Colombia in 13 Days
Colonial Charms & Caribbean Coast
¡Vamos! Dive into the natural wonders and cultural treasures of Colombia! Discover the great colonial treasures of Bogotá and the lush coffee-growing region of Armenia. Trendy Medellín is sure to impress before you marvel at the idyllic beaches of Santa Marta, the colorful architecture of Cartagena and the tropical paradise of the Rosario Islands!
13 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
NYC - BOG
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
CTG - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
It's time to say 'adiós' to the US and 'hola' to Colombia as you head to your departure airport, ready for a flight to Bogotá. Arrive and transfer to the hotel, ready to get some rest before your adventures begin in the morning. Overnight stay in Bogotá.
Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know Colombia's most iconic city with an action-packed panoramic tour of Bogotá. Discover the atmospheric streets of the historical La Candelaria neighbourhood and soak up the artistic culture at the Botero Museum, home to the works of the best-known Colombian master. Enjoy people-watching in Plaza de Bolivar, home to majestic buildings such as the Palace of San Carlos, the Cathedral and the Lievano Palace. Pay a visit to the fascinating Gold Museum to admire ancient pieces crafted by Pre-Colombian goldsmiths. End the tour with a cable car or funicular ride up to Cerro de Monserrate to visit the historic sanctuary and soak up the beautiful panoramic views of the city! Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Dive into the glitzy nightlife of the Zona Rosa district or enjoy the laid-back ambience of the old town. Overnight stay in Bogotá.
Please note: The above tour requires a moderate amount of walking and activity. The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays. On Sundays, the visit to Cerro de Monserrate will be replaced with a visit to the Casa Quinta de Bolivar Museum.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bid farewell to the bustling capital in favour of the lush Andean highlands. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to take a flight to the city of Armenia. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Armenia is surrounded by the peaks of the Andes and is home to lively plazas and unique architecture. We recommend an optional tour of the Combia Inspiration Coffee Experience, for an unforgettable taste of the local produce.* Overnight stay in Armenia.
* Optional Combia Inspiration Coffee Experience: Head to the Hacienda Combia for an experiential immersion in the coffee world. Learn about the stages of production in the coffee plantations during this unique and immersive experience.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning set off to the Cocora Valley in Quindío. Appreciate the beautiful landscapes along the way and on arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail. Explore the cloud forest and its biodiversity and discover ancient aboriginal Quindio wax palm rituals, for a unique insight into the local culture. Take the opportunity to plant palm seedlings before heading to the town of Salento to visit the Plaza de Bolivar and the Cocora viewpoint to take in the sweeping views; a truly unforgettable moment. Return to Armenia and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, cooling off by the pool or exploring the historic town. Overnight stay in Armenia.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head back into the city today, to the hillside metropolis of Medellin. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Medellin. Arrive and transfer to the hotel, and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Nicknamed the 'City of Eternal Spring', Medellin is known for its beautiful climate, vibrant music scene and diverse cultural treasures. Overnight stay in Medellin.
Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know this colorful city today as you set off on a morning tour of Medellín with a professional tour guide. Begin at the Casa Museo de la Memoria to learn about the turbulent history of the city before taking a cable car ride to the neighborhood of La Sierra, an up-and-coming part of town where you can uncover the essence of modern Medellín in Commune 13, with its vibrant street art and community atmosphere. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the city at your leisure. Why not explore Colombia's rich artistic heritage at the Antioquia Museum or take a stroll through Plaza Botero? Overnight stay in Medellín.
Please note: Casa Museo de la Memoria is closed on Mondays.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Medellin, sampling the tasty local cuisine at the numerous street food stalls or exploring the street art scene in vibrant Comuna 13. We recommend an optional excursion to Guatapé.* Overnight stay in Medellin.
* Optional Peñol & Guatapé Excursion: Head to Peñol to see the huge reservoir, a feat of engineering, before setting off to the famous Peñol Stone, a 220-metre high rock monolith to climb the 724 steps to the top. The views of the surrounding countryside are worth the climb! Also visit Guatapé town, filled with picturesque houses before a relaxing reservoir cruise.
Breakfast at the hotel. After a week of busy exploration, you deserve a little beach-side bliss. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Santa Marta, situated on the Caribbean Coast and known for its busy port and beautiful beaches, not to mention the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and take some time to appreciate the sea views. A romantic stroll along the beach is the perfect way to end the day. Overnight stay in Santa Marta.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in beautiful Santa Marta, soaking up the Spanish-influenced architecture and charming atmosphere of the Old Town or simply relaxing on the beach. We recommend an optional excursion to Tayrona National Natural Park for an unforgettable day of epic natural landscapes.* Overnight stay in Santa Marta.
