HighLives offers a 10-day three-centre Colombian travel-and-golf package to take in the country’s finest colonial cities: the mountainous capital Bogota, the verdant party town of Medellin and steamy Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Staying in relaxed and charming boutique hotels, fully escorted tours with no compromises on a 54-hole quality golf experience on some of the courses where Camilo Villegas himself cut his teeth.
Price: From £2550 per person
Pick up and transfer by car to hotel in historic centre known as La Candelaria.
Half-day private guided exploration of La Candelaria, including the main square Plaza de Bolivar and its statue of the great liberator Simon Bolivar, the cathedral built on the remains of the city’s first church dating back to 1539 and the Capilla del Sagrario’s religious art collection.
The visit continues with the Museo Botero, a colonial house filled with art by Fernando Botero, and the spectacular Gold Museum housing 32,000 individual pieces. Ending with a dramatic climb by cable car or funicular 500m above the city to the viewpoint Santuario de Monserrate.
Day 3:Bogota - Zipaquirá
Journey with private guide of a little over one hour to Zipaquirá and its underground salt cathedral. Descend to see the extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross, three naves, auditorium and mirror-of-water hewn from the salt mine tunnels are eerily illuminated under the Halite mountains.
Return to Bogota.
Day 4:Bogota- golf day - Medellin
Travel 30 minutes outside the city to a course with on-site restaurant facilities.
Transfer to flight from Bogota to Medellin, transfer to hotel.
Day 5:Medellin - Santa Fe de Antioquia
Journey a little over an hour to the sleepy colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia, which dates back to 1541, exploring its narrow streets and whitewashed buildings, churches and museums.
After lunch, return to Medellín with a break en-route to visit the pretty town of San Jerónimo.
Day 6:Medellin - golf day - Medellin
Travel to the outskirts of Medellin for 18 holes at one of the city’s top clubs, which has other facilities such as swimming pool, spa and gym, children’s play area, tennis, squash, horseriding, internet cafe plus bar and restaurants.
Day 7:Medellin - Bogota - Cartagena
Transfers and short flights via Bogota to your hotel in Cartagena.
Half day private tour of this entrancing Caribbean fortress city. One of the oldest colonial settlements of the Americas, nuggets of history can be found on almost every wall, archway and mazy street.
Day 9:Cartagena - Rosario Archipelago
A full day via fast motorboat 25 miles out to the Rosario Archipelago. This group of coral islands is surrounded by crystal-clear waters where a huge array of sea creatures live. Free time for snorkelling, swimming and sun.
Day 10:Cartagena - golf day - Cartagena
A third and final golf round at a luxurious private country club around 35 minutes from the city.
Day 11:Cartagena - onward flight
Breakfast and transfer to Cartagena airport for onward flight.