Begeleid: Cuba Tradicional

A diversified tour to get to know the traditional Cuba. The trip includes spectacular nature like the Viñales Valley with its imposing Mogotes, the Sierra Escambray, as well as the most important towns with its cultural and revolutionary highlights: Starting from the vibrant capital Havana driving to Cienfuegos - the pearl of the south, on to Trinidad - UNESCO world cultural heritage site with its unique colonial architecture. Continue to the interior of the island to Ché Guevara’s Santa Clara and to Remedios, an idyllic colonial town hardly touched by tourism. At the end of the trip you will have the possibility to extend your holiday at a beach resort like Varadero or Cayo Santa María.

Day 1: Arrival Havana

Welcome at the airport by a representative . Transfer to hotel. Dinner at own expense.

Included meals today: -
Included fees/ tours: Transfer
Total km today: 30 km
Total driving time today: 30 min

Day 2: Habana Colonial and the Flair of the 50`s 

In the morning enjoy a walking tour through Havana’s old town - UNESCO World heritage site - with its most important sights such as: Capitolio, Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas, Palace of the Spanish Governors General, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, El Templete, Castillo de la Fuerza Real, Cathedral square a.o. Taste a cocktail at Hemingway’s famous “Bodeguita del Medio”, see his working room at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. Lunch on the panoramic rooftop terrace of the Hotel Ambos Mundos. It is here, in room 511, where Hemingway wrote his famous novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls". In the afternoon panoramic drive through the Havana of the 50s with the Revolution Square, Malecón, the legendary Hotel Nacional de Cuba and the residential district of Miramar with its splendid mansions along the Quinta Avenida. In the evening possibility to attend the famous Tropicana show. 

If the Palace of the Spanish Governors General is closed, another one e.g. Museum de Artes Coloniales will be visited.

Included meals today: breakfast and lunch
Included fees/ tours: City tour and sightseeing Havana, entrance fees according to programme, cocktail in “Bodguita del Medio”. 
Total km today: -
Total driving time today: -

Day 3: Havana - Pinar del Rio - Viñales - Las Terrazas / Viñales

Early departure and drive on the Tobacco route to Pinar del Rio province, visit a cigar or a liquor factory. In continuation explore the Mogote Valley with its famous limestone rocks and the picturesque village of Viñales, where time has stood still. Visit a tobacco farmer who will explain all about tobacco growing, view the Mural de la Prehistoria on a cliff at the foot of the 617 m high Sierra de Viñales. Visit of the Indian cave including a short boat ride on an underground river through the electrically lit cave. Continue to Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario. Cuba’s first UNESCO sanctioned biosphere resort. 

Important: Please note, cigar factories are closed in the afternoon and on weekends. In case the cigar factory cannot be visited in Havana, we will try to arrange a visit e.g. in Pinar del Rio or in Cienfuegos. During vacation (January/February) only the cigar shops at the factories can be visited.

Please note, that long waits at the Indian cave may be expected. 

Included meals today: breakfast 
Included fees/ tours: Transfer, entrance cigar or liquor factory, panoramic tour, visit of Tobacco farmer and visit of the prehistorical wall, boat tour
Total km today: Las Terrazas 350 km / Viñales 210 km
Total driving time today: 3 h - 3 h 30 min.

Day 4: Las Terrazas / Viñales - Bay of pigs - Cienfuegos

Drive towards the center of the island. Stop in Guamá on the peninsula Zapata, the largest swamp in Cuba with a special flora and fauna. Take a speed boat through the mangroves to the Taino village on the treasure lagoon and lunch e.g in the restaurant „Punta Perdiz“ or „La Boca“. Continue along the historic Bay of Pigs to Cienfuegos inspired by French colonial architecture. Stroll over the main square to the nostalgic Terry Theatre where Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt performed once upon a time. Cocktail at the Moorish inspired “Palacio de Valle” on the peninsula Punta Gorda the former residential area with its typical wooden houses. 

Important: Please note, that longer waiting times might occur at speed boat trip.

Included meals today: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Included fees/ tours: Transfer, boat trip, visit of Taino village, city tour Cienfuegos, cocktail at Palacio del Valle
Total km today: Las Terrazas 400 km / Viñales 530 km
Total driving time today: 5 h - 6 h 30 min

Day 5: Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Sugar Mill Valley - Trinidad

Drive along the panoramic road to Trinidad – UNESCO World heritage site with unique colonial architecture. Stroll through the cobblestone streets to the idyllic main square surrounded by the mansions of the former sugar barons. Visit of the museum Municipal at the Palacio Cantero take a break at the rustic “Canchánchara” bar to taste the local honey liquor. Lunch in a private restaurant (paladar), e.g. „La Marinera“ in the fishing village Casilda or “Sol y Son" with antique furniture and a beautiful courtyard in Trinidad. In the afternoon excursion to the Sugar Mill Valley “Valle de los Ingenios” with the remains of small 19th century sugar mills, including warehouses, milling machinery, slave quarters and manor houses. Visit the hacienda Iznaga home of the former sugar barons Iznaga with its legendary slave tower. Enjoy the romantic night-life by listening to traditional music and dancing with the locals. Visit the Casa de la Trova or the Casa de la Música near the main square. 

Important: Please note, in case the Museo Municipal at the Palacio Cantero is closed, we shall try to arrange a visit to another museum.

Please note, that climbing the slaves tower is at own risk.

Included meals today: breakfast and lunch
Included fees/ tours: Transfer, city tour Trinidad, entrance city museum, visit of honey liqueur bar and Hacienda Iznaga, journey through the nightlife of Trinidad
Total km today: 110 km
Total driving time today: 1 h - 1 h 30 min

Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Remedios

Spectacular drive over the Escambray mountain range, passing Topes de Collantes towards the center of the island to the historic city of Santa Clara, where Ché Guevara obtained his most important victory. Visit of the Ché Guevara mausoleum. Then drive to the small colonial town of Remedios, where the nationally known Parandas take place every year. Stroll over the idyllic main square with the San Juan Bautista church (altar made of mahogany from the 16th century).

Important: Please note, the Ché Guevara mausoleum is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. CARIBBEAN TOURS assumes no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Che alone is worth a visit.

Opening times of churches cannot be guaranteed as it depends on the local pastor.

Included meals today: breakfast 
Included fees/ tours: Transfer, visit Ché Guevara mausoleum, walk through Remedios
Total km today: Varadero 180 km
Total driving time today: 3 h

Day 7: Remedios - Varadero / Havana

Continuation via Varadero around noon (for guests with a beach extension in Varadero) to the hotel or to the international airport in Havana (for guests who leave the country) or transfer to Cayo Santa María/Cayo Ensenachos (for guests with a beach extension on the cayos.

Included meals today: breakfast 
Included fees/ tours: Transfer
Total km today: Varadero 280 km / Havana 335 km
Total driving time today: 4 h - 5 h