Colombia - History, Jungle and Beach

8 days from $2,744 per person*
  • Spend time swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing in Santa Marta.
  • Step back in time at the Castillo San Felipe and its many tunnels.
  • Marvel at works by Dali, Monet, and Van Gogh at Motero Museum.
  • 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, you’ll be seduced by the rich colors of Colombia.

You’ll be stunned by the unexpected beauty of Bogotá – Colombia’s bustling capital city – where the modern skyscrapers of the CBD quickly dissipate into a labyrinth of colonial wonders in the streets of old La Candelaria. Visit the most important gold museum in the world; travel to Zipaquira to explore the incredible underground cathedral carved into a salt mine; 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 remote sandy beaches of Santa Marta.

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
    • Meet and Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport Transfer (45 min) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 2 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Tour - Private - Historic City Tour (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Bogota to Cartagena
    Bogota to Cartagena
    • Transfer - Private - Airport Transfer (45 min) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Bogota - Cartagena [Direct - Avianca (1.5 hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Historic Walking tour- Cathedral, Inquisition Palace (4 hrs) - Guide/Admission
  • Day 4 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Panoramic Mixed Tour with San Felipe, La Popa (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Cartagena to Santa Marta
    Cartagena to Santa Marta
    • Cartagena - Santa Marta [(4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Spanish Speaking
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Santa Marta
    Santa Marta
    • Tour - Private - Tayrona National Park Tour from Tayrona (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Santa Marta
    Santa Marta
    • Day at leisure in Santa Marta
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Santa Marta
    Santa Marta
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - 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.

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver and guide.

Accommodation: Abadia Colonial La Candalaria

The Abadia Colonial Hotel is located in the historical center of Bogota and features the charms of the bygone colonial era. The details and finishes retain their native roots by respecting the architecture and history of the beautiful city and designing it accordingly. With Colonial style accommodations to remind you of the culture you’re amidst, carved wooden floors and furniture made by artisans of Punta Larga emphasize the antiquity of the setting.  The restaurant offers an elegant dining experience with a view of Monserrate, one of Colombia’s main attractions. The gastronomic specialty is very sundry, offering charming and delicious Italian cooking and in the same way the best Colombian dishes. Exceptionally set in the charm of the oldest colonial architecture, you will be immersed into peace and harmony assuring a pleasant and unforgettable stay.

Bogota
Bogota
Hotel Abadia Colonial
Hotel Abadia Colonial

Day 2: Bogota

Today you will be picked up in La Candelaria by private vehicle and guide to begin your tour. 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.

The Botero Museum or Donation is a permanent exhibition of works of art by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist who’s "oversized" art is instantly recognisable. There are several rooms over 2 floors with displays of his work both on canvas and sculpture. The museum not only houses work by Botero but also other world famous artists such as Dali, Monet and Van Gogh. Next door is the Casa de la Moneda, or mint is home to a museum that takes you on a tour of the history of Bogota through the currency and money used in Colombia. With your guide the next stop will be the Gold Museum which is situated on the northeast corner of the Parque Santander. The Museum is within the premises of the Banco de la Republica, and is one of the finest collections of Pre Hispanic gold in the world. This is a "must see" when in Bogotá, with more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the collection.

A short drive or interesting walk from the centre of the old town takes you to the base of the hill that leads up to the hill top view point 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. There are a few artisan shops, with others selling snacks and refreshments.

The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Galley is closed Tuesdays.

Accommodation: Abadia Colonial La Candalaria
Monastery of Monserrate
Monastery of Monserrate

Day 3: Bogota - Cartagena

Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver and guide.

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

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 Gold Museum & Cathedral. For clients staying within the historic center.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel

Ananda Boutique Hotel, a space that conveys the spirit of luxury and comfort in perfect harmony, is the perfect place to reach that ultimate state of happiness. Ananda Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, near the Plaza de Santo Domingo. The hotel is a restored colonial house of the sixteenth century, in which everything is designed and ready to surprise, as the old wells and original water tanks are exposed to the public and turned into an open room, or the traditional colonial viewpoint from which you can see amazing views of the city. The beautiful suites (Luxury, Deluxe & Superior Junior Suite) charming in every detail, have been lovingly restored and upgraded by a recognized team of designers. Simply dazzling, Ananda Boutique Hotel isn't just a hotel; it is a state of mind.

Cartagena
Cartagena
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel

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: Ananda Boutique Hotel
Cartagena Walled City
Cartagena Walled City

Day 5: Cartagena - Santa Marta

Private transfer and vehicle between Cartagena and Santa Marta. Approx: 4 hours.

Accommodation: Hotel Merecumbe

Hotel Merecumbe is located a few kilometres from the Tayrona Natural Park. Merecumbe offers sophisticated eco-habs with very modern interiors made of totally natural materials like wood, stone and palm. Merecumbe was born as a dream ... from a deep desire to live in the countryside, leaving the city life to change it by green landscapes and fresh air. From the cold weather at Sisga’s Dam, going through the cobbled streets of Barichara, discovering ecological farms in the beautiful coffee-growers axis, getting to see the storms in the Pacific coast, to the untamable Guajira... a long journey in which you will fall in love with the green colors from the Sierra Nevada in Santa Marta and its amazing beaches. It is the ideal place for travelers who are looking for a special accommodation in a total natural area, where you can enjoy ecotourism embedded in the full comfort of high quality amenities.

