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Classic tour of Colombia - Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena


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, along the lush green mountains of the northern Antioquia province, or found in the beautiful colonial architecture of the many churches and municipalities, this trip holds something truly special for everyone.

 

     

Itinerary


Cities Covered : Bogota

Upon arrival at El Dorado International Airport, an agent brings you to a centrally located hotel. From the prime location, you are now free to experience the city's zestful nightlife. Locals recommend visiting the Gourmet Zone, or "G Zone," in the northern quarter. This neighborhood hosts many superb restaurants, cafes and bars, and music venues to make your first night in Colombia memorable. 

Cities Covered : Bogota ,  Zipaquira

A coach takes you to the city of Zipaquira, an hour north of Bogota. As you pass small villages, floriculture, and winding rivers along the way, the allure of Colombia's countryside becomes apparent. Zipaquira is recognized as "the city of salt," given the extraction of the mineral here. The underground Cathedral of Salt was built into a halite mine here during the 1930's, and remains a popular destination for travelers and local churchgoers alike. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, it is time to return to Bogota. 

As you make your way through the capital, the historical and cultural center city of Candelaria comes into focus. Here, impressive architecture and colonial eaves overlook narrow streets, preserving the memory of an earlier era in Columbia's history. Landmarks like Bolivar Square host the Cathedral of Bogota, as well as the National Capitol and other government buildings. The day's activities end with a visit to the Gold Museum, where 34,000 gold pieces from Colombia's indigenous past will enchant you. In the evening you may return to the hotel, or spend the night out.                 



Cities Covered : Bogota ,  Medellin

An agent brings you to the airport for a short flight to Jose Maria Cordoba International, a 45 minute drive from Medellin. A private service then brings you to a hotel in the new city.

Spend the afternoon touring Medellin's numerous parks and botanical gardens. You will appreciate the contrast of old and new buildings in the city, in addition to the kindness of those you encounter. When evening comes, you are welcome to rest at the hotel, or venture into the city for more exploration.   

Cities Covered : Medellin

You will be transported from the center of Medellin to explore its surrounding province, Antioquia. Beyond the city's limits, stunning green mountain ranges, snaked by the Cauca River, stretch as far as you can see. The town of St. Jerome is the first stop along your trek. Here you can sample exotic local fruits like thorned soursops and corozo nuts. After lunch, you reach the province's mother city, and former capital, Santa Fe de Antioquia, where Renaissance- styled churches are adorned by the cobblestone streets. The day's tour ends with the Puente de Occidente, or West Bridge, a massive suspension bridge constructed over the river in the late 19th century. Following the tours, you will be taken back to the hotel in Medellin for the night.               


Cities Covered : Medellin ,  Cartagena

In the morning you will be flown out to Rafael Nuñéz International Airport in Cartagena. An afternoon tour of the urban areas of Cartagena is followed by a visit to a 400 year-old monastery that overlooks the city. After viewing Cartagena from this tremendous vantage point, you will visit another piece of history at the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas. The hilltop fortress was built by the Spanish to defend their settlement, and is largely intact today. In the evening you are brought back to your hotel where you are free to rest, or continue exploring the city.             


Cities Covered : Cartagena

After breakfast at the hotel, you earn your sea legs aboard a high-speed boat to the Rosario Islands, an archipelago just off the coast of Cartagena. These 28 islands are enveloped by crystal clear water, coral reefs, and a thriving ecosystem. You are given a tour of the islands, then brought to the aquarium San Martin de Pajarales to view the local marine life up- close. For lunch, enjoy fresh fish, coconut rice, and plantains as you unwind along the pristine shore. Spend the rest of the day at the beach before you are returned to the mainland that evening.   


Cities Covered : Cartagena

Following breakfast at the hotel, you are brought to the airport for departure from Colombia. 


Departure Dates and Rates

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Deluxe
For departures January 1,2017 through December 25,2017 US$ 1,549 US$ 908 US$ 767
Luxury
For departures January 1,2017 through December 25,2017 US$ 1,854 US$ 1,079 US$ 852

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal Plan
  • Transfers between airports and hotels in private service
  • Tours and most entrance fees
  • Transfers from hotel to dock to hotel

Exclusions:

  • Expenses not specified in the program
  • Prerequisite and extra expenses for consumption
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance (can be booked for an additional cost through Palace Tours)
  • Entrance fee to aquarium (USD13)
Terms and Conditions

25% due at time of booking

75% due at 60 days prior to departure 

 

  • Rates per person in Dollars
  • Rates are subject to changes in availability
  • Maximum of 2 children may share a room with their parents
  • Suggested activities are not included in program price
  • Rates in Bogota are calculated on a weekend, if booking between Monday and Thursday it is necessary to add additional fee per night
  • If selected hotel is not available at the time of booking, a hotel of a similar category will be found 

 

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

Guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.





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Please note : A visa or visas may be required for some or all of the countries visited on the tour selected. Please check with the respective consulates in your country for visa requirements and they may vary depending on visitor's nationality, origin and/or destination.