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Next Phase Travel Trip to Columbia

10/22/21 - 10/30/21

From the mountains that surround the capital of Antioquia you can see how the Medellín River runs parallel to the Metro, which connects various parts of the city. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces where many Cultural events take place. Flowers have their own fair and in the surrounding villages life is simple with relaxing landscapes and nature reserves.

 

Join the leaders in Sustainable Tourism, Big 5, on this journey to Colombia. Seeing destinations such as Medellin, Guatape, and Cartegena.

Next Phase Travel group is primarily for solo travelers - those who are empty-nesters, divorcees, widowers, etc. But we will welcome couples rooming together and there will be a discount for those that apply.

Day by Day Itinerary

October 22: U.S. / Arrive Medellin, Colombia

Welcome to Colombia! On arrival in Medellin, clear immigration, collect luggage and proceed through customs. Continue to the arrival hall where you are met by a representative from Big Five Tours & Expeditions holding a sign with your last name. You are greeted, assisted with your luggage, and escorted to the waiting vehicle for transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Roundtrip transfers provided to the restaurant for welcome dinner, payable direct.

Patio del Mundo – Eight Single Rooms (Africa, Amazonas, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mozambique, Santa Fe)

October 23: Medellin

Medellin, known locally as the “city of eternal spring”, is blessed with a mild climate and flowers in bloom year-round. Following a popular vote in 2013, the Urban Land Institute awarded Medellin the Innovative City of the Year Award. Its famous trams and outdoor escalators were deservedly praised as were the city’s world-class art galleries, libraries, and public spaces. During this tour, you will get an overview of the city’s culture, history, and architecture as you visit the most iconic sites including various parks, the Golden Mile, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Zona Norte and the botanical garden.

 

After a stop at Donde Dario for a typical lunch, continue to Casa de Memoria, dedicated to the victims of Colombia’s long and brutal civil conflict. This museum offers a space to the victims and their family to dignify, collect their memories, and disseminate their views on the violent cycle of town and country.

You will end your day in a local comuna to understand how it has changed direction and has become an example of the new social transformation. The construction of a public transportation system to include the metro and cable cars as well as meeting centers with libraries were the starting points for this amazing change. This comuna, built on a steep mountain slope, is only accessible by cable car. During the ascent, you will notice the government’s initiative … “techos una historia”… roofs and houses painted with huge graffiti. After having suffered the horrors of the war, the residents of the area are proud of their district. Your guide will explain this transformation and how the urban art represented has rescued hundreds of young people from an armed conflict.

 

Patio del Mundo – Eight Single Rooms (Africa, Amazonas, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mozambique, Santa Fe) (B,L)

October 24: Medellin / Guatape

Join your guide for a full-day excursion to Guatape, located in the eastern highlands of Antioquia. Your first stop is at the Peñol Boulder, a 660 ft. high monolith accessed via a climb up 740 steps. Enjoy breath-taking views over the stunning surroundings full of green mountains and blue lakes. Continue to the village of Guatape, famous for its church and its beautiful, colorful paintings that decorate the houses of the village.

 

Enjoy lunch at Tierra Adentro situated waterfront on the Guatape reservoir. Late afternoon, board a private pontoon for a sunset cruise on the lake. Wine and cheese plate included.

Transfer to Bosko for two nights in a mushroom. Dinner at the lodge.

Bosko – Eight mushrooms (B,L,D)

October 25: Guatape

Day at leisure to disconnect. At Bosko, discover the variety of native species of flora and fauna that live here or kayak / paddle board on the lake.

 

Picnic lunch and dinner at Bosko.

Bosko – Eight mushrooms (B,L,D)

October 26: Guatape / Medellin / Cartegena

At a pre-arranged time, you are transferred two hours to the Medellin airport where you are assisted with check-in procedures for your flight to Cartagena.

On arrival, collect luggage and proceed to the arrivals hall where you are met and escorted to the waiting vehicle for transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay.

Casa la Merced – Full House (B)

October 27: Cartegena

Join your guide to explore the essence of the Colombian culture as described in the novels written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Known affectionately as “Gabo”, Colombia’s most famous writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

As you walk through the picturesque streets of the historic old town of Cartagena, you will discover the places mentioned in Gabo’s books. You will end in the Getsemani neighborhood at “Oh La La” for a tasting brunch inspired by the histories of Gabo’s writings. As a highlight, will you be accompanied by his nephew who will share interesting facts about his family and the inspiration of Gabo’s literature.

Afternoon at leisure.

Casa la Merced – Full House (B,L)

October 28: Cartegena

Join your guide for the transfer to the pier where you will board a private catamaran to sail around Cartagena Bay, Tierro Bomba, Baru, and Cholon. During this full day adventure, you can learn the essentials of navigating a sailboat or just relax on board. There will be plenty of time to swim and snorkel.

As your environmental contribution, you can sow the seeds of mangroves. Lunch served on board or as a beach picnic.

Afternoon at leisure.

Casa la Merced – Full House (B,L)

October 29: Cartegena

Join your guide for the 30-minute drive to Turbaco to the home of Chef Jorge Escandon who hosted the late Anthony Bourdain during his Cartagena culinary odyssey for his travel and food show “No Reservations”. During this closed-door gastronomic experience, stimulate your senses with new flavors while you prepare lunch with one of the best chefs in the city.

Early this evening, join your guide for a walk to the Rum Box which seduces with its lounge atmosphere, gourmet food with Caribbean ingredients, tropical fruits, and the choicest variety of first-class rums. The cocktail bar and menu were created by owner and host, Abraham Dau, known to be an excellent chef. He’s one of Colombia’s best bartenders and an expert in rum. The tasting begins with a mini welcome cocktail, followed by a mixture of Colombian rum, aguardiente and rum infusions; some paired with different kinds of Colombian chocolate. You will shoot, sip, and mix rum into cocktails, ranging in age from 4 - 27 years. During the tasting, you will discover the meaning of each rum flavor through its aroma while learning about the history of rum and its distilling process.​

Casa la Merced – Full House (B,L)

October 30: Depart Cartegena, Colombia / U.S.

At a pre-arranged time, you are transferred to the Cartagena airport and assisted with check-in procedures for your international flight.

(B)

Pricing Information and Special Offers

Cost: $6857 Gross

Included in Tour Cost:   Accommodations as proposed, including taxes and fees ➢ Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner) ➢ Private airport transfers as indicated ➢ Ground transportation as indicated in the itinerary ➢ Guided tours as indicated, inclusive of entrance fees ➢ Regional flight Medellin / Cartagena ➢ Baggage handling and tips to porters at airports ➢ Comprehensive assortment of pre-tour planning materials and amenities ➢ Big Five’s 24-hour White Glove Service® guest assistance 

Cost Not Included:   Any airfares unless specified under inclusions. Any airport taxes (All taxes are government imposed and subject to change without notice). Passport and visa fees. Travel insurance. Excess baggage or shipping charges. Items of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone / fax / internet charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified in the itinerary.

Payment Policy / Deadlines

On February 15, a 30% deposit is due for the group.

Individual deposit is $1982 + $250 planning fee = $2232 

August 23, final payment is due.

Cancellation Policy

Once final payment is received 60 days prior to departure, a cancellation made 59 - 31 days prior to departure will incur a 50% penalty. All payments are non-refundable if cancellation is made 30 days or less prior to departure. Big Five strongly recommends travel insurance.

If this trip is postponed due to Covid, we will move the payments forward to new dates.

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