Colombia Experience



Colombia Experience

Villa de Leyva, is a Colombian town northeast of Bogotá. Its known for its vast Plaza Mayor, dominated by the 17th-century Our Lady of the Rosary church, surrounded by whitewashed colonial buildings and cobbled streets. Here, two prominent buildings are worth a visit; the house of Antonio Nariño, who translated the Rights of Man into Spanish and the House of the 1st Congress of The United Provinces in which new laws were drafted after its independence in 1812.

Starting in Bogota, explore its fascinating Old Town, then continue to Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful towns in Colombia. Nearby is Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, founded in 1620, the most outstanding Spanish legacy. Transfer to the colonial city of Cartagena, once a jewel of the Spanish crown and now known for its architectural beauty. Perfectly located in the Caribbean Sea is Islas del Rosario, a coral island archipelago with beautiful beaches.

And, experience Spanish legacy in its colonial towns.

What We Love
  • Discover  Bogota and the immense underground ‘Salt Cathedral’ in Zipaquira
  • Explore the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful in Colombia.
  • Visit Cartagena, once a jewel in the Spanish crown and UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Colombia Experience

Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Cartagena
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and private transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Overnight at Grand House.

Day 02 – City Tour
Bogotá Enjoy a half day private tour to La Candelaria (Old Bogota), a lively section of the city that features small shops and ancient churches. Highlights include The Plaza de Bolivar and The Bogota Cathedral. Your afternoon is free to explore and a visit to The Gold Museum is recommended.
Overnight at Grand House (B)

Day 03 – Salt Cathedral Tour
Bogotá With your private guide and driver, take a 50km trip to Zipaquira, an area known for its many salt mines. The main attraction is the Salt Cathedral, an immense excavation capable of accommodating 8400 people. The central nave houses the main altar, a 16 meter cross, and the Creation of Man, a marble statue by the sculptor Carlos Enrique Rodríguez. In the afternoon we will continue to the beautiful colonial town of Villa de Leyva , considered one of the finest in Colombia.
Overnight at Hotel La Plazuela de San Agustín (B)

Day 04 – Transfer
Cartagena Today enjoy a free morning to explore this lovely town. Return later to Bogotá with a stop in the Convento Ecce Huomo. Founded in 1620, it was an important point of evangelization in a region populated by infidel Indian communities. Later, take a flight to Cartagena on the north Caribbean coast. Upon arrival, private transfer to the hotel of your choice.  
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 05 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Cartagena is an ancient walled fortress city and today we’ll have a look around the fascinating Old Town, starting in Parque Bolívar with a statue of El Libertador in the centre. Visit Museo del Oro, which exhibits archaeological objects of the pre Hispanic culture and the Palace of the Inquisition, recognisable from its baroque entrance door. The meetings of the tribunal took place in the palace, and it housed the prison and torture chambers for the alleged opponents of the Catholic Church. The visit continues to the Santo Domingo church and the cathedral to end in the Ramparts and the Museo de Las Fortificaciones. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Days 06 & 07 – Explore the Surrounds
Cartagena Today is free and you might consider visiting the Islas del Rosario, an archipelago of around 25 small coral islands or, further afield, the islands of San Andres, once the headquarters of the pirate Henry Morgan, ‘the scourge of the Caribbean’.
Overnight at La Passion (B)

Day 08 – Depart
Bogotá Private transfer to the airport for the your flight to Bogotá and connect with onward flight. (B)

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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities. From the Amazon region, it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.

When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism. July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.