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7 Nights tour | Bogota - Cartagena
  • City: Bogota
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • From: GBP 853
  • Itinerary: Bogota - Zipaquira - Villa de Leyva - Cartagena
Day-By- Day - Programme

Date Itinerary in Brief Accommodation Arrangements

Day 1 - Private transfer from Bogota, El Dorado airport to hotel
Hotel Abadia Colonial - Standard
Hotel de La Opera - Upgrade

Day 2 - Half day walking tour of La Candalaria.
Hotel Abadia Colonial - Standard
Hotel de La Opera - Upgrade

Day 3 - Day tour to Zipaquira and Salt Cathedral ending in Villa de Leyva.
Hotel Posada de San Antonio

Day 4 - Morning walking tour of Ville de Leyva.
Hotel Posada de San Antonio

Day 5 - Transfer to Bogota for flight to Cartagena.
Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia - Standard
Hotel Alfiz - Upgrade

Day 6 - Morning walking tour of Cartagena
Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia - Standard
Hotel Alfiz - Upgrade

Day 7 - Full day at leisure in Cartagena
Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia - Standard
Hotel Alfiz - Upgrade

Day 8 - Transfer to Airport. Departure Day

Day 01 - Bogota

Private transfer from airport to hotel.

You will be met by your bilingual guide & driver and transferred from the airport directly to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Abadia Colonial (Standard) or De la Opera (Upgrade) Standard Rooms

Meal Plan: No Food

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Day 02 - Bogota

Half day walking tour of La Candelaria

You will be met from your hotel by your Bilingual guide to commence your walking tour through the streets of La Candelaria Bogota. La Candelaria is Bogotaís heart and soul, from its humble beginnings this is the oldest part of the city and the Plaza Bolivar or Main Square are high on any visitorís agenda. The Bolivar Square (La Plaza de Bolivar) is the focal point of this historic part of the city. Surrounding the square are several important Colonial and Republican style buildings including the Palace of Justice and Colombian Congress, they embrace the square infusing it with history and tales of old. The Plaza is also home to the Mayorís office and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota that dominates an entire corner. Standing proud in the plazas centre is a statue of Simon Bolivar (The founder of Colombian independence) this was the first public monument to be erected in the city.

As you relax in a cafe and wander the streets of La Candelaria away from the main square and exploring other parts of this historic hub, your guide will not only explain the history of Bogota but also the intricacies of current Colombian culture and daily life. In order to understand Colombia you need to understand the history of its capital, your tour of the historic part of Bogota will lay the foundations for the rest of your trip helping you to understand how this complex and fascinating county ticks.

Hotel: Hotel Abadia Colonial (Standard) or De la Opera (Upgrade) Standard Rooms

Meal Plan B

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Day 03 - Zipaquira

Full day tour to Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral ending in Villa de Leyva

You will be met from your hotel by your driver and taken directly to Zipaquira for your full day tour of Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral, a journey of about approximately 2 hours to reach Zipaquira.

For some this is a religious monument, others a celebration of engineering or maybe even an artistic masterpiece. One of the marvels of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is well worth the visit. For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its earth and the hidden jewel beneath the earthís surface, Zipaquira is somewhat of a must during a stay in Bogot·. Travelling north of the city, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians, Zipaquira is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Colombia. Zipaquira is most famous for its Cathedral carved underground in a still functioning salt mines just west of the town.

The subtle lighting pronounces the fourteen Stations of the Cross as you descend in to the mine, each station sculpted by a different artist. At the deepest point of the cathedral, 180 m below the earthís surface, you encounter the nave and the north and south aisles dominated by the 16m high central cross. The illumination and execution of the work is a tribute to modern techniques and years of work from the miners and artists. Your guide will explain all about the cathedrals construction and how it and the mine still function in harmony. However you view this construction, you canít fail to be impressed by its size and grandeur.

Around the central square of the town of Zipaquira the colonial buildings still hold their charm footed by brickwork paving and overlooked by the Cathedral Diocesana de San Antonio.

Villa de Leyva is Located some 150 kilometres north of Bogota, about four hours by car, passing through stunning savannah landscapes on the way. With its myriad of winding cobbled streets, lined on either side by orange roofed white washed houses, and surrounded by mountains, the village is a charming place to while away a few days. With scarcely a modern building in site and boasting one of the largest cobbled-stoned squares in South America this village where time stands still is a great place to see a snap shot of historical Colombia preserved in its entirety.

The Hosteria del "Molino de la Mesopotamia" used to be an old mill but has been turned into a hotel packed to bursting with antiques and older than the village itself. You can also visit the birthplace of Antonio Ricaurte and the house in which Antonio NariÒo lived. The latter translated the 'Rights of Man' into Spanish and both men became important figures in the Independence Movement.

Just outside Villa de Leyva, there are some wonderful walks and excursions that can be made within half a day or a day. Alternatively you can take in some of the other sites such as visiting ancient giant Fossils, Muiscan observatories and indigenous sites or simply out on horseback to enjoy the enchanting scenery.

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Day 04 - Full day tour of Filandia, Valle Cocora and Salento

Morning walking tour of Villa de Leyva.

