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17 Day Classic Colombia

  • Discover Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena & More
  • Visit Tayrona National Park & the Cocora Valley
Includes Return International Flights

Soaring mountain peaks, dazzling Caribbean beaches, dense tropical jungle, and colonial cities that dance to their own infectious beat - Colombia is one of South America’s great gems. Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Tayrona National Park… every location is a new and surprising adventure.

Discover it all on this 17 day highlights package taking in the cities of Bogotá and Cartagena, the colourful villages of Salento and Guatape, the famous Quindio wax palms, El Peñol rock formation, and so much more. Witness the impressive Castillo de San Felipe fortress in the UNESCO listed port of Cartagena, go horse riding through the scenic Cocora Valley, sample the famous Colombian coffee of Salento, enjoy 360-degree views of Medellín from the cable way, and more. This fantastic package also includes a two night stopover in vibrant Santiago, Chile. With return flights, 14 nights hotel accommodation, English-speaking guides, and return airport transfers, this dazzling cultural tour has all the ingredients of an incredible South American adventure.

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Today depart from Australia for Santiago, Chile. It is a long way to Colombia and Santiago is the perfect place to break up the journey - and enjoy a little extra sightseeing. Upon arrival in Chile, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The next two nights will be spent in Santiago.

Overnight: Hotel Principado Express, Santiago (or similar) Meals included: In-Flight

The day is free to spend at your leisure. You can relax at the hotel, or choose to take in some of the city's many attractions. Plaza de Armas, San Cristóbal Hill, La Moneda Palace, and the Santiago Metropolitan Park are just a few of the sights worth visiting.

Overnight: Hotel Principado Express, Santiago (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, be transferred to Santiago Airport to travel onwards to Bogotá, Colombia. Located 2600 meters above sea level, this capital city of eight million people is the biggest in Colombia - and the heart of the El Dorado legend. At your arrival in El Dorado Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Santa Lucia Hotel & Boutique Spa, Bogota (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

Following breakfast, discover both Bogotá’s old and new side in detail on a guided city tour. Begin this tour by visiting its historic centre, La Candelaria. This part of the city consists of important buildings from the colonial times, which boasts bustling plazas, churches, and museums. Continue the tour by passing through Bolivar Square, where the presidential palace and Capitol building are located. It is also an important reference point because in this square most of the important historical events of the country have occurred.

Continue onwards to Museo Botero, a colonial house with a collection of artworks from the famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero, then the Mint House, which exhibits gorgeous pieces of art from colonial times and then to Gabriel Garcia Marques Cultural Centre, which was built to honor the Colombian literature Nobel laureate and El Chorro de Quevedo, the place where Santa Fe de Bogota was founded.

Afterwards, walk to the Golden Museum to discover its fantastic collection of gleaming gold pre-Hispanic artefacts and precious stones. It is considered one of the largest gold collections in the world and you will see how the pre-Hispanic societies harvested and used gold and other precious metals. To conclude your tour visit Monserrate Hill via the cableway to obtain an extraordinary panoramic view of the city. At the end of the tour, you will have leisure time to explore the other wonders Colombia's capital has to offer.

Overnight: Santa Lucia Hotel & Boutique Spa, Bogota (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

Today after breakfast, you will transfer to Bogotá Airport to board your flight to Armenia, a city at the heart of the coffee growing industry of Colombia (flight time approx. one-hour). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the small, authentic Andean town of Salento - 45 minutes away. The Salento region is an area full of lush green landscapes coming from the Enjoy a tour of a local coffee farm and experience life as a coffee farmer by getting involved with every step of the growing and brewing process to create the perfect cup of coffee, from the harvesting to the roasting and everything in between. Taste different special varieties of coffee that the region has to offer. Afterwards transfer to your accommodation to enjoy the rest of your day at leisure and explore everything this charming little town has to offer.

Overnight: Hotel Salento Real, Salento (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will drive 15 minutes from the town of Salento to enjoy a four-hour horseback tour of the famous Cocora Valley. The Cocora Valley is an impressive natural valley and green cloud forest surrounded by Quindio wax palms, an endemic palm that grows to around 60 metres. After the tour, taste a delicious dish of “Trucha” (local trout) and Patacona Frita (fried bananas) with cheese and fresh salad, while enjoying the relaxing mountains views (vegan and vegetarian options can also be provided). Return back to Salento and enjoy a guided tour around the picturesque town and surrounds.

