Havana, Cuba

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Maximum number of people: 7
Location: Cuba, Havana
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Best Of Cuba tour provides an extensive view of what Cuba has to offer in just 14 nights. Beach extended periods can be arranged if needed.

Holiday’s Program

Day 1: Havana Arrival


 At the airport you will be met by a local rep and will be transferred to your centrally located residence, dinner included. The evening is at your leisure.  We recommend wandering through the streets and, perhaps, soaking up the atmosphere and music in a bar whilst sipping on a Mojito.



Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Old & New Havana Tour


 Today you will get acquainted with Cuba's capital city during a comprehensive tour of Havana.  A highlight is the crumbling splendour of the historic neighbourhood of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The centre city is well known as one of the finest example of a Spanish colonial city anywhere in the Americas. Within the tour, there are stops on the impressive Museum of the Revolution, a tobacco house to see the rolling techniques of one of the most famous cigars in the world and also at the Havana Club Rum Museum for an insight into the history of Cuba’s most popular drink; as well as a chance to taste its delights!  Lunch will be provided in an authentic Cuban restaurant.


 In the more modern parts of the city you’ll see the beautiful Colon Cemetery, the famous Revolution Square, other highlights of the tour are the Malecón, a seafront drive which stretches almost the entire length of Havana, and the elegant suburb of Miramar. Afterwards, you will visit the home of Ernest Hemingway which has been preserved just as it was when the Nobel Prize winning writer lived there. In the evening, you might want to consider enjoy the magnificent show of the famous Tropicana Cabaret which boasts more than two hundred dancers, a fabulous orchestra and astonishing acrobatic feats.  We can arrange tickets for you. (The itinerary may change its schedule depending the opening hours of the visit to the home of Ernest Hemingway)


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3: Havana – Soroa – Viñales – Havana


 Today you will travel to Pinar del Rio province, the most western province of Cuba, on route to Viñales, you will visit Soroa’s orchid garden which have been declared national monument. It has one of the largest orchid collection in the world, with more than 700 species, 250 of them are endemic. Before arriving in Viñales, you will visit a cigar factory and a working tobacco farm where you will learn about the lifestyle of the local farmers, as well as how the tobacco growths. Once in the small village of Viñales, you will enjoy  Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes, the beautiful valley of Viñales is surrounded by unusual limestone outcrops known as ‘Mogotes’, this is  the world’s best tobacco growing region. A visit here is a great way of gaining an insight into the rural life of Cuba.


 

 

 In Viñales, the tour include a visit to the Prehistoric Mural where a history of evolution is painted in bright colours on the side of a Mogote, an underground boat ride in the Indian Cave, one of the most fascinating caves of the area.  After enjoying this spectacular environment you’ll be served with a traditional Cuban lunch. Then, return to Havana, Evening is free.



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Havana – Bay of Pigs – Cienfuegos


 This morning your group will be taken to the colonial port city of Cienfuegos, along the way, there will be a stop on the Peninsula de Zapata for a visit to a local crocodile farm.  Another stopover will be at the historic Bay of Pigs where you’ll see the actual place where US forces landed during the 1961 invasion of Cuba as well as visiting a fascinating museum about the invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Arrival in Cienfuegos, lunch will be provided at a local restaurant, accommodation on a private home. The evening is at your leisure.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5: Cienfuegos – Santa Clara - Trinidad


 This morning you’ll enjoy a tour of Cienfuegos, a laidback maritime city known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ due to its lovely location on a picturesque Caribbean bay. You’ll see the city’s well preserved colonial centre and learn about its proud musical tradition and its famous musicians such as Benny More.


Afterwards, the trip will continue to Santa Clara, one of the most important places in the history of the Cuban Revolution, where there are several fascinating historical sites, including the massive Che Guevara monument and mausoleum and his final resting place.
After lunch in a local restaurant, the tour will continue to Trinidad a highlight of any trip to Cuba.  Founded in 1514 by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velasquez, the town became a major centre for trading sugar and slaves for almost two hundred years. The wealth generated by the landowners during this region's dark past is reflected by the well restored colonial architecture of Trinidad's colonial centre, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.  Your guide will give you a tour of the town before taking you to your private home in the early evening.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 6: Trinidad


 After breakfast you’ll visit the beautiful Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes, a forest national park into which an expert guide will take you for a short trek to see amazing rivers, waterfalls and natural pools where you may wish to have a refreshing dip!  You’ll also have lunch in a local restaurant and visit the local coffee museum as well as the Sugar Mill Valley which, for many years, was where the best Cuban sugar was grown and refined.


Back in Trinidad, the evening is free but we recommend you enjoy the Nightclub - Disco Ayala, set in a cave!


