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Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port

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Cartagena, Colombia

From $149.00 / person

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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When your cruise ship docks at the picturesque port of Cartagena, explore the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the Colombian city during a half-day sightseeing shore excursion. Our guide will be waiting for you at the parking of the port. Visit the historical and architectural highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site while delving deeper into the city’s history with a knowledgeable guide. Stroll around the ambient Plaza de la Aduana and discover the stolid structure of the Castillo San Felipe, the entrance fee to which is included in the tour.

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Pickup included
  • Guided Cartagena sightseeing shore excursion
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Cartagena with your expert guide
  • Visit Cartagena's historic center for close-up views of the clock tower (Torre del Reloj) and the Cathedral of Cartagena
  • Explore Plaza de Bolívar, home to the Gold Museum, Inquisition Palace and the Theater of Heredia
  • Take a guided tour of Castillo San Felipe
  • Covered by our worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Private transportation from and to the port of cruises.
Knowledgeable guide in the language of your preference.
Entry tickets to the places visited.
Visit to the city’s main landmarks.
Optional tips and gratuities
Unspecified food or beverage.
Personal expenses
Entry to Castillo de San Felipe

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Cartagena Port

Depart from your cruise ship docking point with your knowledgeable guide to begin your enriching exploration of the city. Begin your tour at the La Popa Monastery where you can learn about its history and appreciated the "Heroic City."

Arrive at the legendary landmark of Castillo San Felipe (San Felipe Castle) a foreboding fortress perched upon the hilltop of San Lazaro. Explore the interior with your guide, learning about the destruction and danger experienced by the fort as you appreciate stunning views of the Caribbean coast.

Then continue for a stroll through the picturesque historic center, over which the iconic Torre de Reloj clock tower reigns supreme. Capture this significant site on camera before gaining insight into the history of Plaza de la Aduana, a site on which hundreds of slaves were traded long ago.

Next, visit the sacred San Pedro Claver Church and Plaza de Bolivar to learn about religious art, history, and the city's colonial buildings.

At the end of the tour, you are dropped off at the parking lot of the port to board your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Cartagena port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Cerro de la Popa
From this site, you will continue to the highest point of Cartagena, El Cerro de la Popa. Here, you will get to know the Monastery of the Augustinian monks and enjoy the best view of the city
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Afterward, you will be driven to Castillo de San Felipe, a strong fort built on the top of a mountain by the Spaniards to gain control of the bay. There, you’ll have the opportunity to discover from the outside the impressive architecture and history behind this fort.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Walled City of Cartagena
The Cartagena city tour continues with a nice walk through the Historic Center where you will visit Torre del Reloj at Plaza de la Aduana, the place used for slave trade during the Colonial period. Then you will go to San Pedro Claver Church, a historic Church that exhibits religious art and history. Lastly, you’ll visit Plaza de Bolivar surrounded by some of the city’s colonial buildings.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We recommend you bring comfortable clothes and shoes as well as sunscreen and a hat or cap.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • MEETING POINT: Please walk until the meeting point (don't take the shuttle bus, you will get lost). Look for a sign with your name on it. After you meet with the staff you will walk until the guide's location (you will see a small zoo inside the port)
  • Meeting point at the port: please read your confirmation voucher and if you have any questions or need additional information, email the operator to get a map.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port.
What is the policy on sanitization during Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Cartagena 4-hour Sightseeing Tour through the Old City starting at the port.

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Personal touch in Cartagena
, Feb 2020
The guide and the driver were great. The guide showed us all we asked to see per the agreement, with ample time for pictures and questions. The guide kept us away from the street hawkers, when he could. We would use this guide and driver again.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hey Walter! Thank you for share your experience with more travelers like you. I'm glad to know that you had a satisfactory tour with the companion of your tour guide and driver. Cartagena is a beautiful city with lots of places to visit, hope you come back to discover more about our country. Kind regards, Valeria
Our guide, Billy, knew everyone...
, Feb 2018
Our guide, Billy, knew everyone! And when we expressed disinterest in visting inside the fort, he immediately suggested something else! Cartagena was a wonderful experience and having an experienced guide made all the difference. Traveling in a small group, we walked parts of the city and then our van would meet us. Always love excursions with a small group.
By far, my favorite tour of our...
, Feb 2018
By far, my favorite tour of our cruise. We were met at the end of the pier by someone who took us to our tour guide, Miguel. He has 50 years of tour guide experience and it shows! Made sure we had plenty of photo opportunities and was more than happy to change the tour to fit our needs as my husband and I were the only ones on the tour. He had many connections and we felt we saw so much more than any of the other tours we could have booked! We saw everything from the Castillo San Felipe to the opera house and loved every minute of it!
Great tour! Only wished they would...
Amber B
, Mar 2015
Great tour! Only wished they would have picked us up at the cruise port. Instead of across at the Texaco station. It was quite a walk to get there.
Our guide was difficult to find as...
Ann L K
, Dec 2013
Our guide was difficult to find as the instructions said to meet him at the Texaco station which is outside of the port. We were approached by several other tours companies telling us it was unsafe to go outside the port area on our own. After talking to a sales clerk in the shop, she took us to the Texaco station. I would suggest your Viator representative should wait at the end of the dock where the ship docks to avoid any confusion. Once we met our tour and began the tour everything was wonderful. He was very informative and took us to places that weren't on our tour schedule. He is very good and I would rate him highly. He even parked his car and we walked thru the old section of Cartagena to look at architecture, parks, churches, shops, etc. My only complaint was trying to connect with him once we left the ship

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