A Different Island

A Different Island

8 days/7 nights, Cuba tour from/to Varadero

Destinations

  • Matanzas
  • Sagua la Grande
  • Santa Clara
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Playa Larga
  • Havana

 

Main attractions:

  • Discover the unknown Cuba.
  • Engage with Cuban people.
  • Explore Sagua la Grande and Jumaguá mogotes.
  • Tour in Trinidad, an UNESCO world cultural heritage.
  • Jump into the deepest cenote in Cuba.

 

Day 1: Arrival Varadero - Matanzas

Welcome at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

 

Included meals today: -

Included services: Transfer

 

Day 2: Matanzas - Jovellanos - Sagua la Grande

Matanzas is dubbed the Athens of Cuba for its profusion in literature and arts. Due to the many water channels, it is also referred to as the city of bridges. In the morning, walk through the historical centre. Visit an old French drugstore dating back to the 19th century, now a pharmaceutical museum with an impressive collection of utensils and formulations. Before leaving the city, admire the spectacular view of the Yumurí Valley and the bay of Matanzas from La Ermita de Monserrate. Visit La Finca, a charming natural spot where arts, pottery and organic farming thrive. The owners will guide you through the estate, explaining the concept of the project, and will offer a delicious lunch prepared with produce from the farm. Continue to Sagua la Grande. En route, appreciate the rural life while cruising through farming towns that have not been touched by tourism. Tour the city in the evening.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services:

  • City tour Matanzas, pharmaceutical museum.
  • Visit Farm Coincidence

 

Day 3: Sagua - Isabela de Sagua - Santa Clara

Sagua la Grande in largely unknown when it comes to tourism, and very few know of its glorious past. Home to businessmen, artists and casinos, the city was one of the most prosperous in the 19th century. Nowadays, it is the archetype of a Cuban countryside town. In the morning, explore the natural park Mogotes de Jumaguá , an interesting formation highlighted by 8 mogotes, which play host to a significant number of endemic species, including the very rare Jumaguá palm tree. Visit a cave and climb to the top of one of the mogotes to admire the spectacular landscape dominated by the palm trees. Enjoy a natural fruit juice prepared by local farmers. Continue to Isabela de Sagua by a road that runs alongside the second oldest railroad in Cuba. This fishermen town is known for its seafood, and that you are welcome to enjoy for lunch (not included) at a picturesque restaurant built on stilts. Look forward to freshly caught oysters or crabs, depending on the season, while enjoying the unmistakable sea air. In the afternoon, leave for Santa Clara to visit Vidal Park, the social and cultural heart of the city.

 

Recommendation: Check out with your guide the night program at El Mejunje, a cultural centre known for its ample selection of acts, which range from Cuban ballads, to rock to drag shows.

 

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services:

  • City tour Sagua,
  • excursion to the Mogotes and the cave,
  • visit Isabela de Sagua

 

Day 4: Santa Clara - Cienfuegos

Santa Clara exudes history. The last battle that effectively determined the triumph of the revolution was fought here on 1958 Christmas. Che, as was known the famous Argentinian guerrilla fighter Ernesto Guevara, was the mastermind of that victory. Visit the monument dedicated to the key action of that clash, the derailment of the armoured train, which feature the original wagons. Continue to the cigar factory to learn about the art of the hand rolling of the famous Cuban puros. En route to Cienfuegos, stop at the monument of Che Guevara. Arrive at the “pearl of the south”, a city founded by the French, with a marked classic style. Kayak across the large bay, once a hotbed of pirates, to enjoy a unique perspective of the city skyline. In the afternoon, visit the gorgeous Palacio de Valle, an eclectic, Moorish style palace. Built by Don Asisclo del Valle to live with his wife, you will enjoy here a delicious cocktail at sunset. Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Important: Cigar factories are closed in the afternoon, on Saturdays and Sundays, on public holidays, during plant closure and during the festival of cigars. Sometimes the factories are closed any other day without prior notice. In case the cigar factory cannot be visited Caribbean Tours will try to arrange an alternative program.