Santa Marta
Santa Marta
Hotel Merecumbe
Hotel Merecumbe

Day 6: Santa Marta

Santa Marta is 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 where you will find the Tayrona National Park. From the entrance of the national park, you will start your walk along natural pathways through the semi tropical jungle vegetation towards the beaches with your local guide highlighting the information on the vegetation, animals and eco system. 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 on your tour.

Accommodation: Hotel Merecumbe
Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

Day 7: Santa Marta

Santa Marta is a quaint seaside town with a variety of activities to choose from. Spend time at leisure walking the tranquil beaches of the Sierra Nevada, swimming and snorkelling in the warm Caribbean sea or venture out on a day trip to Tayrona National Park - the choice is yours!

Note: optional activites may have an additional cost.

Accommodation: Hotel Merecumbe

Day 8: Santa Marta

Airport transfer with private vehicle, english speaking guide and driver.

Accommodation:
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.

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.

Abadia Colonial La Candalaria: Bogota

The Abadia Colonial Hotel is located in the historical center of Bogota and features the charms of the bygone colonial era. The details and finishes retain their native roots by respecting the architecture and history of the beautiful city and designing it accordingly. With Colonial style accommodations to remind you of the culture you’re amidst, carved wooden floors and furniture made by artisans of Punta Larga emphasize the antiquity of the setting.  The restaurant offers an elegant dining experience with a view of Monserrate, one of Colombia’s main attractions. The gastronomic specialty is very sundry, offering charming and delicious Italian cooking and in the same way the best Colombian dishes. Exceptionally set in the charm of the oldest colonial architecture, you will be immersed into peace and harmony assuring a pleasant and unforgettable stay.

Hotel Abadia Colonial
Hotel Abadia Colonial
Hotel Abadia Colonial Outdoor Dining
Hotel Abadia Colonial Outdoor Dining

Ananda Boutique Hotel: Cartagena

Ananda Boutique Hotel, a space that conveys the spirit of luxury and comfort in perfect harmony, is the perfect place to reach that ultimate state of happiness. Ananda Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias, near the Plaza de Santo Domingo. The hotel is a restored colonial house of the sixteenth century, in which everything is designed and ready to surprise, as the old wells and original water tanks are exposed to the public and turned into an open room, or the traditional colonial viewpoint from which you can see amazing views of the city. The beautiful suites (Luxury, Deluxe & Superior Junior Suite) charming in every detail, have been lovingly restored and upgraded by a recognized team of designers. Simply dazzling, Ananda Boutique Hotel isn't just a hotel; it is a state of mind.

Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel

Hotel Merecumbe: Santa Marta

Hotel Merecumbe is located a few kilometres from the Tayrona Natural Park. Merecumbe offers sophisticated eco-habs with very modern interiors made of totally natural materials like wood, stone and palm. Merecumbe was born as a dream ... from a deep desire to live in the countryside, leaving the city life to change it by green landscapes and fresh air. From the cold weather at Sisga’s Dam, going through the cobbled streets of Barichara, discovering ecological farms in the beautiful coffee-growers axis, getting to see the storms in the Pacific coast, to the untamable Guajira... a long journey in which you will fall in love with the green colors from the Sierra Nevada in Santa Marta and its amazing beaches. It is the ideal place for travelers who are looking for a special accommodation in a total natural area, where you can enjoy ecotourism embedded in the full comfort of high quality amenities.

Hotel Merecumbe
Hotel Merecumbe
Hotel Merecumbe Patio
Hotel Merecumbe Patio
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.
  • MaryBurchenal — December 12, 2014 — South America

    We are back. We did have a wonderful time with our daughter and I certainly had no reason at all for being at all nervous that things would not go smoothly. Everyone associated with our time in Iguazu Falls was helpful, more than pleasant and always on time. I thought originally that we could manage such a trip on our own. But when we got there and saw the hassles we would have run into with the visas, border crossings, transportation and such, I realized that going the way we did was the wise choice. Absolutely we would travel with you again. And if anyone asks about the best way to see that part of the country, I would not hesitate to recommend KT.

  • Janet Huebert — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure.

  • Ann Schiller — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond.

  • WendyRobinson — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Wow! All my life, I have planned and organized our trips, requiring considerable research and contact time--not to mention, most significantly, all the stress involved at each destination to make sure all connections are made. This time, I put it in the hands of some extremely capable people--and sat back and relaxed. And relax I did! We were booked into full-service, quality accommodations at all times; our transport and tour guidance were all on an individual, private basis, except where public transportation was in order; and--most valuable to us--we were met and assisted through all travel/hotel connections. We truly felt pampered. At one point, in fact, we had a problem with an immigration paper that we had lost, and a Kensington representative personally accompanied us through the whole process of replacing it--even though we were officially "on our own" that day. That's what makes the difference--the responsibility and accountability toward clients. Kudos to Kensington and to our representative, Brandi Merchant. We are already planning more travel and see no reason to look any further than to an agency that has earned our trust.

  • LorettaCappuccitti — December 12, 2014 — South America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip. The accommodations were all great. The guides and drivers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our choice of destinations and with the way the trip was organized. It was a lot of flying in two weeks but well worth it. Erika was able to accommodate a short-notice addition (Nazca Lines) to our trip which we appreciated. Thank you Erika for your help. Great trip!!

  • Christina Adams — April 21, 2014 — South America

    I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams

  • Frank  Manna — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic.

  • Vivian Jennings — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon.

  • Daniel More — April 21, 2014 — South America

    All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip.

  • Marlin Barad — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad

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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