Cuba at a Glance


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 your hotel. Dinner by own choice.

    Included meals today: -

    Included services: Transfer to the hotel

  • Hotel Melia Cohiba - Standard room - Havana

Activities:
  • Going back in time is possible especially if the destination is Havanas golden era: the 50s. Take a seat and enjoy a ride in a beautiful artifact that has roamed the streets of Havana for decades: a classic American car. Ride through the town in style like a mafia boss from the past and enjoy a panoramic tour that will take you past Plaza de la Revolution and

  • Bosque de La Habana before heading to residential neighborhoods including the artistic hub: Nuevo Vedado and the exclusive Miramar neighborhood.

  • Finally head along the iconic Malecón promenade. Learn how the ingenious Cuban people conserve their American classics during your visit to a workshop where mechanics find unique solutions to complex problems. Later, in true Al Capone style enjoy a cocktail while relaxing on the patio of the Hotel National before heading to Old Havana for lunch. In the afternoon, with renewed energy, stroll across the 4 plazas and marvel at the architecture which spans 5 centuries. Important:

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Included services: City tour Havana in classic American car, mechanics workshop tour , guided tour of Havana

  • Hotel Melia Cohiba - Standard room - Havana

Activities:
  • A perfect evening cannot come to an end in Havana without a good cigar. After breakfast, we will head towards the area that makes the best tobaccos in the world: Vueltabajo. In order to gain insights from an expert, visit Finca Quemado del Rubi owned by Hector Luis who is considered to be one of the best tobacco producers in Cuba. He was also the winner of the prestigious Havana man award in 2008. Over the years family tradition has helped shape the Fincas cultivation techniques. Years of perfecting their trade has allowed them to produce their premium cigars which have been smoked by great personalities all around the world. Dont miss the chance to try one of their prized cigars after traditional lunch at the Finca.

  • In the afternoon head towards Viñales, the picturesque town which is comfortably nestled in the Viñales valley famous for its limestone mogotes. Before reaching the town, stop at the Mirador de los Jazmine to marvel at one of the most beautiful landscapes that the Caribbean island has to offer.

    Included meals today: Breakfast, lunch

    Included services: Visit to Finca Quemado del Rubí, lunch at the Finca, visit to Mirador Los Jazmines

  • Hotel E Central - Standard room - Viñales

Activities:
  • Continue taking in the islands beautiful nature during your stop in Soroa to visit that largest orchid garden in Cuba. The Soroa garden, which spans 35,000m 2, is home to over 20,000 orchids. The garden which was created as space to conserve Cubas orchids is a haven for nature lovers. While in Soroa take a short walk to see the 22 meter high Soroa waterfalls. The falls are also known as Cubas Rainbow due to the way the water cascades over the rocks and they are considered to be one of the many wonders of Cuban geography. In the afternoon, continue towards the capital where you will get a chance to stay in a Casa Particular in an authentic neighbourhood to experience the local way of life.

    Included meals today: breakfast

    Included services: visit to the Soroa´s orchids garden and Waterfall

  • Casa Particular - Standard room - Havana

Activities:
  • Early morning departure towards the waterfront city of Cienfuegos. Upon arrival in the town stroll through the citys main park and see Teatro Terry one of the most elegant and eclectic buildings in the city. After lunch in a renowned Paladar stroll along the Cienfuegos promenade to the Punta Gorda peninsula. As you arrive at the bay, the impressive architectural jewel: Palacio de Valle will come into sight. The unique building is reminiscent of Spanish-Moorish art with Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque influences.

  • In the evening continue towards the colonial city of Trinidad.

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Included services: visit to theatre Tomás Terry, cocktail at the Moorish Palacio del Valle

  • Casa Particular - Standard room - Trinidad

Activities:
  • Trinidad embodies the spirit of the 19th century. The citys wide cobblestone streets, its grand squares and stately mansions with tiled roofs are symbols of the citys golden era. Today we will unearths the gems which make Trinidad a World Heritage Site including the Romantic Museum and the former mansion of the wealthy Brunet family which houses many unique antiques. Stroll through the Plaza Mayor and see the Catholic Church which has beautiful colonial doors. In addition to Trinidads architectural legacy the city which is also famous for its unique embroidery and crafts was recently declared a World Craft City. Visit an embroidery workshop and a sculpting studio. Dont pass up the opportunity to acquire a beautiful sculpture to take home. Finally, enjoy authentic Trinitarian cuisine in a well-known Paladar.

