Colombia is a country of forest wonders and sea pearls while also topped with snow-capped volcanic peaks and the summits of the Andes Mountains. Breathe in the layered aromas of freshly brewed coffee under a master brewer’s guidance and then stand amidst the radiant figures painted by iconic Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Wander through tunnels in an antique fortress and then taste exotic flavors in fruits that you have likely never seen. Your customizable tour will immerse you in Colombia’s...
Bogota – Arrive in the Vibrant Heart of Colombia’s Capital
Bogota embodies Colombia’s diverse culture and enchanting landscape. The city was founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors and today the Bogotanos consider their city as a beacon of culture that is spreading across the valley into Andes Mountains’ foothills. History winds around the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria, the antique downtown, in which colonial buildings pepper the walkways of elaborate museums that depict the wealth of the city and Colombia’s past. Churches and convents with three centuries of history rise above contemporary restaurants and cafes fill the streets with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
Street vendors prepare fresh arepas, a traditional flatbread often made with maize and cooked on a griddle, on the narrow lanes leading away from Plaza de Bolivar. Your private transfer will meet you at El Dorado Airport, and then make your way north towards your luxurious hotel near the San Carlos Palace. You will be able to see the stunning emerald forest draping over the ascending slopes of Cerro de Monserrate, the proud symbol of the city that stands at nearly 10,340 feet above sea level. Your hotel emanates the glamour of the former colonial era mixed with contemporary luxury as the historical building glows with gilded edges and a spacious common area with a view of the El Mirador and La Scala bell towers.
Bogota – Full Day Tour of Bogota’s Museums and Culture
Armenia – Transfer to the Coffee Growing Quindío Region
Armenia – Tour Nature in Valle Cocora and Culture in Filandia and Salento
Armenia – Discover Coffee Culture
Cartagena – A City in a Caribbean Setting
Cartagena – Explore the Wonderful History and Scenery
Cartagena – Delight in the Caribbean Ambiance of the City at your Leisure
Cartagena – Depart for Home
- Discover the charms of Fernando Botero and the fascinating connection of Colombia’s indigenous peoples to gold during a private tour of Bogota
- Sample the subtle aromas and distinctive properties of Colombia’s different types of coffee during a plantation tour in the Quindío Coffee Region
- Witness the staggering heights of the wax palm, the tallest palm tree in the world, while exploring the captivating scenery of Cocora Valley
- Relish the colonial cobblestone streets of Cartagena, a city surrounded by antique walls and located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea
- Dip your body into the healing properties of a naturally heated mud bath located in the crater of a volcano near the outer rings of Cartagena
- Let the colors of colonial homes enchant you both on the streets and while visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cartagena
- Luxuriate in gorgeous accommodations offering stunning views, insight into the local culture, and a connection to Colombian history
Colombia is a country that defies a single definition, boasting museums and dance clubs, plantations and beaches, colonial fortresses and street murals that decorate the city streets. Your 9-day tour will introduce you to the culture of Colombia as shaped by Spanish rule, formed through independence, and is continuously reaching back to its heritage of pre-Colombian peoples to showcase the country’s true self. Your journey will begin with your arrival at El Dorado Airport in Bogota. Your private transfer will escort you to your opulent hotel in the city’s oldest neighborhood. The comforts of your surroundings welcome you to Colombia, the nation’s capital. The next morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and lead you on a fabulous tour of the historical plazas, streets, and buildings of the city.
Visit the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum for exhibits that highlight various aspects of the country’s rich history. In the afternoon, you will take the funicular to the top of Monserrate to visit the monastery and enjoy the views of the cityscape. The following day, you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Armenia, the capital of the Quindío region and famous for growing coffee beside Cocora National Park. The next day, your guide will lead you through the stunning landscape of Cocora Valley to see the wax palms. Visit the colonial towns of Filandia and Salento next before returning to comforts of your hotel.
Continue as you visit a celebrated coffee plantation for an in-depth tour of the regional production, from growing the crop to harvesting the grains, to properly roasting the coffee beans. Wander through the exotic plants inside the Botanical Gardens in search of butterflies before your private coffee tasting. Wake the next morning to travel from Armenia to Cartagena, a historical and lavish city on the eastern seaboard. Your hotel will offer a mix of colonial charm and modern amenities, and your guide will meet you at your hotel the next day for an encompassing tour of Old Town.
Visit the fortress tunnels and the encircling walls, and then enjoy the galleries of the Contemporary Art Museum and the cobblestone streets that lead to Plaza Bolivar. The next day is at your leisure to enjoy Cartagena as you desire. Bask beneath a canopy on the golden beaches near Bocagrande or tour a selection of Caribbean islands off Colombia’s eastern coast. You could also visit the UNESCO recognized village of San Basilio de Palenque. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel to escort you to Rafael Nunez International Airport for your flight home.
$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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