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 7: Trinidad – Sancti Spiritus - Camaguey


 Your first stop today will be the city of Sancti Spiritus which despite having a wonderful colonial heart is well off the Cuban tourist trail.  After lunch and a brief sightseeing tour of the city, you will head to Camaguey, the third largest city in Cuba and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The city was founded in 1515 on the coast but was moved inland 13 years later after continuous attacks by pirates.  The new city was built with a confusing layout of winding alleys that made it easier to defend from any raiders and you’ll delight in the many blind alleys and forked streets that lead off to squares and plazas of different sizes.  However, there is a different version of history that says that the city was built in this way simply because there was no proper town planning done at the time!  Either way your accommodation is definitely located right on the central square in Camaguey and you’ll be given a guided tour of all the main sights before having some free time for having dinner where you will decide.



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 8: Camaguey – Bayamo – Santiago de Cuba


 Today your group will visit the city of Bayamo which though founded in 1513, it was almost destroyed in the 1870s during the first Cuban war of independence.  The city was a stronghold of the anti-Spanish forces and Spanish troops repeatedly attacked it in an effort to defeat the insurgents.  Today the city is a world leader in sustainable transportation and you’ll see horse drawn carriages all over town.  After lunch in the historic Restaurant Royalton in the centre of Bayamo you’ll continue your journey down to Santiago de Cuba, the second city of the island. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Days 9: Santiago de Cuba


 Santiago de Cuba has a fascinating history, it was the first capital of the country,  there are numerous sights both in and around the city which you’ll visit during a comprehensive tour of Santiago de Cuba and its surrounding areas. During the Cuban Revolution the city was a hotbed of guerrilla activity, you will visit the Moncada Museum, formerly, a Barracks which was attacked in 1953 by revolutionaries led by a young Fidel Castro in what was his first ever military operation. You will also visit, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Céspedes Park, Diego Velázquez House and the religious sanctuary “El Cobre”, among other spots. But perhaps the highlight of your city tour will be El Morro Castle that overlooks the bay and which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “the most complete, best-preserved example of Spanish-American military architecture, bases on Italian and Renaissance design principles.” Lunch at local restaurant.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 10: Santiago de Cuba - Baracoa


 Today we’ll set off for the town of Baracoa on the eastern tip of Cuba.  On the way we will stop at the historic Playita de Cajobabo where we will have lunch and visit Jose Marti’s monument who is the national hero of Cuba.  On arrival in Baracoa, you will be accommodated in a private home, you’ll have some free time to explore the city.



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 11:  Baracoa


 Baracoa is the oldest Spanish settlement in Cuba and is located on the spot where Christopher Columbus first landed.  Ironically, it is now the only place in Cuba where the descendants of the original Taino indigenous people of Cuba still live – in the rest of the island the Taino were exterminated by the Spanish during colonisation.  The local hero in Baracoa is the indigenous leader Hatuey who raised an army to fight the colonialists but was captured and sentenced to burn at the stake.  It is said that just before he died a Catholic priest tried to convert him so he would attain salvation: Hatuey asked the priest if Heaven was the place where the dead Spanish go.  When he received an affirmative answer, he told the priest he’d rather go to Hell.


 Baracoa is surrounded by a large mountain range, home to numerous rivers and the Caribbean’s highest waterfall, which gives the area an isolated and wild feel.  During your tour of the area you’ll take a boat trip along the beautiful Toa River as well as visit a cocoa farm (Baracoa is famous for its chocolate and the best Cuban chocolate is manufactured here) where you’ll be given a typical lunch.  Later you’ll be taken back to your accommodation, free time in the evening.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 12 Baracoa – Guardalavaca (Holguin)


 After breakfast you will go to the wonderful beach of Guardalavaca with a stopover for lunch, you’ll continue on to Guardalavaca Beach where you’ll have dinner at your all-inclusive resort.



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Guardalavaca (Holguin)

Free day at the beach during where you can enjoy the warm turquoise water (we suggest trying some snorkelling or maybe a catamaran trip – or perhaps even swimming with dolphins!) and make use of all the services and facilities provided by your all-inclusive resort.
Meals: All inclusive stay

Day 14: Guardalavaca (Holguin) - Havana

After breakfast at the resort you’ll be taken to Holguin Airport for the short flight back to Havana.  On arrival you’ll be collected and taken to your hotel in Old Havana and then have a free afternoon to explore the cobbled streets of the colonial heart of the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Havana - Departure

During the morning you’ll enjoy some additional free time before being transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.

 

Meals: Breakfast

End of services.
INCLUDES:

- Local assistance throughout the tour.
- All transfers on air conditioned vehicle.
- English-speaking guide or guide-driver for: 2-3pax.
- Minimum 2pax – Maximum 7pax per guide.
- Entrances to all tourist places according itinerary.
- Domestic flight back to Havana from Holguín.
- 12 nights bed & breakfast plus 11 lunches and 1 dinner.

EXCLUDES:

- International flights.
- Tips and meals other than those stated in the itinerary.
- Anything not explicitly mentioned.
This tour starts with a minimum of two people sharing a standard room, subjected to availability.
Accommodation is sold ON REQUEST which means that once the payment is made to our company we will request confirmation. If the private home requested is fully booked, we will do our upmost to find suitable alternative accommodation of equivalent standard.

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