Cartagena Hop On/ Hop Off

4 hours | Cartagena | CTG-125
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Points of Interest

  • Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
  • Old City
  • Las Murallas
  • Cartagena's Cathedral
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The beautiful and historic city of Cartagena offers both a look back in history and a wonderful modernity. See all the key sights on an exhilarating Hop On – Hop Off excursion through Cartagena, Old City and New City. See the sights as you please, hop on and hop off at any of the 14 designated stops. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore as you wish: you can shop, have a relaxing lunch or explore a museum. The buses return to each designated stop approximately every 25-30 minutes. You'll be both entertained and informed with commentary in multiple languages.

Start this magnificient scenic drive to Cartagena's treasures at the Pier on board one of the coaches or double decker buses that will take you directly to Cartagena's historic center. Continue on to the bright golden-yellow Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj), one of the most iconic sights in Cartagena, standing tall over the main entrance to the old colonial city, the walled section displaying 18th-century homes, beautiful squares and lively cafes. The tower was constructed in 1888 and faces a statue of Pedro de Heredia, the city's founder.
From this venue, you'll commence on a walking tour through the Old City, a wonderful opportunity to photograph the Spanish colonial architecture, much of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Such notable sights as the gracious La Plaza de San Pedro Claver, and the stately Cartagena Cathedral.
The haunting El Palacio de la Inquisicion, one of the best-preserved late-colonial structures in town, showcases a stone gateway topped with the Spanish coat of arms. Look around the side of the building for a tiny window with a cross on the top. This is where heretics were denounced for their crimes of magic and witchcraft.

You'll also find Las Bóvedas (the dungeons), a row of cells now converted into artisan shops, and Santo Domingo Square, named after the Santo Domingo Church, which looms above the plaza. The church was built in 1539, and legend tells that the reason the bell tower has a twisted profile is due to the devil's failed attempt to destroy it.

You might choose to stop at Las Murallas, built to fortify the city from the constant raid of pirates. These walls are considered the city's most distinctive feature, built over time from 1600 through 1796. A walk along this landmark is a city tradition.
Another can't-miss attraction is the San Felipe de Barajas Castle, built in 1639.

Inside this building, you'll travel through a series of spooky tunnels. The acoustics are near-perfect, constructed so approaching footsteps could be heard to alert of an enemy approach.

San Martin Avenue in the New City is lined with fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants, followed by Pierino Gallo, a modern retail area and important emerald sales district. Colombia is significant for its emerald production, and here you'll find numerous shops selling the precious green gem.

Drive along the scenic Cartagena Bay to La Bodeguita Pier. 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.

Special Notes:

Tour is at leisure. This is a contracted hop-on/off service and not booked, nor run exclusively for Princess guests. There will be other guests on board, and varied language services will be provided. It will be your responsibility to be at the drop-off point at the given return time, so please be aware of traffic conditions, delays and wait times while enjoying your time in the city.

An English-speaking escort will be aboard the transfer motor coach to answer questions en route. Tour sequence may vary. Subject to changes due to weather conditions or availability.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Port of Cartagena (starting point)

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Nao Mall

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Bocagrande Beaches

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Pierino Gallo

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Hilton Hotel

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Bodeguita Pier (main station)

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Clock Tower

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San Felipe Fortress

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Rafael Nuñez

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Boquetillo Entrance to Walled City

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San Francisco Entrance to Walled City

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Plaza Bocagrande Shopping Mall

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Mc Donald's

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Casino Rio

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