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Discover Colombia

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BOGOTA, COFFEE TRIANGLE, MEDELLIN & CARTAGENA

Connect to the culture of Colombia on this tour including accommodations and round-trip airfare from the U.S. From the amazing architecture and fantastic coffee and cuisine to geographic diversity and gracious hospitality you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Colombia is a land of startling contrasts—modern Bogota in the Andes Mountains, rich rural culture in the Coffee Triangle, renaissance and renewal in Medellin, and the Caribbean coast of Cartagena—and we help you visit it all on this once-in-a-lifetime trip!
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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Bogota
  • 3 nights in Coffee Triangle
  • 2 nights in Medellin
  • 3 nights in Cartagena

Tour
Highlights

  • Gold Museum (Bogota)
  • Fernando Botero Museum (Bogota)
  • Underground Salt Cathedral (near Bogota)
  • Coffee Hacienda Morelia & San Alberto (Coffee Triangle)
  • Sculpture Park of Botero (Medellin)
  • Museum of Modern Art and San Felipe Castle (Cartagena)
  • Cartagena’s Walled Old Town

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami via Avianca Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Colombia flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 17 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA/Arrive Bogota

Your exciting journey to Colombia begins with an afternoon flight to Bogota, the capital of Colombia that rests on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains. Here, you’ll experience the mix of colonial grandeur and the vitality of a modern metropolis. Founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quezada, the city is home to a dazzling array of museums, churches, colonial mansions, and stately buildings. Upon arrival in Colombia’s cultural, political and financial center, transfer to your upscale hotel where you’ll enjoy a welcome drink. Hotel Novotel Parque 93

Bogota

After breakfast this morning, drive from Bogota to Zipaquira to visit the famous underground salt cathedral, where a church is carved from salt inside of a cave. Some of you will experience a deeply spiritual, religious moment, while others will celebrate this artistic and engineering masterpiece. Here, you’ll find monumental crosses, angels, and the Madonna statue, and in addition to the main cathedral, there are several small chapels and 14 Stations of the Cross interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels. Drive back to Bogota and visit the famous Gold Museum, which displays the…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

After a sumptuous breakfast, venture to the local market of Paloquemao. Next, drive to the mountain top of Guadalupe, adjacent to Monserrate, where you’ll enjoy a marvelous view of the city. Followed by a visit to the colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, Bogota’s heart and soul, known for its Spanish and Baroque-style architecture. See the Fernando Botero Museum, created in 2000 after a generous donation by the world famous artist himself of 123 pieces of his own art. Botero’s art should be instantly recognizable with its oversized, larger-than-life style. The museum also…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

As its name suggests, the Coffee Triangle is covered with coffee plantations due to its nutrient-rich volcanic soil in the hilly terrain. Not only does the land produce some of the world’s finest coffee, but it also produces breathtaking landscapes throughout the region. For many people, the Coffee Triangle is the heart and soul of Colombia, where Campesino (or rural life) has remained largely intact over the centuries. In the morning, visit first the coffee Hacienda Morelia and immerse yourself in the world of coffee. A coffee specialist will teach you the ins and outs of…

Tour Bogota/Coffee Triangle

After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive to Cocora Valley through the region of Quindio and make sure you have your cameras ready to capture the magnificent landscape. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a special welcome cocktail. Here, you’ll find the highest palm tree in the world, the Palma de Cera, and a brief Colombian ritual will help you understand the history of these unique palm trees. Then, after leaving the valley, you’ll reach the quaint village of Salento, where you’ll have time to walk through the narrow streets and appreciate the Baroque and…

Coffee Triangle/Medellin

After breakfast and likely a cup (or two) of coffee, embark on a drive through the mountains to Medellin. You’ll enjoy spectacular mountain landscapes as you pass through several changes of climate and altitude. Along the way, stop for lunch at an authentic Colombian restaurant before continuing on these beautiful rural backdrops. Arrive at Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, the home of famous artist Fernando Botero, and the best example of the country’s renaissance. Transfer to your upscale hotel, and spend the evening at your leisure.  Estelar Milla de Oro Hotel (B,L)

Medellin

After breakfast, traveling by “Metro Cable” to the neighborhood of Santo Domingo, home to the famous Parque Biblioteca. Explore downtown Medellin and visit the Berrio Park. Then, visit the Sculpture Park of Botero and mingle with the fascinating larger-than-life sculptures. After lunch, continue with the Metro to the “Comuna 13,” once an inaccessible area, today famous for their nice graffiti and unique electric stairs that go up the mountain. Later, visit the Plaza Mayor, and Park Pies Descalzos before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

Medellin/Cartagena

Start your day with a delicious breakfast and enjoy your leisure morning. In time, transfer to the airport and fly to the amazing coastal city of Cartagena before heading to your upscale hotel which faces the Caribbean Sea. Hotel Capilla del Mar (B)

Cartagena

Founded in the early 16th century by Spaniard Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena has it all. It is a historical gem, a symbol of modern Colombia, and a spectacular beach destination. Cartagena’s charming old town is surrounded by thick walls, which were originally intended to fortify the city and took an astonishing to 200 years to build and complete. Enjoy a guided city tour that begins with a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Visit the fortress of San Felipe, built by the Spanish during the colonial era and located on the Hill of San Lazaro. Later, walk along the the colorful streets and…

Cartagena

It’s your day to either continue exploring the cultural sights of Cartagena or simply enjoy a day at the nearby beaches that attract visitors from all around the world. Later, enjoy an included delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Cartagena/USA

Early this morning, transfer to the airport and say adios to Colombia! Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in Miami today. (B)

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Rates are based on double occupancy.

