Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Colombia Rediscovered tour

Colombia Rediscovered

Odysseys Unlimited
5.0 . Excellent
100%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 3,398 $ 309 / day
Checking price

Overview

Highlights

  • Bogota sightseeing, including Gold Museum and Paloquemao market
  • Visit to Salt Cathedral, Zipaquira
  • Armenia and the Coffee Triangle
  • Breathtaking Cocora Valley scenery and cloud forest walk
  • Coffee plantation tour and tasting
  • Medellin touring
  • Flower-growing town of Santa Elena
  • Lunch with a local family
  • Cartagena’s Spanish Colonial architecture and atmosphere
  • Walking tour through Cartagena’s old city

Short Description

Once and again a treasured destination, Colombia warmly welcomes visitors to experience its wealth of indigenous cultures, evocative Spanish Colonial heritage, lush landscapes, and Caribbean sun. Colombia is back – and our small group is poised to discover its many jewels, from Bogota and the Coffee Triangle to Medellin and Cartagena, with some hidden gems along the way.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Bogotá
End City Cartagena

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Find your perfect trip
A vast selection of trips on every continent, for every style. Thousands of itineraries from hundreds of trusted travel companies.
Save time
Use simple search and comparison tools to easily find the best trip. Don't sweat the logistics -- travel providers plan for you.
Save money
Book directly with the operator. Find inclusive packages for the best value and get access to amazing deals.
Travel confidently
Read unbiased user reviews, pick the company that fits your style, and connect with them directly. No worries, just memories.

Travelers Also Viewed

See all similar trips

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Bogota, Colombia

We arrive today in the Colombian capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned; on our own we can explore the area surrounding our hotel or simply relax. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Day 2: Bogota

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a briefing this morning on the journey ahead, we set out to discover Bogota, one of the largest cities in Latin America. Our first stop is colorful Paloquemao, Bogota’s major market visited by restaurant chefs as well as locals shopping for meat, fish, and exotic produce from around the world. Then we continue on a walking tour through the nearby colonial district of La Candelaria. Founded in 1538, La Candelaria became the core of Bogota as the city grew up around it. Our tour includes the Gold Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold work; and the Botero Museum, housing paintings and sculpture by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s foremost living artist, along with his collection of mid 19th-century works by such artists as Corot, Renoir, and Monet. Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Bogota/Zipaquira

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

We begin this morning in the Usaquén neighborhood, whose colonial buildings, trendy restaurants, and flea market draw Sunday morning visitors. Then we travel north through the center of Colombia’s flower-growing industry to the town of Zipaquira, where we tour the “Salt Cathedral” – an underground church built inside a salt deposit. A functioning Roman Catholic church (not an actual cathedral), the Salt Cathedral is considered an architectural and engineering marvel, having been carved from the halite rock of subterranean tunnels. Then we stop for lunch at a local restaurant and have time to admire the historic city center. We return to Bogota mid-afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Bogota/Armenia (Coffee Triangle)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early today we fly to Colombia’s heartland: Armenia and the Coffee Triangle, where some of the world’s best coffee grows in the fertile valleys surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Upon arrival we visit a coffee plantation for a tour and to learn about Colombia’s role as a top producer of some of the finest java on Earth. We savor a coffee tasting, learning first-hand how to analyze the aroma, flavor, and body of good coffee. Then we continue on to our intimate hacienda, where we dine tonight.

Day 5: Armenia/Cocora Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we embark on a full-day tour of this pastoral region, beginning in Cocora Valley, in the Central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. One of the last remaining homes of the giant Quindio wax palm tree, Colombia’s national tree, Cocora Valley is part of the larger Los Nevados National Natural Park. We reach a cloud forest, where we set out on an easy hike for outstanding views and to get up close to the diverse biome here at an altitude of about 6,000 to 8,000 feet. We may see the Andean condor and several species of hummingbird that live here. Then we continue on to Salento, a tranquil and picturesque town with much of its traditional architecture intact and where we enjoy a tour through Bolivar Square with its colorful balconies and hand- craft shops. Late this afternoon we return to our lodge, where we dine tonight.

Day 6: Armenia/Medellin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We fly this morning to Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city known for its social and political advances. Upon arrival we head downtown for lunch before embarking on a panoramic tour of the “City of Eternal Spring,” so named for its temperate climate. Then we visit the Museo de Antioquia, Colombia’s second oldest museum with a noted collection of pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern art, as well as paintings and sculpture by native son Fernando Botero. Late this afternoon we reach our hotel; dinner is at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Medellin

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

We get to know Medellin in more detail today – and learn why in 2012 it was named one of the 200 most innovative cities around the world. This morning’s city tour features a walk around Botero Square, the inviting sculpture plaza melding art, nature, and culture, with 23 outdoor works by Fernando Botero. We also visit Cerro Nutibara for lovely panoramic views; and get a close-up look at some of Medellin’s vibrant neighborhoods. Our tour ends in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure to explore this lively city as we wish. Tonight we dine together at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Medellin/Santa Elena

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today we visit nearby Santa Elena, a typical – and beautiful – colonial town where traditions related to Colombia’s flower-growing prowess live on. After touring here, we enjoy lunch with a local family. Next we board the Medellin Metro- cable, the city’s iconic gondola that traverses a 1.2-mile route to the Santa Domingo barrio to Biblioteca España, Medellin’s treasured ultra-modern library complex. Then we descend by Metrocable to the city center. We return to our hotel late afternoon; dinner tonight is on our own.

