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Overview
The Colombia Express tour starts in Cartagena and ends in Bogota. The Colombia Express is an Adventure tour that takes 8 days taking you from Cartagena to Bogota and through other destinations in Colombia.

Say hola to Colombia on this short tour, done on comfortable private transport throughout. Enjoy a coffee tour through the leafy plantations and discover the buzzing highlights that have made this country so popular in recent years. From the metropolis of Medellín where you can enjoy the sights via cable car, to the buzzing hub of Bogotá, we travel through Colombia hiking through stunning valleys and meeting locals along the way.
customer reviews
4.2 - Very Good Based on 14 reviews
Excellent
5 - Excellent
“This was a short but packed tour that covered one gem of Colombia after another. Tour leader Andres led our small group through from lovely vistas to lush valleys cable cars palm trees and coffee tours with a sense of passion and adventure.”
Very Good
4 - Very Good
“The tour was as itinerary & enjoyed trip overall.Quite tricky joining group that had already been travelling & had had some issues eg hot water which I didnt get either for first 3 nights - not good as paid extra nights. Hotels generally good esp location”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
“The tour really brings you into the true Colombian culture that offers a wide range of acrivities. From the sights food and the people this trip has been a great experience. ”
Average
3 - Average
“The tour cover the most of tourist places/cities Colombia. Trip schedule could be done better. Most of the times we traveled during the day: between 9am - 4pm and this resulted in restricted abilities to book additional activities. ”
Cartagena is one of the most interesting colonial towns on the continent and where the film Romancing the Stone was based. Wander the fascinating narrow streets adorned with wooden balconies and hanging plants. There are several interesting sites to see such as a visit to Castillo San Felipe and the fortress on San Lazaro hill. Beneath this fortress is a maze of tunnels and there are still cannons in place along the battlements. Also worthwhile is a trip up La Popa hill to visit the colourful convent with great views over the city. The Boca Grande area of Cartagena is where Colombians come for their beach holidays and it is full of shops, nightclubs and bars. Near Cartagena is the Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, a mud volcano where you can relax and wallow in the mud, which is believed to be a good treatment for the skin.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Villa Colonial or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • City tour – US$50 including entrance fees to San Felipe Castle, La Popa and the Gold Museum
  • Totumo Volcano – US$26
  • Chiva party (3 hours), includes drinks on the bus – US$20
Departing Cartagena, we fly to Medellín, where we have the chance to explore the second largest city in Colombia. Famous for its pleasant weather, it earns the nickname “the City of Eternal Spring”. Here we enjoy an orientation tour using local transport including metro and cable-car. Visit The Metropolitan Cathedral in Boliva Park which holds the record for most clay bricks of any building in the world with over 1.1 million.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Poblado Botique or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
Staying the night in a Hacienda we can enjoy a coffee tour where you will receive a comprehensive account of the coffee making process. The itinerary will include learning about the culture, history and varieties of coffee, witnessing the roasting process, flavour experimentaion, a walk through the plantation, and visiting the wet mill where packaging takes place. You can also discover the 100 year history of the estate (Main House) which is a symbol of the typical architecture you can find in this region.

Please note: In some instances depending on group size, some rooms may have to share a bathroom.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hacienda Venecia or similar . No single room upgrade available.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)
Nestled in the Zona Cafetera region of Colombia, Salento is a coffee addicts heaven. We take a jeep from town to the Cocora Valley and spend a whole day hiking through the lush green hills. The hike provides sweeping views of the valley and the iconic wax palms, Colombia´s national symbol. In the evenings, make sure you try the region´s speciality, trucha, a fish normally served with rice but cooked many different ways.
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Salento Real or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 2 Breakfast(s)
We fly to Bogotá, formerly called Santa Fe de Bogotá. It is the capital and the largest city of Colombia with a population of seven million. We will be staying in the Candelaria district an excellent location within walking distance of many of the main sights including the main square - Plaza Bolívar, the Cathedral and Simón Bolívar's house. You may like to take the funicular to Monserrate for the incredible city views, or visit the world famous gold museum.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Regina or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Gold Museum – US$2
  • Cerro de Monserrat, the cable car to Monserrat for views of the city – US$9
  • Botero Museum- Free
  • Graffiti Tour- Free but donations welcomed
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 7 night(s) in hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfast(s), 1 Local Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)
Transport
  • flight(s), Private Vehicle, 4WD
Excursions
  • Orientation tour using local transport in Medellín
  • Overnight excursion to a working coffee plantation & guided tour
  • Cocora Valley
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Cartagena, Colombia/ Bogota, Colombia
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 22 April 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Colombia Express tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Colombia Express tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Colombia Express tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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