Classic Colombia: 11-Day Tour
Uncover the wonders of Colombia, one of South America’s most exciting destinations. Discover the modern charm of Bogota, tour a working coffee plantation, stay in the magical seaside town of Cartagena – a true cultural treasure that has been named a UNESCO World-Heritage Site, walk through the world’s tallest wax palms and more. Enjoy all of this plus ten nights hotel accommodation, all internal flights, daily breakfasts, select meals, English-speaking guides, private air-conditioned transport and much more.
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Colombia is often seen as South America's 'road less travelled' and travellers are raving about the pure, delicious coffee, the beautifully coloured houses and the green lands of the Cocora Valley. If you're the kind of traveller who likes being ahead of the pack when it comes to interesting tour destinations, this one's for you.
What You’ll Love
The Experience - immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and flavours of Colombia
Start off in** Bogota, Colombia’s high-altitude capital. Peruse fresh produce at the Paloquemao Market, witness the colonial architecture of Plaza del Bolivar, Cardinal’s Palace and City Hall, then head to Museo del Oro to view one of the **largest collections of pre-Colombian gold in the world.
Plunge into the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, sitting deep in an ancient salt mine north of Bogota. Witness the exquisitely carved old and new cathedral, salt park and the water mirror – a perfectly still pool hidden within the complex.
Learn more about the world’s favourite bean at a coffee plantation. During this crop-to-cup experience, you'll come to understand Colombia's unique relationship with the bean as you visit plants and production sites alike.
Explore the beautiful Cocora Valley, home to the world’s** tallest wax palms and ethereal cloud forests**. During your time here you’ll also visit Salento, a colourful little town with a thriving arts and crafts scene.
Discover seaside Cartagena, a walled city with impressive colonial mansions and UNESCO-listed fortifications. Explore the largest Spanish fort in the Americas on a visit to San Felipe Castle, admire the 17th-century architecture of San Pedro Claver church and monastery and mingle amid friendly locals in the old Getsemani neighbourhood.
The Accommodation – Stay in centrally located, premium hotels
Begin your adventure staying in the first-class Hotel Morrison 84. Located in Bogota’s Zona Rosa neighbourhood you’ll be within easy walking distance to the Centro Andino Mall, the Retiro Mall and Parque 93.
It’s easy to unwind at Hotel Estelar Recinto Del Pensamineto with the hotel’s stunning grounds including relaxing nature trails, a chairlift that showcases spectacular views of the surrounding area and even an onsite butterfly observatory.
Get a taste for Medellin life when you stay at Hotel Poblado Plaza. Situated in the Poblado neighbourhood, you’ll be close to Oviedo Mall and Santa Fe Mall. But if you’re searching for some R&R you can stay onsite and make use of the hotel’s bubbling Jacuzzi or treat yourself to** Colombian cuisine** at La Terraza Restaurant.
Complete your stay in style, staying at either the** Hotel Caribe or Hyatt Regency Cartagena*. Kick back and relax at Hotel Caribe’s onsite restaurant Pedro de Heredia, where you can dine on delicious international and Colombian fare while enjoying splendid views of the Cartagena Bay. Or make the most of Hyatt Regency Cartagena’s *fabulous location **in the trendy Bocagrande district, with the shops of Centro Comercial Plaza Bocagrande a short walk away.
Your Package Includes
- 10 nights of accommodation
- All internal flights (Bogota – Pereira and Medellin – Cartagena)
- 17 meals (ten breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners)
- English-speaking tour manager for the entire duration of your tour
- English-speaking local guides
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- All tipping and gratuities
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*Important: *Please allow time for travelling from Australia. Flights and airport transfers are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Bogota on your chosen tour date.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
*Single Traveller Surcharge: *$880 per person (for tours departing May, June and July) or $780 per person (for tours departing August and December), payable direct to the tour company at time of booking.
Maximum tour capacity is 30 guests.
*Instant Booking: *To confirm the date of your tour, select 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates.
Tour includes accommodation in a lead-in room at the following hotels:
Three nights – Hotel Morrison 84, Bogota
Two nights – Hotel Estelar Recinto Del Pensamiento, Manizales
Two nights – Hotel Poblado Plaza, Medellin
Three nights – Hotel Caribe or Hyatt Regency, Cartagena
Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.
*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults.
Please note, connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to the tour operator.
Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.
Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this tour package.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.
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DAY 1: Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in the cosmopolitan capital city of Bogotá; make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently, with more than 60 galleries and museums to discover.
