Luxury Colombia Tours

Introduction to Colombia
(6 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena

Highlights of Colombia
(9 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Cartagena

Cartagena in Depth
(5 Days)
Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Best of Medellin
(5 Days)
Medellin & environs

Essence of Colombia
(10 Days)
Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena

Discover Colombia
(8 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Insider Colombia
(9 Days)
Medellin, Isla Baru, Cartagena

Romantic Colombia
(7 Days)
Cartagena & Rosario Islands, Isla Baru

Journey Through Colombia
(12 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena

Multi-Country Tours

Highlights of Colombia & Peru
(12 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Highlights of Colombia

(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Cartagena

Experience the very best of Colombia on this private luxury tour that includes the cultural, culinary and natural highlights of the country.

Begin in Bogota, the lively, high-altitude capital of Colombia. During private touring with an expert guide and driver, visit the city's most interesting museums and historic neighborhoods. See spectacular ancient gold artifacts at the impressive Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and work by famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero at the Botero Museum. In the colonial-era La Candelaria district, walk the cobblestone backstreets, and see the ornate interiors of the Church of Santa Clara. Also see important landmarks surrounding Bolivar Square, such as the National Capitol, the Palace of Justice and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota. Visit colorful Paloquemao Market to learn about Colombian produce and sample delicious local fruit and other foods. Also, if desired, ride a cable car or tram up Monserrate, a mountain towering above the city center, for expansive views and a visit to the pilgrimage church on top. Other options include seeing buildings adorned with elaborate graffiti; browsing the boutiques of the affluent Zona Rosa neighborhood; and visiting Quinta de Bolivar, the former house and gardens of Simon Bolivar. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange private cooking classes, guided hikes in the hills outside Bogota, excursions outside the city to a coffee farm or the Salt Cathedral and tickets to performances at the renowned Teatro Colon.

Next, fly to the Coffee Triangle, the heartland of traditional Colombian culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During private touring with an expert guide and driver, travel through lush, mountainous landscapes, quaint towns, and coffee and banana plantations. Visit a coffee farm to learn how local farmers produce some of the world's finest coffee, and experience the aromas and flavors during a private coffee tasting. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the beautiful cloud forest scenery of the Cocora Valley, where grasslands and steep hillsides are dotted with tall, slender wax palms, Colombia's national tree. Also visit the charming towns of Filandia, famous for handwoven baskets, and Salento, where the streets are lined with colorful buildings.

Continue to Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia. During private touring, delve into the city's colorful history, and learn about its transformation over recent decades. Visit the Antioquia Museum, which has exhibits ranging from pre-Columbian artifacts to modern art, and walk among dozens of chubby sculptures by Medellin-native Fernando Botero in the plaza in front. Journey by municipal cable car into the hills to take in unique views of the rooftops of the city and see interesting contemporary architecture, such as the Biblioteca Espana (Spain Library). If desired, also ride the elevated metro train for a glimpse into city life and impressive views of Medellin and the green hills surrounding it. Other touring options include visiting the Park of Lights, the Botanical Garden, Arvi Park nature preserve and sites related to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, and seeing other monuments and sculptures significant to the city's history.

Conclude in Cartagena, a historic port on the Caribbean Sea and Colombia's most beautiful city. During a private walking tour of the walled Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—stroll through picturesque cobblestone streets where colorful colonial buildings are draped with bougainvillea. Walk through Plaza Bolivar, a leafy square surrounded by colonial architecture, and perhaps catch sight of Palenquera women wearing vibrant clothing and balancing bowls of fruit on their heads. Visit the colonial-era Church and Monastery of San Pedro Claver, and, if desired, see the Palace of the Inquisition, an attractive building with a grisly past. One day, venture with your private guide and driver to the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the mammoth fortress that protected Cartagena from invaders; visit Convento de la Popa, a monastery on the highest point in the city, for panoramas over Cartagena and the harbor; and perhaps explore local neighborhoods, such as Getsemani and Bocagrande. Also enjoy time to shop for local designs, crafts and fashions at upscale boutiques. One evening, if desired, enjoy a private salsa class. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange additional activities, such as a private food tour, private rum and chocolate tasting or canoe ride through mangroves; an excursion to the Cartagena Botanical Garden; and a private yacht excursion to the nearby Rosario Islands.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Bogota
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Bogota
Full-day private city tour
Day 3 Bogota – Coffee Triangle
Private airport transfer for flight to Armenia or Pereira. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. En route, private coffee farm tour and tasting
Day 4 Coffee Triangle
Morning privately guided hike in the Cocora Valley. Afternoon flexible private tour
Day 5 Coffee Triangle – Medellin
Private transfer to Pereira or Armenia for flights to Medellin, via Bogota. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 6 Medellin
Full-day private city tour
Day 7 Medellin – Cartagena
Private airport transfer for flight to Cartagena. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private walking tour of historic center
Day 8 Cartagena
Full-day private tour. Optional evening private salsa lesson
Day 9 Depart Cartagena
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Bogota:

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina or Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Coffee Triangle: Hacienda Bambusa, Casa San Carlos Lodge, Bio Habitat Hotel or Hotel Sazagua
Medellin: Medellin Marriott Hotel
Cartagena: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara or Casa San Agustin

Cost
$11,455 Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Colombia Tours

Introduction to Colombia
(6 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena

Highlights of Colombia
(9 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Cartagena

Cartagena in Depth
(5 Days)
Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Best of Medellin
(5 Days)
Medellin & environs

Essence of Colombia
(10 Days)
Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena

Discover Colombia
(8 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena & Rosario Islands

Insider Colombia
(9 Days)
Medellin, Isla Baru, Cartagena

Romantic Colombia
(7 Days)
Cartagena & Rosario Islands, Isla Baru

Journey Through Colombia
(12 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena

Multi-Country Tours

Highlights of Colombia & Peru
(12 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Testimonials

Our Colombia trip was marvelous…everything we hoped for and more. We enjoyed seeing the country and learning about the history and diversity of the various regions. All of the guides and drivers were fantastic.
~ J.C., Fergus, Ontario, Canada

The Colombia trip was a great success, including the excellent service that you provided, as well as the accommodations, tours and connections.
~ D.M., Toronto, ON

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