CLASSIC COLOMBIA

12D/11N FROM $1900 P/P

Overview

Exploring the top destination of Colombia on a 12-day tour, visiting Bogota, Salento, Medellin, and Cartagena. Private transportation, overnight accommodations, and dedicated guides are all included.

  • Perfect for Families or Friend groups.
  • Private tour is operated with just the clients party and a designated guide/driver in each region.
  • Free to customize as much as need to suit client's needs.



ITINERARY

Day 1: Arriving into Bogota - Collected from Airport - Monseratte - Gold Museum
Greeted at the airport for a transfer to the hotel. After checking in, collect for a trip to Monserrate, which is a hill that dominates the city center of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. The highest point is at 3,152 meters above sea level, where there is a church with a shrine, devoted to El Señor Caído. The viewpoint provides specular 360-degree scenery of this impressive city. Duration: 2 hours. After Monserrate, there will be a chance for lunch before heading to the Gold Museum in the afternoon. The museum displays a selection of pre-Colombian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artefacts in the world in the exhibition rooms. Duration: 2 hours.

  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.
  • Breakfast included on this day.


Day 2: Trip to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquiera - Afternoon at Lake Guatavita
Collected after breakfast for a 2-hour drive to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. The salt cathedral is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a mountain near the city of Zipaquirá, in Cundinamarca, Colombia. Duration: 2 ½ hours. There will be a break afterward for lunch before a transfer to Lake Guatavita where we will walk and explore a sacred site to the Muisca people, who cast elaborate gold offerings into its depths, inspiring the legend of El Dorado and several ill-fated attempts to drain the lake. Duration: 3 hours. Returning to the hotel at 6 pm.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.
  • Breakfast and lunch included.


Day 3: Transfer from hotel to Airport for a flight to Pereira - Transfer to Filandia/Salento
Collected in the morning for a flight to Pereira. Upon arrival in Pereira transfer to the hotel in Filandia or Salento. Afternoon exploring this beautiful town and taking in the views from the mirador. Rest of the day to relax. Additional options are available upon request.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Client can upgrade to a Finca (county house for a more authentic Colombian experience)


Day 4: Day trip to Valle del Cocora - Walk/Bike or Horse ride
Collected from the hotel for a day trip to Valle del Cocora. Valle del Cocora is home to the largest palm in the world (up to 60m tall) which are known as Colombia's national tree. Set amid the misty green hills, they are breath-taking to behold. The valley is protected as part of Unesco's Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia Heritage Site. There are many options to explore this beautiful area depending on the client's preference. It can either be hiked (the most popular option), viewed via mount biked which is all downhill descending back to Salento with numerous stops and the opportunity to view "La Carbonera" a hidden gem that is currently not on the tourist radar. Or the client can ride a horse around a shorter route which is still just as impressive.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Activity on this day is not included in the price, confirmation of price upon selection of activity.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Client can upgrade to a Finca (county house for a more authentic Colombian experience)



Day 5: Learning the process of cafe - Option to go to a coffee-themed park (Perfect for kids) or a coffee plantation.
Collected from the hotel in the morning for a trip to Parque del Cafe which is the perfect location for families. It consists of two main areas: by the main entrance are the buildings housing the museum and exhibitions detailing the history, culture, and process of growing and producing coffee in the region; and in the valley beyond is an amusement park with rides and shows. Duration: 6 hours. Another option is to learn the process of the cafe from an authentic coffee plantation. This is a much more in-depth explanation that is perfect for coffee enthusiasts. Duration: 4 hours.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Transfer to the activities.
  • Entrance not included in price. Parque café $20 and coffee plantation $15.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel in Pereira. Client can upgrade to a Finca (county house for a more authentic Colombian experience)


Day 6: Flight from Pereira to Medellin - Afternoon tour of Medellin
Collected from the hotel to catch a flight to Medellin. Upon arrival transfer from the airport and taken to the hotel to drop off luggage and lunch. Collected in the afternoon for a tour of Medellin. This is a 4-hour tour in which the client will explore the innovations and culture of this city. Highlights include -Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13 and Plaza Botero. Duration: 4 hours.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Client can upgrade to a Finca (county house for a more authentic Colombian experience) .


