The Cartagena Festival in Colombia was inaugurated thirteen years ago under the artistic direction of Charles Wadsworth, who led the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for many years. Now under the leadership of General Director Antonio Miscena, the annual Festival offers a plethora of Chamber Concerts, Recitals, and Vocal  Concerts featuring international artists of the highest caliber. This year the Festival’s title is Celestial Harmony (Numbers, Sounds, Instruments & Music) and “will explore the link between music, sound, and different fields of scientific knowledge. A central figure in this context is Bach, whose significant developments concerning numerical patterns and the world of sounds led to the creation of his masterpieces.” This season’s varied repertoire will range from Bach (his iconic Goldberg Variations and Brandenburg Concerti), Mozart, and Beethoven to the 20th century works of Bartok, Hindemith, and Stravinsky.  Of great interest to our opera enthusiasts, Mozart’s lyrical comedy Così fan Tutte will be mounted in a new co-production with Italy’s prestigious Spoleto Festival.

Our hotel is in the heart of the ‘old town’, where the atmosphere is completely safe and comfortable, far removed from the high-rise commercial district in Boca Grande which serves a different international business clientele.  

In January of 2019, we are enthusiastically returning for our ninth consecutive Tour to this unique Festival. The colonial Spanish-style ‘old town’ – designated a Unesco World Heritage Site – has become a well-kept secret for discerning travelers and a proud showplace for the Colombian government. The narrow streets of restored 18th century (and earlier) houses are lined with picturesque balconies overflowing with tropical flowers and vines. The Festival’s concerts are held in a variety of exquisite venues, ranging from intimate Catholic chapels to the grand tiered Teatro Adolfo Mejía. Festival visitors frequently walk from the hotel to the nearby venues, shops and cafés. Everyone who has joined us on our previous Tours has fallen in love with this Festival within easy reach of U.S. airports. The January weather is glorious every day, with a welcome sea-breeze in the afternoons and not a cloud in the brilliant blue sky.

Deluxe accommodations for five nights with a generous buffet breakfast of Caribbean specialties included at Cartagena’s leading Santa Clara Hotel. This charming and historic property enjoys an ideal location near everything. The large outdoor swimming pool (and spa) are surrounded by several floors of rooms all featuring private balconies. The Festival maintains a welcome desk in the lobby to assist with any personal arrangements. During our stay, you will have the opportunity to compliment some of the Festival’s artists, as many of them stay at the Santa Clara and are frequently seen in the restaurant and at the pool. The hotel’s dining room on the central courtyard serves light meals before and after the Festival performances; and a number of attractive restaurants and cafés are within a few minutes’ walk. Several morning events are conveniently planned in the Chapel on the hotel’s premises.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $4,280
Single Occupancy: $5,260