Cartagena Columbus Day Extravaganza

  • Cartagena Coast, Colombia
  • Cartagena Columbus Day Special
  • View of the historic center of Cartagena, Colombia

Itinerary

DAY 1 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
Private transfer airport to hotel + guide
Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide.

Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in).

With its breathtaking colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and narrow cobbled streets, the city of Cartagena de Indias is one of the most exciting destinations in Colombia. This Caribbean colonial jewel was the first Spanish colony on the South American mainland and one of the main ports for the Spanish fleet which turned the city into an important center of trade in the 16th century. It is a city full of history which has been an inspiration for artists, writers, historians and musicians. This vibrant and colorful city throughout the years has enchanted tourists with its fairy-tale charms that invite people to linger and explore the city for days. (B)

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia - Standard Room

NOTE: Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs) plus one carry on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage please let us know in advance in order to assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.

DAY 2 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
Colonial Tour
Private service with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

At the end of the tour you will take a walk through the inner walled section of the colonial city. Discover Cartagena’s rich history and beautiful colonial architecture where you will admire the old houses, stunning balconies and different little squares. You will know more about the culture of Cartagena and its interesting architecture as you walk through the different cobbled streets and plazas; each street has a different story to tell. You will also see this city alive, with its students, vendors, and all the people that live there.

NOTES: It is important to remember, when visiting churches, monasteries, and shrines, women should not wear shorts or miniskirts and men should not wear shorts.

DAY 3 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
Day at leisure to explore the city of Cartagena on your own.

DAY 4 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH
Private transfer from hotel to airport.

Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

NOTE: Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs) plus one carry on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage please let us know in advance in order to assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Cartagena 3Hotel Don Pedro de HerediaStandard Room
Please Inquire for Additional Hotel Options.

Land Package Prices Per Person

PRICES STARTING FROMDOUBLESINGLE
$854$1,230

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