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Delve into breathtaking Colombia with Luxury Gold and discover a land of unspoiled natural beauty, history and culture. Meet locals, gain VIP access to famous sites and indulge in delicious regional flavours along the way.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Bogotá.
    On arrival at El Dorado International Airport, you will be welcomed and taken to the Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia. Situated in the buzzing Zona T area, you’ll find yourself just steps away from the city’s best shopping, nightlife and cafes. Meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a glass of sparkling wine before transferring from your hotel to esteemed local restaurant, Harry Sasson, one of the best in Bogotá.(Dinner with Wine)Accommodation: Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia (Superior Rooms).
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Highlights of Bogotá.
    A full buffet breakfast awaits you at your hotel this morning. You are transported to the Gold Museum for a private before-hours guided tour by a Local Expert. You’ll see an extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold work, ceramic and textiles from pre-Colombian cultures. Afterwards, take a guided walking tour of La Candelaria, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city, where you’ll find the Primada Cathedral, Botero Museum and Bolívar Square. The latter is Bogota’s main square and hosts the statue of Simón Bolívar, which was sculpted in 1846 and was the first public monument in the city. Take a cable car to Monserrate Hill, where you’ll capture striking views of Bogotá from above. You’ll enjoy lunch at San Isidro restaurant before heading for a coffee tasting experience or ‘coffee baptism’ where you’ll learn about premium coffee products.(Breakfast / Lunch)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Paloquemao Market and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
    This morning, enjoy time at leisure in Bogotá. Ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on cafes, shops and museums to head to. Later, take a guided visit to the Salt Cathedral Zipaquirá, a fascinating underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine. Transfer from Zipaquirá to Andres Carne de Res, a decadently decorated bar and restaurant, aesthetically an eccentric combination of Moulin Rouge and Alice in Wonderland. Expect bright lights, theatrical service and colorful ceramic cows.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Bogotá to Medellín.
    Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your included flight to Medellín. On arrival you’ll head to a demonstration of Paso Fino horses. Journey to the quaint mountainside town of Santa Elena where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. Move on to your VIP visit of a local finca. While here you’ll meet the silletero or flower farmer, who will lead you around the property’s grounds while they talk to you about how flowers are cultivated and how Colombia has become the second largest exporter of cut flowers.(Breakfast / Lunch)Accommodation: Medellin Marriott Hotel (Deluxe Room).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Medellín and Comuna 13.
    Wake for a before-hours private visit to the Antioquia Museum, housing one of the largest art collections of Fernando Botero. You'll be guided by the museum director, as you explore his iconic works. Meet a local personality and learn how Medellin overcame its dangerous history to become a model city and haven for American retirees. Following your meeting, you’ll have time to wander around Plaza Botero, before moving on to Comuna 13, using the city’s famous escalator system. Meet your expert guide Chota, a young graffiti artist who was born and raised in the neighborhood, along with a survivor of Comuna 13 when it was at its most dangerous. Notorious for Pablo Escobar turning it into the crime capital of the world, discover more about the area’s gruesome history and how it has reinvented itself into one of Medellín’s coolest neighborhoods. Transfer to the city’s Botanical Gardens, where you’ll sit down for a scenic lunch. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. You Traveling Concierge will be on hand to give you advice on where to head. Dinner this evening is at the innovative and stylish Carmen restaurant, where traditional Colombian ingredients are thoughtfully curated.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Coffee Country.
    Today offers a full day VIP excursion through the Andes into paisa country. This vibrant region is made up of flower farms, a lush cloud forest and sprawling green mountains, dedicated to the region’s famous coffee beans. Visit Oro Molido’s La Sierra Coffee Plantation, one of Colombia’s oldest coffee farms. Perched in the Central Andean Mountains, it has a nearly perfect climate with warm days and cool nights. You’ll meet the owner of the farm and learn more about the industry, as you help plant a few coffee bushes before you sit down to a well-earned lunch with your hosts. Try the "Bandeja Paisa," one of the most popular Colombian dishes, made from refried beans, white rice, beef, chicharrón, chorizo, fried egg and banana. After lunch enjoy a coffee tasting and discover how processing, roasting and preparation all influence the coffee’s flavour profile.(Breakfast / Lunch)
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Medellín to Cartagena.
    Wake early for your transfer to the airport, as you move on to your next destination, Cartagena. Once there, you’ll be picked up directly from the airport and taken for motorcoach sightseeing. Travel to the pretty fisherman village of La Boquilla, outside of Cartagena. Enjoy a folkloric show based on local Afro-Colombian rhythms, before stepping onboard canoes to explore the mangroves and witness an artisanal fishing demonstration. Taste a traditional coconut drink before heading for lunch at Karibana Golf Club. Transfer to your hotel, where you’ll have superior rooms at the luxurious Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Freshen up and enjoy some free time before a private guided visit to San Felipe Fortress, an impressive building constructed in the colonial era. Move on to a private guided visit to Las Bovedas and Convento de La Popa which is located at the top of Mount Popa.(Breakfast / Lunch)Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, Cartagena (Superior Rooms).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8
    Cartagena in Depth.
    Start your day with a guided walking tour of Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its cobble-stoned streets and perfectly preserved 16th century colorful mansions. Visit the Inquisition Palace and the Church of San Pedro de Claver, before stopping at Plaza Bolivar and meeting with a palenquera fruit seller. Dressed in vibrant outfits, you’ll find them expertly balancing bowls of fruit on their heads. [CC]If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, meet the brother and nephew of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez to learn about his life and literature.[/CC] Your afternoon is at leisure. Choose between three restaurants all within walking distance from your hotel for a Your Choice Dining evening in Cartagena. Head to Alma for a romantic ambiance and an open-air courtyard, to la Vitrola for an upbeat 1950s-era Havana vibe with live music, or perhaps dress up for a swanky dinner at Maria, which is known for its expertly crafted cocktails and inventive seafood dishes.(Breakfast / Dinner with wine)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Literary Cartagena.
    Enjoy the last morning of your journey with a relaxed start. Take the morning to do as you please before the planned experiences later today. This afternoon, experience Cartagena Your Way by choosing from four activities, including a private Colombian rum tasting, a privatesalsa dance class, a private workshop on Colombian emeralds at the Emerald Museum or a private Caribbean cuisine cooking class with a local specialist. Later, your Celebration Dinner will be at Club de Pesca, one of the most traditional and famous restaurants in the city. Set in one of the colonial fortresses of the colony in the Bay of Cartagena, it has its own private dock, allowing guests to arrive for dinner by boat. Choose from a wide selection of Chilean, Argentine, Italian and Spanish wines as you toast to your journey with your fellow travellers one last time.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Depart Cartagena.
    Your luxury trip will come to an end after breakfast with an included transfer to Rafael Núñez International Airport.(Breakfast)
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Colombia

