Classic Colombia

Colombia is a colourful land of vivid contrasts: from the revitalised Medellín, to the colonial churches of Cartagena, this 12-night itinerary includes all the highlights.

Colombia’s recent rebirth into one of South America’s most popular destinations is long overdue. This open and welcoming country combines impressive colonial heritage with bright and progressive modern cities with an enviable urban ‘cool’ factor. Your trip begins with the bustling Andean capital city of Bogotá where the booming business districts and vibrant ‘Gourmet Zone’ coexist alongside the quirky wood-beamed edifices of the colonial La Candelaria neighbourhood. From here, you will briefly leave modernity behind and travel back in time with a stay in the traditional Coffee Zone, enjoying the slow pace of rural life in these fertile green valleys. For those who look past the horrors of its recent history, the city of Medellín is a stylish and artistic city where the hugely positive impact of inspired social mobility policies is on full display. Finally, you will visit the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena de Indias – The Jewel of the Caribbean – and enjoy absorbing the sense of history here in the sultry tropical heat.

Trip highlights

  • 2 nights in the vibrant Bogotá at the Four Seasons hotel with a private city tour.

  • 3 nights in the Coffee Region at Hacienda Bambusa with an exclusive coffee experience.

  • A private full day tour of the Coffee Region’s key attractions including Salento, Filandia and Cocora Valley.

  • 3 nights in Medellín at Hotel Park 10 with a city tour and full day trip to Guatapé.

  • 4 nights in Cartagena at Casa San Agustín with a full day tour of the historic city centre.

  • Enjoy a private day trip to the paradisaical Rosario Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Map of your holiday

 

Day by Day itinerary

DAY 1

The grand facade of the Four Seasons Casa Medina, Bogota, Colombia

Arrive into Bogotá

Arrive into Bogotá and transfer to your luxury hotel for the next two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Four Seasons Hotel

DAY 2

Luxury holidays to Bogota

Explore Bogotá

Enjoy a half day tour of Colombia’s vibrant capital city, including the sweeping panoramic view from the Monserrate Hill.

DAY 3

Horse riding in the Zona Cafetera

Travel to the Coffee Region

Fly to the Coffee Region and transfer to Hacienda Bambusa, a charming cacao farm, where you will spend the next three nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hacienda Bambusa

DAY 4

The Cocora Valley in the Colombian Coffee Region

Discover the nealby areas of Salento, Filandia and Cocora Valley

Set off on a private full day tour of the region’s highlights: the colourful towns of Salento and Filandia, with a walk through the surreal landscapes of the Cocora Valley.

DAY 5

San Jose Costa Rica

Coffee experience

Today you will learn more about what makes this region tick – coffee! Enjoy an exclusive coffee experience at a nearby hacienda.

DAY 6

Medellin Cable Car, Colombia

Fly to Medellín

This morning you will fly onward to Medellín and check in to your hotel for the next three nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel Park 10

DAY 7

Explore Medellín

Enjoy a half day tour of Medellín with a local guide and learn more about the tumultuous history of this booming modern city.

DAY 8

Guatape, Colombia

Visit Guatapé and El Peñol

Today you will drive into the picturesque countryside of the State of Antioquía and visit the colourful lakeside town of Guatapé, enjoying a breath-taking view from the top of El Peñol.

DAY 9

Cartagena - Old City. San Pedro Claver - Colombia.

Travel to Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean Coast for the final four nights of your trip.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Casa San Agustín

DAY 10

Cartagena, Colombia

Enjoy a full day tour of the city

Today your expert guide will take you on a full day tour of this photogenic colonial city. Enjoy exploring baroque churches, Spanish fortresses and the Inquisition Palace.

DAY 11

Cartagena, Colombia

Take a boat trip to the Rosario Islands

Board a boat in the harbour for a private full day trip to the Rosario Islands. Enjoy a swim or a snorkel in the clear waters and a delicious local lunch on the beach.

DAY 12

Casa San Agustin Cartagena Colombia

Free time in Cartagena

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city. In the evening your guide will take you for an exclusive rum and chocolate tasting evening to experience the flavours of the Colombian Caribbean.

DAY 13

Aeroplane home

Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

The price for this itinerary is $5,600.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

What’s included

  • 12 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above

  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver

  • All internal flights in economy class seating

What’s not included

  • International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)

  • Travel insurance

  • Any visas you may require

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

FEATURED HOTELS

four seasons casa medina bogota colombia

Four Seasons Casa Medina

The Four Seasons Casa Medina is a luxury 5-star hotel in the Casa Medina area of Bogota. Long established as one of the best hotels in Bogota, it is easy to see why.

hacienda bambusa

Hacienda Bambusa

This traditional hacienda, boast a stunning location in a sweeping valley, is an unspoilt paradise. Hidden away in the southern coffee region, Hacienda Bambusa is accessible only via narrow winding roads, bordered by verdant hillsides and fields of pineapple, manioc and bamboo.

Park 10 Medellin Colombia

Park 10

Located close to Parque Lleras, the Park 10 Hotel has easy access to the excellent bars and restaurants that this area is famous for. If you would rather stay within the hotel, it too has wonderful dining options in its 2 restaurants; La Fragata and La Terrraza.

Casa San Agustin Cartagena Colombia

Casa San Agustin

A luxurious small hotel lovingly restored and reimagined for a new generation of travellers, exquisite Casa San Agustín echoes Cartagena’s fresh contemporary style and colourful Caribbean sensibility. Refined yet relaxed, its trio of colonial era white-washed buildings exudes the warmth of a magnificently appointed private residence.