Colombia Discovery

6 days from $3,162 per person*
  • Learn the history of Bogotá and wander the lively Plaza de Paloquemao market with an expert guide.
  • Explore UNESCO-protected Cartagena on a romantic stroll through the historic city center.
  • Discover the vibrant nightlife scene on a curated evening adventure complete with cocktails, ocean-views and live music.
  • Take to the sea and cruise the inlets and coves of the beautiful Islas del Rosario.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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On this week-long privately-guided adventure through two of Colombia's most historic cities, discover the vibrant cultures, fascinating history and pristine beaches of fast-emerging, delightful Colombia.

The experience begins in Bogotá, Colombia’s dynamic capital, where you’ll be introduced to the country’s unique cuisine and fascinating history. At Plaza de Paloquemao, one of the city’s largest produce markets, you’ll browse the busy stalls and learn about the city’s historic downtown. Later, explore the cafés, high-end restaurants, and nightspots of the lively Zona Rosa district at your leisure.

Protected by 17th-century fortifications and UNESCO alike, a romantic aura reigns throughout the winding alleys and cobblestone streets of Cartagena. You’ll experience the city’s charm first-hand on a privately guided walking tour of the old town, beginning at the iconic Plaza de los Coches and continuing to Plaza Bolivar before stopping in at the infamous Inquisition Palance. Later, get to know another side of the city, setting out to enjoy an evening on the town, tailored to your preferences and highlighted by ocean-views, tasty cocktails and irresistible, invigorating live music. As incredible as that sounds, we’ve saved the best for last. Bid Colombia a fond adiós on a private full-day cruise around the majestic Islas del Rosario archipelago, a chain of 27 tiny coral islands set amid a postcard-worthy seascape of turquoise and sky-blue waters.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - 45 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Bogota
    Bogota
    • Private Tour - Quintessential Bogota (with Lunch, 6.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Zona Rosa at Leisure
  • Day 3 Bogota to Cartagena
    Bogota to Cartagena
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 45 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Bogota - Cartagena [1.5 hrs] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 30 min - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Cartagena by Night (with Dinner & Drinks, 3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Historic Walking Tour with Cathedral, Inquisition Palace & San Pedro (4 hrs) - Guide/Entrance
    • Self-Guided - Cartagena at Leisure
  • Day 5 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Tour - Rosario Islands Tour by Private Boat (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
  • Day 6 Cartagena
    Cartagena
    • Private Transfer - Airport - 30 min - 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

To ensure your comfort, an English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside of Customs, holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia

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.

Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bogota
Bogota
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel

Day 2: Bogota

Bogota’s Paloquemao Market, abundant with fresh food and flowers, is the second largest market in the city and one of the most important retailers in the country. Some 750 merchants offer an incredible variety of fruit, vegetables, diary products and meats in a labyrinth of stands, though it’s the flowers that stand out. Florists from the surrounding countryside fill their stalls with helicons, carnations and lilies, among many others, creating vibrant and fragrant boutiques that are usually found alongside kiosks filled with fresh-picked fruits that are all but irresistible. After a tasting or two, carry onward to La Candelaria, the oldest part of the city. Here you’ll visit Plaza Bolivar, where a statue dedicated to Simon Bolivar – father of Colombian independence – is featured prominently. As you wander the away from the main square of the district, stop for a refreshment in a café and then visit the Gold Museum, situated in the northeast of Parque Santander. The museum is host to one of the finest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold in the world and is truly a “must-see” when in Bogotá; there are more than 35,000 pieces of pre-Colombian gold work in the exhibit. Rounding out the day, board a cable car to reach the peak of Monserrate. With outstanding panoramic views of the Colombian capital, break for a tasty meal before returning to ground with your guide. After meeting your awaiting vehicle and driver, you’ll be returned to your hotel.

