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Treasures of El Dorado

Treasures of El Dorado

Treasures of El Dorado Overview

This 14 day holiday combines the lush greenery and spectacular scenery of the Colombian Coffee Region with the bright lights and culture of capital Bogota and colonial jewel Cartagena.

Treasures of El Dorado

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday) - Fly overnight to Medellín
Meal included on the transatlantic flight

Fly overnight from the UK to Bogotá and on to Medellín. Dubbed the "City of Eternal Spring", Medellín is Colombia's second city. Nestled in a narrow valley, the high rise buildings sit against a backdrop of the Andes, and at ground level you will find a lively city bursting with creativity and industry.

Day 2 (Saturday) - Arrive in Medellín. Free afternoon
Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

Arrive in Medellín and after being met at the airport, transfer to your hotel in the neighburhood of Poblado. Medellin is often touted as one of the world’s most innovative cities, and arguably El Poblado is its beating heart. You will find top class restaurants, cultural attractions and parks all within easy walking distance of one another.

Day 3 (Sunday) - Free day in Medellín or optional inspirational Medellín excursion
Breakfast at the hotel.

Take an optional half day Inspirational Medellín, which focuses on the city’s transformation from the days of Escobar’s rule to the current vibrant and innovative city it is today. Begin the tour with a visit to Pablo Escobar’s former home and his grave then continue to the Parque de las Esculturas (sculpture park) in the city centre to see some of Fernando Botero’s work, which depicts life during Escobar’s reign. Next, ride on the Metro Cable for views of the city, then visit one of the transformed districts and ride on one of Medellín’s famous innovations, the public escalators that go up the hillside in poorer districts, connecting them to the city.

Day 4 (Monday) - Fly from Medellín to the Coffee Region
Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch in Santa Elena.

In the morning, visit a flower farm near Santa Elena before catching a flight to Pereira in the Coffee Region (via Bogotá). Colombia's Coffee Triangle is a part of the Colombian Paisa, a region famous for growing and producing Colombian coffee, considered by many to be the best in the world. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hacienda-style hotel, located in the hills near Pereira, in the early evening.

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Take the optional Coffee Plantation excursion, or enjoy a free day
Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Coffee Plantation excursion.

Take the optional Coffee Plantation excursion, heading out to a working coffee plantation to learn about the journey of coffee, from bean to cup. A guide will take you through each stage in the process, giving you an insight into the inner workings of a Colombian coffee farm. End the tour off with a coffee tasting, before you lunch at the hacienda, then return to your hotel. Alternatively, spend the day relaxing in and around your hotel, wandering in the garden and lazing by the pool.

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Take the optional Cocora Valley excursion, or enjoy a free day
Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Cocora Valley excursion.

Make the most of your final day in the rural Coffee Region, either relaxing at the hacienda or take the optional full-day Cocora Valley excursion to see one of the most surreal landscapes in Colombia, where the tall Quindio wax palms, the national tree and symbol of Colombia, dominate the skyline. The excursion begins with a guided tour of the cloud forest, where you can appreciate the natural splendor of the valley and, if you are lucky, observe some of the local wildlife such as hummingbirds and condors. Pay a visit to the charming town of Salento, where there are pretty streets, craftshops and taverns to explore, before returning to your hacienda in the late afternoon. Lunch is included in a local restaurant within the valley.

Day 7 (Thursday) - Fly to Bogotá. Have a free afternoon in the city
Breakfast at the hotel.

Fly to Bogotá in the morning. After landing, transfer to your hotel. After settling in, either relax or head out to explore this vibrant capital. Your hotel is located in Zona T, a trendy, modern part of the city with many dining options and bars. During the day there are plenty of cafes to frequent, as well a large park where you can people-watch as Bogotá’s well-heeled residents parade past. You can also head into the old town to get a feel for the city’s colonial past.

Day 8 (Friday) - Free day in Bogotá or take the optional Historic Bogotá excursion
Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a free day to explore the city independently or take the optional Historic Bogotá excursion. Start with a funicular or cable car ride up Monserrate Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Then visit the spectacular Gold Museum, the historical quarter of La Candelaria in the colonial downtown, and the fantastic Botero Museum, home to a superb collection of Botero’s works, as well as many pieces of European art.

Day 9 (Saturday) - Travel to Villa De Leyva via Lake Guatavita
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch in a rural restaurant.

Depart Bogotá in the early morning, travelling overland to the town of Villa De Leyva, set in one of the most beautiful rural landscapes in Colombia, with lakes, hills and semi-arid deserts. The first stop on the journey is Lake Guatavita, where the famous Colombian legend of El Dorado originated, as the indigenous people threw gold pieces into the lake as an offering to the gods. Hike to the lagoon and hear about the famous story, before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. You continue to Villa de Leyva, arriving in the late afternoon. You check in to your hotel before heading out for an evening walking tour though the colonial streets, passing the main plaza and plenty of interesting architecture. The town’s quiet, traditional atmosphere makes it feel like a place where time has stood still.

Day 10 (Sunday) - Visit the salt cathedral of Zipaquirá, and then fly to Cartagena
 Breakfast at the hotel, lunch in a rural restaurant.

Depart Villa de Leyva mid-morning for the pretty town of Zipaquirá, situated on the vast plateau north of Bogotá, where you explore the famous salt cathedral. The cathedral is a subterranean marvel, carved into the salt walls of an active salt mine. The cathedral, which is comprised of various chapels in cavernous spaces, is both a popular tourist attraction and a pilgrimage site for the local community. After lunch, continue to the airport in Bogotá for your evening flight to Cartagena.

Day 11 (Monday) - Take the optional Colonial Cartagena excursion or enjoy a free day
Breakfast at the hotel.

The city of Cartagena is a colourful, well-preserved sea-port town, with a vibrant energy bursting from its winding cobbled streets. Explore the former jewel of the Spanish Empire independently, or join the Colonial Cartagena excursion, which visits significant points of interest, such as the formidable San Felipe Fort, built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirates, and the Convent of La Candelaria with its stunning views of the bay. Along the way, learn about the city’s historical influences and cultural heritage.
Day 12 (Tuesday) - Enjoy a free day in Cartagena
Breakfast at the hotel.

Wander along the city streets or walk along the ramparts of Las Murallas, a sea wall lined with cannons and watch towers, built to defend the city from pirates. You could also visit the Inquisition Palace, where instruments of torture are on display. Alternatively take a short boat ride to the white sand beaches of Islas Rosario.

Day 13 (Wednesday) - Fly overnight to the UK
Breakfast at the hotel. Meal included on the transatlantic flight.

Depending on your flight time, you have a final chance to explore Cartagena before you fly to Bogotá and connect to your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 14 (Thursday) - Arrival in the UK

Your flight arrives in the UK.


Date of Departure & Approximate Holiday Prices

Prices are in £ per person
July, 2019 - £2399
November, 2019 - £2149
January, 2020 - £2199
February, 2020 - £2199
March, 2020 - £2199
April, 2020 - £2199
November, 2020 - £2199

Single Supplement - £680
Full Excursion Package from £399, please visit our website or contact us for more details

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