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Cuba

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 the full day excursion to the western part of the country, the province of Pinar del Rio, 170 km from Havana, the picturesque Vinales Valley, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Pinar del Rio province is also called the country's "green" part. Our way leads along the lush tobacco plantations. This excellent climate is the secret to the excellent Cuban tobacco, the raw material of the famous Cuban cigars. Today we will learn about the making of cigars, the tobacco production and processing through to wrapping cigars. We turn into the house of an authentic Cuban tobacco producer family, who lead us through the plantation, a tobacco drying barn and we can look at the process of tobacco step by step. We learn how we can recognize high-quality tobacco leafs; learn the art of wrapping cigars as one of the famous Cuban cigars is made before our eyes. Next stop on our way is the exquisite Valley of Vinales, stopping at a lookout point where we can enjoy the breathtaking panorama with the remote scenery of "Mogotes" and mountains make this place deservedly a World Heritage site. Then optional lunch at a local family owned restaurant. After lunch we start hiking the Indian cave, and river boating inside the cave. Closing the program we visit the famous wall painting, the "Mural de la Prehistoria" that fascinates us with its unique technology of gigantic size. Late afternoon return to Havana. Evening at leisure.

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

Havana - Sancti Spiritus - By Road ( 345 kms / 3 hrs / 48 mins appx.)

Proceed to Santa Clara. The City that achieved its significance during the Cuban revolution and located in the middle of the country. The fate of the revolution was decided here in December 1958, when the Che Guevara led division took the armoured train carrying supplies. Visit the famous armoured train, and the Che Guevara Mausoleum where the famous military leader and several companion rest. Optional lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we continue our trip to Sancti Spiritus, a small colonial town founded 500 year ago in 1514, preserved in almost original state. Cuba's oldest stone bridge, the bridge Yayabo, is within walking distance of our hotel. Optional visit to the Museum of Guayabera.  Discover the small colonial city’s nightlife Not to be missed opportunity to visit the famous Casa de la Trova, where a real, authentic salsa party takes place and we can dance the night away with locals and can peep how to dance the Cuban salsa from the locals while the local Cuban band plays the Caribbean melodies. Evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sancti Spiritus,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5

Sancti Spiritus - Cienfuegos - By Road ( 135 kms / 1 hrs / 48 mins appx.)

Proceed to a real "Cuban Day" is ahead of us. Departure of Cuba's second largest mountain, the Escambray Mountain. The mountain is not only famous for its rich flora and fauna, but also has a special role of climate separation as well. While the North side of the hill has lush and humid subtropical vegetation, with coffee-growing countryside, the southern side has a dry climate, and covered with bushes and many other dry zone plants like Agave. We continue our trip to the famous Valley of Sugar Mills that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and later the Manaca Iznaga estate. It is possible to climb the seven stories tower that offers a beautiful panorama. Then continue our trip to Trinidad, a small colonial town founded 500 years ago that was once attributed by the abundance of its sugar cane plantations. Here, we discover another face of Cuba. Our journey is made not only on ground but in time, too. Trinidad preserves the unique atmosphere of the colonial era. While walking along the small winding streets we have the feeling as if we would have flown back in time. Sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage city; visit 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 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 assembled exhibition of articles. Later we walk in the old town and stop at the famous Canchanchara bar where you can sample the authentic drink of Trinidad, special cocktail still made from the original recipe of Aguardiente and honey, called Canchanchara. Later we continue our trip to Cienfuegos, also a World Heritage Site city.

Overnight: Cienfuegos,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6

Cienfuegos - Varadero - By Road ( 184 kms / 2 hrs / 33 mins appx.)

Proceed to Panoramic sightseeing tour of the famous Malecon, passing by the beautiful seaside villas, stop at the Palacio del Valle, a unique palace with architectural richness. 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. Walk down the Boulevard of the city via the Prado; visit the Jose Marti Square, the Governor's palace, the Thomas Terry Theatre famous for the excellent acoustics and the Cathedral. Departure 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 first stop is the famous Bay of Pigs where the famous US disembarkation took place. The rich historical past of the Bay of Pigs is still vivid while now the area is famous for its beaches and diving sites. Here you have an optional lunch in a seaside restaurant, while there is opportunity for swimming and snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea. Then continue to Guama, the main attraction of the National Park. Speedboat tour of the natural lagoon, the Laguna de Tresoro, where the unspoiled nature can be observed, migrating and endemic birds and can be seen. Then visit the Aldea Taino, the reconstructed Taino Aboriginal Village where we learn about the customs of the ancient indigenous inhabitants. We arrive 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; here the braves may hold the yet harmless infants in their hands. Departure to Varadero, arrival in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Varadero,Cuba || Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

Varadero

Proceed to the Free time at Varadero; relax on the beach, use of All inclusive hotel services. The water sports of the hotel are free for your use: Hobie-Cat, Kayak, surf. Daily animation programs and night shows ensure your entertainment in the resort.

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

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 5th May 2021 229932

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Hotels

Casa Nilda Ponce - Sancti Spiritus,Cuba

Nights: 1
Room Category: Standard Room
Our Category: 4*    |   Regional Category: 4*

Melia San Carlos - Cienfuegos,Cuba

Nights: 1
Room Category: Standard Room
Our Category: 5*    |   Regional Category: 4*

An impressive 20's building located in the historic center that stands out for its architectural eclecticism and modern rooms. Do not miss the spectacular Roof Garden, the setting for elegant social events and the quintessential viewpoint of the city. We adapt to you with different accommodation options. In our restaurant you will also find delicious Cuban dishes. Organize a different business trip. Our team will advise you and put at your disposal fully equipped meeting space.
 

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.
  • Casa de la Trova, Plaza Mayor and La Santissima Trinidad Square.
  • Palacio del Valle, Jose Marti Square and the Aldea Taino.

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-6
Dinner-6
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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