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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Havana

Arrive at Havana, meet assist and Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: Havana,Cuba
Day 2

Havana

Proceed to full day sightseeing tour of Havana, one of the most beautiful cities of Latin America. Havana captivates everybody, this real Caribbean metropolis has a unique atmosphere, where a time travel tempt us, where the Colonial era, the mark of the ‘50s US mob’s mark and the retro, socialist present is simultaneously existing. We start a panoramic city tour of modern Havana, we cross Havana's famous seaside promenade, the Malecon which is a favourite meeting place for locals, we can admire the mansions of the Paseo, then stop at the Revolution Square where the Jose Marti Memorial is located. On the way back to we drive next to the world-famous Colon cemetery that is one of the world’s richest graveyards with more than 500 statues, and arrive to the old town. We visit the Havana Club Rum Museum where we get acquainted with the making of the world famous Cuban rum, the growing and processing steps of sugar cane to follow through the process until it has matured, barrel filling, bottling, and we close the visit with a tasting. We can purchase the original Havana Club memorabilia, as well as can taste the typical Cuban drink called Guarapo made from fresh sugar cane and the excellent Cuban cocktail, Guarabana. After it we start to explore the old town on foot with its rich cultural and historical attractions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the "Arms’ Square", the Governor's palace, while we can hunt local antiques at the authentic antique market, walk through the Plaza San Francisco where we look at the old Stock Exchange Palace and St. Francis of Assis Church and the Cathedral Square. Then we visit La Plaza Vieja, the "Old Square". Our optional lunch will be served in a typical local restaurant. After lunch we join in Hemingway's footsteps: we visit the famous Hotel Ambos Mundos where the "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was born. We visit the hotel room and the thematic exhibition. Then stop at Hemingway's favourite places, La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita bars, where the world famous "Mojito" and "Daiquiri" cocktails began their journey of conquest. Then visit the outdoor exhibition of the Revolutionary Museum, where the famous ship Granma is exhibited, we can see the boat, which Fidel and the other revolutionaries landed to launch the revolution. In the afternoon return to the hotel. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Havana,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3

Havana

Proceed to start exploring Havana in the footsteps of Hemingway and know the art of making of Cuban cigars. We start with a morning visit to a cigar factory in Havana where we will be able to observe and learn from local cigar rollers the making of the famous Cuban Habano and will discover the art of cigar-making. In front of us a piece of the popular Cuban cigars will be prepared. During the tour we will explore every steps of the process and the secret of how to recognize a good cigar will be explained also. We will visit the different departmnets of the factory and see the process from the beginning to the end. Then we will follow Hemingway’s steps in Havana: visit his house at Finca de la Vigia, where he did spend his time while in Cuba. Here we can see his house as if he just stepped out. We visit the exhibition of his fishing boat: Pilar also. Then we visit the fishing port of Cojimar, an inspirational place for his fishing stories, as well as his famous novel: The Old Man and the Sea. After our optional lunch we also visit Hemingway’s favorite places as: Hotel Ambos Mundos. We jump in to Papa’s favoourite bars: La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita, where the world famous "Mojito" and "Daiquiri" cocktails began their journey of conquest. In the afternoon return to the hotel, evening free.

Overnight: Havana,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4

Havana - Pinar del Rio - By Road ( 186 kms / 2 hrs / 24 mins appx.)

Proceed to  the western part of the country, directly to Pinar del Rio province, the “green” province of Cuba. This province offers the superb natural beauty of the country by offering untouched nature and relief. Its unique climate makes this land the most fertile on the island. It is one of the highlights of our tour we spend two days by tour the countryside and see the highlights of the area. On the way we stop at Soroa also known as the “Rainbow of Cuba”, named after the “Salto de Arcoiris” waterfall that is located here. Here we visit the largest Orchid farm in Cuba that offers over 6000 plants and 700 different types of orchids - including some very rare types - in more than 25 hectares. Soroa offers a unique micro climate that makes “El Orchideario” florulent all year long. We continue to Pinar del Rio city, called the “City of columns” where we take a panoramic city tour. Later on, we leave for Vinales, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, where the unique karst formations, the “Mogotes” can be found. Once there, we stop at the Mirador Los Jazmines, where we can enjoy the breathtaking panorama with the remote scenery of "Mogotes"(karst hills) and mountains make this place deservedly a World Heritage site. We will have optional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we start hiking the “Cueva del Indio”, and boating inside the cave on an underground river observing the various stalactites that formed different shapes and therefore each has some story to tell. Finishing the day’s program, we visit the famous wall painting, the "Mural de la Prehistoria" that fascinates us with its unique technology of gigantic size. We continue our trip to our accommodation.

Overnight: Pinar Del Rio,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5

Pinar del Rio

Proceed to  discover the Cuban country life and Vinales Valley. This area of the country is the beast soil for tobacco, the best tobacco in the world is produced here. On the way we stop at a tobacco plantation where we enter the house of the tobacco farmers. They will show us around in the “Casa de Tabaco” and we will learn about the producing and processing of the tobacco. We have optional lunch at a typical Cuban restaurant. After lunch we depart to the Gran Caverna de Santo Tomas cave, the largest cave system in Cuba, second largest on the American continent: it is 46 km long and has 8 levels. We discover the part of the cave that is open to the public with a specialized guide on a 1 km way that is accessible by non-professionals. The specialty of the program is that local authorities give admission to visit the cave only to very few groups. This allows the conservation of the cave system in its original state. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in Vinales. Evening free. It is worth going to the village in the evening to meet locals and experience the unique Cuban hospitality.

Overnight: Pinar del Rio,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6

Pinar del Rio – Playa Larga - By Road ( 359 kms / 4 hrs / 22 mins appx.)

Proceed to  one of Cuba's most important nature reserves, the world famous Zapata Peninsula, a bird and animal sanctuary which is located in the Montemar National Park. The largest swamp of Cuba is located here. It houses many endemic and migrant birds, among others the most emblematic Cuban birds, like Tocororo (Cuban trogon), the national bird of Cuba; the Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird; the Cuban Tody, who is small, but all the more colorful. In Cuba, crocodiles are indigenous; the Zapata swamp grants habitat for them. The first stop is Guama, the main attraction of the National Park. There we take a speedboat tour of the natural lagoon, the Laguna de Tresoro, where the untouched nature can be observed, and migrating and endemic birds can be seen. Then we will visit the Aldea Taino, the reconstructed Taino Aboriginal village where we learn about the customs of the ancient indigenous inhabitants. We get back to port by motor boat and visit the country’s largest crocodile breeding farm, where we can observe hundreds of these reptiles in their natural habitat. We visit the crocodile nursery; where those who feel brave enough may hold the yet harmless infants in their hands. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will arrive to the Bay of Pigs, where visitors can have some swimming time in the Caribbean Sea. Check-in to the hotel. Evening free time.

Overnight: Playa Larga,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

Playa Larga – Trinidad - By Road ( 197 kms / 2 hrs / 45 mins appx.)

Proceed to  the city of Cienfuegos, also known as the “Pearl of the South”. First we make a stop on the way for bird watching: the Montemar National Park has more than 900 plants and 160 bird species and 12 other animals in their natural habitat. A specialist ornithologist will lead the bird watching. With his help we will have a better chance to find these hiding birds. Then continue our travel to Cienfuegos. Once we arrive, optional lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Later on we begin our panoramic sightseeing tour: the city was founded by French settlers in 1819. They started to call the city “The Pearl of the Caribbean”. Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005. Cienfuegos is the first, and an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, hygiene and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America from the 19th century. We walk by the famous Malecon, see the beautiful seaside villas. We will stop to take pictures at the Palacio del Valle, a unique palace with architectural richness. It is Gothic influences, Romanesque, Baroque and Italianate combined with the Mudejar style was in vogue in Spain in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The history of the building makes it more special: the palace was built by Senor Celestino Caceres, one of the richest merchants of the city. He gave the palace to his love as a wedding gift in 1917. The rest of the story we will learn from our guide on site. Then we head towards downtown Cienfuegos, where we continue a walking tour of the city of former aristocrats. Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers, has European-style architecture. We will walk down the Boulevard of the city via the Prado; visit the Jose Marti Square, the Governor's palace, the Thomas Terry Theater famous for its excellent acoustics, and the Cathedral. In the afternoon transfer to Trinidad. Our hotel is located on the Ancon Peninsula, 10 kilometers from the city. We will spend two nights here and we will discover the area from our all-inclusive resort to ensure that we can relax after the day’s trips. Check-in. Evening free time. We suggest going to the city in the evening to find sizzling nightlife with authentic salsa parties.

Overnight: Trinidad,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8

Trinidad

Proceed to the nearby Escambray Mountains on the platform of Russian army trucks  and drive up to the 800 meters high peak: to Topes de Collantes. This high and abundant mountain area was the hiding place of the counter-revolutionists in 1959 after the victory of the Cuban Revolution. Cuba’s second highest mountain is more famous because of its flora and fauna and its continental divide feature. Its Northern side is lush, rainy, with coffee plantations on its sides; the Southern side has a drier climate, with Agave plants and arid zones. The Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve was named after the mountain’s second highest peak. Fulgencio Batista constructed here the Kurhotel that still operates as a sanatorium. Once there, we start a 3 km jungle tour in the Guanayara National Park. Today’s clothing should be comfortable, and shoes are required, but you also might need towel and swimsuit, too. Our trip is led by a specialist local guide who is an expert of the Cuban Flora and Fauna. During the trip we will get to know the local animals and plants: more than 40 types of orchids are endemics and more than 100 types of ferns are registered, 7 of them grow as high as 6 meters high. We also visit a coffee plantation where we learn about coffee production, the main types of coffee produced here: there are more than 40 types of coffee grown in the shades of pine and eucalyptus trees. We will reach the “El Rocio” waterfall, where we can swim in the transparent mountain river. Keep your swimwear on you, as our next stop is the El Venado natural lagoon, where we can swim in the clear water of the lagoon. We have our lunch at “Casa de Gallega” ranch. After lunch we have our Caribbean siesta and afterwards we return to the hotel.

Overnight: Trinidad,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9

Trinidad - Varadero - By Road ( 270 kms / 4 hrs / 2 mins appx.)

Proceed to the  walk through the old part of the city. While walking along the small winding streets we have the feeling that we are going back in time. Later, sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage city, with visits to the Plaza Mayor, The Tower of Contrabandido, the Cathedral, La Santissima Trinidad Square and the exhibition of the Romantic Museum. The museum is located in the palace of what used to be the town's richest family with balustrade yard, marble floors, and neoclassical decoration. Walking among the frescoes of the city's wealthiest merchant family we can enjoy the exhibition. Later we walk in Old Town and stop at the famous Canchanchara bar where you can sample the authentic drink of Trinidad, the special cocktail still made from the original recipe of Aguardiente and honey, called Canchanchara. Later we have our optional lunch in the center of the city. After lunch we visit the famous Valley of Sugar Mills that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the center of sugar production and processing in Cuba. The 270km2 valley did employ more than 30,000 slaves. The large part of the 18th century sugar consumption was produced from here. The Valley together with Trinidad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.  Visit the Manaca Iznaga estate. It is possible to climb the seven-story tower that offers a beautiful panorama. The tower was used to keep an eye on the plantation and the slaves. Once the highest building in the country in its era, the tower offers beautiful view to the surrounding area. Then we will continue our trip to Varadero. Arrival in the evening, check in to the all-inclusive hotel.

Overnight: Varadero,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

Depart Varadero

Departure transfer to onward destination.

Overnight: None

Tour Ends

Prices & Dates

  • The prices given are on the room basis.
  • Single room price is for one person.
  • Double / Twin room price is for two persons.
  • Triple room price is for three persons.
  • Infant (upto 2 years) is free of charge.
  • Child (2-12 years) will get discounted prices computed by the system automatically.
  • Age of child will be considered as on date of travel and not on date of booking.
  • If you are traveling alone and can find yourself another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, then you can share a double / twin room with another single traveler and this may be economical to your pocket.

Season Dates Tour Price (Single-Room)
6th May 2019 Till 31st Mar 2021 295272

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Hotels

Villa Manuela - Pinar del Rio,Cuba

Nights: 2
Room Category: Standard Room
Our Category: 3*    |   Regional Category: 3*

Featuring garden views, Villa Manuela in Pinar del Río provides accommodation, a garden, a terrace, a shared lounge and a bar.Some units feature a terrace and/or patio.A continental or à la carte breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

Trip Highlights

  • Club Rum Museum, Plaza de Armas and St. Francis of Assis Church.
  • Picturesque Vinales Valley, Mural de la Prehistoria and Che Guevara Mausoleum.
  • Revolutionary Museum, Finca de la Vigia and Vinales Valley.
  • Plaza Mayor, The Tower of Contrabandido, the Cathedral.

Included

  • Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
  • 07 nights accommodation as per the program.
  • Meal Plan – Half Board meals (breakfast & Dinner).
  • Entrance fees.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • All transfers, sightseeing, excursions by private vehicle.
  • All taxes.

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses.
  • Camera / Video Camera Fees.
  • Medical Aid.
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Visa (If any).

Important Information

  • Check-in is 14:00 Hrs. and Check-out is 11:00 Hrs. at most of the places.
  • Visa (if any) is a sole responsibility of a customer and must be aware of its formalities and conditions.
  • If quoted accommodation is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
  • One must adopt and accept the local culture and should not hurt any kind of sentiments including cultural and religious.
  • Clients must check the validity of passport and all other travel documents carefully prior to departure to avoid any last minute hassle.
  • Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
  • In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
  • There is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic. 
  • While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
  • Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
  • In case of issuing air /train / ferry / cruise or any ticket, SGV is not responsible for any refund in case of delay / cancel or any other unforseen event, as it is the responsibility of source supplier.

Do’s & Dont’s

Travel smart, travel safe! Traveling abroad can be one of the best times of your life, or one of the worst times of your life depending on what you do while overseas. Below are some suggestions that will be helpful for you while traveling. 
 
DO's
  • Do be aware of your surroundings, and watch for suspicious people or vehicles.
  • Do respect local culture, customs and traditions. 
  • Do use cash substitutes such as traveler's checks or credit cards, and only carry as much money as you immediately need.
  • Do lock up valuables you are not taking with you in a safe in your room or use your hotel’s safe-deposit box services to store them; and lock the windows and doors your hotel room when going out.
  • Do make a note of your credit-card numbers and the phone number to call in case you need to report it stolen and cancel it.
  • Do dress appropriately for your surroundings as much as you can; looking more like a local makes you less of a mark than looking like an obvious tourist.
  • Do put a band around your luggage as a safeguard against pilferage while in transit; suitcase locks are no barriers to a professional thief.
  • Do travel with companions while sightseeing or shopping; there is safety in numbers.
  • Do keep vehicle doors locked and windows rolled up when driving.
  • Do be alert for staged distractions, such as someone bumping into you, spilling a drink on you, dropping something in front of you or causing a loud commotion; an accomplice can steal your valuables and walk away while you are momentarily distracted.
  • Photocopy Your Passport - Carrying around a copy of your passport (the page with your photo and other important information) is a must when traveling abroad, just in case your passport is damaged or lost.
  • Try New Foods - Don't be one of those travelers who is scared to eat new things. Try something new!
  • Do Check Out The Culture - Your interests may not lie in seeing art works and performances I'm languages you can't understand, but experiencing culture in a foreign land is incredibly eye opening and a fun experience.
  • Do Pack Layers - Weather can change quickly when you're exploring new lands, and finding properly fitting clothing when in foreign countries may he harder than you expect.
 
 
 
DON’Ts
  • Don't carry and flash large sums of cash, nor exchange money at dubious-looking places or with individuals on the street.  
  • Don’t look like a tourist by dressing like one, appearing lost or consulting a map in public.
  • Don’t walk with a bag slung loosely over one shoulder, and keep your bag on the opposite side of you from the road to forestall a thief on a bike from snatching it.
  • Don’t carry a backpack that looks like luggage.
  • Don't visit dangerous locations, or walk in unfamiliar, isolated or dimly lit areas, especially at night.
  • Don't leave valuable items in public view; that includes your passport as much as your iPhone.
  • Don't drive an obvious rental car, the more nondescript the better; keep maps and travel brochures out of sight in the glove compartment.
  • Don't park anywhere but a well lit place, don't leave valuables in sight (lock them in the trunk), and don’t pick-up hitchhikers.
  • Don’t keep your vehicle and house or hotel keys on the same key ring.
  • Don’t store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage, and never leave your luggage unattended, even for a brief moment.
  • Don't Do Drugs - Don't bring them with you, don't accept them from friends or family or strangers, don't even talk about them. Many foreign countries are extremely strict when it comes to drugs and you could find yourself in big big trouble.
  • Don't Spend Too Much Time In Your Room - You may be jet lagged, you may be homesick, but sitting around won't help any of it. Get out there and have fun!
  • Don't Talk Politics - Not every country is a free country, and not every society is tolerant of free speech. Have fun but keep politics out of your discussions while on vacation.
  • Don't Let Your Phone Roam - Nothing is worse than returning home to see a cell phone bill that is astronomical. Be sure to either contact your provider for an overseas plan or only use it via WiFi.
Tour Details
Starts Havana, Cuba
Ends Varadero, Cuba
Local Payment No
Tour Guide Yes
Meals Breakfast-8
Dinner-8
Seasons & Time
Best Time 1st Apr - 31st Oct
Low Season 1st Nov - 30th Nov
High Season 1st Apr - 31st Oct
Rainy Season 1st Nov - 30th Nov
Winter Season 1st Mar - 31st May
Summer Season 1st Jul - 31st Aug
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