The Island of your Dreams in 15 days
By selecting this tour you have the opportunity to travel half of the country and meet a lot of important sites of interest that you can find in the island. From the first day you are in direct contact with the Cuban society and know closely the daily life of Cubans, because you will stay in private homes (casas particulares) and will have at your disposal a driver the 24 hours, who can tell you everything you may want to know about Cuba. Your trip start by knowing Havana and all the history that saves its narrow streets, then you will visit the Cuban countryside, Viñales, where grows the world's most famous tobacco and so on for 15 days you're moving in different provinces of the island, discovering and knowing the real Cuba. This tour ends in Havana when we say to you goodbye at the airport, hoping you have enjoyed your stay and wishing you a safe trip back home.
♦ Duration of the trip: 15 days/14 nights
♦ Accommodation: Casas particulares
♦Places to visit: Havana - Viñales - Cayo Jutías - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Topes de Collantes - Villa Clara - Remedios - Girón Beach - Matanzas - Varadero.
♦ Minimum of persons: 2
- from €1553,00 per person maximum 4 persons
*Prices are based on 2 persons per room.
*For groups of 5 or more people, please contact us for prices.
*You have the option of having a professional and permanent guide throughout the tour for an additional price. Please contact us if you are interested.
Day 1. Arrival to Havana
Welcome to Havana! The capital of Cuba and one of the most important cities of Latin America, with many oldtimers from the years 50s driving around. Your plane will land at the Havana International Airport José Martí, where our driver will be waiting for you in a classic old timer from the years 50s or if you prefer could be a modern car as well, who will take you to your accommodation in the casa particular. If you arrive in the afternoon, you may have some time to take a tour through Havana. Here will start your spectacular vacation. Enjoy it!!!
Day 2. Havana
Once you finish your breakfast you are free to do what you want. Take a moment to meet the most spectacular places Havana has to offer. Walk through the old city center, better known as “La Habana Vieja”, where you will find lot of attractive places to visit full of history and charm. Places such as the “Cathedral of Havana”, the pedestrian street “Obispo”, the very famous Bar-Restaurant “La Bodeguita del Medio” and the “Floridita”, places visited by the very famous writer Ernest Hemingway. All of this and many more you will find out during your trip through La Habana Vieja. (Old Havana).
At 14.00 o clock we pick you up from the casa particular where you are accommodated, to take you to visit the “House Museum of Hemingway”(entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), very famous American writer who used to visit Cuba very often. (The entrance ticket to these places are not included in the price).
In the afternoon - evening you will attend the “Cañonazo” ceremony, replica of a ritual during the time of the Spanish colonization that will take place at the “Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña”, very close to the Havana Bay. The ceremony with canons is held by soldiers dressed in 18th century clothing. (The entrance ticket to this place is not included, entrance aprox. CUC8 p.p.).
The latest departure time will be 19:30pm, to make sure you arrive on time and have time to take some pictures.
Day 3. Havana
After breakfast you go to meet the Modern Havana enjoying the visits to “Revolution Square”, the “Focsa” building (years ago was the tallest building in Latin America), “Habana Libre” Hotel, “University of Havana”, the “Malecón Habanero”, etc. But here you won't finish your trip but will visit the “Castle of the 3 Reyes Magos del Morro”(entrance aprox. CUC6 p.p.) and the “Fortress San Carlos de la Cabaña”(entrance aprox. CUC6 p.p.), buildings with more than 300 years old and of high historical value. (The ticket entrance to these places are not included).
In the Morro there is a lighthouse which you could climb up if you want (entrance aprox. CUC2 p.p.) where you have a fantastic view of Havana. This trip will end up at the “Capitolio”, known as the “White House” of Cuba, essential place to visit for any traveler visiting Havana, sourrounded by majestic buildings from the XIX century, Amercian old timers and very crowded, because is the central point of Havana.
Day 4. Havana – Viñales
After breakfast departure to Viñales, located at the western side of Cuba where it grows and is harvested the most famous tobacco of the world. On your way to Viñales you will stop at “Las Terrazas”, where you will visit the house of “Polo Montañés” (famous Cuban singer). Continuing with the tour you will visit a factory of tobacco (entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.) and a factory of a famous rum: “Guayabita del Pinar”(entrance aprox. CUC p.p.), located in the city of Pinar del Río. (The entrance ticket to these places are not included in the price).
On the way to Viñales you go through a wide variety of tobacco's plantations and Curious rock formations called “Mogote”. At your arrival to Viñales, we will take you to the accommodation at the casa particular where a welcome's cocktail will be waiting for you.
(Optional) We can organize a dinner in a farm with organic food including a drink. It will take place with the sunset and enjoying the nature.
