8 Day Classic Colombia
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|2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $300|
|Hotel||Dates||Embark||Tour Starts||Ship||Land Only||Air & Land|
|Only 1 seat left!||$1049||$1569*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Medellin-Cartagena & Cartagena-Bogota.
The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events
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Escorted Package Includes
- Flights Miami-Medellin, Bogota-Miami
Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- All intra-flights: Medellin-Cartagena & Cartagena-Bogota
- 7 nights accommodations
- 3 nights Medellin
- 2 nights Cartagena
- 2 nights Bogota
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of English-speaking local guides
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Discover Medellin in the beautiful Aburra Valley, named the "City of Eternal Spring"
- Stay in magical Cartagena, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a true cultural treasure!
- Tour Cartagena's Colonial District, view Bolivar Park, Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum
- Stand before the impressive collection of pre-Columbian gold pieces at the Gold Museum
- Visit La Candelaria District renowned for its perfectly preserved Colonial architecture
- View the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, the famed Colombian artist
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. Some hotels in Bogota are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is situated in the middle of the bay in the Bocagrande neighborhood of Cartagena, and is a ten minute taxi ride away from the old city.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Depart for Santa Elena, a small colonial town high in a mountainside near Medellin. It is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tour the area where the well-known floral arrangements have become a famous symbol of Medellin. Explore an organic flower farm and immerse yourself in the euphoric sights and smells of the plants. Marvel at the spectacular flower sculptures and diverse species of plants. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee. Afterwards, return to the hotel in Medellin.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #2||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022||$49.00|
Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the area's top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656 foot high monolith. You'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. Tour the iconic sites of the town like the historic church, town square and traditional colored streets. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the country's largest lakes. Time to stroll along the boardwalk and relax at one of the cafes. Return to the hotel in Medellin.
Entrance fees to the Peñol Boulder and boat ride on the lake are included.
Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.
|Day #3||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022||$85.00|
Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #5||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022||$65.00|
Upon arrival, meet your main instructor and watch a video about Colombian emeralds to learn fascinating facts regarding these gemstones, including how they are mined and carved. Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds. A hands-on class follows, where you use 925 sterling silver wire and Colombian emeralds to create three pieces of jewelry, a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a ring. At the conclusion of the class you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Day #5||01 Sep 2021 - 31 Dec 2022||$25.00|
Drive north from Bogota towards Zipaquira. Traveling through the Sabana de Bogota, you'll see the many greenhouses used for the cultivation of carnations and roses, an important industry in this region. Next, arrive at the impressive Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine at 500 feet beneath the surface, a true feat of engineering. Begin the tour in a tunnel that passes the 14 Stations of the Cross and continues to a lit dome. Later, see the enormous cross carved into the rock and the three naves of the Cathedral representing the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, with a huge salt cross created by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee before returning to Bogota.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours
|Day #6||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022||$55.00|
Board the Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. After a short hike, reach the top of Monserrate. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota. Visit the 17th century church and the "El Señor Caído" shrine that welcomes pilgrims all year long.
*This Optional Tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, fear of confined space or heights, or who have heart conditions.
Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.
|Day #7||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022||$29.00|
Tour manager Carlos was stellar! He is highly organized, personable, patient, remembered the smallest details, followed up with questions even when he was incredibly busy, and provided great background as well as suggestions. He's excellent! The local guide Julian, in Medellin, also needs to be recognized. He made history come to life in his stories that he shared. We were all so engaged in his stories and details about Medellin. All of the local guides and drivers did an outstanding job. They could not have been more kind and clearly took our enjoyment and safety as highly as their own. We had a wonderful group and were on the go a lot though got to see so much. Colombia left me so inspired!Lee W.
Thank you Gate 1I was a little nervous about traveling because of virus. The entire trip was EXCELLENT. We can't figure out how you make a profit with all the extra goodies you throw in. Leon our Tour Guide handled the group and any issues with 100% Grace-Professional. Thank you again and again Gate 1 for another miracle.Martha N.
