Silversea Luxury Cruises To Cartagena

Cartagena

Cartagena's magnificent city walls and fortresses, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enclose a well-restored historic center (the Cuidad Amurallada, or walled city) with plazas, churches, museums, and shops that have made it a lively coastal vacation spot for South Americans and others. New hotels and restaurants make the walled city a desirable place to stay, and the formerly down-at-the-heels Getsemaní neighborhood attracts those seeking a bohemian buzz. View more

The historic center is a small section of Cartagena; many hotels are in the Bocagrande district, an elongated peninsula where high-rise hotels overlook a long, gray-sand beach.When it was founded in 1533 by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia, Cartagena was the only port on the South American mainland. Gold and silver looted from indigenous peoples passed through here en route to Spain and attracted pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who in 1586 torched 200 buildings. Cartagena's walls protected the city's riches as well as the New World's most important African slave market.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida To San Francisco, California
  • Caribbean & Central America
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    Dec 20, 2018
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    Silver Whisper

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida To Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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    Jan 04, 2019
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    14 Days
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    Silver Spirit

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Excursions in Cartagena

Silver Shore Privato - Cartagena by Private Van with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Cartagena at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English. Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, French or Italian. Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Cartagena by Private Car with Guide - Half-Day

Explore Cartagena at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your licensed guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


This service is also available in languages other than English. Please advise the Shore Concierge staff on board the ship if you wish to secure a guide in Spanish, German, French or Italian. Otherwise, English is the official language in which the programme will operate.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Evening Carriage Ride through the Old City

Experience the Old World beauty of Cartagena at night in a unique new way during this scenic and relaxing carriage tour through the city.


Photo Stop at San Felipe Fortress

Depart the pier for the brief photo stop at the San Felipe Fortress. Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries. From here, proceed to the Plaza Santa Teresa, where your horse and carriage await your arrival.


Horse and Carriage Tour

Take a carriage ride through the narrow cobblestone streets and squares inside the walled city. Along the way, admire flower-filled balconies spilling from Colonial mansions, and pass by old squares and majestic Colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings. Sites to be seen include San Juan de Dios Street, San Pedro Street, Custom Plaza, Los Coches Plaza, Bolivar Plaza, the Gold Museum, Inquisition Palace, Santo Domingo Street, Fernandez de Madrid Park, Santisimo Street, Tumbamuertos Street, San Diego Plaza, and Las Bovedas Street.


At the conclusion of your carriage ride, free time will be offered for approximately 30 minutes to explore the town or have pre-dinner drinks, before returning to the ship on time for dinner.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and carriage. Lightweight, comfortable clothing are recommended. Guests willing to remain in the Old Town for dinner and spend the evening at leisure, will have to take a taxi back to the ship at their own expenses.

Birds of Colombia

Discover some of the 1,900 bird species that thrive in Columbia during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to the National Aviary.


Baru Islands and Colombia's National Aviary

Depart the pier on an air conditioned motor coach for a 40-minute drive to the lovely island of Baru for the visit of Colombia's National Aviary. This lovely enclave is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, many palm trees and waterfalls, and is the home to more than 1,900 bird species, the most in any country in the world. During the guided walking tour of this amazing venue, explore the different bird observation stations.


The Colombian Birds

The Tropical Forest Station features different species of macaws, harpy eagles and tangaras, as well as Macaque Monkeys. The coastline and mangroves host bird species such as ducks, cormorants, pelicans, herons, doves, storks, migrating teals, among others. At the Desert Station, look for cardinals, mockingbirds and partridges. The Andean Station features owls, eagles and the famous Andean Condor, king of the Colombian mountains.


Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of standing and walking for about 2 hours, for a distance of about 900 yards (850 meters) at times over uneven, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and ramps, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who use a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Sights of wildlife other than birds are not guaranteed. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour.

Sunset Walk of the Walls

Experience the history of Cartagena in a unique new way during this memorable excursion to the old city walls and bastions.


Walled City of Cartagena

Depart the pier for the short drive to the walled city, which was built in the early-17th century to defend the city of Cartagena from pirate attacks and enemies alike. Construction was ordered by King Phillip II immediately following attacks by Sir Francis Drake, who plundered the city in 1586. Spanish military engineers worked for over a century to finish this construction. The walled city has approximately 6.8 miles (about 11 kilometres) of walls, and 23 bastions.


Bastion Tour and Santa Catalina Bastion

Upon arrival, see and learn about the construction of the city walls during a guided walk along the Santiago and San Francisco bastions. From here, walk along the San Lucas and Santa Catalina bastions, dungeons and Santa Clara Bastion. Here, relax with a glass of wine accompanied by assorted cheeses whilst taking in spectacular panoramic views of the sunset and your surrounds. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.  


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 14 years old to participate on this tour.

