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Colombia Emerging

7 days

A Uniquely Flexible Private Journey

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Discover Colombia… Past + Present

+ Get to know the many faces of Medellin, from the traditions that endure in countryside villages outside of town and its turbulent days in the 1980’s to its emergence as a city filled with art and a lively spirit.
+ On a high-mountain plateau, Bogotá sits amidst towering Andean peaks: Discover the capital’s fine Colonial-era landmarks and tour the amazing Gold Museum.

+ Discover Cartagena’s astounding wealth of Colonial-era fortifications, churches and other architectural landmarks from its days as one of the most important ports in the West Indies.
+ Experience Colombia’s captivating spirit as we take you inside the cultural, food and arts scenes of Cartagena, Medellin and Bogotá.
+ Get to know the works of Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s most revered artists.
+ With 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site

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1

Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the stylish Medellin Marriott Hotel.  Meals B
 

Founded by the Spanish in 1616 in the lovely Aburra Valley, Medellin is the country’s second largest city. Following its turbulent years in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, this historic city has emerged as a leading example of South American progress and civic pride. Trace Medellin’s development across the centuries and recent decades as you explore the historic center of town. In Parque Berrío, you’ll mingle with residents listening to the traditional Guasca melodies of local musicians. Then discover the whimsical sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero that grace a landscaped city plaza in the heart of the city. Then ride the Metro Cable Car up to the Santo Domingo neighborhood and take in the views of the city as our guide shares further insight into Medellin’s amazing transformation over the years. Accompanied by local artists, you’ll see colorful evidence of this urban transformation on a specially arranged guided walk that showcases some of Medellin’s vibrant street art. Meals B

This morning you’ll journey to the small village of Santa Elena. Here in the mountains outside of the city, the soils and climate are ideal for growing beautiful tropical flowers that are both exported and showcased in the Feria de Las Flores – an annual Flower Festival in Medellin. Spending time here with some organic flower farmers offers insight into their daily life and farming traditions.  Return to Medellin and we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Bogotá where you’ll be met and escorted to the luxurious Sofitel Victoria Regia. This evening, you’ll get to know the lively spirit of the city as you join friendly residents at a popular café that also serves as a neighborhood grocery store; usually with just a few tables and maybe a jukebox, these small establishments can be found throughout the city and offer an authentic experience of Colombian life. You might even join some of the locals for a round of tejo, a lively game popular with city residents. This evening, you’ll dine atop Monserrate Hill.  Meals B+D
 

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An early morning visit to the Paloquemao Market is a great way to experience daily city life. With colorful flowers, exotic fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, seafood and herbs arriving here on a daily basis from all regions of Colombia, this is one of the largest and most important markets in the country. Next, you’ll explore La Candelaria, Bogotá’s finely preserved Colonial district. In Plaza de Bolivar, the vibrant heart of the city, you’ll see historic landmarks like the Cathedral, Cardinal’s Palace and San Agustin Church.
 
Next up is the Museo del Oro, with its large collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. A staff expert will lead your tour, offering insight into the significance and history of the museum’s collection - with some objects dating back nearly 2,500 years. On the top floor, a vault-like room displays a priceless ensemble of ancient gold artifacts. Your sightseeing ends at the Museo del Botero, housed in a renovated Colonial-era mansion. In addition to a wonderful collection of Fernando Botero’s own contemporary works, the museum includes the personal collection donated by this respected local artist – including paintings by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Chagall and Monet.  Meals B
 

You’ll be escorted to the airport this morning for your included flight to Cartagena.  You’ll be escorted to the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. Situated in a restored convent, our luxury hotel blends Cartagena’s rich Colonial heritage with elegant French luxury.  Meals B
 

Cartagena was once one of the wealthiest ports in the West Indies. It’s recognized today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being one of the most extensive and complete fortified cities in the Americas. Along with Havana and San Juan, Puerto Rico, it was an essential link in the West Indies’ sea routes and provides a unique look into important chapters of world exploration and maritime trade in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. You’ll learn more about this rich heritage this morning as you tour San Felipe Fort, built in the 1600’s atop San Lázaro Hill to protect the city’s landward side. At the Church and Convent of San Pedro de Claver, founded in the early 17th century, you’ll find a handsome stone façade with Baroque flourishes and a fine ensemble of stained glass windows.
 
