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Cartagena Holidays

Cartagena is Colombia’s most visited location. Its magnificent walled city, built in the 15th century to withstand the attentions of pirates and privateers, is superb. There are 8 miles of fortified walls and inside you can explore one of the best-preserved and most beautiful colonial towns in South America. It is deservedly a World Heritage Site, with cobbled alleys, balconies and bougainvillea, huge churches - and a climate ideal for outdoor dining and a vibrant nightlife. This is a dance-crazy town and a great place to indulge in some lessons in Salsa, Merengue, Rumba or Bachata!
 
Located on the northern Caribbean coast it is named after its Spanish namesake, with a complex history as a port for gold, silver and African slaves. The area of Cartagena was settled in 4000 BCE and is the first known human settlement in Colombia. The city itself was founded in 1533. The stunning Castillo San Filipe de Barajas, begun in 1536 with its massive entrance and maze of tunnels, is another highlight. The castle is fully restored and provides formidable evidence of colonial Spanish military might and architecture.  Download our Colombia brochure (PDF 0.5 Mb)
 
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The beaches near Cartagena are exceptional, with all the water and beach sports and activities you could wish for. Playa Blanca is considered to be the best and it can be reached by road or one of the many boat trips.
 
Another short sea voyage will take you to the Islas del Rosario. This is a stunning archipelago of thirty islands with exceptional coral and other sea life, scuba diving and snorkelling and the finest fish restaurants. While back on land do not miss the Chivas Bus, a fun city tour with a difference, with music, dancing and the odd drink thrown in.
Essential Colombia and Peru
GPP14B
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of two fascinating Inca countries - Colombia and Peru. Starting from Bogota in the Andes, visit the Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral & pretty colonial Villa de Leyva. Fly to Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas to view the magnificant citadel at Machu Pichhu. Then visit the old walled city of Cartagena & relax on Baru Island. English speaking guides & all specified sightseeing included.
Colombia and Peru
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Colombia and Peru
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Vistadome Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cartagena
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Baru Island
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Colombia and Peru
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley of Incas
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Vistadome Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cartagena
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Baru Island
Colombia Highlights, with Cartagena & Mucura Island
GPA12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Explore historic Cartagena Colombia & the other highlights of this fascinating country - including the capital of Bogota, the incredible Salt Cathedral & the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Also visit the Coffee Region, Salento & the giant wax palms of Cocora Valley then relax on the paradise of Mucura Island in the Caribbean Sea. All transfers, English speaking guides & specified sightseeing included.
Cartagena Colombia
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Bogota
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Monserrate Mountain
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Coffee Region
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Salento & Cocora Valley
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Cocora Valley
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Cartagena Colombia
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Mucura Island
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Bogota
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Monserrate Mountain
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Coffee Region
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Salento & Cocora Valley
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Cocora Valley
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Cartagena Colombia
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Mucura Island
Best of Colombia, with Coffee Triangle & Medellin
GPB12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Experience the Best of Colombia starting in Bogota & visiting the Salt Cathedral & colonial town of Villa de Leyva, before flying to the Coffee Region. View the giant wax palms of the Cocora Valley & the birds of Otun Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary. Continue to historic Cartagena, with option to extend to Tayrone National Park. All transfers, English speaking guides and specified sightseeing included.
Tayrona National Park Colombia Cartagena Bogota Coffee Holidays Tours
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Triangle
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary
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Medellin
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Guatapé & El Penol excursion
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Cartagena
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Rosario Islands
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Triangle
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Otun Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary
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Medellin
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Guatapé & El Penol excursion
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Cartagena
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Rosario Islands
Best of Colombia and Panama
GPQ12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of Colombia and Panama on this 2-country holiday. Visit Bogota & its surrounding colonial towns, including the Salt Cathedral, the Coffee Region and historic port city of Cartagena - a World Heritage site. Then fly to Panama City for a tour of the Panama Canal & the old town. Also take the Panama 'Coast to Coast' Railway. All transfers & English speaking guides included.
Colombia and Panama
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Colombia and Panama
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Triangle
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Cartagena
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Panama Canal
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Panama Railway
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Colombia and Panama
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Coffee Triangle
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley & Salento
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Cartagena
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Panama Canal
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Panama Railway
Wildlife of Amazon Colombia & Tayrona Park
GPD15B
15 NIGHTS
FROM £3,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Explore the birding & wildlife of Colombia on this wonderful private tour that includes both the Amazon & the rainforests of Tayrona National Park, as well as the Cocora Valley & the Otun Quimbaya Reserve. Also visit the Gold Museum in Bogota, the charming colonial town of Villa de Levya & the Salt Cathedral, as well as photogentoc Cartagena. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Amazon Colombia
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Amazon Colombia
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Calanoa Reserve
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Tarapoto Lakes
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Birding
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Rainforests
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Tayrona National Park
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Bogota
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Salt Cathedral
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Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Amazon Colombia
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Calanoa Reserve
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Tarapoto Lakes
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Birding
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Rainforests
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Tayrona National Park
Grand Colombia tour: Crystal Canyon + San Agustin
GPG20B
20 NIGHTS
FROM £4,195
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This Grand Colombia Tour covers this fascinating country in depth including Bogota, the Salt Cathedral & colonial town of Villa de Leyva, the fascinating River of Five Colours in the Crystal Canyon, the archaeological site at San Agustin, Cocora Valley & the coffee region, Medellin & magnificent Cartagena. All transfers, English speaking guides & specified sightseeing included.
Colombia Tour River of Five Colours Crystal Canyon San Agustin Cartagena
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Colombia Tour
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Crystal Canyon: River of Five Colours
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San Agustin & Tatacoa Desert
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Coffee Triangle & Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary
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Medellin
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Guatape + El Peñol
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Cartagena
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Colombia Tour
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Bogota & Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Crystal Canyon: River of Five Colours
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San Agustin & Tatacoa Desert
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Coffee Triangle & Cocora Valley
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Otun Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary
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Medellin
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Guatape + El Peñol
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Cartagena
Colombia Wildlife (Otun, Amazon + Tayrona) + Panama
GPW20B
20 NIGHTS
FROM £4,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This wonderful Colombia Birding & Wildlife holiday visits the rainforests of the Amazon Basin and Tayrone National Park, the Otun Quimbaya Reserve & Cocora Valley. Also see the highlights of Bogota, the Salt Cathedral, colonial Ville de Leyva, the Coffee region, Cartagena & enjoy a boat ride along part of the famous Panama Canal. English speaking guides & all transfers included.
Colombia Birding Wildlife Holidays Tours Vacations
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Colombia Birding
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Amazon Rainforest
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
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Colombia Birding
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Salt Cathedral
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Villa de Leyva
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Otun Quimbaya Reserve
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Cocora Valley
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Amazon Rainforest
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Cartagena
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Tayrona National Park
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Panama Canal
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Wounaan Community
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