Highlights
  • Visit Gold Museum and Fernando Botero Museum (Bogota)
  • See the famous underground salt cathedral (near Bogota)
  • Visit the coffee Hacienda San Alberto and immerse yourself in the world of coffee
  • Enjoy a spectacular drive to Cocora Valley
  • Visit sculpture park of Botero (Medellin)
  • Visit the La Popa Convent and San Felipe Castle (Cartagena)
  • Explore Cartagena’s Walled Old Town

Discover Colombia, one of the highlights of South America! Amazing architecture, fantastic coffee & cuisine, geographic diversity, and gracious hospitality combine to make Colombia an unforgettable travel experience. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Colombia is a land of startling contrasts: modern Bogota in the Andes Mountains, rich rural culture in the Coffee Triangle, renaissance and renewal in Medellin, and the Caribbean coast of Cartagena.

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Discover Colombia July 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from this trip in June 2016. It was an amazing tour and it really portrayed the country as it truly is. The people were great and let me say the service at the hotels and everywhere was awesome. The accommodations were excellent. The scenery of the country was unbelievable. Kudos to our Tour Director, Leon as well as the local guides Carlitos (Coffee Triangle/Medellin) and Eusevio (Cartagena) for making this trip so much fun. They are friendly, fun, knowledgeable and their English was great. Our drivers were very experienced and always concerned about safety first which was very good. Our group was very small but we had a great time. Thank you to all for the wonderful vacation. I recommend this trip highly.
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Loved our Colombia Tour May 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This May we returned from a wonderful and interesting trip to Colombia where we visited Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, and Cartagena. We felt safe and enjoyed the diversified landscapes, history, friendly people, delicious food, and very knowledgeable and caring guides. Leon and Alejandro went out of their way to share and teach us about their culture. We visited flower, fruit and vegetable markets, sugar cane factories, coffee plantations, in which we had many tastings and watched local people working. The coffee was extremely good. The underground salt cathedral was amazing along with the Emerald, Botero and Gold museums. There were many quaint colorful villages to meander thru witnessing rural life in and around the town squares. The hotels were all high end with gr8 breakfasts. The cities were exciting and easy to get around. Leon would always take or direct us to a delicious authentic Colombian restaurant for lunch and dinner. The sea in Cartagena was delightful to swim in. We cannot thank Leon and Alejandro for making our experience so special, comfortable, informative, and fun. We are well seasoned travelers and feel Colombia is a must visit.
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It's Colombia, not Columbia May 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As my husband and I prepared for our travel to Colombia, our friends and family asked "Why Colombia", aren't you afraid of being kidnapped? Or,"I've heard they drug people and sell the parts on e-bay". What my husband and I experienced in Colombia was far from either of these! Colombia is a proud welcoming country, excited to share their amazing history and culture. It is a country working extremely hard to overcome and endure their past and provide a good future for their people. Our tour guide "Leon Pardo", was excellent, as was his counter part "Carlito", in the coffee region. Colombia was an amazing place to travel and enjoy and just as they claim, the hardest part was never wanting to leave!
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Wonderful Experience May 2016

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We recently discovered Columbia with our terrific guide Leon and 10 members of our group. Columbia is a beautiful country with magnificent scenery, and diverse cities. I can't stop telling people about our fabulous experience.
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A really good trip to Colombia February 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife Jackie and I just finished a truely exceptional trip to Colombia. We visited Bogota, the Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Cartagena and many points in between. Everything about Colombia was new to us and the trip exceeded our expectations. Our tour director Leon Pardo was close to perfect, as was the driver (Julian)-local guide (Omar) combination in the Coffee Triangle and Medellin. The hotels were great. The scenery was quite varied and uniformly beautiful.The city of Cartagena was a wonderful place to end this trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Bogota.

Accommodation: Hotel Morrison 114

Your exciting journey to Colombia begins with an afternoon flight to Bogota, the capital of Colombia that rests on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains. Here, you’ll experience the mix of colonial grandeur and the vitality of a modern metropolis. Founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quezada, the city is home to a dazzling array of museums, churches, colonial mansions, and stately buildings. Upon arrival in Colombia’s cultural, political and financial center, transfer to your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy a welcome drink.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Morrison 114

After a sumptuous breakfast, embark on your guided city tour of Bogota. Begin with a visit to the colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, Bogota’s heart and soul, known for its Spanish and Baroque-style architecture. Afterwards, you’ll walk across Simon Bolivar square and arrive at the famous Gold Museum, which displays the world’s largest selection of pre-Hispanic gold work. Later, visit the Fernando Botero Museum, created in 2000 after a generous donation by the world famous artist himself of 123 pieces of his own art.  Botero’s art should be instantly recognizable with its oversized, larger-than-life style. The museum also features works of art by Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Chagall and many others. You will then travel by cable car up the hill of Monserrate and enjoy a marvelous view of the city. The afternoon is at leisure before your welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 3: Bogota/Coffee Triangle.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador de las Palmas

After breakfast this morning, drive from Bogota to Zipaquira to visit the famous underground salt cathedral, where a church is carved from salt inside of a cave. Some of you will experience a deeply spiritual, religious moment, while others will celebrate this artistic and engineering masterpiece. Here, you’ll find monumental crosses, angels, and the Madonna statue, and in addition to the main cathedral, there are several small chapels and 14 Stations of the Cross interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels. Later, transfer to the airport and fly to the magical Coffee Triangle. Hotel Mirador de las Palmas

