With its amazingly well-preserved colonial architecture, Cartagena is a bit like an open-air museum – which explains why it’s been given UNESCO World Heritage status. This tour begins with a trip to San Felipe de Barajas, an imposing fortress set just outside the old city walls. There’ll be time here to take photos, before you move on to the heart of the city. Nine miles of stone walls cocoon the town, and they took 194 years to build. Delve inside, and you’re greeted by beautiful churches, quaint squares and cafés that look like they were frozen in time back in the 16th century. You’ll have a guide with you as you wander down the cobbled streets, and they’ll give you the lowdown on Cartagena’s history. Finally, you’ll head over to Bocagrande, where you’ll see another side of the city. Gone are the medieval courtyards and old churches, and in their place stand sleek shopping malls and high-rise apartment blocks. Your destination is the Pierino Gallo shopping centre, which is known for its great selection of jewellery stores featuring pieces with the Colombian Emerald. There’ll be time to browse the shops, before you head back to the coach.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.