Welcome to Cuba!. Transfer to the hotel and, depending on the time of your flight, free time.
18:00 hrs.- To welcome you at the end of the afternoon we will include a trip in an old classic car to the fortress of San Carlos passing the ‘Malecón’ and we will attend the cannon shooting ceremony(admission included). Return to the hotel (by coach or vehicles) and accommodation.
09:00 hrs.- This morning we include a visit of about 4 hours; we will include a stroll through Colonial Havana; declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a panoramic tour of Revolution Square and the University. We will include a boat trip across the bay in the little boat to Regla where we will see the church of the Virgin of Regla, a place of great devotion where there is a strong syncretism between the Catholic religion and the Afro-Cuban. Will you buy flowers and have a daughter of Ochun read your hand? After this, at lunchtime, we will take you to the area of the ‘Callejón del Chorro’, an area with multiple “paladares” (private restaurants) where you can have lunch. Afternoon free.
Havana- Guama- Caleta Buena- Girón- Cienfuegos.-
We will leave Havana for the south of the island, where we can enjoy its beautiful tropical landscapes. Arrival in GUAMA, and a visit to the crocodile farm, including a boat trip to admire this area declared a national park. In the village of Taina we will see a little more about the population that existed before the arrival of the Europeans. We continue along the Caribbean coastal road. Have your swimsuit to hand! We will have time in CALETA BUENA, where we will include lunch, and you can swim, see its cenotes or snorkel!
Note: Sometimes, instead of going to Caleta Buena we will go to Punta Perdiz.
After that in GIRON, we will visit the Girón Beach Museum which tells us about the Bay of Pigs invasion and the revolution. Continuation to CIENFUEGOS, “the pearl of the south”, a very nice colonial city, where we will walk through its French neoclassical colonial streets. Dinner included and accommodation.
Note: In case of the Museum of Playa de Girón being closed on arrival, an alternative will be given to visit the Museum of the fight against bandits in the city of Trinidad.
A little under a hundred kilometers take us to TRINIDAD, arrival and visit to Cuba’s most beautiful and best-preserved colonial city, a true “open-air museum”, declared a world heritage site. After the visit we will see the “Temple of Santería Yemayá”, dedicated to the orisha (God) of the Sea, with its offerings of fruit, water and stones; a santero will tell us about this religion and its beliefs. After the visit and lunch included, we will stay at our resort hotel at Ancon beach. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the Caribbean Sea on this magnificent beach, or, if you prefer, to stroll at leisure in Trinidad. At night we provide a transfer to the cathedral to enjoy the “place of music” and its little restaurants with Cuban music. Dinner included.
Trinidad- Valle de los Ingenios- Guachinango- Sancti Spiritus- Camagüey.-
Our day is full of beautiful landscapes and unforgettable experiences. By coach we travel to MANACA IZNAGA, at the center of the sugar zone that brought Trinidad prosperity; here we will remember the story of the slaves next to the ancient 44-metre tower that was used to watch over them. We will then take a historic train with its old wooden carriages that slowly runs through the hacienda. The train stops at FENOTA, a sugar mill today a museum, and goes on to GUACHINANGO, in this beautiful area of hills we will have time to relax over lunch (included). In the afternoon, by coach, we will continue to SANCTI SPIRITUS, a charming little colonial town little visited by tourism, where we will have time for a walk and a coffee. Continuation through the center of the island towards CAMAGÜEY-Arrival in the country’s third city, considered the city of art and with a lot of atmosphere at night.-
Important Note: At the moment the train is not running and Guachinango is closed, therefore the stage this day is as follows:
Our day is full of beautiful landscapes and unforgettable experiences. By coach we travel to the Valle de los Ingenios, a beautiful area of hills and museum of what used to be the sugar development. We will visit San Isidro de los Destiladeros, which are the best-preserved ruins of an old mill, where we can see the colonial house that is under restoration, a small tower, the ruins of what were the boilers, steam area of the Ingenios, the old dam, ruin of the barracks. We will have the tour with specialized guides of the place. Departure by coach to MANACA IZNAGA, center of the sugar zone that gave rise to the prosperity of Trinidad. Here we will remember the history of the slaves next to the old tower of 44 meters that served to watch them. Lunch included. In the afternoon, by coach, we will continue to SANCTI SPIRITUS, a charming small colonial town rarely visited by tourism where we will have time for a walk and a coffee. Continuation through the center of the island to CAMAGÜEY -Arrival to the third city of the country, considered as the city of art and with a lot of nightlife.-
Camagüey- Guáimaro- Bayamo- Santiago de Cuba.-
Morning visit to the city’s great historical center with its many theatres, squares, alleys and churches. We will include a visit to the Camaguey Ballet Center, where they will tell us about the origin of the company, and we will watch dancers, teachers and choreographers rehearsing and assembling their works. Lunch included. We continue on our route, with a brief stop in GUÁIMARO where the first Cuban constitution which was approved, and the slaves’ emancipation was demanded. BAYAMO, a picturesque small colonial town; here we will stroll and see the schoolchildren practicing at the chess academy. SANTIAGO DE CUBA, arrival at the end of the afternoon. In the evening we will go to CASA DE LA TROVA, a meeting place for Cuban music lovers, with its live performances.
