Cartagena + The Islands

Combine Colonial Cartagena with a Caribbean Island Retreat for Deluxe Family Vacation
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For adventurous families looking for a holiday with a difference, this 7-day Colombian escape will convince even the moodiest of teenagers to drop their phone and reach for their passport.

An action-packed, culturally-enriching escape through Colombia’s Caribbean coast will have the whole family mountain biking through tropical forests, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands, and eating some of the country’s best cuisine in the stunning colonial city of Cartagena.

  • The Lowdown

    Cartagena + The Islands

    Day 1 | Colonial Grandeur and Fresh Seafood

    Kickstart your Colombian adventure with a five-star private ride from the airport to your very own colonial mansion in the heart of Cartagena’s beautiful old town. After you’ve had time to settle into your luxurious 5-bed crib, we’ll head out into Cartagena’s romantic cobbled streets in search of the city’s best seafood at Juan del Mar restaurant, where impossibly fresh shrimp ceviches, octopus carpaccios, and chargrilled lobsters await (if the little ones aren’t all that keen on seafood, we’ll happily arrange a kid-friendly menu of tasty pastas, burgers, or pizzas).

    - Casa Mamey - a deluxe 5-bedroom mansion that offers a superior family stay
    - Casa Borojo - A delicious 5-bedroom colonial mansion with some stunning designer touches


    Day 2 | Explore the Real Cartagena

    It’s one thing getting to know the city’s well-trodden Old Town, but we want you to experience a side to Cartagena that not everybody gets to see. On day twom one of local heroes will take you on a cultural tour of the “Real Cartagena”, taking in the graffiti-covered walls of the bad-boy-gone-good neighbourhood of Getsemani, as well as tasting Colombia’s best street food at the colourful Bazurto Market, riding a canoe through the lush mangroves in La Boquilla, and, finally, stopping by a local school. After all that exploring, kick back with a glass of wine and taste the best of Caribbean cooking at the brilliant La Cocina de Pepina.


    Day 3 | Mountain Biking and Beachside Relaxing

    Day three kicks off with an exciting 3 km mountain bike ride through beautiful Tierrabomba, the largest of Cartagena's nearby Carribean islands. The little-trodden jungle dirt tracks here will allow you to experience parts of the island that many don’t get to see, as well as giving the little ones the opportunity to spot plenty of wildlife. After all that peddling, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious two-course meal at the Blue Apple Beach Club, where you’ll also be able to take advantage of the beachside pool, luxurious loungers, and knock-out cocktails. After you’ve all had your dose of vitamin sea and poolside fun, we’ll whizz you across the crystal-clear Caribbean waters back to Cartagena, where you’ll finish your day with a traditional Colombian meal at the much-loved family owned Cande restaurant.


    Day 4 | Island hopping in Style

    On day four we’re headed to the islands - but, this time, we’ll hang out here for a little longer in the crystal clear waters of the Rosario Islands National Park. Spend the morning exploring the islands of your choice - snorkeling and sipping cocktails as you go - in your very private speed boat with bilingual concierge. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop off at a picture-perfect eco-resort with its own private beach area, great food, and even better cocktails. Choose from spending the night here, or continue onwards to the equally idyllic private island retreat, Coconut Island. We know...decisions, huh?

    - Coconut Island - A luxurious, under-the-radar, beach retreat in Baru
    - Las Islas - A family friendly Beachfront Bungalow in Cartagena’s premium eco-resort


    Day 5 | Relax in Paradise

    It’s day five, and we reckon you’re just about ready for some quality beach time. Spend the entire day soaking up some rays on your plush sunbed, cooling off in the private pool or beach, or having a relaxing massage to the sound of the waves on the private island resort of Coconut Island.


    Day 6 | Explore Below the Surface

    It’s your last day of adventuring, so spend it exploring more of the water-based fun on offer in the coral waters of the Rosario Islands. Hop once again aboard your 38 ft private boat and cruise around the archipelago’s best snorkeling and relaxation spots, including La Piscina for unmatched water visibility and Agua Azul for pristine beaches and a fresh lobster lunch.


    Day 7 | Return Home

    And just like that, the adventure of a lifetime comes to an end. On day seven, you'll be whisked off to the airport to catch your flight back home, where you’ll have a few hours to reflect over an epic week spent exploring the best of Colombia’s Caribbean coast and get plotting your return trip to Colombia, the world’s best kept secret.


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    • Go Bespoke

      Our talented team of travel advisors thrives on left-field requests and strives to make your Cartagena travel dreams a reality. Aside from being fully certified, our team of bilingual guides, concierges and hosts aim to go above and beyond to ensure you have the best Cartagena vacation imaginable. We're here to help good people do great things, which means creating meaningful connections and transformations through travel. Your concierge will make sure you meet the people that will elevate your trip beyond your expectations

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      All the tours and tailor-made trips that make it into our list have been hand-picked or created by our team of talented travel experts. This Is Cartagena champion's regenerative and sustainable tourism that's good for the visitor and good for the destination. We celebrate what makes a destination unique by collaborating with local, independent providers, the personalities that make Cartagena and Colombia so incredible and work with them to ensure the very highest service levels to guarantee a better vacay in every way

    • Insider Intel

      Our team of talented travel advisors are here on-the-ground 24/7, all-year-round and really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else. We know everyone and everything there is to know in town and love to introduce visitors to the types of personalities that will make your trip to Colombia extra special. We're storytellers at heart and enjoy creating unforgettable travel tales with good people that want to do great things. We've got the lowdown on what's happening in the city and know all of those off-the-beaten path places that will allow you to leave the tourist trail to everyone else 

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