Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach

8 days from $3,064 per person*
  • Spend time swimming, snorkeling, and exploring renowned Tayrona National Park.
  • Step back in time at Cartagena's Castillo San Felipe and its many tunnels.
  • Marvel at works by Dali, Monet, and Van Gogh at Botero Museum in Bogota.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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From the violet mist that shrouds the Andean mountains to the lush green of the jungle canopy and the sparkling turquoise of the Caribbean coast, the rich colors of Colombia will seduce you.

You’ll be stunned by the unexpected beauty of Bogotá – Colombia’s bustling capital city – where the modern skyscrapers of the central business district quickly dissipate into a labyrinth of colonial wonders in the streets of old La Candelaria. Visit the most important gold museum in the world; wander the cobblestone streets of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast and explore the fortresses, museums and churches of its historic old town; view the dense jungle of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains; and take some time to relax on the sandy beaches of Tayrona National Park.

This premium trip presents a luxury collection of immaculate hotels that features charming colonial guest houses and stunning mountain retreats. Your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will be at your side to ensure an enriching, safe and seamless travel experience as you discover the many natural and historical highlights of South America’s best-kept secret, and interact with the country’s joyful locals who delight in sharing their rich cultural traditions. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Copies of Passports Required - Passport
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet (45 min) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Tour - Private - Historic City Tour from North of Bogota (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Bogota to Cartagena
    Bogota to Cartagena
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet (45 min) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Bogota - Cartagena [Direct - Avianca (1.5 hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Historic Walking tour with Cathedral, Inquisition Palace (4 hrs) - Guide/Admission
  • Day 4 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Panoramic Tour with San Felipe, La Popa (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Cartagena to Tayrona National Park
    Cartagena to Tayrona National Park
    • Cartagena - Tayrona National Park [with Guide (5 hrs) ] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • Tour - Private - Tayrona National Park Tour (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Tayrona National Park
    Tayrona National Park
    • Transfer - Private - Tayrona National Park - Cartagena - [(5 hr)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Bogota

In order to confirm your trip you must submit copies of your passports for Colombia bookings.

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia (5*)

Prime location, pure elegance, comfort and luxurious service are the trademarks of the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, impressing guests with an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary. Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera, Zona T, easy access is offered to the city’s major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries, restaurants, and renowned international designer boutiques. This hotel boasts rooms decorated in the latest trends, offering both luxury and comfort. Incorporating the use of bold colors such as eggplant and terracotta and an array of contemporary furniture, you will feel yourself embraced by a chic and cozy ambience. Offering an atmosphere of delight and sophistication enhanced by delicate Colombian flower arrangements, this hotel exemplifies the luxurious Sofitel style.

Bogota
Bogota
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel

Day 2: Bogota

You will be picked up from your hotel by private vehicle and guide to begin your historical city tour from North of Bogota. La Candelaria is Bogota’s heart and soul, from its humble beginnings this is the oldest part of the city and the Plaza Bolivar (Main Square) are high on any visitor’s agenda. As you wander the streets of La Candelaria away from the main square, your guide will not only explain the history of Bogota but also the intricacies of current Colombian culture and daily life. There will be time for a refreshment stop in one of the cities coffee houses. After this short break you will head on to the Botero Museum. This is a permanent exhibition of works or art by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist who’s "oversized” art is instantly recognizable. The museum not only houses work by Botero but also other world famous artists such as Dali, Monet and Van Gogh.

You will stop in one of the local restaurants close to the square for a chance to sample some local Colombia cuisine.

The next stop after lunch will be the Gold Museum. The Museum has one of the finest collections of Pre Hispanic gold in the world, with more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the collection.  Next you will visit the finest view point of Bogota, the hill top look out and monastery of Monserrate. The summit can be reached by either funicular railway or cable car. From the highest point the view across the city will enable you to see the different sectors of Bogota. The new convent is a pilgrimage site for many Colombians whom, during Easter week, make their way past the fourteen Stations of the Cross until reaching the convent at the summit.

Gold Museum is closed every Monday & Botero Gallery is closed every Tuesday.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia (5*)
Historical Bogota
Historical Bogota

Day 3: Bogota - Cartagena

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking guide waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Domestic flight between Bogota and Cartagena. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours.

Please note that flight times and prices are subject to change until confirmed. Space is subject to availability at time of booking.

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and local guide from Airport to Hotel or within city and vice versa

You will be met at your hotel by your bilingual guide to commence your private guided 4 hour walking tour through the streets of Cartagena. 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 time’s 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. Enjoy a historical visit to the Inquisition Palace, considered one of the most elegant buildings in Cartagena, characterized by its outstanding colonial architecture.  Throughout its interior, visitors to the museum will find instruments of torture and prison cells. The inquisition used this structure as its central command, a stronghold where criminals were held. 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.