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador de las Palmas

As its name suggests, the Coffee Triangle is covered with coffee plantations due its nutrient-rich volcanic soil in the hilly landscape. Not only does the land produce some of the world’s finest coffee, but it also produces breathtaking landscapes throughout the region. For many people, the Coffee Triangle is the heart and soul of Colombia, where Campesino (or rural life) has remained largely intact over the centuries. In the morning, visit the coffee Hacienda San Alberto and immerse yourself in the world of coffee. A coffee specialist will teach you the ins and outs of coffee production — from drying to roasting and everything in between. Of course, after learning the tricks of the trade, a cup of delicious Colombian coffee is waiting for you. After returning to your hotel, the afternoon is at leisure before enjoying a delicious dinner this evening.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador de las Palmas

After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive to Cocora Valley through the region of Quindio and make sure you have your cameras ready to capture the magnificent landscape. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a special welcome cocktail. Here, you’ll find the highest palm tree in the world, the Palma de Cera, and a brief Colombian ritual will help you understand the history of these unique palm trees. Then, after leaving the valley, you’ll reach the quaint village of Salento, where you’ll have time to walk through the narrow streets and appreciate the Baroque and Spanish-inspired buildings with colorful balconies. Later, visit the village of Filandia, where you’ll enjoy a magnificent view of the Cordilleras of the Colombian Andes and gain an appreciation for how small pueblos (or villages) are the foundation of rural life in Colombia.

Day 6: Coffee Triangle/Medellin

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Medellin Royal

After breakfast and likely a cup (or two) of coffee, embark on a drive through the mountains to Medellin. You’ll enjoy spectacular mountain landscapes as you pass through several changes of climate and altitude. Along the way, stop for lunch at an authentic Colombian restaurant before continuing on these beautiful rural backdrops. Arrive at Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, the home of famous artist Fernando Botero, and the best example of the country’s renaissance. Transfer to your upscale hotel, and spend the evening at your leisure.  Hotel Medellin Royal

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Medellin Royal

After breakfast, visit the town of Guatape located outside of Medellin and bordering the Penol reservoir created by the Colombian government in the late 1960s. Upon arrival at Guatape, you’ll marvel at the colonial houses and the cobblestone streets and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. A short boat ride on the lake will expose you to breathtaking views, including the “Peñol Rock” that formed 70 million years ago. Later, return to Medellin and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 8: Medellin/Cartagena.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Capilla del Mar

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before your half day city tour of Medellin. Your first stop will be at the Park de los Pies Descalzos (or Barefoot Park), where you’ll have the opportunity to kick off your shoes and wade through various shallow water pools. Then, visit the Sculpture Park of Botero and mingle with the fascinating larger-than-life sculptures. After driving along the Avenida La Playa, you’ll visit a typical village of the region before traveling by “Metrocable”  to the neighborhood of Santo Domingo, home to the famous Parque Biblioteca (or Library Park). Transfer to the airport and fly to the amazing coastal city of Cartagena before heading to your upscale hotel which faces the Caribbean Sea. Hotel Capilla del Mar

Day 9:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Capilla del Mar

Founded in the early 16th century by Spaniard Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena has it all. It is a historical gem, a symbol of modern Colombia, and a spectacular beach destination. Cartagena’s charming old town is surrounded by thick walls, which were originally intended to fortify the city and took an astonishing to 200 years to build and complete. Enjoy a guided city tour that begins with a drive to the monastery of La Popa, a beautiful convent that has unparalleled views of the city. Visit the fortress of San Felipe, built by the Spanish during the colonial era and located on the Hill of San Lazaro. Later, walk along the the colorful streets and winding alleyways of Cartagena’s walled old town before visiting the Convent of San Pedro. End your guided tour with a trip to the fascinating Emerald Museum. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Capilla del Mar

It’s your day to either continue exploring the cultural sights of Cartagena or simply enjoy a day at the nearby beaches that attract visitors from all around the world. Later, enjoy an included delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11: Cartagena/USA.

Meals: Breakfast

Early this morning, transfer to the airport and say adios to Colombia! Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in Miami today.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 1,999

Price Per Day:

$ 182 per day
 
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
Nov-03-2018Nov-13-2018$ 1,999$ 2,598LimitedReserve
Dec-24-2018Jan-03-2019$ 2,199$ 2,798LimitedReserve
Jan-12-2019Jan-22-2019$ 2,199$ 2,798LimitedReserve
Jan-26-2019Feb-05-2019$ 2,199$ 2,798LimitedReserve
Feb-09-2019Feb-19-2019$ 1,999$ 2,598LimitedReserve
Feb-23-2019Mar-05-2019$ 2,199$ 2,798LimitedReserve
Mar-16-2019Mar-26-2019$ 1,999$ 2,598LimitedReserve
Apr-06-2019Apr-16-2019$ 2,199$ 2,798LimitedReserve
May-04-2019May-14-2019$ 1,999$ 2,598LimitedReserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 599
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.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LAN Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Colombia flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 17 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature.
Optional Activities
  • Mangrove Swamps & Fishing Culture Tour ($48 per person)
Meals Included:

17 meals: 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations
  • Nights 1-2: Bogota: Hotel Morrison 114
  • Nights 3-5: Coffee Triangle: Hotel Mirador de las Palmas
  • Nights 6-7: Medellin: NH Collection Royal Medellin
  • Nights 8-10: Cartagena: Hotel Capilla del Mar
Start City
Bogota
End City
Cartagena
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing

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