Cartagena (Colombia) Horse Carriage Tour Excursion Reviews

Take a memorable carriage ride through old Cartagena to see the best of the historically rich city.
The Horse Carriage tour beautiful but short.
Sail Date: March 2019
The Horse Carriage tour beautiful but short. The shopping time consisted of hanging around an emerald shop and city square. The vendors are extremely aggresive and wil follow you to purchase items and even knocking on bus windows to get ... Read More
The Horse Carriage tour beautiful but short. The shopping time consisted of hanging around an emerald shop and city square. The vendors are extremely aggresive and wil follow you to purchase items and even knocking on bus windows to get your attention! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Pleasant excursion.
Sail Date: February 2019
Pleasant excursion. Lots of vendors, some jumped right on the carriage--we bought some things, but the quality was not the best.
Pleasant excursion. Lots of vendors, some jumped right on the carriage--we bought some things, but the quality was not the best. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Love the city but would have liked to see more of the walled city highlights
Sail Date: January 2019
Love the city but would have liked to see more of the walled city highlights
Love the city but would have liked to see more of the walled city highlights Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Great way to see the Old Town.
Sail Date: January 2019
Great way to see the Old Town. Didn't like all the folks trying to sale stuff but not the tour operators fault.
Great way to see the Old Town. Didn't like all the folks trying to sale stuff but not the tour operators fault. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The was an excellent way to see the old city with its narrow streets and colonial architecture.
Sail Date: November 2018
The was an excellent way to see the old city with its narrow streets and colonial architecture.
The was an excellent way to see the old city with its narrow streets and colonial architecture. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The horse ride was very bumpy because of the condition of the streets and it was had to take photos ...
Sail Date: November 2018
The horse ride was very bumpy because of the condition of the streets and it was had to take photos or video. But it was a better way to do than walking.
The horse ride was very bumpy because of the condition of the streets and it was had to take photos or video. But it was a better way to do than walking. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was a nice easy excursion with some good history; only complaint is you were inundated with ...
Sail Date: November 2018
This was a nice easy excursion with some good history; only complaint is you were inundated with street vendors the whole time. I understand these people are just trying to make money to survive, but it gets old when it continues the ... Read More
This was a nice easy excursion with some good history; only complaint is you were inundated with street vendors the whole time. I understand these people are just trying to make money to survive, but it gets old when it continues the entire time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a very HOT day so the carriage ride was HOT, but that was to be expected.
Sail Date: October 2018
It was a very HOT day so the carriage ride was HOT, but that was to be expected. We were warned that locals would hound us to buy from them and they did, but the word of the day was NO! It was annoying to be so hounded, but it actually ... Read More
It was a very HOT day so the carriage ride was HOT, but that was to be expected. We were warned that locals would hound us to buy from them and they did, but the word of the day was NO! It was annoying to be so hounded, but it actually got sort of funny by the end of the day after it kept happening over and over and over. I am not a shopper, so the stop to shop was a little long for me, but the site was the old dungeons under the wall of the walled city that have been converted to shops, so it was interesting to go into the shops to see them and also to have time to walk around on the wall itself. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I loved riding in the Horse Carriage to see the Fort and the Old Walled City.
Sail Date: April 2018
I loved riding in the Horse Carriage to see the Fort and the Old Walled City. The carraiges we very clean (unlike in Nassau when we were there). Our tour guide, Victoria, was awesome, funny and very knowledgeable about her city. I for ... Read More
I loved riding in the Horse Carriage to see the Fort and the Old Walled City. The carraiges we very clean (unlike in Nassau when we were there). Our tour guide, Victoria, was awesome, funny and very knowledgeable about her city. I for one, not being the overly adventurous type, would not have wanted to walk by myself and husband in some of the places we went. The Old City was pretty good but still so many, very persistent, peddlers IN YOUR FACE. When at the Fort, (our first stop) I was a little anxious, as every which way you turned, they were in your face. Never touched me, but did grab my hubby's arm. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Enjoyed the visit and was glad we traveled to Cartagena, once.
Sail Date: February 2018
Enjoyed the visit and was glad we traveled to Cartagena, once. The people were friendly, but the street venders made it impossible to enjoy the tour for very long. We were constantly having to get away from people trying to sell us ... Read More
Enjoyed the visit and was glad we traveled to Cartagena, once. The people were friendly, but the street venders made it impossible to enjoy the tour for very long. We were constantly having to get away from people trying to sell us something, and some of it was very nice. However, if you took money out of your pocket you would be hounded by even more venders. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nice ride and walk through old town.
Sail Date: February 2018
Nice ride and walk through old town. When tour went into an emerald store, we found a bar to try the local beer.
Nice ride and walk through old town. When tour went into an emerald store, we found a bar to try the local beer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice tour.
Sail Date: January 2018
Nice tour. Big group of carriages all together. More of a gallop then a tour.
Nice tour. Big group of carriages all together. More of a gallop then a tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
The horse ride was short thought there would be more photo stops.
Sail Date: December 2017
The horse ride was short thought there would be more photo stops. Did not expect to have shopping time. Girl who did tour was ok
The horse ride was short thought there would be more photo stops. Did not expect to have shopping time. Girl who did tour was ok Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The carriage ride through the old city was interesting.
Sail Date: November 2017
The carriage ride through the old city was interesting. The city is very industrial and the port is in the industrial area. Visit the aviary which was close to the ship.
The carriage ride through the old city was interesting. The city is very industrial and the port is in the industrial area. Visit the aviary which was close to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Other than the truly obnoxious vendors constantly in your face, the horse carriage tour was fun.
