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Colombia Tours: Highlights of Colombia

Highlights of this Tour: Bogota • Villa de Leyva • Cartagena • Tayrona National Park

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Days of Departure: Daily, On Request (Private)

This itinerary explores Bogota and nearby colonial towns before visiting historic Cartagena. The trip ends with some relaxing by the beach on the Caribbean coast.

Sample Itinerary

bogota city tourDay 1 | Arrive in Bogotá
Reception at El Dorado airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 | Scenic Tour of Bogotá
This morning you will visit La Candelaria, the historical quarter in downtown. Walk from Luis Ángel Arango library to Bolivar Palace to see the Cathedral, the National Capitol, Palacio Cardenalicio, El Sagrario Colonial Church, Casa del Florero and Lievano Palace. Following this you will visit the Presidential Palace followed by the colonial church of San Agustin. Then you visit the famous Gold Museum, which houses the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts. You can then take the cable car up to Monserrate Hill (3,152 m.a.s.l.) for a stunning view of Bogotá. Lunch is included at one of the restaurants at the top of the hill. Note: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. (BB/L)

villa de leyva tourDay 3 | Zipaquirá, Underground Salt Cathedral and Villa de Leyva
Departure from your hotel in a northerly direction takes you through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajicá where you can stop briefly at the main plaza for a look around. Continue to Zipaquirá which is famous for the underground salt cathedral carved by local minors. This is still a place of pilgrimage for the local community. Note: The Cathedral is closed on Mondays. Continue on by road to Villa de Leyva and your hotel. (BB)

Day 4 | Villa de Leyva
Free day to relax or explore the surrounding area. Villa de Leyva is a fine colonial town and a national monument. There are places worth visiting nearby should you feel the desire including Convento del Santo Ecce Homo. (BB)

cartagena city tourDay 5 | Villa de Leyva – Bogotá - Cartagena
Driven back to Bogotá airport in time for flight to Cartagena. Driven to your hotel on arrival. (BB)

Day 6 | Cartagena
Driving from the hotel through Bocagrande, the modern residential district, we will reach the Convent of La Popa, built at the beginning of the XVII century on the hill of the same name. From the hill there is a striking view of the city together with the bay. The tour continues with a stop at San Felipe's Fort, built in the XVII century to protect the city. After a good look at the location, continue to the walled colonial city with a stop at the colourful handicrafts stores of Las Bovedas. Walk along the streets to admire the old homes and mansions and their beautiful balconies. The tour ends at the Convent of San Pedro Claver for a visit. Photographic opportunities abound today. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city further, if you wish. (BB)

islas rosarios tour Day 7 | Islas del Rosario
Following breakfast you will have a morning transfer to the tourist pier to depart by motorboat to Islas del Rosario archipelago, 90 minutes from Cartagena. The islands are a National Natural Park and you will have opportunities to swim, snorkel or just sit in a hammock! Lunch is included. Return to Cartagena in the afternoon. (BB/L)

Day 8 | Cartagena – Tayrona National Park
You will be driven to Santa Marta and beyond to Tayrona which has been a national park since 1964. Accommodation is in simple but cozy bungalows built with native wood and palm leaves. (BB)

tayrona national parkDays 9-10 | Tayrona National Park
At leisure. Enjoy the beautiful views and beaches of this nature reserve. There are trails to explore, relax on a beach or treat yourself at the spa! (BB)

Day 11 | Tayrona – Santa Marta
Driven to Santa Marta airport for onward connections. (BB)

No prices are mentioned here as there are many variations on hotels and excursions in each area. Contact our Colombia Travel Specialists to discuss details or to request a quote for a custom private tour of Colombia.

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