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  • Location:Cartagena, Colombia
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Cartagena Shore Excursion: Guided City Sightseeing Tour

While in port in Cartagena, enjoy a guided city tour and explore one of Colombia's most-visited cities! On this sightseeing shore excursion, discover why Cartagena is known for its laid-back Caribbean vibe and astonishing colonial architecture. See what all of the buzz is about on a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fee to Castillo San Felipe (San Felipe Castle) is 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

What You Can Expect

Cartagena Shore Excursion: Guided City Sightseeing Tour

Castillo San Felipe

When your cruise ship docks in Cartagena, explore the vibrant Colombian city on a sightseeing shore excursion. Cartagena is an important historical city, as its port marks the former entry point for Spanish conquerors into South America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features impressive colonial architecture and is surrounded by fortifications originally built for the protection against invasion.

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and learn about Cartagena's famous history. Your guide will inform you of everything from the economic activity in 4000 BC to the present-day living standards. Learn about the traditions and culture of one of Colombia's most fascinating cities.

Your guided tour takes you through the historic center of Cartagena. See the famous clock tower (Torre del Reloj) and visit Plaza de la Aduana, a site where hundreds of years ago, slaves were traded in an open market. Then, head over to the Cathedral of Cartagena before ending up at Plaza de Bolivar, home to the Gold Museum and the Theater of Heredia.

Then, visit Castillo San Felipe (San Felipe Castle). Perched on the Hill of San Lázaro, this fortress was built by Spaniards in the 17th century. Admire spectacular views of Cartagena and the Caribbean Sea from atop the hill and learn about the castle's history as you take a guided tour through the fortress.

Afterwards, travel over to Las Bovédas, a district known for its craft stores and art galleries. Spend some time browsing the local shops before heading back to your cruise ship port.

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.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended March 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.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

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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