Bogota & Cartagena
Colombia is a country of incredible beauty, excitement, charm and diversity just waiting to be discovered. In the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Bogota, see the magnificent Gold Museum crammed with priceless pre-Colombian treasures, the amazing Salt Cathedral and taste some of the local delicacies. Continue to Cartagena, the UNESCO Heritage listed walled city on the Caribbean coast, said to be 'more Spanish than Spain'. Learn about the pirate history and explore the enchanting narrow streets of the old town while soaking up the Afro-Caribbean flavour.
Day 01: Bogota On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Bogota Enjoy a day touring the historical sites of Bogota, including the colonial architecture of the La Candelaria district, the main square - Plaza de Bolivar and the Museum of Gold with its incredible collection of priceless pre-European artefacts. The afternoon finds you enjoying a 'See and Taste' tour of Bogota where you sample some local delicacies like Arepa de Choclo (sweet corn cakes) and Roscon (guava paste stuffed bread) along with a visit to a local micro-brewery.
Day 03: Bogota Your tour today visits the amazing Zipaquira underground salt cathedral. Here you experience the extraordinary architecture carved inside the Halite Mountains in an active salt mine, whose deposits were formed 250 million years ago. You will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ's crucifixion, a sanctuary and the main cathedral. Lunch is included and after the tour return to Bogota and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 04: Bogota > Cartagena Today fly from Bogota to Cartagena to enjoy three nights in this gem of a city, the old colonial heart, which is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
Day 05: Cartagena Cartagena was built by the Spanish to protect their treasure fleets full of plundered Inca gold returning from the New World to Spain. Your tour will visit Castillo de San Felipe, which dominates the city and was the largest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Also see Las BÃ³vedas, the 18th Century vaults in the old city walls that were once used as dungeons, but which now house a colourful craft market. Wandering the lovely streets with your guide, finish your tour at Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver, a famous 17th Century Baroque church.
Day 06: Cartagena A free day at leisure to enjoy and explore the city at your own pace, perhaps exploring GetsemanÃ, one of the oldest areas in Cartagena dating back to the 16th Century and noted for colonial architecture and acclaimed restaurants. Alternatively you could visit the islands off the coast on a boat trip and swim in the warm Caribbean waters.
Day 07: Cartagena Transfer to the Airport for your onward arrangements.
• Tailor-made journey with private English-speaking local guides • 6 nights' accommodation in the hotel of your choice • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Flight Bogota > Cartagena • 6 breakfasts and 1 lunch
Pricing (per person) $NZD