Magical Colombia

8 Day Package from Bogota to Cartagena

According to the 2014 WIN/Gallup International Association’s End of Year Survey of 65 countries, Colombia is the second-happiest country in the world. Monograms wants to bring you happiness, which is why we’ve handled all of your Colombia travel details, so you can experience this fascinating country and remain happy throughout your vacation. On this 8-day vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations (including porterage), daily breakfast and a couple of lunches, private airport transfers to/from your intra-vacation flights, and sightseeing. Plus, we want you to feel comfortable and know you have a friend in each city to help you. That’s why we’ve arranged the one-of-a-kind feature of a Monograms Local Host® in Bogota, Pereira, and Cartagena. This local expert will greet you with a warm welcome, present you with materials to familiarize you with each city, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly by answering questions, arranging optional excursions, and offering suggestions for restaurants, shops, and more.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Bogota, where your Local Host will greet you and help you get settled. The next day, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for private sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share the city’s inside stories and interesting history as you walk through the colonial part of the city and visit a colorful market. You’ll visit the Gold Museum, with one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, with paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. You’ll top your day off with a funicular ride to 10,000-foot Mount Monserrate, where expansive views of Bogota await you. A full day in Bogota on your own will give you the opportunity to explore one of the roughly 50 museums, browse the markets and shops, or take an optional excursion to the Zipaquirá’s underground salt cathedral, a popular pilgrimage site.

The following day, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for a flight to Pereira, where you’ll be greeted by your Local Host, who will help you get settled and ready to explore this area in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. This area is the third-largest producer of coffee in the world, and we’ll take you to a coffee farm so you can learn about the process and walk through the plantations. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Cocora Valley, where you can take part in a ritual to plant one of Colombia’s national trees; Salento, where you’ll explore this typical village; and Filandia, a traditional Colombian village.

We’ll once again escort you via private transportation from your hotel to the airport, where you’ll board a flight for Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast. In Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1533, you’ll be greeted by your Local Host, who will escort you on a tour of the must-see sights: the Monastery of La Popa, built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century and offering beautiful views of the city, its beaches, and the Caribbean Sea; San Felipe Fort, built to protect the city; Old Cartagena, with its colorful streets and plazas; and San Pedro Claver Convent, home to impressive pre-Colombian artifacts. You’ll also have a full day to explore Cartagena on your own. Be sure to ask your Local Host for suggestions.

As we’ve mentioned, Colombia equals happiness. Add the sightseeing and guides we’ve arranged, the hotels we’ve reserved, the daily breakfast we’ve included, and the services of a Local Host in each city, and you’ve got a vacation sure to make you happy—just like the Colombians!


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Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Bogota, Pereira & Cartagena

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily2 lunches

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Admire one of South America’s most beautiful port cities, Cartagena. Your Local Host will personally escort through the must-see sights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including La Popa Monastery, San Felipe Fort, the walled city, and San Pedro Claver Convent.

DAY
1
Arrive in Bogota, Colombia

Arrive in Bogota, where you will be met by your Local Host.

DAY
2
Bogota

Included private sightseeing starts in a colorful MARKET in the heart of the city, where you will learn about traditional Colombian food. Continue walking through the well-preserved colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, before visits to the GOLD MUSEUM, housing one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the BOTERO MUSEUM, featuring famous paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. Cap your day off with a FUNICULAR ride up to Mount Monserrate at 10,000 feet for expansive views of Bogota.

DAY
3
Bogota

Today is free to explore the modern city of Bogota on your own. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zipaquirá’s fascinating underground salt cathedral. More than 600 feet underground, you will find this monumental architectural masterpiece built inside a salt mine. Following the labyrinth of tunnels, you will find Stations of the Cross, angels, and the Madonna statue inside this unique underground cathedral. Today, it is still a popular pilgrimage site.

DAY
4
Bogota–Pereira (Coffee Triangle Area)

Board your flight for Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle of Colombia, the third-largest producer of coffee in the world. After lunch in a typical restaurant, your Local Host takes you on a visit of a COFFEE FARM to learn about the process, from planting and roasting to tasting. Walk through lush plantations, uncover the secrets of the production process, and expand your palate with the help of local baristas who share the fine art of coffee tasting. Stay in a beautiful hacienda this evening.

