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Best of Cuba and Costa Rica Tour

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Overview

Explore the highlights of both Cuba and Costa Rica on an exhilarating two week coach tour. Along the way you will discover the rich history of Cuba and Costa Rica, with stops in the historical cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara and San José. But this tour also embraces nature with visits to Viñales Valley, Laguna Del Tesoro, Monteverde forests and Topes de Collantes, Manuel Antonio and Arenal Volcano National Parks, as well as several sun-kissed beaches. You will learn about the production of tobacco, sugar, coffee and chocolate, and you will have the opportunity to try a variety of optional activities such as water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, ziplining, bungee jumping and jungle night walks. But most importantly you will have the opportunity to mingle with local guides and hosts to gain an authentic insight into the culture and daily lives of Cuban and Costa Rican people. This tour provides the perfect adventure for lovers of history, nature and action!

  • Experience both Cuban and Costa Rican ways of life Enjoy a ride in a classic car, witness the production of tobacco, sugar, coffee and chocolate and mingle with local guides and hosts.
  • Relish Cuban and Costa Rican nature Visit Viñales Valley, Laguna Del Tesoro, Topes de Collantes National Park, beaches, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde forests, Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Marvel at Cuban and Costa Rican history Enjoy visits to the historical cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara and San José

PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM NOVEMBER 2017 ONWARDS THERE WILL BE NO TOURS WITH AN ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE!

Tour highlights

  • Havana – classic cars & rum museum
  • Vinales – tobacco region
  • Cienfuegos
  • Laguna del Tesoro boat trip
  • Topes de Collantes National Park
  • Colonial city of Trinidad
  • Santa Clara’s Che Guevara Memorial
  • La Fortuna (Costa rica)
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Monteverde – farm and forrest
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Quepos
  • Manuel Antonio National park & beach
  • San Jose

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 – Arrival in Havana 
Welcome to Cuba! We can arrange a transfer to the hotel for you (upon request). You will spend the night at a 4* hotel in Havana.

 

Day 2 – Havana
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before meeting you tour guide for a tour of the historic Old Town of Havana – La Habana Vieja. Havana's old town was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982. The atmosphere of bygone days is still present in the streets. Walking through Havana makes you feel as if you have been sent back in time. Enjoy a ride in a classic car and then visit the Havana Club Rum Museum for some much needed refreshments. You will then have time to explore Havana's colourful streets on your own. You will spend the night at a 4* hotel in Havana. 

 

Day 3 - Havana - Viñales 
After breakfast you will head towards Pinar del Río. The western Cuban region is known for the world’s best tobacco. Perhaps visit the "Veguero" (House of the tobacco farmers), and learn how to roll the Cuban cigars, called puros and the cave "Cueva del Indio". Later on you will drive by beautiful, green tobacco fields, heading towards your final destination of the day, Viñales. You will visit the main highlights of the town. Viñales is surrounded by tobacco plantations mogotes - unique limestone formations. You will spend the night at a Casa Particular. 

 

Day 4 - Viñales - Cienfuegos 
You'll leave the green western Cuba and head towards Cienfuegos which is also called the "Pearl of the South". Along the way, you will enjoy a boat tour on the Laguna del Tesoro. This treasure lake is located right in the middle of multiple water canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Afterwards you will explore the city of Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the most beautiful and liveliest cities in all of Cuba. The Palacio de Valle, with its gothic, Venetian, French and neoclassical architectural influences is one of Cienfuegos’s jewels. In the evening, make sure to experience the nightlife on the El Malecón board walk. You will spend the night at a Casa Particular. 

 

Day 5 - Cienfuegos - Trinidad 
This morning you will head to the fascinating city of Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site! In colonial times many of Cuba’s wealthy sugar-barons called this city home so it’s one of the best places in the Caribbean to see some very ostentatious palaces! Your journey will take you through a trip to the El Cubano Park, located in the National Park Topes de Collantes is the perfect location for nature lovers, the town is also used as a Spa town. The exceptional vegetation is home for numerous rainforest plants and animals which you can only find in this area. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Spend the night at a Casa Particular.

 

Day 6 - Trinidad 
The day begins with a tour of Trinidad. In the colonial city there is much to discover, such as the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city, where the Romantic Museum is housed today. Trinidad is known for its brightly coloured houses, cobbled streets and timeless neighbourhoods, bursting with a charming buzz of trotting horses, and bicycles. The old town is wonderful to explore on foot since there are no cars. In the afternoon, take a trip to the beach where you can relax on the beautiful white sand surrounded by palm trees. Spend the night at a Casa Particular. 

 

Day 7 - Trinidad - Havana 
In the morning you will head back to Havana. On the way, you will stop in Santa Clara, where you will visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Here rest the remains of the famous revolutionist, which were only found a few years ago. Santa Clara is the place where the last, big revolutionary battle against the governmental army took place. Reflect on the impact of the revolution during your visit to the famous Che Guevara Memorial. Spend your last night in Havana at leisure - explore, buy final souvenirs or catch a show. Enjoy a stay at a 4* hotel in Havana. 

