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Colombia Express Tour

From €1429pp
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
9 Days
Destination
Colombia
Price
From €1429pp
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Where to go if you only have a week to experience a truly unique part of the world? The answer: Colombia.

If you think a week isn’t enough to tour the beaches, coffee regions, and metropolitan cities of this reemerging country, think again- we’ve made it possible. Check out the resurgence of culture, art, and food in Bogotá and Medellín, dive deep into the Caribbean vibe in Cartagena, and enjoy the Latin-Caribbean fusion of flavours in local cuisine.

Visit Bogota's Paloquemao Market, tour Cartagena's old city walls and visit the famous El Peñol rock.

Marvel at the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, carved from the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground. Spend two nights in the picturesque, colonial town of Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. 

Day 1 Bogotá

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Regina (or similar)

Day 2 Bogotá/ Villa de Leyva

Visit Paloquemao market before driving to Villa de Leyva for an overnight. Stop en route to visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.

Spend some time exploring Villa de Leyva, an excellent example of a colonial town in Colombia. Visit the Plaza Mayor, the town square, and check out the church, restaurants and shops.

Paloquemao Market Visit

Visit the city's historic, bustling market centre. Frequented daily by Bogota's residents and chefs alike, Paloquemao offers everything from new-age ingredients to traditional Colombian staples. Get caught up in the whirlwind of food stalls, flower shops, boutiques and cafés before determining your route through the market to sample the best the city has to offer.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Visit

Marvel at this large church constructed over 60m (200 ft) underground in the tunnels and caves of an old salt mining operation. Explore the unique architecture, lighting, and features of this subterranean place of worship, including 14 small chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.

Accommodation

  • Hospederia La Roca (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Villa de Leyva/Armenia

Enjoy a morning in Villa de Leyva before an afternoon flight to Armenia, in Colombia's coffee region. Spend two nights outside Armenia in a traditional hacienda.

Free Time

Get out and explore this picturesque colonial town.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Hacienda Stay

Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.

Accommodation

  • Hostal Mi Monaco (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Armenia

Enjoy a tour of a coffee farm in the Calarcá area to learn more about the coffee culture here.

Visit Armenia town before heading out for a tour of a coffee farm in the area and learn more about this important export.

Coffee Farm Tour

Visit a local coffee farm to learn more about the production of this important crop, from the planting stage all the way to your coffee mug, and savour a taste of this famous export.

Hacienda Stay

Spend the night in a traditional hacienda (Spanish for "estate") and get a closer look at life in Colombia’s beautiful coffee region.

Accommodation

  • Hostal Mi Monaco (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5 Armenia/Salento

Take a morning hike through the Cocora Valley before an afternoon arrival to Salento town. Continue the full coffee experience in the region of Quindío.

Enjoy exploring Salento and getting a feel for the town.

Cocora Valley Hike

Head into the Cocora Valley by 4x4 and take in magnificent views. Get active with a hike through the area and learn more about this fertile region. Want to mix it up? Opt to explore the landscape on horseback.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Salento Real (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Salento/Medellín

Drive through beautiful landscapes to Medellín. Opt to explore the city in the evening.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Medellín

Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the city and learn the fascinating recent history of the city's ongoing transformation. Spend the rest of the day with free time to explore this vibrant city.

Medellín City Tour

Really get to know Colombia’s second largest city with a neighbourhood tour. Medellín has been revitalized since the issues of the 80s and 90s and is now one of South America’s most innovative and artistic cities. Explore the city’s varied barrios filled with shops, green parks, museums, churches, markets, and delicious cuisine.

Free Time

Opt to visit the famous rock El Peñol or hop on a sightseeing bus. Ride the MetroCable, part of Medellín’s public transportation, for sweeping views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Florencia Plaza (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Medellín/Cartagena

Hop on a morning flight to Cartagena and arrive in time to spend the afternoon exploring the old walled city. Opt for dinner and a night out in this lively town.

Plan

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

Orientation Walk

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Cartagena

Depart at any time.

If you have another week, add on the "Caribbean Colombia Express" tour which takes you into famous Tayrona National Park and hops around some coastal islands.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Accommodation:
    • Hotels (6 nights)
    • Hacienda (2 nights)
  • Specified tours and excursions
  • Specified meals:
    • 8 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • Allow USD240-315 for meals not included
  • Tour transportation:
    • Plane
    • Private van
    • Public bus
    • 4x4

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • International Flights
  • Travel insurance
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