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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
The Graf Spee was a German battleship with a unique design and state-of-the-art technology. During World War II, she suffered considerable damage and headed to Montevideo to complete repairs. Spies from the United Kingdom and New Zealand approached the Graf Spee's captain and led him to believe a flotilla was waiting to attack the Graf Spee as soon as it left Uruguay. In fact, only the HMS Cumberland was ready to engage in combat with the Graf Spee. The captain decided to sink the Graf Spee within Montevideo's harbor and killed himself.
Today's panoramic drive through the city shows you the streets and buildings that caught the world's attention in 1939 and 1940 when the Uruguayan, British and German governments negotiated the fate of the Graf Spee and its crew. View the buildings that used to be the British and German embassies, the Port Authority and the Military Hospital. Along the way, take time to admire the combination of different architectural styles as well as some of Montevideo's oldest squares and monuments.
From atop Cerro de Montevideo, take in panoramic views of the bay and imagine that fateful day when curious citizens crowded the port to witness the arrival of the German warship.
You will also visit the Northern Cemetery, where 40 fallen German sailors were buried. From there, continue to the British Cemetery, where two tombs serve as a somber reminder of the Battle of Rio de la Plata.
Your last stop is at the Naval Museum, which houses some of Graf Spee's guns and the telemetry equipment recently recovered from the riverbed.
Return to the port driving, along the shoreline so you can enjoy beautiful views of the city's beaches.
Entry to Cerro de Montevideo is subject to approval by local authorities. This is usually granted, but no guarantee is made in this regard.