This all-encompassing tour of Colombia represents a trip as varied as the manifold country itself. Between three main cities; the capital Bogota, the second city Medellin, and the coastal city of Cartagena, travelers will easily recognize the richness this country has to offer. Whether it be in the rousing night-scene in Bogota, experience of the Silleteros (from the famous Medellin flower festival), or the beautiful colonial architecture of in Cartagena, this trip holds something truly special for everyone.
Arrive in Bogota at the El Dorado International Airport where you will be met by the driver and transferred to the hotel.
Check in and enjoy a free night to explore the city or relax at the hotel.
For the guests arriving early during the day, you have the opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood on your own.
Departure from the hotel after breakfast to visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City tour in Bogotá.
The municipality of Zipaquirá is one of the great centers of exploitation of salt of Colombia, which has given him the recognition as "City of Salt". In Zipaquirá we will visit the Salt Cathedral considered in Colombia as the architectural jewel of modernity. The salt Cathedral was declared as the wonder of Colombia in 2007.
We will descend 180 meters below the surface until arriving at a Catholic church- built in the heart of the salt mine, where you can admire sculptures carved in salt, among which stands a 16 meters high cross that is located behind the main altar. After completing the tour in the cathedral, we will move to the center of the town of Zipaquirá to visit its church and its beautiful square built with cobblestones.
You will have approximately 1 hour to enjoy at typical lunch.
Afterwards, we will return to the city of Bogotá and continue with a panoramic view of the historic center of the city, also known as La Candelaria, with its streets Narrow and steep, their houses with colonial roofs and eaves that evoke the memory of times of yesteryear.
La Candelaria is the historical and cultural heart of the city, we can find there the Plaza de Bolívar, declared National Monument on October 19, 1995, surrounded by some of the most important constructions in the city: The primate Cathedral of Colombia, officially Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, was recognized with the honorary title of Colombian primate by Pope Leo XIII; The House of the Ecclesiastical Council whose construction dates back to 1689 and its main use was for clergy meeting. It also served as a prison for ecclesiastics. It is considered the oldest building in the frame of Bolivar Square; The chapel of the Tabernacle, built to house the Blessed Sacrament.
The archiepiscopal palace, the building where the Archdiocese of Bogotá works; The national Capitol, seat of the Congress, maximum legislative body of the Republic of Colombia; The Lievano Palace, headquarters of the mayor's office of Bogotá; And the Palace of Justice, where the Supreme Court of Justice, the Constitutional Court, the State Council and the Superior Council of the judiciary work.
And we finish our journey to the Gold Museum where we appreciate the largest collection of Pre-hispanic Goldsmith in the world, with approximately 34,000 pieces of gold and tumbaga (gold and copper alloy).
Evening is free to enjoy in Bogota on your own.
Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast, Tasting Lunch
After breakfast, we will transfer to El Dorado International Airport to take flight to the city of Medellin.
Medellin is a destination for fashion, not only for its numerous centers and commercial areas but for the excellence of its fabrics and the ingenuity of the garments of Colombian designers that are exhibited there. Travelers can find all kinds of fabrics, ceramics, kitchen appliances and accessories such as handbags and jewellery of high quality here.
After checkin, we depart to take the city tour in Medellin visiting the most important places of the city that begin to mark the dynamics of a city of traditions rooted in a very special culture like the Paisa Antioqueña.
We will start with a panoramic tour of Medellin, pass by the renewed Paseo Carabobo, Barrio Prado, Pablo Tobón Uribe Theatre, Coltejer Building, Paseo Junín, Bolivar Park, Metropolitan Cathedral, Nutibara Square, Rafael Uribe Palace, Plaza de las Sculptures by the world renowned maestro Fernando Botero, Berrio's Park. Traditional attractions such as: Pueblito Paisa, Barefoot Park, Parque de los Deseos, Barrio Prado, among other places.
Free night to enjoy activities of interest on your own.
Inclusions : Accommodation with Breakfast
After breakfast, we start a tour to neighboring town of Santa Elena, the home of Silleteras popular for the Flower Festival in Medellin.
We visit a farmhouse owned by one of the families that have been participating in the Flower festival for many years and the owners explain the handling of flowers and local customs. The highlight is a unique workshop of making Silletera. You will enjoy this optional interactive activity that will give you the insight into the efforts that go into making of the most famous parade in Medellin.
We later return to Medellin where we have a walking tour and experience the Metro that has made it possible to connect this city from the communities in neighboring hills. We will then go for the "Innovation Tour" to Comuna 13 where you will witness the transition of this vibrant city and use of Graffiti for building of the community.
Once we return to the hotel, the evening is free to enjoy the city on your own.
Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast at the hotel, we are transferred to the airport and take our flight to Cartagena de la Indias.
After checkin at your hotel, We leave for a walking tour of the old city with a guide in English, specialist in Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Gabo. We explore the old town with houses dating back more than a century. We take a stop at a local café for a typical coffee tasting to enjoy a small taste of Colombia
Evening is free to enjoy the town on our own.
Inclusions : Accommodation, Breakfast, Coffee Tasting
We will enjoy breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the dock in Manga to take a boat to the famous Rosario Islands. We will pass through many islands and possibly see dolphins on our way to the famous Isla San Pedro de Majagua.
The island has many activities to choose from. Rent a canoe, go snorkeling, rent a bike and go around the island or just relax on the beach.
We have a typical lunch prepared for us as we enjoy the relaxing day on this beautiful beach resort resort.
We take a boat back to Cartagena in the evening.
We have the evening to enjoy the city on our own.
Includes : Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport to take your flight to the next destination.
Want to extend your trip? Add a couple of days or destinations? Maybe take a trip to Cali or just stay in Cartagena or take a trip to Ecuador or Galapagos - There are endless opportunities. Ask us and we would be happy to help!
Accommodation in the city of Bogota 2 Nights/3 days in the selected hotel.
Transfer airport-hotel-Airport service
Meal Plan: 2 breakfast, 1 lunch restaurant Funzipa or similar
Cultural City tour in Bogota with a visit to the Salt Cathedral in the municipality of Zipaquirá with a typical lunch
Accommodation in the city of Medellin 2 Nights/3 days in the selected hotel.
Food Plan: 2 breakfasts-1 typical lunch on the visit to Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Transfer airport-hotel-Airport service.
Cultural City tour
Visit to Santa Fe de Antioquia with a typical lunch
Accommodation in the city of Cartagena 3 Nights/4 days in the selected hotel.
Meal Plan: 3 breakfasts
City Tour with entrances to the San Felipe Castle and the Stern convent or San Pedro Clavier’s church
Program does not include:
Expenses not specified in the program.
Gratuities and extra expenses for consumption.
25% due at time of booking
75% due at 60 days prior to departure
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