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10d/8n:

A touch of Colombia

Highlights of this tour:

Guided tour of Bogotá, visiting sights such as the country’s Gold Museum and Mount Monserrate, which offers magnificent views of the capital, as well as visits to the beautiful colonial gems of Santa Marta and Cartagena on the Caribbean coast.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Bogotá and return from Cartagena
  • 1 domestic flight from Bogotá – Santa Marta
  • Transfers to and from airports (in small international groups)
  • 8 nights at good hotels, including breakfast
  • Individual tour; however, all excursions are in small, international groups with local, English-speaking guides
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
  • You have the option of extending the tour with a beach holiday on Colombia’s Caribbean coast

The following excursion packages are included:

  • Guided tour of Bogotá, including a visit to the Gold Museum and a trip to Mount Monserrate
  • Street food tour in Cartagena
Single room supplement £450
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Enjoy a taste of Colombia and the country’s amazing diversity. You will experience the country’s capital Bogotá, which is beautifully situated in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,600 metres. You will be given a guided tour of the city and gain a fascinating insight into the city and the history of the country, both before and after the arrival of the Spanish.

From here, you fly to Santa Marta and the warmer temperatures on the Caribbean coast. Santa Marta is a great base for trips to Tayrona National Park, where you can experience the tropical jungle, beautiful Caribbean beaches and the cosy, little mountain village of Minca, where you can visit a coffee plantation.

The holiday rounds off in beautiful, historic Cartagena, where you get to taste the city’s specialities and experience the city like the locals, on a street food tour in the cosy, narrow cobbled streets.

On this holiday, you have the freedom to explore the cities on your own or you can choose to purchase additional excursions on the days when no activities are planned.

The tour can be extended to include a relaxing beach holiday.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK and arrival in Bogotá
Day 1: Departure from the UK and arrival in Bogotá

Enjoy the approach to Colombia’s capital Bogotá, which is scenically situated at an altitude of 2,600 metres in the Andes.

When you arrive at the airport, El Dorado, you will be met by our local partner who will drive you to your hotel in the cosy old town, La Candelaria. The drive takes about 30–45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

The guide will give you some material about your holiday and will be ready to answer any questions you may have regarding your holiday or about Colombia.

You have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore La Candelaria on your own.

Overnight stay Hotel BH Bicentenario

Day 2: Guided tour of Bogotá
Day 2: Guided tour of Bogotá

Put on your good walking shoes because after breakfast you’re going on a fascinating guided tour of Bogotá’s historic district.

You will visit the impressive Gold Museum, where you gain a unique insight into the culture and way of life of the indigenous tribes. You then head to the Botero Museum, which is a large collection of the works of Colombia’s most famous painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero, as well as the works of a number of other famous artists. Naturally, you will also visit the scenic square, Plaza Bolívar, where beautiful cathedrals, government buildings and the ministry of justice are located. The tour ends with a panoramic view of Bogotá from the top of Mount Monserrate, at an altitude of 3,152 metres.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

You can also purchase additional excursions from home:

Overnight stay Hotel BH Bicentenario

Day 3: Bogotá on your own – Santa Marta
Day 3: Bogotá on your own – Santa Marta

Bogotá is an exciting city with much to offer. You have the day to yourself. Perhaps you’re not yet done with walking around and enjoying the beautiful colourful buildings and churches of La Candelaria. Visit the Paloquemao Market, which sells flowers, exotic fruit, vegetables and much more besides.

You could also take a taxi to the 400-hectare Simón Bolívar Park, a large, green oasis in the heart of the city, with playgrounds, lakes and large areas of green where the locals go to relax or exercise.
If you want to get active yourself, you have the option of purchasing a bike ride in Bogotá.

In the afternoon, you will be driven to the airport, and you will fly on to Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast. The flight takes about 1.5 hours.

The following excursions can be purchased from home:

Overnight stay La Calzada del Santo

Day 4: Santa Marta on your own
Day 4: Santa Marta on your own

Santa Marta is scenically situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is a pleasant city with a colourful centre with colonial buildings and a beautiful, whitewashed cathedral. The city is one of the oldest Spanish cities in South America, and it was founded in 1525 by Spaniard Rodrigo de Bastidas.
Santa Marta was also where the heroic Colombian freedom fighter Simón Bolívar ended his days in 1830.

You have the day to explore Santa Marta on your own.

You also have the option of purchasing a guided tour in the morning and an excursion in afternoon to a coffee farm in the cosy little town of Minca.

In the evening, you can walk down to the pleasant centre around the park, Parque Santander o de Los Novios, where there are lots of great restaurants and cosy bars.

You can also purchase the following excursions from home:

Overnight stay La Calzada del Santo

Day 5: Santa Marta on your own
Day 5: Santa Marta on your own

In the area around Santa Marta, there are several fabulous beaches. The most popular is El Rodadero, a mere 15-minute taxi ride from the city centre.

