Experience the warmth of Cuban hospitality and stay with local Cuban people. Prepare to enjoy a walk through Old Havana (La Habana Vieja), the World Heritage site and its historical architectures and visit the home of Cuba’s tobacco production & Viñales Valley. You will explore Santa Clara, the city that was related to the great revolutionary Che Guevara, and Cienfuegos, elegant city called “Paris in Cuba”. Trinidad is a colonial city known as Cuba’s “outdoor museum”. At the end of the tour, refresh yourself at one of the most popular beach resorts, Varadero and Immerse yourself in Cuban music and the emerald waters of Caribbean beaches.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||José Martí International airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Arrive in the José Martí International airport in Havana. A private Cuban guide will welcome you at the Airport and escort you to your transfer to the casa particular.
You will have breakfast at the casa or the hotel. A local guide will pick you up and take you to stroll the streets of Havana’s Old Town. You will enjoy the colonial architecture in the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral Square, strolling Obispo Street, the main street in the historic district, and see many classic cars in Parque Central. After driving along the Malecon (Havana’s famous sea-side drive), the guide will escort you into an ordinary apartment and then to the rooftop, where you will find a stylish home-restaurant, Parador. After you enjoy lunch at Parador, a shiny classic car will take you to the new town in Havana to see Revolution Square and Miramar and then to a bar on the top floor of the tallest building in Cuba. You can see the sea and the whole town from the bar. (B,L)
Visit Viñales in Pinar del Rio where you will find traditional tobacco farms and many beautiful caves. (Travel time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes) The Viñales Valley is an outstanding karst landscape and is a registered World Heritage site. The guide will take you to see Cueva del Indio and Mural de la Pehistoria.
After having lunch at an organic farm, visit tobacco farms on which traditional methods of agriculture have survived unchanged for several centuries. The region also has a rich vernacular tradition of architecture, its crafts, and its music. You will then return to Havana after the all-day excursion. (B,L)
You will have breakfast at the casa or the hotel. The guide will pick you up and take you to Santa Clara (Travel time: Approximately 6 hours) where you will visit the Che Guevara museum and mausoleum and the Tren Blindado, a memorial park commemorating the Cuban Revolution. Drive to Cienfuegos (Travel time: Approximately 1 hours),“Paris in Cuba”, built by French colonists in 1819, one of the country’s major ports. The guide will show you the elegant city including a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B,L)
You will have breakfast at the casa or the hotel. The guide will pick you up and take you to “Valle de los Ingenios” or “Valley of the Sugar Mills,” so named because it used to be a sugar farm and is a reminder of Cuba’s prosperity. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, as was Trinidad. (Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes) In the afternoon, the guide will take you to the beautiful colonial town, Trinidad. Enjoy Cuba’s “outdoor museum”. The whole town is like a museum in itself, and you will feel like you have been transported to olden times from the 21st century. (B,L)
*After dinner, you can visit one of Trinidad’s classic venues, Casa de la Músíca, and enjoy the live music while sitting outside. The show starts at 10 pm.
You will have breakfast at the casa and then head toward eastern Cuba. (Travel time: Approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes) Camagüey, Cuba’s third largest city is one of the most suave and sophisticated place in Cuba. You will find that the streets of this city have many twists and turns, and intersect each other at odd angles, making it very easy to get lost. According to a legend, when Camagüey was settled in the 1500s, the citizens were frequently attacked by pirates and bandits, so they built the streets to make it difficult for outsiders to navigate the city. Enjoy the bike taxi tour accompanied by a local guide.
Breakfast at the casa or the hotel. You will be transported to Bayamo, the capital city of the Granma Province. (Travel time: Approximately 3 hours) You will have a city tour in Bayamo, and be transported to Santiago de Cuba. (Travel time: Approximately 2 hours) (B,L)
You will be transported to Santiago de Cuba. (Travel time: Approximately 5 hours)
You will have a tour in Santiago de Cuba, the second biggest city in Cuba and the cultural capital of Cuban literature, music, architecture, and politics. Visit a fortress on the coast “Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro” and a famous cigar factory. Enjoy Cuban music at night. (B,L)
You will have breakfast at the casa and be transported to the airport to go back to Havana. (Flight time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes).
Arrive in the José Martí International Airport in Havana and you will be transfered to the casa particular. Enjoy your free time by buying souvenirs or strolling through the streets as if you’re a local. (B)
You will have free time until you are transported to the airport. (Travel time: Approximately 45 minutes)