Classic Colombia Vacation

TCOL01: 11 Days Private Tour of Bogota - Armenia - Cocora Valley - Filandia - Medellin - Guatape - Cartagena - Islas del Rosario
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
From $2239 per person Free Inquiry
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Day 1 Arrival in Bogota, Airport pick-up
Welcome to Bogota for the Colombia private tour! You will be greeted by your guide and your driver on arrival at the airport, and transferred to your hotel. Then it will be your leisure time. You may stroll on the streets in Bogota to see famed graffiti, street art in a wide variety of styles, or rest at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel BOG
Day 2 Bogota full day highlight tour
Today, we will go to Mount Monserrate, taking a caber car to the top and overlooking Bogota city. Then drive to La Candelaria, the historic district in Bogota, to take in the Colombian history and culture. We'll walk via cobbled roads to get to Plaza de Bolivar, the grand square to commemorate Bolivar, the pioneer of the independence campaign of Latin America. There are well-preserved architecture from the colonial period, varied restaurants and attractive snacks on roadsides.

We'll also walk to Museo de Botero, the museum of the great artist Botero, exhibiting paintings, sketches and sculptures. Finally stroll to visit Museo del Oro, the museum collecting the largest amounts of gold wares of the Incan civilization.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel BOG
Day 3 Visit Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral, Fly to Armenia
After breakfast, we'll get to Laguna de Guatavita after a 1.5-hour drive. It's a charming lake surrounded by mountains. As it is frequently rainy, you're suggested to wear comfortable clothes, shoes and a raincoat to hike. Then we are to drive to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá for 1 hour, which is a dazzling attraction in the salt mine underground.

Afterwards, we'll go to Bogota airport, and you will take a fight to Armenia. You will be picked up as you arrive in Armenia, and be sent to the hotel for rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Estrella del Monte
Day 4 Drive to visit Cocora Valley and Filandia
Today, we are to spend our best Colombia vacation to Cocora Valley, the reserve that is home to countless 70 meters (230 feet) high wax palms - Colombia national tree. We'll trek through the jungle via paths and streams, and look down to the large forest on the observatory. After that, we are going to visit Filandia, a little village has kept the buildings of the colonial time. We will reach the village on the 40min's drive, and visit the coffee farm guided with the farmer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Estrella del Monte
Day 5 Coffee tour at Hacienda San Alberto, Fly from Armenia to Medellin
Today's itinerary starts from the coffee estate, Hacienda San Alberto, taking 1-hour drive to reach. We'll see the lush vegetation all over the hill, learn the process of planting and making coffee, visit the labs and have a coffee-tasting. We can hang out at the café nearby, too. Then your guide and the driver will send you to Armenia airport to fly to Medellin. Upon arrival, you'll be driven to the hotel for rest and relaxation.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Diez Medellin
Day 6 Graffiti tour at Comuna 13 of Medellin
Medellin has been known as the City of the Eternal Spring, once the most dangerous city in the world because of the drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar. Today we'll take the Metrocable to Comuna 13, one of the largest blocks of the street art nationwide and the guide will give a brief production about the Medellin's history. We will see expressive graffiti here and then stroll around El Poblado, the southern part of the city with alamedas. Parque Lleras is also a must-visit place in the district, and you can enjoy your free time at this park at night. You may taste the local snacks, drink some wine, or enjoy Salsa dance, to experience the best nightlife in Colombia.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Diez Medellin
Day 7 One day tour with Guatape
We'll get to Guatape with the 1.5-hour drive on the Colombia private tour today. This is a dreamy town in various colors. We'll first reach El Peñol, an extremely huge rock with 649 steep steps for tourists to climb up. On the 200-meter (656.2-feet) top of the rock, we'll see lush hills and lakes in the surroundings. Next, we will take a walk around the town, to see houses painted in wide multicolor stripes, murals or graffiti on walls, and the white church in the center.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Diez Medellin
Day 8 Fly to Cartagena, Visit Walled City & San Felipe Castile
In the morning, you will be transferred to Medellin airport by the guide and the driver. When you arrive in Cartagena, you'll get a warm greeting as well as the transfer from the airport to your hotel. 

Cartagena, by the Caribbean Sea, is a beautiful city housing both old architecture and high-rise buildings. We will have an afternoon walking tour to the Walled City and San Felipe Castle. The Walled City is the heritage area in Cartagena, full of historical buildings, churches, and plazas with artistic sculptures. San Felipe Castle is the very large fortress built by Spanish centuries ago on a mountain top.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Armeria Real
Day 9 Full-day tour with Islas del Rosario
After breakfast, we'll go to the port for the 45 minutes' boat cruise to Islas del Rosario, composed of the 27 small islands southwest to Cartagena. The beaches and large amount of reefs make the place amazing to relax. You could go diving in the sea, to see the reefs underwater and colorful tropical fishes and have a sunbath on the beach. In the evening, we'll leave these islands and get back to the port.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Armeria Real
Day 10 Free day in Cartagena
It's a leisure day for you. If you take interest in historical churches, monasteries and museums, La Popa, the Monument to India Catalina, Church of San Pedro Claver and Las Bóvedas are the best sites in Cartagena. Besides, enjoying the Caribbean beaches, swimming in coastal waters, taking pictures while strolling are also good choices on your best Colombia tour.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Armeria Real
Day 11 Depart Cartagena
You are going to leave Colombia by plane from Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena. Your guide and your driver will give you the last transfer to the airport and see you off. Great journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Year Round$2629 $2366$2239 $2015
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Economy class airfares of Bogota/ Armenia/ Medellin/ Cartagena
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Service of English speaking guides as per itinerary
  • Service of private driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for all tourist sites as per the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out of Colombia
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Colombia visa fee
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