From $1,675.00 USD | (8 days) | Highlights: Havana * Viñales * Trinidad | Trip Start/End: Havana / Havana | Tour Type: Guided | Tour Max#: 10
Itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch & D-Dinner)
Enjoy a private airport transfer from Havana International Airport with a private vehicle and driver. A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your hotel on your trip. Tonight, for a taste of authentic Cuban music, there’s no better place in Havana than the world-renowned Buena Vista Social Club play regularly. Overnight in Havana (D)
Day 2: Havana, Cuba (City Tour)
This morning it’s time to get to know Havana and the Cuban people. Starting with a walking tour of Havana Vieja (Old Havana) we will explore the four main squares: Plaza de la Catedral dominated by the stunning 18th century Catedral de San Cristóbal; Plaza de Armas, where you can chat with the booksellers and peruse the wares at the second-hand book market; Plaza San Francisco de Asis, near Havana’s harbor, and Plaza Vieja, which dates back to 1559 and whose buildings have been lovingly restored to their former glory. We’ll have lunch at an authentic Cuban Paladar. This is a family-run restaurant and is a fantastic opportunity to experience Cuban hospitality. Next, we’ll take a ride in a classic American car, which is synonymous with Havana and its history. This iconic mode of transport is the perfect way to tour Havana and a very different side of the city. Here you will be chauffeured around some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon. We’ll finish with a drink at La Torre in Havana Vedado, which offers a wonderful 360 degree view of the city. This evening, those who are interested in Cuba’s legendary music can attend an optional jazz performance at the Jazz Café or El Zorro y el Cuervo in Vedado, Casa de la Musica in Miramar or a cabaret show at a local hotel. Will be happy to assist you with the details. Overnight in Havana (B, L)
Day 3: Havana, Cuba (Viñales Day Tour)
We’ll get a very early start this morning with a drive to the lush, green, and peaceful Viñales Valley. Surrounded by limestone karsts, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the origin of some of the finest tobacco in the world.
Our first stop is an organic tobacco farm where we’ll meet with a third generation tobacco farmer. He will teach us how the cigars are made, explain the difference between Cohiba and Montecristo, and give you an opportunity to try a cigar dipped in honey. The cigars are very mellow and reasonably priced, should you decide to purchase them, but there is no pressure. Next we’ll head to a lovely family-run paladar, with delicious farm-to-table Cuban food served family-style, and breathtaking, panoramic views across the entire Viñales Valley. Before we sit down to our feast, we will walk around the organic gardens that provide produce for the restaurant.
After lunch we will wander through the Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden, home to over 25,000 different orchid species, including 100 orchids native to Cuba. This beautiful garden, and the surrounding estate, were built by Don Tomás Felipe Camacho as a labor of love for his beloved wife and daughter. From here it is a short drive to our next stop, Las Terrazas, which is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and the site of one of the oldest coffee plantations in Cuba. We will stroll through the picturesque whitewashed village, enjoy views of the lake and native birds, and peruse the local art scene, including pottery and woodworking. Overnight in Havana (B, L)
Day 4: Havana, Cuba (Cooking Class)
Today, we’ll visit a Cuban specialty restaurant in the fishing village of Cojimar just east of Havana, offers instruction in Cuban cuisine. Visit to a local herb grower (and their supplier, just 3 blocks from the restaurant) where you can learn about their production process and hand-select herbs to use in food preparation. An introduction to Cuban cuisine and its origins. A demonstration of how to prepare local dishes including ropa vieja (shredded beef), plus lobster & shrimp enchilado (in tomato sauce). Instruction on preparation of the Cuban mojito at the bar, followed by making your own version of this, one of Cuba’s 3 signature cocktails. Your lunch includes bread service (accompanied by several of their own sauces), ajiaco (a typical Cuban root vegetable-based soup/stew), rice, salad, beans, yucca, sample the beef/lobster/shrimp dishes that you learned how to prepare in the kitchen, accompanied by a national brand beverage, your choice of several typical Cuban desserts, traditional coffee, and aged rum to finish of the meal. Overnight in Havana (B, L)
Day 5: Trinidad, Cuba (City Tour )
Today we drive to Trinidad. Get accustomed to the slow pace of island living on an orientation walk. The World Heritage site of Trinidad is like no other colonial city in Cuba because it’s so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. The town rose to prominence during the sugar boom and the wealth generated by the industry remains visible in the town’s once grand mansions, colorful public buildings, wrought iron grill-work and cobble-stoned streets. Trinidad is also steeped in religion, such as Santeria, which is one of the Afro-Cuban religions (related to voodoo). Overnight in Trinidad (B)
Day 6: Trinidad, Cuba (Cienfuegos Tour)
Today, we’ll visit Cienfuegos the “Pearl of the South”, a city founded by the French, which lends it a distinctly European flavor, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades. Like Havana, Cienfuegos has a beautiful Malecón, where anyone can pass a peaceful evening watching fisherman cast nets and locals socialize. Enjoy a free time to take at your leisure or travel south to the postcard-perfect beaches of Playa Ancón. Overnight in Trinidad (B)
Day 7: Havana, Cuba (Free Day)
Leave behind the pictureqesue beaches and mountains of Trinidad and return to Havana. On the way, stopover in Santa Clara, one of the first major cities to be liberated by Castro’s army in December 1958. Today a number of monuments commemorate this important period of Cuba’s history, including the mausoleum of the legendary Che Guevara, where you’ll stop for a visit. Overnight in Havana (B, D)
Day 8: Havana, Cuba (Departure Day)
Today is departure day. There are no activities planned for today. Return home to the USA or extend your trip (B)
Airport pick up, accommodation (double occupancy), selected meals (see itinerary), walking tours, day trips, entrance fees, transportation, English speaking guides and Wynton’s World Tour Chaperone.
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Round trip international airfare, baggage fees, spending money, tips, leisure transportation, airport and/or hotel exit tax, visas and travel insurance (i.e. Cancellation, Health…)
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