Day 1: Havana
Welcome at Jose Marti Airport where you will be transferred to Old Havana for your overnight stay at the historic Sevilla Hotel or (upgraded option to luxury Parque Central hotel), both of which are situated in an excellent position within a very short walk of Old Havana. Overnight stay in Havana.
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast we will depart for a detailed guided sightseeing tour of Havana. A unique experience, the tour will visit all the major sights of the city including the historic Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. We can absorb the atmosphere of the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Havana, flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th Century. We will visit the impressive Museum of the Revolution and stop at the Havana Club Rum Museum where there may be the chance to sample the different rums. A panoramic tour of El Morro fortress will follow, which offers beautiful view of Havana Bay. Lunch will be taken at the famous El Patio restaurant situated in a beautiful location overlooking the historic Cathedral Square in the heart of Old Havana, before continuing to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara with the tour ending with a drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy exploring Old Havana or relax by the hotel pool! In the evening dinner will be taken at restaurant Casa Espanola, a castle-like mansion with stained glass windows representing various regions of the country. After dinner we will enjoy the Tropicana Cabaret show, Cuba’s oldest and most famous cabaret show, known as the ‘Paradise under the Stars’, opened first in 1931. Overnight stay in Havana (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 3: Havana to Santa Clara and Trinidad
After breakfast we will journey east through the sugar plantations for the city of Santa Clara the final resting place of “Che Guevara”. On arrival we will visit the mausoleum and the museum dedicated to his extraordinary life, followed by a short orientation tour of the city including the train “Tren Blindado” that was attacked in the decisive moments of the Cuban Revolution. After lunch in a local hotel we will continue through the Escambray Mountains to Trinidad a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Overnight and dinner will be at the beautiful and luxurious Iberostar Grand Hotel, located in the town centre. Overnight stay in Trinidad (breakfast and lunch included).
Day 4: Trinidad
After a leisurely breakfast, we will explore Trinidad visiting either Palacio de Cantero or History Museum, followed by a visit to La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, where we can try the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane juice cocktail. Lunch will be taken at the Grand Hotel Trinidad and there will also be some time to explore the historic city independently. Dinner this evening will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Overnight stay in Trinidad (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 5: Trinidad to Cienfuegos
After breakfast, we will continue our tour to Cienfuegos, city known as ‘Perla del Sur’ (‘Pearl of the South’) due to its large boulevards, fascinating buildings and spectacular views over the bay. We will visit the city admiring the Neoclassical structures, some dating from 1815, and the Tomas Terry Theatre, a sumptuously colonial theatre. Lunch will be at Nautical Club restaurant, a beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. The rest of the day will be free to walk around the city or enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel. We will have dinner in Palacio del Valle, a stunning Moorish-style palace. Overnight stay in Cienfuegos (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 6: Cienfuegos to Pinar Del Rio
Today we will be departing for Pinar Del Rio province, an area known throughout the world as Cuba’s main tobacco growing region, where steep sided “Mogote” mountains stand guard over fertile valleys. En route we will stop at Guama where we will take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village on the shores of Treasure Lake. Lunch will be taken in a local countryside restaurant. Tour will continue to Vinales, where we will overnight in Casa Particular's (Spanish for ‘private house’). These are normally run by Cuban families in the community and will be a chance to really experience Cuba and interact with the locals. Each Casa Particular is different and as they are small, the group will be split across different Casa Particulars. Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Vinales (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 7: Vinales Valley
Today we will visit for the famous Vinales Valley, including stops to absorb the beauty of the area. We will experience how Cuba’s famous cigars are still handmade by local experts by visiting one of Pinar Del Rio’s famous Cigar Factories. There will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone cave system followed by lunch in the Ranchon San Vicente countryside restaurant. Dinner will be provided at your local casa. In the late afternoon, you will return to your Casa Particular to relax in the patio or socialize with the local family. Overnight stay in Vinales (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 8: Havana and Depart
After breakfast, we will depart to Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve, for lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. After lunch we will transfer back to Havana for your return flights or Havana hotel or onwards to Varadero where sadly our tour ends (breakfast and lunch included).
Our Pearl of the Caribbean tour is an ideal way of discovering the varied and fascinating sights of western Cuba. After a comprehensive introduction to Havana, the tour continues via Santa Clara and the world famous mausoleum of Che Guevara to the World Heritage site of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the world. The tour then proceeds to the stunning tobacco growing area of Vinales Valley which includes staying in a Casa Particular, a truly unique experience.
Pearl of the Caribbean
7 night tour
from £1669 per person
2018 Cuba escorted tours package holidays Prices are per person based on two sharing.
Prices include flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability. Flights from Gatwick - other departures also available, call for details.
Tour plus Varadero
7 night Pearl of the Caribbean tour
7 nights Blau Varadero
from £2039 per person
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