Wanted to take a moment to sing praises of Juan and his support staff as guides on our Colombia trip. The experience was very wonderful, and Juan went above and beyond the necessary. He shared with us his personal experience and love of country/history. He took care of every emergency. He kept a genuine positive demeanor throughout. I would say without hesitation that Juan was the best single part of this trip. Special mention goes to Carlos, but that goes for the others as well. Their connection made us feel very comfortable and delighted to be with them.Miguel M.
We greatly enjoyed our trip to Bogota. We were enchanted with Colombia's natural beauty, energy of the city, art, culture and cuisine. We even watched Tour of Bogota, the cycling race. We were very glad that we had the same awesome guide Luis on all our optional tours.Joanna R. Chicago, IL
The trip was amazing! The tour guides exceeded my expectations! They were knowledgeable and so helpful!!!! I love Gate 1!Lynn C. Philadelphia, PA
Excellent. Colombia is such a diverse and interesting place. I would go back now that I have had an introduction. Thanks for such a great deal which enabled me to go to such a wonderful place.William G. Mashpee, MA
Wonderful! Our guide, Juan, was very professional, efficient, and friendly. All guides were! Accommodations were good to great. Thank you! Looking forward to my Greece trip booked with you!Michelle R. Chambersburg, PA
We loved our trip to Cartagena. Highlight was the walking City tour with Vicky....she was excellent. Very informative, funny, and great at keeping the group together/moving along.Debra W. Jupiter, FL
It was very nice, thank you. Everything went as planned, the day tour was nice and our tour guide was knowledgeable and patient with us as a group even though it was very very hot out that day. The day tour at the Rosario Islands was beautiful as well.Daniella M. Barnegat Township
My trip could not have been better. The local guides were terrific. Zero complaints about the accommodations and activities. We even had a group that got along the whole trip. I would especially like to single out my tour manager, Alejandra. I can't say enough good things about her. She is an absolute gem. Kept everything moving. Was great with everyone. And was genuinely fun to be around. I would tour South America with her anytime. Can't wait for our next Gate 1 trip in December.Donald R. Mount Vernon, OH
It was a great trip. Our guides Victoria & Leon were absolutely the best!!! Our hotels were wonderful and the trip was full of activity. The airline was very good. Can't say enough about this trip ...Doris H. Lehigh Acres, FL
A very enjoyable and memorable trip. My wife and I had a great time, made many new friends that I'm sure will see on future Gate 1 tours. Karin was funny, knowledgeable and very accommodating to everyone which makes it easy to plan another trip.Raymond C. San Ramón, CR
My first adventure internationally was a big success. I loved Colombia. And our tour guide, Patricia was knowledgeable, patient and super fun. So glad for this experience. I look forward to another Gate 1 trip in the future.Alice B. Decatur, GA
My trip to Colombia was fantastic! The group was terrific and the tour manager Leon was simply fabulous and just went above and beyond! Can’t wait to go on my next trip with Gate 1 in April to Croatia + Slovenia!Christine E. Lansdale, PA
Our trip was GREAT!!! It was so much more than what we expected. Our trip director Juan deserves a 10+++ rating. His attention to detail was beyond amazing. Gate 1’s travel itinerary for this tour was great as well. We learned so much about Columbia and had so much fun. We plan to take other trips with Gate 1, but I have to say this one will be a hard act to follow.Carmen V. Ocala, FL
My Gate 1 trip to Colombia was amazing. It far exceeded my expectations for the tour and for the country and I was already expecting a pretty great experience. You all did a very nice job. John the tour guide was exceptional, competent and very accommodating. I have no complaints and would HIGHLY recommend the tour to anyone asking. Thank you for such a nice travel experience.Bruce R. Denver, CO
The trip was amazing. Loved every minute of it. Karen Zuniga, our Gate1 tour guide was excellent. She took great care of us from start to finish. Julian ... was also an excellent local guide in Medellin as well as Leon in Bogota and best of all was Vicky in Cartegena. The entire group exchanged information and we are sharing our pictures with one another. We all became one big family during the trip. We are already looking for other great deals from Gate1 for our next vacation.Javier A. Coral Gables, FL