Overnight: Hotel Salento Real, Salento (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and continue your journey to the picturesque town of Guatape (approx. seven-hours travel), which sits on the edge of a beautiful man made reservoir dotted with islands which are the result of a hydroelectric dam built in the 1960s. Upon arrival, start your tour of the region by climbing around 500 steps of the iconic 200-metre high El Peñol rock formation. Enjoy the stunning view of the town, and the beautiful bays and islets that are scattered across the reservoir. Afterwards, enjoy a boat trip across the dam to the “fantasy island” and then enjoy a tasty lunch in front of the dam. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Portal del Lago, Guatape (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today after breakfast travel to Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia (approx. two hours travel). Home to two million inhabitants, the mountainous city of Medellín is is an important fashion and commercial centre within Latin America. Upon arrival, begin a city tour to explore the two faces of the city - the painful legacy of the eighties, and the positive transformations that have turned it into the dynamic and world-class city of today. Start in Botero Square, famous for its oversized statues. Continue to the model Paisa Little Town, the Botanical Gardens, The Planetarium, Los Deseos Park, Pies Descalzos Park and Explora Park. Afterwards, travel to your hotel accommodation and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight: Estelar Blue Hotel, Medellin (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be picked up to experience a 360-degree view of the city from the top of the city’s famous cableway. Visit Spain Library, known for its modern and unique design, and Arvi Park, a vital area for environmental conservation. Next, travel onwards to Santa Elena, a small town where farmers have been growing an abundance of tropical and local varieties of flowers for generations. Finish your tour with a local dish called Bandeja Paisa, a flavoursome meal popular amongst the working class ‘Paisas’. Return to the city for an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Estelar Blue Hotel, Medellin (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast transfer to Medellín Airport to board your flight to the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast (approx. 1.5-hours). Santa Marta was the first city founded in Colombia in 1525 and is now an important commercial port and tourist destination.

Upon arrival, you will be received by your tour guide to begin a city tour encompassing the cultural and historical sights this amazing city has to offer. Begin with the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, home to the tomb of Simon Bolivar, a leading military leader who fought for the independence of Colombia from Spanish rule.

Later, delicious drinks and a delectable local seafood lunch will be provided. After, walk along the beautiful pier onwards to the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Convent, and the monument of Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, one of Colombia's most charismatic and beloved football players. Finish day off in the magnificent Taganga Bay area, where your accommodation for the night will be located.

Overnight: Hotel Bahia Taganga, Taganga Bay (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Aside from its dazzling beauty, Tayrona National Park is vital for its biological and archaeological wealth. This natural park is located in the Santa Marta Mountain range, the largest coastal mountain in the world. This area is also the ancestral home for the Tayronas indigenous people, who built ceremonial temples and sacred places to live in harmony with nature. Take a quick transfer to Neguaje (approx. one-hour travel from Taganga Bay), then enjoy a boat ride to Crystal Beach (Playa Cristal) - a stunning beach known for its abundant coral. Take the opportunity to snorkel (snorkels not included, available to rent), and observe the coral reefs or relax on the beach. On the way, take in stunning views from The Seven Waves beach. Return to the Neguaje and transfer onwards to your accommodation in Palomino on the outskirts of the park (two-hours travel from Neguaje).

Overnight: Playa Roca Ecohotel, Palomino (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

This morning transfer onwards to Cartagena, the most visited city in Colombia. The journey takes approx. four hours, travelling along the Caribbean highway, an iconic road that connects the Colombian Caribbean coast from the east to west. Situated on situated a beautiful bay, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. In the afternoon, tour the beautiful Walled City to discover the charms of its vibrant streets, music, energy, monasteries, churches, parks, convents, houses, and people. Afterwards continue to Castillo de San Felipe, an impressive military fortress built by the Spanish in the colonial period. To conclude the tour, enjoy a gorgeous Caribbean sunset and views of the city from Cerro de la Popa.

Overnight: Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia, Old Town, Cartagena (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. In the evening enjoy a Chiva Party Bus tour with local live music and mouth-watering snacks, taking in the highlights of the city.

