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Private Walk Through History

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Take a private tour into some of the most important museums in Uruguay. Discover Palacio Taranco, Casa del General Fructuoso Rivera, and the beautiful Iglesia Matriz on this memorable excursion.

Private Walk Through History

Wander into some of the most important museums Uruguay has to offer. Your private guide will escort you through history to discover Plaza Zabala in the Old City, Palacio Taranco originally designed in Paris, General Rivera's home and National Historic Museum, plus the beautiful cathedral Iglesia Matriz. This Montevideo private tour is a must for history buffs, so book today for an interesting trip through time.

This unique tour starts with a transfer to the Old City, where you'll begin your walk into South American history. Visit Plaza Zabala, a strategic fortification located in the heart of the Old City. The plaza is named after Don Bruno Mauricio de Zabala (1682- 1736), a Spanish soldier, Knight of the Order of Calatrava, and an outstanding military man who governed the area. This Square dedicated in his honor is located on the site of the former Spanish Governors' house, surrounded by mature trees, gardens, and iron gates.

See Palacio Taranco, designed by architects Girault and Chifflot in Paris between 1907 and 1908. Its construction took place between 1908 and 1910, originally intended as a private home. In 1975, it was declared a National Historical Monument. Discover Casa del General Fructuoso Rivera, a notable example of 19th century architecture. Admire the tower, the glazed tiles of the window ledges, and the attractive grillwork. This building was purchased by General Rivera, founder of one of the country's main political parties: "Partido Colorado" (Red Party). Rivera was the first constitutional President of the Republic. The house was remodeled, but the ground floor and rustic courtyard preserve its original characteristics. Since 1942, the National Historical Museum has displayed nineteen exhibition rooms in the Casa depicting Uruguay's history, from the Indigenous cultures to the second half of the 20th century.

The beautiful Cathedral, Iglesia Matria, dates back to 1790. Its lovely facade of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal was inspired in the medieval style. An Italian fountain in Plaza de la Constitucion displays the first water works of the city inaugurated on July 18th, 1871. The surroundings include many other buildings of interest, such as Club Uruguay, built in 1889 by the architect Luis Andreoni. This club used to be the center of Montevideo's high society. At Plaza Independencia, you'll board your return transfer to the pier after a memorable journey through time.

Book this Montevideo private tour today if you desire a truly immersive and unique cultural adventure.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $85.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend you wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing with sneakers or closed-toe shoes and a light jacket.
Guests with mobility difficulties must give notice in advance about their needs.