Includes Bilingual Guide, entrances to Inquisition Palace & Cathedral. For clients staying within the historic center.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The influence of materials, techniques, and architectural details of the Republican era in Colombia is apparent in the luxurious guest rooms, offering a charming experience enhanced by French culture. Furthermore, with exquisite cuisine of an international standard infused with local flavors, the colonial-style restaurants offer a menu that caters to everyone’s tastes, from simple brasserie-style dishes to haute cuisine.

Cartagena
Cartagena
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 4: Cartagena

You will be met by your guide and walked to your vehicle to commence your tour of the principal sights around Cartagena. Castillo San Felipe and El Convento de La Popa are two of Cartagena’s most spectacular sites. You will set off first to the Castillo San Felipe. This fort is the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas and dominates the old town. The first fortification on the site was started in 1536 and further extended over the following 200 years mostly by African slave labour. Underneath this amazing structure you will find a labyrinth of tunnels. The sun soaked fortification seeps tales of old for every traveller and the tunnels (some of which are lit and accessible to visitors) and ramparts are a living breathing history book. The fortress possesses intriguing tales of failed invasion by the British and other would be attackers. One very famous defence of the city was by Blas de Lazos against Edward Vernon and his fleet of 186 ships and 23,600 men. Blas with only one eye, one leg and one hand fought off Vernon with his modest band of 6 ships and 3,600 soldiers. From the fort you will continue on in your private vehicle to the Convento La Popa. The hill is the highest point in the city and commands excellent views of the bay, old town and Caribbean Sea beyond. Started initially as a humble wooden chapel but later replaced by a more solid construction that was fortified two centuries later. Enjoy the flower filled patio and the views that stretch all over the city and wander through the cool patio and interior of the convent. Throughout your trip your guide will make the sites come to life as he explains not only their history but also their relevance and importance to the Cartagena of today.

Includes Bilingual guide, coffee break and entrance fees 

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Vuew from San Felipe Castle
Vuew from San Felipe Castle

Day 5: Cartagena - Tayrona National Park

Enjoy a private transfer with vehicle, driver and Bilingual Guide between Cartagena to Parque Tayrona or vice versa.

Accommodation: Ecohabs Tayrona

For the most comfortable accommodation in Tayrona National Park, Ecohabs Tayrona is your best choice. Located on the beautiful Cañaveral beach, travellers can enjoy peace and privacy in cozy bungalows. The bungalows are built with native wood and high roofs covered in palm leaves, a design inspired by the ancient Tayrona tribes. Each bungalow provides a great view of the Caribbean Sea and the green landscape of the park. The Eco Habs can only be described as idyllic. Set in jungle surrounded with views of the beach and ocean, the combination of natural environments and luxury will astound you.

Tayrona
Tayrona
Ecohabs Tayrona
Ecohabs Tayrona

Day 6: Tayrona National Park

Beside the town of Santa Marta, a world famous for the beauty of its geography, for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest coastal mountain range in the world which sweep down to the sea, is where you find Tayrona National Park. With a local private guide, embark on a day long tour, starting your walk along natural pathways through the semi tropical jungle vegetation towards the park's beaches, learning about the vegetation, animals and eco system along the way. Walking along one of the spectacular beaches you may possibly have the opportunity to take a swim depending on the condition of the seas. Lunch is included during your tour.

Accommodation: Ecohabs Tayrona
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

Day 7: Tayrona National Park

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Ecohabs Tayrona

Day 8: Tayrona National Park

Private transfer with English speaking guide from Tayrona National Park to Cartagena hotel

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Sofitel Victoria Regia (5*): Bogota

Prime location, pure elegance, comfort and luxurious service are the trademarks of the Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, impressing guests with an ideal combination of the classic and contemporary. Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera, Zona T, easy access is offered to the city’s major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries, restaurants, and renowned international designer boutiques. This hotel boasts rooms decorated in the latest trends, offering both luxury and comfort. Incorporating the use of bold colors such as eggplant and terracotta and an array of contemporary furniture, you will feel yourself embraced by a chic and cozy ambience. Offering an atmosphere of delight and sophistication enhanced by delicate Colombian flower arrangements, this hotel exemplifies the luxurious Sofitel style.

Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge
Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara: Cartagena

Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evoke the splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the fortified city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The influence of materials, techniques, and architectural details of the Republican era in Colombia is apparent in the luxurious guest rooms, offering a charming experience enhanced by French culture. Furthermore, with exquisite cuisine of an international standard infused with local flavors, the colonial-style restaurants offer a menu that caters to everyone’s tastes, from simple brasserie-style dishes to haute cuisine.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Ecohabs Tayrona: Tayrona National Park

For the most comfortable accommodation in Tayrona National Park, Ecohabs Tayrona is your best choice. Located on the beautiful Cañaveral beach, travellers can enjoy peace and privacy in cozy bungalows. The bungalows are built with native wood and high roofs covered in palm leaves, a design inspired by the ancient Tayrona tribes. Each bungalow provides a great view of the Caribbean Sea and the green landscape of the park. The Eco Habs can only be described as idyllic. Set in jungle surrounded with views of the beach and ocean, the combination of natural environments and luxury will astound you.

Ecohabs Tayrona
Ecohabs Tayrona
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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