This specially designed 7 Night Trip takes in the main points of interest for many first time visitors to Colombia. Starting with the fantastic capital city (2 Nights), then on to the magical Cartagena de Indias (3 Nights), with their beautiful islands (2 Nights). Before returning to mainland (1 Night), for one final Caribbean night in Cartagena then 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 Caribbean vacation.
Day 1- Arrive Bogota
On arrival to El Dorado International Airport driver will meet you for the brief walk through to private transportation service. Then drive downtown to check in at Hotel Casa Medina, arguably the most luxurious hotel of the city – presidents, movie stars, other dignitary’s all have, and continue to stay here when visiting this enthralling capital city.
Plus being centrally located is within walking distance of some of the finest bars and restaurants of the capital (can send information on this before you arrive), if needing restaurant reservation assistance let us or hotel staff know would be a pleasure to assist you.
DAY 1 INCLUDES: Airport Ground Transfer – Hotel Suite
Day 2 – The sites of the capital
Following breakfast, personal city tour guide will be at hotel reception for the morning tour of city. Taking in such sites as the famous Monserrate (3152 meters above sea level), towering over entire city where there is a church and shrine devoted to “El Señor Caido” then on to La Candelaria (historical district), capital`s old quarter, home to old houses with iconic architecture, churches, governmental buildings in Spanish Colonial & Baroque styles. Finally the fantastic Gold Museum – one if not the most important in the country. Home to a collection of 36.000 pieces of gold, wood, shell and stones spread over 3 floors. Widely perceived by experts to be the finest collection of pre Colombian gold on the planet!
Following this morning tour (4 hours), driver can return to hotel for lunch/rest or drop you off downtown for some shopping, lunch out. Both options available as the rest of the day no fixed plans.
DAY 2 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite/Breakfast – City Tour of Bogota – Bilingual Guide – Relevant Entry Tickets – Private Transportation – Drinking Water
Day 3 – Bogota to Cartagena de Indias – Old City Boutique Hotel
Enjoy some breakfast in Bogota hotel then depending on connecting flight time car service included for the transfer to El Dorado Airport. Board internal 70 minute flight north to the Caribbean of Colombia – Cartagena (assistance with internal flights available upon request as not currently included in this travel package).
On arrival to Rafael Nunez Airport another driver will meet you. Then ten minute drive downtown to check in at one of the top hotels of Old City. Following check in enjoy welcome drink, maybe a spa treatment the choice is yours! Depending on arrival time, can organize dinner reservations at one of the many fantastic local restaurants. Let us know your preference from – Local Cuisine, Italian, French, Fusion or other (again have listing on restaurants available upon request). Travel Planner will make the relevant call to have the table booked for the time you
DAY 3 INCLUDES: Breakfast – Bogota & Cartagena Airport Ground Transfers – Hotel Suite – Welcome Drink
Day 4 – Cartagena de Indias – Old City Boutique Hotel
Following breakfast, a personal city tour guide will be at hotel reception for the morning tour (3-4 Hours), 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 Spanish eras; a centre of political and economic activity due to the presence of royalty and wealthy viceroys.
Advice early start (if wanting a late afternoon tour instead liaise with offices). Then embark on a personalized tour (by foot and air conditioned transport), taking in the following: La Popa – San Felipe Castle – Inquisition Palace – Cathedral – Bolívar Park – Plaza Santo Domingo – San Pedro Claver Sanctuary – Old City and then hotel.
Rest of day no fixed plans – if needing some ideas/suggestions on what to do liaise with Travel Planner at offices.
DAY 4 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite Breakfast – City Tour – Return Transportation – Bilingual Guide – Relevant Entry Tickets
Day 5 – Luxury Island Hotel
Advise an early hotel breakfast today, as ground transfer service to hotel speedboat usually picks guests up after breakfast (confirm time at time of check in to your Boutique Hotel).
Check Out for 5-6 minute drive to main port, clear local authority boarding bay (small surcharge may apply before embarking), then board hotel speedboat for the next part of this memorable Latin Caribbean getaway.
Arrival to boutique island hotel late morning – enjoy welcome drink, check in and then the day is yours to wonder at fantastic hotel, the setting while enjoying some reading/relax time or water sports can be made available (supplement cost) – snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, wave runners, paddle boarding and more!
DAY 5 INCLUDES: Hotel Suite & Breakfast – Ground Transfer to Port & Boat Transfer – Island Hotel Cabaña
Day 6 – Latin Caribbean Day
Breakfast, then sit back and wonder at the beauty of the Latin Caribbean. This setting is ideal for relaxation and escapism (see photos below), so we focus on this today with no fixed plans.
But like yesterday there is the option of booking additional activities (supplement cost). Otherwise if as with most customers you are content to take things easy and enjoy 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, currently not included in price) – massage services, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, wave runners, paddle boarding, islands tour, happy hour drinks in Cholon, Playa Blanca excursions (pictured below right), luxury motor yacht cruises, catamaran hire.
DAY 6 INCLUDES: Island Hotel Cabaña & Breakfast
Day 7 – Old City one more night
Hotel staff has final islands breakfast ready, then shortly after check out return to Cartagena for one final night. Hotel Speedboat transfer takes 45-60 minutes back to main port. Driver will be waiting to assist with loading of luggage and then short drive back to boutique hotel.
Spend afternoon in hotel, spa treatment, lunch, personal shopping assistance – all available and more. As of now no confirmed plans for the afternoon. If needing any of the listed additional options liaise with Travel Planner.
This evening private transportation takes you short drive outside old city walls to the famous Club de Pesca (pictured below far right). Memorable dinner at one of the classic restaurants of the city. Transportation will meet you following dinner for the drive back to hotel, enjoy a drink in hotel or head out and enjoy the Latin Beats of the city ́s famous nightlife, as always it is up to you!
DAY 7 INCLUDES: Island Hotel Cabaña & Breakfast – Hotel Speedboat Transfers – Ground Transfer to Boutique Hotel – Return Ground Transfers (Dinner) – Set Menu at Club de Pesca Restaurant – Hotel Suite
Day 8 – Leave for home
Hotel Breakfast, pop out for some last minute bit of shopping as depending on flight departure time, the only service included today is the airport transfer to Cartagena Airport. If flight departure is in the afternoon feel free to book the Day 4 City Tour for today (if that suits you better?), let Travel Planner know preference.
We hope you enjoyed this specially designed 7 Night vacation. Wish you a safe journey home, and will see you next time – Viva Colombia!
DAY 8 INCLUDES: Hotel Breakfast – Airport Ground Transfer
Whichever accommodation booked (options to follow), 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 a reservation, especially with regards to food, drink and transportation.
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!