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Cartagena - Colombia Holidays

Visit Two Spectacular Cities of Colombia

This Colombia tour will give you the opportunity to have an in-depth encounter with Bogota, Colombia's capital, and the spectacular city of Cartagena. Start off by visiting some of the most important museums and landmarks in Bogota’s historic area. Then visit the spectacular Salt Cathedral built inside the extensive caves of an old salt mine and the lake that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado.

Get to know a completely different part of Colombia by travelling to famous Cartagena, a city with a tropical atmosphere and vibrant colours around every corner. Learn more about this romantic city along the Caribbean Sea, canoe to a traditional fishing villagedance salsa and fall in love with its colonial charm.

EXPERIENCE TYPE History, Culture & Local Traditions

Bogota and Cartagena Tour
Tour Highlights
What to Expect

Detailed Itinerary

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DAY 1 Join tour in Bogota

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogota. Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport takes around 30-45 minutes.

At the hotel, we will check again your itinerary to make sure everything is clear, help you with anything you may need and give you some practical information about Bogota and Colombia. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may have some time to start exploring the city on your own or just to relax. 

Bogotá is located at an altitude of 2,600 metres, so we recommend to take it easy during the first couple of days.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan:

DAY 2 Historic tour in Bogota and coffee tasting

Today, we will visit some of the most iconic places in Bogota's historic centre. We will have the chance to admire the world's largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold at the Gold Museum, and check the artistic work of Fernando Botero, Colombia's most famous painter and sculptor at the Museo Botero. We will glimpse the diversity of architectural styles on display at the historic neighbourhood of La Candelaria and we will capture spectacular panoramic views of the city from the top of Cerro de Monserrate.

Just to have the perfect ending to our historic tour in Bogota, we will go to a local roasting coffee plant to learn how to taste and differentiate the quality and flavours of different coffees, just like an expert coffee taster. 

Note: Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Day Trip to Zipaquira and Guatavita

During this unique Bogota day tour, we will visit the beautiful Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita. There are lots of things to do in Bogota, Colombia, but not many experiences in the area can compete with the stunning architecture of the Salt Cathedral and the fascinating history of Lake Guatavita.

First, we will explore Lake Guatavita and you will learn about the rituals performed by the ancient Muisca people that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. Immerse yourself in the lake's mystic atmosphere while soaking in the beautiful surroundings of majestic mountains and bright-green pastures. Then, we will go to Zipaquira to visit the spectacular Salt Cathedral built inside the extensive caves of an old salt mine. This cathedral is a true testimony to the miners' faith in a higher power and one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture. Your expert guide will explain the symbolism found around every corner. At the end of the tour, we will go back to your hotel.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 Travel to Cartagena and City Tour

In the morning, we will go to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival in Cartagena, we will transfer you to the hotel.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the old city and the iconic Castillo San Felipe, the largest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. The castle was built on top of the San Lazaro hill and defended the city from many attacks including a British siege in 1741. We will finish the tour at the famous Café del Mar to admire the spectacular sunset over the Caribbean Sea while having a refreshing cocktail. 

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 5 Fishing in La Boquilla

In the morning, we will go to La Boquilla, a small fishing village located 7km north of Cartagena. La Boquilla sits on the northern tip of a narrow peninsula, bordered by the sea on one side and the Ciénaga de Tesca on the other.    

At La Boquilla, we will take a trip in a wooden canoe across the mangroves in La Cienga de Tesca. During this trip, we will be able to see some native and migratory birds and learn about the flora and other fauna found in this ecosystem. After this trip, we will visit the town to learn about their traditions, we will visit the main places in the town like the cemetery, the main street and the cultural house. We will also talk to a traditional fishing family to learn about their fishing activities, their tools, and their stories from the sea. We will have a traditional lunch at the village. We will go back to Cartagena around 2 pm.

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 Salsa class and dinner

In the evening, we will go to a salsa class to learn one of the most popular rhythms in Colombia. After the salsa class, your tour guide will take you to the restaurant where you will eat dinner, then you will have the rest of the night on your own to either go back to the hotel or enjoy Cartagena’s nightlife. 

Overnight: Cartagena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 End of the tour in Cartagena

The tour ends today. At the time requested, we will transfer you to the airport.

Note: Hotel check out before 12 pm

Overnight: -
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Essential Information

What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 6 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights: Bogota - Cartagena (Avianca) - Direct Flight
  • Luggage allowance Avianca: 1 bag of maximum 23 kg - Cabin: 1 bag of maximum 10 kg
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Private ground transport
  • Local English-speaking tour guides 
  • Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary 

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses 
  • Early check in or late check out
  • Travel Insurance
Flexible Terms

Flexible Booking Terms

With the current situation around the world changing at an unprecedented pace, we understand that you may feel very anxious and hesitant about your future travel plans. Therefore, we have modified our booking conditions to give you more flexible options. You can now book your next holiday to Colombia, having the tranquillity of changing your dates without any extra cost, and even book a long trip with a small deposit.

We hope these flexible booking conditions give you the option to plan and dream about your next holiday.

Small deposit:

You can book this Colombia trip with only 50 GBP / 60 EUR / 65 USD per person. This deposit is not refundable.

Change departure dates:

Our flexible booking conditions will allow you to change the departure date without any additional fee. You can move the departure date to any time before the end of 2022.

If your initial departure date was to happen during a low holiday season and you wish to move it to departure during a high holiday season, please consider that the price of the tour could be higher due to higher tariffs from hotels and airlines. We will confirm and agree with the change in the price.

Note: High holiday seasons in Colombia are during Easter and from December 15th to January 19th. 

Later payment:

We will require a full payment minimum 20 days before the departure date of the tour.

Cancellation Costs:

If you definitely need to cancel the tour after sending us the full payment (20 days before the departure date), we will refund 80% of the tour's cost.

These terms apply to bookings made from now on until further notice.

Please check the complete description of our terms and conditions.

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