Colombia

£6,249.00 per person

Capacity 12 guests

Experience the wide diversity of this fabulous country on our signature Colombian tour. We have designed the itinerary to provide some incredible experiences, insights and adventures while leaving those important breaks for you to relax and explore this delightful country independently.

Just choose your preferred dates from the drop-down below. You can pay a 20% deposit on booking with the balance being payable 90 days before the departure date. We will send you a reminder for balance payment at least two weeks before payment is due. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, we will require full payment at the time of booking.

Single supplement prices are available on request, please call us on 01604 961931 to discuss, or alternatively please complete the form below.

Clear

Carnival Extension

Carnival Extension

Adventurers opting for the 8th February departure have the once in a lifetime opportunity to extend their stay in Colombia at the Barranquilla carnival, one of the biggest and most exciting in the world. Only surpassed in scale by its sister carnival in Rio, this four day party is a sensation of colour, music and parades and not to be missed.

Product price
Additional options total:
Order total:
SKU: CT01 Category: Tag:

Tour Highlights

12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS FROM £6,249 PER PERSON (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Day 1 – Bogotá
Your Avventura Representative will meet you at Bogotá International Airport to take you to the Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia.

Once you have had a chance to freshen up you will have an afternoon tour of this great city. Bogotá sits just north of the equator on a high plateau, ringed by the mighty Andes Mountains. You will visit the historic centre, now most famed for its nightlife, La Candelaria. This neighbourhood is the oldest part of the city and home to the main government buildings including the Presidential Palace and Congress. It is very much the cultural heart of the city with its universities, Colonial plaza, museums and churches all rolled up with an exciting bohemian feel.

The Gold Museum has the largest display of gold anywhere in the world and this priceless collection would not look out of place in the principal museums of Europe or North America. The vibrant and often politically charged street art scene is also fascinating and seeing Colombia’s social side through the eyes of the local street artists gives a different and interesting perspective on the city.

This evening, you will relax with a welcome cocktail at your hotel.

Day 2 – Bogotá to Los Llanos
It is an early start this morning to catch your six o clock flight to Yopal where there will be time for breakfast before driving the two and a half hours to Savannah Lodge. Set on a private reserve in the Llanos Orientales area of Colombia you are now in the Orinoco region, famed as cowboy country. After lunch, choose from several activities including nature walks and horse riding. If you would rather just relax, there are ample opportunities here, including taking it easy in one of the hammocks perfectly placed around the lodge.

This evening, you can relax and enjoy freshly-made cocktails as you watch the sunset before heading for a sumptuous dinner.

Day 3 – Los Llanos
The endless plains of the Los Llanos region are one of the country’s lesser known natural treasures. Vast plain, immense skies and superb wildlife spotting make this region a fascinating and rewarding stop. Added to this the unique llanero cowboy culture, they ride barefoot to round up the cattle.

Today you will have the chance to explore Los Llanos to its fullest and to see the nature of the region as close-up as can be. Activities include horse-riding with the local cowboys, four-wheel drive tours and bird watching There will also be the chance to join a wildlife safari across the open plains.

This evening there will be the opportunity to meet and mingle with the indigenous people who will sing and recite their music and poetry as you sit around your campfire.

Day 4 – Los Llanos to Barichara
After breakfast, you will have a few more hours to explore the vast savannahs of Los Llanos before it is time to make the journey back to Yopal for a local lunch before taking your domestic flight to Bucaramanga.

On arrival in Bucaramanga, capital of the Santander region, you will drive south to Barichara. The road takes in the stunning mountain scenery of the central and eastern Andean ranges and passes the spectacular Chicamocha canyon. You will arrive in the picturesque town of Barichara early in the evening. Often described as the most beautiful village in all Colombia and its best kept secret, Barichara is a stunning place to visit. Situated in a privileged location in the central Andean chain with stunning views across the nearby mountains and Rio/River Suarez valley. This quaint “time-stood-still” colonial village with its traditional cobbled streets and typical adobe houses and architecture allows a glimpse into Colombia’s more rural past.

Day 5 – Barichara
You will have an early start this morning to avoid the heat of the day as you take the walking trail from Barichara to Guane. This ancient route, known as the Camino Real, or Royal Way, is part of a wider, interconnection of ancient paths and trading routes around the region. often used by the Colonial Spanish and the local indigenous communities before them. The two and a half hour walk passes through wooded areas, open spaces and an abundance of nature ending in the village of Guane, Barichara’s even smaller and quieter cousin. There are flora and flora opportunities on the way, with bird life being especially abundant. There are several lookout points affording the most amazing views over the surrounding mountains and valleys. On arrival to Guane, depending on time there may be an opportunity for a short walk around the village and even a stop in the local village museum before the return trip by road back to Barichara.

