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Holidays in Colombia's Caribbean Coast from £1795pp
Colombia is blessed with a Caribbean colonial coastline that is both rich in history and fantastically beautiful. Most of our favourite holidays in Colombia include some time here, and this itinerary gives you the chance to explore it fully.
You'll begin with a trip to a place often described as the "Jewel of the Caribbean", the lovely colonial city of Cartagena. The historic centre with its grand mansions, elegant balconies and cobbled streets is like stepping back in time to the era of Spanish galleons and British buccaneers...
After this, you will travel on to the small town of Santa Marta (the oldest in South America) before ending your holidays in Colombia with a few days in the beautiful Tayrona National Park to enjoy what are probably the best beaches on the continent.
- Day One: Arrival in Bogota
- Day Two: City Tour & Gold Museum
- Day Three: Fly to Cartagena
- Day Four: City Tour
- Day Five: Free Day in Cartagena
- Day Six: Travel to Santa Marta
- Day Seven: Free Day
- Days Eight to Thirteen: Relaxing in the Caribbean
- Day Fourteen: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Start of your Holidays in Colombia
We will meet you at the airport in Colombia's vibrant capital of Bogota and take you to your hotel in the city's metropolitan north side. After you’ve checked in why not take a stroll to one of the area's many restaurants and bars where you can enjoy your first taste of Colombian food... or maybe just the rum!
Day Two - Tour of Bogota
We've kept this morning free to give you chance for a leisurely breakfast and some time to introduce yourself to the city. In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel and give you a guided tour of Bogota's historic centre, known as La Candelaria. On the tour we will visit the grand Plaza de Bolivar, as well as the city's astonishing Gold Museum. After an afternoon exploring Bogota's culture and history we will take you back to your hotel, so you can head out for dinner. (Breakfast included)
- There is plenty more to do in and around Bogota, so if you have an extra day to spend, you could go and visit the eerie Guatavita Crater Lake.
- Or if you have a little longer, then why not take a couple of days to visit the lovely colonial town of Villa de Leyva?
Day Three - On to Cartagena
After breakfast today your holidays in Colombia will continue as we pick you up and take you the airport for a flight north to Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast. Cartagena is often referred to as Colombia's most beautiful city and it’s easy to see why! From its amazing colonial architecture to its coral reef-lined shores, Cartagena truly is the pearl of the Caribbean. Upon your arrival we’ll take you to your hotel, just inside the walls of the old city. After checking in, why not take a stroll through the city's many alleyways and side streets, before heading to the Plaza Santo Domingo in El Centro to enjoy a traditional Caribbean dinner of fresh fish, coconut rice and plantain? (B)
Day Four - Cartagena City Tour
You will have a free morning to relax and then we will pick you up to begin a tour of this fascinating city. We will climb to the top of the Iglesia de la Popa, constructed in 1606. The church and monastery is located 140 meters above sea level and gives you fantastic 360-degree views of the city. After this we will head to the San Filipe fortress where we’ll walk through the tunnels and passageways to discover how the fortress defended the city through years of (largely English) piracy... Lastly we’ll make a visit to the handicrafts zone of the Bovedas: once the city’s prison; nowadays it’s a great artisanal centre and handicraft market. (B)
Day Five - Free Day in Cartagena
A full free day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Cartagena, take a horse and carriage ride through the cobbled streets of the old city or venture down to the beach to enjoy some Caribbean sunshine. In the evening why not relax at the famous Café del Mar and enjoy some rum whilst watching the sunset? (B)
- If you'd prefer something more organised, why not spend today on a boat trip out to the lovely Rosario islands?
- Or visit the bizarre Totume mud volcano and take a natural mud bath: better than any spa!
Day Six - Travel to Santa Marta
After breakfast this morning we will pick you up and take you along to the coast to the beachside town of Santa Marta. We’ll arrive at around lunchtime and we will take you to your hotel so you can check in. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore South America’s oldest city. Founded in 1525, Santa Marta is steeped in history and culture. This evening why not venture out and try some of the town's great barbecued chicken which is famous throughout Colombia? (B)
Day Seven - Free Day in Santa Marta
We've given you a full free day to explore the historic city of Santa Marta. We’d recommend a quick visit to the Cathedral, before heading on to the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the house where Simon Bolívar passed away in 1830. As well as the house being an excellently-preserved example of a colonial mansion, it’s now home to the fascinating Museo Bolivariano, which comprises a large art collection, botanical gardens and sculptures from all the countries liberated by Simon Bolivar. In the evening, you can’t do much better than heading down to the beach to enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset... (B)
Days Eight to Thirteen: Relaxing by the Caribbean
After breakfast this morning we will pick you up and take you on the short journey to your hotel on the edge of the beautiful Tayrona National Park. Situated on its own Caribbean beach, you're well-placed to enjoy the perfect beach holidays in Colombia, or to retreat to the shade of the hotel’s lush gardens, or even enjoy its superb spa facilities. Just a short walk from the hotel you have beautiful waterfalls, the forested hills of the Sierra Nevada, and some of Colombia’s best beaches. You’re also just outside the jewel in Colombia’s Caribbean crown – the stunning Tayrona National Park, with its beaches and bays, prehistoric ruins, and fantastic wildlife. (B)
Day Fourteen - Last day of your Colombia Holidays
After a final free morning on the beach, your holidays in Colombia will sadly come to and end, and we will pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight back to Bogota. Most flights to the UK leave in the evening, so you’ll arrive with plenty of time to check-in for your international flight home. (B)
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The standard price for our Caribbean & Colonial holidays in Colombia is £1795 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, plus breakfast every day.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2020.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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