Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

Essential Colombia

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,801

Journey into the heart of what makes Colombia such a spectacular choice for a trip to Latin America.


This 11 day visit to one of Latin America’s most colourful countries will challenge everything you think you know about the land that invented ‘magical realism.’ If you’ve never heard that phrase before, pack a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the local literary star who popularised it.

The cosmopolitan city of Bogota is rich with colonial history, particularly around La Candelaria, Plaza de Bolivar and the Cathedral of Salt. You’ll also visit the world’s best gold museum. Santa Marta with its magical beaches and gateway to the “Lost City” and an ideal Colombian flop and drop spot.

Finally, Colombia’s most popular ‘tourist’ city Cartagena was one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas. That heritage gives the city a distinctly different feel from its neighbours. Pay your respects at the monastery of La Popa, or visit the impressive San Felipe de Barajas Fortress.


 

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.

Accommodation in Bogota

  • starstarstar

    Hotel B3 Virrey



    This chic hotel with a facade of vines and flowers is 1 km from the Parque de la 93 entertainment district, 10 km from the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden and 16 km from El Dorado International Airport. The World Trade Centre is a 15-minute ...

    This chic hotel with a facade of vines and flowers is 1 km from the Parque de la 93 entertainment district, 10 km from the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden and 16 km from El Dorado International Airport.

    The World Trade Centre is a 15-minute drive away, Botero Museum is 9.3 miles away, and El Dorado International Airport is a 30-minute drive away, the hotel can arrange shuttles for an additional fee.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport shuttle available $
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Free Parking
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Pets Not Accepted
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sound Proof Rooms
    • Television
    • Tour Desk
    • Vending Machines
    • Wakeup Calls Available

    More Details

  • starstarstarstar

    Cite Hotel Bogota



    Modern, exclusive, and sophisticated. Located in a comfortable urban zone in the most important business and entertainment area of the city and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Virrey Park. The Cite Hotel Bogota offers a calm atmosphere, where you will enjoy an unforgettable ...

    Modern, exclusive, and sophisticated. Located in a comfortable urban zone in the most important business and entertainment area of the city and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Virrey Park. The Cite Hotel Bogota offers a calm atmosphere, where you will enjoy an unforgettable experience through personalized service, style, and constant effort to guarantee a pleasant stay.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Cooked Breakfast Available
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Mini Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • TV

    More Details

  • starstarstar

    Hotel Movich 97



    Located in the upscale Chico area of Bogota, this modern hotel features a chic panoramic rooftop terrace with bar service. The hotel is just 7 blocks from Parque de la 93 Park and its many trendy entertainment venues. The Chico Museum is only 9 blocks ...

    Located in the upscale Chico area of Bogota, this modern hotel features a chic panoramic rooftop terrace with bar service. The hotel is just 7 blocks from Parque de la 93 Park and its many trendy entertainment venues. The Chico Museum is only 9 blocks away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Spa

    More Details

  • starstarstarstarstar

    Hotel Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia



    Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera Zona T Sofitel offers easy access to the city's major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries restaurants and renowned Colombian and international designer boutiques. This 5 star hotel boasts ...

    Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera Zona T Sofitel offers easy access to the city's major business and financial centers as well as the best art galleries restaurants and renowned Colombian and international designer boutiques. This 5 star hotel boasts rooms designed by the prestigious Colombian architect Miguel Soto. The decor is classically inspired and can be seen from the sumptuous lobby to the elegant meeting rooms the charming restaurants and every guestrooms details.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel

Accommodation in Cartagena

  • starstarstarstarstar

    Sofitel Santa Clara



    On the beach in Cartagena (Cartagena Walled City), Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena is close to House of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Los Pegasos Dock, and Centenary Park. Also nearby are Puerta del Reloj and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent. This former monastery dating from the ...

    On the beach in Cartagena (Cartagena Walled City), Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena is close to House of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Los Pegasos Dock, and Centenary Park. Also nearby are Puerta del Reloj and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent. This former monastery dating from the 17th Century offers rooms with balconies overlooking the hotel's gardens or the Caribbean.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access
    • Mini Bar
    • TV

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
  • starstarstarstarstar

    Hotel Ananda



    Ananda is located in the heart of the historical center. It is just a few blocks ways from historical monuments and buildings such as the Cathedral Santo Domingo's Square and the Inquisition Palace. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.

    Ananda is located in the heart of the historical center. It is just a few blocks ways from historical monuments and buildings such as the Cathedral Santo Domingo's Square and the Inquisition Palace. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Library
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Watersport Activities

    More Details

  • starstarstarstarstar

    Hotel Casa San Agustin



    Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a terrace with a lounge, Hotel Casa San Agustin offers free Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast in Cartagena de Indias. The rooms in Hotel Casa San Agustin are decorated in Colonial style and feature an iPod docking station ...

    Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a terrace with a lounge, Hotel Casa San Agustin offers free Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast in Cartagena de Indias. The rooms in Hotel Casa San Agustin are decorated in Colonial style and feature an iPod docking station and LCD TV. Some rooms have views of the internal garden and others overlook the city's old streets. Luxury linens and room service are provided. Guests can relax in the sun deck, in the game room, or in the library. Massage sessions can be arranged upon request, as well as car and bicycle rentals.

    Hotel Casa San Agustin is 700 metres from Santo Domingo and San Diego parks. Boca Grande and the Castillo Grande beaches are 15km away and the Rosario islands are a 50-minute boat ride away. Rafael Nunez International Airport is 10km away.

