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“best tour ever”

Cartagena Tour - Dora De Zubiria
Ranked #6 of 110 Tours in Cartagena
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

we went arround with dora for a hole day. she was amazingly nice, ex[plained us everything about the city in a interesting point of view and diferent to other guides i had before in other cities. we had great food and visitied everything

Thank javier g
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

I had done my research several months in advance for shore excursions for a 38 night repositioning and Baltic Capitals cruise on the Norwegian Star.
For Cartagena, Columbia I contacted Dora du Zibiria at www.cartagenatour.com
Four of us booked the tour (no payment was needed until the day of the tour) and we were met by the agent on the quayside as soon as we were able to disembark. There was a short walk to the car waiting to take us on a 4½ hour tour - we were not in port long enough for a full day excursion.

TIP 2: Make sure you have plenty of water to drink
TIP 3: I had checked the temperature for May and it would be hot and humid – dress accordingly (with a hat).
TIP 4: Check if you need vaccinations well in advance of departure. For Australia you need Yellow Fever.
TIP 5: Have photo ID with you so as you don’t have to carry your passport.
TIP 6: If you want to buy something, determine how much you want to pay for it – you will be surprised at the final price you pay!
TIP 7: Back at the shop on the quay we were able access wifi by getting a password from the checkout. They also sell wonderful souvenirs of the city.

Dency, who is a local guide and the driver certainly gave us a great tour of the beautiful city. Our first stop was the hill of La Popa, the highest area in the city and the convent of Santa Cruz monastery, which is now a museum where you have fantastic views of the city. We were there well ahead of all the buses from the cruise ships. From there a drive through the city to San Felipe de Barajas Fort for a photo opportunity – there was insufficient time to go into the fort. This is an impressive building and there were plenty of locals trying to sell their wares.
We were told that vendors expect you to barter – you will be surprised at the final price you pay! One was very persistent when I wanted to buy a Panama style hat – I did get it for the price I wanted to pay which was considerably less than his initial price.
We had a shopping stop at the Dungeons where today there are more than 20 handcraft shops – we could have spent a whole day there!
Next the walled Old Town where we were able to see the beautiful houses, palaces and plaza’s such as Plaza de Santa Teresa, Plaza de Bolivar, Plaza de la Aduana, Plaza de los Coches, full of history and legends.
There was also a photo stop at the Palace of the Inquisition and we visited the San Pedro Claver Church. There are plenty of local crafts people and street artists that you can buy from in this area.
The Old Town is a good place to buy unframed artwork from street artists.
Statues both ancient and modern abound in the Old Town – look out for the metal sculptures of local vendors and also the statue for the Cartagena International Film Festival and their version of Oscar – it’s a woman!
In the Old Town another way to get around is by horse drawn carriage – we saw a lot of these.
Finally to the newer area of the city and another chance to shop for anything from Columbia emeralds to coffee.

I can thoroughly recommend Dora for a tour of Cartagena. Thank you Dency and Dora!

10  Thank Margaret J
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

This tour company is fantastic. We were a private group of 10 from the NCL Jewel and one of our traveling companions,Gary Lewin, prearranged this tour months before for us.
I was fantastic Dora personally took us in a really nice A/C van and was the narator for the entire day! food locations and sights to see and visit were all spot on!

Thank KKB-Texas
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We booked this as our only day in Cartagena from a cruise. We had a group of 18 from our ship who set it up ahead of time and it was the best decision. We had a great time. The bus was the perfect size for all of us and nicely air conditioned. We got to all the spots ahead of the official excursions so they weren't crowded and I know we saw some that others didn't go to. She sent us an itinerary before-hand and it was spot on.

It's a mix of walking and riding and it was HOT and sticky so be prepared if you're not in the best of health. Any entrance fees for places we stopped were included in the price. The old town walking tour was the best part for me, so beautiful. La Popa first thing in the morning was also great, we were the first ones there and also first group to the fort.

I highly recommend her, great tour! She's a great lady and loves to share her home city with you.

1  Thank datherto
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Reviewed May 15, 2014

We were going on a cruise and looked up the reviews for Dora, well, they were wonderful. We booked this tour and we are so glad we did. We saw so many things that we would never have seen on our own. This tour gave me a whole new outlook on Cartagena. It is a beautiful city and you can tell Dora is very proud of her home. If you get a chance book with Dora it is money well spent and you will not be disappointed.

1  Thank Judygolfing
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