    Important: If the city museum is closed, Caribbean Tours will arrange a visit to another one.

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Included services: Hike, City tour Trinidad, visit to a museum,

  • Casa Particular - Standard room - Trinidad

Activities:
  • After breakfast head towards the days first stop: the sugar mill valley. The valley which was the industrial backbone of Trinidads splendor used to be home to numerous impressive and advanced sugar mills.

  • While in the valley visit the Iconic Torre Manaca before continue to the city of the clay jugs: Camaguey. Camaguey was built with asymmetric and windy alleyways in order to confuse the pirates who frequently looted the town.

  • Enjoy a walk through the city center before heading towards the beautiful beach in Santa Lucia.

    Important: Climb the slave tower at own risk.

    Included meals today: breakfast, all-inclusive

    Included services: Visit to sugar mill valley, visit to slave tower, City tour bici-taxis in Camagüey

  • Hotel Gran Club Santa Lucía *** or similar - Standard room - Santa Lucía

Activities:
  • Take the day to relax and enjoy the sun and the warm sea. The Santa Lucia beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba. It is well known for its white sand and coral reef which allows for the conservation of a wide variety of fish and marine flora. It truly is a gem for underwater diving and surface fishing.

    Included meals today: all-inclusive

    Included services: -

  • Hotel Gran Club Santa Lucía *** or similar - Standard room - Santa Lucía

Activities:
  • In the morning we will head towards Bayamo which is located in the eastern province of Granma. The city which is famous for its horse-drawn carriages is also where the national anthem was written. Upon arrival, enjoy a short tour of the citys central park and learn why the city is considered to be the cradle of the nation. We will then continue to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Caridad de Cobre. Cachita as she is often known is considered to be the patroness of Cuba. As a saint Cachita has been the object of worship of Cubans from different stratas of society. While in the church learn about famous Cuban stars and athletes who have dedicated their triumphs to the patroness. While exiting the church you will see vendors selling souvenirs made with locally sourced elements including earth from the old copper mines.

  • Afterwards we will head towards the second largest city in Cuba: Santiago de Cuba.

    Included meals today: breakfast, dinner

    Included services: Carriage ride, Visit to El Cobre.

  • Hotel Meliá Santiago or similar - Standard room - Santiago

Activities:
  • Today you will get the opportunity to explore the islands most eastern City. The city is famous for producing the best rum in Cuba and for being a mix of Caribbean traditions. Visit the citys main attractions which include the Santa Ifigenia cemetery which is the final resting place for various important Cuban figures including national hero Jose Marti, the leader of the of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro and the famous musician Compay el Segundo. Afterwards visit el Museo del Rum where you will get a chance to learn about the history of rum production in Cuba. While in the museum enjoy a glass of the traditional drink. Later, stroll through el Parque Cespedes which is in the center of the city before heading to Fort San Pedro de la Roca where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the bay of Santiago. Hop on a ferry to get to a restaurant in Cayo Granma to have lunch right in the middle of the unique bay of Santiago.

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

    Included services: City Tour Santiago de Cuba, Visit at the cemetery Santa Ifigenia, Ferry Cayo Granma, visit at El Morro, visit at Casa Velázquez and at rum museum

  • Hotel Meliá Santiago or similar - Standard room - Santiago

Activities:
  • After breakfast, there will be a 2-hour (approx.) transfer to the hotel in Guardalavaca which in Holguin. This will be the end of the trip. There will be a transfer to the airport in Holguin for clients who have an evening flight to Havana or to Europe.

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

    Included meals today: breakfast

    Included services: -

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 1 person

Maximum number of participants: on request

Driving conditions:

Please note, that the driving conditions in Cuba are not comparable to the streets of Europe or other countries. The roadways are partly in poor condition (bumpy, with potholes and in parts not asphalted). Therefore, it is necessary to drive slowly. Animals and carriages on the road are no rarity. Because of this, travelling from one place to another may take longer.

Services not included:

• All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program

• Optional excursions: Tropicana show incl. transfers (see supplements)

• Extending nights e.g. in Holguín or Guardalavaca

• Transfer to Havana airport after the extending nights

• Personal expenses and tips

***IMPORTANT:

For American Citizens: This Program does not comply with any of the 12 travel categories for Cuba. Please contact us for a private travel version sales@cubarealtours.com or click on "For individual request".