* Optional Tayrona National Natural Park Excursion: Set off early in the morning to the entrance point of the idyllic Tayrona National Natural Park. After passing through the entrance checks, begin an exciting nature hike of approximately 2 hours through the tropical forest trails to the Arrecifes Sector, recognised for its stunning natural beauty. Admire the abundant nature before arriving at a natural pool, the ideal place for a relaxing swim and enjoy the views of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range and the Caribbean Coast. (Shared service).
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, take a shared transfer to Cartagena, a coastal drive of approximately 4-5 hours. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Cartagena sits on the Caribbean coast and is one of the main ports in Colombia. It's increasingly up-and-coming and has a plethora of quirky bars and eateries and is home to colorful streets and leafy plazas, perfect for exploring! Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Self-transfer to the pier this morning to embark on an unforgettable full-day excursion to the Rosario Islands! The shared speedboat service grants spectacular views of the Bay of Cartagena and Boca Chica during the one-hour journey before arriving in the earthly paradise of the Rosario Islands. Spend the day relaxing at the beach and enjoying the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. This idyllic archipelago is largely undeveloped and offers a true slice of tropical island bliss! Enjoy an included lunch and, if you like, take an optional trip to the San Martin de Pajares Aquarium (to be paid for directly at the destination). After a laid-back day, return to Cartagena at around 3:00 p.m. Self-transfer back to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Cartagena.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring the city and its surroundings at your leisure or enjoy opt for an optional city tour to discover Cartagena's colonial architecture and most important historic sites.* Overnight stay in Cartagena.
*Optional Cartagena City Tour: Set off on a tour of Cartagena, passing through the main neighbourhoods of the city: Boca Grande, Castillo Grande and Manga until you arrive at the majestic Castillo de San Felipe. Visit the Church of San Pedro Claver and end the tour in the old town.
Breakfast at the hotel. After your incredible Colombian adventure, it's time to head back home. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US.
Accommodation: 12 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Bogota 100 Design .
City Tour Bogotá with visit to Monserrate
We will start with a panoramic walking tour through the historic center of Bogotá. We’ll visit the Art Museum, Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar among other historic and important landmarks.
What's included: Private transportation, professional tour guide in English language, entrance to the Botero Museum, Gold Museum and transport up Monserrate mountain.
Cocora Valley & Salento Excursion
A fascinating excursion to the lush Cocora Valley and Salento. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, explore the forest in the clouds with its biodiversity and discover ancient aboriginal Quindio wax palm rituals, for a unique insight into the local culture.
What's included: Private transportation, professional and local environmental guide, coffee process explanation and a souvenir.
City Tour Cartagena to San Pedro de Majagua (Rosario Islands)
Self-transfer to the pier for a shared service speedboat to the Rosario Islands National Park. Discover the Bay of Cartagena and Boca Chica from the speedboat (approx. 1 hour journey each way). Enjoy a beach day on the islands with a traditional lunch.
What's included: Transportation in speedboats to and from the pier in shared service, traditional lunch menu consisting of a main course, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink, chairs for the beach. Not included: Transfer hotel – dock – hotel, dock tax and entrance to the San Martin de Pajares aquarium. Direct payment at the tour dock.
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Tour
Travel into the rural landscapes of Sabana de Bogotá, to Zipaquirá, where you can enter the Salt Cathedral, a Catholic religious temple built into the old Salt Mines.
Combia Inspiration Coffee Experience
Head to the Hacienda Combia for an experiential immersion in the coffee world.
Peñol & Guatapé Excursion
Visit Peñol reservoir and the famous Peñol Stone, a 220-metre high rock monolith to climb the 724 steps to the top. The views of the surrounding countryside are worth the climb! Also visit Guatapé town and cruise on the reservoir.
Cartagena City Tour
Set off on a tour of Cartagena, passing through the main neighbourhoods of the city: Boca Grande, Castillo Grande and Manga until you arrive at the majestic Castillo de San Felipe. Visit the Church of San Pedro Claver and end the tour in the old town.
What's included: Includes transport in private service, professional tour guide in the selected language, entrance to the Castle of San Felipe.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Bogotá and Cartagena - US.
- Internal flights: Bogotá - Armenia, Armenia - Medellin, Medellin - Santa Marta.
- 12 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 12 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.*more information
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Welcome Cocktail in the Cocora Valley.
- English-speaking guide.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Please note: transfers are with a Spanish-speaking driver.
- Entry requirementsYour passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.
- VisaUS Passport holders can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa.
- CurrencyColombian Peso.
- Electricity110 V, 60 Hz.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneGMT - 05:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://www.colombia.co/en/
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
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