Zona Rosa, found in the north of Bogota, is a joy by day and night. Here you will find shopping malls, designer boutiques, charming cafes and lively bistros open during daylight hours that are among the most popular in the city. In the evening, the barrio transforms into the go-to destination for haute culinary delights and trendy nightclubs. Animated and dynamic throughout the week, the festivities take on a new air on Friday evenings when many locals flooding the area to enjoy the nightlife. During your time at leisure, be sure to make a visit to Zona Rosa.

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Regia
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Candelaria
La Candelaria
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bogota at Night
Bogota at Night

Day 3: Bogota - Cartagena

You will be privately transferred between Bogota's El Dorado International Airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time is 45 minutes, though varies based on the location of your hotel.

Board a flight in Bogota with service to Cartagena. The flight duration is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Cartagena Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time varies based on the location of your hotel, typically averaging 30 minutes.

As in many other places, the streets of Cartagena take on a new vibe after the sun goes down. Just before sunset, meet your guide and set out for a night on the town as you visit three local hot-spots for a taste of Cartagenean nightlife. Though the venues may vary based on the timing of your visit, you’ll begin the night with a stop at an open-air cocktail lounge located atop the historic city walls with stunning views of the city skyline and Caribbean, like Café del Mar, to enjoy a cocktail before carrying onward for dinner at a local restaurant; with several culinary options available including Peruvian, Italian, Japanese and Colombian, please speak to your Destination Expert if you have a particular request. Rounding out the night, your guide will lead the way to a nearby establishment to take in some live music, capping off the evening with another round or two. Salsa is particularly popular in the city, and there is no better venue than Café Havana to watch dancers in full swing, your probable destination prior to the return transfer to your hotel.

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.

Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cartagena by Night
Cartagena by Night
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cartagena
Cartagena

Day 4: Cartagena

After meeting your English-speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel, set out to discover scenic Cartagena on a four-hour walking tour. Begin with a stroll through the old town heading toward the Puerta Del Reloj, an iconic symbol of the city, and into Plaza de los Coches. Learn about the myth, legends and history of this historic city as you wind you way through tree-lined avenues en route to Plaza Bolivar, a park hosting a range of historic and cultural installations that serves as the ideal place to catch a glimpse of local life. Carrying onward, you’ll next visit the Inquisition Palace, an elegant building that hides a dark past. From the outside, it is easy to be impressed by the colonial architecture, but a walk through the building reveals a museum showcasing instruments of torture that were used in more turbulent times. With an expert guide leading the way, discover Cartagena in-depth and your preferred pace. After the tour, feel free to continue to explore the city on your own, or return to your hotel to relax and beat the afternoon sun.

Sweet-smelling restaurants, trendy bars, inviting boutique hotels and well-maintained colonial buildings define the city center of Cartagena – also known as the Walled City, or Ciudad Amurallada. Best experienced at leisure, stroll through avenues dotted with colorful homes, passing by sweeping plazas, towering churches and the centuries-old wall that has protected the city since the late 1700’s on this free day in Cartagena. Consider stopping for lunch at the acclaimed Restaurante Donjuan Cartagena found in the heart of the city. A trip to the Caribe Museum is a must-see for jewelry aficionados. And for those seeking to simply relax in the comfort of the refreshing Caribbean breeze, miles of rocky shores are yours to explore just steps beyond the city walls.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historic Cartagena
Historic Cartagena
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Walled City, Cartagena
The Walled City, Cartagena