After lunch, you will have a guided walking tour of Barichara. The only way to explore Barichara is on foot, wandering along its cobbled streets past the typical houses, churches and through its quaint plazas. This is a great opportunity to explore and understand more about the village’s historic importance to the region and to understand more about the people who still live their lives here. Two main points of interest are the villages two primary churches, the church of Immaculate Conception and the Santa Barbara Chapel. From the later there are great views of the village and mountains beyond from the slightly elevated plaza in front of the church.

Day 6 – Villa de Leyva
Following breakfast, your guide will meet you for your private transfer to Villa de Leyva.

With its myriad winding cobbled streets, lined on either side by orange roofed whitewashed houses and surrounded by mountains, Villa de Leyva is a charming place. With scarcely a modern building in sight and boasting one of the largest cobbled-stoned squares in South America, this village where time stands still is a great place to see a snapshot of historical Colombia preserved in its entirety.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of the village seeking out the birthplace of Antonio Ricaurte (a heroic patriot during the War of Independence) and the house in which Antonio Nariño (another patriot, writer and revered politician) lived.

Days 7 – Villa de Leyva to Bogotá
Following breakfast, your guide will meet you for your private transfer to back to Bogotá. En route you will stop for a guided tour at one of the country’s most spectacular and artistic feats of engineering, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.

For the beauty of its landscapes, the richness of its soil and the hidden jewel beneath the earth’s surface, Zipaquirá must be seen during a visit to Colombia. Zipaquirá is most famous for its cathedral carved underground in still functioning salt mines just west of the town. The subtle lighting reveals the fourteen Stations of the Cross as you descend into the mine, each station sculpted by a different artist. At the deepest point of the cathedral, 180 metres below the earth’s surface, you encounter the nave and the north and south aisles dominated by a 16m high central cross. The illumination and execution of the work is a tribute to modern techniques and years of work by miners and artists. Your guide will explain all about the cathedral’s construction and how it and the mine still function in harmony.

After a local lunch, you will continue your journey to Bogotá.

After settling back into your hotel, you will visit Monserrate monastery. Rising over three thousand metres above the city, the summit can be reached by either funicular railway or cable car. From the highest point the stunning views across the city are a wonder to behold. Your visit to this stunning location will conclude with a sumptuous dinner in a hilltop restaurant.

Day 8 – Bogotá to the Coffee Region
After breakfast, it is time to transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Armenia, one of the gateways to the Zona Cafetera, Colombia’s fabled coffee region. On arrival at Armenia airport, you will be met and driven to Hotel Hacienda Bambusa for a three night stay.

This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a walk around this marvellous property and have a chocolate/cacao presentation.

Day 9 & 10 – The Coffee Region
Colombia’s Coffee Region is spectacular with rolling green, coffee covered hillsides, dotted with brightly painted homes, and farm or fincas. It is another total change from the scenery of the first part of the trip and shows again the incredible diversity Colombia has to offer.

Colombia produces some of the world’s finest coffee, so much so that this area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most of the best crop goes for export because of its high value although there will be plenty of opportunities for you to taste a Colombian brew at its best. After breakfast at the hacienda you will visit the traditional, brightly painted colonial town of Filandia.

After lunch in a local restaurant you will learn more about the complete coffee process with a visit to Hacienda Bruselas where you will take part in a coffee cupping session where you can taste and smell the aromas of the different types of coffee produced.

Your final day at Hacienda Bambusa is at leisure for you to enjoy the ambiance and scenery at this wonderful location.

Day 11 – Coffee Region to Cartagena de Indias
Today you will fly from the Coffee Region to Cartagena de Indias via Bogotá. Cartagena was founded almost five hundred years ago when it swiftly became the most important port in the Americas. Gold and silver from all over the Spanish Empire came through here on its way back to Europe. One of the most beautiful cities in South America it is known for its cobbled streets, beautiful churches and atmospheric plazas and considered by many to be the jewel in the crown for South American colonial architecture. Your Hotel, Hotel Casa San Agustín, where you will enjoy a deluxe room, is situated within the old city walls of what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This afternoon there will be a short introductory walking tour ending in a local bar for cocktails and sunset.

Day 12 – Rosario Islands
Today is a day to relax on the beach with a trip to the exquisite Rosario Islands off Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Your private boat tour will take you to Acasí Island where you can swim, snorkel or just laze in the sun. The sand gleams white and the water is purist, clearest turquoise. As part of a National Park (the only one to be largely underwater) the sea and land are beautifully maintained in what is a tropical paradise. Palm trees are wafted by the wind and thatch roofed huts adorn the beach so that you feel a world away from the city. There surely cannot be a better way to end your Colombian adventure.

