Magic of Colombia Cruise

May 28, 2025 thru June 8, 2025

Embrace the magic of Colombia as you explore the “Land of a Thousand Rhythms” and its magnificent Magdalena River during this special 7-night river cruise journey. Move to the beat of a variety of Latin American musical styles including cumbia and vallenato, reveling in exciting performances at a colorful Carnaval experience in Barranquilla just for AmaWaterways guests. Drink a steaming cup of the country’s famous coffee as you listen to the calls of tropical birds and wildlife unique to Colombia’s biodiverse ecosystem. Discover timeless traditions practiced by the friendly guides, welcoming residents, and creative minds who comprise part of Colombia’s diverse population. Enjoy the soul and spirit of Colombia as you sail the Magdalena River along with AmaWaterways, the Heart of the River™.

Watch our Magic of Colombia Cruise Presentation with Scotty Horn!


Air

Roundtrip air included from TUS

Transportation

Motorcoach / Transfers

Cruise

7 Night Cruise

Duration

12 Days, 11 Nights

Meals

All meals aboard ship included

25 meals (10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip door-to-door livery service

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • 7 Nights Aboard the AmaMagdalena
  • Medellin
  • Comuna 13
  • StiltHouse Village Tour
  • Cienága Pijiño exploration
  • Historic Walking Tour
  • Carnaval celebration
  • Nueva Venecia
  • Santa Barbara de Pinto
  • Mompox
  • Cienága Pijiño
  • Jazz and Cumbia performances
  • Iglesia de la Inmaculada Conception
  • Magangue
  • Calamar
  • Cartagena
  • Gold museum
  • Caribbean Naval Museum
  • San Felipe Castle

View the deck plans for the AmaMagdalena

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from TUS and intra-air flights (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
  • 7 night cruise on AmaMagdalena, an intimate 60-passenger river cruise ship
    • Exquisite regionally inspired and Western-style cuisine
    • Intimate specialty dining experience
    • Wine, beer and soft drinks included during lunch and dinner
    • Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • Nightly entertainment
    • Fitness room, nail and hair salon, and one massage room offering a variety of services*
    • Sun-deck pool and bar
  • 3 night pre-stay in Medellin, Colombia
  • Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 25 meals (10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners) included
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • All meals aboard ship included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government fees & air taxes
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Day 1 - Departure to Medellin

We depart Tucson and head towards Colombia! We arrive in the city of Medellín, 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.

Meals included: (B, L)

Day 3 - Medellin

Though the city was once known for violent campaigns, Medellín 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.

Meals included: (B)

Day 4 - Medellin to Barranquilla for Embarkation

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 allyear 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).

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Nueva Venecia

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.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Santa Barbara de Pinto

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 handmade 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.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

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 Cienága Pijiño 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.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Mompox to 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 César 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 José 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 worldwide 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.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Magangue to Calamar

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 cienága. 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).

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Cartagena

Start your day by exploring the incredible UNESCO-designated San Felipe Castle, the fortress that defended Cartagena from French and
British attacks. As you walk through Cartagena, learn more about emeralds and the impact of these precious gemstones on the city’s history. In the afternoon, delve deeper into the enriching history of this Caribbean city as you visit the Gold Museum, which features ancient gold artifacts from the indigenous cultures found in this region. You will also visit the Caribbean Naval Museum. Follow the story of this fascinating country and its incredible naval history from pre-Hispanic times until the present. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour through the breathtaking Getsemaní 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 Cartagena during a special sunset cruise.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Days 11 & 12 - Depart Cartagena

Bid your ship and crew farewell as you disembark and prepare for your flight home. Arrive back in Tucson.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.


Package Pricing

*Early Booking Sale Until:

August 30, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Category C - Balcony double occupancy, per person

Sale Price: $8,195* | Regular: $8,445

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category B - Balcony double occupancy, per person

Sale Price: $8,915* | Regular: $9,165

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category A - Balcony double occupancy, per person

Sale Price: $9,195* | Regular: $9,475

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category LS - Luxury Suite Balcony double occupancy, per person

Sale Price: $10,255* | Regular: $10,505

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category GS - Grand Suite Balcony double occupancy, per person

Sale Price: $11,285* | Regular: $11,535

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Single occupancy upon request, limited availability

*Price per person, double occupancy

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

January 23, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from TUS and intra-air flights (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• Roundtrip door-to-door livery service
• 7 night cruise on AmaMagdalena, an intimate 60-passenger river cruise ship
• 3 night pre-stay in Medellin, Colombia
• Deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 25 meals (10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners) included
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All meals aboard ship included
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government fees & air taxes
• Your Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 23, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • $400 Now through January 23, 2025

  • 50% – January 24 – February 25, 2025

  • 100% after February 25, 2025

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

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ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Europe. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our preferred airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The weather in Colombia in late May and early June is generally pleasant, marking the transition from spring to summer, but it can vary depending on the region. The average low temperatures are in the mid 60s while the average high temperatures are in the low 80s. May is a rainy month in much of Colombia, so prepare yourself by bringing clothing for a lot of sunshine and the possibility of precipitation. There are no dress codes where we dine or visit on this tour.

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