Hi Caitlin, Thanks for reaching out. My family really enjoyed our time in Colombia, and we'd like to send our special thanks to Andie for her excellent tourguiding, friendliness, and care for all members in our group. The tour itself was well organized and not too packed. Overall we are very satisfied.Linh P. Saint Paul, MN
My trip was absolutely superb. My first time with Gate 1 and I came away duly impressed. Guides, hotels, transportation, food was all superb. I have previously traveled with Tauck and Overseas Adventures. You will be seeing a lot more of me in the future. I especially want to commend you on the caliber of the tour leader and the various local city guides. All your personnel were extraordinary - competent and knowledgeable. Kudos for a job well done.Richard W. Sherman Oak, CA
It was wonderful! Our tour manager Vicky was the best!! Knowledgeable, upbeat and always going above and beyond to make everyone happy and engaged. She’s a real asset for Gate 1.Denise E. Biltmore Lake, NC
The trip was great! We really enjoy it! Andres was a very good tour guide director!Francis C. Quebec, CA
Fantastic!! David and John were phenomenal. Can’t wait until my next tripMichelle S. Dallas, TX
Good trip! Fast, educational, good guide - Paulo, good hotels, good food, good flights! A real travel bargain! Nice group of travelers. I'll travel on Gate 1 again. Already looking for another trip.Karyn S. Ponte Vedra, FL
My trip was great! I really enjoyed my time in Colombia. It's a country that I would recommend anyone to visit. The tour guide person was very professional, informative, and sweet.Shelly L. Philadelphia, PA
We are very pleased. It was an expectacular trip and the memories wil be with us for a long time. We will like to commend your Colombian Tour guide Diego. He was instrumental on the well-being of everyone on our tour. The only thing we can complain about, it the fact that time flew by so fast. We are looking forward to traveling again with you in the future.Alexsandro B. Miami, FL
The trip was amazing!! Our guide Juan was EXCELLENT in every sense of the word! The other guides Pati and Vicki were amazing too! I will be using Gate 1 Travel for my future travels.Salome G. Marietta, GA
Fantastic. Excellent. Guide staff very professional and entertaining. Well versed in the country, history and culture. Will go back again!Margarita C. Cutler Bay, FL
The trip was great. We had an excellent guide Juan who took a very good care of everything. I would highly recommend this trip to Colombia to all my friends.Galina O. Fair Lawn, NJ
Fantastic. We had a terrific time. The guides were very attentive and made our trip. Leon is the best!Paulette A. Woodstock, GA
Thanks for putting such a great package together. Hoping to book the Morocco tour next.Jennifer C. La Jolla, CA
The trip was better than what I was expecting. I thought much of the tour was on our own, but turns out, it was escorted most of the time. I got to see the highlights of Colombia and I am impressed of what I saw. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an experience in South America.Rodger W. Narrows, VA
It was amazing.. I truly enjoy it... Love Gate 1 Travel. It was a small group, so we were like family. Tour manager was awesome. Thank you.Maria R. Miami, FL
Best trip ever. Superb guide. Great fun. Nonstop entertainment.Would love to return to Columbia. Beautiful beaches, great hotel in Cartegena. A zoo on site. Just fabulous.Dorothy D. Saint Louis, MO
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time and our tour guide was amazing!! We loved our hotel in Cartagena, good job. We will be traveling with you guys again. Thanks for making our travel an amazing time.Yrmaris V. Port of Spain, Trinidad
The 5 Day Classic Colombia Trip was fantastic! It was everything expected and more! The two tour guides Vicky and Juan were exceptional. I was particularly impressed with Vicky. Many thanks for a great trip and May of 2017, (Ecuador), will be my 3rd Gate 1 trip!Kevin J. Covington, LA
Once again Gate1 provided a memorable experience. Our tour guide, Leon, the hotels, NH and Caribe, the city guides, Juan and Sam and all the Colombians we met were wonderful. They went out of their way to make our stay a treasured memory. Yo amo Colombia y Gate1!!!!Denise F. Charlestown, RI
My trip was amazing!! I really enjoyed everything we did in Colombia. Our tour guide, Victoria, was so much fun and made such a difference in our experience. I highly recommend her for future trips to Colombia. I think it's my 4th trip with Gate 1. I've never been disappointed. I'm looking forward to Dubai next month.Sylvia C. San Antonio, TX
Our trip was wonderful our guides Andres and Samuel were great the tours were great, Cartagena was like a sauna hot and steamy. The accommodations were great especially the Caribe in Cartagena. Food was good so all in all a great rip.Geoffrey W. Toledo, OH
