• A 7-day tour to two of Colombia's urban and Colonial highlights: Bogota & Cartagena.

  • 2017 prices from £568 / $699 per person, based on two people sharing a room (flights not included). 

  • Private transfers & excursions and accommodation in distinctive, comfortable properties. 

Colombia is rapidly emerging as a red-hot destination for travel cognoscenti. For those on a limited timeframe, this two-centre itinerary offers a fulfilling snapshot. Starting in Colombia's capital city, Bogota, located at some 2,640 metres (8,660 ft) above sea level, in the Andes mountains, with its impressive monumental architecture and museums, before moving to the steamy, Caribbean port city of Cartagena de India, whose Colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

In both cities, there are guided tours, as well as time to explore on your own and enjoy the traditional hospitality of the Colombian people, who are delighted to welcome overseas visitors to their country.

Additionally, the regular flights between Lima and Bogota, makes Colombia an ideal destination to combine with a visit to Peru.

For a more in-depth exploration of Colombia's scenic, cultural, biological and geographical diversity, have a look at out 12-day Colombian Highlights itinerary. 

Bogota & Cartagena 7D Itinerary: 

Please note that the below itinerary can be customized according to your timeframe and interests. 

DAY 1 | Bogota

On arrival at Bogota Airport, we welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. 

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey, or similar.

This modern, environmentally-aware hotel is located near El Virrey Park, and close to Zona T, which is one of Bogota's main shopping, dining and nightlife districts.

DAY 2 | Bogota City Tour

After breakfast, we take you on a half day tour of Bogota's historic centre, La Candelaria.

This historic Colonial neighbourhood is of great architectural and cultural heritage, made up of large Spanish-built buildings with iron windows, thick and sturdy wooden doors, balconies and internal patios, with beautiful, hidden gardens.

We visit the Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar is located. This Plaza, originally called the Plaza Mayor, was used for civil and military purposes, as a marketplace, and at one time as a bullring and a gallows.

The Cathedral, on the eastern side of the plaza, is constructed on the remains of the first church built in Bogota in 1539 and houses an important collection of religious artefacts, collected over four centuries.

The Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926, shows Renaissance and Neoclassical influences with its carved stonework and tall columns, and is the first Republican piece of civil architecture.

Around the Plaza de Bolivar are the Palacio de Justicia, the Mayor's office (Edificio Liévano), the oldest school in the county - San Bartolome - and the Casa de los Comuneros.

The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a Colonial house filled with works of art by and from Fernando Botero, that includes pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti, as well as his own work.

Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 jewels, ceramics and textiles from the Quimbaya, Calima, Tayrona, Sinu, Muisca, Tolima, Tumaco and Magdalena cultures. The Museum, in operation since 1939 - and fully refurbished in 2007 - is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally.

Free afternoon for individual activities. We recommend visiting Bogota’s various other museums, or taking the funicular railway or cable car up to the church on top of Monserrate Mountain.

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey, or similar. 

DAY 3 | Bogota - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

After breakfast, we depart from Bogota and head north, towards Zipaquira, travelling through Bogota's savannah (paramo), past many fields of flowers. Ornamental flower production is an important industry in the region.

After a journey of an hour and a half, we reach the impressive 'Salt Cathedral', a true feat of engineering. The name Zipaquira refers to Zipa, the leader of the Muisca tribe, who was chief of these rich salt mines.

The excursion begins in a tunnel that passes the fourteen Stations of the Cross, and continues on to the dome, which is lit in such a way as to allow contemplation of the Universe and the relationship between Man and Nature.

In the central nave is the main altar, above which is the largest cross made from salt in the world, measuring 16 m (52 ft) in height and 10 m (33 ft) in breadth. It was created by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez

Next we visit the mine, where there is an excellent auditorium that can seat up to two hundred people, host film screenings and events such as fashion shows.

The trip ends at a mirror of water, which creates amazing visual effects of water on carved saline rock.

We return to Bogota in the early afternoon, and the rest of the day is free for personal exploration. 

Overnight at Hotel B3 Virrey, or similar. 

DAY 4 | Bogota - Cartagena

Transfer to Bogota airport for flight to Cartagena.

Upon arrival, transfer and hotel check-in.

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

Located in the historic centre of Cartagena de Indias, inside the walled city, Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, with its Colonial style, offers the perfect combination of history, local warmth and romanticism.

DAY 5 | Cartagena Panoramic Tour

We start with a panoramic view of the city from the Monasterio & Iglesia de La Popa, from where we can enjoy 360º views of the city and the sea, including the port, which is one of the most important in the Caribbean. Constructed in 1606, at an altitude of 140 m (460 ft) above sea level, the church resembles the stern of a galleon. 

We continue to San Felipe Fortress, which was built on San Lazaro hill, in order to defend the city from pirate attacks. We walk around the fortress, learning about the castle construction, engineering, tunnels, underground galleries and passageways.

Then, we go to the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) to visit the Convent & Church of San Pedro Claver, followed by Bovedas, a collection of archways built into the city wall of Cartagena that were used until the end of the 1700s to house armaments, and then later as a prison in the 19th century. Nowadays it is an artisan center offering local handicrafts. 

Free afternoon for individual activities. 

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

DAY 6 | Cartagena

Free day for individual activities. 

Overnight at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia, or similar. 

DAY 7 | Cartagena: Departure

After breakfast, we make the transfer to Cartagena airport for your onward flight.

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