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Duration: 10 days Visiting: Colombia
Welcome to Bogotá.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at El Dorado International Airport, you will be welcomed and taken to the Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia. Situated in the buzzing Zona T area, you’ll find yourself just steps away from the city’s best shopping, nightlife and cafes. Meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a glass of sparkling wine before transferring from your hotel to esteemed local restaurant, Harry Sasson, one of the best in Bogotá.
Highlights of Bogotá.
A full buffet breakfast awaits you at your hotel this morning. You are transported to the Gold Museum for a private before-hours guided tour by a Local Expert. You’ll see an extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold work, ceramic and textiles from pre-Colombian cultures. Afterwards, take a guided walking tour of La Candelaria, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city, where you’ll find the Primada Cathedral, Botero Museum and Bolívar Square. The latter is Bogota’s main square and hosts the statue of Simón Bolívar, which was sculpted in 1846 and was the first public monument in the city. Take a cable car to Monserrate Hill, where you’ll capture striking views of Bogotá from above. You’ll enjoy lunch at San Isidro restaurant before heading for a coffee tasting experience or ‘coffee baptism’ where you’ll learn about premium coffee products.
Paloquemao Market and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
This morning, enjoy time at leisure in Bogotá. Ask your Travelling Concierge for tips on cafes, shops and museums to head to. Later, take a guided visit to the Salt Cathedral Zipaquirá, a fascinating underground Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine. Transfer from Zipaquirá to Andres Carne de Res, a decadently decorated bar and restaurant, aesthetically an eccentric combination of Moulin Rouge and Alice in Wonderland. Expect bright lights, theatrical service and colorful ceramic cows.
Bogotá to Medellín.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your included flight to Medellín. On arrival you’ll head to a demonstration of Paso Fino horses. Journey to the quaint mountainside town of Santa Elena where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. Move on to your VIP visit of a local finca. While here you’ll meet the silletero or flower farmer, who will lead you around the property’s grounds while they talk to you about how flowers are cultivated and how Colombia has become the second largest exporter of cut flowers.
Medellín and Comuna 13.
Wake for a before-hours private visit to the Antioquia Museum, housing one of the largest art collections of Fernando Botero. You'll be guided by the museum director, as you explore his iconic works. Meet a local personality and learn how Medellin overcame its dangerous history to become a model city and haven for American retirees. Following your meeting, you’ll have time to wander around Plaza Botero, before moving on to Comuna 13, using the city’s famous escalator system. Meet your expert guide Chota, a young graffiti artist who was born and raised in the neighborhood, along with a survivor of Comuna 13 when it was at its most dangerous. Notorious for Pablo Escobar turning it into the crime capital of the world, discover more about the area’s gruesome history and how it has reinvented itself into one of Medellín’s coolest neighborhoods. Transfer to the city’s Botanical Gardens, where you’ll sit down for a scenic lunch. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. You Traveling Concierge will be on hand to give you advice on where to head. Dinner this evening is at the innovative and stylish Carmen restaurant, where traditional Colombian ingredients are thoughtfully curated.
Today offers a full day VIP excursion through the Andes into paisa country. This vibrant region is made up of flower farms, a lush cloud forest and sprawling green mountains, dedicated to the region’s famous coffee beans. Visit Oro Molido’s La Sierra Coffee Plantation, one of Colombia’s oldest coffee farms. Perched in the Central Andean Mountains, it has a nearly perfect climate with warm days and cool nights. You’ll meet the owner of the farm and learn more about the industry, as you help plant a few coffee bushes before you sit down to a well-earned lunch with your hosts. Try the "Bandeja Paisa," one of the most popular Colombian dishes, made from refried beans, white rice, beef, chicharrón, chorizo, fried egg and banana. After lunch enjoy a coffee tasting and discover how processing, roasting and preparation all influence the coffee’s flavour profile.
Medellín to Cartagena.
Wake early for your transfer to the airport, as you move on to your next destination, Cartagena. Once there, you’ll be picked up directly from the airport and taken for motorcoach sightseeing. Travel to the pretty fisherman village of La Boquilla, outside of Cartagena. Enjoy a folkloric show based on local Afro-Colombian rhythms, before stepping onboard canoes to explore the mangroves and witness an artisanal fishing demonstration. Taste a traditional coconut drink before heading for lunch at Karibana Golf Club. Transfer to your hotel, where you’ll have superior rooms at the luxurious Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Freshen up and enjoy some free time before a private guided visit to San Felipe Fortress, an impressive building constructed in the colonial era. Move on to a private guided visit to Las Bovedas and Convento de La Popa which is located at the top of Mount Popa.
Cartagena in Depth.
Start your day with a guided walking tour of Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its cobble-stoned streets and perfectly preserved 16th century colorful mansions. Visit the Inquisition Palace and the Church of San Pedro de Claver, before stopping at Plaza Bolivar and meeting with a palenquera fruit seller. Dressed in vibrant outfits, you’ll find them expertly balancing bowls of fruit on their heads. If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, meet the brother and nephew of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez to learn about his life and literature.Your afternoon is at leisure. Choose between three restaurants all within walking distance from your hotel for a Your Choice Dining evening in Cartagena. Head to Alma for a romantic ambiance and an open-air courtyard, to la Vitrola for an upbeat 1950s-era Havana vibe with live music, or perhaps dress up for a swanky dinner at Maria, which is known for its expertly crafted cocktails and inventive seafood dishes.
Your luxury trip will come to an end after breakfast with an included transfer to Rafael Núñez International Airport.
Your luxury trip will come to an end after breakfast with an included transfer to Rafael Núñez International Airport. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Colombia (Contemporary) - Colombia
Situated in the heart of El Poblado, the city's Financial and Fashion District, this hotel is ideally situated. Modern rooms make a perfect retreat after a busy day. Indulge in relaxation at our luxury spa or outdoor pool boasting sprawling city views.
Cartegena (Heritage) - Colombia
The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is a hotel filled with stories. Housed in a former convent, it offers the perfect blend of colonial architecture and French luxury. Its privileged location is close to Cartagena's main tourist attractions. Enjoy the comfort of the rooms, as well as personalized service, gourmet cuisine and an upscale spa.