COLOMBIA & CARNAVAL
9 days/8 nights for $1899 per person, double occupancy, visiting Bogota, Villa de Leyva, and Cartagena with a special day in Barranquilla to see the world's second largest Carnaval celebrations!
2 nights in Bogota at the Best Western Plus Parque 93 with breakfast, round trip airport transfers
Half day Bogota city tour with a visit to Monserrate Hill
Half day tour to the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira with lunch & drive to Villa de Leyva
2 nights in Villa de Leyva at the Hotel Campanario de la Villa with breakfast
Full day tour around Villa de Leyva including the Paleontological Museum and Raquira
Return to Bogota
Flight from Bogota to Cartagena
4 nights in Cartagena at the Hotel Casa Don Luis with breakfast, round trip airport transfers
Cartagena city tour with visit to San Felipe Fortress
Full day tour to Barranquilla with Carnival entrance tickets & boxed lunch
Optional: Full day Rosario Islands tour with lunch & round trip transfers to the dock - $106 per person
Double occupancy: $1899 per person
Single occupancy: $2629
Arrive in Bogota
Upon arrival, transfer to the Best Western Plus Parque 93.
After breakfast, take a tour of the historical center of Bogota, starting at the Plaza de Bolivar, the center of Colombia's legislative life, including the Presidential Palace. Visit the nearby Gold Museum, which holds over 34,000 pieces of metal-work from pre-Columbian cultures. Then take a funicular up to Monserrate Hill to see the best view of Bogota from the monastery on top.
Zipaquira's Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva
After breakfast, head to Zipaquira to see the underground Salt Cathedral, built 180 meters below the surface in an old salt mine. Take a tour of the majestic Cathedral* before enjoying lunch, then continue on to Puente de Boyaca, the site of the historic Battle of Boyaca that resulted in the liberation of what is now Colombia from Spanish rule. Arrive in Villa de Leyva and overnight at the Hotel Campanario de la Villa.
*Visiting the Salt Cathedral is not recommended for anyone with mobility issues or anyone who is pregnant.
Villa de Leyva
After breakfast, take a tour in and around Villa de Leyva, one of best preserved colonial towns in Colombia. The tour will include stops at the incredible Paleontological Museum, the Sante Ecce Homo Convent, and a visit to Raquira, a nearby town which is famous for its vibrant houses and arts & crafts. Return to Villa de Leyva for overnight.
Villa de Leyva - Cartagena
After breakfast, head out early in the morning to return to Bogota. From there, fly to Cartagena and transfer to the Hotel Casa Don Luis.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a panoramic tour of Cartagena's many neighborhoods, including Boca Grande, Getsemani, and Manga. Visit the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas, which the Spanish used to defend against English pirates. End the day with a walking tour of the historic walled city center of Cartagena, which is full of vibrantly colored houses.
Carnaval in Barranquilla
After breakfast, drive to Barranquilla to witness the Battle of the Flowers Parade, one of the long-standing Carnaval traditions in Barranquilla. Enjoy a boxed lunch and reserved seating while you watch the colorful floats and dancers celebrate. Return to Cartagena for overnight.
Free day in Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Cartagena, relax on the beach, or perhaps take an optional full day tour to the Rosario Islands for $106 per person - a National Natural Park where you can swim or snorkel among the coral reefs. Lunch and transfers to the dock included. Additional fees for snorkeling, the Aquarium, and other activities are not included.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
INTERNATIONAL airfare available upon request.
Accommodations & daily breakfast
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Local English-speaking guides
Sightseeing & Entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
Entrance, reserved seating, and boxed lunch at the Barranquilla Carnaval
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Round trip airport transfers with the group
Flight from Bogota to Cartagena
Additional transfer costs for transfers not with the group
Gratuities for guides, drivers, waitstaff, bellhops, etc.
Services not listed on the itinerary
Small Group Vaccination Requirements
Due to the increased potential for the spread of COVID-19 within a small group,
we require all travelers who sign up for our small group trips to be
fully vaccinated and boosted with the most recent booster.
We recommend getting your booster about one month before departure.