Cuba at a Glance

Discover the whole island within 9 days - Havana, the beauty of Western Cuba as well as the authentic Eastern Cuba.


Description

This varied itinerary provides a perfect overview of the entire island, not too long and not too short, with all relevant highlights and the perfect possibility to extend the trip in the beach regions of Guardalavaca or Varadero. Discover the island from west to east, explore all the main cities and natural areas and relax at the beach in Santa Lucía to process the impressions: the vibrant Havana, the tobacco landscape of Pinar del Rio, colonial world heritage sites like Trinidad and Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, capital of the rhythm.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Welcome at the airport by a representative of Caribbean Tours. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

    Included services:

    • Transfer

    Included meals today: -

  • Accommodation:

    Meliá Cohiba***** or similar in Vedado, Havana

Activities:
  • In classic American cars, drive to one of the well-known cigar factories and enjoy a panoramic tour through the Havana of the 19thand the early 20thcenturies: along the Malecón, past the legendary Hotel Nacional de Cuba, up the Avenida de los Presidentes to the Revolution Square with the portrait of Ché Guevara and the monument of José Martí, onward to the Capitolio, the Gran Teatro de Habana and finally, along the Prado to the Cathedral Square.

  • Lunch at a restaurant in the old town. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through Havana’s old town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - with its most important sights such as Plaza de Armas, El Templete and the Palace of the Spanish Governors General.

    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 on any other day without prior notice. In case the cigar factory cannot be visited Caribbean Tours will try to arrange an alternative program.

    Included services:

    • City tour Havana by feet and by classic American car,
    • Visit to a cigar factory

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Meliá Cohiba***** or similar in Vedado, Havana

Activities:
  • Drive along the tobacco route to the 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 to you the process of tobacco production.

  • Lunch at the Mural de la Prehistoria - a painting on a cliff at the foot of the 617m high Sierra de Viñales. Visit the beautiful and lovingly tended botanical garden with a wide range of exotic flowers and plants. In the afternoon, back to Havana.

    Included services:

    • Panoramic tour through Mogote valley,
    • Visit to a Casa del Veguero,
    • Lunch at the Prehistoric Wall,
    • Visit to the botanical garden

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Meliá Cohiba***** or similar in Vedado, Havana

Activities:
  • In the morning, drive in the direction of central Cuba to Cienfuegos, the pearl of the south. The former pirate port, developed into a magnificent city with impressive colonial buildings, due to the sugar production. Stroll over the main square Parque Martí with the nostalgic Terry theatre, where Caruso once sang.

  • In continuation taste a cocktail at the Moorish Palacio de Valle at Punta Gorda.

  • After a break for lunch, head to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique colonial architecture. In the evening, dinner at a private restaurant and possibility to enjoy the romantic nightlife by listening to traditional music and dancing with the locals or visiting the “Casa de la Trova” or the “Casa de la Música” near the main square.

    Included services:

    • City tour through Cienfuegos,
    • Cocktail,
    • Visit to theatre Tomás Terry

    Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Trinidad

Activities:
  • In the morning, short hike (about 2 hours, 3.6 km, slightly hilly) through a diverse nature with endemic flora and fauna to a waterfall, where there is the possibility for a swim. Lunch at the park in the restaurant “Ranchón". In the afternoon, take a city tour and visit the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by splendid mansions.

  • Visit the museum in the Palacio Cantero and take a break at the rustic “Canchánchara” bar to taste the local honey cocktail.

    Important: If the city museum is closed another one will be visited.

    Climbing the slave tower at own risk.

    Included services:

    • Hike in National Park Topes de Collantes,
    • City tour Trinidad,
    • Visit to a museum,
    • Honeybar with cocktail

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Casa Particular in Trinidad

Activities:
  • In the morning, drive to through the sugar mill valley to the hacienda of the former sugar baron, Iznaga and visit the legendary slave tower. C

  • Continue through the green sugar plantations to Camaguey, city of “Tinajones”. City tour in bici-taxis. Visit Plaza Agramonte and the birthplace of Ignacio Agramonte, now a museum. Agramonte, initially a humble cattleman, fought bravely against the Spaniards in the 19th century and is still one of the most famous heroes of this region.

  • Afterwards drive to the beach region of Camagüey to Santa Lucía.

    Included services:

    • Visit to sugar mill valley,
    • Visit to slave tower,
    • City tour bici-taxis,
    • Plaza Agramonte

    Included meals today: breakfast, all-inclusive

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel ROC Santa Lucía*** or similar, Playa Santa Lucía

Activities:
  • Santa Lucia’s 21km long, white sandy beach and the crystal clear turquoise water invites you to relax. Optimal for processing the impactful impressions of the first days. A few kilometres away from the coast, find a breath-taking coral reef with sunken ships from the 19thcentury. Perfectly suited for a dive or to go snorkeling (optional).

    Included services: -

    Included meals today: all-inclusive

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel ROC Santa Lucía*** or similar, Playa Santa Lucía

Activities:
  • In the morning, drive to Bayamo where the fight of the independence from the Spanish crown started and the national anthem “La Bayamesa” was composed.

  • After strolling through the city, drive through Sierra Maestra to the pilgrimage site of El Cobre. Visit the impressively situated basilica with the patroness of Cuba.

  • Late in the afternoon arrival in Santiago, city of the revolution, cradle of the Cuban “Son” and a melting pot of colours and cultures.

    Included services: * Carriage ride, * Visit to the Basilica, * El Cobre,

    Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

  • Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

    Meliá Santiago**** or similar, Santiago de Cuba

Activities:
  • Panoramic drive passing the revolution square and the historic Moncada barracks that were attacked by Fidel Castro and his men in 1953.

  • Visit the Santa Ifigenia cemetery with the graves of the famous Cuban poet and national hero José Martí, of the members of the Bacardí family and of the former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro.

  • Take the ferry for lunch on Cayo Granma situated in the bay of Santiago. Visit the fortress El Morro with its stunning views.

  • Later, walk through the historic center with Parque Céspedes, Casa Velazquez (the oldest house in Cuba), Calle Heredia and Plaza Dolores. Visit the “Museo del Ron” which is located in a beautiful colonial house. In the six exhibition halls, you will learn about the origin of rum. Ancient machinery as well as old barrels, bottles and labels can be marvelled at. You can also taste the national liquor produced here. In the evening, enjoy live music at the popular Casa de la Trova, at Patio Artex or at Casa de los Abuelos.

    Included services:

    • City Tour Santiago de Cuba,
    • Santa Ifigenia,
    • Ferry Cayo Granma,
    • El Morro, Casa Velázquez,
    • Rum museum

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Meliá Santiago**** or similar, Santiago de Cuba

Activities:
  • After breakfast, flight to Havana or transfer to the separately booked hotel in Guardalavaca. End of the round trip for guests staying in Guardalavaca. Transfer approx.1 hour/60 km, with driver and without guide. After arrival, no more services included, not even a domestic flight. For guests flying back to Havana, the trips ends with the transfer to the hotel in Havana.

    Important: Connection to an international flight cannot be guaranteed due to frequent schedule changes of the domestic flights. We do not recommend booking an international flight on the same day as the domestic flight. An additional night in between the flights is highly recommended.

    Included services:

    • Flight to Havana,
    • Transfer

    Included meals today: breakfast

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Maximum number of participants: 16 persons

Services not included:

  • Optional excursions: Shows incl. transfers
  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
  • Extending nights e.g. in Varadero or Guardalavaca
  • Personal expenses and tips