all underscored by a commitment to sustainable farming practices. Learn more about Uruguayan wines, with boutique vineyards in regions like Carmelo and Colonia producing remarkable varietals. The warmth of the local hospitality, coupled with picturesque landscapes, renders Uruguay an unparalleled destination for those seeking a refined and culturally enriched getaway.

Who is a luxury Art, Gastronomy, and Wine in Uruguay trip best for?

Oenophiles, foodies, and art and design connoisseurs will fall in love with Uruguay.

Day-to-day itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2:

Arrive in Montevideo, transfer to Carmelo, Narbona Wine Lodge

DAYS 3 & 4:

DAYS 5, 6, & 7:

DAYS 8 & 9:

Transfer to Punta del Este, Fasano

Art, Gastronomy, and Wine in Uruguay trip highlights

  • Hop off the plane and be transported within three hours to the boutique vineyards of Carmelo, Uruguay. With a mild climate and fertile soils, the region cultivates Uruguay's tannat grapes, which creates wine characterized by its deep color, high tannins, and rich flavor. Other grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are also produced here. Enjoy two nights, resting from international travel and exploring Carmelo's vineyards and farm-to-table dining.
  • Next, return to Montevideo to explore the cultural capital of Uruguay. Sitting on the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the Rio Plata, which separates Uruguay from Argentina, the city embraces its identity as both a port city and a beach city. Spend your days exploring the historic center, the bustling central market, numerous cafés, pubs, boutiques, and art galleries. Even if you're not visiting during Carnival, tango and candombe are integral to Montevideo's cultural identity. The city has numerous venues where visitors can experience live tango performances and traditional candombe drumming.
  • Continue eastward to the beach town of José Ignacio and spend three days in the sand and surf at Bahia Vik or Playa Vik. Pass days at the beach, poolside, or enjoy a crisp Luz rosé on a vineyard tour. Nearby the hotel, we can arrange day trips to Pueblo Eden for cheese and olive oil tastings and production tours, a visit to Bodega Garzon and Francis Mallman's restaurant, or a cultural tour to Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, a museum and sculpture park.
  • End your trip at the ultra-elegant Fasano. With its edgy, Brutalist-style architecture, the hotel provides an interesting contrast to the surrounding soft, rolling hills that lead into Punta del Este, just ten minutes away. Hideaway on the hotel grounds and revel in the wild landscape, upscale dining, and luxe spa treatments, or venture to Punta del Este to visit Uruguay's iconic landmark, the Santorini-style Casapueblo, created by artist Carlos Páez Vilaróor—in addition to The Museum of American Art, and numerous cultural events that happen in high season.

Price

Starting at $9,075 per person sharing in 2024.

When is the best time to travel to Uruguay?

José Ignacio experiences a bustling season between December and January, making it a hot spot for holiday travel. Opting for a visit between late October and late March guarantees optimal beach weather and offers a vibrant cultural scene while ensuring restaurants and cafés are open for dining.

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Add a night or two in UNESCO-protected Colonia del Sacramento, or hop over to Buenos Aires and onwards to explore more of Argentina or Chile.

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