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Colombia's Colonial Charm (2016)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 10  |  From: $6,395


Colombia's Colonial Charm

Day 1: Arrive Bogotá, Colombia | City of Contrasts

Arrive in Bogotá, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. In this city of contrasts, skyscrapers stand side by side with old single-story houses.

Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia

Day 2: Bogotá | La Candelaria

Discover the well-preserved colonial quarter of La Candelaria. Pause at Plaza de Bolivar for photos of Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. View a display of the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts at the Gold Museum. Take a break with coffee and pastries and then stop for a private talk about Colombian artist Fernando Botero at the Fernando Botero Museum. Afterward, head to Cerro de Montserrat for spectacular views and lunch. Later, visit the statue of the Fallen Christ, a famous site for pilgrimage. Gather this evening for cocktails and a festive welcome dinner.

Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Bogotá | Salt Mine Wonders

Drive to the small colonial town of Zipaquirá and see the Salt Cathedral, where religious sculptures and cavernous pools are hewn from salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Tour the city’s historic main plaza, continuing to scenic Cajica, a delightful town nicknamed “The Stone Fortress.” Enjoy a traditional lunch and panoramic views; then return to Bogotá, stopping to visit the town of Usaquen, known for its Spanish-colonial style of architecture. Later, join in a game of tejo, Colombia’s national sport.

Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Pereira | A Special Breed of Excitement

Fly to Pereira, located in Colombia’s best-known coffee production region, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a Paso Fino horse farm to learn about the art of training these magnificent animals.

Hotel Boutique Sazagua   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Salento/Cocora National Park | The Wax Palm

Drive to beautiful Salento, a typical paisa (coffee region) town known for its bahareque architecture, and stop for a caffè latte demonstration at Café Jesús Martín. Enjoy a Colombian-style lunch, and then head into Cocora National Park by local Jeepao (Jeep parade) to see the wax palm, Colombia’s protected national tree.

Hotel Boutique Sazagua   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Pereira | Heart of the Coffee Triangle

Visit an authentic working coffee plantation — the Hacienda San Alberto — to learn about the coffee culture and the production process, and then savor the aromatic brew at a tasting session.

Hotel Boutique Sazagua   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Cartagena | Walk the Walled City

Board a morning flight to Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and set out with an architecture expert on a walking tour of the 500-year-old walled city. Wander the streets of the Badillo neighborhood that lead to shopping malls along the docks. Bask in the romantic atmosphere and balmy climate that helped inspire the writings of beloved Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. Later, sip Champagne as you embark on a relaxing carriage ride.

Bastión Luxury Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Cartagena | Rum and Chocolate

Explore the city’s historical monuments. Drive to the 17th-century Convent of La Popa for views of the city and the bay. Continue to San Felipes Fort and stop at Las Bovedas, once a dungeon, now home to shops and boutiques. After lunch, sample an assortment of authentic Colombian rums and quality chocolates led by an international sommelier. Your evening is at leisure.

Bastión Luxury Hotel   |   Meals: B L

Day 9: Cartagena | Caribbean Cocktail Cruise and Farewell

Meet with a lauded personal chef and TV personality at a local restaurant, watching as a regional seafood dish is prepared for your lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Then, embark on a sunset cocktail cruise of the bay that takes you to Club de Pesca and your farewell dinner.

Bastión Luxury Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Depart Cartagena

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B

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