2024 : Magic of Colombia : 7- Night Cruise With 3 Nights Medellin Pre Cruise : Medellin to Cartagena : ms AmaMagdalena


Magic of Colombia

7- Night Cruise With 3 Nights Medellin Pre Cruise

CRUISE FROM : Barranquilla to Cartagena

Embrace the magic of Colombia as you explore the country along the magical Magdalena River during this special 7-night journey. Move to the beat of a variety of Latin American musical styles including cumbia and vallenato, and revel in exciting performances at a colorful Carnaval experience in Barranquilla just for AmaWaterways guests. Drink a steaming cup of the country's famous coffee. Listen for the calls of distinctive birds and wildlife not found anywhere else on the planet. Discover timeless traditions while getting to know the friendly guides and residents from diverse backgrounds who live beyond the riverbanks. Enjoy the soul and spirit of Colombia as you sail this river along with AmaWaterways, the Heart of the River.


RIVERS: Magdalena

Magic of Colombia

At A Glance

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In Colombia, our included excursions encompass historic walking tours, live music, birdwatching and boat tours, ensuring your days will be full of discovery and wonder as you immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage along the Magdalena River.

Included Features

Spacious Staterooms

  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed twin balcony stateroom
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, and music library
  • Fresh water replenished daily

    An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes
  • The services of one of AmaWaterways' wonderful Cruise Managers throughout your river cruise and land journey
  • Nightly entertainment including cultural performances
  • High-quality Wi-Fi
  • Sun-deck pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar

    Award-Winning Dining

  • All fine dining on board, plus a special dinner on shore in El Banco
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks included during lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • A variety of excursions, including birdwatching and boat tours
  • 24/7 Colombian coffee and tea station

    A World of Exploration

  • Immersive excursions in every destination
  • Exclusive year-round Carnaval Celebration in Barranquilla and cumbia performance in El Banco
  • A knowledgeable guide who will accompany you along your river cruise journey
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : MEDELLIN
    Arrive in the city of Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia. Named the most innovative city in the world by the Urban Land Institute in 2013, this fascinating city combines modern conveniences with colonial history. Check into your hotel and enjoy your first night in this unique city.

    Day 2 : MEDELLIN
    The region's ideal climate and soil conditions, combined with the skill and passion of local farmers, make for a unique and delicious coffee experience, which you can learn about and enjoy for yourself during a guided excursion. Before the majority of coffee farms moved south, the state of Antioquia was where coffee growth in Colombia first begin, planting the seed of tradition and culture strongly in this region. The coffee beans grown in Medellin are known for their rich and complex flavor profiles, with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and berries. This delightful coffee is also certified by organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance, which ensures that the coffee is grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. (B, L)

    Day 3 : MEDELLIN
    Though the city was once known for violent campaigns, Medellin has undergone impressive social transformations, and you will get to examine the drastic differences as you tour Comuna 13. This neighborhood was once the center of political corruption's influence on the city, and it has now been elevated to a place of strengthened community, music, and art. Ride a cable car through this unique area and witness how it has grown. (B)

    Fly to the beautiful city of Barranquilla and settle into your stateroom as you prepare for your journey along the Magdalena River. In the evening, enjoy a special Carnaval celebration, bringing the full traditional experience exclusively to AmaWaterways' guests all-year round. Widely considered one of Colombia's most important folkloric celebrations, the Carnaval of Barranquilla has also been declared a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and you will get to revel in this truly authentic experience as you learn the Carnaval's motto: Quien lo vive, es quien lo goza (Those who live it are those who enjoy it).

    Visit the Floating Village of Nueva Venecia. A charming town filled with inviting locals, Nueva Venecia, or 'New Venice,' can only be navigated by boat. With its beautiful colonial houses, vivid architecture and local sanctuary protecting the native flora and fauna, this town highlights the beauty and warmth of Colombia. While here, explore this village and learn more about the lives of its people during a guided tour. Enjoy the traditional crafts and art that is on display, learn about the techniques the fishermen of Nueva Venecia use, and taste the local delicacies as you embrace this village and its unique culture.