Your final full day in Colombia will conclude with an evening run tasting class and a sumptuous farewell dinner.

Day 13 – Depart Cartagena des Indias
It is time to say goodbye to Colombia. After breakfast you will be driven to the airport for your international flight home.

Location

Accommodation

HOTEL SOFITEL VICTORIA REGIA

The elegant Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia sits in of one of the most absorbing areas of Bogotá among the best restaurants, bars and cultural attractions of the capital. Designed by Miguel Soto one of the most renowned architects working in Colombia today, the hotel is decorated in a mix of modern French style and classical local features.

The hotel is named after a Colombian water lily that floats on the Amazon and its beauty has characterised the style of the hotel. Charming and cosy, the excellent Basilic restaurant specialises in French haute cuisine where chef, Mauricio Rodriguez, combines the best of Mediterranean tradition with the latest international trends and local ingredients. The restaurant also boasts an enviable selection of wines and liquors.

  • HOTEL SOFITEL VICTORIA REGIA
  • HOTEL SOFITEL VICTORIA REGIA
  • HOTEL SOFITEL VICTORIA REGIA

SAVANNA ORINOQUÍA LODGE

The Orinoquía region is one of Colombia’s most complex and most biodiverse in the Orinoco river basin. Savanna Orinoquía Lodge is an exclusive retreat surrounded by perfect and magical wildlife and landscapes. The surroundings, the tranquillity and silence make Savanna an exclusive and unique destination. The property comprises six luxurious and well-appointed bungalows surrounded by nature on the banks of the Cravo Sur River. The restaurant cuisine is designed for guests looking to experience regional flavours and dishes typical of the plains of the Casanare.

  • Hotel Campanario De La Villa
  • Bedroom at Hotel Campanario De La Villa
  • Sunset in Colombia

HOTEL CAMPANARIO DE LA VILLA

Hotel Campanario de la Villa is an excellent hotel, colonial in character but with all the luxury amenities and services you would expect. With white-washed walls and ornate balconies, the hotel has gorgeous views of the mountains, best enjoyed on its roof top viewing platform. The hotel has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, a spa and wellness centre and an excellent restaurant serving both local and international dishes. Rooms are spacious and very well equipped.

  • Hotel Campanario De La Villa
  • Bedroom at Hotel Campanario De La Villa
  • Building in Colombia

HOTEL TERRA BARICHARA

Hotel Terra Barichara is a lovely boutique property sat in the stunning, rugged landscapes of the central Andrean chain just four kilometres outside what is often described as the most beautiful village in Colombia; Barichara. This quaint property is constructed and operated in the most sustainable and ecological manner possible. The spacious and airy bedrooms are complemented by superb spa and wellness facilities and an excellent restaurant serving both Mediterranean and local cuisine.

  • Bedroom at Hotel Terra Barichara
  • Hotel Terra Barichara
  • Hotel Terra Barichara

HOTEL HICASUA

Hotel Hicasua is a delightful boutique property on the outskirts of the colonial town of Barichara. Taking great pride in its sustainability credentials, the hotel features an array of amenities including an outdoor pool and a restaurant serving both traditional Colombian and international cuisine. The rooms are elegantly and authentically decorated and the service attentive and friendly. A real flavour of traditional Colombia.

  • Hotel Hicasua
  • Hotel Hicasua
  • Swimming Pool at Hotel Hicasua

HACIENDA BAMBUSA

Hacienda Bambusa is an ideal spot from which to explore Colombia’s Coffee Region. This perfect piece of tranquillity is set on a large estate in the shadow of the mighty Andes. The hotel has been built in the traditional local style with clay tiled roofs and rustic bamboo balconies. Rooms are light, airy, tastefully decorated and air-conditioned. Here you can while away the hours lying in your own hammock – a perfect vantage point for taking a close look across the spacious tropical gardens or to watch hummingbirds feeding on exotic flowers. The simple restaurant produces traditional recipes from local produce and the chef will even share his knowledge with you, even providing a cookery class so you can take some of the secrets of Colombian cuisine home with you.

  • HACIENDA BAMBUSA
  • HACIENDA BAMBUSA
  • HACIENDA BAMBUSA

HOTEL CASA SAN AGUSTÍN

This beautiful property, comprising three white-washed seventeenth century buildings will give you an authentic experience of old Cartagena. Ancient walls, grand archways, original frescoes, hand-painted tiles and original wood beam ceilings make this an exceptionally romantic retreat. The seventeenth century theme continues in your spacious Deluxe room with king-size bed. One of the three historic structures which make up the hotel’s main buildings was once part of an aqueduct system which took water into the walled city and which has now been incorporated into the delightful swimming pool.