DAY
5
Pereira (Coffee Triangle Area). Excursion to Cocora Valley, Salento & Filandia

Drive through the region of Quindío to Cocora Valley with your Local Host, where you will find Colombia’s national tree, the Palma de Cera—the highest palm tree in the world. Help preserve this protected species of tree through a small ritual that includes planting one of these very rare palm trees. Next, stop in Salento, a typical village of this region, where you have time to walk through the small but colorful streets. Continue to Filandia, another village boasting gorgeous views of the vast Andes mountain range.

DAY
6
Pereira (Coffee Triangle Area)–Cartagena

Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of well-preserved colonial architecture. Upon arrival, your private guided TOUR includes a visit to the Monastery of LA POPA. Built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century, enjoy the panoramic views of the city, its beaches, and the bay. Next, tour SAN FELIPE FORT, built to protect the city from pirates as well as the British and French. Head into the walled colonial city and see the colorful streets and plazas of Old Cartagena. End the day with a tour of the SAN PEDRO CLAVER CONVENT, housing impressive pre-Columbian artifacts.

DAY
7
Cartagena

Today is free to explore on your own. Perhaps take an optional to see the old colonial city by horse carriage. Enjoy a ride, passing churches, squares, and old houses with balconies full of flowers.

DAY
8
Cartagena

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 26, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Bogota
Pereira
Cartagena

Morrison Hotel 114

Avenida 19 # 114 - 06
Bogota, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

With nearby shopping and access to attractions in Bogota, the Morrison Hotel 114 provides park and mountain views for its guests, updated and stylish rooms, international and Greek cuisine in the restaurant and friendly service. It's an ideal and comfortable location from which to explore the fabulous city of Bogota.

Location & Highlights

Centrally located in Bogota, Morrison 114 Hotel offers mountain views in an upscale district.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
Modern and stylish rooms include spacious bathrooms with granite sink, amplifying mirrors, hair dryers, work desks with LED lamp, clock radio with iPod/iPhone dock, 42-inch plasma TV with 72 international cable channels, electronic safe box (laptop size), fridge, minibar, air conditioning, and acoustic windows to ensure the relaxation and comfort.

Hacienda San Jose

Entrada 16, El Tigre, Vía Pereira - Cerritos km 4
Pereira, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

The charming Hacienda San Jose was originally built in 1888 and is one of the oldest estates in Pereira. It is decorated with antique furniture and the pool is surrounded by lilac flower gardens. Guests can observe the 100+ bird species and diverse wildlife which resides on the estate or enjoy a relaxing aromatherapy massage. It's a beautiful and authentic place to stay as you explore the fascinating coffee region of Colombia.

Location & Highlights

Originally built in 1888, the Hacienda San José is one of the oldest estates in Pereira and is set in the beautiful countryside in Colombia's Coffee Triangle.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
Rooms at Hacienda San José feature Spanish colonial interiors with polished hardwood floors and ornamental headboards. All have cable TV and private balconies with scenic garden views.

Don Pedro de Heredia

Calle Primera de Badillo No. 35 - 74
Cartagena, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

Offering a gorgeous rooftop terrace and view, traditional décor and ambience, the Don Pedro de Heredia is conveniently located in the historic walled part of the city, near attractions, museums, and highlights of Cartagena.

Location & Highlights

Located inside the walled city, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Simon Bolivar House & Museum and San Pedro Claver Church & Convent.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Climate Control
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Comfortable and individually decorated rooms provide free Wi Fi, minibar, and satellite TV. Other amenities available to guests include hair dryers, safes, and phones.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Bogota
Cartagena

Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia

Carrera 13 # 85-80, Cundinamarca
Bogota, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

True to its architectural concept of elegant lines and rich materials, this upscale hotel is the ideal combination of the classic and contemporary. Renowned architect Miguel Soto has achieved a fine blend of elegant and modern French style, with characteristic local features, creating a welcoming and distinctive design. The French art de vivre is seen in every detail. The Sofitel Victoria Regia's 102 rooms offer a luxurious stay, along with a gourmet restaurant that will awaken the culinary senses.

Location & Highlights

Located north of Bogota in the exclusive area of La Cabrera, the hotel offers easy access to the city's best art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
Guestrooms feature the latest trend in hotels offering both luxury and comfort. Incorporating the use of bold colors such as eggplant and terracotta and an array of contemporary furniture you'll feel yourself wrapped in a chic and cozy ambiance.