    Spend your morning in Santa Barbara de Pinto, located on the banks of the Mompox arm of the Magdalena River. Enjoy a walking tour through this traditional town, where you may see local landmarks such as the Santa Barbara Church and enjoy intricate hand-made crafts created in the town. In the afternoon, arrive in the island town of Mompox, where you will be welcomed with open arms and lively music as local musicians treat you to an exclusive jazz performance.

    Day 7 : MOMPOX
    A town frozen in time, Mompox embodies the appearance of what many villages looked like during colonial times. Founded in 1540, this remote village became an important Spanish trading post. Some Spaniards found Mompox to be a haven for keeping gold and other treasure protected from the pirates that pillaged coastal cities like Cartagena, and with this precious metal and the work of skilled artisans from Spain came beautifully crafted artifacts. Since then, the town has become famous for its incredible filigree jewelry, which you can learn more about during your tour of this tour in the afternoon. While visiting this unique island, journey through the incredible ecological Cienega Pijino region, exploring the massive lake that is home to a variety of flora and fauna native to the region. In the afternoon, take a stroll through this storied town on a guided walking tour. With stunning colonial churches, breathtaking nature surrounding the town, and delicious local delights such as capa cheese and butifarra, Mompox is sure to be a highlight of your journey along the magnificent Magdalena River.

    Day 8 : MOMPOX - EL BANCO
    Bid farewell to in Mompox before embarking on a scenic cruise down one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Magdalena River - La Mojana Region - and reaching the town of El Banco, nestled at the intersection of the Magdalena and Cesar rivers. Founded in a location strategic for both the native people and the Spaniards, the town was repeatedly destroyed in their struggles and then rebuilt atop its ashes. In 1749, a freed black slave named Jose Domingo Ortiz led a group of settlers to this special location, carrying with him a statue of the Virgin Mary, staking this place as their new home. Because of this connection, the Virgin of Candelaria, a special invocation of the Virgin Mary, is specially venerated in this region. Embark on a guided walking of this incredible destination and learn more about its history as the birthplace of cumbia, an iconic genre of music and dance that has now been popularized around the world. What began as a courtship dance practiced by African slaves later incorporated American steps and European and African instruments has become a world-wide sensation, which is especially popular in the Andean region of Colombia. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive dinner in town and witness an incredible cumbia performance by locals.

    Witness the sights, hear the bird calls, and watch the wildlife around you as you spend the day in Magangue. Immerse yourself in the presence of Colombian nature surrounding this city on a birdwatching tour, giving you a unique opportunity to see birds only found in this specific part of the country. You can also take a hiking tour through the picturesque Cienega, a town teeming with Colombian heritage. Later in the day, visit Calamar. Located at the entrance of the Canal del Dique, this town was first settled in 1840. Witness historic sites such as the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Conception as you tour this beautiful destination by paolo (a bicycle taxi for two).

    Day 10 : CARTAGENA
    Take the day to delight in the beautiful coastal city of Cartagena. Many Spaniards flocked to this location when they heard tales of gold found in the tombs of indigenous leaders, expanding this small port into a thriving city. As you tour the city, you may witness iconic landmarks such as the Catedral de Cartagena or the stone walls built to protect the city from the plundering of pirates, although they did not stop Sir Francis Drake from holding the city for ransom in 1586. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour through the breathtaking Getsemani neighborhood. With the vibrant colors of the homes and street art as well as the mouthwatering local delicacies that can be found throughout the area, this historic neighborhood will delight all your senses. In the evening, watch the sun set on the incredible San Felipe Castle.

    Bid your ship and crew farewell as you disembark and prepare for your flight home.

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    Cruise Line
    Offer valid through 9/30/2023
    11 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaMagdalena

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    Day 1Medellin  
    Day 2Medellin  
    Day 3Medellin  
    Day 4Barranquilla  
    Day 5Neuva Venecia  
    Day 6Mompox  
    Day 7Mompox  
    Day 8El Banco  
    Day 9Calamar  
    Day 10Cartagena  
    Day 11Cartagena  

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    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.

    Intra-Colombia AirIncluded with purchased land package.

    Single Supplement for CruiseCategory C, B, and A 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    BeddingPlease call for details.

    VisaFor US citizens, a visa is not required for travel to Colombia. For other regions, please consult with your Consulate for more information.

    Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Intra-Colombia air is included in the land pre and post package. When booking the land pre and post package, a non-refundable deposit of $350 pp deposit (per segment) is required. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


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