MEXICO CITY 61ºF - 61ºF
Welcome to Mexico. Transfer to hotel and free time. Our guide will contact you late in the afternoon or provide information through the informative panels in the hotel reception area.-
MEXICO CITY 61ºF - 61ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: City tour of Mexico City. Boat ride in a trajinera. Transfer to Plaza de Garibaldi. Dinner included. Today we have a fantastic day acquaint ourselves with Mexico. We include a sightseeing tour of the city. We will visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, and the historic center in which the Zócalo (main square) and its Metropolitan Cathedral stand out, the main Aztec temple, Chapultepec Park, the “Paseo de la Reforma” Avenue and the other main avenues of this impressive city. At the end of the visit we travel to the BASILICA OF GUADALUPE, the most visited Catholic temple in the Americas where the Virgin of Guadalupe is found. There we will be able to explore the old basilica dating back to the 18th Century and also the modern temple. In the afternoon we travel to the neighborhood of XOCHIMILCO, a wonderful place with its canals and semi-floating gardens. Here we include a ride in a “trajinera”, one of the boats festooned with flowers. In the evening we include a transfer to the Plaza de GARIBALDI, with its bars, restaurants and bars where tacos and tequila are served and the Mariachis sing. Dinner is included in a traditional restaurant.
MEXICO CITY 61ºF - 61ºF - MORELIA 54ºF - 54ºF - JANITZIO 84ºF - 84ºF - PATZCUARO 52ºF - 52ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Visit Morelia. Lake Patzcuaro with a boat trip to island Janitzio. Patzcuaro village.We leave México DF, and amidst green countryside we enter the state of Michoacán. We travel to MORELIA, the splendid Michoacán capital whose center, with its magnificent cathedral, was declared UNESCO World Heritage. Time for lunch and a stroll in the center. Then we will go on to the beautiful Lake Pátzcuaro, the heart of the Purépecha region. We embark and travel to the island of JANITZIO, where after our 25-minute crossing, we reach this picturesque village full of life and craft shops. After this, we see PATZCUARO, a pretty colonial village with its outstanding Basilica of Our Lady of Health and the house of the eleven courtyards which today is a craft center. Night in this “magical village”.
PATZCUARO 52ºF - 52ºF - CHAPALA 68ºF - 68ºF - TLAQUEPAQUE 68ºF - 68ºF - GUADALAJARA 68ºF - 68ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Chapala Lake and town. Tlaquepaque district. We set out for the state of Jalisco. We´ll see Lake Chapala, the largest natural lake in Mexico, surrounded by mountains. CHAPALA, time for a stroll and lunch in this small touristic city by the lake. We stop in the TLAQUEPAQUE district with its picturesque streets full of shops and craftsmen. Arrival in GUADALAJARA, capital of Jalisco and birthplace of Mariachi and Tequila.
GUADALAJARA 68ºF - 68ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City Tour of Guadalajara. Mundo Cuervo´s distillery entrance and tasting, and free time in Tequila city. In the morning we include a visit to Guadalajara, the modern metropolis with its colonial historic center, its cathedral, its market, its Tapatía square. We will enter the Cabañas Hospice, declared Unesco World Heritage. After the visit, we will go on to the next town of TEQUILA, we include entrance to the MUNDO CUERVO distillery and will see how this famous Mexican drink is made (entrance and tasting included). After this, time for a stroll and lunch in the picturesque town of Tequila. After lunch, we return to Guadalajara.
GUADALAJARA 68ºF - 68ºF - GUANAJUATO 55ºF - 55ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City Tour of Guanajuato. Cable car ride to "El Pípila".We travel to the state of GUANAJUATO. Arrival at midday. In the afternoon we include a city tour of this very beautiful university city declared World Heritage, its steep slopes, its narrow streets, its churches, and we also include a cable car ride to admire the view from “el Pípila”.