 

Day 8 - Havana - San José - La Fortuna 
Enjoy your breakfast and then you will be taken to the airport for your flight. Say goodbye to your guide in Cuba and fly to San Jose. Your Costa Rican tour guide will welcome you and together you will continue on to La Fortuna for a stay at The Hotel San Bosco (or similar). At the hotel, you have the evening to relax, so you will be well rested the next day for the beginning of your adventure in Costa Rica.

 

Day 9 - Vulkan Arenal Nationalpark 
La Fortuna is a small tourist village at the foot of the Arenal Volcano and very popular with travellers. From here you have a great view of the only active volcano in Costa Rica. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then you will go on a 3 hour hike in the beautiful National Park around the volcano accompanied by a local guide who tells you interesting facts about the flora and fauna. The trails in Arenal National Park are generally flat and not very strenuous - perfect for a leisurely and informative hike. This area was once devastated by the lava flow in 1968 which is why it has very little vegetation. You also get to see, touch, and walk on dried up lava flow from a smaller eruption that happened in 1992. For those that enjoy some action, there is an array of optional activities including water rafting, mountain biking, canyoning and much more. You will spend the night at the Hotel San Bosco (or similar).

 

Day 10 - La Fortuna - Monteverde 
After breakfast you will travel to Monteverde, where the landscape is hilly and surrounded by fog. Here you will visit a local farm. This tour is much more than a Trapiche (sugar cane mill) tour - you will get to see and learn about coffee, chocolate, and other important Costa Rican crops that this family has on their farm. You will learn about farming & processing, and have the unique chance to taste some typical Costa Rica food. Spend the night at Rancho Makena (or similar).

 

Day 11 - Monteverde Nebelwald 
Enjoy a much needed breakfast and then enjoy a 4 hour hike in the national park located on the Continental Divide, the boarder between the Pacific and Atlantic sides of Costa Rica. You will have the opportunity to explore the nine different paths that weave through the cloud forest, eventually arriving at one of the highest points of the reserve. This point is nicknamed “La Ventana”, meaning “the window” for a reason: it continues to set people in awe with the crystal clear view of the gorgeous mountains, trees and huge sky that surrounds them. Your tour guide will be sure to point out and tell you about the exotic wildlife that inhabits this incredible area. Hike onwards to the Wilford Guindon hanging bridges. Spend the rest of the day as you wish, there are many optional activities available including the various reserves or the butterfly garden. Ziplining, bungee jumping and jungle night walks are offered as well (all optional). Spend the night at Rancho Makena (or similar).

 

Day 12 - Monteverde - Quepos 
After breakfast, you'll leave Monteverde and continue your journey to Quepos. From the city on the west coast most visitors start their tour in the Manuel Antonio National Park. It was established in 1972, extends along the Pacific coast and adjacent to the land area is 55,000 ha in the sea. It is one of the most visited national parks in Costa Rica. Spend the afternoon as you wish. On the coast there are beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for swimming and relaxing. Spend the night at the Hotel California. Relax in your hotel in order to be well prepared for tomorrow. 

 

Day 13 - Manuel Antonio Nationalpark 
After breakfast, you can go off and enjoy the beautiful nature of the National Park on your own. Its main attractions are the four wonderful sandy beaches on the Pacific coast. The endangered squirrel monkeys and capuchin monkeys, sloths, and coatis live here. It offers several viewpoints for dreamlike panoramic views and a swim in a unique setting in the beautiful sea is a must! Spend the night at the Hotel California.

 

Day 14 - Quepos - San José 
In the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then embark on a three-hour drive back to the capital San José. There is enough time for a guided city tour and visits to museums. Marvel at colonial mansions, art galleries, restaurants, markets and at the night life. Lunch will be provided. Spend the night at the Hotel Casa de las Orquideas (or similar).

 

Day 15 - Departure from San José 
On day 15 you will have breakfast and then say goodbye to Central America. We can transfer you to the airport of San José (upon request). If you are not ready to say goodbye to this colourful and hospitable country, we can extend your stay with extra nights and activities (optional).

 

 

Please note that this tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. 

Please call us to confirm transfers!

 

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Best of Cuba and Costa Rica Tour

best of cuba and costa rica tour
  • Day 1Havana
  • Day 2Havana
  • Day 3Havana - Viñales
  • Day 4Viñales - Cienfuegos
  • Day 5Cienfuegos - Trinidad
  • Day 6Trinidad
  • Day 7Trinidad - Havana
  • Day 8Havana - San José - La Fortuna
  • Day 9Vulkan Arenal Nationalpark
  • Day 10La Fortuna - Monteverde
  • Day 11Monteverde Nebelwald
  • Day 12Monteverde - Quepos
  • Day 13Manuel Antonio Nationalpark
  • Day 14Quepos - San José
  • Day 15Departure

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