Hola Colombia (From Apr 2024)

Hola Colombia (From Apr 2024)

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Hola Colombia (From Apr 2024)

12 Days Starting in Bogota and ending in Cartagena

Visiting: Bogotá, Pereira, Colombia, Medellín, Santa Marta, Cartagena

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

COLO19

Recommended For:

18-30 somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Age range:

18-35

Interests:

Beach Tours, Cultural

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$3305
$2723 (USD) Operator discount: -$439 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$143 -18%
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Tour Overview

Looking to explore all the colours of Colombia? From bustling cities, to lush coffee plantation towns, charming cobble-stoned retreats, and idyllic beaches, this 12 day trip brings you the very best of this vibrant country. Whether you're kicking back in your hacienda in the 'coffee zone', wandering the Caribbean coastline of Cartagena or soaking up some natural beauty in Tayrona National Park, there's no better way to explore Colombia in all its glory. Say hola to the adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • 11 Breakfast (B)

  • 3 Dinner (D)

  • Bogotá: It’s not everyday you see a cathedral built in the deep tunnels of a salt mine. Backlit with fluorescent hues. Immense.

  • Bogotá: Glide into coffee country! Where you can drink the freshest espresso and eat the best chocolate, surrounded by lush mountains and valleys.

  • : Learn more about the famous bean behind your Flat White habit. It’s your chance to discover how coffee is grown and harvested.

  • : Hike through the rolling hills and valleys, past the world’s tallest palm trees, filled with squawking parrots (total photo op!).

  • : The rolling hills of coffee plantations. Rainbow-coloured houses. Views of the Andes. Giant palm trees. You won’t know what to see first!

  • Medellín: Stroll around the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ with an expert guide and explore the notorious Comuna 13 – once the most dangerous suburb in the world.

  • : This breathtaking corner of the world is filled with tropical jungle, turquoise coves, sparkling lagoons and white-sand beaches.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Bogota
Location: Bogotá
Accommodation: Hotel Morrison 84 (or similar)

Arriving this afternoon in the bustling hub of Bogota, you'll meet your Contiki crew. Get to know your fellow travelers on a free night in the city, start your exploring tonight, or wait for tomorrow. Either way, the next 12 days are going to be epic.

Day 2: Bogota
Location: Bogotá
Accommodation: Hotel Morrison 84 (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We'll get out and about bright and early this morning, first hitting up the famous Salt Cathedral. Then this afternoon you've got plenty of options, maybe going up the Monte Serrat Cable Car? Or if heights aren't your thing, a grafitti workshop checking out the city's famous street art, showcasing artistic interpretations of the country's past and present. Your Trip Manager will get you orientated in the city, so you're comfortable exploring solo. whether that's a visit to the Botero Museum, lunch at the Mercado La Concordia sampling the local cuisine, or checking out Park 93.

Day 3: Bogota To Combia Via Pereira
Location: Bogotá, Pereira, Pereira
Accommodation: Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of Bogota and take a speedy internal flight to the gorgeous Zona Cafetera (coffee zone).
We're here in the coffee zone, which, as well as producing some of the tastiest, most iconic coffee in the world, is also arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Colombia. A visit to a coffee farm is a no-brainer, and we don't disappoint. Learn the A-Z of this invigorating bean on an included tour of an authentic coffee plantation and have a chance to pick and taste ripe berries or buy some world-class roasted beans for yourself.Tonight's accom is going to be a special one, a hacienda out in the coffee region!

Day 4: Combia
Location: Colombia
Accommodation: Hacienda Combia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning it's time to get our hike on. Heading out to the Cocora Valley is the perfect opportunity to get some amazing views. Next stop is a visit to Salento, where you've got a chance to explore and grab some lunch. Maybe trying out the local game of Tejo is on your agenda? And Salento is the perfect place to try your luck.

