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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Colombia

Cities Visited

Bogota , Cartagena , Manizales , Medellín

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia. Arrive in the capital city of Bogotá; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bogota

DAY 2, Saturday - Bogota City Tour
After breakfast, visit the Paloquemao market. Continue to the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Visit the Gold Museum and the Fernando Botero Museum. The afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional Funicular Train Ride* that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain, offering panoramic views of downtown Bogota. Tonight, enjoy a light dinner and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager*Funicular train may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Depart this morning for Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the Salt Cathedral, built within the chambers of a salt mine. After lunch, stop to play an energetic local game of Tejo*, the national sport of Colombia. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. The afternoon is at leisure*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Pereira, Tour the Cocora Valley and Salento Tour
Depart Bogota on a flight to Pereira in the center of Colombia's Zona Cafetera (Coffee Zone). Upon arrival, drive to the Cocora Valley part of Los Nevados National Park. Here you may see hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrots. Time for a walk in the valley before heading into the cloud forest to discover the biodiversity of the flora and fauna. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant before heading towards Salento. At Bolivar Square, see the colorful balconies and rows of handicraft shops. Continue to Manizales, with a stop at the Cocora Viewpoint to see the panoramic views of the valleys below
Overnight: Manizales
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Tour a Coffee Plantation
This morning, explore the city of Manizales. Walk to the Plaza Bolivar in the city center, highlighted by the massive Cathedral of Manizales, famous for its elaborate gold canopy and large stained-glass windows. Afterward, visit the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation to understand the process of producing coffee. You'll analyze the aroma, flavor, and body of a great cup of coffee
Overnight: Manizales
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Medellin
Early wake up for a long drive* today. Depart Manizales for Medellin and admire the scenery as you journey through coffee plantations and mountain ranges. The discovery of Medellin begins at Botero Plaza, accented by the artist's metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its collection of Botero's paintings. Continue to Barefoot Park, a zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest and sandy areas. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon. Balance of the day is free to explore on your own*Due to road construction, the drive will take longer than expected, therefore, an early morning departure is necessary to make up for the delay
Overnight: Medellin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Medellin City & Santa Elena
Today, see a different side of Medellin with a visit to the barrios. Begin with a Metrocable cable-car ride that takes you high over the barrios offering a bird's eye view of the city. Visit the barrio of Santo Domingo and the Biblioteca España* Next, visit the Santa Elena area, one of the most typical "Antioqueño" towns, where the "Silleteros" tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. After a traditional lunch with a local family, continue with a visit to the town, including a flower production garden, where you'll learn more about the "Silltero" tradition*Biblioteca España is closed for an indefinite period of time, due to construction
Overnight: Medellin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday - Magical Cartagena on the Sea
A flight takes you to Cartagena, a city nestled on the Caribbean Sea. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the continent's cultural treasures with its remarkably intact historic walled city. Upon arrival, time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel. After arriving at your hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - Cartagena City Tour
This morning, visit San Pedro Claver Sanctuary and Church built in the mid-17th century. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and the Terraces. Then, on to 'the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments. The afternoon is at leisure, or participate in the optional Emerald Jewelry Workshop. Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you designed
Optional: Emerald Jewelry Workshop (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Full Day in Cartagena
Spend a full day at leisure, or join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves on an original wooden canoe and view this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the afternoon, perhaps participate in the optional half day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary. During the tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or ice cream before returning to Cartagena. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bird-watching at the Colombian National Aviary (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Colombia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Bogota, Cartagena-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Bogota-Pereira & Medellin-Cartagena
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Bogota
  • 2 nights Manizales
  • 2 nights Medellin
  • 3 nights Cartagena
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Visit La Candelaria District renowned for its perfectly preserved Colonial architecture
  • Stand before the impressive collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold pieces at the Gold Museum
  • View the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, the famed Colombian artist
  • Visit the amazing Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira built within the tunnels of a salt mine
  • Walk on an ecological path through the world’s tallest wax-palms at the Los Nevados National Park
  • Tour a working coffee plantation in Manizales, center of Colombia's Zona Cafetera
  • Discover Medellin in the beautiful Aburra Valley, named the "City of Eternal Spring"
  • Visit Santa Elena birthplace of the ornate flower arrangements called "Silletas"
  • Stay in magical Cartagena, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a true cultural treasure
  • Tour Cartagena's Colonial District, view Bolivar Park, Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Bogota-Pereira & Medellin-Cartagena.

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms at the Hyatt Regency Cartagena will be accommodated in a single room & a twin room.

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    Accommodations

    EK Hotel
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    Hotel Estelar Recinto Del Pensamiento
    This tourist class hotel is a 25 minute drive away from the city center of Manizales.

    Hotel Poblado Plaza
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin.

    Hyatt Regency Cartagena
    This superior first class hotel overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

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