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Colombia – Bogota & Cartagena
8 Days

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8 Days: Bogota & Cartagena

Tour Overview:
Explore the two brightest and popular cities of Colombia on an 8-day private tour with SITA. In the capital city, Bogotá, visit the historical heart, La Candelaria, and its splendid colonial architecture as well as the Gold Museum with the world’s largest collections of pre-Columbian gold. In Cartagena, tour the historic old town with its beautiful colonial architecture, taste some of the local flavors of the city, learn about its culture and relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches.

Day 1 – Arrive Bogota

Arrive in Bogota, Colombia. Welcome at the International Airport El Dorado and transfer to the selected hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.


Day 2 – Bogota City Tour

Private half day tour with English-speaking guide. The tour begins with a visit to the historical heart of Bogotá, La Candelaria, and its splendid colonial architecture. Enjoy a stroll around Plaza de Bolivar, Bogotá’s main square, flanked by prominent colonial and Republican-era landmarks like the Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial churches of El Sagrario and San Agustin, the Independence House, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall. Continue to visit Bogotá’s Gold Museum, the world’s largest collections of pre-Columbian gold, and a must-see when traveling to Colombia. The tour ends with a visit to Botero’s Museum. The works on display are all donated by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous contemporary artist. His work is well-known for large, exaggeratedly voluminous figures. In addition to his work, his art collection is also exhibited. (B)


Day 3 – Bogota / Cartagena

Private transfer to Airport. Fly to Cartagena. Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in). (The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died. (B)


Day 4 – Cartagena City tour & Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center)

Private day tour with English-speaking guide. The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died. (B)


Day 5 – Cartagena 

Day at Leisure (B)


Day 6 – Real Food, Real Places & Real People

Private services with English-speaking guide. We invite you to enjoy this delicious and colorful experience where you will be able to taste some of the local flavors of the city and learn about its culture. This walking tour through the inner walled section of the colonial city will let you experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop. This experience takes you to discover different sites and people from the colonial city, with whom the local residents relate on a daily basis as they pass by and stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or typical snacks. Featuring authentic food stops with different delicious tastings, you get to escape the crowds and taste the best of what the city has to offer. Along the way, your guide will entertain and tell you stories and insights into Cartagena’s culture and history. Take a break from being a tourist and discover the real Cartagena with us! (B)

NOTES: This tour includes small tastings at different points of the colonial city and one bottle of water per person. Transportation is not necessary for passengers staying inside the colonial neighborhood. Passengers staying outside the colonial city will have two transfers included in the tour for an extra charge. Duration: 2 hours.


Day 7 – Cartagena

Day at Leisure (B)


Day 8 -Cartagena Depart

At scheduled time private transfer to Airport for your departure flight. (B)


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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 7 night’s accommodation with private facilities at selected hotel.
  • Private airport transfers as per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program.
  • Meals as described in the program.
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides.
  • Permanent assistance by our offices in each city.

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