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from pp Twin Share

$5,699
Book Now with only a $99 deposit pp
Single Traveller
$7,190 pp

10 Day Inspiring Colombia Small Group Tour

10 Day Inspiring Colombia Small Group Tour

You will be accompanied by various multi-lingual local guides during the tour, who will be responsible for guiding you through the various cities and attractions that you will be visiting. In each new city that you visit, you will likely be introduced to a new local guide who is an expert in that region. Depending on the itinerary chosen and your group size, your local guide may provide commentary in multiple languages.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted by Local Guides

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

✓ Incredible sightseeing, including guided tours of Bogotá, Medellín & UNESCO listed Cartagena, Zipaquirá ́s Salt Cathedral, hike the beautiful Cocora Valley, explore the quaint town of Salento and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation.
✓ 9 nights in quality 4-star & Boutique accommodtion 
✓ Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches
✓ Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide
✓ Dedicated, comfortable transportation throughout
✓ Economy flights Bogotá to Peirera and Medellín to Cartagena
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

🛏️ Shared room available for solo passengers. This tour offers solo passengers the option to share a room with a fellow passenger of the same gender and avoid the Single Traveller supplement.

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Cité Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Bogotá! Upon arrival, you will have a private transfer from the airport to your hotel (just look for a sign with your name). Bogotá is a large, vibrant city known for its arts, gastronomy and culture. Be ready to absorb plenty of history and insight into Colombian culture over the next 10 days!

If you arrive a day early, why not go exploring? The old Candelaria Historic District is blessed with colonial houses, government buildings and the modern Bogotá to the north where you’ll find shops, restaurants and bars. The area of modern Bogotá was first populated by groups of indigenous people that migrated from Mesoamerica. Among these groups were the Muiscas that settled in what are now mainly the Departments  of Cundinamarca and Boyacá. With the arrival of the Spanish colonists, the area became a major settlement founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, and later capital of the Spanish provinces and the seat of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. With independence, Bogotá became the capital of Gran Colombia and later the capital of the Republic of Colombia. 

This afternoon there will be a group meeting to discuss the next 10 days and meet any joining passengers, followed by a walking tour of the hotel surroundings.

Hotel
Cité Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we will visit the Gold and Botero museums, and explore the La Candelaria neighbourhood. The Gold Museum (Museo Del Oro), is a huge part of the tourism industry in Bogotá and attracts a million guests per year. There is a huge collection of pre-Columbian archaeological treasure: art, jewellery, medallions, currency, and more. The Botero Museum's modern art collection, together with the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, is one of the most important art collections in Latin America. The museum's namesake, Colombian artist Fernando Botero, contributed more than 200 pieces including 123 pieces of his own work.

For lunch, you’ll have the chance to try one of the most significant dishes in the country called ajiaco,  a thick soup made from three different kinds of potatoes, chicken, guasca leaves (a common Colombian herb) and half an ear of corn. Dinner tonight will be at your own leisure. 

Hotel
Hacienda La Herencia (Boutique) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

This morning at 8am we’ll meet our driver at the hotel lobby after checking out. Today’s destination is The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, around 90 minutes from Bogotá. Described as a ‘Jewel of Modern Architecture,’ this Roman Catholic church was built by miners within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 metres underground in a halite mountain near Zipaquirá.

After our visit, we’ll head to lunch before boarding a flight to Pereira, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. Upon arrival we’ll transfer to our boutique hotel.

Hotel
Hacienda La Herencia (Boutique) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, meet your tour leader in the hotel lobby. This morning we’re driving to Salento, around an hour away, from here we’ll change vehicle to a Jeep Willys and continue onto Cocora Valley (approx. 30 minutes). At Cocora Valley, we’ll go out on a hike (it can be as long or short as you like). On the hike, look out for the famous wax palm trees or uindío wax palm,  the tallest palm trees in the world and a native to this land. Enjoy the views of the valley and if you are lucky, you might be able  to spot an Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world.

After the hike, we’ll return to Salento, the oldest municipality in the region.  Salento is renowned for its colourful architecture and traditioanl atmosphere.  You will have an opportunity to learn how to play tejo in town, a national sport where the goal is to throw a tejo, or weighted steel disc inside the bocin (a metal ring).

Finally, you will end the day with a 2 hours visit to a coffee farm in the area. Conducted on a small coffee farm, picking ripe coffee beans among the coffee plants and learning about the wonderful coffee process from seed to cup. The experience concludes with a tasting of filtered coffee methods.

Hotel
Novotel Medellín Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After meeting the tour leader in the hotel lobby this morning, we’ll set off on a 90 minute drive to La  Romelia Orchid Farm, a family farm run by José and Marisa. They have dedicated more than half of their lives to the collection, study and conservation of orchids, among other plants. The tour is around 2.5 hours; we’ll walk the natural trails, tour the orchid nursery and bonsai gardens, and more. We’ll end the tour with a delicious vegetarian lunch, before continuing onto Medellín. 

