Cartagena, Colombia

One of the more interesting cities on your itinerary steeped in history. This was the transit port for all the wealth Spain derived from South America. The famous "Old City" is comprised of 12 square blocks filled with attractions, boutiques and restaurants.

Throughout Colombia, the Spanish Empire's influence in the New World is self-evident. Its fortress walls, quaint narrow streets, and balconied houses are all vivid reminders of Spain's hold on Cartagena and throughout the Caribbean and South America. This is the land of El Dorado and flamboyant adventurers in search of the ever-elusive gold. Cartagena's well-constructed fortifications defended its borders against seafaring pirates whose attacks lasted for more than 200 years. Today this modern and bustling city, seaport, and commercial center still boasts much of its original colonial architecture. Your journey here will provide you with a significant link to the region's grand past.

**Please note that passengers may encounter numerous local vendors at various tourist locations and may find them to be persistent in their sales offers.

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Points of Interest

  • Old City
  • Las Murallas
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Historical Museum of Cartagena
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
  • Museo del Oro y Arqueología
  • La Popa Monastery
  • Folkloric Show
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  • Old City

    The walled historic center of Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its winding streets lined with Spanish Colonial architecture display colorfully painted buildings, local bars and restaurants.

  • Las Murallas

    Considered by many the most impressive city walls in the world, Las Murallas began construction after an attack by Sir Francis Drake at the end of the 16th century.

  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

    Majestically standing guard on a hillside overlooking the city and harbor is Castillo de San Felipe, a fortress built by the Spanish for protection against pirates while shipping gold out to Europe.

  • Historical Museum of Cartagena

    Behind a charming, colonial facade, the palace museum displays instruments of torture from the Spanish Inquisition, pre-Columbian, colonial and independence-era art.

  • Cartagena's Cathedral

    The cathedral is one of the largest in a series of fortresses with a massive exterior and simple interior. Partially demolished by Sir Francis Drake's cannons, it was completed in 1602.

  • Museo del Oro y Arqueología

    Gold and pottery collections of the Tayrona, Calima and Sinú people are on display, as well as panel exhibitions about the Atlantic coast cultures.

  • La Popa Monastery

    Built atop a hill, this 17th-century monastery features a chapel, a colonial museum and a spectacular view of the city, and remains inhabited by monks even today.

  • Folkloric Show

    This presentation of music and dance takes place at the historic Heredia Theater. Five distinct dances from three important regions of Colombia are performed by a professional dance company, from the Atlantic Coast (Cumbia), the Pacific Coast (Currulao and Abosao), and the Los Andes region (the Market Place and the Indian Legend).

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Tour of Getsemani & the 'Old City'

3.5 hours | Cartagena | CTG-385
  • Old City

Enjoy a relaxing scenic coach and walking tour of Cartagena's most popular attractions. Your adventure begins with a visit to the vibrant neighborhood known as Getsemani followed by a visit to the Hotel Armeria Real. Once you disembark, you'll enter the hotel and proceed into the terrace bar where you'll make a refreshing glass of coconut lemonade. As you sip and savor your cooling drink you can soak up the views of San Felipe Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back on the coach, you'll travel to Parque de La Marina to begin your walking tour of the Old City. As you meander along the narrow, cobbled streets you'll pass many Spanish Colonial buildings such as the 500-year-old San Pedro Claver Church and 18th century Las Bovedas and new structures like the Modern Art Museum. Photos taken, you'll rejoin your coach for a restful drive back to the pier.

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Old City Walking Tour & Las Bovedas

3 hours | Cartagena | CTG-380
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
  • Old City
  • Las Murallas

Your tour begins with a brief stop at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (Fort of San Felipe) which allows for a myriad of photo opportunities. Your walking tour begins from Parque de la Marina, entrance to this famed Old City. You'll marvel at the well-tended Spanish Colonial buildings, and houses with colorful balconies and the age-old Las Murallas (walls of the city). You'll stroll by the San Pedro Claver Church through Plaza Bolívar, and visit the Modern Art Museum. You will cap your day off with a visit to Las Bóvedas, once dungeons, now home to boutiques and tourist shops. After a quick shopping spree, you will drive back to the pier.