Sofitel Santa Clara

Calle del Torno # 39-29
Cartagena, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

A perfect blend of vintage and contemporary, striking a balance between art and beauty to accommodate modernity and technology in unique surroundings. Each detail tells a story at the Sofitel Santa Clara, offering the perfect combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury. With its blend of colonial architecture and modern comforts, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, personalized service, gourmet cuisine, and a first-class spa. Take in the beautiful city of Cartagena by surrounding yourself with luxury day and night at the Sofitel Santa Clara. Not to mention the fabulous beach access and beach amenities!

Location & Highlights

Originally built as a convent in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara is a landmark nestled in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
The influence of the materials, techniques and architectural details of the Republican era in Colombia is apparent in the Sofitel Santa Clara's luxurious guest rooms. Enjoy a charmed experience inspired by history and enhanced by French culture. Each peaceful room is equipped with shower, LCD TV, Sofitel MyBed and free WIFI.

Hotel Bantu Cartagena

Calle de La Tablada, 7 - 62, San Diego
Cartagena, Colombia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

The Bantú Cartagena Hotel invites you to discover one of the most amazing accommodations in the Caribbean, full of warmth and authenticity. A charming boutique hotel in the historic center of Cartagena, it boasts superior quality and offers avant-garde interior design, eighteenth-century colonial architecture and unique services. Colonial courtyard, chill-out terrace, solarium area, swimming pool, spa, bar, and restaurant are just some of the features of this upscale property.

Location & Highlights

This charming boutique hotel is located in the historic walled center of Cartagena.

Room Amenities

  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
Comfortable and cozy, the rooms of Bantú Cartagena are a charming resting space, designed with colonial touches, bright colors, exclusive decor and views of the gardens. Each room features free Wi Fi, refrigerator, minibar, safety deposit box, premium bedding, and LCD TVs with cable channels.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Bogota
Cartagena

Bogota

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

On the outskirts of Bogotá you will find the town of Zipaquirá which is home to an underground Roman Catholic church, built within the tunnels of a salt mine, 200 meters underground. Tour the underground cathedral considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture.

Price Range: $$

Cartagena

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

There's no better way to see the magic of Cartagena than by night in a horse-drawn carriage.

Price Range: $

Insider

Bogota
Cartagena

Bogota

Meet Andres, one of your Local Hosts in ColombiaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Bogota, Colombia. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Bogota and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Bogota insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host®

Meet Andres! Andres is a native Colombian with valuable tips for you and an expert guide on everything Colombia has to offer. No matter your interests – nature walks, shopping, dining or recreation, Andres can help you plan your time in Colombia and help you feel right at home.

Usaquén Flea Market

Held on Sundays in the town square of a residential neighborhood, it is known as one of the most popular flea markets in town, with lots of colonial charm. See artists and artisans with a wide variety of hand-crafted items, such as picture frames, toys, rugs, paintings, posters and jewelry. Food and beverages are also available.

Santa Clara Religious Art Museum

One of Bogotá's most richly decorated churches is the Santa Clara, which now serves as a museum. Built between 1629 and 1674, the single-nave construction features a barrel vault coated in golden floral motif that looks down over walls entirely covered by 148 paintings and sculptures of saints.

Casa de La Moneda

This historic museum, inside the Banco de la República complex, houses the Colección Numismática in the Bogota Mint. The exhibits start with pre-Columbian pots and lead chronologically to misshapen coins with the introduction of a centralized bank in 1880, and the making of the unique tree art on the current 500 peso coin in the late 1990s. Casa de La Moneda is closed on Tuesdays.

Cartagena

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cartagena, Colombia. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Cartagena and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Cartagena insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

San Jacinto & San Basilio de Palenque

Two hours south of Cartagena you will find the village of San Jacinto, a town of indigenous heritage, known for its traditional crafts, music and Gaita instruments. Next stop will be San Basilio de Palenque. Founded by escaped slaves during the 17th Century, this tiny village was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 due to its strong African musical and cultural traditions. It is considered the first free town in the Americas. Observe a community where African roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained with a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organization and social structure.

Electric bike tour through the old city

Morning or evening, when the air in Cartagena is a bit cooler, hop on an E-bike along the old city wall. This 6 mile ride gives you a unique view of the narrow streets of the old city as the town comes alive.

Sunset at Café Del Mar

Take in some of the best views of the city at Cartagena’s Café del Mar, located on the fortified walls of the old city. This is an ideal spot to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the sunset while overlooking the Caribbean, beaches, and the San Felipe Fort.

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*The "STARTING AT" price is based on May 26, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).