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Cuba, Culture And Nature

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This 8-day tour is perfect for those who want to learn about the natural beauty of Cuba and be immersed into the culture. Visit the highlights of Cuba...
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Travelers will visit the highlights of Cuba during this exciting eleven day tour. The tour starts in Havana, a great introduction to this Caribbean island nation, with visits to both Old and New Havana. Then travelers will Viñales, the Zapata Peninsula and Cienfuegos where they will immerse themselves into the beautiful sceneries and learn about the local ways of life. Travelers will learn more about the history of Cuba during a visit to Trinidad, one of the original villages founded by the Spaniards.
Tour Highlights
• Explore historic Old Havana and the unique Cuban culture
• Learn about how the world’s best tobacco is grown in the exotic Viñales valley
• Discover the unique flora and fauna of the beautiful Zapata Peninsula
• Visit Trinidad, a 16th century village and one of the first founded by the Spaniards
• Enjoy the exciting Cuban rhythms during a dancing show in Guantanamo City
   

Cuba Discovery 11 Days


Departure : Selected Mondays
We highly recommend to book a post-tour extra night in Havana due to possible flight itinerary conflicts
DAY
1
MONDAY: HAVANA (-/-/D)
Welcome to Havana! Upon arrival at Havana International Airport you will be met by our company representative. Transfer to your hotel on your own (transfer not included) by taxi for check in. Spend the rest of your day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. Dinner and an overnight in Havana

DAY
2
TUESDAY: HAVANA (B/L/D)
This morning starts with a panoramic tour around the Morro-Cabañas fortress lookout point located on a cliff at the entrance of Havana’s harbor. Walking tour in Old Havana, declared by UNESCO the Cultural Heritage of Mankind: San Francisco de Asis Square. Visit to Havana Club rum museum to learn producing process with degustation included. The tour continues around Plaza Viejas (Old Square) along Mercaderes street to Ambos Mundos hotel, where famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived. After visiting Hemingway’s room, enjoy one of his famous cocktails. Visit to tobacco museum in old Havana, then walk around Plaza de Armas (Weapons’ Square) and Cathedral Square. Panoramic visit to the famous Hemingway’s bar La Bodeguita del Medio. Lunch included in La Barca restaurant. Panoramic tour along the exterior areas of the Revolution Museum, Central Park, Havana’s Grand Theatre, National Capitol. Hemingway’s bar La Floridita. Take the view of the most popular city avenues Malecon, which runs along Havana’s northern coast 7 km. long. Visit to the Revolution Square a site of great historical value. Visit to Revolution Square and Panoramic tour along Havana’s University building. Return to the hotel. Dinner in El Aljibe restaurant. At night, free time at your disposal. Overnight in Havana

DAY
3
WEDNESDAY: HAVANA – VIÑALES – HAVANA (B/L/D)
This morning, depart to Viñales Valley in Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s most western province where the world’s best tobacco is cultivated. Exotic landscape with royal palms, Cuba’s national tree. Visit to cigars’ factory Francisco Donatien. On the way to Vinales Valley visit to the typical country farm El Paraiso o Benito’s country house to learn about the local peasants’ life style, traditions, tobacco’ cultivation process and enjoy the hospitality of its people. Visit to the Indian Cave with the boating through the cave with stalactites and stalagmites along the underground river San Vicente. Typical country lunch is included in Palenque de los Cimarrones restaurant. Visit to the Pre-history Mural, where you could appreciate paintings on the country’s most ancient rocks. Stop at lookout point Mirador de los Jasmines to admire the splendorous view on Vinales Valley. Return to the hotel for dinner. Free time this evening. Overnight in Havana

DAY
4
THURSDAY: HAVANA - CIENFUEGOS - TRINIDAD (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart to Cienfuegos. Visit to Fiesta Campesina farm to learn about the endemic flora and fauna of Peninsula de Zapata, the Americas’ largest wetland, Biosphere Reserve. Taste a typical cocktail. Visit to Guama Natural Park and its crocodile farm. Lunch in La Boca restaurant. Trip continues along the southern coast of Peninsula de Zapata, the battles’ scenery against North American invasions in Playa Larga and Playa Giron bays on 17 th of April, 1961. Arrival to Cienfuegos, known as the southern pearl, where the largest Latin America’s coral site Notre Dame was discovered. City tour along Cienfuegos’ main streets and avenues, the only city in America founded by French settlers under the Spanish crown, situated on the marvelous natural bay coasts and protected by Jagua fortress. The perfect symmetry of its streets, neoclassical and eclectic architecture, the Historic Center, declared World’s Cultural Heritage make this city so attractive. Visit to Tomas Terry Theatre, walking tour around city’s center Jose Marti’s Square, where you could see the Cultural Background House, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Panoramic visit to a local monument Palacio del Valle. Trip continues to Trinidad. Arrival and accommodation in the selected hotel where you will enjoy dinner. Free time this evening. Overnight in Trinidad

