Colombia Culture Holiday

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Colombia Culture Holiday

The historical places of Colombia are famous for their colonial history and architecture. Most offer travellers a unique cultural experience, like a soothing balm to otherwise hectic world to which they belong. Bogota, its capital is referred to as the 'Athens of South America', due to its many colonial styled edifices located in the district of La Candelaria. It's home to popular museums and theatre.

To the northeast, lies the historic city of Bucaramanga. Located in the scenic Río de Oro valley, it’s known for its many museums, Catedral de la Sagrada Familia and Capilla de los Dolores, a significant chapel. Along the Colombian Caribbean Coast, is the colonial city of Cartagena, with magnificent monuments and old edifices. Perhaps the prettiest colonial town is Barichara in Santander with unique charm and romantic atmosphere, dominated by the Church of Santa Barbara. Also visit Tayrona National Park and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY COLOMBIA CULTURE HOLIDAY…
And, also experience gorgeous beaches on the Caribbean coast.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Cartagena, once a jewel in the Spanish crown and UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Tayrona National Park has gorgeous beaches, deep bays with shaded by coconut palms. 
  • Explore Colombia’s historic cities, Spanish architecture and vibrant culture.
  • This tour is designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Explore the colonial history and architecture of Colombia’s capital Bogota and then the rapidly growing city of Bucaramanga. Tour the beautiful colonial-style Spanish town of Barichara, and travel on to many other towns and regions of historical and political significance, including Cartagena.

Trace Colombia’s heritage, from its native communities through to its contemporary eclectic cultures and traditions. Alongside the educational enquiry of this tour, dip into the magnificent bio-diversity of the country through visits to its wonderful parks, including the magnificent beach-setting of Tayrona National Park. Enjoy time for private exploration of the beautiful Caribbean coast at the end of this fabulous Colombian adventure.

Getting There

Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities.

By boat from Brazil, Peru and Panama: From the Amazon region it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
 

 
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Colombia Culture

Bogota, Bucaramanga, Barichara, San Gil, Cartagena, Santa Marta
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá With you private guide take a tour of the historic centre known as La Candelaria. Explore the Plaza Bolívar and various places of interest, including Museo Botero that houses works donated by Fernando Botero, Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.

Later depart north towards Zipaquirá, travelling for one hour and fifteen minutes across the central region of the savanna, home to Colombia’s famous flower cultures, evidenced in the greenhouses along the road. On arrival, visit the impressive Salt Cathedral, widely considered a magnificent work of engineering.
Overnight at Grand House (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Bucaramanga Transfer to the airport and depart by commercial flight to Bucaramanga. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Bucaramanga is a vibrant and continually growing city. It is famous for its cigar production and numerous parks. Visit to the town of Girón to explore its Colonial heritage – walk along cobble stone streets, and admire houses painted in white quicklime, with “tapia” walls, tobacco coloured doors and windows and large balconies. Founded in 1631 on the banks of the Río de Oro, it is a national monument.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 04 – Spanish Town
Barichara After a breakfast amid the spectacular views of Cañón del Chicamocha and of Chicamocha National Park, depart for Barichara. Enjoy a tour of the Colonial style Spanish town. Admire the buildings constructed in traditional materials such as “tapia”, “bahareque”, tiles and quick lime white walls, as well as the cobblestone paths and roads which make it one of Colombia’s most beautiful Colonial towns. Barichara means “land of the barefooted” in the native language of the Guane community who inhabited the area.

Continue to the town of Guane, Most of the buildings date back to Colonial times and are built in “tapia”. Visit the central park and the Museo Paleontológico y Arqueológico which houses a rich collection of fossils and objects manufactured by the Guane.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 05 – Nature Tour
San Gil Today enjoy a visit to the Valle de San José and the Páramos and Socorro municipality- rich in parks and well preserved Colonial convents. It was the centre of the “Revolución de los Comuneros” one of the first “criollo” rebellions in America which, although failed, set the foundation for the Independence struggle. Later enjoy a visit to Parque Natural El Gallineral, famous for the enormous ceiba trees.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 06 – Transfer
Cartagena This morning visit Curutí, famous for the “fique” or pita fiber artisan work and travel on to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. Transfer to Bucaramanga Airport and depart by flight to Cartagena, connecting through Bogotá. Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 07 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Delight in a half-day visit to the city’s Colonial district, starting in Parque Bolívar, and ending in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. Enjoy a free afternoon for individual activities.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Days 08 & 09 – At Leisure
Cartagena Enjoy these two days free for your own activities and explorations. An excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario is recommended.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 10 – Tayrona National Park
Santa Marta Take a four hour transfer to Tayrona National Park after breakfast. Arrival and hotel check-in.

Enjoy the beautiful natural wilderness of the park which is sits between the Caribbean coast and Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria coastal mountain range. Explore the equatorial rain forest area and spectacular bio-diversity. The sight of dusky Titi monkeys, red squirrels, collared peccaries, jaguars and a wide range of bird species are not uncommon.
Overnight at Hotel Boutique Santorini Villa (B)

Day 11 & 12 – The Surrounds
Santa Marta This morning visit the Colonial centre, the cathedral, and the Anthropological and Ethnographic Museum which houses a wonderful Tayrona collection. Visit Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, the house in which Simón Bolívar died, and delight in the panoramic views of Taganga bay and El Rodadero.
Overnight at Hotel Boutique Santorini Villa (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Santa Marta Transfer to the airport today for your outbound flight (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Most of Columbia is an unknown territory and some of the Columbians. Although there is mist and mystery about Columbia, it is without a doubt, a dramatically beautiful country with diverse terrain and weather. It is the only country in South America to border the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia.

Where to go Colombia’s three major cities; Bogotá, Medellín and Cali are cosmopolitan in nature, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife. But it is the small towns scattered throughout the country that are more interesting. Colombia’s coffee-growing region, the Zona Cafetera, offers breathtaking walks in the foothills where the bean is grown, accommodation in authentic fincas (coffee farms) and excellent trekking.

In the West, the Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running north-south. In the southeast are the grassy prairies, the jungles and the rainforests of the Amazon. The country’s jungles also hide wondrous archaeological treasures, like the ancient city of La Cuida Perdida and the monuments, tombs and burial mounds at San Augustin and Tierrodentro.  

In the centre of the country lies its capital Bogotá; the city blends Colombian tradition with Spanish colonial influences. A major drawcard for tourists is the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena with its spectacular walled old town, a medieval wonderland of palaces, monasteries, plazas and overhanging balconies. Historical landmarks include the Capitol Municipal Palace and the Plaza Bolivar cathedral; Santa Marta’s modern hotels and white beaches. The two are also great bases for a five-day trek to the archaeological ruins of La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City.

Almost un-Colombian in their feel, the remote Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia both offer great diving, crystal-clear waters and – particularly in Providencia’s case – a unique Raizal culture.

When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism.

July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.

Visas British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Check the latest entry requirements with the Colombian Consulate General in London before you travel.

If you enter Colombia by land from either Ecuador or Venezuela, make sure you have your passport stamped by the immigration authorities. Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure. If the immigration office on the border is closed, seek help at the nearest office of Migración Colombia.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk