London - Havana
Arrival to Havana. Meet and greet at “Jose Marti” International Airport. Transfer to selected hotel Tryp Havana Libre. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.
After breakfast a visit to theold part of Havana which was built in 1515. Havana's wealth of fascinating architecture will bewitch you and we'll be shown many interesting historical places. The UNESCO declared this part of town a world heritage historical landmark. It offers the most interesting buildings from the Colonial Era. Visit of the Plaza de la Catedral, the Templete, foundation place of the city of Havana and the castle Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja. We will visit the book market at the Plaza de Armas where you can make some bargains, antique books or old coins can be bought. You’ll need negotiating skills! Lunch will be eaten in a restaurant in the Old Town. By bus we will go on a sightseeing tour through the modern partof Havana passing by the Capitolio, Parque Central, Parque de la Fraternidad, Plaza de la Revolución and the rum factory Bocoy. Accomodation and dinner at the hotel.
Havana - Viñales Valley - Havana
After breakfast we will head off to the picturesque Viñales Valley, situated in the west of the country. On the way, visit of Pinar del Rio, the capital city of this province where we will also visit a cigar factory and experience the metamorphosis of the tobacco leaves into a cigar. Continuation of the trip to the Mural de la Prehistoria, a huge wall painting on rock created by a Cuban artist and showing prehistoric paintings. Lunch will be eaten in a restaurant in the Valley of Viñales. There will be an optional visit of the Cueva del Indio: A stalactite cave with an underground river on which the visitors return by boat back to ground level. On the way back to Havana visit of a Casa del Veguero: A drying barn for tobacco plants with an explanation of the cultivation and harvesting of the tobacco leaves (during harvesting period). Stop at the viewpoint Mirador Los Jazmines. Return to Havana. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
HAVANA – Bahía De Cochinos - Cienfuegos
We head back past Havana to the French founded city of Cienfuegos through the densely vegetated Peninsula de Zapata swamp-lands, and along the beautiful Bay of Pigs. This is where the landing of counter-revolutionary exile militia occured in 1961. There is a musuem here that recounts the events of this conflict which resulted in the first defeat of a U.S backed take-over in Latin America. We will also make stops at a beautiful swimming hole (cenote) which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank, and if the conditions are favourable, at beach for snorkelling. Cienfuegos appeal lies partly in the European flavour of its colonial hub, with a wide Parisian-style boulevard and elegant colonnades, and there is an ambience to inspire Cuba’s most celebrated Son singer to write the words “Cienfuegos is the city I like best”. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
Cienfuegos – Trinidad
City tour of Cienfuegos in the morning, then to Trinidad. For most visitors to Cuba, Trinidad is their standout favorite destination. No other colonial city in Cuba is so well preserved, and the local residents are extremely friendly and festive. Trinidad is steeped in religiosity, none the least of which is Santeria, which is one of several Afro-Cuban religions. The thing however that visitors most love about Trinidad is the nightlife. There are no less than 10 live music venues all within a short walking distance. Many of these have lovely outdoor settings, in courtyards, and within the walls of old colonial ruins. We are near the lovely Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of Sugarmills) and Playa Ancón - where you can enjoy long stretches of unspoiled, white sand beaches. Scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming in waterfalls and horse-riding are other optional activities.
Full day tour in Trinidad, the city is proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988, the tour included visit to Manaca Isnaga Tower, Romantic Museum and La Canchanchara. Lunch is included
On the way back to Havana we stop in at the town of Santa Clara for a panoramic city tour and lunch. Upon entering Santa Clara, there is a huge statue of Ernesto Ché Guevara, to commemorate his death and that of the revolutionaries who died along with him in Bolivia. There is also a museum here dedicated to his amazing life
Free time in the morning to depart in the evening. Transfer to airport include on collective coach
Talk to a specialist
Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.
Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 GMT