Tour Cartagena
Tour Cartagena
Tour Cartagena
Tour Cartagena
Day 1- Transfer from airport to selected hotel in Cartagena with Real Food, Real Places & Real People. (-/-/-)
Hotel Cartagena

Cartagena

Upon arrival at the Rafael Núñez Airport, you will be met by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Our guide will assist you at the hotel with the registration procedures (check-in).

With its breathtaking colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and narrow cobbled streets, the city of Cartagena de Indias is one of the most exciting destinations in Colombia. This Caribbean colonial jewel was the first Spanish colony on the South American mainland and one of the main ports for the Spanish fleet which turned the city into an important center of trade in the 16th century. It is a city full of history which has been an inspiration for artists, writers, historians and musicians. This vibrant and colorful city throughout the years has enchanted tourists with its fairy-tale charms that invite people to linger and explore the city for days.

NOTE: Our transfer fee includes transportation of one bag per person of up to 23kg (50 lbs) plus one carry on. If you plan to travel with additional luggage please let us know in advance in order to assign a different vehicle capacity for the transfer. Please keep in mind that additional costs may be charged.

Private service with English/Spanish-speaking guide, 2 hour duration, includes typical snack tasting.

We invite you to enjoy this delicious and colorful experience where you will be able to taste some of the local flavors of the city and learn about its culture. This walking tour through the inner walled section of the colonial city will let you experience Cartagena like a local resident in a neighborhood where people live, eat and shop.

This experience takes you to discover different sites and people from the colonial city, with whom the local residents relate on a daily basis as they pass by and stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or typical snacks.

Featuring seven authentic food stops with different delicious tastings, you get to escape the crowds and taste the best of what the city has to offer.

Along the way, your guide will entertain and tell you stories and insights into Cartagena’s culture and history. Take a break from being a tourist and discover the real Cartagena with us!

NOTE: We limit this tour up to 10 passengers. By restricting this tour to such a small number, we can guarantee that you will have a more personal and intimate experience.

Transportation is not necessary for passengers staying inside the colonial neighborhood. Passengers staying outside the colonial city will have two transfers included in the tour.

Day 2 - City tour + Monuments of Cartagena (Historic Center) (B/L/-)
Monuments Cartagena

Monuments Cartagena

Private service with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide, 4 hour duration, all entrance fees are included.

The tour begins with a visit to the “Convento de la Popa”, where the city’s highest point is located and you can enjoy the best view of the beautiful city of Cartagena. This convent was built in the 17th century by the Augustinian Monks. Initially it was just a small wooden chapel, but later it was replaced by a strong construction which still remains.

Continue with a visit to the “Castillo de San Felipe”. This castle was built by the Spaniards in the 1600s and it is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built in a Spanish colony. Located at the top of San Lázaro hill, its purpose was to protect and guard the city’s landward side from any attack or invasion. This fortress provides a complex system of tunnels connected with strategic points to distribute provisions and facilitate a possible evacuation. Additionally, the tunnel’s architecture was built so that any noise would echo along them, in order to make internal communications easier and hear even the slightest sound of the enemies approaching.

Afterwards, a walk through “Las Bóvedas” is included. These 23 vaults were built in the 18th century and they are considered the last major colonial construction made within the city walls for military purposes. The vaults were used as storerooms for munitions and provisions by the Spaniards, and later on, they became jail cells. Nowadays, they are used as crafts markets where you can find handicrafts, antiques, galleries, jewelry, clothing and souvenirs, among other things.

At the end of the tour you will visit the “Iglesia y Convento San Pedro de Claver”; this convent was founded in the early 17th century by San Ignacio de Loyola. The name of the church was given in honor to San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to the enslaved people brought from Africa. This baroque church has an imposing stone facade and inside there are fine stained-glass windows and a high altar made of Italian marble. You will also find a beautiful cloister surrounded with trees, a museum and the place where San Pedro Claver lived and died.