Hotel
Novotel Medellín Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll meet our tour leader at the lobby at 9am for a tour of Comuna 13. Once famous for being one of the most dangerous places in the world, Comuna 13 has undergone an incredible transformation over the past few decades and today is a flourishing barrio (neighbourhood). After exploring this barrio and its escalators, we’ll visit Plaza Botero and its 23 Fernando Botero statues, (legend has it that rubbing Botero’s statues will bring good luck—feel free to test the theory!) and the Museum of Antioquia which houses works by Medellín native Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez. 

Hotel
Ermita Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today explore the city at your leisure.  Alternatively you may wish to book an optional tour.   
This afternoon we will head to the airport to catch a flight to Cartagena.

Optional Tour - Community experience in the Moravia neighborhood

The densely populated neighbourhood of Moravia was once Medellín's municipal garbage dump with a mountain of open-air garbage surrounded by squatter settlements. Due to Colombia's armed conflict and the number of displaced refugees, more and more displaced people arrived and settled in the area. Today’s Moravia is considered the most populous barrio in Medellín. The neighbourhood is known for its strong community spirit and positive attitude of its people. Many local projects managed by the community have transformed the community into the epicentre of art, culture and entrepreneurship. Learn more about this neighbourhood from social and community leaders.

Includes: Transfers, snack, local guide and English Speaking guide. 

Start Time: 9.00am 
End Time: 12.00pm

Hotel
Ermita Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Located by the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas. Its historic downtown, walled by the fortifications built in the colonial time,  still preserves its original architecture and nowadays the colourful walled city is filled with life and Caribbean charm.  Nobel Prize winner and author, Gabriel García Márquez found inspiration here. Stories about pirate attacks remain present in the numerous fortresses that remain intact until today and it was the largest port for slaves. This chequered history lead Cartagena to be declared a heritage of humanity by UNESCO, an enormous importance.

At 9am, we’ll set off on a 3-4 hour tour of the city taking in San Felipe Fortress, a magnificent structure that was built by the Spaniards in 1536 to keep the city safe against pirates. We’ll learn about the city’s colourful history, see important buildings, squares, and churches. 

Hotel
Ermita Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is at your leisure to further explore Cartagena.  Alternatively you may wish to book an optional tour to enjoy some beach time at a nearby island. 

Optional Tour - Day Tour to Rosario Islands

Spend the day relaxing at Isla Grande (a 60 minute boat ride from Cartagena), one of the 28 islands of the National Natural Park Corales del Rosario—explore the magical coral reefs, home to colourful fish and more. You’ll receive a welcome mocktail on arrival at the San Pedro de Majagua Hotel. A local lunch of coconut rice, fried plantain & salad will be served including an appetiser with a choice of beverages (water, juice, natural lemonade, local beer), typical Cartagena sweets, and Colombian coffee or tea.

Includes: Return shared boat ride (Cartagena – San Pedro de Majagua Hotel – Cartagena), pier tax, access to Sol and Buzo beaches, sun chairs & towel service.   Lunch is included.

Start Time: 7.45am
End Time: 4.00pm

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy one last delicious breakfast this morning, before your Colombian adventure comes to an end. 

We hope you’ve been inspired. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Check out: Check-out time is generally around 10am. You are welcome to leave your luggage at the hotel reception and spend your final moments of free time exploring the area or alternatively please speak with hotel staff if you would like to extend your check-out time. If required, your tour leader can help you arrange a transfer to the airport. 

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing, including guided tours of Bogotá, Medellín & UNESCO listed Cartagena, Zipaquirá ́s Salt Cathedral, hike the beautiful Cocora Valley
  • 9 nights in quality 3 and 4-star hotels 
  • Breakfast daily, 4 Lunches
  • Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide
  • Dedicated, comfortable transportation throughout
  • Economy flights Bogotá to Peirera and Medellín to Cartagena
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfer on Day 1

  • Bogotá - explore the historic district of La Candelaria
  • Bogotá - visit the Museo Del Oro (Gold Museum) & the Botero Museum
  • Bogotá - see the incredible Salt Cathedral
  • Salento - hike the beautiful Cocora Valley to see the tallest palm trees in the world
  • Salento - tour an orchid farm and learn about the restoration of native flora
  • Medellín - witness the transformation of Medellín
  • Medellín - visit Plaza Boterio & museo Antoquia
  • Cartagena - take a tour of this UNESCO listed city
  • Cartagena - visit the San Felipe Fortress built in 1536

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $582.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,163.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with three options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,491.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

3- Shared Room with a fellow traveller
In this trip you can opt to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same gender – as specified in your passport - and avoid paying a single supplement.

If you believe you may prevent your travelling companion from enjoying a peaceful night’s rest, please refrain from selecting this option.

You will meet your rooming companion at the beginning of your trip. 

Changes to room configuration during the trip must be organised by travellers directly with the hotel, subject to availability and additional charges.

This option is not available on additional accommodation booked before or after the tour.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
4 - 20 Persons

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $469.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $438.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Community experience in the Moravia neighborhood (Day 7) - $244 per person
  • Day Tour to Rosario Islands (Day 9) - $264 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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