Best of Cuba
• Havana • Pinar del Rio • Trinidad de Cuba • Cienfuegos • Santa Clara
Emerging from decades of restrictions and the influence of Fidel Castro, Cuba is now welcoming the tourist. Wonderful old Havana with its rich Spanish heritage, is a treasure house of baroque and neo-classical architecture with streets where the iconic classic American cars from the 50's can still be found. But there is more to Cuba, such as the 'living museum' that is the delightful city of Trinidad and the beautiful Vinales Valley.
Day 1: Havana Private transfer on arrival to your hotel situated in the heart of Old Havana. Enjoy the evening at leisure and perhaps have a drink at the famous La Floridita Bar, made famous as the home of the daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway's favourite watering hole in Havana. Accommodation is included at the comfortable Seville Hotel or you may choose to upgrade to the 5 star Parque Central Hotel.
Day 2: Havana Enjoy a city tour of old Havana. Visits include a cigar factory and also the Havana Club Rum factory where you will try a tot of their famous rum. Then commence a fascinating walking tour through the delights of the old city centre before your included lunch. After lunch take a ride back in time in an old pre-revolution (1959) American car before being dropped back to your hotel.
Day 3: Havana > Santa Clara > Trinidad Drive from Havana East through sugar plantations to Trinidad. En-route you will visit the resting place of Che Guevara and tour the interesting museum there. Lunch is included in Santa Clara then continue by road arriving late afternoon in Trinidad where you will spend two nights in the delightful Iberostar Hotel situated in the historic town centre.
Day 4: Trinidad This morning enjoy a city tour of the Unesco listed city of Trinidad. After an included lunch the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace.
Day 5: Trinidad > Cienfuegos After breakfast, we will continue our tour to Cienfuegos, a city known as 'Perla Del Sur' ('Pearl of the South') due to its large boulevards, fascinating buildings and spectacular views over the bay. We will visit the city admiring the Neo-classical structures, some dating from 1815, and the Tomas Terry Theatre, a sumptuously colonial theatre. Lunch will be at Nautical Club restaurant, a beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. The rest of the day will be free to walk around the city or enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel. We will have dinner in Palacio Del Valle, a stunning Moorish-style palace.
Day 6: Cienfuegos > Vinales Today we will be departing for Pinar Del Rio province, an area known throughout the world as Cuba's main tobacco growing region, where steep sided "Mogote" mountains stand guard over fertile valleys. En route we will stop at Guama where we will take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village on the shores of Treasure Lake. Lunch will be taken in a local countryside restaurant. The tour will continue to Vinales, where we will overnight in Casa Particular's (Spanish for 'private house'). These are normally run by Cuban families and this will be a great chance to experience Cuba at its best and to interact with the locals. Each Casa Particular is different in style and size, the group will be split across different Casa Particulars. Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant.
Day 7: Vinales Valley Today we will visit for the famous Vinales Valley, with stops for absorbing the beauty of the area. We will experience how Cuba's famous cigars are still handmade by local experts by visiting one of Pinar Del Rio's famous Cigar Factories. There will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone cave system followed by lunch in the Ranchon San Vicente countryside restaurant. In the late afternoon, we will return our Vinales casas to relax on the patio or socialize with the local family.
Day 8: Vinales > Havana After breakfast, we will depart to Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve, for lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. After lunch we will transfer back to Havana for your return flights or Havana hotel, or onwards to Varadero where the tour ends.
Important: You should not plan on departing Havana Airport earlier than 7.00pm. If necessary, an additional nights accommodation in Havana can be arranged at extra cost. Alternatively, additional nights can be added at the beach resort of Varadero.
• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • Personal meet & greet on arrival in Havana • 7 nights' accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels & Casa Particulars (Guesthouses) • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Booking conditions Optional extensions are available in Havana or at a beach resort at the conclusion of this tour. World Journeys have Cuban Tourist Cards which allow tourists a stay of up to 30 days and are available for purchase at $70 per person. The Best of Cuba tour is an excellent option to combine with our Mexican programmes. Ask about an upgrade in Vinales to a hotel - either La Ermita or Los Jasmines.
Optional extensions are available in Havana or at a beach resort at the conclusion of this tour. World Journeys have Cuban Tourist Cards which allow tourists a stay of up to 30 days and are available for purchase at $70 per person. The Best of Cuba tour is an excellent option to combine with our Mexican programmes. Ask about an upgrade in Vinales to a hotel - either La Ermita or Los Jasmines.