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Cartegena South America Is Calling

You want to hit the beach, but you also want to experience some culture, then Cartegena is where you need to be.

Cartegena

South America begins where Central America ends, Panama connecting the two like an outstretched hand. Colombia is what it’s reaching toward: the Andes highlands, the Amazonian rainforest, glorious beaches. And with an equal number of daytime and nighttime hours daily, that’s just more time to enjoy Colombia’s allure—ideally while sipping the world’s finest coffee in Cartagena.

Pronounced kahr-tah-HEN-nah, this walled city has history embedded in every UNESCO World Heritage-designated corner. Yet this “Jewel of the Indies” is undeniably modern, as towering skyscrapers and colorful nightlife can attest. Discover the Caribbean charm of Getsemani, where bohemian street art and colonial architecture go hand in hand. Bask in the glamour of fashionable beach resorts in Bocagrande. Or, seek the natural beauty in the coral-ringed Rosario Islands.

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs. This charming and unspoiled destination is waiting on you.

Quick Facts on Cartagena
  • U.S. travelers: Valid Passport needed for entry
  • Negative Covid Test Taken within 96 hours of departure required for entry
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Official Currency: Columbian Peso
  • Climate: Summer temperatures range from 79 - 81 degree Fahrenheit
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Welcome To Cartegena

Charm, exclusivity and luxury services go hand in hand at the our host hotel, one of the most exceptional hotels in Cartagena de Indias. It is an accommodation in Cartagena's old town, Colombia, built on the site of an old XVIth-century colonial house. This hotel has been specially designed to offer our guests unique experiences that will allow them to discover all the secrets of this fascinating city.

Hotel insurance service: During the stay, the hotel insurance covers hotel and food expenses for convalescence for up to 15 days in case of a positive Covid19 ruling, medical assistance in case of illness or accident, home medical care, transfers to medical centers, compensation for accidental death and transfer of mortal remains, also includes protection in case of qualified theft inside and outside the hotel on public roads. Applies according to insured limits per coverage.

Dining Options

The restaurant service at our host hotel offers you the possibility to discover the best gastronomy, the cuisine of Cartagena de Indias, in a simple manner, in a select ambiance and with the best personalized attention. Restaurant with tasting menu, terrace bar with views to the city, snacks and cocktails by the pool. Thousands of dining venues available for you to let yourself be carried away by a unique world of sensations.

Gastronomy Experience: is one of the few gastronomic spaces of author's cuisine in this emblematic colonial city of Colombia. Led by chef Viviana Lievano, it is a culinary commitment to the most traditional local cuisine and to native and ecologically sustainable products. The menu it offers invites you to a journey of unforgettable flavors with delicacies.

Outside Dining Experience: It is a gastronomic space where, in a relaxed atmosphere and outdoors, you can enjoy salads and ceviches, typical Caribbean recipes, sandwiches and hamburgers, among other delicacies. The culinary corner to know all the flavors with a unique touch.

Dine at this colorful, exotic buffet and travel the world through an international menu inspired by cities like New York, London, Shanghai and Delhi.

This dining option is a magic place from where to contemplate the beauty of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias savoring the best cocktails. Located on the 4th floor of the hotel, with direct access to the outdoor swimming pool and solarium areas, it is the perfect place for relaxing during the afternoon or organizing a deluxe business event. It features 311 square meters of space and versatile furniture adaptable to any type of celebration.

ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS

Each of the rooms of the Bastion Luxury Hotel is a unique accommodation option which combines rest, intimacy and comfort so that our guests enjoy their stay in Cartagena de Indias. Room service, minibar, Wi-Fi, King beds.

Bastion Twin (currently unavailable for our travel dates)

The Bastión Twin rooms of the Bastion Luxury Hotel are perfect for sharing both on a business trip or on a family vacation. With 32 m², they are rooms in the center of Cartagena de Indias full of colonial charm, exclusive decoration and adapted furniture to ensure maximum comfort for 1 or 2 guests. All have two double beds, bathroom with rain shower, table and chairs, cable TV, safe and minibar.

