2025 : Wonders of Colombia : 7- Night Cruise With 2 Nights Pre Cruise : Cartagena to Barranquilla : ms AmaMelodia


7- Night Cruise

CRUISE FROM : Cartagena to Barranquilla

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Colombia, the 'Land of a Thousand Rhythms,' as you journey along the magnificent Magdalena River. Explore the streets of Palenque, the first free city in Colombia, moving to the rhythms of cumbia and vallenato music. Delight in the colorful neighborhood of Getsemani in Cartagena, a vibrant neighborhood and a creative hub of Colombian artistry. Discover how Spanish and pre-colonial cultures combined to bring us the music, minds, and culture that shape the country today. Let these breathtaking destinations inspire you as you embrace the soul of this mesmerizing river and the heart-warming people who live alongside it.

Ports and excursions are subject to change - please refer to your final travel documents for the most up-to-date information.


RIVERS: Magdalena

Wonders of Colombia

At A Glance

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In Colombia, our included excursions encompass historic walking tours, live music, birdwatching and boat tours, ensuring your days will be full of discovery and wonder as you immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage along the Magdalena River.

Included Features

Spacious Staterooms

  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed twin balcony stateroom
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, and music library
  • Fresh water replenished daily

    An Array of Amenities

  • Complimentary Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes
  • The services of one of AmaWaterways' wonderful Cruise Managers throughout your river cruise and land journey
  • Nightly entertainment including cultural performances
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Sun-deck pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar

    Award-Winning Dining

  • All fine dining on board, plus a special dinner on shore in El Banco
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks included during lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • A variety of excursions, including birdwatching and boat tours
  • 24/7 Colombian coffee and tea station

    A World of Exploration

  • Immersive excursions in every destination
  • Exclusive year-round Carnaval Celebration in Barranquilla and cumbia performance in El Banco
  • A knowledgeable guide who will accompany you along your river cruise journey
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : CARTAGENA
    Arrive in Cartagena, the beautiful capital of the Bolivar region located on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Take the day to delight in the beautiful coastal city of Cartagena. Many Spaniards flocked to this location when they heard tales of gold found in the tombs of indigenous leaders, expanding this small port into a thriving city. As you tour the city, you may witness iconic landmarks such as the Catedral de Cartagena or the stone walls built to protect the city from the plundering of pirates, although they did not stop Sir Francis Drake from holding the city for ransom in 1586. (B)

    Day 2 : CARTAGENA
    Start your day by exploring the incredible UNESCO-designated San Felipe Castle, the fortress that defended Cartagena from French and British attacks. As you walk through Cartagena, learn more about emeralds and the impact of these precious gemstomes on the city's history. In the afternoon, delve deeper into the enriching history of this Caribbean city as you visit the Gold Museum, which features ancient gold artifacts from the indigenous cultures found in this region. You will also visit the Caribbean Naval Museum. Follow the story of this fascinating country and its incredible naval history from pre-Hispanic times until the present. (B)

    Before checking out of your hotel, tour the famous vaults of Cartagena. These vaults have gone through many transformations - from being Spanish headquarters to a prison for those seeking independence from Spain to the art galleries, restaurants and shops you can witness today. After settling into your stateroom, enjoy a tour through the breathtaking neighborhood of Getsemani. With the vibrant colors of the homes and street art as well as the mouthwatering local delicacies that can be found throughout the area, this historic neighborhood will delight all your senses. In the evening, watch the sun set on Cartagena as we set sail on your magical Magdalena River journey (B, D)

    In the morning, experience the town of Palenque, the first 'free town' in the Americas. Founded by those who fled a life of slavery during colonial times, the spirit and appearance of this town has been preserved through time. In 1713, the Spanish crown issued a Royal Decree that officially freed the people of Palenque from slavery. Immerse yourself in the town's deeply rooted culture and traditions, which are so distinct that UNESCO declared Palenque to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. An important piece of their heritage is the music and rhythmic style that was developed in this city, which you will enjoy during a special performance by local musicians. Later in the day, visit Calamar. Located at the entrance of the Canal del Dique, this town was first settled in 1840. Witness historic sites such as the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Conception as you tour this beautiful destination by paola (a bicycle taxi for two). (B, L, D)

