Cartagena Shore Excursion: 8-Hours

Cartagena, Colombia

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8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 4 more


When your cruise ship docks in Cartagena, immerse yourself in the city's rich history with this 8-hour shore excursion. Follow your guide (that will be waiting for you at the parking of the port) to some of the city's most important landmarks, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Peruse the displays in the Inquisition Museum to learn about the city's bloody past. Tour the San Pedro Claver Church and visit the Castle of San Felipe (Castillo San Felipe). See examples of Cartagena's famous colonial architecture and learn about the local culture and traditions from your guide. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • Learn about Cartagena's culture and history on a guided shore excursion
  • Visit Castillo San Felipe, one of Cartagena's many UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Stop at the Inquisition Museum for a look into 17th-century Cartagena (time permitting)
  • Learn about Colombia's African-American past at the San Pedro Claver Church
  • All entrance fees and port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Your tour departs from the cruise port; after disembarking your ship, you will take the free shuttle and will get off at the parking of the port. Our guide will be there waiting for you with a sign under your name.
After a brief orientation, your first stop is the Castle of San Felipe (Castillo San Felipe), the site of a series of battles between French, English ans Spanish forces. The impressive castle is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Tour the San Pedro Claver Chruch, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of Cartagena's most-visited landmarks. Learn about the church's history as a haven for hundreds of thousands of sick slaves arriving in Cartagena, cared for by one particularly humanitarian priest. 
At the Inquisition Museum, take a guided tour to learn about the city's bloody past during the trials and tribulations of the 17th century. Then, stop in Las Bovédas neighborhood, where you can browse the local arts and crafts shops for souvenirs before drop-off back at the cruise 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.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Yvonne B
, Nov 2015

Cartegena was fabulous my only wish was to have had more time. Our guide was comprehensive and a wealth of knowledge. He made sure that we learnt as much as possible in the short time we had. If we travel to that way again I would definitely go back.

Jacquelyn K
, Jun 2015

This tour was fantastic we had the most wonderful day, saw everything there was to see our guide and driver were so good it was the best tour that we did . Very highly recommended

, May 2015

Guide was not at the agreed upon pickup spot when we arrived. We had to search for him in the cruise port. Once we were under way the tour was very good. Guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Spoke excellent English. We saw all that was promised.

, Dec 2014

The distance to the meeting place was far great then described. In addition to being almost 1 mile from the cruise ship we had to navigate across 4 lanes of moving traffic. The guide was not there at the appointed time and when he arrived 15 minutes later the van did not have a step so none of us could get in. We waited another 15 minutes for a step to be delivered. The other couple had booked a different tour (6 hours) and was very upset when the driver said he would try to "combine" the 2 tours. What we saw was interesting but the manner in which the tour happened has set us all up for an overall negative experience.

Philip A
, Dec 2014

We were met outside the cruise port and immediately began our tour in a private air conditioned car. Our guide spoke excellent English with a strong accent. He was a historian on the area. We would have liked more time in the old city to shop, but was not offered the opportunity.

Mervyn C
, Apr 2014

Excellent tour. On time at location. Good knowledge. Air-conditioned transport. Highly recommended.

Judy G
, Nov 2013

we did not go on this tour. it was scheduled before our ship arrived (8:30 am we didn't arrive until 12:30). when we requested a time change we were told we would have to pay $25.00 each for port fees OR we could walk out to the service station and meet the bus at 1:00. the bus never came, or we were at a different service station. we ended up getting another tour by someone at the dock.

Colleen D
, Apr 2013

The tour was amazing. The sites were all we expected and more. The service was phenomenal. We were picked up at the ship and our guide was very knowledgeable and passionalte about her country. We learned so much from her and would highly recommend Viator Tours. So much more personal and pleasant than being led around like sheep on the boat tours.


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