A private tour of Montevideo Highlights History and Community Tour
European immigrants who came to Uruguay were first Spaniards, followed by Italians, and around 1900's Jewish emigrants mainly from Russia and Turkey .
Later came from Eastern Europe and Germany.
Some arrived in the late 19th Century helped by philantropist Baron Hirsh to became farmer settlers in Argentina. So both countries had important Jewish population.
Some Montevideo Neighboorhoods had areas as the Lower East Side of NY at Downtown in the 1930's.
We will visit the outdoor Holocaust Memorial by the seaside, the only Memorial in South America. See the photos.
We'll visit the Pocitos neighborhood and beach, going by synagogues, Community Centers and Jewish Day school.
Visiting a Synagogue inside please ask for this special option and requirements needed.
Sarandí St. The Independence Square, and Salvo Palace.
Driving across 18 de Julio, our Main Avenue, we make our way to the Parliament, a classical building with exclusive marble walls.
Ask price for a group Customized Tour.
If you are cruisers, after leaving the cruise, walk along a green path about 200 yards to the Port exit blue iron bar door(see photos). It's behind some trees next to the Tourism Ministry. I'll be next to this exit holding a sign with your name. If you don't find me, please give me a personal call.
Old Sephardic Synagogue (closed), Independence Sq. , Artigas Statue, Salvo Palace, Executive Tower, Solis Theater Rambla Promenade Hebraica Club, Embassies, and seaside buildings.
Entering Community Buildings, security requires information about visitors a month in advance. Ask for details, if you wish a visit inside. Otherwise we go by these buildings and you will know the history and details about them.
Pocitos Jewish Neigbourhood Buildings
Holocaust seacoast Memorial, Punta Carretas Mall, go by Community Buildings (see what is included Important Note), Pocitos beach and buildings, Yacht Port.
World Trade Center,
Back to Port or Hotel
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 4 hours
The duration and itinerary of this tour might be afected if the cruise docks later for some reason.Transportation company is hired within a certain time.
The itinerary is flexible according to your interests, it could not be completed due to weather, traffic.
Tour duration on weekends or out of season as there is less traffic we may see all highlights in a shorter time.
Transportation Method: Regarding the number of passengers, it might be a modern car, a Hyundai H1 or a Mercedes Sprinter or similar Van. Bus for groups (more than 15 passengers).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
700 U$ - Around 40 USD per person for lunch in a restaurant if you want to taste some typical Uruguayan food.
Tourists may pay with US dollars or credit cards. Most places accept dollars.
Paying with credit cards in restaurants you will not pay the VAT Tax.
If you wish to buy unexpensive souvenirs and you wish to exchange some Uruguayan money in Uruguay there are money exchange shops in all neighborhoods.
See my 3 Montevideo Travel Tips,in my guide profile.
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This was a great tour (by car), giving us a sense of the history and geography of Montevideo as well as of its Jewish history. We visited a synagogue and school and saw Jewish neighborhoods in the old city and the newer areas. Gabriel was well-informed and helpful, and guided us well!