Half-Day City Tour of Cartagena - Reviews

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Deborah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

this tour combined the new city , the fortress, and the old city.Terrific . Would have liked a longer Old town tour.

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

We had a great tour guide who spoke both English and Spanish and was very knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time. We were the only English speaking people, but our guide made sure we could understand everything. Super. Highly recommend.

Sharon L Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This tour was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Cartagena. We had missed out on the opportunity to book through our resort so I went online and booked with Viator. I was sent an electronic ticket for myself and my 2 fellow travellers. We were contacted by email and told where and when to meet, as well as the name of the tour operator. This is important because other tour drivers tried to pick us up, so I had to know that I was getting in the right bus. When our bus from Guianza Express arrived at the pick up location, they addressed me by name.
Our guide Ismael was very knowledgeable and spoke good English as well as Spanish. The problem was that English speaking tourists were speaking while he spoke Spanish and missed when he switched back to English at times.
Convents de la Popa, positioned on the highest point of Cartagena boasts some of the most impressive views of the Harbour and city. The architectural design is beautiful.
The Castille San Felipe was next on our tour. Admission fees to both historic sites were covered by our ticket. We walked up the rampart to the top of the fortress where the setting sun cast a beautiful view of the city. The fort was very interesting and should not be missed. From there the tour went on to shopping in the Plaza de Bovedas. We had already been there and had to catch the shuttle back to our hotel so we left the group here. I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon.
Wear good shoes.

Loryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

great way to tour the city! a little lengthy so wear comfortable footwear, they take you to the highest point in the city and the convent de la Popa is magical!

Patrick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

I rarely buy into guided tours but couldn and #39;t pass on this one. Great value for the time spent, locations visited, and tour guide and #39;s expertise on Cartagena. Highly recommended!

Terri W

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

Clean, air conditioned beautiful coach bus. Arrived on time for pick up in front of our hotel. They went out of their way to make sure we had an English speaking guide, Andreas, who was AWESOME! Couple of things that could be better: 1 Change the name of the tour since the Convento de la Popa is not able to be part of the tour. We didn't get that notification until AFTER it was booked. 2 Stopping at the base of the fort to let people shop at the market seemed like a waste of time. I didn't see anyone get back on the bus with anything but food. 3 Would have liked more time walking in the old city. So many things we wouldn't have known without Andy!

Encarna P

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

Our guide Indyra was fantastic, highly recommend.


4 star rating: Recommended
January 2017

Excellent. Knowledgeable tour guide who spoke English and they arranged a pick up from Hotel. only slight improvements would be it was a large group and not sure caught everything but otherwise little to fault. Popa in particular is a reasonable distance which doesnt seem practical to walk so more suitable for a tour. ou do get a great view from there.


4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

Nice trip. Guide was good but sometimes too friendly.


4 star rating: Recommended
May 2016

Nice tour of the city. Convent is located on top of a hill, great ride to get there from the bottom. Convent is small inside, but views of the city are really great. The castle is very interesting, nice to walk around, not much to see inside, no real exhibitions. There are some corridors below the ground that you can see, and it is great place to just walk around with nice views of city at the background. Nice walk in the Old Town of Cartagena, good tour guide.

Oscar M

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

The tour was well planned and informative. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history and significance especially of the castle and the convent. No water was provided as indicated on the booking but it was a convenient way to see the city especially outside of the historical center, which is easy to cover since everything is so close. I recommend the tour.

Jacqueline B

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

The tour guide was fin and knowlegable. The crowds at the Popa were huge, however, which was no fault of the tour.

Kanchana S

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2016

This was an awesome tour - covered both the Old City and outside the walls. The tour guide was proficient, passionate and provided us details on the history.

Kari-Ann D

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

This tour was really good and the price was great. We were the only two English speakers on the tour but the guide made sure to translate for us. I would have liked a bit more history of Cartagena but overall it was very informative and a good tour to go on if you want to see a lot in one day.

Janice lee M

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2016

This tour was geared more for Spanish speaking tourists. The problem was there were only 4 people speaking English. The guide did his best. If I could understand Spanish I would give 4 stars. He was a good guide but the language barrier is always problematic. We should learn more Spanish.

Carol L

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2017

Order of visits changed, so what was advertised as the last stop ended up preceding the Walled City, which I then had to miss. I feel I wasted my money seeing Las Bovedas before the Walled City, and was very disappointed.

Lee F

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2016

Our tour guide was Al, a friendly and knowledgeable guide. As we were staying in the old part of the city, the van picked us up at Las Bovedas.. Our group was my wife, two Argentine women and myself.
The walking part of the tour was the convent and the fortress, the rest was a travelogue from the van.
I would have like more depth to it. It was OK.

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