Colonial Colombia is a luxury tailor-made journey taking in the highlights of this country’s intriguing history, beautiful architecture and majestic natural beauty; a journey that will unlock the well kept secret of Colombia’s exotic charm. At the end of your holiday finish off your trip with a visit to the Colombian Caribbean island of Providencia (once home to the infamous British pirate Henry Morgan).
Bogota, Colombia's capital city, has an impressive historic centre, known as La Candelaria, full of spectacular architecture steeped in Spanish influence. Your journey will start here amongst the iron windows, heavy wooden doors, balconies, and patios surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Plaza Bolivar is the focus of this historic area, where you will visit the Gold Museum which houses a fabulous collection of Pre Hispanic gold work. Following Bogota you will travel north to Zipaquira through the famous flower regions of the savannah, with a stop at the impressive salt cathedral before moving onwards to Guatavita to visit the legendary mountain-top lagoon, reached by a short climb through cloud forest. Villa de Levya, a beautiful colonial town founded in 1572, is a three hour journey north by private car and it is a wonderful experience to explore the town by foot through cobblestone streets.
From here you continue north to the sleepy colonial village of Barichara which was declared a National Monument in 1978 because of its architectural heritage dating back to the Spanish conquest.
You will then fly from Bucaramanga to Cartagena. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Cartagena was the first province to gain independence from Spain in 1811 and remains a real architectural treasure of civil, religious, military and governmental buildings. You will have a chance to take a walking tour around this alluring city, taking in the archaeological artefacts of the Cartagena Gold Museum.
Finally you will end your holiday relaxing by the turquoise waters on the Caribbean Islands of San Andres & Providencia (Old Providence). There will be plentiful opportunities for exploring the stunning underwater world whilst diving or snorkelling. From here, you will fly back to Bogota for your onward flights to the UK.