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Bogota – Medellin

  • Colombia

  • Colombia

  • Colombia

BOGOTA / MEDELLIN – 07 DAYS / 06 NIGHTS

Day 1 – Bogota ( B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer International Airport to Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 2 –Bogota / City Tour + Gold Museum + Monserrate Hill (B/-/- )

  • City Tour + Gold Museum + Monserrate Hill on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Gold Museum is close on Mondays
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 3 – Bogota (B/L/-)

  • Zipaquira’s Underground Salt Cathedral on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Typical Lunch Included
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 4 – Bogota / Medellin (B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer selected Hotel to Bogota´s Airport+ English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Flight to Medellin (Not Included)
  • Private Transfer Airport of Medellin to selected Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 5 – Medellin (B/-/-)

  • City Tour + Metro Cable on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 6 – Medellin (B/-/-)

  • Tour to Santafe de Antioquia on private service + English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Lodging at the selected Hotel

Day 7 – Medellin / … (B/-/-)

  • Private Transfer Airport of Medellin to selected Hotel + English Speaking Tour Guide
Day 1 – Bogota

Welcome to Bogota and Colombia. Upon arrival at the international airport El Dorado, a representative of Metropolitan Touring greets you and takes you to your selected hotel, giving you a short briefing on Bogotá and the country in general.

Bogota is the capital of the Republic of Colombia since its foundation by the Spanish Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada in 1538.  Nowadays it’s a fast growing modern city and one of the most important cities in Latin America.  Bogotá lies at an altitude of 8,660 ft. (2,640m) above sea level, with a population of seven million people.

Day 2 - Bogota / City Tour + Gold Museum + Monserrate

We depart from our hotel to La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota that features Spanish and Baroque architecture. We walk from Luis Angel Arango library to Bolivar Plaza, from where we can see the Cathedral, the National Capitol, Palacio Cardenalicio (former Archbishop’s Palace), El Sagrario Colonial Church, Casa del Florero (House of the Independence), Justice Palace, Lievano Palace (Principal Mayor’s office).  Then we go to Casa de Nariño (Presidential Palace), the official home and principal workplace of the President and finally the colonial church of San Agustín, its architecture and interior decoration are worth seeing.

One of the highlights of this day is the visit to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) whose collection has been declared a National Monument and it’s considered the world’s largest collection of indigenous gold objects with more than 30,000 pieces from all regions of Colombia.

The last part of the tour no doubt takes in one of the most impressive views of Bogota from on-top Cerro de Monserrate high above the city. Taken by the teleferico (cable car) or the funicular from the Lower Station just at the foot of the mountain, the ride up gives the visitor an opportunity to view the city of Bogotá as the expanse of the city becomes more visible as the ride slowly moves up hugging the mountain side.
At the peak of Cerro de Monserrate is a church; a mecca for pilgrims the church holds the statue of Señor Caido to which many miracles have been attributed. From the peacefulness of the church the panorama of the Sabana de Bogotá is spectacular with unbroken views of this magnificent city. On most clear days it is possible to view the snow capped volcano range of Los Nevados some 135 km (84 ml) from Bogotá.

On conclusion you will be taken to your hotel.

Day 3 – Bogota / Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

This tour commences with a drive through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajica, where there’s a short stop at the main plaza. Lunch included. After a hearty lunch the tour continues to the town of Zipaquira famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the sights extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination, it is still a place of pilgrimage for the local community. Return to  Bogotá.

Day 4 - Bogota / Medellin

Breakfast in the morning and be transferred to the Airport of Bogota to take the flight to Medellin.

Arrival in Medellin meet be greeted by the tour guide and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Medellin was founded in 1616 by the Spanish Francisco Herrera Campuzano and today is the second largest city in Colombia, with three million inhabitants in the core of the Valle de Aburra (Aburra Valley). The city has the congenial climate for commercial orchid cultivation.  The famous “Flower Festival” takes place every year in August.  The most representative event of the fair is the “Desfile de Silleteros” (silleteros parade).  This term refers to the local farmers who build beautiful flower arrangements on a silleta (chair) which is carried on the farmer’s back.

The “City of Eternal Spring”, as it is called because of its comfortable climate of temperature between 68°F – 82°F (20°C – 28°C), has become a tourist destination, as an example of a cosmopolitan, cultural and progressive city surrounded by beautiful scenery, colourful villages, the Dam of Peñol and lush beauty.

Day 5 - Medellin / City Tour + Metro Cable

After breakfast we go to Cerro Nutibara (Nutibara Hill) located in the heart of the city where we can find a replica of an Antioquian town (pueblito Paisa) from days of yore.  People from Antioquia, Medellin are referred to as Paisas who were the colonizers of what is now known as the Coffee Region.  Then we head to the Plaza de las Esculturas (Sculptures Plaza) located next to the Antioquian Museum where there are several giant sculptures donated by the artist Fernando Botero, who was born in that city.  We also visit the “Parque de los Pies Descalzos” (Barefoot Park), “Parque de los Deseos” (Park of the Wishes), and the Botanic Garden. We get on the “Metrocable” (aerial cable car), transportation that takes us to the poorest communities of the city.  We return to the hotel

Day 6 - Medellin / Tour to Santafe de Antioquia + Lunch

The Department of Antioquia, whose capital is the city of Medellin, has a colonial gem and National Monument, the town of Santa Fe de Antioquia located in the western side of the department.  It counts with the most well preserved colonial town in this part of the country with churches, colonial houses, cobblestone streets, and museums.  Its hanging bridge, “Puente de Occidente” (Western Bridge), is considered a masterpiece of engineering from nineteenth century.  This visit will be an unforgettable cultural experience!

The trip from Medellin to Santa Fe de Antioquia takes hour and a half, even though it’s only just 50 miles (80 km) away.   We go through mountainous landscape and cross a tunnel of 2.5 miles descending from 4,920 ft down to 1,804 ft above sea level.  It offers a colourful landscape of fruit trees and green pasture.  The programme includes a walking tour through the town to observe its colonial jewels. Lunch is included. Return to Medellín in the afternoon.

Day 7 - Cartagena / ....

Breakfast in the morning and be transferred to the airport of Medellin to take the flight to the final destination.

Rates Option 1

OPTION 1
Price per person 02 Pax Sgl Suppl
Program sharing DWB room (5* Hotels) $2,269 $980

Hotel Information Option 1

Hotels Option 1 City Hotel name & web link
Bogota The Orchids Hotel – Deluxe Room
www.theorchidshotel.com
Medellin The Charlee Hotel – Standard Room
www.thecharlee.com

Rates Option 2

OPTION 2  
Price per person 02 Pax Sgl Suppl
Program sharing DWB room (5* Hotels) $2,201 $837

Hotel Information Option 2

Hotels Option 2 City Hotel name & web link
Bogota Sofitel Victoria Regia – Superior Room
www.sofitel.com
Medellin Diez Hotel – Standard Room
www.diezhotel.com

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • No reservations have been placed
  • This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability
  • No airfares or airport taxes included in above given rates
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
  • Prices valid for 2014, except on Easter (April/ 13-21), Christmas and New Year (December 17-Jan 18) and other National or Religious Holidays which may have special rates; please verify

INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation airport / Hotel / airport
  • Nights of accommodation in a double room.
  • Entrance fees and activities as described in the program
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Hotel taxes
  • Private services with local English-speaking guides
  • Permanent assistance by our offices in each city

EXCLUSIONS

  • International air fares or domestic air fares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out, services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Activities not described in the program
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips or personal expenses

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