This carefully designed 8 Night Trip takes in the three main points of interest for most visitors to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Starting at the magical Cartagena de Indias (3 Nights), then on the beautiful islands (2 Nights), followed by Tayrona National Park (2 Nights); with its white sand beaches, Sierra Nevada Mountains and helicopter tour over the Lost City 800AD. Finally (1 Night), where it all started in the famous Cartagena de Indias before your return home the following day!
Full details on what is included to follow. Booked on the basis of 2 adults sharing accommodation. Please note what is and what is not included (detailed at the end of each day). We hope you enjoy this special Caribbean getaway.
Day 1- Arrival Cartagena de Indias – Old City Boutique Hotel
On arrival to Rafael Nunez Airport, driver will meet you for the brief walk through to private transportation service, then ten minute drive downtown to check in at Luxury Boutique Hotel. This first day is all about settling in to your surroundings and basking in this unique special setting.
Depending on your arrival time, we can organize dinner reservations (often at your hotel), or at one of the many fantastic local restaurants.
Let us know your preference from any of the following – Local Cuisine, Italian, French, Fusion or other, then a Travel Planner will make the relevant call to have the table booked for the time you want (for Old City Reservations no need to book a transportation service as most restaurants less than a 10 minute walk from hotel)
DAY 1 INCLUDES: Airport Ground Transfer – Hotel Suite – Welcome Drink
Day 2 – Day in Cartagena de Indias – Old City Boutique Hotel
Following breakfast, a personal city tour guide will meet you at reception for the morning tour of Cartagena de Indias. This colonial city was founded on June 1st 1533; serving a key role in the development of the region during the infamous Spanish eras; a centre of political and economic activity due to the presence of royalty and wealthy viceroys.
Advise early start, to embark on a personalized tour (3-4 hours, by foot and air conditioned transport). Taking in the following: La Popa Convent – San Felipe Castle – Inquisition Palace – Cathedral – Bolívar Park – Plaza Santo Domingo – San Pedro Claver Sanctuary – other parts of Old City – then return to hotel.
Rest of today no fixed plans, if needing some suggestions talk with your Travel Planner.
DAY 2 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite/Breakfast – City Tour – Return Transport – Bilingual Guide – Relevant Entry Tickets
Day 3 – Cartagena de Indias – Old City Boutique Hotel
Breakfast, then enjoy! Take a morning stroll; book a spa service, lounge by pool. Then maybe a light lunch in hotel, or one of the many charming eateries dotted around city (before arrival to Cartagena will send you the latest information on best places to eat).
Afternoon book a Personal Shopping Experience, round of golf, or again sit back and relax. Today is all about what you want to do.
Early evening private transportation ready to take the short drive outside old city walls to the famous Club de Pesca (pictured at sunset bottom right). Memorable dinner set, at one of the more classic restaurants of the city.
Transportation meets you following dinner for the short drive back to hotel. Cocktail, retire to your room or head out and enjoy the Latin Beats of the city ́s famous nightlife, it is up to you!
DAY 3 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite & Breakfast – Return Ground Transfers (Dinner) – Set Menu at Club de Pesca Restaurant
Day 4 – Luxury Island Hotel Retreat
Early hotel breakfast as ground transfer service to hotel speedboat usually picks guests up at around 9am (confirm time at time of check in to your Boutique Hotel).
Check Out for the short 5-6 minute drive to main port, clear local authority boarding bay (small surcharge may apply before leaving). Then board hotel speedboat for the next part of this memorable Latin Caribbean getaway.
Arrival to boutique hotel retreat late morning – enjoy welcome drink, check in, then the day is yours to wonder at fantastic hotel, island setting while enjoying some relax time or water sports available (supplement costs) – snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, wave runners, paddle boarding and more!
DAY 4 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite & Breakfast – Ground Transfer to Port & Boat Transfer – Island Hotel Cabaña
Day 5 – Latin Caribbean Day
Breakfast available, then sit back and wonder at the beauty that is the Latin Caribbean of Colombia. This setting is ideal for relaxation and escapism, so we focus on this today with no fixed plans.
As always, there is the option of booking additional activities. Otherwise if as with most our customers you are content to take things easy and enjoy the hotel, staff and its elegant facilities then this is the day to look forward to for sure.