Sail Date: January 2017
Other than the truly obnoxious vendors constantly in your face, the horse carriage tour was fun. Relaxing way to see the city.
Other than the truly obnoxious vendors constantly in your face, the horse carriage tour was fun. Relaxing way to see the city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A van picked us up at the dock and took us on a tour to see landmarks and then in Cartegena we got ...
Sail Date: November 2016
A van picked us up at the dock and took us on a tour to see landmarks and then in Cartegena we got into carriages on the streets and this was hot but fun. We brought umbrellas from the ship to keep the sun off our heads.
A van picked us up at the dock and took us on a tour to see landmarks and then in Cartegena we got into carriages on the streets and this was hot but fun. We brought umbrellas from the ship to keep the sun off our heads. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Tour was as good as it could be, although all of the people selling their trinkets got in the way ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Tour was as good as it could be, although all of the people selling their trinkets got in the way and we could not pay attention to our guide some of the time.
Tour was as good as it could be, although all of the people selling their trinkets got in the way and we could not pay attention to our guide some of the time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour, but people jumping on the carriage in costume was a bit unnerving.
Sail Date: April 2016
Great tour, but people jumping on the carriage in costume was a bit unnerving.
Great tour, but people jumping on the carriage in costume was a bit unnerving. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The carriage ride portion of this excursion lasted about one hour.
Sail Date: February 2016
The carriage ride portion of this excursion lasted about one hour. It traversed many of the streets of the old town, allowing some general impressions of the place. Contrary to other reviews, ours made no attempt to communicate the ... Read More
The carriage ride portion of this excursion lasted about one hour. It traversed many of the streets of the old town, allowing some general impressions of the place. Contrary to other reviews, ours made no attempt to communicate the guide's commentary thru wireless headsets. Perhaps that practice has now been discarded as a failed experiment. Our wagon-train of about 8 carriages (four passengers to a carriage) stopped from time to time to allow the guide to jump down from the first carriage and give us information on the current point of interest. The carriage ride ended at Las Bodegas (the Dungeons), a series of about 24 souvenir shops where about 20 minutes was allowed for shopping. We then re-boarded our small bus for a 20-30-minute ride through the peninsula of Boca Grande, seeing the many high-rise condos and hotels that fill this modern extension of the city, making our way to Fort San Felipe where about ten minutes was allowed to photograph the fort from the base (no time to ascend the hill to the fort). We then returned to our ship. I'd say this was overpriced for what we received during the slightly less than three hours. For the same price a couple of days later in Costa Rica we took an all-day (8 hours) tour into the countryside, including lunch. Still, for those with limited time and unable to walk long distances quickly, this was an OK way to get some general impressions of the old part of town, the center of the World Heritage site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The best stop on our cruise.
Sail Date: January 2016
The best stop on our cruise. We taxied into the old town and did the walking tour ourselves during the afternoon. We were accosted many times by pedlars looking to sell junk. Some were persistent but we are from a big city and are ... Read More
The best stop on our cruise. We taxied into the old town and did the walking tour ourselves during the afternoon. We were accosted many times by pedlars looking to sell junk. Some were persistent but we are from a big city and are accustomed to this type of behaviour. The nighttime carriage ride was nice. We were surprised twice though, once when a mime jumped into our carriage and then again when a guitar player followed close behind. Both held out their hands for a "propina" (tip) after their performance. We shooed them away. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It wasn't bad, just not good
Sail Date: November 2015
It wasn't bad, just not good
It wasn't bad, just not good Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very confusing, poorly executed.
Sail Date: October 2015
Very confusing, poorly executed. Loading of buses was messed up, loading of horse carriages was messed up, we were not informed when the carriage ride was over and could not tip the driver. We were not informed that the fortress was a ... Read More
Very confusing, poorly executed. Loading of buses was messed up, loading of horse carriages was messed up, we were not informed when the carriage ride was over and could not tip the driver. We were not informed that the fortress was a look only, went past points quickly and by the time the point described, we were past it. The bus was waiting for pick up after the usual shopping stops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
enjoyed seeing the old part of the city at a relaxed pace.
Sail Date: April 2015
enjoyed seeing the old part of the city at a relaxed pace. Thankfully the horses seemed happy and did not look undercared for. got a chance to shop at a local shop and get some great souveniers
enjoyed seeing the old part of the city at a relaxed pace. Thankfully the horses seemed happy and did not look undercared for. got a chance to shop at a local shop and get some great souveniers Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was just a ride around the city - with one stop at the market - would have been good to have had ...
Sail Date: April 2015
It was just a ride around the city - with one stop at the market - would have been good to have had a refreshment stop somewhere. Because we didn't have a guide in the carriage, we didn't receive much information on the town.
It was just a ride around the city - with one stop at the market - would have been good to have had a refreshment stop somewhere. Because we didn't have a guide in the carriage, we didn't receive much information on the town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
We were given a wonderful tour of Old Town Cartagena.
Sail Date: March 2015
We were given a wonderful tour of Old Town Cartagena. The drivers meandered their way through the old city at a slow pace, giving us lots of time to snap pictures and enjoy the sights. The tour guide was not obtrusive, but provided just ... Read More
We were given a wonderful tour of Old Town Cartagena. The drivers meandered their way through the old city at a slow pace, giving us lots of time to snap pictures and enjoy the sights. The tour guide was not obtrusive, but provided just enough narrative to make it interesting. Read Less
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