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Hotel Poblado Plaza Medellin
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Jan 18  (Sold Out) $1449* $1109
Jan 25  (Sold Out) $1429* $1109
Feb 15  (Sold Out) $1429* $1109
Mar 15  (Sold Out) $1429* $1109
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1439* $1109
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$1389* $999
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$1799* $999

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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Medellin-Cartagena & Cartagena-Bogota.

The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, and local events

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in Medellín, a striking hillside metropolis, named the "City of Eternal Spring" because of its year-round mild temperatures; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city independently
Overnight: Medellín

DAY 2, Saturday - Medellín City Tour
This morning, take a tour of the city. First, arrive at Botero Plaza accented by the artist's huge metal sculptures and home to the Museo de Antioquia with its outstanding collection of Botero's paintings as well as other famous international artists. Continue to Barefoot Park, a delightful zen-inspired public area that encompasses a small bamboo forest and sandy areas. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free to enjoy this lovely city on your own or, join the optional tour to the Santa Elena area, near Medellin. Santa Elena is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the delightful journey of Colombia that awaits you 
Optional: Half Day Santa Elena (PM)
Overnight: Medellín
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Full Day in Medellín
Spend a full day at leisure in Medellín to further explore this intriguing city or, join the full day optional Guatapé & Piedra del Peñol. Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the area's top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656-foot high monolith. You'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the country's largest lakes. Return to the hotel in Medellin
Optional: Full Day Guatapé & Piedra del Peñol
Overnight: Medellín
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Cartagena
Depart Medellín on a flight to Cartagena, a magical city nestled on the Caribbean Sea with magnificent architecture and massive fortifications. It is considered one of the country's cultural treasures with its remarkably intact historic walled city. Upon arrival, time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to the city center for lunch on your own. Embark on a city tour this afternoon. See expansive views of the city, sea and the port zone as you make your way to the San Felipe castle-fortress built on San Lazaro Hill, the largest in South America, to defend the city from pirate attacks. At the Walled City, walk through the multicolored houses and buildings of the Old City of Cartagena. Visit San Pedro Claver Sanctuary and Church built in the mid-17th century. Proceed to the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees and a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. The visit continues to Santo Domingo church, the Cathedral and ends at the Terraces. Pass by the house of the famous Nobel Prize Laureate novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Then, on to ‘the Vaults', archways built within the walled city that were used to store armaments and later as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts 
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cartagena
Today is at leisure to discover this charming city on your own or, participate in the optional jewelry making class. Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school. Using .925 sterling silver and raw emeralds you will create jewelry. Upon completion of the class, you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you designed. In the afternoon perhaps, participate in the optional Colombian National Aviary Tour. Visit the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world, that houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. During the tour, enjoy a refreshing drink or ice cream before returning to Cartagena 
Optional: Jewelry Making Class (AM)
Optional: Half Day Colombian National Aviary Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Bogota & City Tour
A morning flight takes you to the cosmopolitan city of Bogota. Upon arrival, transfer into the city center for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Bogota, an engaging and vibrant capital. Visit the colonial section of La Candelaria, the city's cultural epicenter. Stop at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square surrounded by the Cathedral, Palace of Congress, the Cardinal's Palace and the colonial church of El Sagrario. Afterward, on to the astonishing Gold Museum with its impressive collection of pre-Hispanic native gold crafts. Then, time permitting, stop to play an energetic local game of Tejo*, the national sport of Colombia. Originally, gameplay consisted of hurling golden discs into a hole, at a distance of about 65 feet. However, the Conquistadors did make their own subtle improvement to the game - they added explosives. Today, the game is played with metal disks in fields across the country. Learn how to play and try your hand at throwing the disk. Afterward, spend time at leisure. Tonight, perhaps dine at one of the restaurants offering delectable Colombian cuisine or, walk through the trendy Zona Rosa district, known for its lively pub scene or Parque 93, a commercial and recreational hub of the city
*Colombian laws prohibit all people under 18 from entering places where tejo is played
Overnight: Bogota ▲
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in Bogota
Today is at leisure for independent activities or, take the optional Funicular Train Ride* that transports you up to Monserrate Mountain. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota and visit the 17th-century church and its El Señor Caído Shrine. In the afternoon, join the optional tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Head out of Bogota to the nearby town of Zipaquira. Upon arrival, visit the amazing Salt Cathedral, “The First Wonder of Colombia”, built within the chambers of a salt mine, located more than 500 feet beneath the surface. Wander the dimly lit tunnels, along with the church’s three main sections, including the Stations of the Cross, its three naves, and its dome. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee. Afterwards, visit "San Antonio" Cathedral, and marvel at the panoramic views of colonial Zipaquira. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant marks the end of a truly wonderful adventure in Colombia
*Funicular train ride may be substituted with a cable car ride without notice 
Optional: Monserrate Funicular Train Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira (PM)
Overnight: Bogota
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Colombia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Colombian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Optional Tours

