Day 1 London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled Avianca flight to Bogotá.
Day 2 Bogotá - Pereira - Zona Cafetera
On arrival in Bogotá we transfer for an onward flight to Pereira and transfer to the coffee plantations of Colombia’s renowned Zona Cafetera (Coffee Zone). Our hotel for two nights is Bosque del Samán (3T) or Sonesta Pereira (3T). The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the surroundings, with the chance to take a birdwatching walk in the afternoon.
Day 3 Cocora Valley - Salento
We continue into higher altitudes today and the Cocora Valley that lies between 2000-2400m. This cloud forest is the principal location for Colombia’s national tree - the Quindío wax palm. Admire the landscape from a jeep before lunch in a restaurant overlooking the valley. Later, we visit the charming town of Salento, a town that is easy to discover on foot. Walk through the Calle Real Street to Alto de la Cruz, to enjoy extensive views of the Cocora Valley and the surrounding mountains of the Los Nevados National Natural Park.
Day 4 Zona Cafetera - Bogotá
A fascinating visit to a typical hacienda will give us the opportunity to witness the whole process of growing, harvesting and peeling coffee beans. This afternoon we transfer to the airport for a flight to Bogotá, Colombia’s capital and a city nestled in the Andes Mountains, 2600m closer to the stars. On arrival we transfer to NH Collection Hacienda Royal (4T).
Day 5 Bogotá
Our discovery of Bogotá begins after breakfast and the first stop is the Paloquemao market. Enjoy the famous flower market before continuing to the Gold Museum, with its unique collection of pre-Colombian gold jewellery and unusual statues. Learn more about the country’s indigenous population and the mystical story of the gilded El Dorado. Next visit Monserrate, a great vantage point from which you will enjoy lunch with a great view to the city. Enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of the old city to the Plaza Bolívar, Bogotá’s main square. Our last stop is the Botero Museum, located in a beautiful restored colonial house, which holds a versatile collection from Colombian and other world-renowned contemporary and classic artists.
Day 6 Bogotá - Zipaquirá - Villa de Leyva
We continue to Zipaquirá, home to a salt mine containing a stunning and imposing underground salt cathedral. Marvel at the Stations of the Cross and the three naves of the cathedral that are made entirely out of salt. We continue to Villa de Leyva and our hotel, Campanario de la Villa (3T). This peaceful colonial town with narrow cobblestones is frozen in time and you may have time to visit one of the biggest main squares in Latin America, hemmed by beautiful colonial buildings, before our included dinner this evening.
Day 7 Ráquira
This morning we transfer to La Candelaria Monastery, a building where the local fossils have influenced the architectural style. We also learn about handcrafted pottery at a local workshop. Later, we transfer to Ráquira, a small colonial town that offers all kinds of Colombian crafts, to have lunch at a local restaurant. We visit the fossil museum, which houses an 8-metre long example of an Ichthyosaur found in the region. Afterwards, there is the choice to either go on a gentle guided hike back to the hotel or transfer back by coach. There is time to rest before an included dinner this evening.
Day 8 Villa de Leyva - Barichara
Our journey continues through a narrow canyon, following a path through the broader valley of the Suarez River and a green-hill landscape to another beautiful colonial town, Barichara. We check in to the Hotel Hicasua (3T+). Maybe spend the afternoon walking along the peaceful, tidy streets of this gracious place.
Day 9 Barichara
Depending on seasonality, this morning, we either learn of an industry that played an integral part in the success of colonial settlements with a visit to a tobacco plantation, or we visit a ‘Bio Park’ instead, which is an ecological restoration project of the dry tropical forest and allows a spectacular 360° view of the region. This afternoon we take a tour of Barichara, visiting its decorated cemetery and its parks and squares saturated in colonial atmosphere. In the evening we have a special dinner, where you will learn how to cook a typical Colombian meal, guided by a professional chef.
Day 10 Barichara - Bucaramanga - Barranquilla - Santa Marta
After breakfast, we travel to Panachi Park. Here we take in the great view of the Chicamocha Canyon as we cross by cable car. We are met on the other side and take lunch in a local hacienda, before we transfer to Bucaramanga airport for our flight to Barranquilla and onward transfer to Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast - a stark contrast to the scenery and altitude that we have experienced so far. On arrival we check in at the Best Western Santa Marta (3T).
Day 11 Tayrona National Natural Park
Early this morning, travel to the Tayrona National Natural Park. This paradise beach location, framed by the tallest coastal mountains in the world - the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has lush tropical forests and fascinating jungle walks. We will do a beautiful and easy hike through rocks and tunnels in the jungle, spotting a variety of flora and fauna, until we reach the sierra and the sea viewpoint. We continue to Playa Cañaveral, where you can relax on an idyllic beach with deceptively powerful waves. After a delicious rustic lunch, continue walking back to our waiting coach.
Day 12 Santa Marta - Cartagena
Today we travel along the Caribbean coastline, through fishing communities, to the wonderful city of Cartagena de Indias. Settle into the Hotel Bantu (3T+) or Armeria Real (3T+), in Cartagena.
Day 13 Cartagena
Today we have an exciting tour in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena’s walled city and fortress. Visit the most important and significant attractions this city offers; streets bursting with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and colourful houses. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this city of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty. This evening we have a wonderful farewell dinner, featuring a Caribbean Colombian band and dancers.
Day 14 Cartagena - In flight
Fill your free morning with an optional excursion, with choices like salsa lessons, a chocolate workshop or bird sanctuary visit, before we travel to Cartagena Airport for our scheduled Avianca flight to London via Bogotá.
Day 15 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.