BEST OF COLOMBIA
Cultural tour of Colombia

Colombia has been reawakening into the tourist world. This journey not only covers the most important historical but as well as the scenic sites of this fascinating South American country.  A rich insight into the cultures and panoramas of Colombia are the main focus of this tour.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 16 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Bogota
Day 02: Bogota
(B)
Day 03: Bogota
(B, L)
Day 04: Bogota/Armenia (Flight)
(B)
Day 05: Armenia/Coffee Triangle/Armenia
(B)
Day 06: Armenia/Bogota (Flight)/Cartagena (Flight)
(B)
Day 07: Cartagena
(B)
Day 08: Depart Cartagena
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Bogota

This afternoon we are scheduled to arrive Bogota Airport, where we will be met & transferred to the hotel.   Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.  The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Augusta or Hotel de la Opera, Bogota (3 nights)

Day 02: Bogota

This morning we visit Bogota´s market place and take in the sites and sounds of local people going on about their daily lives.  We may want to take a break at one of the simple but delicious food stands to sample the typical dishes of that region.  Visit La Candelaria, which is a historic neighborhood in downtown Bogotá. It is the equivalent to the Old City in other cities. The architecture of the old houses, churches and buildings has Spanish Colonial and Baroque styles. It houses several universities, libraries and museums. Walk across the main square Simon Bolivar, along the government buildings and reach the famous Gold Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic gold art. Visit also Fernando Botero Museum, the well-known Colombian painter and sculptor. (B)

Day 03: Bogota

Today we drive to the fertile plateau to Zipaquirá to visit the famous underground salt cathedral, 120 m (394 ft) long and a total of more than 8500 square meters.  A monumental architectural masterpiece built by the miners' own hands. Inside we find crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. In addition to the main cathedral, there are small chapels and Stations of the Cross; its 14 stations are interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels.   Next we will be driving up to over 3000 m (9840 ft) to the entrance of the legendary lagoon of Guatavita. From here, we take a half hour walk to the lagoon.  Then in the afternoon we drive on a non-paved road to reach the house of local farmers where you we will be having lunch with local families. (B, L)

Day 04: Bogota/Armenia (Flight)

Transfer to the airport and take a flight to Armenia (air ticket not included).  We will be met & transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon get an experiential immersion in the world of coffee. Through to seven stations one has to pass, smelling, feeling, trying and plucking the beans, learning about the drying and roasting. An accompanying specialist in coffee meanwhile will give all necessary information. At the end a personal mixed coffee is waiting for you.
Overnight: Hotel Bosque del Saman, Armenia (2 nights) (B)

Day 05: Armenia/Coffee Triangle/Armenia

Today you will drive through the enchanting scenery of the coffee area in the Cocora valley. This area is decorated with a variety of wax palms, which extend up to 60 meters. Then afternoon visit Salento, an idyllic village with its typical architecture. Finally, you go to Filandia. This place is situated on a hill and with its view point offers magnificent views of the Cordillera. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Nevados National Park in the distance. (B)

Day 06: Armenia/Bogota (Flight)/Cartagena (Flight)

In the morning we are transferred to the airport for flights to Cartagena via Bogota (air tickets not included).   m. Outside the old town, the modern age has developed. Upstream island chains and beaches around the city make the city a popular tourist destination.
Overnight:: Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia or Hotel Hotel Bantu, Cartagena (2 nights) (B)

Day 07: Cartagena

Today’s city tour includes the monastery of La Popa. The monastery is situated on the highest mountain in the city.  Next is a photo-stop to Fort San Felipe, whose mighty fortress dominates the city's image. From there continue into the colonial old town of Cartagena.  We’ll take a stroll through the city and its magnificent mansions, narrow alleys and churches. Finally, we visit the Jesuit church and its monastery of San Pedro Claver. (B)

Day 08: Depart Cartagena

Check out time is by 1100 hrs. We will be transferred to the airport for your flight out. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 20 & 27; Feb 10; Mar 10 & 24; May 05; Jun 02 & 30; Jul 14; Aug 11 & 25; Sep 08; Oct 20

2018

Jan 19 & 26; Feb 23; Mar 09; Apr 06; May 04; Jun 01 & 29; Jul 13; Aug 10; Sep 07; Oct 19; Nov 02 & 16

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Option 1 US$ 960 US$ 260
Option 2 US$ 1095 US$ 360
Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2018
Option 1 US$ 995 US$ 295
Option 2 US$ 1150 US$ 380


Hotels below or similar for Option 1 (3-Star) & Option 2 (4-Star)

City Option 1 Option 2
Bogota
(3 Nights)
Hotel Augusta Hotel de la Opera
Armenia
(2 Nights)
Hotel Bosque del Saman Hotel Bosque del Saman
Cartagena
(2 Nights)
Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia Hotel Bantu

Notes

Please contact us for any other programs of Colombia or a tour that combines Colombia with other country in South America



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 8 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfares (within tour itinerary Bogota/Armenia/Bogota/Cartagena from US$ 560)
  • Airport/Departure taxes
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 16 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.