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Gems Of Colombia

South America
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRALCOLM

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

With its colonial towns and wildlife-packed tropical rainforests, Colombia lures intrepid travellers longing to explore this intriguing land.


With its colonial towns and wildlife-packed tropical rainforests, Colombia lures intrepid travellers longing to explore this intriguing land.

PRICE FROM ? £3299 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca and internal flights
  • 13 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 19​ meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Tour of Bogotá including an emerald experience
  • Visit the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum
  • Stroll through Villa de Leyva
  • Visit Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral
  • Walk in a Valle De Cocora cloud forest
  • Lunch on the banks of the Aguas Claras River
  • Visit a coffee hacienda
  • Explore Colombia's second city Medellín
  • Tayrona National Park visit
  • Tour of Cartagena​



 

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK/ Bogotá
  • ​You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Bogotá today.
  • DAY 2 Bogotá
  • You'll arrive in Bogotá today, where you'll be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your overnight hotel. Get to know La Candelaria, the historic centre of Bogotá, this afternoon on a guided tour. Lining its cobbled streets are centuries-old houses, fascinating museums and ancient churches. You'll also learn all about emeralds with an expert – Colombia is renowned for these exquisite gemstones.​
  • DAY 3 Bogotá & Villa de Leyva
  • A morning of sightseeing begins at the Botero Museum, where you'll see paintings by Picasso, Renoir, Matisse and Monet. Next is the Gold Museum, where a jaw-dropping collection of treasures is on display, including more than 30,000 pieces of gold and 20,000 precious stones. Before heading to our next base, the colonial jewel of Villa de Leyva, we're going to enjoy a short ride by funicular railway to the the top of Monserrate. This mountain towers above Bogotá and the monestery that tops it was built in 1657, and has been a site of pilgrimage ever since. If weather conditions are favourable, you'll also take in splendid views of the city on one side and the snow-capped Andes on the other.
  • DAY 4 Villa de Leyva, Zipaquirá & Pereira
  • We're returning to Bogotá this morning, making a stop en route at the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, founded by Dominican fathers in 1620. Another highlight today is a visit to the underground mines of Zipaquirá, home to the impressive Salt Cathedral, carved out of the salt deposits of an abandoned mine. In the afternoon we'll head to the airport for our flight to Pereira, in the foothills of the Andes and the heart of the coffee region.​
  • DAY 5 Pereira & Valle de Cocora
  • A thrilling day of discovery starts in the verdant Valle de Cocora, located high in the Andean mountains and part of the Los Nevados National Park. Here you'll see its famous towering wax palms - the tallest in the world. As you explore the cloud forest on foot, keep a lookout too for a diverse range of colourful flora and fauna including humming birds and the endangered palm parrot. Next, we'll visit a traditional village, and come lunchtime we'll help to prepare our meal, which we'll eat al fresco on the banks of the Aguas Claras River. ​
  • DAY 6 Pereira & Buenavista
  • A treat for coffee-lovers is lined up this morning as we travel through a green carpet of coffee plants to a coffee hacienda in the Buenavista region. On a tour you'll learn about its production, from growing and harvesting the beans to brewing the perfect pot. You'll even watch the coffee bean-pickers at work, and of course you'll enjoy a tasting. 
  • DAY 7 Pereira & Medellín
  • We're going to start the day with a tasting of typical Colombian fruits before we head off on our travels. Our destination is Colombia's second city, Medellín, and that's going to be our base for the next three nights.​
  • DAY 8 Medellín
  • Let's get to know Medellín this morning on a tour of its highlights. These include the Parque San Antonio, home to sculptures by the famed artist Fernando Botero, and Plazuela de San Ignacio, one of the oldest parts of the city. The tour concludes at Nutibara Hill, for spectacular views. A free afternoon gives you the chance to explore at your own pace. ​
  • DAY 9 Medellín & Santa Fe de Antioquia
  • Your sightseeing begins at the Puente de Occidente, one of the first suspension bridges built in South America and a masterpiece of engineering. You'll then step back in time as you visit the sleepy, colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia. After lunch here, we'll make our way back to Medellín. En route, there's more sightseeing as we stop in the well-preserved town of San Jerónimo, to see fine examples of colonial and republican architecture. ​
  • DAY 10 Tayrona National Park
  • We're going to fly to Santa Marta today. We'll then journey by road to Tayrona National Park, nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. One of Colombia's most popular national parks, it boasts fabulous scenery from pristine beaches to lush rainforest. There's plenty of time to enjoy its highlights as you stay here for two nights in traditional-style wooden cabins overlooking the beach and the park itself.​
  • DAY 11 Tayrona National Park
  • You can spend today at leisure enjoying your fantastic surroundings. With white sand, turquoise waters and a backdrop of swaying palms, where better to spend a day soaking up the Caribbean sunshine.​
  • DAY 12 Cartagena
  • Today we're going to take a journey by road to Cartagena. ​
  • DAY 13 Cartagena
  • Gateway to the Caribbean, Cartagena is a melting pot of pirate history, African fusions and indigenous and European culture, and you'll see its exciting highlights today. The Spanish fortified the city, and what is now a living museum boasts some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in South America. Balconies overflow with blossom, ancient wooden doors open onto cobbled streets and the sound of Salsa fills the air. You'll take a walk through the UNESCO-listed Old Town, visit the impregnable San Felipe fortress and see the exhibits on display at the Naval Museum. Now you've had a taste of this fabulous city, discover more at your own pace during a free afternoon.​
  • DAY 14 Cartagena
  • Today is yours to spend as you wish. Cartagena is full of highlights, so you'll be spoilt for choice as you head out to explore. ​
  • DAY 15 Cartagena/UK
  • We'll transfer you to the airport today for your flight back to the UK. ​
  • DAY 16 UK
  • You'll arrive back in the UK today .​
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Accommodation

    • Cite Hotel
    • The Hotel Cite is perfectly situated within the northern area of Bogota, within the Chico Neighbourhood, just next to the El Virrey Park. It is within walking distance of Zona Rosa and Zona T as well as Parque de la 93, both areas are well known within the city for their boutique shops, and varied restaurants and bars. Room facilities include: air conditioning, safety deposit box, phone, private bathroom and L''Occitane amenities.
    • Hotel Posada de San Antonio
    • Hotel La Posada de San Antonio is set in a charming colonial-style house only a few meters away from Villa de Leyva historical quarter. All rooms are decorated with tiled floors and gabled roofs and have private balconies, en suite facilities, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Restaurant, located in the hotel, serves international cuisine and there is a coffee shop as well. After busy day of sightseeing guests can relax on the sun loungers by the pool or request a massage session.
    • Bosques del Saman
    • The Bosques del Saman is a beautiful property, surrounded by coffee plantations and the almost Asian looking countryside of Pereira. The rooms have been carefully reconstructed and restored to depict the agricultural history of property. Hotel facilities include a whirlpool, billiard rooms, restaurant and bar.
    • Hotel Poblado Alejandria
    • Hotel Poblado Alejandria offers stylish accommodation with all rooms decorated in lively colours with polished wood finishing and parquet floors. All rooms are coming en suite and additional amenities include air conditioning, cable TV and mini bar. Guests can enjoy their meals in the shaded garden or on the sun terrace, with a panoramic view of Medellin.
    • Ecohabs
    • Ecohabs is one of the most comfortable accommodations in Tayrona National Park. Peace and privacy can by enjoyed in cozy bungalows, located on the beautiful Cañaveral Beach. All rooms have en suite facilities, wardrobe, desk, small seating area with sofa and further benefit from minibar and coffee maker. After a day full of park exploration, guests can enjoy various treatments in the hotel''s spa or gourmet meals in local restaurant, serving high quality local and international cuisine.
    • Ananda Hotel Boutique
    • Hotel Ananda Boutique is situated in the centre of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias. This boutique hotel is within close proximity of historical monuments, buildings and the Plaza Santa Domingo. Hotel facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor swimming pool, bar, elevators, lounge, restaurant and sun terrace. Bedroom facilities include a safe, air conditioning, phone service and private facilities.
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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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