Cartagena City Sights

Experience the Old World splendor of Cartagena during a scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion through this historic city.


San Felipe Fortress

Depart the pier for a short drive to the Old City. The first stop is at the scenic San Felipe Fortress. Strategically-located on the Hill of San Lazaro, this fortress originally known as Castillo de San Lazaro, dominated the approach to the city by land and sea. Construction of the fortress began in 1536 and it was expanded in 1657. After a visit of the Fortress, re-board the motor coach for a brief sightseeing drive through the Old City.


Old City Walking Tour, Caribbean Naval Museum and San Pedro Claver Church

Upon arrival to the wallecd city, walk down the ramp from Santiago's Bastion to San Juan de Dios Street and start your guided tour through the Old City. Along the way, admire stately Colonial buildings as you stroll along the narrow streets of this historic center. Stop for a visit to the Caribbean Naval Museum and learn about the Caribbean Natives' culture and trade routes. After enjoying a Folkloric Show, continue your walk around San Pedro Square and visit the 17th Century San Pedro Claver Church. Discover the plethora of exquisite statues and Old World furnishings honoring the missionary Saint Peter Clave, the patron saint of slaves.


Inquisition Palace

Next, proceed to Customs Square, site of the statue of Columbus and Palacio Municipal. Continue on to Bolivar Square, bordered by the Inquisition Palace on one side and a statue of Simon bolivar in the center of this square. Take a guided tour of the Inquisition Palace (also known as Historic Museum of Cartagena), one of the most noteworthy buildings of the Old City. With its overhanging balconies, cloisters and patios, this palace is a fine example of Colonial Baroque architecture. It now houses a museum and the office of the Historical Archives.

At the end of your guided walking tour, some free time will be available at Cartagena's Old City


Bocagrande and Manga

Reboard the bus and head for a scenic tour of the modern Bocagrande, which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Bay of Cartagena on the other. Also drive through the residential area of Manga, home to the beautiful late 19th and early 20th century mansions before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometers) over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a steep, high ramp at the San Felipe Fortress. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a bottle of water from the ship.

Exploring Historic Cartagena

Explore the Colonial heritage, architecture and landmarks of Cartagena during a half-day sightseeing tour of this picturesque city.


Photo Stop at San Felipe Fortress

Depart the pier for the brief photo stop at the San Felipe Fortress. Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries.


Old City Tour and San Pedro Claver Church

Next, enjoy a short drive to the walled Old City. Upon arrival, walk down the ramp from Santiago's Bastion to San Juan de Dios Street and begin your guided walking tour through the Old City. Along the way, admire stately Colonial buildings as you stroll along the narrow streets of the historic centre. Your first stop is at the 17th-century San Pedro Claver Church. During your visit, discover a plethora of exquisite statues and Old World furnishings honouring the missionary Saint Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves.


Palace of the Inquisition

Next, proceed to Customs Square, site of a statue of Columbus and the Palacio Municipal. Continue on to Bolivar Square, bordered by the Palace of the Inquisition to one side and a statue of Simon Bolivar in the centre. Take a guided tour of the Palace of the Inquisition, one of the most noteworthy buildings in the Old City. With its overhanging balconies, cloisters and patios, the palace is a fine example of Colonial Baroque architecture. It now houses a museum and the office of the Historical Archive.


Gold Museum

At Proclamation Square, see Cartagena's Cathedral and the Gold Museum (Inside visit). It contains the most beautiful testimony of the Zenú culture. Through its different rooms the visitor can appreciate the manifestations of this indigenous group. The collection consists of 538 pieces of goldsmith's work, 61 pieces of pottery, 12 pieces of lithic, 48 pieces of shells and 6 pieces of bone. The Gold Museum has meant for the city and the region an important creative, didactic and economic effort whose result is recognized in the multiple cultural initiatives that have been generated from the activity of the bank of the Republic and in the constant increase of the number of people who take advantage of the cultural opportunities that are offered.


Santo Domingo Church

Make your way to Santo Domingo`s Church, built by Saint Dominic Priests in the late 16th century, to preserve the Catholic faith among the local natives whom they protected; stand in the shadow of this magnificent structure, and venture inside to marvel at the 19th-century, wood-carved sculpture of Christ called Saint Christ of the Expiration..

At the end of your guided tour, some free time will be available at Cartagena's Old City.


Bocagrande and Manga

Reboard the bus and head for a scenic tour of the modern Bocagrande, which is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Bay of Cartagena on the other. Also drive through the residential area of Manga, home to the beautiful late 19th and early 20th century mansions before returning to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and an extended period of walking and standing at the Old City, Inquisition Palace steps. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship.

Old City by Carriage

Experience the Old World beauty of Cartagena in a unique new way during this scenic and relaxing carriage tour through the city.