You will be collected by your Bilingual guide at your hotel to commence your walking tour around the historical part of Villa de Leyva. We recommend a sturdy pair of shoes for this excursion as the cobbled streets of the old town can become slippery in wet weather. You will walk through to the enormous plaza, undulating across its cobbled expanse of 14,000 sq m, and said to be the largest in Colombia maybe even in all South America! The plaza is home to the main church that dominates the square. From the Plaza you will visit some of the interesting buildings including the house of Antonio NariÒo, where you will learn all about the stories of this very important figure in the history of Villa de Leyva and Colombia. You will then make your way to other interesting buildings in the centre such as the Monasteries de las Carmelitas Descalzas still occupied by a secretive sect of nuns and the Casa del primer congress. Your guide will be on hand to explain about the area and how rural Colombian life affects the local inhabitants. This fascinating walk through the quaint cobbled streets of the village gives you an insight in to what life in Colombia may have been like in days gone by.

Afternoon at leisure in Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva is a charming place to while away some free time. You can simply wander the main plaza and its cobbled side streets, watching the world go by and traditional Colombian life unfold around you or you can be a bit more active! If you fancy some exercise you can try the hike up to Iguaque rising up to over 3000masl, alternatively you can take shorter trips out to the giant fossil aptly named ìEl Fossilî! Or the ancient site of the pre Colombian people that inhabited this land before the Spaniards, ìEl Infiernitoî. Either way you wonít regret some time spent exploring Villa de Leyva and its surroundings.

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Day 05 - Full day tour of Coffee Culture tour

Morning transfer to El Dorado Airport Bogota for flight to Cartagena de Indias.

On arrival in Cartagena you will be met by your English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel.

An introduction to Cartagena

Founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena was formerly the Caribbean gateway port used by the Spanish. Here they would store the riches plundered form the interior before they were transported back to the old world. It is not surprising therefore that the city was a draw for buccaneers and pirates who attempted on many occasions to take the city, most notably by Sir Francis drake in 1586 who "mercifully" agreed not to level the city in return for 10 million pesos that he carted back to England. It was after the attack by Drake that plans were made to fortify the city and work on the defensive walls began. These walls still stand today and mark the boundary between the old and new parts of the city. The walls and fort took a total of 200 years to build and complete and the Spanish finished them just 25 years before Colombia gained Independence. Cartagena eventually won its Independence in 1821; a full 3 years after Bogota had been liberated. Cartagena's rich history, diverse culture and energy absorbs every visitor allowing them a glimpse into the past and a chance to relax in superb surroundings. This passionate and vibrant city with some of the best preserved colonial architecture in all of South America exudes character, mix in African rhythms and indigenous influences with the Spanish colonial splendour and Cartagena is truly an amazing destination.

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Day 06 - Private transfer from hotel to airport

Morning half day walking tour of the Historic Centre

You will be met by from your hotel by your guide to commence your walking tour through the streets of the Historic centre of Cartagena.

Carved from a colourful history rife of piracy, Sultry Caribbean heat, with fusions of African, indigenous and European culture, Cartagena is Colombiaís living, breathing and pulsating museum. Absurdly photogenic La Heroica (Heroic city) awards even the laziest of travellers. Colour splashes every corner, balconies overflow with blossom, and energy seeps beneath the ancient wooden doors of hotels, restaurants and Casa Privadas. Fresh fruit juices and seafood stalls are rich pickings within the myriad of cobbled streets.

Heels click instinctively with the throb of Salsa from Cafe Havana, dance is integral, and voyeurism is out!

Observe the hustle and bustle over a cool beer at Donde Fidels as street vendors add local colour to the cobbled highways.

Your tour will take through the old town under the Puerta Del Reloj (Clock tower entrance), a symbol of Cartagena, into the Plaza de los Coches. Your guide will divulge the myths and legends, histories and stories of Cartagena from ancient times right up to the present. From the Plaza San Pedro Claver with its stunning Church, on through to the Plaza Bolivar; with its shady areas, where a fresh Lemon juice can be enjoyed whilst watching the world go by. Cartagena is steeped in history and a delight to stroll the streets with your own personal encyclopaedia of knowledge guiding you from one interest to the other.

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Day 07 - Half day walking tour of the Historic Centre

Day at leisure in Cartagena.

You will have plenty to keep you occupied with a free day in Cartagena. The streets are alive with life and people watching is an endless activity. This can be done strolling the cobbled streets or from the comfort of a local restaurant with cool fruit juice in hand. Cartagena is an attraction in itself, but there are also plenty of local shops to occupy even the most ardent shopper. If you fancy a good walk (or taxi if you donít) a trip down to the beaches of Boca Grande will let you soak up some sun and see how the locals enjoy their city beach.

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Day 08 - Half day driving tour of Cartagena

Private transfer from hotel to airport

You will be met by your Bilingual Guide and driver from your hotel and taken to the airport.

Departure time of transfer dependent upon flight time

Meal plan key B

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Extras
Approx ADDITIONAL internal ONE WAY flight costs. Subject to availability at time of booking. Flight costs could be less or more depending on date of travel GBP Per person Bogota - Cartagena £190.00 per person Cartagena - Bogota £190.00 per person.
Meal plan key
B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner
Tour Rate Include
  • All transfers listed in the proposal
  • All guides, entrances and tours listed in the proposal
  • All food and meals listed in the Proposal
  • All accommodation listed in the proposal
  • Any other items specified in the proposal
Tour Rate do not Include
  • Internal flights
  • Meals are only included if specified.
  • Airport departure taxes, Additional fuel surcharges.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. Laundry, mini bar consumables, etc.
  • Tips for your guides and drivers (Discretionary).
  • Tips for hotel staff (Discretionary).
  • Extra coffee breaks, water stops and snack stops.
  • Any entrance fees, or cost incurred during "Free time"
Departure Dates
 
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