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

Cartagena Shore Excursion: Guided City Sightseeing Tour

When your cruise ship docks at the picturesque port of Cartagena, explore the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the Colombian city during a 6-hour sightseeing shore excursion. Visit the historical and architectural highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed 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. 


  • 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

Depart from your cruise ship docking point with your knowledgeable guide to begin your enriching exploration of the city. Begin your tour in 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 structure of the Cathedral of Cartagena, a majestic building that boasts a buttery sandstone façade and an intricately decorated interior. Then, immerse yourself in the glittering exhibitions of the Gold Museum, discovering the pivotal role of the precious metal in Colombia’s history. Pass by the picturesque Theater of Herdeia in the ambient Plaza de Bolivar on your way through the important historical 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. 

Conclude your tour by visiting the Bohemian neighborhood of Bovedas, an artistic enclave famed for its galleries and creative craft stalls. Browse boutiques for bespoke souvenirs before returning to your docking point well in advance of your ship’s departure.  

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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