Experience the Colorful Culture of Cartagena, Colombia

2020 Dates: TBD

 
 

Tropical Caribbean breezes, gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture, exciting history, delectable food, and lively Latin American culture are just part of what make Cartagena such a captivating place.

Join the AstridTravel Club on an immersive cultural experience into the “crown jewel” of Colombian tourism, Cartagena de Indias. Stay in refined 5-star accommodations, indulge in authentic Colombian cuisine, gain a glimpse into Cartagena’s history and culture through insight provided by local guides and enjoy the freedom of free time to explore as you please.

Dates: TBD | Price: $2,950

 

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the afternoon to Rafael Núnez International Airport (CTG) where you will be greeted by a driver and escorted to the stunning Hotel Charleston Santa Theresa. Take an evening tour of the historic walled city and gain insight into Cartagena’s unique and exciting history which involves tales of conquistadors, stolen gold, the battle against invaders, and the influence of the Catholic church. Afterward, get a taste of authentic Colombian cuisine during our “Welcome Dinner” at one of Cartagena’s many divine restaurants.

 
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Day 2: Begin the day with a private Colombian coffee tasting before enjoying some leisure time on your own to explore. Let the sounds of Latin Caribbean music, the clopping of horse-drawn carriages, and the fragrance of abundant tropical flora set the mood as you wander the streets between vibrantly-colored colonial buildings. Purchase fresh fruit from the local Palenqueras or visit one of the many museums before joining the rest of the group for an afternoon literary tour focused on Colombia’s own Nobel prize winning author, Gabriel García Marquez. Finally, watch the sun set over the Caribbean Sea as you enjoy cocktails at the famous Café del Mar and stroll to a nearby, upscale restaurant for dinner.

 
Flowers creep over rooftops and balconies on nearly every street

Flowers creep over rooftops and balconies on nearly every street

Astrid and a local Palenquera

Astrid and a local Palenquera

 

Day 3: Shopping in Cartagena is a great deal of fun, and for the most part, many things that you might want to buy are very inexpensive. Join the Shopping tour to get an idea of what to buy, and how much to pay. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the many flavors of Cartagena through a guided Food and Culture tour. In the evening, let loose and embrace the lively Latin energy in the air by partaking in a traditional salsa class. Once again, we’ll end the evening with another fabulous group dinner.

 
Café del Mar.  Source

Café del Mar. Source

 

Day 4: San Basilio de Palenque is a small village located in the foothills of the mountains about an hour south of Cartagena. Founded in the early 1600s by escaped slaves, it is considered the first free town in the Americas. A guided visit to San Basilio de Palenque will offer our group insight into Afro-Colombian culture, its significance, and its influence on Colombia. Following this immersive tour, we will return to Cartagena by mid-afternoon to enjoy more solo leisure time to relax - perhaps by the rooftop pool of the Hotel Charleston Santa Theresa - before gathering again for dinner.

The iconic colorfully-clad, fruit-selling ladies you will see in Cartagena hail from Palenque.  Source

The iconic colorfully-clad, fruit-selling ladies you will see in Cartagena hail from Palenque. Source

Day 5: We will allow ample free time on our final day in Cartagena to allow you to enjoy some time alone. Spend it relaxing at the fabulous spa located in the hotel, the rooftop pool, or a tropical beach-club. Perhaps you’ll choose to walk along the city walls and take in views of the old city, Bocagrande (the “Miami Beach” of Cartagena), historic forts, and the Caribbean sea. Wander the streets absorbing the sights, smells and sounds before meeting the rest of the group in the late afternoon for an informative Colombian Emerald tour, followed by an authentic Colombian cooking class which will serve as our “Farewell Dinner.” Close the night with cocktails and music under the stars in the Plaza Santa Theresa.

 
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Day 6: Time permitting, explore as you please before your scheduled transfer back to Rafael Núnez International Airport for your flight home.

*Itinerary subject to change due to weather, availability, or based on the discretion of Astrid Solo Travel Advisor.


Interested In Joining?

Dates: TBD | Price: $2,950

If you’d like to join us on our 6-day Caribbean getaway to the lively city of Cartagena de Indias, fill out the brief interest form below and we will reach out to you via email!

 
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Additional Trip Information

What’s Included?

  • 5 Nights at The Hotel Charleston Santa Theresa

  • All tours mentioned in the itinerary

  • An English- speaking, private guide

  • Cooking Class

  • Salsa Class

  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Private airport transfer

  • Local travel concierge

  • AstridTravel Representative on-site

What’s Not Included?

  • Airfare

  • Meals not specified in itinerary

  • Gratuities

  • Museum entry fees

  • Travel Insurance

Traveler Requirements

  • You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months following the return travel date.

  • Travelers are responsible for booking their own flights to Cartagena (CTG). We recommend that you try to book your flight to arrive in early afternoon on Day 1 in order to give you enough time to get settled before our guided walking tour of the city and Welcome Dinner that evening. We have partnered with Travel Advisor, Kristin Songy Diehl to assist you with your flight booking if desired!

    • You may reach Kristin at 225-200-7385 or kristin.diehl@smartflyer.com

Travel Insurance

  • You must purchase travel insurance to go on this trip. In the event that you are unable attend this trip due to an illness, family emergency, missed or canceled flight, act of terrorism, natural disaster, etc., Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, AstridTravel LLC, the AstridTravel Club LLC, nor any affiliated person or party will be held responsible for payment repatriation. Protect yourself against any unforeseen trip disasters and purchase travel insurance. The company we personally use and have an affiliate relationship with is Allianz Travel Insurance. Please contact us with any questions.

Communication Abroad

  • While not required, an international phone plan is highly recommended. An international phone plan ensures that you are able to contact the concierge in Cartagena, the AstridTravel representative on your trip, and family back home without wifi and without exorbitant fees. (For example, a plan for $10 per day can be purchased from Verizon or for $60 per month from AT&T.) Please contact us if you need assistance with this!

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit of $500 is required upon booking. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Payement #2: $1,500

  • Payment #3: $950

  • Specific deadlines will be laid out in ATC Trip Prospectus.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your trip by October 20, 2019, 50% of payments already made, less the deposit, will be refunded. Cancel your trip between October 20, 2019 - November 5, 2019 and 25% of payments already made, less the deposit, will be refunded. Cancel your trip after November 5, 2019 and no monies paid to the AstridTravel Club for your trip will be refunded. All cancellations must be sent via email to contact@astridtravel.com and are effective the date we receive this correspondence.

    ATC reserves the right to cancel this trip for any reason. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, a minimum number of participants necessary to make the trip feasible, weather, and similar unforeseen circumstances. In such event, you may choose to either receive a full refund, including the deposit, or apply your payments to another trip if approved by ATC.