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  • Step back in time at Cartagena’s historic Inquisition Palace.
  • Soar over Medellin on a scenic cable car ride.
  • Go below the surface to Zipaquira’s underground cathedral.
  • Enjoy a private guided city tour of the highlights of Bogota.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Deep beneath the streets of Zipaquira lies a marvel of engineering and artistic achievement so great that you’ll be left speechless at the ingenuity of the human spirit. Here in the underground salt mines of Colombia lies a subterranean cathedral that will surprise and inspire you with its eerie beauty. Above ground, you’ll find modern-day Colombia every part as striking as you discover the heart and soul of the re-born Bogotá and come to understand its history reflected in its refined colonial and republican architecture. Tour historic Villa de Leyva on foot and take some time to appreciate its vast plaza, beautiful historic buildings, and the Monasteries de las Carmelitas Descalzas. Learn about the dark days of the drug cartels that once controlled Medellin and witness the vibrant rebirth of the modern-day city; tour the famous sculpture park that features the work of Fernado Botero; and sip rich Colombian coffee with the welcoming locals in the ancient square at Cartagena.

Modern-day Colombia has left behind its difficult past and emerges with a pulse of enthusiastic optimism that now runs through the entire country. Your team of experienced English-speaking guides and private drivers will help you see it in your interactions with passionate locals as they proudly share with you the rich history, culture and joy of this vibrant country. You’ll also experience it in the warm hospitality at the premium hotels that span your stay. ... 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 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 Villa de Leyva
    Bogota to Villa de Leyva
    • Bogota - Villa de Leyva [via Zipaquira (with Lunch) (7 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Villa de Leyva to Bogota to Medellin
    Villa de Leyva to Bogota to Medellin
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Historic Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Villa de Leyva - Bogota [(4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Bogota - Medellin [Direct - Avianca (45 minutes)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Medellin
    Medellin
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City tour with Botanic Gardens, Santo Domingo, Botero Plaza (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Medellin to Cartagena
    Medellin to Cartagena
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Medellin - Cartagena [Direct (1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Historic Walking tour with Cathedral, Inquisition Palace & San Pedro (4 hrs) - Guide/Admission
  • Day 7 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • At Leisure
  • Day 8 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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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.

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 - Villa de Leyva

You will be met at your hotel by your driver & Bilingual guide and taken directly to Zipaquira for a tour of the village & the Salt Cathedral, a journey of about approximately 2 hours. 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 earth’s surface, Zipaquira is somewhat of a must during a stay in Bogotá. 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 earth’s 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 can’t 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.

Accommodation: Hotel la Posada de San Antonio

Located just a few blocks from the principal plaza in Villa de Leyva, Hotel la Posada de San Antonio is nestled in one corner of a smaller plaza. The reception area doubles as a small art gallery displaying paintings from local artists. Other works of art will be found as you explore the hotel. The building itself is an old colonial house with a large central courtyard with the rooms encompassing the courtyard. This historical building fits in perfectly with the cobbled streets and old world charm of Villa de Leyva but with the art twist and a touch of luxury. This hotel is one of the more stylish hotels in Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva
Hotel la Posada de San Antonio
Hotel la Posada de San Antonio

Day 4: Villa de Leyva - Bogota - Medellin

Half day walking tour of the historic centre of Villa de Leyva. Witness its enormous plaza (one of the largest in South America), along with interesting historical building such as the house of Antonio Nariño, and the Monasteries de las Carmelitas Descalzas. Modern construction is scarce amongst the colonial Spanish whitewashed walls that line the cobbled streets, and terracotta tiles that shade cascading flowers hanging over painted green balconies. The town's main square is one of the largest cobbled stone plazas in all South America and plays host to numerous events and exhibitions such as the festival of kites and the spectacular festival of lights when the sky is illuminated by a thousand fireworks

Enjoy a transfer with private vehicle and driver to Bogota.

Domestic flight between Bogota and Medellin. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and bilingual guide- City or vice versa

Accommodation: Park 10 Hotel

Conceived with an English design, Hotel Park 10 combines wood in its architecture, giving a touch of luxury to all its facilities. Hotel Park 10 offers luxurious suites in three categories: Luxurious Rooms, Junior Suites and Grand Suites. All rooms have ideal comfort and feature high-speed internet, remote control air conditioning, several telephone lines with voice mail, digital safe and cable TV. Hotel Park 10 is located in a residential area of El Poblado, with its great architectural and natural value. From there, you can walk along art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Close to Parque Lleras and Medelin's financial and commercial centers, the city's two airports are also easily accessible.

Medellin
Medellin
Park 10 Hotel
Park 10 Hotel

Day 5: Medellin

Begin your Medellin city tour with private vehicle and English speaking guide. Medellin is certainly a city with a history. From the valiant founding fathers trekking across the Andes, to the dark days of the drug cartels, to its rebirth as one of South America's most vibrant cities. This tour of the central part of Medellin can really help to bring the city to life and to help you understand why Medellin is so important to Colombia in terms of both commerce and culture. Take in all the principal sites including the "Parque Berrio", the famous Botero sculpture park where many works of Colombia's most famous artist, and Medellin born sculptor, Fernando Botero are exhibited. A ride on the city's famous cable car will not only provide great views of Medellin but will be a chance to understand a bit more about the geography and social make up of Colombia's second largest city. Other highlights of this tour include the Medellin Botanical Garden, a greenbelt area in the heart of the city where people gather to bike, hike and engage in water related activities including canoeing and rowing. With an enormous wealth of flora native to Colombia, the botanical garden boasts more than 5000 individual plants with contributions from more than 1000 different species.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Park 10 Hotel
Medellin Cable Car
Medellin Cable Car

Day 6: Medellin - Cartagena

Includes airport transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and bilingual guide- City or vice versa

Domestic flight between Medellin 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 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 7: Cartagena

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

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Day 8: Cartagena

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

Accommodation:
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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

Hotel la Posada de San Antonio: Villa de Leyva

Located just a few blocks from the principal plaza in Villa de Leyva, Hotel la Posada de San Antonio is nestled in one corner of a smaller plaza. The reception area doubles as a small art gallery displaying paintings from local artists. Other works of art will be found as you explore the hotel. The building itself is an old colonial house with a large central courtyard with the rooms encompassing the courtyard. This historical building fits in perfectly with the cobbled streets and old world charm of Villa de Leyva but with the art twist and a touch of luxury. This hotel is one of the more stylish hotels in Villa de Leyva.

Hotel la Posada de San Antonio
Hotel la Posada de San Antonio

Park 10 Hotel: Medellin

Conceived with an English design, Hotel Park 10 combines wood in its architecture, giving a touch of luxury to all its facilities. Hotel Park 10 offers luxurious suites in three categories: Luxurious Rooms, Junior Suites and Grand Suites. All rooms have ideal comfort and feature high-speed internet, remote control air conditioning, several telephone lines with voice mail, digital safe and cable TV. Hotel Park 10 is located in a residential area of El Poblado, with its great architectural and natural value. From there, you can walk along art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Close to Parque Lleras and Medelin's financial and commercial centers, the city's two airports are also easily accessible.

Park 10 Hotel
Park 10 Hotel

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
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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