Cuba at a Glance

Cuba at a Glance

11 days/10 nights, Cuba tour from/to Havana

Join us on this wonderful tour to discover the essence of the Island. Whether it may be by riding in a classic car through the streets of Havana, being mesmerized by the smoke from best tobacco in the world or being amazed by the view of the Viñales valley. The spectacular pictures you take during this tour are sure to be the envy of all your friends. Discover Trinidad, one of most well preserved colonial towns in the Americas and feel the Caribbean rhythm in Santiago de Cuba. Blessed by Cachita, the patroness of Cuba, this tour will also allow you to submerge yourself in the waters of the Santa Lucia beach, stroll along the alleyways in Camaguey and enjoy the islands exceptional hotels or Casa Particulares (private guesthouses). At the end of the tour you will go home with unforgettable memories of the beautiful Island.

Destinations

  • Havana
  • Viñales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Santa Lucía Beach
  • Camagüey


Main attractions:

  • Comprehensive and thought-provoking tour of Cuba.
  • Cuban classics: old cars, cigars, landscapes.
  • Visit beautiful attractions representative of Cuba.
  • Full day on the beach in Santa Lucía, Camaguey.
  • Explore Cuba's main touristics destinations.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

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

 

Day 2: Habana Colonial and the Flair of the 50s

Going back in time is possible especially if the destination is Havana’s 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. Feeling like a notorious Mob boss, cruise past the Revolution Square, the Metropolitan Park, the residential areas of Nuevo Vedado and Miramar, up to the Malecón. In the best style of Al Capone, enjoy a cocktail in the gardens of Hotel Nacional and continue for a lunch at one of the top restaurants in the historical centre of the city. In the afternoon, with renewed energy, stroll across the 4 plazas and marvel at the architecture which spans across 5 centuries.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services:

  • City tour Havana in classic American car,
  • Mechanics workshop tour,
  • Guided tour of Havana

 

Day 3: Havana - Vueltabajo - Viñales

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 Finca’s 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. Don’t 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

 

Day 4: Viñales - Soroa - Havana (210 km)

Continue taking in the island’s 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 Cuba’s 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 Cuba’s 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.

 

Day 5: Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad (350 km)

Early morning departure towards the waterfront city of Cienfuegos. Upon arrival in the town stroll through the city’s 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

 

Day 6: Trinidad

Trinidad embodies the spirit of the 19th century. The city’s wide cobblestone streets, its grand squares and stately mansions with tiled roofs are symbols of the city’s golden era. Today we will unearth 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 Trinidad’s 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. Don’t 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,

 

Day 7: Trinidad - Valle de los Ingenios - Camagüey - Santa Lucía (400 km)

After breakfast head towards the day’s first stop: the sugar mill valley. The valley which was the industrial backbone of Trinidad’s 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

 

Day 8: Santa Lucía

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: -

 

 

Day 9: Santa Lucía – Bayamo – El Cobre – Santiago de Cuba (310 km)

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 city’s 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 strata’s 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.

 

Day 10: Santiago de Cuba – The Caribbean heat

Today you will get the opportunity to explore the island’s most eastern City. The city is famous for producing the best rum in Cuba and for being a mix of Caribbean traditions. Visit the city’s 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. Stop at the Museo del Ron to learn about the rum history and taste a shot of the best Cuban rum: Ron Santiago. Head for the iconic Céspedes Park and continue to San Pedro de la Roca fort to admire the spectacular view of the bay of Santiago de Cuba. Arrive by ferry at Cayo Granma, in the middle of the bay, for a seafood lunch in a truly marine atmosphere. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, let loose to the rhythms of the traditional music at Casa de la Trova, the mecca of Cuban Son.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services:

  • City Tour Santiago de Cuba,
  • Visit at the cemetery Santa Ifigenia,
  • Ferry Cayo Granma, V
  • isit at El Morro,
  • Visit at Casa Velázquez and at rum museum

 

Day 11: Santiago de Cuba - Guardalavaca (220 km)

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.

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services: -

 

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.

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

Guaranteed Departures - 2021 & 2022:

03/01/2022

17/01/2022 *last minute offer applies

07/02/2022

21/02/2022

07/03/2022

21/03/2022

04/04/2022

18/04/2022

23/05/2022

27/06/2022

18/07/2022

08/08/2022

29/08/2022

26/09/2022

03/10/2022

17/10/2022

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

Services Included:

  • 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 - 06 participants by minivan/microbus (6 - 10 seats)
  • Transfer Havana airport to hotel Havana if the transfer is on the first day of the round trip. If not, the transfers have to be booked separately.
  • For beach extensions in the regions of Holguin or Guardalavaca on Day 11, transfer from Santiago de Cuba to beach hotel. In this case, no more services are included afterwards.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program.
  • During the roundtrip days 1 - 11 English-speaking local guide. Other languages on request at the same price. (Due to possible guide shortages, the airport transfer might be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative).
  • 10 overnight stays in the mentioned accommodations (according to availability).
  • 10 x breakfast, 5 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 2 x all-Inclusive.


Services Not Included:

  • All meals and drinks 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.
Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Camagüey ⇢ Santa Lucia ⇢ Bayamo ⇢ Santiago de Cuba ⇢ Guardalavaca