Genuine Cuba

Genuine Cuba

7 days / 6 nights
Group Tour, guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 participants
Start & Finish: Havana, Cuba

Specially designed tour to explore the essential attraction in central and western Cuba. This short tour is sure to leave you in love with the Island. For two nights enjoy the vibrate Cuban Capital, stroll through its old alleyways, take in the sights of the buildings and classic cars from different eras. Discover the beautiful landscapes in Viñales, which is famous for its limestone cliffs before heading to the most ambitious community project in Cuba: Las Terrazas. Take in the fresh sea breeze during your stay in Cienfuegos. Visit Trinidad where the grandiose of the sugar boom can still be appreciated. Head inland towards Santa Clara a place that was vital during the revolutionary war thanks to the actions of Che Guevara. Finally head towards Remedios, which is extremely popular for its spectacular Parrandas (street festivals). This tour also includes a transfer to a hotel of your choice in Varadero to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Destinations

  • Havana
  • Las Terrazas
  • Viñales
  • Cienfuegos
  • Trinidad
  • Santa Clara
  • Remedios


Main attractions:

  • Short tour of Central and Western Cuba.
  • Combine natural landscapes with important cities.
  • Most representative attractions in western Cuba.
  • Witness the skilled hands of the Torcedores.
  • Visit places declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 1: Arrival in Havana

Welcome at the airport by a representative of Caribbean Tours. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

Important: Surcharge for transfers (Varadero - Havana) when arriving in Varadero. Contact our staff for transfer rates.

 

Included meals today: -

Included services: Transfer

 

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

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour through Havana’s old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the town and visit the main sights including Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, El Templete, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Cathedral Square, etc. During the tour of the old town, there will be a visit to el Museo Palacio de Segundo Cabo which is the first interactive museum to be established in Cuba. We will also visit the Automobile Museum, which contains valuable exhibitions including models that date back to the beginning of the 20th century. Lunch will be served in a lovely Paladar (private restaurant) located on one of the busiest streets in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy a ride in a vintage American car through Havana. Drive past the revolution plaza and its portrait of Che Guevara and the monument of José Martí. From there, continue along the Malecón towards the legendary Hotel Nacional before heading to the luxurious neighborhood of Miramar which has many magnificent mansions from the 1930s.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services: City tour Havana by feet and by classic American car, cocktail, Museum Palacio del Segundo Cabo.

 

Day 3: Havana - Viñales - Las Terrazas (350 km)

The history of tobacco production in Cuba is rich and complex. After breakfast, we will head towards Pinar de Rio where tabacco is produced. Take in the spectacular view of the limestone cliffs and the picturesque town of Viñales. Discover Casa del Veguero (a tobacco drying house) and enjoy a delicious cocktail by the huge rock mural. Afterwards, continue to Sierra del Rosario and the community of Las Terrazas, which was founded in 1971 as part of an ambitious reforestation project.

 

Included meals today: Breakfast, dinner.

Included services: Panoramic tour through Mogote valley, visit to a Casa del Veguero, cocktail at the Prehistoric Wall.

 

Day 4: Las Terrazas - Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos (400 km)

After breakfast head towards central Cuba. After exiting the highway take in the beautiful view of the southern coast of the Island. Visit the Cueva de los Peces which is located in the Zapata peninsula. This area is made up of karst lagoons and an extensive system of underwater caves that are inhabited by various species of the region's diverse flora and fauna. Afterwards, continue to Cienfuegos, which is the only city in Cuba that was founded by the French. The French influence in Cienfuegos is easily appreciable thanks to the neoclassical architectural themes in the city. Stroll across the central plaza and see the iconic Teatro Terry where Caruso once performed before continue towards the Punta Gorda peninsula to enjoy a cocktail in the Moorish Palacio de Valle, which offers a beautiful view of the bay of Cienfuegos.

 

Included meals today: Breakfast.

Included services: Visit to Cueva de los Peces, city tour through Cienfuegos, visit to theatre Tomás Terry, cocktail.

