Cartagena Jewel in the Stone
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 406
MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Cartagena’s past mixes colonial history with modern amenities, native culture and European elements. Enjoy cultural festivals, lush scenery, magnificent beaches and excellent cuisine.
Unabashedly the glamour puss of Colombian cities, Cartagena blends South American energy with Caribbean charm. Experience it on this 3 day stopover, including a half day tour visiting the Convent of La Popa, San Felipe’s Fort and the handicraft stores of Las Bovedas.
With a day at leisure, be tempted by a trip to the Rosario Islands, home to crystal clear waters and a vast range of marine life. Or stroll around the city’s many historical monuments and colourful streets.
- 3 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 406
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Cartagena Airport to Hotel
Located in the tourist area of the city, the hotel is close to boutiques, jewellers, casinos, galleries and business centres, with direct access to the beach in a privileged location. The hotel has a convention hall with high-tech A/V equipment. In the bar, guests can enjoy cocktails, tropical drinks and a selection of liquors. This beach hotel features air conditioning, Wi-Fi, as well as a restaurant.
We have adopted a Biosecurity Management System that covers all those involved in our value chain, all cleaning and disinfection processes have been strengthened and in this way we provide security to our collaborators, clients and all our visitors.
Dann Hotels in accordance with the Health Emergency COVID-19, at the time of Check-in, Colombian guests are asked for identification of the EPS (Health promoting entity) and for our foreign guests support or to have active international medical assistance insurance .
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), some facilities or services of the Hotel, will present closings or schedule changes, more information will be provided at the time of check in.
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Half Day Cartagena City Tour
The tour begins with a visit to the "Convento de la Popa", where the city's highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.
Continue with a visit to the "Castillo de San Felipe". This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lazaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city's landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel's architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.
Afterwards, a walk through "Las Bovedas" is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.
Then, you will visit the "Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver"; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.
Passengers will pass by the main square called "Plaza de Bolívar". In this beautiful plaza you will find many trees and a statue of the most important leader of South America's Independence movement, the liberator Simón Bolívar. Initially it was used for military parades; however, after 1610 it was called "Plaza de la Inquisición", because the Inquisition Palace was located on the west side of the plaza. Then you will pass by the "Plaza de la Proclamación", where the town gathered to support the declaration of independence on November of 1811.
The tour then continues to the "Plaza de San Pedro de Claver", a small plaza named after the saint that fought to help the slaves that came from Africa and were sold in the city. Next, you will visit the "Plaza de la Aduana", the largest and oldest square where the important governmental and administrative buildings were located in the colonial times.
Afterwards, visit the "Plaza de los Coches". A triangular plaza surrounded by the old city wall, houses with Spanish colonial architecture and buildings with colonial arches at ground level. This arcade walkway is known as "El Portal de los Dulces", a whole street full of stands that sell typical Colombian sweets. There you will also find the main entrance to the inner walled city, which was originally called "Boca del Puente". This gateway was complemented years later with a Republican-style clock tower, which is known as a symbol of Cartagena.
At the end of the tour, you will visit the "Plaza Santo Domingo". This plaza is full of life and entertainment and it is a perfect place for social interaction and relaxation while enjoying the open air restaurants that are located there. You will also see the church of Santo Domingo, a beautiful colonial church with a stunning facade.
Cartagena Hotel to Airport
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- 2 nights in moderate accommodations
- Private-guided walking tour of Cartagena city
- Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
5 Jun 2023
As there is so much to see and do in many of our City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, you should consider staying longer. Below is a list of suggestions that can be added to your stay.