Bastión Deluxe Room

The Bastión Deluxe rooms of the Bastion Luxury Hotel are the most recommended option for a romantic getaway to Cartagena. Thanks to its 36 m², which highlights the design of colonial airs with British touches, they can accommodate up to 2 people with guarantees of the best rest. All offer a view of the interior areas of the hotel, the patio or the water mirror, Californian king bed, Cable TV, living room or chaise longue furniture, minibar, wifi, safe, bathroom with rain shower, coffee maker.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

The Cheapest Way To Get Around Any City

* Included Activity *

Highlights

  • Hop on and off at 14 stops across the city
  • Explore the Walled City of Cartagena
  • Informative multi-lingual audio commentary
  • Vouchers are valid for 1 year from the date of booking
  • Visit San Felipe Castle & the oldest fort in Cartagena

What you can expect

Discover the beautiful port city of Cartagena on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour. With a 1 or 2 day ticket, explore all of the key landmarks to your own schedule. On this sightseeing adventure you'll see sights such as Torre del Reloj, San Sebastian del Pastelillo, Muelle de la Bodeguita, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the Walled City of Cartagena, Casino Rio, Plaza Bocagrande, Museo Rafael Nunez and much more!

At City Sightseeing we pride ourselves on offering a wide array of tours and attractions in over 100 cities and 35 countries worldwide, however, the health and safety of our staff and guests is our top priority.

In light of the current situation, we have introduced several new health and safety measures to ensure we can keep offering a fantastic service at all our worldwide operations while ensuring the safety of all. These measures will vary by location in accordance with the local governing guidelines.

Tour Information:

  • Season - All year round
  • Bus Schedule - 9:00am - 7:30pm. Duration - 90 minutes. Frequency - every 45 minutes.
  • Starting Point - Muelle de la Bodeguita

Tour Highlights:

  • Muelle de la Bodeguita
  • San Sebastian del Pastelillo
  • Torre del Reloj
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Museo Rafael Nunez
  • Walled City of Cartagena
  • Plaza Bocagrande
  • Casino Rio
Cartegena Party Bus

* Included Activity *

HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour aboard a colorful, wooden chiva party bus
  • Unlimited drinks onboard & tasty snacks
  • Live band onboard playing energetic Latin music
  • Chance to see sights like San Felipe de Barajas Fort
  • Opportunity to visit a local nightclub for more dancing

What you can expect

Unleash your inner party animal on a wild and boozy night aboard a traditional chiva bus. Drink unlimited alcohol, listen to traditional music, and eat authentic snacks during this distinctly Colombian affair.

Meet your group at a central location and board the colorful bus. Sit back and relax as your guide drives you past top attractions in the city, such as the impressive San Felipe de Barajas fortress and the ancient Cerro de la Popa.

With free-flowing booze and festive music, this is the embodiment of Cartagena’s spirit. An onboard bottle is there to make sure your cup never goes dry, and a live band pumps you full of energy all night long. Sip your Colombian rum and snack on traditional bites like corn arepas, sweet fried buñuelos, and crunchy empanadas.

If you pass by other chiva buses, make sure to make some noise. It’s always a competition to see who can out-sing, out-scream, and out-dance the rest. If you want to keep the party going into the wee hours of the night, you have the choice to be dropped off at a nightclub in the bustling Getsemani neighborhood.

Palenque Tour

Visit to Palenque, a town stablished by run away slaves with big African roots where we learn about music, dance,culture, way of living, customs and beliefs. Learn to play the drums and learn how the hair styles of the local women played a very important rol on their way to freedom.

If you need a few more activities to sprinkle over your trip, I suggest a walking tour or a visit to the volcanic Mud Baths.

Package Pricing

room rates

Single Occupancy (No Roommate): $1,297 per person

Double Occupancy (2 People Per Room): $1,097 per person

Norfolk Rates

Single Occupancy (No Roommate): $2,299 per person

Double Occupancy (2 People Per Room): $1,845 per person

Chicago Rates

Single Occupancy (No Roommate): $2,195 per person

Double Occupancy (2 People Per Room): $1,795 per person

Deposits: $250 Per Person

Final Payment Due by January 5, 2022.

Initial Deposits are non-refundable. Prices are subject to change until the deposit is made.

Whats Included In The Package
  • Round Trip Private Transfers To/From The Airport/Resort
  • Luxury Hotel Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus
  • Party Bus Experience
  • Palenque (The Black Cartegena) Experience)
Packages are available with air, contact agent for more info.
Whats Excluded From The Package?
  • Travel Protection
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional Excursions
  • Visas
  • Covid Testing
  • Meal Costs
  • Air isn't included in hotel only packages

Travel Protection

We strongly urge you to consider purchasing travel protection. You are able to use any reputable travel protection provider, we have listed the link below for our preferred supplier. We recommend obtaining a cancel for any reason policy to obtain the maximum level of coverage, and reading each policy to ensure the terms adequately meets your coverage needs such and pre-existing medical conditions and other provisions. Travel protection must be purchased within 21 days from the date you placed your deposit or purchase your package, to be eligible for the cancel for any reason insurance option. Please use the link below for a travel protection quote.

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