Inside the historic old walled city, you’ll mingle with residents in shops and eateries, sampling a variety of local specialties – both sweet and savory. This specially designed walking tour reveals not just the history of Cartagena, but the lively modern spirit of its residents.  Meals B
 

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7

Depart Colombia

You’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Coffee Triangle + Cocora Valley

3-Day Extension from $1,099

Enhance your Colombia tour with our Privately Guided Excursion into the Coffee Triangle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We include all transportation, fine accommodations, and complete sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

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Bogotá to Pereira in the Coffee Triangle

On the fourth morning of your 7-day Colombia Emerging tour, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight into the heart of Colombia’s coffee-producing region. Upon arrival in Pereira, a vibrant town situated in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, you’ll be chauffeured to the Hotel Sazagua, an enchanting retreat built in the style of a traditional hacienda.
 
This afternoon, your exploration of the Coffee Triangle  begins at Hacienda San Alberto, a working farm surrounded by vast coffee plantations. Learn about the entire cultivation process from seedlings to the final roasting of this world-famous coffee, and gain insight into why Colombia’s Coffee Cultural Landscape has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour includes lunch and a coffee tasting. Back at the Hotel Sazagua, you’ll have time to refresh before dinner.  Meals L+D.

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Cocora National Park + Salento

After breakfast, a full-day privately-guided excursion takes you deep into the heart of the breathtaking Cocora Valley, home to wax palm trees – the revered national tree of Colombia. Towering up to 200 feet in height, they can live more than 120 years. You’ll be welcomed on arrival with a glass of canelazo, a local cocktail flavored with cinnamon. Then explore the valley as your personal guide shares insight into the flora and fauna that thrive here in this unique eco-system. If you wish, you can join in the region’s conservation efforts by planting your own wax palm seedling.
 
Then continue through the lovely countryside to Salento, a charming town famed for its traditional bahareque architecture. Throughout town, but especially along Calle Real, you’ll find one and two-story whitewashed homes adorned with brightly painted doors, windows and balconies. Founded in 1842 as one of the first Spanish settlements in the region, Salento is also a wonderful place to immerse in the timeless rhythms of typical Antioquian life. Returning to Pereira, you’ll have time to refresh and relax at your hotel before dinner.  Meals B+L+D

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3

Back to Bogotá

After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your included flight included flight back to Cartagena. You’ll be escorted to the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel. Situated in a restored convent, our luxury hotel blends Cartagena’s rich Colonial heritage with elegant French luxury. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Machu Picchu

Enhance your trip to Peru with one of South America’s most inspiring sites, the fabled Lost City of the Inca! Our private tour includes roundtrip rail transportation from Cuzco, a choice of fine hotels, an extensive afternoon tour of Machu Picchu and the opportunity for a second sunrise visit – before the day visitors arrive!

Quito

Discover this fascinating city cradled high in the Andes. Our private tour includes a choice of fine hotels and a private tour showcasing the Colonial monuments and lively culture of Ecuador’s alluring capital.

Lake Titicaca

Enhance your travels through Peru and South America with our 3-day Private Tour and discover the indigenous communities and spellbinding beauty of Lake Titicaca. We include a choice of 5-star resorts, chauffeured airport transfers and a full-day guided excursion across the Lake.

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Save $1,000 Per Couple
+ $500 Solo

Pay in full at time of booking.

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    2020
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    2021
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1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021$4,599Available
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Additional Peak season surcharges apply January and during holidays.

Pay-In-Full

Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you pay-in-full at time of booking.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

Book Your Air

Ask about international air service, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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