Traces of a Revolution

Traces of a Revolution

13 Days/12 Nights, Cuba tour from/to Havana

Destinations:

  • Havana
  • Trinidad
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Camaguey 
  • Santa Clara.

Main Attractions:

  • Learn about the unique history of the Cuban revolution.
  • Tour the entire island visiting its most outstanding regions.
  • Visit important museums and learn about world icons such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.
  • Journey with a driver and private guide, in order to gain clarity on any doubts about Cuba including the current reality.
  • Accommodation in charming hotels and private homes to understand current life.
This short tour includes the most important and representative natural and cultural regions of the country such as the valley of Viñales with its imposing Mogotes, as well as the most important cities with their cultural highlights: from the dazzling capital Havana, the ecological municipality Las Terrazas, Cienfuegos; the "Pearl of the South", to UNESCO World Heritage Site; Trinidad with its unique colonial architecture.
Finally, the route will take you inland towards Che Guevara's Santa Clara and Remedios; the idyllic colonial city still practically untouched by tourism. Afterwards, you have the option of a beach extension, e.g. in Varadero or Cayo Santa María.

Day 1: Arrival Havana
Welcome at the airport by a representative of Caribbean Tours. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

Included services:
• all mentioned transfers
• Included meals today:-
• Accommodation: Hotel depending on travel type (see price table)

Day 2: Habana Colonial and the Flair of the 50’s
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour through Havana’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with visits to important attractions such as Capitolio, Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, El Templete, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, Cathedral square, etc. Later, sip on a cocktail at Hemingway’s famous Bodeguita Del Medio and visit his former room at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. It was here, in room 511, where Hemingway wrote his famous novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
Lunch will be on the terrace of the Hotel Ambos Mundos. In the afternoon, we will drive with American vintage cars through Havana driving past the revolution plaza and its portrait of Che Guevara and the monument of José Martí. From there, we will drive along the Malecón towards the legendary Hotel Nacional and through the residential area Miramar with its magnificent 1930s mansions along the 5ta Avenida.

Optional in the evening
Experience a cross-section of Cuban musical history in the open-air Tropicana gardens. There will be a live orchestra and over 200 dancers and artists
Tropicana - Paradise under stars
Minimum age 18 years, please note the formal dress code: no admittance in shorts, nor flip flops etc.

Included services:
• city tour as mentioned above
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast and lunch
• Accommodation: Hotel depending on travel type (see price table)

Day 3: Havana - Viñales - Las Terrazas
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. Visit Casa Del Veguero (a tobacco drying house) and then enjoy a cocktail beside the impressive rock mural. Visit the Jardín de Caridad botanical garden. It is beautifully maintained and it houses a wide variety of plants. 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 services:
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast
• Accommodation: Hotel Moka (3,5*) in Las Terrazas

Day 4: Las Terrazas - Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos
After breakfast head towards central Cuba. As you exit the highway, take in the beautiful view of the southern coast of the Island. Stop by the Cueva de los Peces which is in the Zapata peninsula. The 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. Finally, head towards Cienfuegos which is characterized by its French colonial architecture. Stroll across the central plaza and see Teatro Terry where Caruso once performed. Afterwards enjoy a cocktail in the Moorish Palacio de Valle which is by the Punta Gorda peninsula.

Included services:
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast and dinner
• Accommodation: Hotel Union (3,5*) or similar

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad & Sugar Mill Valley - Trinidad
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, you will observe the process and witness the skilled hands of the Torcedores (cigar rollers) while they produce the best cigars in the world. The tour of the factory will be proceeded by an excursion to the Sugar Mill 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 with its well-known Torre Manaca . Lunch will be served in a private restaurant in Trinidad. Trinidad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well known for its unique colonial architecture. Stroll through the cobblestone streets to the idyllic main square which is surrounded by the mansions of the former sugar barons. Visit the municipal museum: Palacio Cantero and later, take a break at the rustic Canchánchara bar to taste the local cocktail made with honey. 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.

Included services:
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast and lunch
• Accommodation: Hotel depending on travel type (see price table)

Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Remedios
After breakfast, enjoy a spectacular drive over the Escambray mountain range, passing Topes de Collantes towards the center of the island to the historic city of Santa Clara. Santa Clara is where Che Guevara gained his most important victory. You will be able to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum . Later, we will drive to the small colonial town of Remedios and visit of the former sugar factory on the road between Remedios and Caibarien. Today, the factory is a museum dedicated to Cuba’s sugar industry. While at the factory in addition to gaining insight into how sugar is manufactured, you will also be able to see six steam locomotives that are still in very good condition. This is a must-see for all train enthusiasts. Afterwards, stroll over to the idyllic main square towards the San Juan Bautista church.

Included services:
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast
• Accommodation: Hotel Encanto Real (3*) or similar

Day 7: Remedios - Varadero / Havana
In the morning continue towards Varadero (for guests who wish to have a beach extension) or back to Havana. In the case of a guided private tour, the drop off in Cayo Santa Maria / Cayo Las Brujas is also included.

(Timely connection to an international return flight cannot be guaranteed and is therefore not recommended on the same day. For this reason it is advisable to book an extra night.)

Included services:
• all mentioned transfers
• entrance fees
• Included meals: breakfast

Services Included:

  • Air conditioned vehicles (taxi/micribus/bus) meeting quality standards by country, with driver service:
    • With 02 pax in taxi (1 piece of luggage per person)
    • From 03 to 06 pax in minivan/microbus (6-10 seats)
  • Transfer from Havana airport to accommodation in Havana.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program.
  • During the roundtrip day 1 - 13 English speaking local guide.
  • 12 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodation (according to availability).
  • 12x breakfast, 5x lunch, 4x 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 the airport after extensions.
  • Personal expenses and tips.
Havana ⇢ Holguin⇢ Biran⇢ Segundo Frente ⇢ Santiago de Cuba⇢ Bayamo⇢ Santo Domingo ⇢ Camagüey ⇢ Sancti Spiritus ⇢ Santa Clara ⇢ Trinidad ⇢ Playa Giron ⇢ Playa Larga