Dining is chic and relaxed under the guidance of creative and imaginative local chefs with a reputation for great seafood. The hotel enjoys its own tranquil private beach with crystal clear waters and a cooling breeze. If pampering of a more humankind appeals, the hotel also has its own relaxing and invigorating spa.

  • HOTEL CASA SAN AGUSTÍN
  • HOTEL CASA SAN AGUSTÍN
  • HOTEL CASA SAN AGUSTÍN

SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA

In the heart of the historic city of Cartagena, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara occupies a colonial convent whose story dates from 1621. Shrouded in mystery from its time as the Cloister of the Poor Clare Sisters, this imposing property retains much of the original architecture including crypts and wells, confessionals. The hotel’s beautifully appointed rooms, its excellent restaurants serving exquisite cuisine and its opulent spa ensures that your visit will stay long in the memory. A perfect blend of vintage and contemporary.

  • Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
  • Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
  • Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

At a Glance

Duration:
13 Days / 12 nights

Departure Dates:
5th March 2021, 21st May 2021 and 19th November 2021.

Day 1 – Bogotá

  • Arrive at El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport where you will be met by an Avventura Representative and driven approximately 40 minutes to the Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia.
  • Early check-in.
  • Afternoon tour of Bogotá.
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Overnight at Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia in a Superior Room.
  • Meals included – Light Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 2 – Bogotá to Los Llanos

  • After breakfast, private guided transfer to airport for your 1 hour early morning domestic flight to Yopal.
  • At Yopal you will be met and take a private guided transfer to Savannah Lodge, a journey of approx. 2 hours 30 minutes. Lunch at the Lodge.
  • Afternoon Los Llanos activities (wildlife/culture) and evening dinner and sundowners.
  • Overnight at Savannah Lodge in a Bungalow.
  • Meals included – Boxed Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 – Los Llanos

  • Full day Los Llanos activities including nature walks and Jeep safari.
  • Dinner – Los Llanos barbeque.
  • Evening cultural show (music & dance)
  • Overnight at Savannah Lodge in a Bungalow.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 – Los Llanos to Barichara

  • Morning Los Llanos activities.
  • Mid-morning private transfer to Yopal, a journey of approx. 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Afternoon 1 hour domestic flight to Bucaramanga and then a private guided transfer to Barichara, a journey of approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Overnight at Hotel Terra Barichara in a Premium Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 – Barichara

  • Morning trek along the Camino Real trail to Guane village (approx. 3 hours).
  • Afternoon short walking tour of Barichara.
  • Overnight at Hotel Terra Barichara in a Premium Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 – Barichara to Villa de Leyva

  • Morning private guided transfer from Barichara to Villa de Leyva, a journey of approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Afternoon walking tour of Villa de Leyva.
  • Overnight at Campanario de la Villa in a Superior Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 – Villa de Leyva to Bogotá

  • Private guided transfer from Villa de Leyva to Bogotá, a journey of approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Late morning tour of the underground Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira followed by lunch.
  • Guided tour of Monserrate hill-top monastery with dinner.
  • Overnight at Hotel Sofitel Victoria Regia in a Superior Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8 – Bogotá to The Coffee Region

  • Private guided transfer to El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport for your 1 hour domestic flight to Armenia.
  • On arrival at Armenia airport, you will be met and take a private transfer to Hacienda Bambusa.
  • Afternoon tour of the local area and a chocolate/cacao presentation.
  • Overnight at Hacienda Bambusa in a Junior Suite.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 – The Coffee Region

  • Morning guides tour of Filandia with lunch in a local restaurant.
  • Afternoon premium coffee tasting experience with cupping at a local coffee farm.
  • Overnight at Hacienda Bambusa in a Junior Suite.
  • Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10 – The Coffee Region

  • Day at leisure.
  • Overnight at Hacienda Bambusa in a Junior Suite.
  • Meal included – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11 – The Coffee Region to Cartagena de Indias

  • Private guided transfer to Armenia for a domestic flight to Cartagena de Indias via Bogotá.
  • On arrival in Cartagena, you be met and have a private transfer to your hotel.
  • Late afternoon tour of Cartagena historic centre (approx. 2 hours)
  • Sunset cocktails at Café del Mar.
  • Overnight – Hotel Casa San Agustín in a Deluxe Room or Sofitel Santa Clara in a Superior Room.
  • Meal included – Breakfast.

Day 12 – Rosario Islands

  • Private boat transfer to Acasí private island for a full day relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
  • Evening run tasting experience.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Overnight – Hotel Casa San Agustín in a Deluxe Room or Sofitel Santa Clara in a Superior Room.
  • Meals included – Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13 – Depart Cartagena des Indias

  • After breakfast, you will take a private transfer to Rafael Núñez International Airport for your international flight home.

Enquiry form

Ready to discover more
Get in touch with us