Available to all guests (if of interest discuss with Travel Planner before reserving as they have supplement costs) – massage services, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, wave runners, paddle boarding, islands tour, happy hour drinks in Cholon, Playa Blanca excursions, luxury motor yacht cruises, catamaran hire.
DAY 5 INCLUDES: Island Hotel Cabaña & Breakfast
Day 6 – Tayrona National Park
Final islands breakfast ready, then shortly after check out Hotel Speedboat transfer will take you on the 45-60 minute journey back to main port of Cartagena de Indias. Driver will assist with loading of luggage, and then take the 3-4 hour drive to another special region of the country – Tayrona National Park.
If wanting to stop along route for lunch please do so, liaise with Travel Planner before embarking as needs organizing with driver (waiting time costs will apply).
Mid/late afternoon check in at one of the delightful beach side Tayrona Cabañas. Great service, totally secluded, daily meals included for duration of stay. Following check, ideal time to stretch your legs and take an afternoon stroll along the beach before dinner (see picture below).
DAY 6 INCLUDES: Island Breakfast – Hotel Speedboat Transfer – Cartagena to Tayrona Park Ground Transfer – Tayrona Park Cabaña – Dinner
Day 7 – Waterfall Adventure or Spa Day
Healthy breakfast, then lazy morning. Following lunch the choice is yours. For the adventurers take the Waterfall Adventure located at km marker 56 between Santa Marta and Riohacha. With bilingual guide and transport heading to a delightful part of the Sierra Nevada & National Park. Following a 30-40 minute trek will be met by crystal clear waters and the famous Quebrada Waterfall positioned between rocks, boulders and incredible vegetation (see photo below). Enjoy a refreshing swim in the middle of the jungle. The entire area surrounding Quebrada Valencia is a nature reserve, with a variety of wildlife and a special area of the many ecological spots of Santa Marta & Sierra Nevada.
If something slower paced is your style, then we have an afternoon of spa treatments available at hotel. Then early evening at hotel for magical sunset and dinner.
DAY 7 INCLUDES: Tayrona Cabaña & Breakfast – Lunch – Waterfall Adventure with return ground transfers, bilingual guide, drinking water OR afternoon of spa/massage treatments – Dinner
Day 8 – Lost City 800AD
Early start for breakfast, check out, then in less than1 hour arrive Santa Marta Airport. Helicopter trip takes off via the private entrance of the airport marked for VIP ́s & dignitary’s, pass through passport control (for security purposes only), briefed on safety features, then walk through on to tarmac, board craft and then off you go high up in the tallest coastal mountain range in the world, the Sierra Nevada and Lost City 800AD. A 60-80 minute trip that we hope you will savor.
On touchdown to airport, board ground transport with driver for the coastal drive to Cartagena de Indias (we suggest a break for lunch in Barranquilla, would incur waiting time costs but available to those that want to break up the journey, as this city has some great places to eat).
Mid –late afternoon check back in to old city boutique hotel for one final night before return home the following day.
DAY 8 INCLUDES: Tayrona Breakfast – Listed ground transfers – Helicopter Tour – Standard Hotel Suite (Cartagena de Indias) – Welcome Drink at Hotel (Cartagena de Indias)
Day 9 – Leave for home
Hotel Breakfast, maybe pop out for a last minute bit of shopping as then, depending on flight departure time, the only service we have included today is airport transfer to Cartagena Airport. We hope you enjoyed this specially designed Luxury Latin Caribbean vacation, and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey home. See you next time – Viva Colombia!
DAY 9 INCLUDES: Hotel Breakfast – Airport Ground Transfer
Negotiated special rates with each accommodation, meaning that these packages are for the entire quota listed but we can add nights if required. Whichever location chosen, the final price stays the same (unless traveling in High Seasons – Easter Week, November Fiestas, Xmas & New Year when rates are subject to change – at all times check prices and availability with your Travel Planner before confirming any reservation with the Travel Colombia Direct offices). Always check what is and what is not included before making any reservation, especially with regards to food, drink and transportation as it varies from location to location.
How is it chosen?
Since opening for business have gained a wealth of experience working with the best properties available for holiday let in Colombia. Chosen on the basis of location, price, style and the all important customer feedback. Any specific questions call the offices to discuss in greater detail with your designated Travel Planner before booking the 5 night trip – feel free to add more tours, services, nights at your accommodation if required.
We look forward to welcoming you!