Private luxury tours in Colombia

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Luxury Colombia Tours

Introduction to Colombia
(6 Days)
Bogota & Cartagena

Highlights of Colombia
(8 Days)
Bogota, Medellin, Coffee Triangle & Cartagena

Cartagena in Depth
(5 Days)
Cartagena & environs

Essence of Colombia
(9 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle & Cartagena

Journey Through Colombia
(12 Days)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Tayrona National Park & Cartagena

Multi-Country Tours

Highlights of Colombia & Peru
(11 Days)
Bogota, Cartagena, Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Journey Through Colombia

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bogota, Coffee Triangle, Medellin, Tayrona National Park & Cartagena

This comprehensive private Colombia tour is the perfect option for travelers interested in experiencing all that the country has to offer, including the coffee country, a diverse national park on the coast of the Caribbean Sea and Colombia's most interesting cities.

Begin in Bogota, the lively, high-altitude capital of Colombia. During private touring with an expert guide and driver, visit the city's most interesting museums and historic neighborhoods. See spectacular ancient gold artifacts at the impressive Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and work by famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero at the Botero Museum. In the colonial-era La Candelaria district, walk the cobblestone backstreets, and see the ornate interiors of the Church of Santa Clara. Also see important landmarks surrounding Bolivar Square, such as the National Capitol, the Palace of Justice and the Primary Cathedral of Bogota. Visit colorful Paloquemao Market to learn about Colombian produce and sample delicious local fruit and other foods. Other options include seeing buildings adorned with elaborate graffiti; browsing the boutiques of the affluent Zona Rosa neighborhood; and visiting Quinta de Bolivar, the former house and gardens of Simon Bolivar. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange private cooking classes, guided hikes in the hills outside Bogota and tickets to performances at the renowned Teatro Colon.

Next, fly to the Coffee Triangle, the heartland of traditional Colombian culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During private touring with an expert guide and driver, travel through lush, mountainous landscapes, quaint towns, and coffee and banana plantations. Visit a coffee farm to learn how local farmers produce some of the world's finest coffee, and experience the aromas and flavors during a private coffee tasting. Enjoy a leisurely hike through the beautiful cloud forest scenery of the Cocora Valley, where grasslands and steep hillsides are dotted with tall, slender wax palms, Colombia's national tree. Also visit the charming towns of Filandia, famous for handwoven baskets, and Salento, where the streets are lined with colorful buildings.

Continue to Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia. During private touring, delve into the city's colorful history, and learn about its transformation over recent decades. Visit the Antioquia Museum, which has exhibits ranging from pre-Columbian artifacts to modern art, and walk among dozens of chubby sculptures by Medellin-native Fernando Botero in the plaza in front. Journey by municipal cable car into the hills to take in unique views of the rooftops of the city and see interesting contemporary architecture, such as the Biblioteca Espana (Spain Library). If desired, also ride the elevated metro train for a glimpse into city life and impressive views of Medellin and the green hills surrounding it. Other touring options include visiting the Park of Lights, the Botanical Garden, Arvi Park nature preserve and sites related to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, and seeing other monuments and sculptures significant to the city's history.

Continue to Tayrona National Park, a tropical forest on the edge of the Caribbean Sea that's known for biodiversity and natural beauty. Opt to stay in a hotel in nearby Santa Marta or a rustic cabana inside the park with spectacular views of the forest and sea. During a privately guided hike through the park, learn about the local flora and fauna, and perhaps go for a swim or relax on the beach. You might also have the opportunity to interact with members of the indigenous Kogi tribe.

Conclude in Cartagena, a historic port on the Caribbean Sea and Colombia's most beautiful city. During a private walking tour of the walled Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—stroll through picturesque cobblestone streets where colorful colonial buildings are draped with bougainvillea. Walk through Plaza Bolivar, a leafy square surrounded by colonial architecture, and perhaps catch sight of Palenquera women wearing vibrant clothing and balancing bowls of fruit on their heads. Visit the colonial-era Church and Monastery of San Pedro Claver, and, if desired, see the Palace of the Inquisition, an attractive building with a grisly past. Another day, venture with your private guide and driver to the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the mammoth fortress that protected Cartagena from invaders, and visit Convento de la Popa, a monastery on the highest point in the city, for panoramas over Cartagena and the harbor. If desired, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional activities such as a private food tour, a private rum and chocolate tasting or shopping for local designs, crafts and fashions at upscale boutiques. One evening, enjoy a private dance lesson to learn salsa, cumbia or other local dance moves.

One day, enjoy a private cooking lesson and a visit to a local market. Alternatively, take a private excursion to San Basilio de Palenque, a town founded centuries ago by escaped slaves that retains its unique, UNESCO-listed Afro-Colombian culture.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Bogota
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Bogota
Full-day private tour
Day 3 Bogota – Coffee Triangle
Private airport transfer for morning flight to Armenia. Private arrival transfer to hotel in Pereira for 2 nights with private coffee farm tour and coffee tasting en route
Day 4 Coffee Triangle
Morning private visit to Filandia and hike in the Cocora Valley. Afternoon flexible private touring and shopping in Salento
Day 5 Coffee Triangle – Medellin
Private airport transfer for flight to Medellin. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 6 Medellin
Full-day private tour
Day 7 Medellin – Tayrona National Park
Private transfer to airport for flight to Santa Marta. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure
Day 8 Tayrona National Park
Morning privately guided hike. Afternoon at leisure
Day 9 Tayrona National Park – Cartagena
Private transfer to Cartagena and hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private walking tour of the historic center
Day 10 Cartagena
Morning private tour. Afternoon at leisure. Evening salsa lesson
Day 11 Cartagena
Private market visit and cooking class or private excursion to San Basilio de Palenque
Day 12 Depart Cartagena
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Bogota:

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina or Four Seasons Hotel Bogota

Coffee Triangle: Hotel Boutique Sazagua or Casa San Carlos Lodge
Medellin: InterContinental Medellin
Tyrona Park: Hotel Boutique Don Pepe or Ecohabs Tayrona
Cartagena: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara or Casa San Agustin

Cost
$13,265 Per person (double occupancy)