Highlights of Colombia Tour
Dubbed as one of the best countries to visit in 2017, Colombia is well and truly on our radar for this year. Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 12-day adventure through South America’s most alluring colonial kingdom, and discover why Colombia has been chosen as the place to be in 2017. Begin your trip in the country’s colonial-come-cosmopolitan capital, Bogotá, home to many brilliant museums. Travel north to the picturesque village of Villa de Leyva, Colombia’s most famous colonial town. Marvel at the stunning Cocora Valley, famous for its giant wax palm trees. Explore the Sierra Nevada Mountains and relax on the unspoilt Caribbean beaches of Palomino. And finally, finish your Colombia tour in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Cartagena, where a perfectly preserved colonial town gives you a glimpse into the country’s colourful past. So, what are you waiting for?
Price from: £1499.00
24 Nov 2017 – 05 Dec 2017
22 Mar 2018 – 02 Apr 2018
Day 1 – Arrive Bogotá
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Bogotá.
Day 2 – Bogotá
After breakfast, kick start your Colombia tour with a city tour of the country’s cosmopolitan capital, Bogotá. In the morning, your guide will show you the impressive Botero Museum, home to one of Latin America’s most important international art collections. You will also visit the Gold Museum and Monserrate Hill, where you can enjoy great views of the city. In the afternoon, you will have some time to further explore by yourselves. Overnight in Bogotá.
Day 3 – Bogotá / Villa de Leyva
Leaving early, you will be transferred to Villa de Leyva, roughly a 4-hour drive from Bogotá, with a 1-hour stop in the artisan village of Raquira. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, Colombia’s most famous colonial town, you will be given a walking tour to learn about the areas rich history. Overnight in Villa de Leyva.
Day 4 – Villa de Leyva / Bogotá Airport / Armenia
After breakfast, you will have the morning to further explore the beautiful town of Villa de Leyva, before being transferred to Bogotá Airport for evening flights to the city of Armenia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a rural hotel in the local coffee area.
Day 5 – Hacienda San Alberto / Santa Rosa de Cabal
After breakfast, you will be given a tour at Hacienda San Alberto, one of the local coffee plantations; from bean to cup, the whole process will be explained! In the afternoon, you will visit the natural hot springs at Santa Rosa de Cabal.
Day 6 – Salento / Valle de Cocora
Today you will be given a walking tour of typical paisa town, Salento. Founded in 1850, it is one of the oldest towns in Quindio. In the afternoon, visit the Cocora Valley, famous for its wax palm trees that can grow up to more than 60m tall, making this one of the most special landscapes in the country.
Day 7 – Armenia Airport / Santa Marta / Palomino
Today you will be transferred to Armenia Airport for flights to Santa Marta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Palomino area, a place known for its perfect beaches, as well as a base for exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Overnight in Palomino.
Day 8 – Palomino
Today will be spent at your leisure. Optional day trip to Tayrona National Park. Overnight in Palomino.
Day 9 – Palomino / Cartagena
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the beautiful colonial city of Cartagena, roughly a 6-hour drive from Palomino. Upon arrival, you will be checked-in to your hotel, and are then free to explore the city. Overnight in Cartagena.
Day 10 – Cartagena
After breakfast, you will begin a full day city tour of UNESCO World Heritage town, Cartagena. Known for its cobbled alleyways, colonial style buildings and abundance of beautiful churches, your last days in Colombia will be spent well in this city. Today you will visit the Convent La Popa, an impressive convent with amazing views over Cartagena, Castillo San Felipe, an immense fort built by the Spanish in 1536, and the historical centre of Cartagena. Overnight in Cartagena.
Day 11 – Cartagena Free Day
Today will be spent at your leisure to further explore the beautiful city of Cartagena. (Optional day trip to Rosario Islands.) Overnight in Cartagena.
Day 12 – Depart Cartagena
Sadly, your Colombia tour has come to an end! After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cartagena Airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COLOMBIA TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast
- English-speaking guide throughout
- All tours and activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Transportation in private vehicles
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Colombia Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included in the price of the Colombia Tour and will need to be arranged separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. If you would like help booking, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
- There are also 2 domestic flights between Bogota & Armenia, and Armenia & Santa Marta which you will need for this trip. Please get in touch for the suggested flight times.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Colombian Peso / Spending £30 and upwards per day.
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip, and they will be on hand to answer all your questions and offer advice for your free days.
Clothing Average temperatures for this time of year are around 25°C, so pack light loose-fitting clothes (which will also help prevent mosquito bites), comfortable shoes, and swimwear!
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure date for the most up to date information on vaccinations. UK health authorities have classified Colombia as being at risk from the Zika virus; pregnant women are advised not to travel to such areas. Dengue Fever, Malaria and Chikunyunga are also present throughout the country, so take appropriate precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Single Supplement £330
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