Dec 18 Tour with Dora
On Dec 18, 2010 my group of 6 and took a 4 hour city tour of Cartagena with Dora. We were cruising on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, our first cruise. I had used Cruise critic to find a reputable tour guide and was delighted to discover that every praise for Dora was true.
She met us promptly at 8:30 AM with a smile and handshake. Two of our members walk with canes and Dora made sure they were accommodated throughout the tour. They did not miss a thing.
Our first stop was the Hill of La Popa to see the views of the city. She timed our arrival so we beat out all the other tours, giving us a quiet and peaceful visit.
Our next stop was San Felipe de Barajas Fort for great photo ops. Then on to a walk of the beautiful old city. Dora was extremely accommodating of our 2 cane walking members, insuring they had places to rest and sit.
We visited the Dungeons, now a shopping mall. For those not seeking souvenirs, I suggest talking a short walk around outside the mall where you will see marvelous architecture and the colorful streets of the old city.
Next stop was a walk of the beautiful old city and San Predo Claver Church. We chose not to go to Pierino Gallo Mall as we are not shoppers. Instead, Dora gave us an extended tour of the city.
Dora is very knowledgable and a thoroughly professional guide. She is personable and accomodating.
The cost per person was $55 each and included a private van, and tickets to La Popa and San Pedro Claver Church.
Tour with Dora
Returned 2-18-11 from cruise aboard Island Princess. Toured Cartagena with Dora. She met us promptly with a very comfortable van. Our tour included the major sites and lasted approx. 5 hours and was $85 pp (for four; the price decreased with additional passengers). Dora was knowledgeable and very accommodating with our special requests. I would tour with Dora again!
Adding a Recommendation
We just returned from a cruise on the Equinox and used Dora's company to take a private tour of Cartagena. We were lucky enough to have Dency as our guide also and of all the tours we took on the cruise, I found our tour of Cartagena the most enjoyable and the most informative.
We also opted out of the mall, and Dency and our driver Pilar spent the extra time showing us the newer portions of the city near the waterfront. I think you will particularly love the old walled city -- there is very little modern construction, just the old restored Spanish colonial buildings, filled with boutique shops (great window shopping, which was all we could afford), museums, beautiful hotels, cafes, and restaurants.
I'm so glad we avoided the big-bus tour groups offered by the ship and saw Cartagena this way!
Another raving review for Dora
We toured with Dora last month. Beforehand she was prompt in replying to my emails. She was waiting there when we disembarked and we had a very comfortable bus.
The tour was excellent and Dora was the best tour guide many of us have ever had. She is friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny. We had a great day.
Highly recommend Dora to anyone who is looking for a tour in Cartagena. Thanks Dora!!
I could not have said it better myself. We just returned from the Coral Princess 3/15-3/25 cruise. Dora is fabulous; we all learned a great deal and had fun doing so. Gail
Thank you so much for the great tour of Cartagena. It was a pleasure meeting you and the knowledge you shared provided me great insight to the history of Cartagena. You are truly fortunate to call Cartagena home. Carolyn and I both really enjoyed our visit to Colombia and hope to return one day in the not too far distant future. And of course...if I have any friends heading your way, I will be sure to pass along your contact info.
Tour with Dora
The walled city of Cartagena is rich in history and very pretty. This was the last port on our Panama Canal cruise and at first we were a bit concerned about visiting Columbia. The reviews on the internet mainly provided a positive view but we still had a few reservations. After our tour of the city, we agreed that it was not only beautiful but that we felt safe during our tour of the city and would love to visit there again in the future. Wanting to make sure that we would not have to worry about finding a knowledgeable guide once we were in port we reserved a tour with Dora De Zubiria, a tour guide we found reference of on www.CruiseCritic.com. She not only met us promptly as promised at the end of our ship's gangway but was very knowledgeable of Cartagena. We started out by going to the hill of La Popa, which not only has a wonderful view of the city but also a monastery with a beautiful chapel and an interesting history. Dora explained the history of the monastery and also provided us with information about her country, Columbia. We then went for a photo stop to the San Felipe de Barajas Fort and Dora shared information regarding the fort and its role in Cartagena's history. We also took in sites of the new part of the city of Cartagena but found the walking tour around the walled city the most beautiful part of Cartagena. Since we visited on Good Friday and had expressed the desire to visit not only the monastery of La Popa but other churches of Cartagena, Dora took us to the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Church, and the church of Saint Peter Claver within the old city. These were not only beautiful churches but the Columbian people who were in the churches praying that day were an inspiration. While just walking around the old city of Cartagena would have been a beautiful experience, being guided by Dora and listening to her share the history of the city made it very special. Attached are some pictures that we took of the walled city but they cannot capture the true beauty of the city. You must experience it for yourself.
Thank you for the wonderful day and tour in Cartagena. We all enjoyed the tour, your city and you very much. I have posted a very positive comment on Cruise Critic for you. Many in our group thought you were the best tour guide they have ever had and trust me some of them have done lots of cruise tours!!
Hope all is well and thanks again,
Dora the Tour Guide is Fabulous!!
Just back from Cartagena, Columbia. I booked Dora De Zubiria for our private tour (there were four of us). I would highly recommend Dora. She is very responsive (great on email) and very professional. She has a few other guides in her group so you may not get her personally, but our guide Denzi was very good as well. We actually ran into Dora at one of the stops; she is very nice and it was a pleasure to meet her. The air conditioned, clean, van was parked right outside the Celebrity Infinity gangway. It was cool to walk a few feet and there was our guide to meet us with my name displayed loud and clear. We then walked to the van which once again had my name posted in the front windshield (this is great to have as you tour around as there are LOTS of other similar vans and this way you return to the right one). Our guide was very informative and we were shown all of the city highlights. The driver was great as well; it was nice to have a driver as the guide sat with us to give us a narrative as we toured around. We never felt rushed and we were all extremely happy with our tour. You can reach dora firstname.lastname@example.org
Isn't she fantastic!!??
We became very close to Dora and still hear from her frequently through email!! Do not miss the fort or La Popa. It was beautiful.
You will NOT be disappointed with a tour with Dora.