Important Note: The Camagüey Ballet Headquarters may close without prior notice. During the summer months, the Bayamo chess academy is closed as the students are on vacation.
Santiago de Cuba.-
We include a tour of SANTIAGO, Cuba’s second city and one of contrasts, capital of the ‘son’ and the revolution. Around 20 km from the city, in the mountains, we will go to the Basilica of our Lady of Charity of Copper, where we will be surprised at the veneration for the virgin patron of Cuba. After that we will go to the Santa Ifigenia cemetery, where Fidel Castro and José Martí are buried. We will see the Ron Bacardí factory and go to the CASTILLO DEL MORRO, an impregnable citadel on a promontory declared a world heritage site, which houses an interesting museum on Piracy. Lunch included. Free time in the afternoon.
Santiago de Cuba- Holguín- Bahía de Bariay- Guardalavaca.-
Among beautiful landscapes of tropical hills, we travel to the north coast. A walk through the quiet center of HOLGUIN before continuing to GUARDALAVACA, where we see the Museo Chorro de Maita archaeological park that protects the remains of a village and an Indian cemetery with the remains of 62 human skeletons, and Taina Village, which reproduces scenes of how the Indigenous peoples lived. We see the magnificent surroundings of BARIAY BAY. Lunch included. Afternoon free at the resort by the beautiful Guardalavaca beaches. Dinner included in the hotel.
Important Note: Because the next day the ROUTE BETWEEN GUARDALAVACA AND PUERTO PADRE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, this day the itinerary will be as follows:
Among beautiful landscapes of tropical hills we travel to the north coast. Stop in BANES, the city where the Cuban President Fulgencio Batista was born, center until 1950 of the American company United Fruit, pleasant parks and old houses. Later, we visit the archaeological park CHORRO DE MAITA MUSEUM that protects the remains of a village and an Indian cemetery with remains of 62 human skeletons, and the TAINA VILLAGE that reproduces scenes of how the indigenous peoples lived. We visit BAHIA DE BARIAY, in a magnificent landscape. Lunch included. Free time in the resort next to the beautiful beaches of Guardalavaca. Dinner included at the hotel.
Guardalavaca- Puerto Padre- Laguna de la Ronda- Cayo Coco.-
We travel to the west of the island. Stop at PUERTO PADRE, a small town stopped in time, which was once the largest sugar port on the planet. Lunch included on route. In LAGUNA DE LA REDONDA, we will include a beautiful one-hour boat ride between the mangroves, foliage-covered tributaries and small inland lakes. After that, spectacular landscapes on the road that crosses the sea towards CAYO COCO. Arrival mid-afternoon, dinner included.
Important Note: The ROUTE BETWEEN GUARDALAVACA AND PUERTO PADRE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. In the meantime, you will travel along the central route, eliminating the stop in Puerto Padre, in that case the itinerary will be as follows:
Departure to the quiet center of HOLGUIN and visit before continuing to the west of the island. Lunch included en route. In LAGUNA DE LA REDONDA, we will include a nice one-hour boat ride among the mangroves, tributaries covered with foliage and small inland lakes. Afterwards, spectacular landscapes on the road that crosses the sea to CAYO COCO -Arrival in afternoon- Dinner included.
Cayo Coco- Yaguajay- Remedios.-
Free morning to enjoy the beach. After lunch (included) we will leave for YAGUAJAY, where the Camilo Cienfuegos museum-cemetery is located. Night in REMEDIOS, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Cuba. Dinner included.
Remedios- Marcelo Salado Sugar Mill- Santa Clara- Havana.-
On the outskirts of Remedios, we see the old Marcelo Salado sugar mill, a former sugar mill closed after the fall of the USSR, and today a museum that shows us what traditional sugar production was like. We include a 20-minute ride on an old train with a steam engine. After that we travel to SANTA CLARA, where we see the Constantino Pérez cigar factory (Montecristo and Partagas cigars). (Important Note: In case of not being in operation, we would visit in Remedios the House of the Three Kings, where you can observe the manual elaboration of Habanos and buy coffee, rum, and cigars.) After lunch (included) we visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum Museum. Return to Havana. Arrival at about 19:00.
Breakfast. End of our services. Transfer from the hotel to the airport not included.
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