- 4 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Enjoy the best of Cartagena with our private English speaking guide tour around the city. From La Torre del Reloj, Plaza de Bolivar, San Pedro Claver church, Castillo de San Felipe, and La Popa.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Expert guide in the language of your preference
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry tickets to attractions mentioned
- Entry/Admission - La Popa Monastery
- Entry/Admission - Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
- Entrance fee to Inquisition Palace and San Felipe Castle
- Unspecified food or beverage
- Entry/Admission - Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up service from Cartagena Hotels / Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: La Popa Monastery, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
Cartagena is a beautiful city, that captures the heart of all its visitors because of its colors, Caribbean climate, warm people and its historical legacy. With our Cartagena city tour, we make sure you have the opportunity to discover the most amazing sites of the city, accompanied by an experienced tour guide in a short time. This tour starts by picking you up at your hotel to take you to La Popa monastery. In this place, you can view Cartagena entirely from a watchpoint and know the history of this monastery.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
Casttillo San Felipe
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Torre del Reloj, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
The Cartagena city tour continues with a nice walk through Historical Center where we will visit Torre del Reloj, at Plaza de la Aduana, the place used for slave trade during the Colonial period.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, Cartagena, Cartagena District, Bolivar Department
Then we will go to San Pedro Claver church, which was built in the second half of the 17th century, to finally visit Plaza de Bolivar.
Duration: 20 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Note: Guided visits to the Inquisition Palace are not guaranteed as time may be a constraint in some cases
- This tour includes an insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective
- Wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
My guide Carlos (Charles) was friendly, knowledgeable, and considerate. As we rode between sites he told about events that occurred along the route, and Milna (?) would slow down or stop as was appropriate, they worked together very well. At the sites where we stopped he was never hurried, Vern informed, and always answered any questions. Even though this was not my first visit to Cartagena, he pointed out countless things I had not noticed before. A very relaxed tour. He even offered to help me plan another excursion!
Very educational tour. This was a private tour and we learned a great deal about Cartagena's history
Billy was extremely friendly, informative, and knowledgeable. Most importantly, even though I'm sure he's given this tour many times, he made my wife and I feel special. I felt like I was touring Cartagena with a friend. Fantastic experience.
Cartagena is amazing, beautiful!
The castle of San Felipe is huge, imposing.
The walled city is breathtaking and delightful, full of history.
The tour, however, did not occur as advertised: after passing through the hotel district of Bocagrande, we went to the Santa Cruz de la Popa Convent. From there, we continue to San Filipe Castle, where we stayed for 1 hour. After this time, around 12:00 am, the guide told us that the tour would end there and that they would drop us off at the hotel.
I argued that the purchased package also included a tour of the walled city, with passage through the Church of San Pedro Claver and the museums of the Inquisition and Gold.
So she called her boss and told us that this tour of the walled city would only be panoramic which lasted about 20 minutes, but if we were to do a more detailed tour she would charge us only plus usd 50.00.
This was a great tour, our tour guide Martin was very knowledgeable and gave us a fascinating history of the city. Only recommendation would be to possibly go to the fortress later on in the afternoon when it gets cooler. Otherwise it was a fantastic tomorrow with lots of different activities and stops. Highly recommend it specially at beginning of your trip
Our guide was William, an 83-year old veteran of the Cartagen touring scene. We boarded the tour agency car with Simon, the driver and travelled to San Felipe de Barajas Fortress. William showed us the tunnels built under the fortress to confound invaders just in case they overpowered the fortress. He also impressed on us the genius of the fortress design. Then we drove to the highest point in the city, Candelaria Convent at La Popa hill. We did the peninsula and the Bocagrande beach with the high-rise hotels and condos. Then to the walled city for the Santo Domingo square with the church and the Botero and the Simon Bolivar square with the Inquisition building and museum of gold. The only thing in the itinerary we missed was the Claver Church but William did go into an explanation of Claver so that was sufficient.
There were a number of things William wanted to show us that werent really in the published itinerary, like the UNESCO heritage-tagged private homeson Manga island. the street art inside the walled city, the inside of the Heredia Theater, and the Claustro dela Merced where Gabriel Garcia Marquez ashes are buried.
William was very quick to volunteer taking our pictures. Not only that, he knew what angles were best and would often do three to four shots of us at different angles at the same site. But his hands were a bit shaky after all, he was already 83. He seemed to know everyone in the city. For example, the theater was officially closed but he talked to the guard, slipped him a small note, and we were allowed in. Not only that but the guard even put up the lights inside the theater so we could enjoy its magnificence. He was quick to help us in negotiating for a good price whether it was t-shirts, local art-handicraft, fruits.
I mentioned to William that my wife wanted to check out emeralds and William promptly had the driver bring us to the Joyeria Caribe emerald museum. It was an interesting place with arguably the widest selection of emeralds. It took an hour before she could buy her earrings and William patiently waited for us which meant adding another hour to the total tour time. But William didnt mind.
We loved William and his grandfatherly style. But he could climb up and down and walk with the best of them. His English was occasionally hard to understand but it didnt detract from our positive experience with him. Hats off!
William was an awesome tour guide, with an impressive knowledge of the city's 500 years of history. He started the tour with an excellent and succinct overview of how our day would progress, and then proceeded to guide me through every sector of the city. Don't let his age fool you, he's full of energy and has the stamina to persevere through 4 hours of nonstop walking, climbing, and talking.
This was the best day of our vacation. This private tour included an old man who had a great knowledge of Cartagena. We spend around 6 hours walking and talking at all the different historical sites in town.
We enjoy the one on one conversations with him we had. In a large group tour, you do not get this type of interaction. I would highly recommend this tour.
Billy was an amazing tour guide. My wife and I were on our honeymoon to Cartagena. We were kept entertained the whole time and got to see everything from international sites to local neighborhood art. We could tell how much pride Billy had in his city. Would highly recommend!
Absolutely amazing! We had the best tour guide ever. Bert was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, courteous and funny. We started by going to the fort, bright and early is the best time. We learned a lot about the history of Cartagena. It was the highlight of our trip.
My personal experience with Mr. Garcia was Second-to-None. This gentleman truly defines the meaning of Quality and Service. He knows how to show a Great Time to visitors in Cartagena, and how to cater for his customers. If necessary, he would go out of his way to make any one person feel his/her absolute best while visiting the city. My wife and I booked a few tours with his company: Playa Blanca, Cartagena City Tour, and the Emerald Tour. Without any hesitation, I would recommend Guianza Express to any one person wanting to visit Cartagena.
Pretty nice tour covering all the main points that I wanted to see. Kinda was shortened to about 4.5 hours from 6, but it was fine with us