According to the 2014 WIN/Gallup International Association's End of Year Survey of 65 countries, Colombia is the second-happiest country in the world. Monograms wants to bring you happiness, which is why we've handled all of your Colombia travel details, so you can experience this fascinating country and remain happy throughout your vacation. On this 8-day vacation package, we've arranged your hotel accommodations (including porterage), daily breakfast and a couple of lunches, private airport transfers to/from your intra-vacation flights, and sightseeing. Plus, we want you to feel comfortable and know you have a friend in each city to help you. That's why we've arranged the one-of-a-kind feature of a Monograms Local Host in Bogota, Pereira, and Cartagena. This local expert will greet you with a warm welcome, present you with materials to familiarize you with each city, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly by answering questions, arranging optional excursions, and offering suggestions for restaurants, shops, and more. Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Bogota, where your Local Host will greet you and help you get settled. The next day, we'll pick you up at your hotel for private sightseeing with a local expert, someone who will share the city's inside stories and interesting history as you walk through the colonial part of the city and visit a colorful market. You'll visit the Gold Museum, with one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the Botero Museum, with paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. You'll top your day off with a funicular ride to 10,000-foot Mount Monserrate, where expansive views of Bogota await you. A full day in Bogota on your own will give you the opportunity to explore one of the roughly 50 museums, browse the markets and shops, or take an optional excursion to the Zipaquira's underground salt cathedral, a popular pilgrimage site. The following day, we'll pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for a flight to Pereira, where you'll be greeted by your Local Host, who will help you get settled and ready to explore this area in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. This area is the third-largest producer of coffee in the world, and we'll take you to a coffee farm so you can learn about the process and walk through the plantations. You'll also enjoy an excursion to Cocora Valley, where you can take part in a ritual to plant one of Colombia's national trees; Salento, where you'll explore this typical village; and Filandia, a traditional Colombian village. We'll once again escort you via private transportation from your hotel to the airport, where you'll board a flight for Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast. In Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1533, you'll be greeted by your Local Host, who will escort you on a tour of the must-see sights: the Monastery of La Popa, built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century and offering beautiful views of the city, its beaches, and the Caribbean Sea; San Felipe Fort, built to protect the city; Old Cartagena, with its colorful streets and plazas; and San Pedro Claver Convent, home to impressive pre-Colombian artifacts. You'll also have a full day to explore Cartagena on your own. Be sure to ask your Local Host for suggestions. As we've mentioned, Colombia equals happiness. Add the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, the hotels we've reserved, the daily breakfast we've included, and the services of a Local Host in each city, and you've got a vacation sure to make you happy-just like the Colombians!
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- 8 Days
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|Day 1||Bogota||Bogota, where you will be met by your Local Host.|
|Day 2||Bogota||Included private sightseeing starts in a colorful MARKET in the heart of the city, where you will learn about traditional Colombian food. Continue walking through the well-preserved colonial part of the city, La Candelaria, before visits to the GOLD MUSEUM, housing one of the largest collections of Pre-Hispanic gold, and the BOTERO MUSEUM, featuring famous paintings from well-known artist Fernando Botero. Cap your day off with a FUNICULAR ride up to Mount Monserrate at 10,000 feet for expansive views of Bogota. (B)|
|Day 3||Bogota||Today is free to explore the modern city of Bogota on your own. Alternatively, take an optional tour to Zipaquira's fascinating underground salt cathedral. More than 600 feet underground, you will find this monumental architectural masterpiece built inside a salt mine. Following the labyrinth of tunnels, you will find Stations of the Cross, angels, and the Madonna statue inside this unique underground cathedral. Today, it is still a popular pilgrimage site. (B)|
|Day 4||Pereira (Coffee Triangle Area)||Board your flight for Pereira in the heart of the Coffee Triangle of Colombia, the third-largest producer of coffee in the world. After lunch in a typical restaurant, your Local Host takes you on a visit of a COFFEE FARM to learn about the process, from planting and roasting to tasting. Walk through lush plantations, uncover the secrets of the production process, and expand your palate with the help of local baristas who share the fine art of coffee tasting. Stay in a beautiful hacienda this evening. (B,L)|
|Day 5||Pereira||Drive through the region of Quindio to Cocora Valley with your Local Host, where you will find Colombia's national tree, the Palma de Cera-the highest palm tree in the world. Help preserve this protected species of tree through a small ritual that includes planting one of these very rare palm trees. Next, stop in Salento, a typical village of this region, where you have time to walk through the small but colorful streets. Continue to Filandia, another village boasting gorgeous views of the vast Andes mountain range. (B,L)|
|Day 6||Cartagena||Fly to Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of well-preserved colonial architecture. Upon arrival, your private guided TOUR includes a visit to the Monastery of LA POPA. Built on a hillside at the beginning of the 17th century, enjoy the panoramic views of the city, its beaches, and the bay. Next, tour SAN FELIPE FORT, built to protect the city from pirates as well as the British and French. Head into the walled colonial city and see the colorful streets and plazas of Old Cartagena. End the day with a tour of the SAN PEDRO CLAVER CONVENT, housing impressive pre-Columbian artifacts. (B)|
|Day 7||Cartagena||Today is free to explore on your own. Perhaps take an optional to see the old colonial city by horse carriage. Enjoy a ride, passing churches, squares, and old houses with balconies full of flowers. (B)|
|Day 8||Cartagena||Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).
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- Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
- A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Monograms to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
- The following charges are not included in the land vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; Intra-vacation air unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.70 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Monograms menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
Booking your Vacation with Air
For air departure dates within 331 days, you'll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Monograms offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Monograms in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable service fee ($30 per person for North America, $80 per person for South Pacific, $50 per person for all other destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Monograms has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.
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