Cities Visited

Bogota, Cartagena, Medellín

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  • Bogotá: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at Criterion; an award-winning classic established by the renowned Rausch brothers in the trendy Zona G district. This modern and inviting restaurant offers sophisticated French and international cuisine with Colombian notes.
  • Bogotá: Experience dinner at Andres Carne de Res. This Alice-in-Wonderland meets Moulin Rouge mind-boggling trip of bright lights, theatrical service and colourful ceramic cows is a party place like no other. The dining room extends to the outdoors as the perfect setting for late-night gatherings.
  • Medellín: Indulge at Carmen restaurant, situated inside an elegant house in the popular El Poblado neighbourhood.
  • Medellín: Dine at the esteemed El Cielo, an elegant restaurant created by Juan Manuel Barrientos, one of the top 50 chefs in Latin America. He is famous for bringing the art and science of molecular gastronomy to his home town of Medellín.
  • Cartagena: A tasty lunch experience awaits at the esteemed La Cevicheria, a once little-known spot, prized by locals. The venue came into the spotlight when the late Anthony Bourdain shot an episode of No Reservations there. Meet with chef Jorge Escandon and learn more about his friendship with Bourdain.
  • Cartagena: Your Celebration Dinner is at Club de Pesca, one of the most traditional and famous restaurants in the city. Set in one of the colonial fortresses of the colony in the Bay of Cartagena, it has its own private dock, allowing guests to arrive for dinner by boat. Choose from a wide selection of Chilean, Argentine, Italian and Spanish wines as you toast to your journey with your fellow travellers one last time.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L) and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