Day 5: Cartagena

You will be picked up from your hotel by your private guide and vehicle, who will take you to the Santa Cruz pier, a 15 minute drive from the old historical quarters. Your guide will accompany you onto your private boat where a selection of drinks and snacks will be waiting. The Rosario Islands are formed by 23 separate coral Islands, which together constitute one of Colombia’s 46 Natural National Parks. Created to protect one of the most important coral reefs on the Colombian Caribbean Coast, this marine habitat houses one of the richest  and most diverse marine ecosystems in Colombia. The park has an extension of 120,000 marine and land hectares and is associated with marine pastures, mangroves and numerous species of algae, as well as a variety of animals which feed the coral and fish life that inhabits the reefs. The Rosario Islands are approximately a one-hour ride from Cartagena by motor boat. The route takes you first through the Bahia de Cartagena and then into the open sea, passing through the Bocachica strait between the colonial forts of Batería de San José and Fuerte de San Fernando. After lunch (included) in one of the island's restaurants, you will have some extra time to relax on the beach or take a walk across the island. This is an exclusive transport and guide service however, please be prepared to share the beach and the restaurant facilities with guests of the hotel and other day trippers. There will be a section of snacks, soft drinks, water and beers on board the boat.

Accommodation: Ananda Boutique Hotel
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rosario Islands
Rosario Islands

Day 6: Cartagena

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Cartagena Airport by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide. Approximate travel time varies based on the location of your hotel, typically averaging 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Sofitel Victoria Regia: 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.

Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Sofitel Victoria Regia Hotel
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge
Sofitel Victoria Regia Lounge

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.

Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel
Colombia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ananda Boutique Hotel
Ananda Boutique Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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    Overall, we were very pleased with the entire experience. Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable, and friendly. We were also amazed as to how well planned the entire trip was and the support we received throughout. For example, the support we received when our flight was delayed was welcomed and greatly appreciated.

  • Lyle I — March 18, 2019 — South America

    Brandi went above and beyond our expectations. This was a bucket list trip for us and it was fabulous. Renee, in Peru, was incredibly attentive and caring. Mariela Zamora was an excellent guide and gave us 110% service. We are very impressed with Kensington and all of their people.

  • Robert S — June 11, 2019 — South America

    This was the second of what will soon be 3 tours with Kensington. The 1st 2 included 17 people. There is absolutely no aspect of the trips that I can find fault with. All the details were carefully dealt with. All of the people from the office to those "on the ground" were professional and pleasant.

  • Lynn N — February 27, 2019 — South America

    Every aspect of our trip to the Galápagos Islands was perfect. Scalesia Lodge and Finch Bay Hotel were both incredible, our excursions were wonderful, our guides were knowledgeable, and our itinerary was planned and executed effortlessly. Best last minute addition: booking a room at the W at the airport in Quito so that we had a comfortable place to nap and relax during our 6-hour layover (especially since our flight back to the States did not depart until 12:45 am).

  • Shelley R — March 24, 2019 — South America

    Kensington Tours planned our trip to Patagonia when we went to visit our daughter in Buenos Aries. Everything worked like clockwork. Flights, transfers and excursions were all well planned with excellent companies and were stress-free. The excursions were varied, and the guides were excellent. Hotels were top notch and very comfortable. This is the second time I have used Kensington to plan a vacation, and they really make it easy. I gave them the places we wanted to visit and our interests and they took it from there. I highly recommend Kensington Tours!

  • Carmen S. — January 20, 2019 — South America

    Thanks to Kensington Tours we had a fabulous, stress free vacation. The Kensington team (Barbara and Jenny) were extremely helpful in helping us decide on sites to visit and planning our airfares connections and always there to timely answer any questions we had. The guides and drivers were always prompt, knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs and we couldn’t asked for a better trip!

  • Gabriele M. — January 10, 2019 — South America

    We had a great time on our trip to Argentina and Chile. The guides were great.

  • Melvin S. — January 31, 2019 — South America

    We enjoyed the experience very much. Our guides in Bogota (Sebastian) and Medellin (Maria) were excellent and very appropriate for those experiences and are highly recommended.

  • Caryl M. — January 07, 2019 — South America

    Sarah Roberts was a joy to work with. She was helpful, responsive and always had a positive can-do attitude. Just fantastic.

  • Ann V. — November 16, 2018 — South America

    It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything worked out perfectly. Thanks so much for all your guidance and help.

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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