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Classic Colombia


Route:
  • UK
  • Bogota
  • Pereira
  • Medellin
  • Cartagena
  • UK
Tour Pace:

10 DAYS from £1899pp

Tour Highlights
  • Be dazzled by the Gold Museum and other classic sites on a city tour of Bogota
  • Cable car ride to the summit of Monserrat Hill
  • Walk the cloud forest in the Valle de Cocora
  • Learn how to make traditional Colombian empanadas
  • Visit a coffee hacienda and take a production tour
  • Insight into the cultural and social transformation of Medellin
  • Soak up the atmosphere of colourful Cartagena

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Classic Colombia

Visit the mountain capital of Bogota, journey through verdant fertile valleys and explore the vibrant city of Medellin before ending up in the stunning colonial port of Cartagena.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Bogota

Depart the UK for your scheduled overnight flight to Colombia.

2
Bogota

Arriving in Bogota in the early morning, your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel in the vibrant northern area of the capital city. After an early check-in and some time to relax its time to depart on a wonderful afternoon of sightseeing beginning with a visit to the unique Gold Museum whose collection includes 35,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic gold work before visiting the dazzling museum of Botero in the La Candelaria District where observers can marvel at the many great works of art including the Mona Lisa in exaggerated shape as well as paintings by Picasso. Dinner is included at your hotel on your first evening giving you the chance to sample the traditional Colombian cuisine before retiring for the night.

  • Dinner
3
Bogota

Following breakfast, today begins with a tour of Paloquemao Market, the city's hub that specializes in selling fresh aromatic and medicinal herbs and flowers, exotic and tropical fruits and all sorts of local food. From here you will visit the historic downtown area of "La Candelaria", whose magnificent Baroque churches and Spanish Colonial government palace sit nestled amongst vibrant and colourful terracotta-tiled roofs, as well as time to see the Main Cathedral, a neoclassical building dating back to 1823, located in Plaza de Bolivar. Next, take a cable car ride up to the summit of Monserrat Hill for breathtaking panoramic vistas showing the wide variety of areas that traverse the city from the low and colourful La Candelaria to the high-rise business sector. A wonderful old church sits atop the summit, surrounded by souvenir shops making it a suitable place to pause and admire the view.

  • Breakfast
4
Bogota to Pereira

Depart your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Pereira - Colombia's most proliferate coffee-making region situated in the foothill of the Andes. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel located in the Coffee Triangle where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Breakfast
5
Pereira

Today you'll explore the verdant Cocora Valley famous for its wax palm trees known to be the tallest in the world during a walking tour of the area then back to Salento in Willy Jeeps to admire the typical architecture, colourful buildings and the main street. Learn how to make empanadas during lunch, a traditional and popular Colombian snack made with cornmeal and filled with potatoes and stewed beef or pork. After lunch, continue to a local hacienda to embark on a coffee experience tour to take the journey from bean to cup, beginning with the lush, fertile plantations and ending with the drying and selection processes before making the perfect cup of sustainable Ocaso coffee. Please note the mode of transport will vary between buses and willy jeeps, as buses are not allowed on certain roads.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
6
Pereira to Medellin

Following breakfast, depart Pereira and travel by road to the city of Medellin (approximately 7 hours), making stops along the way for lunch and a chance to take photos of the scenic views over the Cauca river. Arriving in the afternoon there'll be some free time to explore the local area.

  • Breakfast
7
Medellin

A full day tour will introduce you to the highlights of the city, providing an insight into the rich history and culture of this striking hillside metropolis. First visit the famous Botero Plaza that exhibits the sculpture works of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, then visit the Antioquia Museum, displaying a collection of Botero's Paintings, then take the metro cable up to Arvi Park Reserve for a nature walk before learning about the cultural and social transformation projects taking place in Santo Domingo, one the city's poorest areas. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

  • Breakfast
8
Medellin to Cartagena

The "Pearl of the Caribbean", Cartagena is one of Colombia's main tourist attractions and you'll travel by plane to this beach-side city home to old colonial mansions, legendary pirate tales and balconies overflowing with flowers overlooking quaint plazas below. It was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984 which has helped preserve the past and memories and struggles between Spanish colonial ruling and independence. You will be met at the airport and accompanied to your hotel before enjoying a dinner together at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Cartagena

Set off after breakfast for your full day tour of the city, beginning with the impregnable Spanish fortress of San Felipe de Barajas that was built to defend the city from intruders then Convento la Popa, the highest point in the city and an outstanding example of religious and colonial architecture that affords incredible views of the city below. Next visit Cartagena de Indias - the 400-year-old walled city that is packed with churches, plazas, palaces and colonial mansions making it one of the city's most enjoyable areas to appreciate and savour whilst leisurely wandering the ancient streets.

  • Breakfast
10
Cartagena to the UK or extension

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Bogota or continue on to your chosen extension.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Full day Rosario Islands excursion.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Colombia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to El Dorado International Airport in Bogota with Avianca (AV), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 10kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time.

Health and Vaccinations

A yellow fever vaccine is advised however, it is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 45. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is a common practice in South America and it is customary to tip approx. USD $2-$4 per person per day which is split between the driver and the local guide. Tips can be given at the end of each day, or at the end of the tour. Tips are accepted in US dollars and local currencies.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
19 Jan 201928 Jan 2019£2199.00Please call to book
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23 Mar 201901 Apr 2019£2149.00Book Now
27 Apr 201906 May 2019£2099.00Book Now
11 May 201920 May 2019£2049.00Book Now
08 Jun 201917 Jun 2019£1999.00Book Now
07 Sep 201916 Sep 2019£1899.00Book Now
05 Oct 201914 Oct 2019£1999.00Book Now
02 Nov 201911 Nov 2019£2099.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Please Note:

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

19th January 2019 & 24th March departure date:

Please note, for these departure dates, in Cartagena, you will be staying at 4* Hotel Casa La Factoria by Faranda Boutique. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for further details.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

16 °C / 33 °C

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Sun hat
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Rucksack or light bag
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Plug converter
Tour Map
Classic Colombia Route Map
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