1 WEEK: COLOMBIA ESSENTIALS

Sample 7-day itinerary featuring the colonial Caribbean gem, Cartagena, and trendsetting mountain city of Medellín

This immersive 1-week (7-day) Colombia itinerary is perfect if you want to travel slowly, but still feel like you got two vacations in one. You’ll visit two amazing cities, each drastically different from the other. Experience the gorgeous, colonial streets of Cartagena — and indulge in its Caribbean flavors — before heading deep into the Andes mountains. Immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance taking place in the mountainous valleys of Medellin, and explore this urban oasis known for trendsetting design and perfect year-round weather. This is only a sample trip - we will design your unique trip based on your personal travel style, interests, and priorities.


LENGTH

7 Days  

PRICE

Prices for a trip like this begin at US $400-500 per person per day and up (read more about pricing for our bespoke trips)

DATES

Based on your preferred travel dates 


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • The stunning colonial city of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Breathtaking scenery in the charming and colorful town of Guatape

  • The trendsetting city of Medellin, renowned for its amazing weather, beautiful surroundings, and incredible transformation

  • Pristine beaches in the Rosario Islands (Islas de Rosario)

Cartagena colonial old city Boutique Colombia

1-WEEK COLOMBIA SAMPLE ITINERARY DETAILS

DAY ONE

Arrive in the historic colonial city of Cartagena, and private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day to explore the cobblestone streets of the old city and settle into your luxurious hotel, located within the walled city (Mansion Tcherassi).

DAY TWO

Private half-day walking tour of Cartagena’s fascinating and vibrant Old City, and up-and-coming Getsemani neighborhood. You can then choose to relax by the pool, or chill out in an Old City plaza, before sampling more of Cartagena’s incredible cuisine (and nightlife).

Rosario Islands beach ocean Cartagena Boutique Colombia

DAY THREE

Day trip to the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of the Rosario Islands. You’ll travel by speedboat to the secluded beach of a small island for a day of fun and relaxation. Lounge by the beach and enjoy a traditional Caribbean seafood lunch (along with cold, tropical drinks)!

DAY FOUR

Today you’ll leave the coast for the mountains. After one last morning in the Caribbean, you’ll have a private transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Medellín. Private transfer to your hotel in the heart of Medellín’s lively El Poblado neighborhood (Patio del Mundo Hotel). Spend the afternoon exploring Medellin’s trendy streets, filled with great coffee, food, and unique boutiques.

Medellin trendy restaurant Boutique Colombia

DAY FIVE

After coffee at a trendsetting cafe that sources beans from small growers throughout Colombia, embark on a private tour that dramatically demonstrates Medellín’s incredible transformation over the past decade. Sample authentic Colombian dishes, including bandeja paisa, along the way.

DAY SIX

Full day trip into the beautiful, rural countryside, to the colorful town of Guatape. The majestic Peñól de Guatape is surrounded by lakes in every direction. Explore the lake district by boat, and enjoy a delicious lunch with stunning scenery. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb the mammoth rock for sweeping views of this lake district!

DAY SEVEN

Enjoy one final morning in Medellin, before the private transfer to your departure airport. We hope you enjoyed your Boutique Colombia adventure!

Medellin street food Boutique Colombia

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Your tailor-made itinerary crafted on a bespoke basis, based on our extensive firsthand experience, in-depth Colombia expertise, and incredible network of local experts and tastemakers throughout the country

  • A Colombia expert to answer your questions and help you organize your thoughts, and up-to-date intel based on our constant explorations and discoveries

  • Accommodations as outlined, in properties to match your taste

  • Daily breakfast at your accommodations

  • Immersive private tours and experiences as outlined with expert local guides (and as much downtime as you like)

  • Expertly-planned transport and logistics, for peace of mind & convenience

  • Recommendations for authentic, memorable experiences, including well-known highlights and hidden gems

  • Extensive Colombia-specific pre-departure information, including advice on eating and drinking, packing, language, and much more

  • Thoughtful customer service & 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Tours, experiences, meals, or any other services other than those specified at the time of planning your bespoke trip.
  • Personal expenses and other incidentals
  • Travel insurance (we provide recommendations)
  • Any other services not specified

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel experience for you and your fellow traveler(s).

Are the dates flexible?

Yes, we can typically plan around your ideal travel dates.

When is the best time of year to visit Colombia?

We usually recommend taking advantage of any chance to visit, since Colombia has an amazing climate year-round.

For more on the seasons and weather, read our post, When Is The Best Time of Year to Visit Colombia .

Are trip extensions possible?

Yes, this is a sample itinerary and we can customize it to best match your priorities and interests.

For example, you can extend your stay in any of the destinations included, replace these destinations with others, or add on additional places in Colombia.

What’s included in the cost?

Please see the list above for details of what’s included in the cost.

When do I have to pay?

In most cases, a 30% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the balance due 90 days before your trip.

If your trip is coming up within 90 days, full payment will be required to secure your bookings.

How will the weather be, and what should I pack (and what about Wi-Fi, visas, free-time recommendations)?

Not to worry! We make sure all of our clients are prepared with extensive pre-departure information.

START PLANNING YOUR TRIP NOW.

We’re here to help you get the most out of your precious time in Colombia, without feeling like you’re rushing around. We’ll make the process as fun and effortless as possible, so you can simply relax and savor every moment of your experience.