Day 5: Combia To Medellin
Location: Colombia, Medellín
Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Blue (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and Shine – its an early morning start as we make our way to Medellin.
The second city of Colombia, Medellín has transformed itself perhaps more than any other city in the world. Though its violent, tumultuous past is well-known, today the city is modern, innovative, and culturally rich. Named the ��City of Eternal Spring” because of its nearly perfect weather, you'll find parks, plazas and a café culture where you can sit and soak in all those rays and historic vibes.

Day 6: Medellin
Location: Medellín
Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Blue (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Put your walking shoes on today as we have a full day of adventuring ahead of us. Using Medellin's efficient public transport system, we'll tour the city via metro, cable car and on-foot. Along the way we'll check out Plaza Botera, Santo Domino and Communa 13, as well as the bustling local market. As the sultry evening draws in, anyone for Salsa lessons?

Day 7: Medellin
Location: Medellín
Accommodation: Hotel Estelar Blue (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Now that you know Medellin so well, it's your day to do your own thing! Check out Arvi Park for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city (easy on public transport) or stay local and wander the city - the Museo de Antioquia or Casa de la Memoria are equally impressive. For an incredible day getaway, take a day trip to Guatapé, a vibrant, cute and impossibly colourful disney-like town. Climb the 650+ stairs for peerless vistas of the surrounding landscapes, or just wander the colourful town - trying the regional badeja paisa, and a cerveza, naturally.

Day 8: Medellin To Santa Marta
Location: Medellín, Santa Marta
Accommodation: Best Western Plus (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Adios Medellin! The coasts of the Caribbean are calling, and our flight today takes us to the storybook beauty of Cartagena, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas.
Upon arrival in Santa Marta there's a walking tour calling your name. Check out sites like the 17th Century Hacienda, La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandro, the place where Simon Bolivar (the revolutionary who lead Latin America to Independence from Spain) famously died. We'll then walk the historic city centre, before a free night for dinner. Empanadas anyone?

Day 9: Santa Marta
Location: Santa Marta
Accommodation: Best Western Plus (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Strap on your hiking shoes and lather on the sunscreen, because today we're visiting the spectacular Tayrona National Park. Famed for its stunning white sand beaches, lush green jungle and turquoise waters framed by the iconic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, this place is simply unmissable. Our hike, the Pueblito Trail, winds through the jungle (eyes peeled for monkeys, parrots and the ever-elusive jaguar) to a small indigenous community, before snaking up to Cabo San Juan beach. Here you can jump in the crystalline waters to cool off.

Day 10: Santa Marta To Cartagena
Location: Santa Marta, Cartagena
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Mara (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine, folks. We’ll start today with a scenic drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena – with an orientation tour waiting for us on the other side.
On arrival, we'll head straight to the fortress Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Built strategically by the Spanish in 1536 on the hills of San Lazaro, it dominates the landscape whether you approach on land or by sea. Today, there's no need to defend against pirates and foreign invaders, but the awe-inspiring fortress still sparks the imagination, offering dreamy views of the city below.

Day 11: Cartagena
Location: Cartagena
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Mara (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning you’re free to explore Cartagena on your own or with your Contiki crew. Whether you go for the colonial era buildings, the coral reefs or both, make sure you save energy for this afternoon’s optional cruise. What could be better than touring the Bay of Cartagena by water, Cuba Libre in hand courtesy of the open bar on board? Afterwards, we’re back on land… only to be swept off our feet again at a local salsa dance class. In the afternoon we'll head to the walls of the Old City, where we'll have an authentic dinner at Cafe del Mar and watch the sunset. Pure bliss.

Day 12: End Cartagena
Location: Cartagena
Meals Included: Breakfast

And with that, we’ll go from Hola Colombia to Astalavista Colombia. We’ve cruised, we’ve danced… and we now have a coach load of new travel buds from all over the world to plan many adventures with for years to come. Every cloud…

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this Operator

Trusted Customer  

Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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    Contiki requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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