Overnight: Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia, Old Town, Cartagena (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

Today transfer to the airport for a flight back to Bogotá. Upon arrival in Bogotá, you will be transferred to a nearby airport hotel for one last night in Colombia before flying home the following day. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Aloft Airport Hotel, Bogota (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will transfer to Bogotá Airport for your return flight to Australia via Santiago, Chile.
Please note: due to the limited flight availability out of South America to Australia customers may have up to a seven-hour stopover in Santiago before flying onwards to Australia. Affected customers will be provided a complimentary three-hour lounge pass.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in Santiago, Chile
  • Visit La Candelaria and Bolivar Square on a walking tour of Bogotá
  • Witness stunning panoramic views from Monserrate Hill
  • See the famous Quindio wax palms on a horseback tour of the Cocora Valley
  • Taste speciality coffee varieties at a plantation in Salento
  • Admire the colourful colonial houses of Salento on a guided city tour
  • View Guatape town from atop the towering El Peñol rock formation
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Fantasy Island, followed by a tasty lunch
  • See Botero Square and more on a city tour of Medellín
  • Experience a 360-degree view of Medellín from the cable way
  • Enjoy a guided city highlights tour of Santa Marta
  • Visit Taganga Bay area and the incredible Tayrona National Park
  • See the impressive ‘Castillo de San Felipe’ fortress in Cartagena
  • Enjoy a boat ride to Playa Cristal (Crystal Beach), renowned for its coral
  • Explore Cartagena aboard a Chiva Party Bus, enjoying local music and snacks
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL*
  • 3 x internal flights: Bogota to Armenia, Medellin to Santa Marta, and Cartagena to Bogota
  • 2 night pre-tour stopover in Santiago, Chile
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation on tour in Colombia
  • Enjoy 18 meals including daily breakfast
  • English-speaking Tour Guides (Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 12, and 13)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private vehicles 
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 12th November 2018.

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1400 applies.

Departure Dates (2018)
June: 11 (SOLD OUT)
July: 30
August: 20
September: 10
October: 22
November: 12

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or *Adelaide.

Interstate Surcharges
*Adelaide: $300 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).



Arrive early in Santiago, Chile
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Stay behind in Cartagena, Colombia
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Stopover Packages
Not available.

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Unavailable.
- Business Class: buy now for $7499 per person (Only valid for Australia to Santiago, Santiago to Bogota and Bogota to Australia sectors).
Please note: 
- All Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- Santiago (Chile): Hotel Principado Express
- Bogota (Colombia): Santa Lucia Hotel & Boutique Spa / Aloft Airport Hotel
- Salento (Colombia): Hotel Salento Real
- Guatape (Colombia): Hotel Portal Del Lago
- Medellin (Colombia): Hotel Estelar Blue
- Santa Marta/Taganga Bay (Colombia): Hotel Bahia Taganga
- Cartagena (Colombia): Hotel Don Pedro De Heredia 
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
- Santiago, Chile (Pre Tour): $200 per room including breakfast.
- Cartagena, Colombia (Post Tour): $220 per room including breakfast.
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.

Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.

Triple Share
Not available.

Bedding Configuration
2 x Single or 1 x Queen/King (subject to availability).

Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 4, maximum group size 25 per vehicle.



- Visa fees and requirements (Australian passport holders are required to pay a reciprocity free of $117 USD upon arrival into Chile. A tourist visa is not required if travelling to Colombia on an Australian passport). 
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- Optional gratuities/tipping.
- Optional activities/tours. 
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance (Mandatory).
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE
Bogota:
Located on a high plateau in the Northern Andes Mountains, the city of Bogota is 2640m above sea level and has a subtropical highland climate, meaning it is cool during the day with average temperatures of 13°C and 5°C at night. Summer months can produce temperatures in excess of 21°C during the day, while winter can produce below freezing temperatures at night. On average, temperatures in the Colombian capital remain relatively stable throughout the year as compared to more seasonal countries such as the USA, Europe and Australia. 

Cartagena:
Cartagena features a tropical wet and dry climate. Humidity averages around 90%, with rainy seasons typically in May – June and October – November. The climate tends to be hot and windy with daily means temperatures of 28°C year round.

TOUR GUIDE vs TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 

Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 

Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all TripADeal travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

COACH TOUR
Meals:
Some meals including daily breakfast are included in the tour. For all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is not expected in Colombia but is always appreciated if you believe the services provided justify it.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a standard level of fitness will be required. This tour will include a fair amount of walking during tours but nothing overly demanding besides the El Penol stairs in Guatape which is not mandatory. If you have any health concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

HEALTH
Colombia is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever.
Please note: inoculations may be required to enter the country visited, along with re entry into Australia after your visit. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.



Colombia
Australian passport holders who are traveling to Colombia for tourism or as a temporary visitor do not require a Visa to enter the country. Travellers will be issued an 90 days entry permit upon arrival. 

Chile
Australian tourists entering Chile through Santiago International Airport are required to pay a “reciprocity fee” of $117 USD (subject to change) payable in cash or credit card prior to going through passport control. For up-to-date information, visit the Embassy of Chile website: http://chile.gob.cl/australia/es/



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.
- Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider.

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
- If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply.
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