The trip was outstanding for me and my travel partner, Jeffery Stroud. The other people in this group were all friendly and outgoing personalities. I cannot applaud our in-country guide Karen, with enough accolades. She was always available, knowledgeable and cheerful. The flight home was very turbulent but we survived. Thanks also, to Gate 1 for sponsoring such a wonderful trip. Looking forward to booking the next experience.John B. Brooklyn, NY
It was great. I want to compliment our program director and our local guide in Cartagena. Both were great and made sure that all of us were taken care. A great bargain trip.Maria P. Chevy Chase, MD
It was incredible. Our guide Ernesto was the best. He was knowledgeable, professional and went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable. I am already planning my next trip with Gate 1 to Argentina & Brazil. Gate 1 has excellent local guides and itineraries. They also give great value.Carol M. Harbor Spgs, MI
The trip was amazing!!!!! The country was beautiful.. Juan our travel guide was amazing.. He made the trip very memorable-- very knowledgable and just all around awesome.. He stayed on top of everything & made sure we were comfortable in every aspect of the trip. He loved his job and you can tell he loved his job... Thank you for checking upWedney J. Hallandle Bch, FL
We had a great trip. LanChile's service was excellent, hotels were very comfortable and well located and excellent breakfast. Our guide Sam was very helpful, professional and had excellent English.Gloria R. Miami, FL
Thank you! Our trip was great, Gate 1 goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels secure and comfortable. My husband and I were very satisfied with our trip, the hotels were very nice and the tours very educational. Sam did an exceptional job from start to end, he was extremely helpful. We would definitely recommend Gate 1 to our family and friends. Thank you.Rosa M. Lynwood, CA
It was fun. The airline gave us excellent inflight and on time service, the hotels were nice and clean with good staff and the tours were very nice.Maria P. Boynton Beach, FL
Our trip was wonderful. We found everything to be "as described" in your advertisement. We are especially grateful to our tour guide, Paulo, for making the trip so enjoyable and memorable. We'll visit with Gate 1 Travel again! Thanks for asking.Millard R. St. Petersburg, FL
The trip was good! Thanks! Andres was a great tour director. He was available and helpful at all times. Looking forward to more trips in the future.Elisabeth H. San Francisco, CA
The tour was fantastic. There were 29 travelers in the group and our tour manager was David. David was great and very knowledgeable about his country and was so enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge with the group. The hotels in both Bogota and Cartena were centrally located to restaurants and shopping. Our local guide, John in Bogota was very knowledgeable about the Colonial district of La Candaleria in Bogota and the Botero Museum in Bogota. I took the Funicular Train to Monserrate Mountain. This is an amazing site overlooking Bogota. In Cartagena, we had Vicki who was with us on the optional tour to the Mangrove. She brought this place alive with her information. I certainly enjoyed the old town in Cartagena. This tour was well-planned and executed. David, John and Vicki are certainly great asset to Gate 1. They were all very professional and friendly. They made sure everyone was well taken care. This is my second trip with Gate 1 and I will be on a third trip to Vietnam next year.Ramsahai S. Jamaica, NY
Our trip was great! We had a wonderful time visiting Columbia. The weather was nice during our visit and all tours that we took were well-planned and executed. The main tour guide, John Parou was EXCELLENT. He's a natural-born leader and he made sure that everyone's expectations were met and more. His knowledge of the areas we visited were good and he always went the extra mile to make sure the entire group had a good time and enjoyed every moment of the trip. Without John, the trip just wouldn't have been as enjoyable. He is a great asset to Gate 1, very professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and everything went smoothly under his leadership. Victoria Olivo was also excellent at her part of our trip, guiding us through the streets of Cartenega and showing us all of the interesting parts of her city. She was knowledgeable, good-natured, answering everyone's questions, and making us all feel as if we were a part of her family. This was our first trip with Gate 1, but it won't be our last. Upon until this point, most of our trips have been cruises, so if Gate 1 has any good deals on cruise trips, then please send those to us. Gate 1 was fantastic and we enjoyed our trip tremendously.James M. Anniston, AL