    More Details

  • starstarstarstar

    NH Royal Cartagena



    Occupying a coveted location, walking distance of the convention center and just 8 kilometers from Rafael Núñez International Airport, brings the best of the city to your doorstep. The hotel's blend of Republican architecture and contemporary design lends the UrbanRoyal Puerta del Reloj a sense ...

    Occupying a coveted location, walking distance of the convention center and just 8 kilometers from Rafael Núñez International Airport, brings the best of the city to your doorstep. The hotel's blend of Republican architecture and contemporary design lends the UrbanRoyal Puerta del Reloj a sense of refinement that extends from the elegant room and suite accommodations to impressive social areas and meeting venues. The hotel offers 28 modern rooms and a roof top swimming pool.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

    More Details

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,801

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Bogota Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hilton Bogota

Enjoy the central location and stylish atmosphere of the Hilton Bogota hotel. Located in the heart of the financial district, the hotel is close to Zona Rosa, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of the city, and Zona G, the entertainment and dining area. Reach the hotel from El Dorado International Airport in just 25 minutes.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hilton Bogota

More Info  Alternative Accommodation

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Hilton Bogota



    Enjoy the central location and stylish atmosphere of the Hilton Bogota hotel. Located in the heart of the financial district, the hotel is close to Zona Rosa, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of the city, and Zona G, the entertainment and dining area. Reach ...

    Enjoy the central location and stylish atmosphere of the Hilton Bogota hotel. Located in the heart of the financial district, the hotel is close to Zona Rosa, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of the city, and Zona G, the entertainment and dining area. Reach the hotel from El Dorado International Airport in just 25 minutes.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 2

Bogota City Tour plus Monserrate Hill

Visit the well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. There will be an opportunity for photographs at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of Bogota. The Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal's Palace, the colonial church of El Sagrario, the House of Independence, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall are located here. After, visit the famous Gold Museum where the world's greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts is displayed. Then transfer to Monserrate where you will go up the hill on a cable car. In Monserrate you will be able to appreciate an amazing view of Bogota, it is also a site of pilgrimage for Catholics.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Zipaquira Salt Mine

As you drive out of Bogota you are presented with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogota. You will arrive to the small town of Zipaquira where you will take an underground tour to discover the famous Salt Cathedral.

Experience the extraordinary architecture and engineering of this remarkable underground mine. The cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ's crucifixion, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. Although this is a popular tourist destination to be visited, this is also a place of pilgrimage for the local community.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Bogota Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

Medellin Airport to Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Art Hotel

Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 500 metres from El Poblado Metro Station and 2km from Medellin Convention Centre. Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting, chaise lounges and internet access. Art Hotel has a wine bar, as well as an art gallery, movie theatre and parking. Guests can also use the Turkish bath and sauna. Located in the Poblado area, the hotel is near Lleras Park, where there are many restaurants and bars.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Art Hotel

More Info  Alternative Accommodation

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Art Hotel



    Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 500 metres from El Poblado Metro Station and 2km from Medellin Convention Centre. Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting, chaise lounges and internet ...

    Art Hotel is a boutique hotel in central Medellin, featuring exposed brick and modern art. It is 500 metres from El Poblado Metro Station and 2km from Medellin Convention Centre. Rooms and suites at Art Hotel are stylish, with designer lighting, chaise lounges and internet access. Art Hotel has a wine bar, as well as an art gallery, movie theatre and parking. Guests can also use the Turkish bath and sauna. Located in the Poblado area, the hotel is near Lleras Park, where there are many restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Parking
    • Sauna

    More Details

Day 5

Medellin City Tour

Meet Medellin, Colombia's most intriguing and incredible city, on a comprehensive half or full-day sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, wander through the colorful streets while learning about the controversial yet captivating history of the City of Eternal Spring. Discover the enthralling exhibitions of the Museum de Antioquia, home to the world's largest collection of Fernando Botero paintings; and admire the towering sculptures of Parque de Bolivar. For a truly complete tour, choose the full-day option and enjoy a traditional lunch, a ride on the Metrocable gondola and visit significant sites like the Parque lleras and El Pueblito Paisa.

Duration6 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Medellin Hotel to Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Cartagena Airport to Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is a truly beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia provides its visitors with the perfect balance of culture, history, elegance, and warmth, while they experience the stunning colonial city of Cartagena. Set in the historic heart of El Centro, Hotel Don Pedro Heredia is the perfect place to rest as you enjoy this breathtaking city.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia

More Info  Alternative Accommodation

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia



    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is a truly beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia provides its visitors with the perfect balance of culture, history, elegance, and warmth, while they experience the stunning ...

    Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is a truly beautiful hotel nestled in the heart of historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia provides its visitors with the perfect balance of culture, history, elegance, and warmth, while they experience the stunning colonial city of Cartagena. Set in the historic heart of El Centro, Hotel Don Pedro Heredia is the perfect place to rest as you enjoy this breathtaking city.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

    More Details

Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

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.

Duration6 Hours
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Cartagena Hotel to Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDED:

  • Round trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Half day Bogota City Tour plus Monserrate Hill
  • Half day Zipaquira Salt Mine
  • Half day Medellin City Tour
  • Half Day Cartagena City Tour
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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

DP BOGTPK10DCARCO
18 Nov 2019
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.