DAY 2: Saturday - Bogota City Tour
After breakfast, visit the colorful Paloquemao market. Your knowledgeable Tour Manager will provide insight into the delicious and often overlooked Colombian cuisine. Hot tamales are a favorite staple here, stuffed with chicken and corn in a banana leaf. You may also have a chance to sip freshly pressed Amazonian fruit juice. Continue to the colonial section of La Candelaria, stopping at Plaza de Bolivar, the city's main square surrounded by the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. On to the astonishing Gold Museum with its impressive collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts and to the Fernando Botero Museum, housing some of the major paintings and sculptures of this contemporary Colombian artist. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore the city or, join the optional Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota and visit the 17th-century church and El Señor Caído Shrine. Tonight, enjoy a light dinner with your fellow travelers and a briefing by your Tour Manager on the delightful journey of Colombia that awaits you
*Optional: *Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3: Sunday - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Depart this morning for Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Salt Cathedral built within the tunnels of a salt mine. Then, stop to watch an energetic local game of Tejo, the national sport of Colombia. Originally, gameplay consisted of hurling golden discs into a hole, at a distance of about 20 meters. However, the Conquistadors did make their own subtle improvement to the game - they added explosives. Today, the game is played with metal disks in fields across the country. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps dine at one of the restaurants offering delectable Colombian cuisine or walk through the trendy Zona Rosa district, known for its lively pub scene
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), a region of great natural beauty, charming colonial towns and welcoming people. Upon arrival, drive to the lush Cocora Valley, one of the most striking landscapes in Colombia, part of Los Nevados National Park. Here you can see flocks of hummingbirds and endemic yellow-eared parrots that made the park their home. Time for a hike in the valley before heading into the cloud forest to enjoy the biodiversity of the flora and fauna. Cross the Quindio River, walking along an ecological pathway through the tallest wax palms in the world, reaching up to 200 feet tall. Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant and sample smoked trout - a local favorite before heading towards Salento with its beautiful traditional architecture. At Bolivar Square, see the colorful balconies and rows of handicraft shops. Before continuing to Manizales, linger at the Cocora Viewpoint to see the breathtaking panoramic views of the valleys below
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: Tuesday - Tour a Coffee Plantation
This morning, explore the lovely city of Manizales with its beautiful parks, mountain views, and running rivers. Walk to the Plaza Bolivar in the city center, highlighted by the massive Cathedral of Manizales, famous for its elaborate gold canopy and beautiful, large stained-glass windows. Be sure to stop at a local café to try some of the regional favorites. Afterward, visit the Hacienda Venecia coffee plantation to understand the complicated process of producing the world's finest coffee. The highlight of the tour is a genuine coffee tasting experience - you'll analyze the aroma, flavor, and body of a great cup of coffee. After all, coffee is Colombia's main export!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6: Wednesday - Medellin
Drive to Medellin and discover the beautiful Aburra Valley, surrounded on four sides by lush green mountains and rugged peaks. Named the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its year-round mild temperatures, the city bustles with non-stop activity. Head first to Parque de Bolívar then view the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellín before arriving at Botero Plaza accented by the artist's huge metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its outstanding collection of Botero's paintings as well as other famous Latin artists. Continue to Barefoot Park, a delightful zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest, sandy areas, and streams. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city on your own. In the evening, try a typical Antioquian dinner or, visit the upscale and very chic El Poblado neighborhood known for its trendy restaurants and clubs
Overnight: Medellin Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7: Thursday - Medellin City & Santa Elena
Today, see a different side of Medellin with a visit to the barrios. Witness the transformation of the city once known for its drug violence, to a safe venue to soak up culture and nightlife. 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, an integral project to the city’s urban infrastructure improvement. This ultra modern library complex, on a hillside above the city consists of three buildings, covered in black stone tiles. Next, visit Santa Elena, a small colonial town near Medellin and one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family and experience a unique opportunity to learn about the values and traditions of the Antioqueños. Afterward, continue with a visit to the town and its surroundings, including a flower production field, where you'll learn more about the “Silltero” tradition
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8: Friday - Magical Cartagena on the Sea
A flight takes you to Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias), a magical city nestled on the Caribbean Sea with magnificent architecture, massive fortifications and fabulous sea breezes. 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. The afternoon is yours to start your exploration of Cartagena either in the Old City with its maze of cobbled alleys, or at one of the magnificent beaches. Restaurants and open-air cafes abound with superb cuisine and fish fresh from the sea
DAY 9: Saturday - Cartagena
This morning, see expansive views of the city, sea and the port zone as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress built on San Lazaro Hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. At the Walled City, walk through the multicolored houses and buildings of the Old City of Cartagena. Visit San Pedro Claver Convent and Church built in the mid-17th century. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees, four fountains with a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits its fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraces. Pass by the house of the famous Nobel Prize Laureate novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then, on to ‘the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. The afternoon is at leisure to discover this charming city on your own or, participate in the optional jewellerymaking class. Learn the art of jewellery making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewellery school. Using sterling silver and raw emeralds you will create jewellery. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewellery that you designed
Optional: Jewellery Making Class (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10: Sunday - Full Day in Cartagena
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or, join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the afternoon perhaps, participate in the optional Colombian National Aviary Tour. Visit the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world, that houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers at a popular local restaurant marks the end of a truly wonderful adventure in Colombia
*Optional: *Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11: Monday - Depart Colombia
Make your own way to the airport for your departure flight
* 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 travelling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
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