An Essential Colombian Tour to Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena 8 Days

Bogota, Medellín, Cartagena

8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Private Tour




Español, Inglés


If you don’t know what to choose, we do it for you: visit the three essential cities in Colombia and get a lifetime experience. You will start in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. You will spend one day discovering the city main spots. On the next day you will explore its surroundings by going to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Then, you will fly to Medellín on to enjoy two other days in this spring city. You will spend one day discovering Comuna 13 and Medellín’s downtown and on the other day you will go to Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol. Lastly, you will fly to Cartagena. You will have one day to wander around the Walled City and its colorful spots and on the last day you will relax in a small island near the city.

Why you should do this 8-day trip to Bogotá, Medellín, and Cartagena?

Leave everything in our hands. We will welcome you to three places that sum up pretty well all the great things that we are known for. Food, history, and lots of fun by the hand of our welcoming locals.


The day begins with a tour of La Candelaria, in the historic center of Bogota. You will visit the Plaza de Bolivar, Casa de Nariño, Chorro de Quevedo and two of the most important museums in the area: the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum. You will enjoy local gastronomic experiences and a delicious traditional lunch. You will also take the cable car up to Monserrate to observe the city from the top, visit the basilica and its natural areas. The rest of the afternoon will be free.

On this day you will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, one of the wonders of Colombia and the Guatavita Lagoon, where the Legend of El Dorado is said to take place. For this, you will head north of the city, first to the town of Zipaquirá. You will go through the tunnels and roads of the salt mine, to see the only subway Catholic church in the world and its history. Then, you will go to the town of Guatavita and walk to the natural park of Guatavita and learn about its legends. You will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch and at the end of the day you will return to Bogotá.

The day will begin heading downtown Medellín, where you will find sculptures by the famous artist Fernando Botero, and other attractions in the area. You will visit important parks such as San Antonio and have various gastronomic experiences, and a delicious traditional lunch. Besides you will take the Metrocable and head to Comuna 13 where you will take its famous graffiti tour and learn how art has transformed a territory marked by conflict into an artistic district. After exploring this colorful and vibrant place you will go back to your hotel.

On this day you will visit one of the most beautiful places in Colombia: El Peñol Rock and Guatapé. You will travel from Medellín to the town and from there to the first stop: the stairs that will take you to the Piedra del Peñol viewpoint, where you will have views of the dam. Then you will tour the town of Guatapé, have a boat trip around the lagoon and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch.

On this day you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Cartagena de Indias and from there to your hotel. You will have the day at leisure.

You will visit the Walled City and the historic center of Cartagena on a private city tour. You will visit San Felipe Castle, the Clock Tower, the most important squares and colonial houses in the area. You will explore the iconic and colorful areas of the city and learn the history behind them. During the tour you will have gastronomic experiences with the most typical products of the city, as well as a delicious local lunch.

You will have a rest day in Playa Tranquila and visit the Aquarium, both places located in Rosario Islands. You will take a boat to get there and enjoy the Caribbean climate, the traditional fresh food and the scenery. At the end of the day, you will take the boat back to Cartagena and the hotel and finish the tour.

On the last day of the trip, after checking out at the hotel, you will have some free time before taking your flight back to Bogotá. We are sure you will end up wanting to discover more of our diverse country. A home that welcomes everyone.


  • Getting to know three of the must-visit places in Colombia: Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena.
  • Combining city and nature by visiting the cities downtowns on one day and the top-notch natural destinations on the other.
  • Learning about our diversity through our history.
  • Diving into Colombian culture through its typical food, music, and landscapes.
  • A chance to get in touch with locals.


  • Gran Colombia Tours private guide per destination
  • Transfers in private transportation
  • All entrance fees according to itinerary
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • Double or twin standard accommodation in scheduled hotels (or similar), according to chosen category: 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts (at the hotel)
  • 6 lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinners
  • International tickets. Arrival at the city where the tour begins and return to the country of origin are at the traveler's expense.
  • Additional nights, as well as other facilities acquired outside the itinerary of Gran Colombia Tours.
  • Extra purchases

Know before you book

  • You can add as many nights as you need before or after your trip. Keep in mind that the accommodation is in double standard rooms per night and per 2 people
  • Flight tickets include hold baggage of 23 kg
  • In Bogotá, the Gold Museum is closed on Mondays and the Botero Museum on Tuesdays
  • You can start and finish the journey in any of the three cities
  • The last day of the tour includes a domestic flight back to the city of origin
  • Policy cancellation up to 8 days before departing for a 50% refund.
  • Please, take into account that most of the experiences and tours of this trip are done by foot
  • Keep in mind that lunches are daily menus at traditional restaurants

Frequently asked questions

On this 8-day tour to Colombia, you will see various locations in Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. Some of the most important spots you will visit are La Candelaria neighborhood, Monserrate Hill, Gold and Botero museums, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, and Guatavita Lake in Bogotá. Comuna 13, downtown Medellín, San Antonio, El Peñol Rock and Guatapé in Medellín. And in Cartagena, you will see the Walled City and visit San Felipe Castle, Playa Tranquila, and the aquarium.

No, international flights are not included, we only include domestic flights on our multi-city trips across Colombia. In this case, we included a domestic flight between Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena.

No, you can choose the city where you want to start the tour. For this 8-day adventure in Colombia, you can choose to start in Cartagena, Medellín or Bogotá.

No, the last day of the tour includes a domestic flight back to the city of origin; however, you can change it to a national destination with a similar rate.

You can choose to stay in 3-star or 5-star hotels. Depending on your choice, the price may vary. The accommodation will be either double or twin standard rooms.

Tour's Location

Bogota, Medellín, Cartagena



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