Day 9: Medellin/Cartagena

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

We fly this morning to Cartagena, where upon arrival we set out on a city tour. An important center of political and economic activity during the Spanish Colonial era, Cartagena today remains a center of economic activity for the Caribbean, as well as a major city and beach resort. Tour highlights include 16th-century San Felipe Fort, strategically located atop San Lazaro hill to defend against attacks by land or sea; and Las Bovedas, archways – formerly dungeons – built into the city walls that now house artisan shops and boutiques. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Day 10: Cartagena

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today we explore Cartagena’s emotional heart: the walled colonial city (Ciudad Amurallada), a UNESCO World Heritage site that has remained vital – and alluring – for almost 500 years. Our morning walking tour takes in the 12-foot high city walls, winding cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings bedecked with flowers, and intimate plazas. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. Lunch today is on our own in this vibrant seaside city; tonight we take a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride to our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11: Depart for U.S

Meals: Breakfast

We transfer this morning to the Cartagena airport for our flight to the U.S., where we connect with our return flights home.

Availability

Checking price
Price From $ 3,398
Price Per Day: $ 309 per day
Check Availability
Checking price
  • Deposit Price: $ 375
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 995

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Odysseys Unlimited.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

Ask Our Destination Experts

Ailish Casey
Email Us

Stride Featured in

Stride Feature In

21 Odysseys Unlimited Travel Reviews & Ratings

100%
5.0 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 20
Great 1
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
5.0
Guide
5.0
Activities
5.0
Lodging
5.0
Transportation
5.0
Meals
4.9

Colombia Rediscovered

Write a Review
No reviews yet for this trip. Be the first one to write a review

Company Reviews

Managed well.

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
The small group concept works extremely well. Big buses but only one to a seat if you want to stretch out. Unique and upscale hotels, good food, and personable guides. The pace is not rushed and you will see places "off the beaten path." The only dilemma, which tour do we choose next?
Read more

GREAT tour company!!!

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Top notch and everything was taken care of. I finally learned to truly live in the moment ... Loved every minute.

worth going again to see more of this awesome country and five star service

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals4.0
Fascinating country that you must visit using Odyssey Travel as they truly have amazing tour guides, fantastic hotels, courteous and safe bus drivers, and great itineraries .
Read more

Details

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Tour membership limited to 12-24 guests

Accomodations

NH Andino Royal , Bogota / Days 1-3 / Superior First Class

The NH Andino Royal is centrally located in Bogota’s Zona Rosa entertainment district, in close proximity to the many restaurants and boutiques in the Zona T pedestrian zone. The 70-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, fitness center, sauna, massage room, terrace, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Mirador de las Palmas , Armenia / Days 4-5 / Not rated

Overlooking the Quindio Maravélez Valley, the Mirador de las Palmas offers intimate lodgings in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. The 24-room hacienda features a variety of amenities including a restaurant and bar, rooftop terrace, garden, hot tub, sauna and steam room, outdoor pool, massage treatments, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, game room, and gift shop. Guest rooms have private bath (shower only), fan, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Please note that while this is one of the best hotels available in this region, you will find the hotel’s quality to be lower than at other sites on your tour. Your room will be clean and comfortable but not luxurious, and it does not have air conditioning.

NH Medellín Royal , Medellin / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class

The NH Medellin Royal enjoys a prime location in El Poblado, one of Medellin’s most upscale neighborhoods, close to shopping and dining. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, outdoor terrace pool, fitness center, Jacuzzi, spa, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. The 125 contemporary air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Bastión Luxury Hotel , Cartagena / Days 8-10, Extension / Deluxe

Situated in Cartagena’s old walled city, the Bastión Luxury Hotel occupies a remodeled 16th-century building next to historic Santo Toribio Church and near other attractions and restaurants. The 51-room hotel’s amenities include a restaurant and bar, rooftop terrace, fitness center, spa with sauna and massage treatments, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms blend contemporary décor with colonial touches and feature private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, ceiling fan, TV, and phone.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and Refunds

You will receive a full refund for any cancellations made up to 95 days before departure (125 days for In the Wake of Lewis and Clark). If you must cancel your tour, the effective date of can­cellation will be upon our receipt of your notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges:

For all tours (except as noted)

Prior to departure

Charge

95 days or more

Full refund

94–65 days

25% of tour price

64–45 days

50% of tour price

44–30 days

75% of tour price

29–0 days

No refund

 

Additional Information:

Post-Tour Extension

Cartagena – On Your Own: 2 days/2 nights for $395 total price

Single Supplement: $355

Discover more of this alluring Caribbean city at your own pace.

Your Tour Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Bastión Luxury Hotel (Deluxe)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

 

Please note:  The high altitudes of Bogota (8,666 feet) and the Coffee Triangle (7,874 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions.  Please consult your physician if you have concerns.

Trip ID#:

ColRedOdy

Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Similar Trips

See all similar trips
×
Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Stride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

or
or
Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!
Find the 3 best trips for you.
Take a short quiz to recieve your top matches.

x
x
Download your brochure

Enter your email to get the "" brochure.

x
Brochure successfully sent!

We've sent the "" brochure to "". Check your inbox!