Day 5. Viñales
After breakfast it is time to meet the Cuban country side, full of caves, rivers, mogotes, and many tobacco's plantations where you can see how the most famous tobacco of the World, the “Habano”, is harvest and made manually. Today you will visit the most interesting places of Viñales such as: “El Mural de la Prehistoria” (a painting in a mogote)(entrance aprox. CUC3 p.p.), “El Palenque Cave”(entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), “The Cave of the Indian”(entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), the “Viewpoint los Jazmines”, tobacco's plantations, among others, where you will live unforgettable moments.
Do not forget to bring the photo camera so you can capture all the beauty of the place and can take home a nice remembrance. (The entrance ticket to these places are not included in the price).
Lunch at the farm “El Paraíso” in the “Valle del Silencio”, a Cuban family restaurant. Dishes are typical Cuban meals with meat, chicken, fish and include also a drink.
Day 6. Cayo Jutías
Easy after breakfast departure to “Cayo Jutías” where you will enjoy your day surrounded by crystal and blue Caribbean waters. This key is located in the north coast of the island and is connected to by an artificial road. Here you will find marvelous beaches to swim and to enjoy a day of relax. The return to the casa particular will be in the afternoon.
Day 7. Viñales – Cienfuegos
Breakfast and time to say good by to the Cuban country side and head up center of the Country, where lot of wonders are waiting for you to discover.
The travel time from Viñales to Cienfuegos will take you about 4 and a half hour. During the trip you will visit the “Cave of Ché” (entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.) at the Portales. At Cienfuegos, city also known as the “Pearl of the South”, you will visit at your arrival “José Martí” Park and its surroundings, including the famous “Terry Theater”(entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), the city center, the “Valley Palace”(entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), one of the most beautiful buildings ever build in Latin America.
Once you finish your trip we will take your accommodation at the casa particular where you can take a rest after such a long day. At your arrival you will receive a welcome's cocktail.
Day 8. Cienfuegos – Trinidad
After breakfast, departure to Trinidad, a city frozen in time. Even it was established more than 500 years ago it retains its original beauty.
In the morning you will be free and you can walk as you wish through the old center of the city. Walk through the cobbled streets, visit their colorful buildings, the museums and do not miss the Bar “La Canchánchara” where it is offered a typical drink from Trinidad made of brandy, honey and lemon. In the afternoon visit to the “Valle de los Ingenios” and the hacienda “Manaca Iznaga”, where is located the watchtower “Torre Iznaga”(entrance aprox. CUC1 p.p.), used in the past to check and monitor the slaves on the sugar cane fields.
At the end of the afternoon we will take you to the casa particular where you will be accommodated and will be received with a welcome's cocktail.
Day 9. Trinidad
After breakfast you go to meet one of the most important ecologic sites of the island: the Natural Park “Topes de Collantes”(entrance aprox. CUC10 p.p.), located at 20 km aproximately of Trinidad. This ecologic reserve is located at 800m above sea level with many turistic attractions such as the “Salto del Caburní”, the highest waterfall in the Caribe with 64m of height. Here you will be able to swim and enjoy a virgin natural place. To access to the place you need to walk aproximatel 30 minutes. (The ticket entrance is not included in the price).
Return to the casa particular in the afternoon.
Day 10. Trinidad
After breakfast you can enjoy another day of beach and sun. Just at 15 minutes away by car from Trinidad is located “Ancón” beach, where you will find fascinating crystal waters ideal to practice snorkeling if you enjoy this sport.
Return in the afternoon to the casa particular.
Day 11. Trinidad – Girón beach
Today we will say good bye to the city frozen in time. After breakfast you will return to Havana and half way back we will accommodate you in “Girón Beach”. During the trip you visit “Remedios” town, the 8th established Villa in Cuba where you will see Spanish arquitecture samples from the XVII century and in very good condition. You also visit Ernest Ché Guevara Mausuleum (entrance aprox. CUC6 p.p.) where lie the rests of this famous hero and many of his personal belongings. (The entrance ticket to the Mausuleum is not included in the price).
At your arrival to the casa particular we give you a welcome's cocktail and in the evening you will enjoy an exquisit typical Cuban dish.
Day 12. Girón Beach - Matanzas
Today you have the opportunity to visit one of the most spectacular and visited caves can be found in Cuba, the “Bellamar Caves” (entrance aprox. CUC5 p.p.), with a group of caverns and beautiful galleries with stalactites and stalagmites that started to be formed about 30 million years ago, following studies. The actual place where the cave is located it was originally under the sea and was part of the Matanzas Bay. (The entrance ticket to the cave is not included in the price).
The cave has a journey of 1 km and the access to the cave will take around 45 minutes. Once the excursion has finished you can go for horse riding and enjoy the nature. (This is optional and has an additional cost).
Subsequently you will be taken to the casa particular where you will be accommodated and will be given a free welcome's cocktail.