DAY
5
FRIDAY: TRINIDAD (B/L/D)
Today enjoy breakfast and continue for a visit to Sugar Mills’ Valley, Mankind’s Heritage for its exceptional beauty. Enjoy the typical cocktail. Panoramic walking tour through Trinidad’s city center, one of the first Cuban villages founded by Spaniards at the beginning of 16 th century, declared Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Visit to a city museum, Plaza Mayor Square, the main parochial church of the Holy Trinity with its luxurious altar decorated with local precious woods and 300 years old images. Visit to Canchanchara bar, where you could taste its famous cocktail founded by mambises (Cuban independence fighters) in 19th century. Lunch in the private restaurant Tavern El Barracon. Visit to Chichi’s House belonging one of the city’s most famous families Santander. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Trinidad

DAY
6
SATURDAY: TRINIDAD - CAMAGUEY (B/L/D)
Today starts early with a departure for Camaguey. Arrival and lunch in Campana de Toledo restaurant. Panoramic walking tour along the city center, Mankind Cultural Heritage declared by UNESCO, visiting Our Lady of the Mercy church, Ignacio Agramonte, Trabajadores, Carmen’s Squares. Accommodation in the selected hotel and dinner. Free time this evening. Overnight in Camaguey

DAY
7
SUNDAY: CAMAGUEY - SANTIAGO DE CUBA (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart for Santiago de Cuba. En-route enjoy a visit to Bayamo with a city panoramic walking tour around the city center. Lunch in Royalton restaurant. Trip continues to Santiago de Cuba. Visit to the Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre Basilica and Sanctuary. Accommodation and dinner in the selected hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight in Santiago de Cuba

DAY
8
MONDAY: SANTIAGO DE CUBA (B/L/D)
Today tour Santiago de Cuba, the capital of the island during the first half of the 16th century. It is the most Caribbean city in Cuba. Santiago is famous for its history, hospitality, delightful people, traditional rhythm and dance. Visit to Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, a true jewel of funerary art in Cuba and where the impressive mausoleum helds Jose Marti’s, the Cuba’s National Hero, remains. Panoramic visit to Antonio Maceo Revolution Square and 26th of July Museum. Walking tour through the city center, Cespedes Square, visit to Diego Velazquez house, then along Padre Pico and Heredia streets to Dolores Square. Visit to el Morro Fortress, situated on a cliff at the entrance of Santiago’s harbor. Lunch in El Morro restaurant. Return to the hotel. At night enjoy dinner in the private restaurant Primos Twice. Overnight in Santiago de Cuba

DAY
9
TUESDAY: SANTIAGO DE CUBA - BARACOA (B/ L/D)
After breakfast depart to Baracoa. On the way visit Guantanamo City, where you will be able to see the “Tumba Francesa” and the “House of Changui” (Cuban rhythms) where you could learn about typical rhythms brought by French immigrants from Haiti to Cuba. Lunch in Marti Hotel. Trip continues to Baracoa. Accommodation and dinner in the selected hotel. Overnight in Baracoa

DAY
10
WEDNESDAY: BARACOA (B/L/D)
Discover Baracoa, the first village founded by Diego Velazquez in 1511 and also the first Cuban capital. Inside the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion church is very old and authentic relic of the Parra Cross brought to Cuba by Christopher Columbus in 16th century, which is considered to be the oldest symbol of Christian religion in Cuba. Visit to the Matachin fortress Municipality Museum and then bus tour to Baracoa’s countryside visiting Duaba farm, where you could enjoy exuberant local flora with its cacao plantations. Taste a cup of local drink named Chorote. Excursion by boat along the widest Cuban river Toa in Cuchillas del Toa Natural Park, Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy a typical creole lunch in Rancho Toa restaurant. Walking tour around Rancho Toa farm to get in touch with local flora and to know about the local people’ customs, traditions, houses’ construction, means of transportation, their traditional food, the main agriculture products such as cacao and coco nuts. Return to the hotel. Farewell dinner in the private restaurant Marco Polo. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Baracoa

DAY
11
THURSDAY: BARACOA (FLIGHT) – HAVANA (DEPARTURE) (B/-/-)
Early this morning enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you are transferred to Baracoa airport for the flight (flight time: 2 hours and 15 minutes) back to Havana. On arrival make your own way to the international terminal to check in for your onward flight (transfer not included).



FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

February - 2017:
13 + 27
March - 2017:
13 + 27
April - 2017:
10 + 24
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2395.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 195.00  Per Single
Deluxe Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2895.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 375.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

May - 2017:
8 + 22
June - 2017:
5 + 19
July - 2017:
3
August - 2017:
28
September - 2017:
11 + 25
October - 2017:
9 + 23
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2295.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 195.00  Per Single
Deluxe Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2725.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 375.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

July - 2017:
17 + 31
August - 2017:
14
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2345.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 195.00  Per Single
Deluxe Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 2775.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 375.00  Per Single

Accommodation at listed hotels or similar
Daily breakfast
09 lunches
10 dinners
Domestic airfare: Baracoa to Havana
Meet and greet at Havana International Airport
Air conditioned transportation as per the itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Services of English speaking local guides
International air fare
Visa fees
Tips and gratuities
Meals not mentioned as being included & beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Travel Insurance
Items not mentioned as being included
10 Nights’ Accommodation
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Hotel Club Ancón (Trinidad)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Located on Ancón beach, a place of unique beauty, this hotel’s proximity to the mountains of the Sierra del Escambray allows guests to enjoy the inimitable combination of sea and mountains. The Club Ancón is ideal for people who want to explore the historic town and area of Trinidad, while staying at a comfortable all-inclusive hotel right on the beach. There’s a regular shuttle bus service between the hotel and Trinidad, only a 15-minute drive away. The services and audience-participation programs here make it perfect for long stays and families with children. There is an International Diving Center 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Hotel Casa Granda (Santiago )
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Hotel Casa Granda is a very good hotel with a 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Caribbean city of Santiago de Cuba, on the corner of the Parque Cespedes. Hotel Casa Granda maintains the simplicity and elegance of its eclectic architecture in the heart of the city of Santiago de Cuba, surrounded by historical jewelry and propertyworth admired by visitors. From its balconies you can see the comings and goings ofpeople in Céspedes Park, the most populous of the eastern city, and at the bottom of the bay, surrounded by mountains in a single view.
Hotel Copacabana (Havana)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The hotel Copacabana Habana is located in the center of the Cuban capital, in the central district of Miramar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Hotel features two swimming pools, overlooking the sea, with ample space for sunbathing in one of the many hammocks that are available to guests. It offers also several restaurants and bars where you can try delicious specialities. All rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, minibar and even a private bathroom with hairdryer. There is also a balcony or terrace from where you can see the views from the city. Among other facilities the hotel has a shop and an Internet cafe with Internet service 24 hours a day. The reception provides currency exchange service and there is a International Diving Center that gives accredited certificates.
H10 Habana Panorama (Havana)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The H10 Habana Panorama hotel is a modern, four-star hotel, a reference in the Cuban capital thanks to its stunning architectural design and preferential location facing the sea in the Miramar residential area, where most of the city's embassies, commercial companies and business centres are located. Among other services, the hotel provides three restaurants, four bars, a swimming pool for adults and a children's swimming pool, Privilege service and three meeting rooms.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Gran Hotel Camagüey (Camaguey)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The Gran Hotel Camaguey is housed in an old 18th century residence in the centre of Camaaguey. This hotel is ideally placed in the pedestrianised historic centre. Its rooms open onto galleries around a charming central patio and the top floor dining room gives excellent views over the city of Camaguey, one of the oldest in Cuba
El Castillo (Baracoa)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
This modern hotel is an adaptation of a spanish colonial fort, located at the top of a steep elevation, with broad and splendid views of the mountains, the city and the bays surrounding it. The famous El Yunque of Baracoa can be clearly seen from the hotel. Parts of the castle walls, including a turret, remain. It is reached by a winding driveway or 85-step staircase.
Accommodation Type - Deluxe
Meliá Santiago (Santiago )
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Strategic location very close to the historical centre of Santiago de Cuba and the Teatro Heredia convention centre. The only five-star hotel in the second most important city in Cuba, with 302 rooms. Distinguished THE LEVEL Service and picturesque Santiago Café, which re-creates the spirit of the city. Recommended for incentive trips, weddings, honeymoons and circuits.
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