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Treasures of Colombia

Private Travel | General interest 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £2595 Current prices from: £2595

Travel from Andean peaks to tropical
Caribbean coastlines, passing through the
mountain capital of Bogotá, picturesque
Villa de Leyva, fertile coffee country, vibrant
Medellín and the colonial port of Cartagena,
one of South America’s most beautiful towns.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the superb Gold Museum in Bogotá & a lively local market
  • Stay at a colonial-style hacienda in coffee country
  • Insight into the cultural & social transformation of Medellín
  • Soak up the atmosphere of colourful Cartagena on a walking tour
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bogotá

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Bogotá with Avianca. (N)

Day 2: Villa de Leyva

Early morning arrival and transfer by road to Villa de Leyva, one of Colombia’s finest colonial towns. En route stop at Tunja and Boyacá bridge, the site of the turning point in Colombia’s struggle for independence. Stay 2 nights at the Posada de San Antonio. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3: Villa de Leyva

Full-day tour of this beautiful town of cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses. Visit the nearby 120-million-year-old kronosaurus fossil and the Dominican convent. (B)

Day 4: Bogotá

Transfer by road back to Bogotá, stopping at Zipaquirá en route to see the remarkable salt cathedral, built inside an old salt mine. Stay at the Novotel Bogotá Parque 93 for 2 nights. (B)

Day 5: Bogotá

Morning visit to Paloquemao market with its array of flowers and exotic fruits. Continue with a walking tour of the historic La Candelaria district, see Botero’s art collection and visit the Gold Museum, featuring one of the world’s most complete collections of ancient gold artefacts. Afternoon at leisure or optional cable-car ride to Monserrat hill for panoramic views. (B)

Day 6: Fly to Pereira

Fly to Pereira in the coffee region, declared a world heritage site by Unesco. Visit a local coffee farm to learn about the growing and production of high quality coffee beans. Afternoon at leisure and stay for 2 nights at the Hacienda San José, an old colonial-style house with delightful gardens. (B)

Day 7: Coffee region

Today explore the verdant Cocora valley, famous for its wax palm trees – the tallest in the world. Take a walk into the cloud forest and visit the traditional villages of Filandia and Salento. (B, L)

Day 8: Medellín

Travel by road to Medellín (journey time approximately 5-6 hours), stopping at a scenic lookout for views over the Cauca river. Stay for 2 nights at the Hotel Poblado Alejandria. (B)

Day 9: Medellín

A full-day tour to learn about the cultural and social transformation projects of the city. Visit Cerro Nutibara hill for panoramic views, the curved sculptures by local artist Fernando Botero and the gigantic outdoor escalators. Lunch is at Via Cocina, a community project providing healthy food training for low-income local residents. (B, L)

Days 10-11: Fly to Cartagena

Transfer to the airport and fly to the beautiful Caribbean city of Cartagena. Stay at the Hotel Santa Catalina for 2 nights. Discover the old town on a walking tour, visit the impregnable Spanish fort, San Felipe and the charming neighbourhood of Getsemani, and see San Pedro Claver church with fine stained-glass windows. (B)

Days 12-13: Fly to London via Bogotá

Morning at leisure in the historic city or an optional visit to the national aviary. Overnight flight to London via Bogotá with Avianca. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information

Morning at leisure in the historic city or an optional visit to the national aviary. Overnight flight to London via Bogotá with Avianca. (B) (N)

Locally escorted tour

This tour is lead in each destination en route by a local tour guide.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Novotel Bogotá Parque 93
    Novotel Bogotá Parque 93

    Situated in the Parque de la 93 district, the Novotel Bogotá Parque 93, (formerly Atton Bogotá 93) is located close to Parque 93 and a wide range of cafes, restaurants and shops. This modern hotel features spacious and stylish public areas and bright, comfortable rooms.

  • Hotel Poblado Alejandría Express
    Hotel Poblado Alejandría Express

    Located on a hillside in the upmarket and quiet residential neighbourhood of El Poblado, the modern Hotel Poblado Alejandria features 91 comfortable air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant with shaded outdoor patio, a fitness centre and complimentary wireless internet access. A small rooftop sun terrace offers panoramic views of Medellín, while shops and restaurants are just a short taxi ride away.

  • Hotel Posada de San Antonio
    Hotel Posada de San Antonio

    Posada de San Antonio is located on the Parque Nariño, close to the central plaza. Created from three adjoining 19th-century mansions, this charming character property offers cobbled, plant-filled inner courtyards and cosy public areas decorated with antiques, wooden furniture and sofas. The restaurant serves Colombian and international cuisine. This is a character property and individual room styles and sizes may vary. Features: 23 rooms & suites, restaurant, games room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, minibar.

  • Hotel Kartaxa Cartagena
    Hotel Kartaxa Cartagena

    Kartaxa Hotel is a small property located in the old town of Cartagena near to the city's walls. The rooms and the communal areas have been designed by local artists and feature modern amenities. The hotel has a roof terrace with views of the city as well as a small pool in its courtyard.

  • Hacienda Hotel San Jose
    Hacienda Hotel San Jose

    Built in 1888, Hacienda San José is one of the oldest and best-preserved houses in the coffee region around Pereira. The three centuries of history are reflected in the hacienda's traditional construction and fine period furniture of the rooms and social areas. The hotel features eight bedrooms with cable television, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and a restaurant serving typical Colombian and international cuisine.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices

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Main Costs
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Direct international flights with Avianca
    • Internal flights
    • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 10 people (max 18)
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour guides in each destination
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports