The Charming West of Cuba (Superior - Private)

The Charming West of Cuba (Superior - Private)

Tour's Description

Start and end in Havana! With the In-depth Cultural tour “Cuban Heritage Trail”, you have a 7-day tour package taking you through Havana and 4 other destinations in Cuba. This tour includes accommodation in hotels and transport. Additionally, you can extend your stay in Cuba by adding days in an all-inclusive beach hotel (this extension is optional and not included in this tour).


The tour takes you from the bustling and vibrant Havana to the historic Santa Clara city, and gives you the chance to experience the more traditional and rural sides of Cuba, with stays in Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.


Not included:

- International flights.

- £ 100 per person to be paid locally by the client.

- Visas.

- Drinks, lunches, and dinners.

Itinerary

  1. 1 Day

    Day 1 (Havana)

    - Arrive at any time.
    - An arrival transfer is included to the tour’s starting point, a hotel.
    - Havana must be one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is intriguing and unique. Your accommodation in Havana for the tour will be in Old Havana. The Old Havana neighbourhoods are some of the places where you will feel Cuba at its most intense - narrow streets with old crumbling buildings and full of locals who are not placed there for the tourists but rather because this is their home.
    - Check-in at your accommodation in the hotel in Havana.
    - Evening at leisure. Vedado is another interesting part of Havana where there is a concentration of restaurants, bars, majestic mansions, and historic mafia-built hotels. Simply wandering the streets will give you a new experience and fill you with many questions about how Cuba functions as a country.

  2. 1 Day

    Day 2 (Havana)

    - Breakfast.
    - A guided City Tour of the Old Havana including visit to St Francisco de Asís Square and its beautiful Fountain of the Lions, the Old Square, the Arms Square where the Palace of the Captains General is located and the Cathedral Square. Continue to the Havana Club Rum Museum, where you will learn about the history of the sugar cane and the brewing process of the well-known Cuban rum.
    - Lunch break
    - Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Cuba's capital. There are plenty of good museums to check out, such as the Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution), which is housed in the former Presidential Palace, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), or just wander along the Malecon, the sea wall that skirts the coastline.
    - Evening at leisure.
  3. 1 Day

    Day 3 (Havana - Viiñales)

    - Breakfast.
    - 8:00AM. Early morning departure to Viñales.
    - Arrive in Los Jazmines Viewpoint. Enjoy a unique area of natural beauty with underground rivers, caves and Mogotes. Taste a cocktail. Visit Mural de la Prehistoria (a 120m-long painting, on the of Mogote) and the Indian Cave.
    - Check-in at your accommodation.
    - Viñales is a small village rich in culture, with friendly and welcoming residents. That would be the right time to enjoy a typical lunch in one the many private restaurants in the area.
    - Take a walk through the countryside to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Exploring caves, hiking, biking, horseback riding or simply enjoying the views of the valley and sprawling tobacco fields below are all options.
    - Evening at leisure. The nightlife is very active in this village with the residents more than willing participants in dancing to the local live music.
  4. 1 Day

    Day 4 (Viñales - Cienfuegos)

    - Breakfast.
    - Departure to Cienfuegos City.
    - We head back past Havana to the French founded city of Cienfuegos through the densely vegetated Peninsula de Zapata swamplands, and along the beautiful Bay of Pigs. This is where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occurred in 1961.
    - A stop for lunch on the way to Cienfuegos.
    - Cienfuegos is the gem of the south, a seaside town of relaxing streets and dazzling buildings that strike a beautiful pose by the water. Founded in 1819 by pioneering French immigrants, the elegant architectural influence that these settlers brought with them earned the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005.
    - Guided city tour, spend a half day unveiling the secrets of Cienfuegos city, also called the Pearl of the South. head to the Parque Jose Marti, where you can visit the stunning Thomas Terry Theatre, one of the oldest and most beautiful in Cuba. Other notable monuments include the Arco de Triunfo, the Cathedral, and the eye-catching Casa Provincial de la Cultura.
    - Check-in at your accommodation.
    - Evening at leisure. Enjoy a photo stop at Palacio del Valle, which is Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Learn more about its history as you take in the beauty of its intricate carvings of Venetian alabaster and if you are up for it, why not head to the rooftop for a sunset drink.
  5. 1 Day

    Day 5 (Cienfuegos - Trinidad)

    - Breakfast.
    - Continue knowing the city of Cienfuegos, visit a Cigar Factory.
    - After this visit you will departure to Trinidad.
    - No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria, which is one of several Afro-Cuban religions.
    - Check-in at your accommodation.
    - Lunch
    - Evening at leisure. The thing that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins.
  6. 1 Day

    Day 6 (Trinidad)

    - Breakfast. Kick-start your morning with some Cuban coffee, it is served black, strong, and super sweet, then head to the city centre.
    - Trinidad is a great place to wander around, with almost every scene offering a photo opportunity. Watch as the locals casually smoke their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their houses and begin by strolling along the cobbled streets and marvel at some of the colourful colonial architecture on display, this city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish your walk savoring the refreshing Canchánchara cocktail, in the renowned bar of the same name.
    - Lunch.
    - In the afternoon, visit the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills), one of largest sugar producing regions in the world at the time. This Valley had about 50 mills opertating during peak production periods in the late 18th and 19th centuries. More than 11,000 slaves worked in the mills in 1827. The Manaca Iznaga Tower is part of an estate located in this Valley. Climb the tower for great views of the lush countryside.
    - Evening at leisure.
  7. 1 Day

    Day 7 (Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana)

    - Breakfast and departure to Havana.
    - On your way back to Havana, you will stop in Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and Memorial where you can get a rare insight into the legacy of the revolutionary leader.
    Che's remains were brought to rest here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997.
    - A stop for lunch on the way to Havana.
    - Afternoon and evening at leisure.
    - Overnight at a hotel in Havana.
  8. 1 Day

    Day 8 (Havana - Havana Airport)

    - Breakfast
    - Day at Leisure.
    - Transfer Out to Havana Airport.
    - End of the services.
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