 

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad (85 km)

In the morning, visit a tobacco factory in Cienfuegos. Did you know that all Cuban cigars are rolled by hand? During the tour through the factory, observe the process and witness the skilled hands of the Torcedores (cigar rollers) while they produce the best cigars in the world. After the tour of the factory continue to Trinidad a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well known for its unique colonial architecture. Lunch will be served in a private restaurant in the city. Stroll through the cobblestone streets to the idyllic main square, which is surrounded, by the mansions of the town’s former sugar barons. Visit the municipal museum: Palacio Cantero and later, enjoy a refreshing cocktail while relaxing on the terrace of a private restaurant that is housed in a colonial mansion. Enjoy the nightlife scene by listening to traditional music and dancing with the locals. This can be done by visiting 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 Caribbean Tours will try to arrange an alternative program.
  • If the city museum is closed another one will be visited.

 

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

Included services: Visit to a tobacco factory, city tour Trinidad, visit to a museum, cocktail, visit to nightlife of Trinidad.

 

Day 6: Trinidad - Trinidad & Sugar Mills Valley - Santa Clara - Remedios (180 km)

After breakfast enjoy a scenic drive over the Escambray mountain range and visit the Sugar Mills Valley “Valle de los Ingenios”, where the remains of small 19th century sugar mills, warehouses, milling machinery, slave quarters and manor houses can still be found. Visit the hacienda Iznaga home of the former sugar baron Iznaga. While in the estate lookout for the legendary Torre Manaca. Afterwards, continue towards the center of the island to the historic city of Santa Clara where Che Guevara gained his most important victory. While in Santa Clara, visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. Later, drive to the small colonial town of Remedios and visit the former sugar factory that is on the road between Remedios and Caibarien. Today, it is a museum dedicated to the subject of Cuba’s sugar industry. Not only will you gain broad insight into how sugar is manufactured.  You will also get a chance to inspect six steam locomotives that are still in very good condition. This is must-see for all railway enthusiasts. Afterwards, stroll over the idyllic main square towards the San Juan Bautista church

 

Important:

  • Climbing the slave tower at own risk.
  • The mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. Caribbean Tours assumes no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Ché alone is worth a visit.
  • Churches can be closed due to irregular opening times.

 

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services: Visit to visit to sugar mill valley, visit to the Manaca - Iznaga tower, visit to the memorial of Che, visit to a sugar factory, city tour Remedios.

 

Day 7: Remedios - Varadero (280 km) / Havana (335 km)

In the morning, head towards Varadero with a short stop in the city. The drive to Varadero takes approximately 4 hours. After leaving the clients who select a beach extension we will continue towards the hotels in Havana (approx. 2 hours).

Important: Due to the duration of the trip (Remedios - Varadero - Havana) Timely connection to an international return flight cannot be guaranteed. For travelers who have a flight on the same day the tour ends, we suggest reserving a private transfer from Remedios to the airport in Havana.

 

Included meals today: breakfast

Included services: -

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

Guaranteed Departures - 2022:

Every Thursday!

06/01/2022

13/01/2022 *last minute offer applies

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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 item of luggage p.p. fits into the car boot.)
    • With 03 - 07 participants by minivan/microbus (6 - 10 seats)
    • With 08 - 10 participants by minibus (15 - 16 seats)
    • With 11 - 16 participants by bus (24 seats)
  • Transfer Havana Airport to Havana accommodation and return transfer to Havana Airport, if this takes place on the first/last day of the round trip. (When necessary the transfer to or from the airport may be carried out by a Caribbean Tours representative.)
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program.
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 7 English speaking local guide.
  • 6 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodation (according to availability).
  • 6x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1 dinner.


Services not included

  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program.
  • Optional shows and excursions including transfers.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
  • Extending nights in Varadero or Havana.
  • Transfer to Cayo Santa Maria from Remedios.
  • Transfer to the airport after extensions.


Havana ⇢ Viñales ⇢ Las Terrazas ⇢ Bay of Pigs ⇢ Cienfuegos ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Santa Clara ⇢ Remedios ⇢ Varadero / Havana