You can also go on an excursion to Tayrona National Park, which is known for its unique flora and fauna and some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia.

You can also purchase additional excursions from home:

Overnight stay La Calzada del Santo

Day 6: Santa Marta – Cartagena – street food tour
Day 6: Santa Marta – Cartagena – street food tour

After some lovely days in Santa Marta, the tour continues to Cartagena. After breakfast, you will be picked up by a minibus, which is a kind of shuttle service that drives guests from hotels in Santa Marta to hotels in Cartagena. The drive to Cartagena takes around 5 hours.

Cartagena was founded by the Spaniard Pedro de Heredia in 1533. The city quickly enjoyed great wealth as the country’s main harbour was located here, into which all the goods and slaves were sailed. This wealth attracted many pirates, and the Spanish soon decided to build a protective city wall around the city centre to protect the city’s wealthy citizens. A large fort, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, was also built to keep uninvited guests away.
Look forward to seeing this colonial gem, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for very good reason.

On your arrival, you have a couple of hours to relax before being picked up from the hotel by a local guide who will take you out to sample Cartagena’s local dishes and snacks on a 2-hour street food tour.

Overnight stay Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Day 7: Cartagena on your own
Day 7: Cartagena on your own

Cartagena has everything the heart desires. It is beautiful and hot here, and there are plenty of wonderful shops, restaurants and rooftop bars, where you can enjoy a cool drink overlooking the city. The population is a melting pot of different cultures: Colombia’s indigenous population as well as the Spanish and the Africans.

You have the day to yourself to explore Cartagena’s pleasant streets and alleyways.

You can also purchase an optional excursion and visit the small UNESCO-listed town of Palenque de San Basilio. The town is the first free town founded by the African slaves that managed to flee the Spanish colonial power.

In the afternoon you can purchase a guided tour of the town and visit sights such as the La Popa Monastery and the impressive Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress.

You can also purchase the following excursions from home:

Overnight stay Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Day 8: Cartagena on your own
Day 8: Cartagena on your own

You have yet another day to yourself in Cartagena. If you are a fan of Colombia’s graffiti and colourful colonial buildings, we recommend heading to the Getsemani district, which is a 5-minute walk from the historic district.
Just a few years ago, Getsemani was a poor area of Cartagena, where travellers did not come. Much has changed in recent years, and today Getsemani is a vibrant, colourful neighbourhood attracting local artists and visitors from all over the world. In the evenings, the area buzzes with life, especially on Plaza Trinidad, which is definitely worth a visit.

You can also purchase the following excursions from home:

Overnight stay Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Day 9: Departure from Cartagena
Day 9: Departure from Cartagena

The time has come to buy those last souvenirs and say goodbye to Cartagena. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport. The time of this depends on when your overseas flight leaves.

Day 10: Arrival in the UK
Day 10: Arrival in the UK

You arrive in the UK after an exciting tour of Colombia.

Combination options after your tour
Beach Holiday Extension on the island of Mucura, 4 days/3 nights
Beach Holiday Extension on the island of Mucura, 4 days/3 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £760
Per child u/12 years: + £440
Single room supplement: + £660

Off the Caribbean coast lies the idyllic little coral island of Mucura. The island is part of the San Bernardo archipelago, which became part of the Rosario Islands National Park in 1996 to protect the unique marine life and coral reefs in the area. The name of the national park was changed to Rosario and San Bernardo National Park and it covers an area of around 1,200 km2.

It takes around 2 hours to sail out to the island from Cartagena, and you will be warmly welcomed by the staff at the cosy little hotel, Punta Faro.

Punta Faro is quite unlike other hotels. There are no keys to the rooms and there is no music or entertainment, just the sound of the waves and the breeze.

This hotel is for those wishing to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings above and under the water.

It is possible to purchase extra nights at the hotel if you wish to enjoy more days of relaxation.

Please note: The prices do not apply in the period from 26 December – 15 January, or during Easter. Inquire with us regarding the price if you are travelling in this period.

Overnight stay Punta Faro

Beach Holiday Extension at Barú, 3 days/2 nights
Beach Holiday Extension at Barú, 3 days/2 nights

Price:
Per person in double room: + £450
Per child u/12 years: + £220
Single room supplement: + £360

After travelling around Colombia and all the exciting things you have seen and done, we recommend rounding off the tour with a relaxing beach holiday. The beaches outside Cartagena are not particularly good, but a mere 1.5-hour drive south of Cartagena on the Barú peninsula, you will find fabulous Caribbean beaches where you can relax and take a dip in the warm turquoise waters.

Decameron is a fabulous all-inclusive resort offering lots of activities for children and adults alike. The resort is set on its own with a private beach and is surrounded by unspoilt nature.

It is possible to purchase extra nights at the resort if you wish to enjoy more days of relaxation.

Please note: The prices do not apply in the period from 26 December – 12 January, or during Easter. Inquire with us regarding the price if you are travelling in this period.

Overnight stay Decameron Barú

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