Journey Highlights

  • Bogotá: Start your day at the Gold Museum for a private before-hours guided tour by an expert. You’ll see an extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold works from pre-Colombian cultures.
  • Bogotá: Take a guided walking tour of La Candelaria, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city, where you’ll find the Primada Cathedral, Botero Museum and Bolívar Square. The latter is Bogota’s main square and hosts the statue of Simón Bolívar, which was sculpted in 1846 and was the first public monument in the city. Take a cable car to Monserrate Hill, where you’ll capture striking views of Bogota from above.
  • Santa Elena: Visit this small town outside of Medellin, famous for its flower farms. Enjoy a private visit to a local finca and meet with the silletero, or flower farmer, for a guided visit of his farm. The silletero will familiarize you with flower cultivation and how Colombia has become the second largest exporter of cut flowers in the world.
  • Medellín: Visit the Antioquia Museum before it opens to the public, accompanied by the granddaughter of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Alejandra Quintana.
  • Medellín: Meet a local personality and learn how Medellin overcame its dangerous history to become a model city and haven for American retirees. Following your meeting, you’ll have time to wander around Plaza Botero, before moving on to Comuna 13, using the city’s famous escalator system. Meet your expert guide Chota, a young graffiti artist who was born and raised in the neighborhood, along with a survivor of Comuna 13 when it was at its most dangerous. Notorious for Pablo Escobar turning it into the crime capital of the world, discover more about the area’s gruesome history and how it has reinvented itself into one of Medellin’s coolest neighborhoods.
  • Hacienda La Sierra: Visit La Sierra Coffee Plantation, one of Colombia’s oldest coffee farms. You’ll meet the owner of the farm and learn more about the industry as you help plant a few coffee bushes. After lunch enjoy a coffee tasting and discover all influences on the coffee’s flavour profile.
  • Cartagena: Explore the fishermen village of La Boquilla, outside of Cartagena. Enjoy the folkloric shows based on the local afro-Colombian rhythms. Then step aboard canoes to explore the mangroves and what artisanal fishing demonstrations. Enjoy a guided tour of the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas built by the Spanish during the colonial era and El Convento de la Popa, located on a 150 meter high hill, the highest point in Cartagena.
  • Cartagena: Experience a guided walking tour of Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its cobble-stoned streets, perfectly preserved 16th-century colorful mansions with balconies dripping with brilliantly colored flowers, the city is overflowing with history, legends and romance. As part of your sightseeing tour, you will visit the Inquisition Palace and the Church of San Pedro de Claver. Stop at Plaza Bolivar and meet with a Palenquera - black women in colourful dresses expertly balancing bowls of tropical fruit on their heads. Learn how they have they become the symbol of not just Cartagena, but of Colombia.

Luxury Hotels

  • Bogotá: A few steps from luxury stores, upscale restaurants and exclusive bars, this luxury French-style hotel of La Cabrera, Zona T, offers innovative Bistronomy proposals, cocktails and live music. Guestrooms standout by their French branded amenities like Lanvin or Hermès and the exclusive SOFITEL MyBedTM concept, for unrivalled levels of comfort. The hotel is home to wonderful relaxation spaces as well as an inbuilt spirit of attention to detail and a concierge service anticipating every visitors' needs.
  • Medellín: Situated in the heart of El Poblado, the city's Financial and Fashion District, this hotel is ideally situated. Modern rooms make a perfect retreat after a busy day. Indulge in relaxation at our luxury spa or outdoor pool boasting sprawling city views.
  • Cartagena: The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, housed in a former convent, offers the perfect blend of French luxury and colonial architecture. Close to Cartagena's main tourist attractions, you will have more than the hotel's stories to discover. Enjoy the comfort, personalized service and other upscale offerings at this luxurious accommodation.
  • Rio de Janeiro: With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.

VIP Experiences

  • Bogotá: Experience a private, before-hours guided tour of the Gold Museum. The 'Museo del Oro' displays an extraordinary selection of more than 55,000 pieces of gold; as well as ceramics, textiles and other materials from all major pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited this region of South America.
  • Bogotá: In the morning, take a guided tour of Paloquemao Market with Sofia Gaviria. Learn more about the area’s local ingredients and assist her with recipe shopping and lunch preparation.
  • Zipaquirá: Take an after-hours guided visit to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a fascinating Roman Catholic Church built 721 feet (220 metres) underground within the tunnels of a salt mine.
  • Medellín: Wake for a before-hours private visit to the Antioquia Museum, housing one of the largest art collections of Fernando Botero. You'll be guided by his granddaughter, Alejandra Quintana, as you explore his iconic works.
  • Cartagena: Meet Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s close relatives and learn about a literary giant, who is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Most famous for his Masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, which was translated into 37 languages, he was awarded the literature Nobel Prize in 1982 for his novels and short stories. Learn about his international fame and his work’s strong connection with Cartagena.
  • Cartagena: This afternoon, experience Cartagena Your Way by choosing from four activities, including a private Colombian rum tasting, a private salsa dance class, a private workshop at the Emerald Museum or a private Caribbean cuisine cooking class with a local specialist.

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  • Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Luxury Gold Tours

Luxury Gold has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Luxury Gold and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Luxury Gold is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Luxury Gold will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Luxury Gold have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Luxury Gold is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Luxury Gold does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Luxury Gold only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Luxury Gold is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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