GUANAJUATO 55ºF - 55ºF - DOLORES HIDALGO 57ºF - 57ºF - SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE 57ºF - 57ºF - QUERETARO 57ºF - 57ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende cities. Atotonilco Sanctuary. Queretaro. Amidst the mountains, we will travel to DOLORES HIDALGO, the city that is the cradle of Mexican independence. Afterwards we head to SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, a beautiful city with vice regal architecture and cobbled streets declared World Heritage. Time for a stroll. In the afternoon, we visit the ATOTONILCO Sanctuary, known as the “Century of God and the Patria”, World Heritage site (sometimes it will not be possible to visit inside due to the retreats that take place there). We then go to QUERETARO, with its very beautiful colonial center, its main square, its busy restaurants and pedestrian streets.
QUERETARO 57ºF - 57ºF - TEOTIHUACAN 59ºF - 61ºF - MEXICO CITY 61ºF - 61ºF
We travel to TEOTIHUACAN, in Náhuatl “the place where men become gods”, one of the most impressive cities in the ancient world. Here we admire the pyramids of the sun and the moon, entrance and tour. Continuation to MEXICO CITY, arrival at lunchtime.
MEXICO CITY 61ºF - 61ºF - HAVANA 73ºF - 73ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: Flight to Havana. Transfer to and from the airport. Afternoon trip in a classic car to the fortress of San Carlos (ticket included).After breakfast a transfer takes you to the airport to take your flight to La Havana. Upon arrival, we shall be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. 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.
HAVANA 73ºF - 73ºF
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHT: City Tour of Havana. Boat trip to Regla. Visit to Callejón del Chorro. 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. In the evening, those who wish may optionally attend the famous Tropicana cabaret-show.
HAVANA 73ºF - 73ºF - GUAMA - CALETA BUENA - GIRON - CIENFUEGOS 75ºF - 75ºF
TODAY´S HIGHLIGHT: Visit to Crocodile Farm with boat trip in Guama. Time to bathe on the beach of Caleta buena. Colonial city of Cienfuegos. Lunch and dinner included. 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! 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.
CIENFUEGOS 75ºF - 75ºF - TRINIDAD 77ºF - 77ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit of Trinidad, Temple of Yemayá, resort hotel at Ancon Beach. Evening transfer to the Cathedral. Lunch included. 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.
TRINIDAD 77ºF - 77ºF - GUACHINANGO 73ºF - 73ºF - CAMAGUEY 72ºF - 72ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Historic train ride. Fenota. Guachinago. Sancti Spiritus. Camagüei. Lunch included. 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.-
CAMAGUEY 72ºF - 72ºF - GUAIMARO 75ºF - 75ºF - BAYAMO 75ºF - 75ºF - SANTIAGO DE CUBA 73ºF - 73ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Camaguey historical center, Guaimaro, Bayamo, Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba. Lunch included.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.
SANTIAGO DE CUBA 73ºF - 73ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit of Santiago. Rum factory. Castillo del Morro (UNESCO Heritage site). Lunch included. 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 73ºF - 73ºF - HOLGUIN 73ºF - 73ºF - GUARDALAVACA
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes. Chorro de Maita archeological park. Free afternoon at the resort. Lunch and Dinner included. 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 before Columbus’s arrival. We see the magnificent surroundings of BARIAY BAY, where Christopher Columbus landed. Lunch included. Afternoon free at the resort by the beautiful Guardalavaca beaches. Dinner included in the hotel.
GUARDALAVACA - PUERTO PADRE 77ºF - 77ºF - CAYO COCO
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Puerto Padre city, Boat ride in Laguna de la Redonda. Spectacular landscapes on route to Cayo Coco. Lunch and Dinner included.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.
CAYO COCO - REMEDIOS 77ºF - 77ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Free time in Cayo Coco. Yaguajay. Night in Remedios. Lunch and dinner included.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 77ºF - 77ºF - CENTRAL AZUCARERA - SANTA CLARA 75ºF - 75ºF - HAVANA 73ºF - 73ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit to Sugar Mill, tide on steam train, visit to cigar factory and the Che Guevara Mausoleum museum. Lunch included. 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). After lunch (included) we visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum Museum. Return to Havana. Arrival at about 19:00. End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night.
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