Day 13. Matanzas
Today you have a free day. In the morning and after the breakfast if you want you can visit some places of interest in the city such as: the “San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral”(entrance aprox. CUC3 p.p.), the “Sauto Theater”(entrance aprox. CUC3 p.p.) with an arquitecture to admire and very rich history, “San Severino Castle”(entrance aprox. CUC1 p.p.), the very first and most important building of the city, built during the centuries XVI and XVII, The pharmaceutical Museum of Matanzas “Triolet”(entrance aprox. CUC3 p.p.), the first pharmaceutical musuem in Latin America with its original forniture and also the only one Frech pharmacy from XIX century that still exists in the world. (The entrance tickets to this sites of interest are not included in the price).
If you wish you can do the visits accompanied by the driver who will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.
And in the afternoon if you want you could go swiming in the beach.
Day 14. Varadero – Havana
After breakfast will departure to Varadero. Today you will enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribe “Varadero”. Among its white sand and crystal water you will relax and enjoy the summer hot that the island offers during the whole year.
In the afternoon-evening departure to Havana where you will be accommodated.
Day 15. Havana – International Airport “José Martí”
Unfortunately vacation has come to an end and I hope they will be unforgettable. Please organize everything with enough time so you arrive to the airport on time and have a trip back without surprises. If your flight will take place in the afternoon, you may have some time to walk through Havana and take the very last pictures. We will bring you to the airport, say good bye and wish you a very nice trip back home.
If you still want to add extra days to your trip just because you want to see more, we invite you to add any of our optional excursions that will help you keep discovering the authentic Cuba.
During this trip you will be accommodated in different casas particulares located in the different cities you will visit. The casas particulares that we have at your disposal in this cities can be found on the following links: Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Playa Girón(Girón Beach) and Matanzas.
Included in the price:
♦Transfers International Airport José Martí - casa particular / casa particular - International Airport José Martí.
♦On day 14 - transfer to Varadero in de morning and transfer to Havana in de evening.
♦Accommodation in casa particular 14 nights (2 persons per room).
♦ Breakfast 14 days.
♦Transport in an American classic car from the 50's or modern auto + fuel + driver at your disposal during 7 days.
♦On day 2 Excursion "El Cañonazo".
♦On day 3 Tour in an oldtimer through the Modern Havana.
♦On day 5 Tour through the sites of interest of Viñales as described on the route, except the entrance price to such sites.
♦On day 6 Excursion to "Cayo Jutías".
♦ 2 meals.
♦ Welcome's cocktails except in Havana.
♦ Excursions. (without entrance).
Not incluided in the price:
♦ Flight ticket.
♦ Procedure of Visa.
♦ Other meals.
♦ The ticket entrance to the sites of interest previously mentioned on the tour description.
♦ Airport taxes.
♦ Optional recommended activities.
♦ Travel insurance.(Required).
♦ Gratuities (tips).
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Day 1. Arrival at Havana.
Day 2. Walk thorough the old center in the morning. At 14:00 o clock pick up from the casa particular to visit the “Ernest Hemingway Home Museum”. In the evening visit to the ceremony of “Cañonazo” .
Day 3. Havana. Tour of the modern Havana by car.
Day 4. Havana - Viñales. Visit to “Las Terrazas”, Cuban Rum and tobacco's factory in the city of Pinar del Rio and arrival to Viñales.
Day 5. Viñales. Visit “El Mural de la Prehistoria”, “Santo Tomás Cave”, “The Cave of the Indian”, el “Mirador los Jazmines”, tobacco plantations, among others. Lunch in the afternoon at the farm “El Paraíso” in the “Silence Valley”.
Day 6. Viñales. Visit “Cayo Jutías”.
Day 7. Viñales - Cienfuegos. Visit to the “Cave of Ché” in Los Portales and later in Cienfuegos, visit to “José Martí” park and its surroundings, the famous “The Theater”, the city center and the “Palacio del Valle”.
Day 8. Cienfuegos - Trinidad. Free in the morning to walk at your own pace through the old center of the city of Trinidad. In the afternoon visit to the “Valle de los Ingenios” (Valley of the Mills).
Day 9. Trinidad. Visit the natural Park “Topes de Collantes”.
Day 10. Trinidad. Beach and sun day.
Day 11. Trinidad - Girón Beach. Visit to “Remedios” town and the “Ernesto Ché Guevara Mausoleum”. Typical Cuban dinner in the evening.
Day 12. Girón Beach - Matanzas. “Bellamar Caves” visit.
Day 13. Matanzas. You are free today and you can take a tour of the city and the various sites of interest.
Day 14. Varadero. Day at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribe “Varadero”. In the afternoon-evening departure to Havana.
Day 15. Havana – International Airport “José Martí”.