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13 Days | 12 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Meals: 29 total, 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Hotel Augusta Bogota: Bogota, 4 nights
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Augusta is located in the Candelaria area of Bogota. Just a few steps away are the most charming in the capital such as the Candelaria, the jet of Quevedo, the Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Quinta de Bolivar, Plaza Bolivar, the Church of San Francisco. This just 45 minutes from El Dorado International Airport, 30 minutes from Bus Terminal and 10 minutes from the train station of the Savannah. The Augusta hotel features 101 warm and comfortable Standard Rooms and Executive Suites offering relaxation, satisfaction, comfort and convenience. The hotel is located in a historically significant building and is part of the architectural heritage of the city.

Contact info:
Av Jiminez No 4 - 77
Bogota, DC, 11001 Colombia
phone: +57 1 283 8300
web: www.hotelaugusta.com.co/index.php

Room amenities: 1 or 2 beds, wireless internet access, desk, LCD television, safe box, individual bathroom, desk, phone.

Facility amenities: Bar/Lounge, business center with internet access, free high-speed internet access, room service, reception desk, restaurant, spa, laundry service, fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Additional nights are available on request. Please contract Road Scholar Travel Services after you enroll.

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Recinto del Pensamiento Hotel: Manizales, 3 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Small, but beautiful boutique hotel located outside of the town of Manizales in a lovely park spanning 20 acres in the heart of the Coffee Triangle. In this location rich with natural beauty, enjoy strolling through the park nature trails and visiting the enchanting butterfly farm.

Contact info:
11 Via al Magdalena
Manizales, Colombia
phone: +57 6874 7494
web: hotel-estelar-recinto.hotelsone.com/

Room amenities: Mini-bar, espresso maker, memory-foam mattresses, signature bedding, private bathrooms with shower and bathtub, makeup and shaving mirrors, hairdryer, scales and complimentary toiletries, high-speed and wireless internet access (complimentary), newspaper, desk, telephones for national and international calls, flat panel TV with cable channels, safe box, windows that open, turndown service available, wakeup calls available, housekeeping available daily, all rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Facility dining amenities include a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a lounge. Complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas. Meeting rooms include banquet facilities, conference rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Assistance booking tours and ticket, and translation services are available. Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include a concierge desk and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Art Hotel: Medellin, 2 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Art Hotel is the only hotel in Parque Lleras, the heart of the Zona Rosa in the highly exclusive "El Poblado". Art Hotel is Medellín's first boutique hotel, located in El Poblado and is itself a living and breathing work of art and a breath of fresh air. The hotel is within walking distances to nearby restaurants, yet is tucked away on a quiet, tree-shaded side street. There is a true juxtaposition of the ultra-modern with classic stylings. The elegant decor combines seductive polished concrete, wood and red bricks, and the atmosphere is punctuated by the hotel’s young and energetic staff. It is refreshing relief from the overtly reserved or stagnated posture sometimes encountered in luxury hotels. The roof-top terrace is as inviting as the open air lobby and courtyard. Art Hotel boasts of an 'urban spa' using the latest techniques in relaxation and body care. The spacious ground floor with its minimalist, industrial-style interior doubles as an art gallery with exhibitions from Colombian and international artists alike.

Contact info:
Carrera 41 Calle 9-31
Medellin, 4000 Colombia
phone: +57 4 369 7900
web: arthotel.com.co/English/

Room amenities: Each of the 54 sleek guestrooms offer adjustable air conditioning, wireless telephone, safe box, minibar, hair dryer, plasma TV with DVD player, work area and seating area. The standard rooms are approximately 300 square feet in size.

Facility amenities: Breakfast buffet, local calls, WiFi internet, gym, sauna, steam-room, Jacuzzi, business center with wired and WiFi internet access, 24-hour emergency assistance.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara: Cartagena, 3 nights
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Originally built as a monastery in 1621, the Sofitel Santa Clara Hotel is a reference point in the heart of Cartagena de Indias, where its walls, which acted as a shield in ancient times, combine with colonial balconies and republican structures to evokethe splendor of days gone by. In recognition of its great cultural and architectural wealth, the walled city, with its castles and bastions, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1984. An architectonic jewel from the 17th Century with luxury service and human warmth. Our main purpose: To generate the excitement of living an unforgettable experience in a place where the charm of history magically blends with luxury.

Contact info:
Calle Del Torno 39-29
Barrio San Diego
Cartagena, Colombia
phone: +011 57 (5) 650-4700
web: www.sofitel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

Room amenities: Audible smoke alarms, Dead bolt in rooms, 110/120 V AC, Airconditioning, Safe deposit box in room, Minibar, Satellite/cable colour TV, Wi-Fi in your room, High speed transmission line, Security peephole, Smoke alarm in room, Bathtub, Hair dryer in bathroom, Make-up/magnifying mirror, Shower.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center, 24-hr room service, Wi-Fi access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $360/room/night inc bb taxes
$360/room/night inc bb taxes Contact coordinator for most current rates.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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12 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program


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