Day 7: Day trip to Guatape
Collected from the hotel for a trip to Guatape. This is a beautiful town set on a lake around 2 hours from Medellin. The first stop will be at one of the area's top attractions, Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol). There, you'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this popular landmark and enjoy sweeping vistas of Guatape Lake and the surrounding mountains. The client will then go into Guatape for lunch before the tour guide will lead them on an informative historical walk through the picturesque pueblo of Guatape, visiting Calle de Los Recuerdos, Plaza de Los Zocalos and the town square and historic cathedral. There is also programmed into the tour free time in Guatape for the client to explore the city on their own if desired. Watersports are also an option on this day (not included in price) and can be arranged. Duration: 8 hours.
  • Breakfast included.
  • Tour included on this day. Water sport are not included.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.


Day 8: Morning free to explore Medellin - Afternoon catching flight to Cartagena
Morning free to explore Medellin. Afternoon flying to Cartagena, transfer from airport to hotel to check in with evening to explore the old town and watch the sunset from one of the many bars and restaurants nearby.
  • Breakfast included.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.


Day 9: Cartagena City Tour
Collected from the hotel to learn about Cartagena's history from a bilingual guide on a tour of this lively city. Private transport between the attractions. This trip visits the clock tower, Plaza Bolivar, and the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. The client will also take in the sweeping views of the city from the hilltop Convento De La Popa and enjoy a walking tour from San Pedro Claver Church to Santo Domingo Church. Duration: 4 hours
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.


Day 10: Exploring the Rosario Islands on a Catamaran
Enjoying an unforgettable day aboard a catamaran. Cartagena to the Rosario Islands. Snorkel in an amazing coral reef and experience an underwater kingdom in the crystal clear waters. Travel to Isla Grande, which is a beautiful beach far less overcrowded than beaches such as Playa Blanca. Duration: 7 hours
  • Breakfast and lunch included on this day.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.


Day 11: Full day relaxing in Cartagena
Full day relaxing and enjoying the beaches and beautiful old town of the city. Lots of great restaurants and sites to see within the walled old town. Enjoying the last full day in Colombia and the opportunity to dance salsa in the evening at one of the very popular clubs scattered thought the city. Salsa classes can be organised on request.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 4* hotel. Upgrades available on request.


Day 12: Flight from Cartagena to Bogota - End of Tour
Collected in the morning for transfer back to Bogota. End of tour.
  • Breakfast included on this day.
  • No accommodation included on this day.

PLACES TO EAT CUTURAL QUICK MEALS EVENING
BOGOTA LA PUERTA FALSA (TAMALES) MINI-MAL ANDRES CARNE DE RES (NEEDS TO BE ORGANISED)
FILANDIA HELENA ADENTRO MUSTARD TUK TUK RESTURANT BAR
SALENTO BRUNCH DE SALENTO COCO BOWL La Parrilla
MEDELLIN RESTURANTE HATOVIEJO BETTY'S BOWLS EL RANCHERITO LAS PALMAS
CARTAGENA CLUB DE PESCA GOKELA LA MULATA

THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE BANK TRANSFER FEES QUOTE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY, TIME OF YEAR AND TIME OF DAY ARRIVING INTO BOGOTA.

INCLUDED

  • Transport from and to the hotels and airports
  • All national flights Bogota - Pereira - Medellin - Cartagena - Bogota
  • 2 nights in Bogota in a 4* hotel
  • 2 nights in Salento/Filandia in a 4* hotel
  • 1 night in Pereira in a 4* hotel
  • 2 nights in Medellin in a 4* hotel.
  • 4 nights in Cartagena in a 4* hotel.
  • Meals where stated on the tour.
  • Fully covered insurance via colasistenica.
  • Transfers to Monserrate and Gold Museum
  • Trip to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquiera and Lake Guatavita
  • Transfer to Parque del café or coffee plantation
  • Medellin city tour
  • Trip to Guatape
  • Cartagena city tour
  • The trip around Rosario Islands

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights.
  • Personal costs.
  • Tips.
  • Bank Fee.
  • Optional activities mentioned but confirmation required.