    Spend your morning in Santa Barbara de Pinto, located on the banks of the Mompox arm of the Magdalena River. Enjoy a walking tour through this traditional town, where you may see local landmarks such as the Santa Barbara Church and enjoy intricate hand-made crafts created in the town. In the afternoon, arrive at the island town of Mompox, where you will be welcomed with open arms and lively music during an exclusive jazz performance played by local musicians. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : MOMPOX
    A town frozen in time, Mompox embodies the appearance of what many villages looked like during colonial times. Founded in 1540, this remote village became an important Spanish trading post. Some Spaniards found Mompox to be a haven for keeping gold and other treasure protected from the pirates that pillaged coastal cities like Cartagena, and with this precious metal and the work of skilled artisans from Spain came beautifully crafted artifacts. Since then, the town has become famous for its incredible filigree jewelry, which you can learn more about during your tour of this town in the afternoon. While visiting the largest inland island in Latin America, journey through the incredible ecological Cienaga Pijino region, exploring the massive lake that is home to a variety of flora and fauna native to the region. In the afternoon, take a stroll through this storied town on a guided walking tour. With stunning colonial churches, breathtaking nature surrounding the town, and delicious local delights such as capa cheese and butifarra, Mompox is sure to be a highlight of your journey along the magnificent Magdalena River. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 : MOMPOX - EL BANCO
    Bid farewell to Mompox before embarking on a scenic cruise down one of the most breathtaking stretches of the Magdalena River - a picturesque part of the La Mojana region - and reaching the town of El Banco, nestled at the intersection of the Magdalena and Cesar rivers. Founded in a strategic location for both the native people and the Spaniards, the town was repeatedly destroyed in their struggles and then rebuilt atop its ashes. In 1749, a freed black slave named Jose Domingo Ortiz led a group of settlers to this special location, carrying with him a statue of the Virgin Mary, staking this place as their new home. Because of this connection, the Virgin of Candelaria - a special invocation of the Virgin Mary - is specially venerated in this region. Embark on a guided walking tour of this incredible destination and learn more about its history as the birthplace of cumbia, an iconic genre of music and dance that has now been popularized around the world. What began as a courtship dance practiced by African slaves later incorporated American steps and European and African instruments has become a worldwide sensation, which is especially popular in the Andean region of Colombia. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive dinner in town and witness an incredible cumbia performance by locals. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 : MAGANGUE
    Witness the sights, hear the bird calls, and watch the wildlife around you as spend the day docked near Magangue. Immerse yourself in the presence of Colombian nature surrounding this city on a birdwatching tour, giving you a unique opportunity to see birds only found in this specific part of the country. You can also take a hiking tour through the picturesque cienaga, teeming with Colombian wildlife. (B,L,D)

    In the morning, visit the Floating Village of Nueva Venecia. A charming town filled with inviting locals, Nueva Venecia, or 'New Venice,' can only be navigated by boat. With its beautiful colonial houses, vivid architecture and local sanctuary protecting the native flora and fauna, this town highlights the beauty and warmth of Colombia. Witness its splendor as you tour the village. While here, explore this village and learn more about the lives of its people during a guided tour. Enjoy the traditional crafts and art that is on display, learn about the techniques the fishermen of Nueva Venecia use, and taste the local delicacies as you embrace this village and its unique culture. Later in the day, venture to the beautiful seaside city of Barranquilla, a vibrant destination home to notable musicians, writers and artists. Immerse yourself in the warmth and culture of the city's atmosphere as you venture through this magnificent location, where you may visit famous landmarks such as the bocas de cenizas, the point at which the magical Magdalena River meets the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, and the 'Carnaval' Museum, which showcases the unique history of this incredible festival. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive 'Carnaval' celebration just for AmaWaterways guests as we bring the full traditional experience to our guests all-year round. (B,L,D)

    Bid your ship and crew farewell as you disembark and prepare for your flight home. (B)

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    Day 1Cartagena  
    Day 2Cartagena  
    Day 3Cartagena  
    Day 4Calamar  
    Day 5Mompox  
    Day 6Mompox  
    Day 7El Banco  
    Day 8Magangue  
    Day 9Barranquilla  
    Day 10Barranquilla  

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    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.

    Intra-Colombia AirIncluded with purchased land package.

    Single Supplement for CruiseCategory C, B, and A 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    BeddingPlease call for details.

    VisaFor US citizens, a visa is not required for travel to Colombia. For other regions, please consult with your Consulate for more information.

    Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Intra-Colombia air is included in the land pre and post package. When booking the land pre and post package, a non-refundable deposit of $350 pp deposit (per segment) is required. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


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