January 14-21, 2017 Itinerary
8 days from $4999

Day 1 ~ Bogotá
Arrival:         You will be met by a Zoom representative and transported to hotel for check-in. 

Evening:         Welcome Dinner and Cocktails
This evening we welcome you to Bogotá with dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations:     W Hotel, Bogotá
Meals Included:     Welcome Dinner


Day 2 ~ Bogotá
Morning:         Bogotá City Tour
Today, we explore the famous colonial neighborhood of La Candelaria. Steeped in history, this area is a must for photographers with its splendid colonial architecture; you will want to take the opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of this fascinating part of Bogotá. Continuing to the east, on top of the forested mountains, you will find Monserrate Hill. This mountain has a white Catholic Church located at the top and has been a site of worship since 1657. On a clear day you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Follow the sightseeing with visits to the “Museo del Oro” and the “Museo de Botero”, two of Colombia’s best museums. 

Lunch will be had during the tour at a local restaurant.

Accommodations:     W Hotel, Bogotá
Meals Included:     Breakfast & Lunch


Day 3 ~ Zipaquirá
Breakfast at the hotel

Morning:         Day begins with a panoramic view of the city as we make our way to the small town of Zipaquirá for a subterranean tour to discover the majestic Salt Cathedral. This cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. More than 100 sculptors and miners contributed to the creation of this most extraordinary house of worship. Afterwards, explore the town of Zipaquirá and its 400-year-old colonial heritage. Stop at the main square, where you’ll find beautiful whitewashed Spanish colonial era architecture among other interesting buildings.  

Transport to the International Airport for our flight to Pereira.

Afternoon:         Upon arrival we will be taken to our hotel for check-in. In the heart of the coffee cultural landscape, this hotel's traditional architecture celebrates more than three centuries of history and tradition. Framed by the scenic beauty of the region, you will fall in love with this charming boutique hotel. Restored and equipped with all amenities and contemporary comforts, the Hacienda Castilla offers locals and visitors a relaxing base to explore the Colombian coffee triangle from.

Accommodations:     Hacienda Castilla, Pereira, Risaralda
Meals Included:    Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 ~ Pereira
Morning:         Transfer from the Sazagua hotel to Cocora Valley in the department of Quindío where you’ll be greeted with a refreshing cocktail. Continue on for a trek amongst the peculiarly tall wax palms, Colombia’s national tree and a great source of pride among locals. Learn how the locals became so enamored with this palm and plant your own seedling for future generations to enjoy! Follow this with a visit to the local trout hatchery. 
Afternoon:         Transfer from Cocora Valley to Salento. We will have a short tour of the Plaza de Bolivar and ample time to gasp at the marvelous views of the Cocora Valley. 

Transfer back to hotel.

Accommodations:     Hacienda Castilla, Pereira, Risaralda
Meals Included:    Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 ~ Pereira / Cartagena
Morning:         Colombian Coffee Hacienda
Hacienda San Alberto is the exclusive producer of San Alberto coffee. Visit the farm and the flagship coffee temple for their specialty coffee that will certainly awaken your senses. Enjoy your “cafecito” while taking in the captivating landscape.

Afternoon:         Departure for Cartagena
Arrive at the Rafael Núñez Airport where we’ll be met by our guide and transported to the hotel. 

Late Afternoon:     Explore the breath-taking colonial architecture, narrow cobbled streets and romantic air that is Cartagena. The city of Cartagena de Indias is a Caribbean jewel, being the first Spanish colony on the South American mainland and one of it’s most important ports. To this day it remains a vibrant and colorful city, inviting its guests to live the fairy-tale fantasy, if only for a few of days. 

Accommodations:     Bastion Luxury Hotel, Cartagena
Meals Included:    Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6 ~ Cartagena
Breakfast at hotel

Morning:         Cartagena City Tour
Begin the day with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, situated on the highest point in the city where you can enjoy the best view of Cartagena. When the Augustinian Monks first built the convent in 1607, it was a modest wooden chapel. Since then it was given a face-lift and looks more fabulous than ever. End the tour with a visit to the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”. Founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola, its name was changed to San Pedro de Claver, honoring the Jesuit priest who committed his life to ministering the enslaved people brought from Africa. The imposing stone façade opens up to baroque architecture with exquisite stained glass windows and a high altar made of the finest Italian marble. You’ll have a truly immersive experience into San Pedro de Claver’s impact on the Afro-Caribbean people of Cartagena. 

Afternoon:         Celebrity Cooking Class at Restaurante Maria
Enjoy a unique experience beside one of the most renowned chefs in Cartagena. Their recipes are inspired by the flavors, colors and freshness of Caribbean products and are designed to delight your palate. The dishes are prepared with authentic taste and are presented with an exotic twist. 

Evening:        Dinner on own account

Accommodations:   Bastion Luxury Hotel, Cartagena
Meals Included:     Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 ~ Day Trip to Islas Del Rosario
Morning:         Time to get out of Cartagena and head to the beach! Bring your sunglasses, sunblock, and swimwear for a fantastic day on one of Rosario Islands, located just an hour from the city. We’ll take a water transfer to this stunning archipelago with small white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean waters. Once on the island, you can plant yourself on the beach, enjoy a walk around the island, sign up for a diving course in the coral reefs, swim at your own leisure, or relax with a massage on the beach. 

Afternoon:         Return to your hotel in Cartagena around 4:00 pm. Spruce up and get ready for the evening’s activities. Spend the afternoon with an international sommelier pairing the finest rums with the most aphrodisiac chocolates South America has to offer.

Evening:         Farewell Dinner

Accommodations:     Bastion Luxury Hotel, Cartagena
Meals Included:     Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8~ Departure

Prepare for your international return flight! Transfer to Rafael Nunez International Airport.


Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666.

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian Novelist

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