Single room supplement is $599

Mar 21 Departure: This is a women-only departure. To learn more about the added experiences, please click here.

IMPORTANT TRAVELERS NOTE
The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 8,600 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult a physician regarding any concerns prior to making a reservation.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Reviews

Jeremy

Our Colombia tour was excellent. From Bogota to Cartagena we were enthralled by the luscious green countryside and sky scraping mountains. The history of the country was covered in detail from the period of colonization to the present. Our tour leader and local guides were very knowledgeable about all aspects of their society, history, economy, government and so on. All of them spoke English well and had great personalities. Highly recommended.

Patricia

Our tour guides were well informed, personable and truly delightful. We had a friendly group and good accommodations. Loved the coffee tour and tasting, but especially memorable was our afternoon in Comune 13 and Getsamane. The artwork was fabulous! Tour guide in Comune 13 was a bit "preachy" and repetitive. All in all- a fabulous trip- Go to Colombia!

Carman

All great except the local guide in Bogata who was not up to Smartour standard

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Sanele

Love Colombia beyond my expectations

Nancy

The tour guides in Colombia were excellent. I liked that the big cities of Bogota and Medellin alternated with the beautiful countryside of the Coffee Triangle and the beach at Cartagena.

Howard R

Forget the stories of drug cartels! Colombia is modern, beautiful and coffeelicious!! From Bogotá to Medellin to Cartagena, Colombia is a modern 21st century country with warm and engaging people, beautiful vistas and amazing modern buildings with surprising and amazing architecture. The coffee triangle is lush, tropical and aromatic. This is my 19th SmarTours trip and I highly recommend this tour. Accommodations are first rate and the meals were sumptuous. Kudos to our guide Elsa for her expertise and engaging manner.

Emma

Just returned from this trip in June 2016. It was an amazing tour and it really portrayed the country as it truly is. The people were great and let me say the service at the hotels and everywhere was awesome. The accommodations were excellent. The scenery of the country was unbelievable. Kudos to our Tour Director, Leon as well as the local guides Carlitos (Coffee Triangle/Medellin) and Eusevio (Cartagena) for making this trip so much fun. They are friendly, fun, knowledgeable and their English was great. Our drivers were very experienced and always concerned about safety first which was very good. Our group was very small but we had a great time. Thank you to all for the wonderful vacation. I recommend this trip highly.

Sheryl C

This May we returned from a wonderful and interesting trip to Colombia where we visited Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, and Cartagena. We felt safe and enjoyed the diversified landscapes, history, friendly people, delicious food, and very knowledgeable and caring guides. Leon and Alejandro went out of their way to share and teach us about their culture. We visited flower, fruit and vegetable markets, sugar cane factories, coffee plantations, in which we had many tastings and watched local people working. The coffee was extremely good. The underground salt cathedral was amazing along with the Emerald, Botero and Gold museums. There were many quaint colorful villages to meander thru witnessing rural life in and around the town squares. The hotels were all high end with gr8 breakfasts. The cities were exciting and easy to get around. Leon would always take or direct us to a delicious authentic Colombian restaurant for lunch and dinner. The sea in Cartagena was delightful to swim in. We cannot thank Leon and Alejandro for making our experience so special, comfortable, informative, and fun. We are well seasoned travelers and feel Colombia is a must visit.

Marta H

As my husband and I prepared for our travel to Colombia, our friends and family asked "Why Colombia", aren't you afraid of being kidnapped? Or,"I've heard they drug people and sell the parts on e-bay". What my husband and I experienced in Colombia was far from either of these! Colombia is a proud welcoming country, excited to share their amazing history and culture. It is a country working extremely hard to overcome and endure their past and provide a good future for their people. Our tour guide "Leon Pardo", was excellent, as was his counter part "Carlito", in the coffee region. Colombia was an amazing place to travel and enjoy and just as they claim, the hardest part was never wanting to leave!

Bonnie

We recently discovered Columbia with our terrific guide Leon and 10 members of our group. Columbia is a beautiful country with magnificent scenery, and diverse cities. I can't stop telling people about our fabulous experience.

Martin F

My wife Jackie and I just finished a truely exceptional trip to Colombia. We visited Bogota, the Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Cartagena and many points in between. Everything about Colombia was new to us and the trip exceeded our expectations. Our tour director Leon Pardo was close to perfect, as was the driver (Julian)-local guide (Omar) combination in the Coffee Triangle and Medellin. The hotels were great. The scenery was quite varied and uniformly beautiful.The city of Cartagena was a wonderful place to end this trip.

Ellen

We truly enjoyed this tour...our tour guide David was excellent as were the local guides. I would make a few changes to the itinerary..... one more day is needed in Bogata and Medillin. You could cut one day off the coffee triangle. Add one day to the entire trip....leave on a Friday instead of Sat. Finally, try to switch airlines to Avianca which have direct flights from Medillin to Cartegena. THe hotels were fine ..... Overall we loved the tour and will continue to choose SMARTOURS for future travel. This was our 4th tour on smartours!! THANK YOU.....Ellen and Henry Cohen

Sharon

My friend and I visited Colimbia in August with SmarTours and we had a wonderful trip. Leo was out trip leader and we all loved him. He made the trip fun as well as informative. We never felt unsafe the entire trip. It is a beautiful and interesting country. I have traveled many times with SmarTours and will continue to do so.

Alvin a

Had a great trip to Colombia. We just returned and our hotels were excellent;tours and our guide, David, all the local guides were outstanding. This was our first trip with smarTours and we already have 2 more booked.The scenery was beautiful and we got to see so many different parts of Colombia.
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