Uruguay Sun: Off the Beaten Path

      Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay

      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
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      66 reviews
      Nov 13 - 23, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 12
      Uruguay Sun: Off the Beaten Path
      Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay

      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      • Email address verified
      66 reviews

      Nov 13 - 23, 2024
      Group size: 1 - 12

      About this trip

      Tour to Uruguay canceled and replaced with cruise tour to Croatia—click here.

      Details

      *Price is per person based on room occupancy chosen. LG Translados operates the tour as a disclosed principal. The deposit is $1100 per person. The tour balance is due 7/13/24.  We limit the group size to 25. • The document required is a valid passport valid through 2/23/25 • Insurance coverage included is AIG TravelGuard Vacation & Cruises Plan; for coverage details covering cancellation charges, other terms at steviejaytravel.com/terms are incorporated by reference. •  Price and details are subject to change. If the group size is 20 or fewer, a small group surcharge of $90 applies. If you do not want to be covered by the included Travel Insurance, enter the discount code NO-INSUR for a $300 per person reduction when booking. If arranging your only flights, enter discount code NO-AIR for a $1050 per person reduction when booking. If you want neither insurance nor airfare, enter NO-AIR-INSUR for $1350 reduction.

      Book online securely 24/7

      Choose the Green Select button at the upper right or call Bill Owen at 217 619-0202 (9-5 Mon-Sat).

      *Or the Available Packages buttons at the bottom of this webpage.

      Accommodations (9) nights

      Panama City, Panama (2) Sofitel Legend*

      Montevideo, Uruguay (2) Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa

      Punta del Este, Uruguay (2) The Grand Hotel

      Timote (3) San Pedro de Timote Estancia

      *Depending on the final flight schedule, the length of the stay may need to be adjusted.

      Feels like Europe but flying is easier!

      This should be a more comfortable trip for these reasons:

      1. On the way south, you break up the trip with a two-night stay in Panama! See the canal.
      2. Speaking of south, Panama City is just one hour ahead of Illinois (eastern time).
      3. Then, flying south again to Montevideo is all on the same day (arriving around 10:01 PM), just two hours ahead of Panama City. Little or no “jet lag.”
      4. November will be late spring in Uruguay, so it is not tourist season (which starts mid-December through Easter). The weather should be very nice. This year, we have ranged between the high 60s and high 80s.
      5. Coming home, you have most of the day in Montevideo, and they fly right after midnight, with the connection arriving back in O’Hare at 12:21 PM. It is an overnight flight, but only 3 hours of time change. Maybe get a nap after getting home and sleep normally that evening. There will be less jet lag than a typical Europe trip.
      6. Be home the Saturday before Thanksgiving with new tales about places few others will have visited.

      Land with Pesos in your pocket!

      You get a cash spiff of $75 USD, in Uruguayan pesos per person if your balance is paid by paper check or "e-check" via WeTravel. This is for Uruguay. In Panama, they only use the US dollar! Credit cards are welcome for most purchases.

      What’s included

      • Round trip motor coach
        transportation from Central Illinois
      • Round trip flights
      • Round trip transfers
        from the airport to the hotel
      • Tour director,
        baggage handling, transportation, sightseeing, and admissions per itinerary
      • 18 Meals
        9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 6 Dinners (not all meals have been noted on the itinerary yet but will be soon)
      • Current taxes and fees
        (tax/fuel surcharges are subject to changes)
      • Hotel accommodations
        (9) nights
      • Travel Insurance
      • Tips
        to Tour Director, Drivers and Local Guides
      • Led by
        Larry & Alaina Kanfer

      What’s not included

      • Airline checked bag
        Currently, there is no charge for checking a bag, but this is subject to change
      • Unlisted meals
        Customary restaurant tip in Panama and Uruguay is 10%. Many Uruguayan restaurants give you a 9% discount from the VAT if you pay by credit card.

      Available Packages

      Double Room for two people
      6 left

      Will either include a queen or king-sized bed for a couple or two beds for two single people.* However, a couple can request two beds in the Notes To Organizer, which cannot be confirmed.

      *This package should be booked separately by every roommate; please note your roommate's name, if known, or "to be advised" if not yet known.

      $4,544
      Deposit: $1,000
      Single Room for one person
      only 2 left
      $5,394
      Deposit: $1,000


      Itinerary

      Day 1 11/13/24 Wednesday
      Champaign-Chicago-Panama

      We are taken to Chicago O'Hare to board our non-stop flight to Panama City.


      Photo: Aerial view of our hotel, the newly-restored Sofitel Legend, the former Union Club visited by Queen Elizabeth in 1953


      Note: Pending final schedule from Copa Airlines, the first two days may be altered.

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      SJ
      Stevie Jay Travel LLC
      66 reviews
      Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 51 years and lives in an olive grove. Mary Beth Kuraskek joined us in the spring of 2018. She has been a tour director for over 20 years. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Mary Beth 217 840-8724; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.

      Reviews

      We had a great time! Travel was super easy with our bus to and from the airport, check-ins at the airport and into each hotel. It was great to have days perfectly planned with a great list of activities. We really enjoyed our travel guide in San Francisco - he was so knowledgeable and did a great job showing us around. Our LA guide was OK but I think it was hard to see much of interest as LA seems so spread out. We also wanted to provide a special 'shout out' to our bus driver (Ruben w/Via) for the week. Ruben was fantastic!! Would definitely go again!
      By Robert R for Wisconsin to World Ag Expo in California on Mar 03, 2024
      It was a delightful trip! Mary Beth does a beautiful job, as usual. Every detail went smoothly and was handled first class! 'Sorry to learn that there are no other day trips planned for the future. Janann Vance
      By Janann V for Yuletide Celebration 2023 on Dec 17, 2023
      The trip was good except for the flight which is normal and the bus back from Ohara but understand this will be corrected and gift available for future trips. But I also must mention the dinner on the last night there. Dinner was a long way from hotel and the time we it took us plus and the time we returned just did not make any since, since several in our group had to get up to catch their plane home early in the morning. It would have made much more since to have this dinner the night prior and the last dinner could have been held in the hotel or a walking distance from the hotel and much earlier. This should be looked at on any of your future trips
      By Michael M for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 06, 2023
      Overall, it was a great trip! The group guide was excellent and the local guides were also very good. I learned something new every day and have amazing photos to remember this trip for years to come!
      By Maryann H for Culinary Journey Through Tuscany on Nov 03, 2023
      I enjoyed the accommodations, the tour of Provence, small towns, the guide, Gerard, the luxurious bus and wonderfully competent driver, Alessandro. The experience were exuberant, cooking class, truffle hunting and tasting, the boat ride. I enjoyed the people and camaraderie.
      By Kathryn M for Provence & Riviera, Off the Beaten Path on Oct 18, 2023
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