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Art Culture and Cuisine of Columbia

Art Culture and Cuisine of Columbia (Insight Vacations Luxury Gold)


Delve into breathtaking Colombia with Luxury Gold and discover a land of unspoiled natural beauty, history and culture. Meet locals including a Comuna 13 survivor, the niece of literary great Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena and the owner of a coffee p...

10 Days
Next Departure
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USD 4,599.00
Price per day
USD 460.00

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Art Culture and Cuisine of Columbia
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Delve into breathtaking Colombia with Luxury Gold and discover a land of unspoiled natural beauty, history and culture. Meet locals including a Comuna 13 survivor, the niece of literary great Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Cartagena and the owner of a coffee plantation in paisa country. You’ll indulge on delicious regional flavours along the way, including 'Bandeja Paisa' and dishes prepared by one of the top 50 chefs in Latin America in Medellin. Gain private access to the Museum de Antioquia before hours and take a guided tour of the famous Paloquemao Market in Bogota, as you uncover this beautiful country in VIP style. On Chairman’s Collection departures, join celebrated Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez for an exclusive experience. Look for the CC icon on the Dates & Prices panel to see which departures feature the Chairman’s Collection.

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Welcome To Bogotá.
Day 2.
Highlights Of Bogotá.
Day 3.
Paloquemao Market And Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
Day 4.
Bogotá To Medellín.
Day 5.
Medellín And Comuna 13.
Day 6.
Coffee Country.
Day 7.
Medellín To Cartagena.
Day 8.
Cartagena In Depth.
Day 9.
Literary Cartagena.
Day 10.
Depart Cartagena.

Visited cities (3): Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin




Exceptional Dining

  • Cartagena: A tasty lunch experience awaits at the esteemed La Cevicheria, a once little-known spot, prized by locals. The venue came into the spotlight when the late Anthony Bourdain shot an episode of No Reservations there. Meet with chef Jorge Escandon and learn more about his friendship with Bourdain.
  • Cartagena: Your Celebration Dinner is at Club de Pesca, one of the most traditional and famous restaurants in the city. Set in one of the colonial fortresses of the colony in the Bay of Cartagena, it has its own private dock, allowing guests to arrive for dinner by boat. Choose from a wide selection of Chilean, Argentine, Italian and Spanish wines as you toast to your journey with your fellow travellers one last time.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L) and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

Journey Highlights

  • Bogotá: Start your day at the Gold Museum for a private before-hours guided tour by an expert. You’ll see an extraordinary selection of pre-Hispanic gold works from pre-Colombian cultures.
  • Bogotá: Take a guided walking tour of La Candelaria, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city, where you’ll find the Primada Cathedral, Botero Museum and Bolívar Square. The latter is Bogota’s main square and hosts the statue of Simón Bolívar, which was sculpted in 1846 and was the first public monument in the city. Take a cable car to Monserrate Hill, where you’ll capture striking views of Bogota from above.
  • Santa Elena: Visit this small town outside of Medellin, famous for its flower farms. Enjoy a private visit to a local finca and meet with the silletero, or flower farmer, for a guided visit of his farm. The silletero will familiarize you with flower cultivation and how Colombia has become the second largest exporter of cut flowers in the world.
  • Medellín: Visit the Antioquia Museum before it opens to the public, accompanied by the granddaughter of Colombian artist Fernando Botero, Alejandra Quintana.
  • Medellín: Meet a local personality and learn how Medellin overcame its dangerous history to become a model city and haven for American retirees. Following your meeting, you’ll have time to wander around Plaza Botero, before moving on to Comuna 13, using the city’s famous escalator system. Meet your expert guide Chota, a young graffiti artist who was born and raised in the neighborhood, along with a survivor of Comuna 13 when it was at its most dangerous. Notorious for Pablo Escobar turning it into the crime capital of the world, discover more about the area’s gruesome history and how it has reinvented itself into one of Medellin’s coolest neighborhoods.
  • Hacienda La Sierra: Visit La Sierra Coffee Plantation, one of Colombia’s oldest coffee farms. You’ll meet the owner of the farm and learn more about the industry as you help plant a few coffee bushes. After lunch enjoy a coffee tasting and discover all influences on the coffee’s flavour profile.
  • Cartagena: Explore the fishermen village of La Boquilla, outside of Cartagena. Enjoy the folkloric shows based on the local afro-Colombian rhythms. Then step aboard canoes to explore the mangroves and what artisanal fishing demonstrations. Enjoy a guided tour of the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas built by the Spanish during the colonial era and El Convento de la Popa, located on a 150 meter high hill, the highest point in Cartagena.
  • Cartagena: Experience a guided walking tour of Old Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its cobble-stoned streets, perfectly preserved 16th-century colorful mansions with balconies dripping with brilliantly colored flowers, the city is overflowing with history, legends and romance. As part of your sightseeing tour, you will visit the Inquisition Palace and the Church of San Pedro de Claver. Stop at Plaza Bolivar and meet with a Palenquera - black women in colourful dresses expertly balancing bowls of tropical fruit on their heads. Learn how they have they become the symbol of not just Cartagena, but of Colombia.

Luxury Hotels

  • Bogotá: A few steps from luxury stores, upscale restaurants and exclusive bars, this luxury French-style hotel of La Cabrera, Zona T, offers innovative Bistronomy proposals, cocktails and live music. Guestrooms standout by their French branded amenities like Lanvin or Hermès and the exclusive SOFITEL MyBedTM concept, for unrivalled levels of comfort. The hotel is home to wonderful relaxation spaces as well as an inbuilt spirit of attention to detail and a concierge service anticipating every visitors' needs.
  • Medellín: Situated in the heart of El Poblado, the city's Financial and Fashion District, this hotel is ideally situated. Modern rooms make a perfect retreat after a busy day. Indulge in relaxation at our luxury spa or outdoor pool boasting sprawling city views.
  • Cartagena: The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, housed in a former convent, offers the perfect blend of French luxury and colonial architecture. Close to Cartagena's main tourist attractions, you will have more than the hotel's stories to discover. Enjoy the comfort, personalized service and other upscale offerings at this luxurious accommodation.
  • Rio de Janeiro: With a prime location overlooking Copacabana Beach, the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an unforgettable stay in timeless luxury.

VIP Experiences

  • Bogotá: Experience a private, before-hours guided tour of the Gold Museum. The 'Museo del Oro' displays an extraordinary selection of more than 55,000 pieces of gold; as well as ceramics, textiles and other materials from all major pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited this region of South America.
  • Bogotá: In the morning, take a guided tour of Paloquemao Market with Sofia Gaviria. Learn more about the area’s local ingredients and assist her with recipe shopping and lunch preparation.
  • Zipaquirá: Take an after-hours guided visit to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, a fascinating Roman Catholic Church built 721 feet (220 metres) underground within the tunnels of a salt mine.
  • Medellín: Wake for a before-hours private visit to the Antioquia Museum, housing one of the largest art collections of Fernando Botero. You'll be guided by his granddaughter, Alejandra Quintana, as you explore his iconic works.
  • Cartagena: Meet Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s close relatives and learn about a literary giant, who is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Most famous for his Masterpiece “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, which was translated into 37 languages, he was awarded the literature Nobel Prize in 1982 for his novels and short stories. Learn about his international fame and his work’s strong connection with Cartagena.
  • Cartagena: This afternoon, experience Cartagena Your Way by choosing from four activities, including a private Colombian rum tasting, a private salsa dance class, a private workshop at the Emerald Museum or a private Caribbean cuisine cooking class with a local specialist.

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