15 days in Armenia & Colombia Itinerary

15 days in Armenia & Colombia Itinerary

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Yerevan, Armenia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Yerevan, Armenia

— 3 nights

Pink City

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Monastery of Geghard and Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Your inner history buff will appreciate Khor Virap and Garni Temple. When in Yerevan, make a side trip to see The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots in Vagharshapat, approximately Vagharshapat away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Cafesjian Center for the Arts, examine the collection at Parajanov Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque), and contemplate the long history of Saint Hripsime Church.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yerevan holiday builder tool.

Chamarel, Mauritius to Yerevan is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Chamarel in April: highs in Yerevan hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Visit Playa Blanca and Playa Puntilla for some beach relaxation. Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yerevan to Cartagena takes 24 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Yerevan to Cartagena. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yerevan in April; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de San Luis and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Cocoplum, stroll through Playa Charquitos, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and see some colorful creatures with Caribe Extremo.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Medellin, Colombia

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Medellin holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in May, things will get a bit cooler in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Trajes, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and finally look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, stroll around Parque de Usaquen, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bogota vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in May: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Armenia travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
A trip to Armenia may very well feel like a journey back in time, yielding the treasures of an ancient land that became the first Christianized country in distant 301 CE. Landlocked and mountainous, Armenia features a varied scenery that quickly shifts from extremely dry landscapes to dense forests carpeting steep foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. Perhaps the highlight of a vacation in Armenia, the magnificent mountains are ideal for hiking and any other outdoor activity you can think of. National capital Yerevan remains one of the world's least explored ancient cities; spend some time here to discover the bulk of Armenia's museums and other cultural venues narrating the rich story of an often-troubled region straddling two continents.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.