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Colombia is finally getting the attention it deserves and becoming one of South America's 'go-to' destinations. With beautiful places such as its Caribbean coast, world-famous coffee region or the mysterious Amazon jungle, loving Colombia is only natural for those visiting it.
On this 11-day Classic Colombia itinerary, you will get to see some of the most important and characteristic places in Colombia. You'll begin your journey in Colombia's historic capital, Bogota, before making your way to the beautiful town of Villa de Leyva. Visit Colombia's coffee region to learn more about the production and culture behind the country's world-class coffee. And finally, you'll visit Cartagena, a vibrant and charming corner of Colombia's Caribbean coast.
Discover Colombia's historic capital, Bogota
Visit the stunning coffee region and learn more about its production
Explore charming Cartagena and the Caribbean coast
Days 1 & 2 - Bogota
Days 3 & 4 - Villa de Leyva
Days 5 - 7 - Pereira
Days 8 - 10 - Cartagena
Day 11 - Depart Cartagena
Any element of this holiday can be made truly individual to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
Arrive in Bogota, Colombia's historic capital where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Spend your first day exploring the city on your own before enjoying a half-day city tour, mainly focused on the centre of the city, also known as La Candelaria, on your second day.
During the tour, you will see a great deal of Colombia's heritage, as the Spanish Colonial influence is highly present in the city's architecture. You will then visit the main square, Plaza de Bolivar, where Silmon Bolivar's statue is located. This plaza was once called Plaza Mayor as it was used for civil and military purposes such as a marketplace, a bullring, and also as a place where many executions were held. You will see the Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, which was built on the same site where Bogota’s first church was constructed back in 1539. This Cathedral is also known for housing an important collection of religious artefacts such as textiles and artworks. Other highlights of this tour are - the Capilla del Sagrario (a gem of religious architecture), the Capitol (with its renaissance and neoclassical influences), Botero Museum as well as the Gold Museum.
Enjoy a free afternoon for individual activities.
After breakfast, you will depart from Bogota to head towards Villa de Leyva on a two-night private tour.
On the way to Villa de Leyva, you will visit Zipaquira’s Salt Cathedral, which is an impressive engineering achievement. The excursion begins with a visit to the cathedral which features the biggest salt cross ever carved in the world, measuring 16m in height and 10m in breadth, made by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. After this, you will visit a unique mine that features an auditorium big enough for two hundred people. Where people can attend film screenings, events, and or even fashion shows. Finally, you will head to a mirror of water where it is possible to experience the amazing visual effects of water on carved saline rock. The perfect place for incredible pictures!
In the afternoon you will continue on a two-hour trip to Villa de Leyva. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and get ready to discover this beautiful town.
A day dedicated to visiting Villa de Leyva's centre. Highlights of this tour include the convent of Santo Ecce Hommo, founded by the Dominicans in 1620, and considered one of the most important Spanish legacies.
In the morning you will be transferred to Bogota to take a flight to Pereira. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and overnight stay.
Start your second day in the coffee region by leaving to Valle de Cocora, located in the central mountains of Quindio. As part of the Parque Nacional de Los Nevados, it is the ideal place to admire the by the beauty of “Quindian wax palm” (Ceroxylon quincense), the national Colombian tree.
The afternoon will be reserved for a city tour of Salento after which you will be transferred to the traditional village of Filandia for yet another fantastic city tour. Enjoy some time soaking up the regional atmosphere and perhaps some local spirits before returning to the hotel!
On your final day in Pereira, you will enjoy a half-day tour to a coffee plantation and learning lots about what makes Colombian coffee so different and special. There will also be an introductory chat about Colombian coffee that will give you lots of insights into its preparation, toasting, the necessary characteristics for its quality, as well as the properties that allow the creation of various coffee types in the world. Continue the tour through the plantations and see first hand the meticulous work of coffee pickers. Learn about the production system, harvest, drying of the coffee beans to the sun as well as its treatment. Most of the coffee plantations in Colombia produce Arabica coffee which is a delicate and light tasting coffee widely recognised and consumed all over the world.
You will dedicate your second day in Cartagena to a half-day city tour. Begin by visiting the San Filipe Fortress which has been built on San Lázaro hill to defend the city from pirate attacks. Take a walk around the castle and understand how it was constructed, the engineering feats, the tunnels, underground galleries as well as passageways. Continue on to the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and visit the Convent and Church of San Pedro Claver (XVII century). Visit as well the Zenú Gold Museum, inaugurated in 1982, by the Bank of the Republic. The museum is very famous for having a rich collection of gold and ceramics from the main pre-Columbian cultures, and you will be able to see it all on this day. Lastly, you will head to the Bovedas area, which is known for its collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena. Nowadays this area is an artisan centre where you can appreciate the local handcraft.
Enjoy a free afternoon with the next day free for individual activities.
You will be transferred to Cartagena airport for your onward flight
(Valid for 2021 & 2022 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Colombia from the UK start from £699 per person
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10 nights’ accommodation
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Half-day city tours of Bogota & Cartagena
Three-day, two-night tour to Villa de Leyva
Full-day tour to Cocora Valley & Filandia
Half-day tour of a coffee plantation
Transfers and domestic flights as per itinerary
Local departure taxes payable locally
Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc
Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
Camera or video fees at any sites
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