Classic Colombia

  • Clock Tower Gate, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Comuna 13, Medellin
  • Islas de Rosario, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Plaza Botero, Medellín
  • A view of the center of Bogota, Colombia with the Andes in the background

Inclusions

  • Tour the city of Bogotá and see the city’s unique cultural blend where the past meets the future.
  • Travel to the city of Medellin and see how this city has drastically developed into Colombia’s second most populated city
  • Explore Cartagena, a city that is Colombia’s living, breathing and pulsating museum
  • Take a trip to the Rosario Islands, a group of 27 islands that are surrounded by coral reefs
  • Services of English-speaking guides
  • All transfers listed in the itinerary
  • All guides, entrances and tours listed in the itinerary
  • All food and meals listed in the itinerary
  • All accommodations listed in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Bogotá
Upon arrival in Bogotá, you will be met at the airport by our representative and then transferred to your hotel.

Vibrant and diverse, Bogotá, is Colombia’s capital and commercial back-bone.

Colombia's bustling metropolis is a mix of old and new, trendy and traditional,stately and charming. Home to a dazzling array of museums, churches, colonial mansions and stately buildings, Bogotá has a fine balance between its historical past and its movement into the future. This city in central Colombia is located at an elevation of 2,650m./8,660ft. on a mountain rimmed plateau high in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes Mountains. The city lies only 4°36'north of the equator.

DAY 2: Bogotá (Full-day tour of Zipaquirá & La Candelaria)
La Candelaria is Bogota’s heart and soul, from its humble beginnings this is the oldest part of the city and the Plaza Bolivar (Main Square) are high on any visitor’s agenda. The Square is the focal point of this historic part of the city. Surrounding the square are several important Colonial and Republican style buildings including the Palace of Justice and Colombian Congress. The Plaza is also home to the Mayor’s office and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota that dominates an entire corner. Standing proud in the plazas centre is a statue of Simon Bolivar (Founder of Colombian independence) the first public monument to be erected in the city. As you wander the streets of La Candelaria away from the main square, your guide will not only explain the history of Bogota but also the intricacies of current Colombian culture and daily life. There will be time for a refreshment stop in one of the cities coffee houses.

The Botero Museum or Donation is a permanent exhibition of works of art by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist who’s "oversized” art is instantly recognisable. There are several rooms over 2 floors with displays of his work both on canvas and sculpture. The museum not only houses work by Botero but also other world-famous artists such as Dali, Monet and Van Gogh. Next door is the Casa de la Moneda, or mint is home to a museum that takes you on a tour of the history of Bogota through the currency and money used in Colombia.

With your guide, the next stop will be the Gold Museum which is situated on the northeast corner of the Parque Santander. The Museum is within the premises of the Banco de la Republica, and is one of the finest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold in the world. This is a “must see” when in Bogotá, with more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the collection. Many of the works are said to be unsurpassed by goldsmiths of today and it’s easy to understand when you allow yourself time to study examples such as the Balsa Muisca (Offering boat). This golden raft is one of the focal point of the display and was the driving force in the Spaniards quest to find El Dorado.

Then you will head to Zipaquirá that for some people this is a religious monument, for others a celebration of engineering or maybe even an artistic masterpiece. One of the marvels of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is well worth the visit. For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its earth and the hidden jewel beneath the earth’s surface, Zipaquirá is somewhat of a must during a stay in Bogotá. Travelling north of the city, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians, Zipaquirá is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Colombia. Zipaquirá is most famous for its Cathedral carved underground in a still functioning salt mines just west of the town. (B,L)

DAY 3: Bogotá - Medellin
Today you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Medellin.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by our local representative and transferred to your hotel by private car. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

DAY 4: Medellin (Full-day tour of Medellín & Social Transformation Tour)
The city tour will take in all principal sites and locations of this fascinating location. These sites will include the “Plaza Botero" the famous Botero sculpture park where many giant sculptures of Colombia most famous artist and Medellin born sculptor Fernando Botero are exhibited. A ride on the city’s famous metro and cable car system will not only provide great views of the city but will be a chance to understand a bit more about the geography and social make up of Colombia's largest second city.

The social development tour of Medellin provides travelers with a unique opportunity to explore this vibrant community and witness the miraculous transformation of one of the region's most troubled neighborhoods known as “barrios” in Colombia.

The Comuna 13 barrio was considered one of the most violent communities in Medellin's history. The tour was developed to showcase the miraculous transformation of Comuna 13 through innovative and aggressive social and urban planning by the local government and private investors. The success of Comuna 13’s ambitious makeover can serve as an inspiration and model for troubled and neglected communities around the world. (B,L)

DAY 5: Medellin - Cartagena
Today you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by our local representative and transferred to your hotel by private car. (B)

DAY 6: Cartagena (Half-day City Tour)
Carved from a colorful history rife of piracy, Sultry Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is Colombia’s living, breathing and pulsating museum. Absurdly photogenic La Heroica (Heroic city) awards even the laziest of travelers. Color splashes every corner, balconies overflow with blossom, and energy seeps beneath the ancient wooden doors of hotels, restaurants and Casa Privadas.

Your tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar; with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by.

Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with your own personal encyclopedia of knowledge guiding you from one interest to the other. (B)

DAY 7: Rosario Islands
This full day tour gives you the opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the Caribbean. The fast motor boat departs directly from the pier and will take you on a 60-minute ride through the Bay of Cartagena to the beautiful crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Island archipelago. This group of 27 islands is surrounded by coral reefs, and is the perfect location to go snorkeling and swimming from the pristine white sandy beaches. It´s one of the 46 Natural National Parks of Colombia, created to protect one of the most important coral reefs of the Caribbean Colombian Coast. This marine habitat creates one of the most diverse and richest marine ecosystems in Colombia. The Park has an extension of 120.000 marine and land hectares, and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves and the numerous species of algae and animals that have their habitats in the area, all of which feed the numerous corals and fish life that inhabit the reefs.

On arrival at the island, you will have time to relax sunbathe and enjoy a swim and refreshment. You will be served a delicious lunch which consists of locally caught fresh fried fish, which is accompanied by coconut rice, plantains and salad, followed by dessert & all washed down with a refreshing soft drink and finished with Colombian coffee. After lunch, you will have time to relax and enjoy a final swim in the Caribbean before returning to Cartagena on your speed boat. (B,L)

DAY 8: Departure
Today, transfer by private car to the airport for your departing flight. (B)

Hotels

HOTELS
CityNightsHotels
Bogotá2Abadía Colonial - Standard
Ópera - Superior
Sofitel Victoria Regia - Premium
Medellin2Florencia Park - Standard
Park 10 - Superior
Patio del Mundo - Premium
Cartagena3Don Perdo de Heredia - Standard
Anandá- Superior
Sofitel Santa Clara - Premium

Land Package Prices Per Person


Daily DeparturesDoubleSingle
Rates per Person$1,847$2,325
Valid through December 2018

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