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Cartagena, Colombia-port

Take a scenic drive through the residential area of Manga, and admire the beautiful mansions built in Republican-style architecture at the end of the 19th century. Explore the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fort that was once the most important military structure built in Latin America. Enjoy a boat ride to the Islas del Rosario, 26 coral islands located off the coast of Isla Barú, and continue to the island of San Martín de Pajarales to visit the aquarium. Enjoy a spectacular dolphin and shark show and other marine attractions there. Board the beautiful Spanish Galleon, a replica of a 17th-century sailing ship, for a cruise of the inner bay of Cartagena.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cartagena Fortress and Old City
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Cartagena Shopping and Historical Highlights
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • La Popa Monastery and Gold Museum
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • La Popa Monastery and the Palace of Inquisition
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Old Cartagena Walking Tour
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Scenes of Cartagena
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required

Cartagena Fortress and Old City

Most Active or Strenuous

Duration: 3 1/4 hours

Tour Code: CTG-005

Explore Cartagena's architectural beauty and historic past during this memorable tour of the San Felipe Fortress, and a visit to the Old City.

Depart the pier for the drive to the San Felipe Fortress, the largest Spanish fort in the New World. Commissioned by the Spanish Crown during the 17th century, the San Felipe Fortress took 208 years to complete. The fortress features seven miles of walls surrounding the city, with fortifications on every point and narrows to defend against military attacks. Upon arrival, you will take a guided tour of the castle.

Next, your drive will proceed to the Old City, which offers lovely views of the ocean. During your visit, you will walk approximately five blocks through the city's Colonial area. Along the way, a stop will be made at the Saint Peter Claver Church and Cloister, which was built in homage to the protector of slaves. You will also view the remains of Saint Peter Claver, which are encased upon the High Altar. A brief stop will then be made under the huge trees in the cloister's courtyard to see the well used by Saint Peter Claver to baptize tens of thousands of black slaves.

Your walk through the Old City will continue on with a visit to the Inquisition Plaza, or Bolivar Plaza, the main square of the city. With the cathedral on one side and the Inquisition Palace on the other, this plaza is full of history and beautiful Colonial buildings.

Your tour will conclude with a drive to the modern part of the city. Upon arrival, a brief stop will be made at the Pierino Gallo Plaza, and an opportunity to shop for Cartagena's finest emeralds, jewelry, coffee, handcrafts, and leather goods.

Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.