NOTE: It is important to remember, when visiting churches, monasteries, and shrines, women should not wear shorts or miniskirts and men should not wear shorts.

Day 3 - Rosario Islands (B/L/-)
Rosario Islands

Rosario Islands

Private transfer hotel-port-hotel with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide. Shared motorboat transfer from the port to Isla Grande and vice versa. Regular Boat.

It is time to step outside the walls of Cartagena and experience the beauty of one of the many islands located in Islas del Rosario: Isla Grande.

The Rosario Islands are located about 30 miles away from the city. An archipelago formed by coral reefs with small white sand beaches, and clear Caribbean waters that invite you to appreciate the diverse marine life. These small islands have been protected by the authorities since 1977, when they were declared a National Park. The park’s coral reefs, mangrove habitats and lagoons support more than 1,300 different species in nearly 500 square miles.

The day starts at your hotel where you will be picked up and transferred to the port. The boat usually departs at 9:00 am. You will head out from the port into open water for a 60 minute ride approximately to the island. Upon arrival you will disembark and have time to explore the island or just to relax.

You can sit on the small beach and rest, enjoy a walk around the island, sign up for a diving course in the coral reefs, swim or relax with a massage session. The hotel has a beach front bar and snacks can be purchased throughout the day. You will be arriving back to Cartagena between 4:00 and 4:30 pm.

Lunch is included with a set menu.

All extra activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving course, ecological walks, bicycle rides, massages, etc. must be paid in cash at the island.

This service does not include guide assistance, only the hotel staff is available on the island.

Departure time from the island is scheduled between 02:30 and 03:30 p.m. depending on the tide, waves and weather condition.

Approximate time to enjoy at the island: 5 hours.

Day 4 - Private transfer hotel to airport + guide (B/-/-)
Cartagena

Cartagena

Private transportation with Spanish-speaking driver and English/Spanish-speaking guide.

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and will take you to the Rafael Núñez Airport. We will assist you at the airport during the check-in at the airline counter to help you connect to your next destination.

End of our services.


SUGGESTED ACOMMODATIONS
Option 1: Sofitel Santa Clara

The itineraries are planned with great care, although, for operational reasons, it may be necessary to change the sequence of activities in the itinerary or the specified route, and though such cases are exceptional, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.

This former monastery dating from the 17th Century offers rooms with balconies overlooking the hotel’s grounds or the Caribbean. All of Sofitel Santa Clara’s rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Sofitel Santa Clara has 2 restaurants: El Claustro offers international cuisine, while the 1621 restaurant serves fine regional gourmet. Sofitel Santa Clara has extensive spa facilities including 8 cabins for treatments, a gym and a sauna.

Price per Person (3 nights)

$97500Base 2 pax
  • Double Accommodation + Land Services

Option 2: Lm Hotel

With a rooftop swimming pool with views of Cartagena, the hotel offers a hot tub and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi. Yacht tours and massage sessions can be booked.

Guests staying at Hotel Boutique LM can enjoy luxurious interiors with elegant chandeliers, rugs and dark burgundy sofas. They can take a trip to Popa Hill, just a 15-minute car ride or sunbathe in the poolside deck area. Rooms at Boutique LM are equipped with flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Some of them have balconies and feature baths. All rooms have modern concrete floors, decorated headboards and touches of contemporary design. An breakfast with world famous Colombian coffee is served daily. The restaurant, styled with upholstered chairs and vibrant artwork, serves local flavors and international dishes. Hotel Boutique is a 10-minute car drive from San Felipe Castle. The tour desk can arrange car rental and shuttles to the airport.

This former monastery dating from the 17th Century offers rooms with balconies overlooking the hotel’s grounds or the Caribbean. All of Sofitel Santa Clara’s rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Sofitel Santa Clara has 2 restaurants: El Claustro offers international cuisine, while the 1621 restaurant serves fine regional gourmet. Sofitel Santa Clara has extensive spa facilities including 8 cabins for treatments, a gym and a sauna.