Photo Stop at San Felipe Fortress

Depart the pier for the brief photo stop at the San Felipe Fortress. Formerly the most important military structure in Latin America, it protected the city of Cartagena during the 17th and 18th centuries. From here, proceed to the Plaza Santa Teresa, where your horse and carriage await your arrival.


Horse and Carriage Tour

Take a carriage ride through the narrow cobblestone streets and squares inside the walled city. Along the way, admire flower-filled balconies spilling from Colonial mansions, and pass by old squares and majestic Colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings. Sites to be seen include San Juan de Dios Street, San Pedro Street, Custom Plaza, Los Coches Plaza, Bolivar Plaza, the Gold Museum, Inquisition Palace, Santo Domingo Street, Fernandez de Madrid Park, Santisimo Street, Tumbamuertos Street, San Diego Plaza, and Las Bovedas Street.


A small amount of free time and opportunity for shopping is made available at Las Bovedas Artisan Center before transferring back to the ship


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and carriage. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Colombian Coffee Experience

Explore the history, customs and flavours of Cartagena during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to the Old City.


San Felipe Fortress and Old City

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Old City. Your first stop is at the scenic San Felipe Fortress. Strategically-located on the Hill of San Lázaro, The fortress, originally known as the 'Castillo de San Lázaro', dominates the approach to the city by land or sea. Construction on the fortress began in 1536, and it was expanded in 1657. From here, re-board your coach for a sightseeing drive through the Old City, then head the a colonial house which hosts the San Alberto coffee shop.


Coffee Baptism

Upon arrival, see and learn about the house's colonial architecture and restoration and then participate in a Coffee Baptism, a ritual for awakening the senses through coffee appreciation. Afterward, step onto colonial patio for an opportunity to purchase bags of Colombian coffee grown in the famous Hacienda San Alberto. Some free time is made available to explore the charming plaza and narrow streets at the Old City. At the conclusion of the visit, reboard the motor coach and commence a panoramic sightseeing of modern Cartagena and drive back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 295 yards (about 270 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. Walking in the Old City is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 14 years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.

Golf at Karibana Beach Resort (18 holes)

Discover why luxury is par for the course during this unforgettable, half-day golfing excursion at the Karibana Beach Resort.

Cartagena de Indias, Karibana Beach Resort and TPC Cartagena at Karibana

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Karibana Beach Resort. En route, marvel at the beauty of Cartagena de Indias. Upon arrival, proceed for an unforgettable golfing experience at the TPC Cartagena at Karibana, a spectacular, approximately 7,000-yard (about 6,400-metre), championship golf course ranked among the finest in Latin America and the world.


Golfing, Immaculate Greens, Natural Forest, Lakes and Caribbean Sea

Suitable for golfers of all skill levels, this impeccably-maintained course features a front-nine surrounded by a spectacular natural forest with six manmade lakes, and a back-nine that runs along the stunning oceanfront. From its breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and immaculate greens to the subtle intricacies of this Jack Nicklaus-designed layout, TPC Cartagena at Karibana's championship golf course provides members and guests with a challenging test of ability, complemented by an incredible visual experience. At the conclusion of your eighteen-hole round of golf, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This golfing excursion includes private transfers between the pier and the course, and cart rental. The course is par 72, and suggested for average to experienced golfers. Club rental is not included; payment can be made to the club directly (at the time of this printing, standard rental is $45). Lunch and beverages are available for purchase in the clubhouse. Bring local currency and a credit card. All guests must wear tailored trousers/shorts/skirts with a collared or mock shirt, and socks and soft-spike golfing shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. Price is based on four guests, with two guests sharing one cart. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Getsemani and Romantic Rampart

Explore the spectacular beauty and history of Getsemani and Cartagena's Old City during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Getsemani

Depart the pier for the short drive to Getsemani. Surrounded by walls and ramparts, this historic neighbourhood spans approximately 81 acres (about 32.7 hectares) with 22 blocks, five main avenues and three churches, La Trinidad, La Tercera Orden and San Roque. During your guided walking tour along its narrow streets, marvel at the colourful houses and murals, where local artists let their imagination flow.


Cartagena's Old City and City Walls

Next, re-board your coach and head to Cartagena's Old City, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built at the beginning of the 17th century to defend the city of Cartagena from pirate attacks, this medieval city features approximately 6.8 miles (about 11 kilometres) of walls and is surrounded by 23 bastions. Construction of the walls began after the attack of Sir Francis Drake, who plundered the city in 1536. During your visit, take a guided walking tour along the bastions of Santiago and Francisco, learn about the significance of walls' construction, and hear stories about the walled city and its bastions.

Santa Teresa Square and Hotel

Your last stop is at Santa Teresa Square, among the most recognised monuments in Latin America. Upon arrival, marvel at Cartagena's sunset whilst relaxing with snacks, a glass of wine and refreshments at the Santa Teresa Hotel. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs to access the city walls. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.