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Montevideo, Uruguay

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The exact location where Europa is berthed will only be known for certain a few hours before arrival of the vessel in port. It is likely that Europa will either be berthed at the commercial port of Puerto de Montevideo or the port of Piriapolis, located between Montevideo and Punta del Este.

How to get here

Air & transfers

There are only flights to Ushuaia from Buenos Aries in Argentina but Montevideo and Buenos aires sit on either side of the River Plate estuary so there are regular ferry services between the 2 cities.

River Plate - Ferry Details

See www.buquebus.com for ferry and bus timetables and booking. There is a choice of a direct port to port ferry service from Montevideo to Buenos Aires which takes about 3 hours, or a bus from Montevideo to Colonia (2hrs) and a connecting ferry from Colonia to Buenos Aries (3hrs)

Remember if you take a taxi to the airport there are two airports in Buenos Aires City. You need Ezeiza International for trans Atlantic Flights and Jorge Newbery Aero Park for domestic flights within Argentina.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Capital of Uruguay and a key South American port for centuries, located on the mouth of the River Plate -  famous for the sinking of the German battleship Graf Spey in WW2.

Described as a "vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life", Montevideo is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay: its first university, the "Universidad de la República", was founded in 1849. The architecture of Montevideo, considered unrivalled in South America, reflects its history, ranging from colonial to Art Deco, and influenced by Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and British immigrants.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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