The Western Outdoors

Discover Western Cuba with a mix of nature, beach and the city of Havana including activities like e-bike excursions in


Description

This short tour offers a harmonious combination of cultural highlights and the most beautiful natural regions of western Cuba: the flair of the changing metropolis Havana, the sustainable community of Las Terrazas, which is leisurely explored by e-bike, to the Viñales valley with its imposing limestone cliffs. The round trip is wrapped up with a stay at the remote beach of Cayo Levisa; an ideal location for relaxation.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Welcome and pick-up at Havana airport. Transfer to accommodation. Dinner at own expense.

    Included services:

    • Transfer

    Included meals today: -

  • Accommodation:

    Middle class hotel **** NH Capri or similar in Vedado

Activities:
  • The day starts with a very special city tour: Havana's old town and its most beautiful squares from above. In addition to excellent photo opportunities, you will gain insights into the history of colonial times and the Cuban way of life. Each rooftop contains something special from, 360-degree views of the city, to an overview on how to mix Cuba´s most famous cocktails and an introduction to the Cuban salsa rhythm. Later, enjoy lunch in the old town in a local private restaurant with a special ambience. In the afternoon, in American vintage cars, drive through the Havana of the 1950s: the Revolution Square with the portrait of Che Guevara and the monument of José Martí, along the Malecón, past the legendary Hotel Nacional and through the villa district Miramar with its magnificent mansions along the 5ta Avenida.

    Included services:

    • City tour,
    • Cocktail course,
    • Introductory salsa lesson,
    • City tour in classic cars

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Middle class hotel ****, NH Capri or similar in Vedado

Activities:
  • Early morning drive to the Sierra del Rosario, the sustainable community of Las Terrazas, built in 1968 during a reforestation project. Discover the UNESCO biosphere reserve leisurely by e-bike: cycle through the beautiful, green landscape and up to the Cafétal Buenavista, which gives a peek into the past, when this place was once a flourishing coffee plantation. Here you can enjoy the beautiful view over the valley with a Cuban coffee. After a typical Cuban lunch in the Casa del Campesino, continue to the San Juan river, where you can optionally cool off with a swim.

  • In the afternoon, continue along the tobacco route towards the province of Pinar del Rio: Panoramic tour of the Mogote valley, with its famous limestone cliffs, and the picturesque village of Viñales. Visit a tobacco farmer and the beautifully maintained botanical garden Caridad, with a variety of different plant species.

    Included services:

    • E-bike tour,
    • Coffee,
    • Visit Casa del Campesino,
    • San Juan River,
    • Panoramic tour of the Mogote valley,
    • Visit of a tobacco farmer,
    • Visit to the botanical garden

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel E Central*** or similar in Viñales

Activities:
  • Drive towards Cayo Levisa. On the way visit the Santo Tomás cave, which is 46 km wide and part of the largest cave system in Cuba. It is located on the edge of the small village of El Moncada about 17 km west of the Viñales valley. The top three of the total seven floors of the karst cave can be explored in the company of a speleologist. Continue to Palma Rubia and cross over to the small island of Cayo Levisa - once Hemingway's favourite fishing area.

    Included services:

    • Visit the Santo Tomás cave,
    • Ferry to the island of Cayo Levisa

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Cayo Levisa*** or similar in Cayo Levisa

Activities:
  • Secluded from Cuba's typical beach areas, peace seekers find the perfect ambience here. The crystal clear turquoise water invites you to relax and reflect over the impressions of the trip thus far. In addition, Cayo Levisa with its more than 20 dive sites is a highlight for lovers of water sports and underwater worlds.

    Included services: -

    Included meals today: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel Cayo Levisa*** or similar in Cayo Levisa

Activities:
  • After breakfast, transfer to Havana. For travellers who have a later flight home a half-day tour can book with us in Havana at an additional charge.

    Included services:

    • Transfer airport

    Included meals today: breakfast

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Maximum number of participants: 16 persons

Services not included:

  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
  • Optional excursions: Shows incl. transfers
  • Extending nights e.g. in Varadero
  • Transfer to Havana airport after the extending nights
  • Personal expenses and tips