With its tantalizing lure of vibrant dance music, endless hiking trails and white sand beaches, the aroma's of cigar smoke above the sound of jazz music and cities that appear to have been revived from the 50's, Cuba, is an exciting destination for your and old, and certainly deserves its place on anyone travel bucket list.
This open departure tour departs every week on a Wednesday starting in Havana for two nights, before moving onto Trinidad, Camaquey, and ending off with 2 nights in Baracoa
When: All Year
Tour: 11 days
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Day-1:Arrival, accommodation and dinner arranged in a selected hotel.
Day-2: La HabanaPanoramic visit to the Morro-Cabanas fortress. Walking tour of Old Havana City Historic Center, Cultural Heritage of Mankind; pass by Cathedral Square, the famous bar-restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio and the Plaza de Armas. Walk along Oficios street up to St Francisco de Asis Square. Visit the Rum Museum to learn about the Havana club rum producing process and have a taste of it. We continue along Plaza Vieja and back on Mercaderes Street. The tour continues to the Ambos Mundos Hotel where renowned American writer Ernest Hemingway lived. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, a panoramic bus tour by the Museum of the Revolution, the Central Park, Havana's Grand Theatre, National Capitol and the Famous Restaurant Floridita. The tour continues along the Malecon sea-front drive to Modern Havana including the Revolution Square and the University campus. Visit the Cigar store of Hotel Habana Libre. Dinner at a local restaurant. Back to the hotel. Night free.
Day-3: Havana-Vinales-HavanaTransfer by an air-conditioned bus to Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio, Cuba's most western province where the world's best tobacco is grown. Exotic landscape with valleys crowded with royal palms, the national tree. Visit a factory of Tobacco in Pinar Del Rio. On the way to Vinales visit to 'El Paraiso' farm, where you will learn about the lifestyle of local peasants as well as about the growing of tobacco. In Vinales, visit to the Pre-historic Mural (cave painting on the country's most ancient rocks) and the Indian Cave, boating along its underground river. Lunch at local restaurant. Stop at Los Jazmines lookout to admire the Vinales Valley. Return to hotel and dinner. Night free.
Day-4: Havana- Cienfuegos- TrIndiadDeparture for Cienfuegos. In-transit visit to 'Fiesta Campesina', first contact with the endemic flora and fauna of Zapata Peninsula. Arrival in Cienfuegos and lunch in local restaurant. City Tour Cienfuegos, main streets and avenues. Founded by the French, Cienfuegos is located at a wonderful bay guarded by Castillo de Jagua (Jagua Castle) where you can find the largest coral site ever discovered in Cuba that was christened Notre Dame. Visit to the Marti Park, the Palacio de Valle, the Tomas Terry Theatre, the House of Cultural Assets and the Purisima Concepcion Cathedral. We continue the tour to TrIndiad's Ancon Peninsula. Arrival in TrIndiad and accommodation in the selected all Inclusive hotel. Night free.
Day-5: TrIndiadPanoramic Tour of Trinidad, one of the first villages founded by the Spaniards at the beginnings of the 16thcentury. It was declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Mankind. Visit to the Main Parochial Church of the Holy Trinity housing a luxurious altar decorated with local precious stones, and images 300 years old; Plaza Mayor and visit a Museum of the city. Visit to La Canchanchara bar to enjoy a cocktail of the same name. Lunch at local restaurant. Back to the hotel. Night free.
Day-6: Trinidad-CamagueyDeparture for Camaguey. In-transit visit to Manaca Iznaga Sugar Cane Plantation. Arrival at Camaguey. Lunch at a local restaurant followed by a Panoramic Tour around the city with visit to Nuestra Senora de la Merced church and Carmen Square. Accommodation and dinner at selected hotel. Night free.
Day-7: Camaguey-Santiago de CubaDeparture for Santiago de Cuba. In-transit Panoramic Visit to Bayamo City. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Santiago, visit to Sanctuary 'El Cobre'. Arrival in Santiago de Cuba and accommodation in selected hotel. Night free.
Day-8: Santiago de CubaTour of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the Island during the first half of the 16thcentury. It is the most Caribbean City of Cuba. The City is famous for its history, hospitality, delightful people, traditional rhythm and dance. Visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where the remains of Jose Marti, National Hero of Cuba. Continue the Panoramic Tour by the Antonio Maceo Square and July 26 Museum. Walking sightseeing tour around the historical heart of the city: Cespedes park, the Cathedral, House of Diego Velasquez, Padre Pico and Heredia streets and Plaza Dolores. Visit the Morro Castle. Lunch in a local restaurant. Back to the hotel. Night free.
Day-9: Santiago de Cuba-BaracoaDeparture to Baracoa. In-transit visit to Guantanamo City to see the 'Tumba Francesa' and the 'House of Changui' (Cuban rhythm) to enjoy a dancing show. Lunch in a local restaurant. Go on to Baracoa. Accommodation and dinner at selected hotel. Night free.
Day-10: BaracoaWalking Tour around the Baracoa City, first village founded by Spanish colonizers in the American continent and first capital of the country. Visit the 'Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion' church, where the first cross planted by the Spaniards in America --reportedly brought in by Christopher Colombus and considered to be the oldest symbol of Christian religion in Cuba-- is still kept. Also visit the Fuerte Matachin municipal museum. Visit Duaba Farm with banana, coconut, cacao, mango and coffee plantations. Departure to Toa River, Lunch in Rancho Toa. Come back to the hotel. Night Free.
Day-11: Baracoa-La HabanaCheck-out 7:15 am, departure to Baracoa airport to take the domestic flight to Havana at 9:30 am. Arrival at Havana Airport.
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