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Colonial Cartagena Sightseeing Tour On Your Own

3.5 hours | Cartagena | CTG-395
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Historical Museum of Cartagena
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
  • Museo del Oro y Arqueología
  • La Popa Monastery
  • Old City
  • Las Murallas

Take in the dramatic beauty of Cartagena's Old City with a three-and-a-half-hour excursion. Once you arrive, you'll receive a brief overview and a map, and you'll follow your guide to Simon Bolívar Square. Then, you're free to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own. Most of the historic buildings are located in El Centro; here, you'll find many attractions such as the Inquisition Museum, which houses a collection of instruments of torture from the Spanish Inquisition. In San Diego, you'll discover the Plaza de los Coches, where slaves were once bought and sold. Two must see churches reside in San Pedro: the Cartagena Cathedral and the church of San Pedro Claver. After time on your own, you'll meet at the main city entrance where you will re-board your transportation for your return to the ship.

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Cartagena Hop On/ Hop Off

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-125
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Old City
  • Las Murallas
  • Cartagena's Cathedral

Explore the city of Cartagena at your own pace on a Double-Decker Hop On – Hop Off bus tour. With 16 designated stops, you'll have the freedom to choose the attractions you most want to see. Take a walk through the Old City and marvel at the architecture. Shop for glamorous emerald jewelry in the New City or enjoy a meal and people-watching in one of the lively squares. The buses return to each designated stop approximately every 25-30 minutes. Disembark in the Old City for an informative walking tour to view a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Key landmarks include the yellow Clock Tower, La Plaza de San Pedro Claver, Cartagena Cathedral, El Palacio de la Inquisicion, Las Bóvedas dungeons, Santo Domingo Square, Las Murallas and the San Felipe de Barajas Castle. Once you are ready to return to the port, just hop back on board. Tour timing is at your discretion. Please ensure ample time to return to the port.

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Scenic Drive of Cartagena & San Pedro Claver Church

3.5 hours | Cartagena | CTG-115
  • Old City
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Take a scenic drive through Cartagena. Snap a photo or two at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fortress, and sightsee around the Old City. Visit Casa Rafael Nuñez and enjoy the folkloric show. You'll marvel at the well-tended Spanish Colonial buildings and age-old fortifications around every corner, as well as the old church domes, the clock tower, symbol of the city and the city ocean views. Just minutes away is the Navy Museum of the Caribbean. Your tour ends with a drive through the modern residential area of Bocagrande.

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"Old City" & Historical Museum of Cartagena

3.75 hours | Cartagena | CTG-110
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
  • Old City
  • Historical Museum of Cartagena

Get a revealing look at Cartagena's past. Photo opportunities abound at your first stop, Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (Fort of San Felipe), the most important work of Spanish military engineering in South America. After a quick shopping spree at Las Bóvedas, once dungeons, now home to boutiques and souvenir shops, you'll travel to the famed Old City. You'll stroll the narrow streets and cobblestone squares of this walled city to the 18th century Historical Museum of Cartagena and San Pedro Claver Church. You'll cap your day off with a stop at the Navy Museum where you can enjoy a folkloric show and a refreshing soft drink.

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Canoe Tour of Mangrove Tunnels & Old City Stroll

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-605
  • Old City

Nature, wildlife and the Old City come alive on this combination tour. Your tour begins with a scenic drive along the coastline to the town of La Boquilla, the mangrove area located on the eastern side of Cartagena. Here, you'll board a canoe and relax as the captain poles you through the mangrove tunnels and across a shallow lake. This area is rich with waterfowl, so be sure to look for the colorful mangrove crabs and local and season birds. Next, you'll return to the Old City and embark on a walking tour through the colonial town with your guide. Your next stop is Las Bóvedas, once dungeons, now home to boutiques and tourist shops. Shopping for handicrafts and works of art by local artisans is on the itinerary, as is Calle de los Estribos.

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Horse & Carriage Tour of Old City & Fortress

3 hours | Cartagena | CTG-140
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Old City

Journey back in time as you wander the narrow streets of Cartagena in a horse-drawn carriage. Your guided tour starts with a photo stop at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fortress. Next you will pass Las Bóvedas, once dungeons, now home to arts and crafts stalls. Proceed to Casa Rafael Nuñez where horse carriages are parked just outside the Old City. Here, you'll board a horse carriage for an un-narrated ride lasting approximately one hour. Traveling along the narrow streets of the Old City, you'll pass churches and squares, and witness the Spanish colonial architecture for which the city is known. After the ride, you're free to walk on your own or shop.

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SEA RUMBA & OLD CITY

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-620
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Old City

Witness the city's impressive defenses up close by land and by sea on an exciting four-hour adventure that begins with a quick boat ride from the pier to the Old City where you'll commence a guided walking tour within the ancient walls of this historic enclave. Follow narrow cobblestone streets and head through quaint squares to the Clock Tower, the symbol of the city, past panoramic views of San Peter Claver Church and Bolivar Square. Receive an explanation of the Inquisition Palace, see the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Square, then enjoy free time to shop on your own or explore this UNESCO World Heritage city on your own. Return to the boat for a one hour and forty five minute scenic cruise along the tranquil waters of the Inner Bay as your local guide points out the city's fortifications, the colonial highlights and new modern structures best seen from the water. You'll sip refreshing beverages from the open bar and delight in the lively beat as local musicians and dancers groove to the Colombian rhythms. Return to port after this memorable day.

