Best of Cuban Real Life

The trip includes spectacular nature: Viñales, Sierra Escambray & the most important towns with its cultural highlights.


Description

A diversified tour to get to know the traditional Cuba. The trip includes spectacular nature like the Viñales Valley with its imposing Mogotes, the Sierra Escambray, as well as the most important towns with its cultural and revolutionary highlights: starting from the vibrant capital Havana driving to the sustainable community of Las Terrazas, on to Cienfuegos - the pearl of the south and to Trinidad - UNESCO world cultural heritage site with its unique colonial architecture. Continue to the interior of the island to Che Guevara’s Santa Clara.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Welcome at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

  • Included services: Transfer

    Included meals: -

    Accommodation: Departures on Sundays: Middle class hotel ****, NH Capri in Vedado Departures on Thursdays: Middle class hotel ****, Hotel Telégrafo in Old-Havana

Activities:
  • In the morning enjoy a walking tour through Havana’s old town - UNESCO World heritage site - with its most important sights such as: Capitolio, Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, El Templete, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, Cathedral square a.o.

  • Taste a cocktail at Hemingway’s famous “Bodeguita del Medio”, see his working room at the Hotel Ambos Mundos.

  • Lunch on the panoramic rooftop terrace of the Hotel Ambos Mundos. It is here, in room 511, where Hemingway wrote his famous novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

  • In the afternoon panoramic drive in American classic cars through the Havana of the 50s with the Revolution Square, Malecón, the legendary Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the residential district of Miramar with its splendid mansions along the Quinta Avenida. In the evening possibility to attend the famous Tropicana show.

  • Included services: Walking city tour City tour by classic American car Cocktail Visit to Hemingway´s workroom at Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Departures on Thursdays: Middle class hotel ****, NH Capri in Vedado Departures on Sundays: Middle class hotel ****, Hotel Telégrafo in Old-Havana

Activities:
  • Early departure and drive on the Tobacco route to Pinar del Río province. Panoramic tour through the Mogote Valley with its famous limestone rocks and the picturesque village of Viñales, where time has stood still.

  • Visit a tobacco farmer who will explain you all about tobacco growing, cocktail at the Mural de la Prehistoria – a painting on a cliff at the foot of the 617m high Sierra de Viñales.

  • Continue to the sustainable community Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario. Cuba’s first UNESCO sanctioned biosphere resort.

  • Included services: Panoramic tour through Mogote valley Visit to a Casa del Veguero Cocktail at the Prehistoric Wall

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel Moka***(*) or similar, Las Terrazas

Activities:
  • Drive towards the centre of the island. Stop at the Cueva de los Peces in the Bay of Pigs. This environment was built through karst lagoons and a wide system of caves flooded with water. A variety of species of the local flora and fauna can be found here. Possibility to take a bath or to go snorkeling.

  • Continue to Cienfuegos inspired by French colonial architecture. Stroll over the main square to the nostalgic Terry Theatre where Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt performed once upon a time.

  • Cocktail at the Moorish inspired “Palacio de Valle” on the peninsula Punta Gorda the former residential area with its typical wooden houses.

  • Included services: Visit to Cueva de los Peces City tour Cienfuegos Visit to theatre Tomás Terry Cocktail

    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel Jagua*** or similar, Cienfuegos

Activities:
  • Visit of a tobacco factory in the morning. Cuban cigars are always rolled by hand. During your tour through the factory, you will observe the process and experience the skilled hands of the Torcedores (cigar rollers) while they produce the best cigars in the world.

  • Drive along the panoramic road to Trinidad – UNESCO World heritage site with unique colonial architecture. Stroll through the cobblestone streets to the idyllic main square surrounded by the mansions of the former sugar barons. Visit of the Museo Municipal at the Palacio Cantero take a break at the rustic “Canchánchara” bar to taste the local honey liquor.

  • Lunch in a private restaurant (paladar), in the historic centre.

  • In the afternoon excursion to the Sugar Mill Valley Valle de los Ingenios with the remains of small 19th century sugar mills, including warehouses, milling machinery, slave quarters and manor houses. Visit the hacienda Iznaga home of the former sugar barons Iznaga with its legendary slave tower. Enjoy the romantic night-life by listening to traditional music and dancing with the locals.

  • Visit to the Casa de la Trova or the Casa de la Música near the main square.

  • 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 we will try to arrange an alternative program. If the city museum is closed another one will be visited. Climbing the slave tower at own risk.

    Included services: Visit to a tobacco factory city tour Trinidad visit to a museum cocktail visit to sugar mill valley visit to slave tower visit to nightlife of Trinidad

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Cuevas **(*) or similar in Trinidad

Activities:
  • Spectacular drive over the Escambray mountain range, passing Topes de Collantes towards the centre of the island to the historic city of Santa Clara, where Che Guevara obtained his most important victory.

  • Visit of the Che Guevara mausoleum.

  • Then drive to the small colonial town of Remedios with visit of the former sugar factory on the road between Remedios and Caibarién. Today it is a museum of its own excellence treating the subject of sugar. Not only will you gain a broad insight to the manufactory of sugar but also can you inspect six steam locomotives in very good condition. A must for all railway enthusiasts. Afterwards, stroll over the idyllic main square with the San Juan Bautista church (altar made of mahogany from the 16th century).

  • Important The mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. We assume no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Che alone is worth a visit.

    Included services: Visit to the memorial of Che Visit to a sugar factory City tour Remedios

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel Encanto Barcelona*** or similar, Remedios

Activities:
  • Time to explore Remedios. Back to Havana.

  • Included services: Transfer

    Included meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: -

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 4 persons Maximum number of participants: 16 persons

Services not included:

• All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program • Transfer Havana airport - Hotel Havana - Havana airport • Personal expenses and tips