Hello Colombia Tour
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9 days / 8 nights PRIVATE tour
including Bogota, Coffee Region, Medellin, Cartagena
Guaranteed to operate. Weekly departures.
Fully escorted from your arrival to Bogota.
From the Andes mountains to the Caribbean, we present the highlights of Colombia. Enjoy first class accommodations, private tours with a fluent English speaking guide, gastronomical treats and the finest Coffee in the world.
Bogotá with a population of 8 million people is Colombia's sprawling, high-altitude (8,675 feet) capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It's also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.
Wake up to the smell of the world's best coffee at a plantation. Learn the history and the culture of Colombia's most popular export.
Medellín is the capital of Colombia's mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the "City of Eternal Spring" for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metro cable cars link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown's Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist's work.
Cartagena/Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings, a number of which have been turned into fabulous boutique hotels or gourmet restaurants.
Join us for an introduction to the land of Coffee and Emeralds!
Day 01: (Saturday) ARRIVE BOGOTA, TRANSFER TO EK HOTEL, FREE EVENING
Meet your guide at the airport just outside the customs area. They will transfer you to the EK hotel where you are pre-checked in. This cosy boutique hotel will surprise and delight you. Set in the exclusive leisure area immediately north of downtown Bogotá, the hotel's dynamic location brings the best of Colombia's capital directly to your doorstep, from the upscale restaurants and nightlife destinations of the Zona Rosa and Parque 93 to luxurious shopping centers and vibrant event destinations. Overnight Bogota
Day 02: (Sunday) GOLD MUSEUM, BOTERO MUSEUM, LA SEPTIMA, LA CANDELARIA
Time to explore the capital! Start with a tour guided by an anthropologist expert at the Museo de Oro (gold museum). Absorb the local vibes walking down "la septima" (a major street recently converted to a pedestrian walkway). You will enjoy strolling through the La Candelaria area where the architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings have Spanish Colonial, Baroque and art deco styles. Tour the Botero Museum featuring works by painter/sculptor Fernando Botero as well as works by artists including Monet and Picasso (from Botero's private collection). Overnight Bogota
Day 03: (Monday) FLY TO COFFEE REGION, RESERVA EL CAIRO
Staff transfers you to the airport for a flight to Armenia. Arriving staff transfers you to the Reserva el Cairo, a charming eco hotel located in a 100+ year old coffee plantation home. A primary forest surrounds the hotel with an inventory of more than 100 species of birds plus more than 200 species of trees and shrubs. Lunch at the hotel then you will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the lush green surroundings. Dinner. Overnight Reserva el Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: (Tuesday) COCORA VALLEY, HACIENDA VENECIA
Today absorb a complete introduction to Colombia's biodiversity in a fun and interactive way. The first stop is at the Cocora Valley where you will walk through this incredible coffee paradise. Then you will be driven to the Hacienda Venecia. At the end of the day, you will have a traditional dinner of the region. Overnight Hacienda Venecia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: (Wednesday) MEDELLIN BY HIGHWAY
Tour the coffee plantation of the Hacienda Venecia and will learn everything about this great product. After lunch at the Hacienda drive to Medellin, the city of innovation. Arriving you will enjoy the comfort of the Four Points Sheraton. Overnight Medellin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 06: (Thursday) TOUR MEDELLIN
There is no better place to understand the process that Colombia has been going through for the last decades than Medellin. On this tour, an English speaking sociologist will take you to key parts of the city and will put you in context of the recent Colombian history. You will visit the Memorial museum and after that you will head to la comuna 13 which is a slum that has been gradually transforming and is now a symbol of Colombia's positive change. We suggest lunch at Restaurant Carmen before visiting the city center. (cost not included in tour) Located inside a beautiful house in the neighborhood of El Poblado, Carmen Medellín has a cozy and elegant atmosphere. Offering contemporary food, the menu breathes with local ingredients and flavors in creative and modern dishes and preparations. Always focused on quality and technique, the gastronomic proposal is diverse, innovative and always delicious. With its program of artisan cocktails and warm attention, Carmen manages to be a unique experience. After lunch, a guided walking tour including the Plaza Botero (open air sculpture museum), Parque Berrio, Parque de las Luces and other points of interest. Overnight Medellin
Day 07: (Friday) FLY TO CARTAGENA, WALKING TOUR OF OLD CITY, CASA LOLA
Staff transfers you to the airport for a flight to the jewel of the Caribbean, Cartagena. On arrival you will be transferred to Casa Lola to drop your luggage then enjoy a guided walking tour of the old city. Casa Lola comprises two buildings, one a typical colonial home of the 17th century and the second a marvelous republican edifice of the 16th century. Both completely restored and appointed to offer comfort and great service, with a personalized attention that will make you feel at home. Overnight Cartagena.
Day 08: (Saturday) NATIONAL AVIARY, CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DE BARAJAS
Start the day with a tour of the National Aviary! A wonderful privately funded project located about a 30 minute drive outside of the city. Among Colombia's many species of birds, 86 are endemic, and a record 197 are migratory species. Fifteen species are in critical danger of extinction, 36 are in danger, 50 species are vulnerable and 60 are endangered, including the national bird, the Andean Condor. Return to the city for a tour of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Overnight Cartagena
Day 09: (Sunday) INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE
Staff will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.
INCLUDES: Ground Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle related to the tour. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner';s risk at all times during the tour. Hotels (based on double occupancy). Meals as noted. Included meals are in the main dining room, no speciality restaurants or room service. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums shown in the tour outline. Tours with the services of an English speaking licensed guide. Hotel service charges and taxes.
NOT included are: Air, Items of a personal nature such as tips, entry visas, entry or departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, beverages of any nature at any time, any items not specifically covered in the included items.
ESTIMATED TOUR PRICE:
$3,125 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: + $975 (based on minimum of two travelers with each having their own room)
Child sharing with two adults: $785 (valid for children under the age of 12).
Estimated domestic flight cost in Colombia: $119 per person, economy class
Including Bogota-Armenia, Medellin-Cartagena
Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice.
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