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2019 Dates & Prices
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$569*
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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Entry Requirements:
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 independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. Affordable optional sightseeing excursions are available to enhance your trip. Please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the Hotel/Plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in the port city of Cartagena, the queen of the Caribbean coast. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city independently
Overnight: Cartagena

DAY 2, Monday - Cartagena City Tour
This morning, take a tour of the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees and a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits its fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to San Diego Square with its outdoor 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 served as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. Afternoon is at leisure to spend more time in the colonial district or join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangroves of La Boquilla. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the evening perhaps, participate in the optional Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine. Enjoy the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. Riding along the narrow cobblestone streets, pass by age-old plazas and elegant colonial mansions with balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Finish the tour with a special gastronomic experience at a restaurant renowned for its innovative nuevo-Caribbean cuisine. Along with your gourmet meal, enjoy a welcome cocktail, along with white or red house wine and sangria
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Full Day in Cartagena
Today is at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or join the optional full day Rosario Islands with lunch. This morning, head to the idyllic Rosario Islands, famous for their pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The 'Islas del Rosario' archipelago is a national park and a natural habitat for a large variety of marine flora and fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves, and tropical forests. After a refreshing swim in the pristine waters, relax in the shade of a palm tree. Perhaps, choose to rent equipment for snorkeling, in the beautiful barrier reefs, full of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. A buffet lunch is provided. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Depart Colombia
Make your way to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Colombia
Depart for Colombia, a country of great diversity, culture, and natural beauty. Arrive in the port city of Cartagena, the queen of the Caribbean coast. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city independently
Overnight: Cartagena

DAY 2, Saturday - Cartagena City Tour
This morning, take a tour of the city's colonial district beginning at Bolivar Park shaded by large trees and a statue of the great Liberator in the middle. Surrounding the square is the Gold Museum, which exhibits its fine collection of archaeological objects dating back to the pre-Colombian period. The visit continues to San Diego Square with its outdoor 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 served as a prison. Today, this entire area is a thriving artisans' center with beautiful local handicrafts. Afternoon is at leisure to spend more time in the colonial district or join the optional half day La Boquilla Mangrove. Enjoy a tour of the mangroves of La Boquilla. Glide through the dense growth of mangroves, on an original wooden canoe and view up-close this rich and diverse ecosystem. In the evening perhaps, participate in the optional Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine. Enjoy the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. Riding along the narrow cobblestone streets, pass by age-old plazas and elegant colonial mansions with balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Finish the tour with a special gastronomic experience at a restaurant renowned for its innovative nuevo-Caribbean cuisine. Along with your gourmet meal, enjoy a welcome cocktail, along with white or red house wine and sangria
Optional: Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove (AM)
Optional: Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine (PM)
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday - Full Day in Cartagena
Today is at leisure in Cartagena to further explore the city on your own or join the optional full day Rosario Islands with lunch. This morning, head to the idyllic Rosario Islands, famous for their pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The 'Islas del Rosario' archipelago is a national park and a natural habitat for a large variety of marine flora and fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves, and tropical forests. After a refreshing swim in the pristine waters, relax in the shade of a palm tree. Perhaps, choose to rent equipment for snorkeling, in the beautiful barrier reefs, full of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. A buffet lunch is provided. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon
Overnight: Cartagena
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Depart Colombia
Make your way to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Take a ride on an original wooden canoe that glides through the dense growth of mangroves, providing a close up view of this rich and diverse ecosystem; you will observe different birds. Your guide will provide facts about the surroundings and talk about the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Departs at 2:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 5:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $69.00
Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove 2:00 PM Thumbnail

Surrender yourself to the majesty of this historic city by taking a magical tour of the walled city, stepping back in time to the days of the conquistadors. Enjoy the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. Riding along the narrow cobblestone streets you will pass age-old plazas and elegant colonial mansions with balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Finish the tour with a special gastronomic experience at a restaurant renowned for its innovative nuevo-Caribbean cuisine. With your gourmet meal, enjoy a welcome cocktail, along with white or red house wine and sangria. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Departs at 6:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 9:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $139.00
Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine 6:00 PM Thumbnail

This morning, you will be joined by other travelers as you board a boat to the idyllic Rosario Islands*, famous for their pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The 'Islas del Rosario' archipelago is a national park and a natural habitat for a large variety of marine flora and fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves, and tropical forests. After a refreshing swim in the pristine waters, relax in the shade of a palm tree. Perhaps, choose to rent equipment for snorkeling, in the beautiful barrier reefs, full of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. A buffet lunch is provided. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.


*Please note that it takes one hour to get to the Rosario islands by boat. This is not a Gate 1 exclusive tour, expect to share services with other travelers.

Departs at 8:00 am from your hotel and returns at 4:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 7-8 hours.
 

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $99.00
Full Day Rosario Islands with lunch 8:00 AM Thumbnail

Enjoy a tour of the mangrove swamps of La Boquilla, a fishing village located twenty minutes north of Cartagena. Take a ride on an original wooden canoe that glides through the dense growth of mangroves, providing a close up view of this rich and diverse ecosystem; you will observe different birds. Your guide will provide facts about the surroundings and talk about the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Departs at 2:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 5:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $69.00
Half Day La Boquilla Mangrove 2:00 PM Thumbnail

Surrender yourself to the majesty of this historic city by taking a magical tour of the walled city, stepping back in time to the days of the conquistadors. Enjoy the sights from an open horse-drawn carriage. Riding along the narrow cobblestone streets you will pass age-old plazas and elegant colonial mansions with balconies filled with tumbling bougainvillea flowers. Finish the tour with a special gastronomic experience at a restaurant renowned for its innovative nuevo-Caribbean cuisine. With your gourmet meal, enjoy a welcome cocktail, along with white or red house wine and sangria. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Departs at 6:00 pm from your hotel and returns at 9:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #2 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $139.00
Old City Carriage Tour with Gourmet Dinner & Wine 6:00 PM Thumbnail

This morning, you will be joined by other travelers as you board a boat to the idyllic Rosario Islands*, famous for their pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The 'Islas del Rosario' archipelago is a national park and a natural habitat for a large variety of marine flora and fauna. Three ecosystems thrive here: coastal lagoons, mangroves, and tropical forests. After a refreshing swim in the pristine waters, relax in the shade of a palm tree. Perhaps, choose to rent equipment for snorkeling, in the beautiful barrier reefs, full of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. A buffet lunch is provided. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.


*Please note that it takes one hour to get to the Rosario islands by boat. This is not a Gate 1 exclusive tour, expect to share services with other travelers.

Departs at 8:00 am from your hotel and returns at 4:00 pm. Pick-up from hotel lobby approximately 15 minutes prior to departure time. Approximate tour duration is 7-8 hours.
 

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $99.00
Full Day Rosario Islands with lunch 8:00 AM Thumbnail