Price per Person (3 nights)

$85600Base 2 pax
  • Double Accommodation + Land Services

Option 3: Bastion Hotel

Located in Cartagena Walled City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santo Toribio Church, Puerta del Reloj, and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent. Simon Bolivar House and Museum and University of Cartagena are also within 5 minutes. This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Free buffet breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a rooftop terrace, and meeting rooms.All 51 rooms offer free WiFi, minibars, and LED TVs with cable channels. Room service, rainfall showerheads, and ceiling fans are among the other amenities available to guests.

Price per Person (3 nights)

$82900Base 2 pax
  • Double Accommodation + Land Services

Please Inform Passengers: Tax exemption in hotels will only apply to foreigners who enter the country for tourism and leisure purposes; this means that all passports must be marked with the tourism stamp (different from business stamp) when passing through immigration. Exclusive Destinations won’t be responsible for the lodging taxes if and when passengers enter the country with a different stamp.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • No reservations have been placed.
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability .
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
  • Rates are quoted in single/double rooms, for other accommodations such as triple please re-quote.
  • Net prices, valid for 2015, except on Holly Week dates (28 March to 5 April), Christmas & New Year (Dic 17-Jan 18) and other National or Religious Holidays which may have special rates; please verify.
  • The program is quoted beginning on Friday in Bogotá. If beginning in midweek days, the rate may vary.
INCLUSIONS
  • Transportation airport / hotel / airport
  • Nights of accommodation in single/double room
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Hotel taxes
  • Private services with local English speaking guides
  • Permanent assistance by our offices in each city
EXCLUSIONS
  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Activities not described in the program
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Airport taxes

PRICES

All prices are in US Dollars and are subject to change without previous notice. Prices are per person based on two persons, in double occupancy room, unless otherwise specified.


ITINERARY

The itineraries are planned with great care, although, for operational reasons, it may be necessary to change the sequence of activities in the itinerary or the specified route, and though such cases are exceptional, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.


SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

The passenger is responsible for obtaining passports, visas, travel insurance, payment of excess baggage, personal requests such as extra drinks, laundry service, communication (calls, faxes, emails, etc.), national and international airport departure taxes, gratuities, or other services and fees not specified in the itinerary.


UNUSED SERVICES

Some services may be interrupted or cancelled due to climate conditions, force majeure reasons, acts of nature, strikes, etc., or others beyond the control of the hotels, airlines, other suppliers or Exclusive Destinations. No reimbursements will be made as a result of such interruptions or cancellations that escape our control.


INSURANCE

We highly recommend passengers to get trip cancellation, travel repatriation and international medical insurances to cover any inconveniences that may arise during the trip. We also urge them to check with their doctor to update vaccines and review medical concerns regarding international travel.


AIR TICKETS

Prices of air tickets are subject to change without previous notice until their final issuance. Flight schedules are subject to change by the airline companies up until the day of the flight. Additional restrictions, limitations, penalties and/or specific conditions may be placed by the airlines.


BOOKING CONDITIONS

Any reservation must include at least the following information about the passenger(s) or group:

a. Complete names and surnames
b. Nationalities
c. Passport numbers
d. Dates of Birth
e. Gender
f. Dietary restrictions, if any


FIT/GROUP SIZE DEFINITION

FIT’s conditions apply to a set of nine or less travelers.

GROUP conditions apply to a set of ten or more travelers.


PAYMENT CONDITIONS

Full payment is required on behalf of Exclusive Destinations:

  • 45 days prior to the date of arrival for FITs.
  • 60 days prior to date of arrival for Groups.
  • Payment constitutes the acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein.

CHILDREN´S POLICIES

Discounts will apply only for children younger than 3 years old (2 years, 11 months and 29 days old as an age limit)

A 30% discount off the total cost of an adult rate applies when a child shares the bed with his parents; that means, no additional bed is requested for him. Only one child per each double room is allowed.