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Marco Polo Journeys

Colombia's Colonial Charm 2017


11 Days from $5,795

Limited to 18 guests

Explore four of Colombia's most iconic cities as you celebrate artist Fernando Botero in Bogotá, savor some of the world's finest coffee in in Pereira, learn about Medellín's latest renaissance, and discover the local eateries of Cartagena.

A&K Advantages

Delve into Colombian culture, exploring local art, cuisine and customs with insider access to museums, private coffee tastings and a behind-the-scenes tour of a family flower plantation

Learn about famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero at Bogotá's Botero Museum

Experience the nuances of the country's famed coffee beans during a private tour of a coffee plantation

Explore Medellín's cultural transformation on an interactive tour including members of the local community

Taste the local flavors of Cartagena with a culinary tour revealing authentic eateries off the tourist track

Sip Champagne on a carriage ride through the walled city of Cartagena

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Bogotá, Colombia | City of Contrasts
DAY 2
Bogotá | La Candelaria
DAY 3
Pereira | A Special Breed of Excitement
DAY 4
Salento/Cocora National Park | The Wax Palm
DAY 5
Pereira | Heart of the Coffee Triangle
DAYS 6-7
Medellín | “City of Eternal Spring”
DAY 8
Cartagena | Walk the Walled City
DAY 9
Cartagena | Rum & Chocolate
DAY 10
Cartagena | Caribbean Cocktail Cruise & Farewell
DAY 11
Depart Cartagena
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.

Four Seasons Bogotá
DAY 2
Bogotá | La Candelaria

Engage all of your senses during a morning visit to Paloquemao market. Then, discover the colonial quarter of La Candelaria, pausing at Plaza de Bolivar for photos of Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Join a local art expert to explore the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts at the Gold Museum. Next, learn about famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero at the 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.

Four Seasons Bogotá
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
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. Later, enjoy a Chef’s Table demonstration featuring artisanal ice creams and other sweets made from freshly picked local fruits.

Hotel Boutique Sazagua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 6-7
Medellín | “City of Eternal Spring”

Fly to Medellín, a bustling “City of Eternal Spring” nestled in a narrow mountain valley. Learn the inspiring story of the vibrant Comuna 13, as local artists detail the creative outpouring that changed the face of this neighborhood. The following day, board a cable car for a high-flying panorama of the city. Next, see the magic behind the region’s iconic Festival of Flowers with a private tour of a family flower plantation. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Medellín Royal Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 6); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 7)
DAY 8
Cartagena | Walk the Walled City

Board a morning flight to Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and set out on a gastronomic tour of the 500-year-old walled city. Escape the crowds and eat like a local as you walk the city, pausing to savor tastings at authentic eateries well off the beaten tourist track. Along the way, take in cultural perspectives from your local guide as you explore Cartagena’s less-frequented landmarks. Later, sip Champagne as you embark on a relaxing carriage ride.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Cartagena | Rum & 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.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10
Cartagena | Caribbean Cocktail Cruise & Farewell

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

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Depart Cartagena

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Dec 08 - Dec 18
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    $5,795
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    $1,495
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    $625
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    Price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $7,995 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Bogotá/Pereira/Medellín/Cartagena (from $625)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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