 

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services:

  • Che Guevara Monument,
  • Armored Train,
  • Tobacco factory,
  • Kayak Tour Punta Gorda

 

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Cienfuegos

The image of Trinidad resembles an engraving dating to the 19th century. Frozen in time, the third villa founded by Spaniards in Cuba, is a must when visiting the island. Neglected for decades, the city has been restored and brought to life by a thriving tourism industry. Your trip there takes you along the south coast, circumventing the Escambray mountain range. Stroll through the old squares, cobblestone streets and craft markets of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Taste the local cuisine at a paladar. Continue to the white sand beach of Ancón to swim and tan. Well into the afternoon, return to Cienfuegos. Dinner will be arranged at your accommodation.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

Included services:

  • Excursion Trinidad,
  • City tour and museum visit,
  • Playa Ancón

 

Day 6: Cienfuegos - Bahía de Cochinos - Havana

Leave for the nation’s capital city. In route, cruise through Bay of Pigs, the battleground where the nascent Cuban Revolution defeated the infamous invasion planned by the CIA and executed by Cuban exiles in 1961. Visit the Playa Girón Museum to revive those dark moments through the exhibition of objects, weapons and even a plane that took part in the battle. Nearing Playa Larga, stop at La Cueva de los Peces, the most famous cenote in Cuba. Enjoy some time for swimming and snorkelling (not included), as well as a typical lunch. You are welcome to feed the fish with breadcrumbs to enjoy a colourful spectacle. Continue to Havana. Night at leisure

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services: Swim in the bay of pigs and in Cueva de los Peces

 

Day 7: Havana

Your day begins by hopping on a cocotaxi (coconut shaped mode of transportation) for a transfer to Caribbean Tour offices to pick up the e-bikes. Look forward to a tour of Havana like no other. Pedal along the Malecón, Havana’s maritime balcony. Arrive at Old Havana to walk your e-bike through the gorgeous plazas. Admire the colonial architecture that tells the story of the 500-year-old historical city. Continue your ride in direction of Centro Habana for a lunch at the famous paladar “La Guarida”, a place that served as shooting set for the Oscar-nominated Cuban film “Fresa y Chocolate”. In the afternoon, visit a favourite of the mob in the 1940s: Hotel Nacional. Discover the myths behind the mafia in Havana, the underground trenches build during the Missile Crisis, and the halls that hosted the greatest celebrities of the 1950s. After a refreshing mojito, go back to the starting point of the tour to drop off the bicycles. From there, an American classic car will take you through the beautiful mansions of the neighbourhoods of Vedado and Miramar, all the way to your accommodation.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services:

  • Coco taxi tour,
  • E-bike city tour,
  • visit National Hotel with cocktail,
  • classic car tour

 

Day 8: Havana - Varadero

Morning at leisure. You might want to further explore Old Havana on your own and purchase souvenirs. At noon, transfer to Varadero airport to catch your flight home or continue to your accommodation in Varadero for a beach extension.

 

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services: Transfer

 

Cuba Real Tours guarantee this tour departure with a minimum of 2 pax! It means that if you book "A Different Island" trip, you'll definitely be heading off on the adventure of explore Cuba’s kaleidoscope of colour and charisma.

Guaranteed Departures - 2021 & 2022:

03/12/2021,

14/01/2022,

04/02/2022,

18/02/2022,

04/03/2022,

18/03/2022,

01/04/2022,

15/04/2022,

20/05/2022,

24/06/2022,

08/07/2022,

26/08/2022,

30/09/2022,

07/10/2022.

Please note PRIVATE version is available any day of the year!

Included Services:

  • Roundtrip in air-conditioned vehicle (taxi / microbus / bus) in customary quality with chauffeur:
    • With 02 participants by taxi (please note that max. 1 piece of luggage p.p. fits into the car boot.)
    • With 03 - 07 participants by minivan/microbús (6-10 plazas)
    • With 08 - 10 participants by minibús (15-16 plazas)
    • With 11- 16 participants by Bus (24 plazas)
  • Transfer Matanzas airport to hotel in Matanzas and transfer back to Matanzas airport if the transfer is on the first / last day of the official round trip. If not, the transfers have to be booked separately.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 8 English speaking local guide. Other languages on request at the same price. (Due to possible guide shortage, the airport transfer might be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative.)
  • 7 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodation (according to availability)
  • 7 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 1 x dinner.

Services Not Included:

  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program.
  • Optional excursions: Tropicana Show / Havana Queens Show incl. transfers (see supplements).
  • Extending nights e.g. in Varadero or Havana.
  • Transfer to Havana/ Varadero airport after the extending nights in Varadero.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Playa Larga ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Santa Clara