Depart for Santa Elena, a small colonial town high in a mountainside near Medellin. It is one of the most typical “Antioqueño” towns, where the “Silleteros” tradition, linked to the flower production of the area, was born. Tour the area where the well-known floral arrangements have become a famous symbol of Medellin. Explore an organic flower farm and immerse yourself in the euphoric sights and smells of the plants. Marvel at the spectacular flower sculptures and diverse species of plants. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee. Afterwards, return to the hotel in Medellin.

Pick-up at 02:00 pm and drop-off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $58.00
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Depart from Medellin this morning, on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. Arrive at one of the area's top attractions, the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), a 656 foot high monolith. You'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this spectacular landmark and enjoy panoramic views of Guatapé Lake and the surrounding mountains. Continue with a visit to the town of Guatapé. Tour the iconic sites of the town like the historic church, town square and traditional colored streets. After lunch on your own, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Guatapé, one of the country's largest lakes. Time to stroll along the boardwalk and relax at one of the cafes. Return to the hotel in Medellin. Entrance fees to the Peñol Boulder and boat ride on the lake are included.

Pick-up at 08:00 am and drop-off at 06:00 pm at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $89.00
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Learn the art of jewelry making from trained craftsmen at FEJOCAR, a private non-profit jewelry school providing opportunities for local students with limited chances to attend college. Create jewelry of .925 sterling silver and raw Colombian emeralds. Learn the history of the emerald trade through high definition video, then melt metals, weld and laminate as you create several pieces of jewelry. Upon completion you will receive a diploma and one piece of jewelry that you created. Your participation helps support the education of less advantaged Colombians.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $39.00
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Depart Cartagena and travel south for about an hour through the picturesque countryside to the Colombia National Aviary, which houses more than 1,750 birds, representing 135 species. It’s the second biggest aviary in Latin America, and sixth in the world. This fascinating place, with its unique flora and fauna, aims to educate and create awareness about the diversity of birds found in Colombia. Take a walking tour through the three ecosystems, tropical rainforest, seaboard and desert. At the end of the tour, enjoy a typical Colombian coffee before returning to Cartagena.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $79.00
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Board the Funicular Train that takes you up to Monserrate Mountain. After a short hike, reach the top of Monserrate. At more than 10,000 feet above sea level, see outstanding views of downtown Bogota. Visit the 17th century church and the "El Señor Caído" shrine that welcomes pilgrims all year long.
*This Optional Tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

Pick-up and Drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $39.00
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Drive north from Bogota towards Zipaquira. Traveling through the Sabana de Bogota, you’ll see the many greenhouses used for the cultivation of carnations and roses, an important industry in this region. Next, arrive at the impressive Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine at 500 feet beneath the surface, a true feat of engineering. Begin the tour in a tunnel that passes the 14 Stations of the Cross and continues to a lit dome. Later, see the enormous cross carved into the rock and the three naves of the Cathedral representing the birth, life and death of Christ. In the central nave is the main altar, with a huge salt cross created by the Colombian artist Carlos Enrique Rodriguez. After your visit stop by the Café, located in one of the underground tunnels to have a delicious Colombian coffee. Afterwards, visit "San Antonio" Cathedral, and marvel at the panoramic views of colonial Zipaquira. Afterwards, lunch on your own, before returning to Bogota.

Pick-up at 02:00 pm and drop-off at 07:00 pm at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 $58.00
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