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Highlights of Cartagena, Fortress & Las Bovedas

4.5 hours | Cartagena | CTG-100
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
  • Old City
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Historical Museum of Cartagena

History unveils itself in this half-day tour. Your first stop is Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas (Fort of San Felipe), the most important work of Spanish military engineering in South America. Las Bóvedas, once dungeons, is now home to boutiques and tourist shops. After a quick shopping spree, you'll travel to the famed Old City, a walled city with narrow streets and Spanish Colonial buildings. You'll continue to the 18th century Historical Museum of Cartagena and the San Pedro Claver Sanctuary. You'll cap your day off with a stop at the Navy Museum where you can enjoy a local show and a refreshing soft drink.

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'Old City' & Folkloric Show by Dance Company

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-200
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Old City
  • Folkloric Show

Experience the sights and sounds of Cartagena born at the height of the Spanish Main. Your guided tour starts with a scenic drive and an intriguing photo stop at Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas fortress. After a short drive, you'll arrive at the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll marvel at the well-tended Spanish Colonial buildings and age-old fortifications around every corner, as well as the old church domes, the clock tower, symbol of the city and the city ocean views. You'll walk to San Francisco Javier gun battery for a photo stop, and make your way to San Pedro Claver Church. Next is the stunning Heredia Theater for a folkloric professional show of music and dance produced by the dance director, Giovanni Barandica from the Calenda Folclorico Group. Your tour concludes with a shopping stop at Caribe Museum & Jewelry, noted for its, leather goods, coffee and, of course, some of the world's finest emeralds!

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Emerald Jewelry Making Class & Diploma

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-240
  • Old City

Get a taste of Cartagena's diverse history and culture on this easy half-day tour to the Caribbean School of Jewelry. Your friendly local guides will fill you in on the passing sights with expert narration during the scenic drive between the pier and the Caribbean School of Jewelry, approved by the Colombian Education Ministry. Here you'll embark on a unique learning experience. The instructors will provide you with a work space and all the tools you need to learn how to create jewelry utilizing .925 sterling silver and emeralds. During the three hour lesson, you will watch demonstrations, listen to instruction, and get hands-on experience. Learn about creating a silver ring, a pendant, and a pair of earrings or a bracelet chain. You'll also have the opportunity to watch a video about Colombian emeralds including how they are mined and carved.

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National Aviary of Colombia

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-355

Bird lovers, grab your binoculars and enjoy a visit to the exceptional Cartagena National Aviary, just a 45-minute motorcoach ride from port. Colombia is known for its bird diversity and boasts more than 1,900 species. The National Aviary displays many of the country's most important species in a 17-acre eco-park. The dramatic facility has more than 20 exhibits as well as an artificial lake where hundreds of migratory birds gather. Developed as a place of study and conservation, the aviary's trails lead visitors through different ecosystems filled with both indigenous and migratory species and through a series of different habitats containing a dazzling array of colorful birds. Visit a Tropical Forest, a Mangrove ecosystem and a Desert Station. Stroll the beautiful grounds and enjoy a cool beverage or some fragrant Colombian coffee before reboarding the motorcoach for the scenic ride back to port.

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Fortress, City Walls and Shopping by Land & Sea

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-600
  • Old City
  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise through the Inner Bay and a motor coach tour through Cartagena. A guided walk of the Old City of Cartagena with approximately 40 minutes of free time, and a guided walking tour of San Felipe Fortress.

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Aromas and Flavors of Cartagena

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-250
  • Old City

Cruise the azure waters of Cartagena Bay aboard a well-appointed Sibarita Master boat that offers much more than just fantastic views. Your four-hour day begins on board and includes two fun and tasty activities that offer the flavors of the region. First, engage in a coffee tasting activity led by a local expert and learn how to brew the perfect cup. Then, tempt your taste buds in a cooking demonstration hosted by a local chef. Learn the preparation of local dishes and taste some of Cartagena's favorite delicacies, some of which appear in the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize for Literature winner. You'll disembark at Cartagena's old walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its historic beauty on a guided walk within the ancient fortification's walls. Enjoy a little free time to shop for souvenirs, then reboard the ship for a relaxed sail to port.

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