Cuba with their Cuban Cigars, Salsa, Cabaret and what not had defined and envisioned a laid-back kind of cool that’s charming to this day. It’s like watching an old Cary Grant movie. It’s a country that’s stuck in 1950’s, the Spanish-style architecture, colorful houses, quaint streets, the restaurants with personalized cigar collection and private humidor rooms. It’s like stepping into a Hollywood movie set of yesteryears.
It’s not just about the electrical Havana or the white sand beaches. Cuba has its share of forests, coffee plantations, tobacco plantations that are equally interesting to see. There is something magical and quaint about this country. It’s a survivor, and that shows. But it’s still one of the most dignified countries in the world.
Once you arrive at Havana, meet and greet with your English speaking guide and check in hotel in Havana.
In the night, you have various options:
- Jazz at „La Zora y el Cuervo“, where famous Jazz stars from the whole world meet.
- Traditional Son à la Buena Vista Social Club, saloon 1930 at the Hotel Nacional.
- Romantic boleros and „Filin“ at Dos Gardenias or Gato Tuerto
Today, head to Old-Havana, past the imposing Capitolio, the Grand Theatre. Enjoy a horse carriage ride through the Prado to the Cathedral Square. Walk through colonial Havana, a UNESCO world heritage site to see the Palace of the Spanish Governor General, Plaza de Armas, El Templete, Plaza Vieja, the Camara Oscura and the deluxe railway carriage of the Cuban presidents dating from 1900.
Then get inducted into the world of Cigars at Humidor bar at the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, with it's fascinating collection of both private and publically available cigars. The best brands of Habanos are waiting to be tasted.
Take this opportunity to also meet the Torcedor (cigar roller) who will initiate you into the art of rolling cigars, accompanied by a cup of Cuban coffee and rum.
The “World Famous” Cigar Bar humidor, run by the Castiano family has been graced by the greatest names in the industry who cherish the relationships and friendships they’ve made. Their humidors have been engineered to assure freshness and control of their extensive inventory and we provide exclusive memberships and lockers in both locations.
In the evening, drive American classic cars that are waiting along the legendary Malecón on Quinta Avenida to the upper class district of Miramar with its splendid mansions. Aperitif in the garden of the traditional Hotel National, listening to the anecdotes about the US Mafia and other celebrities who stayed at this hotel.
After dinner, you can also attend the world famous Tropicana show, a nostalgic open air show with over 200 dancers, musicians in a beautiful tropical garden setting: A perfect way to close the night!
More Cigars today! They don't get their "World Famous" title for nothing. Start with the visits to any of the famous cigar factories -
Partagas, H. Upmann, La Corona or Romeo y Julieta. After this informative trip, time for some entertainment - attend a rehearsal of the Dance ensemble Havana Queens.
Then visit the Casa Compay Segundo, the house of the famous member of the Buena Vista Social Club. Carry on to visit the Gallery Santacana featuring the artist Beatriz Santacana, who specializes in ceramic art and are in their studio insights into their work and in their workshops.
Early today, leave for Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s greenest province with the best tobacco soil of the world. Continue to the golden triangle Vueltabajo between Pinar del Rio, San Luis and Martinez. Tobacco royalty Robaina will walk you through the tobacco fields, drying house and share interesting facts about tobacco growing. Enjoy a Traditional lunch at the plantation with Cuban coffee and cigar.
Continue through the picturesque Viñales Valley, famous for its Mogotes (limestone towers), stroll through the little village of Viñales where time seems to stand still. Visit of the Jardín de Caridad, a private garden near the Indian caves in Viñales, beautifully maintained with a big selection of various fruits and plants.
It's time to see the Pearl Of The South - Cienfuegos, today. Visit the Bay of Cienfuegos, peninsula Punta Gorda, and moor-like “Palacio de Valle”. Stop at the “Villa Lagarto" for lunch with a beautiful view of the bay. After lunch, stroll over the main square Parque Martí surrounded by magnificent buildings influenced by French colonial architecture. After that visit the splendid Terry Theatre, where Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt once performed. After that drive along the panoramic coastal road to Trinidad a UNESCO world heritage site with unique colonial architecture.
It's time for a romantic night out, and Trinidad is the perfect place for it. It's a place that's suspended in time, keeping its old soul and essence! Step out in the evening to enjoy traditional music and dancing with the locals. Visit the Casa de la Trova or the Casa de la Música near the main square.
Trinidad is the town that you hear about when they talk about Cuban charm. Founded in 1514, this town had its peak during the sugar boom in the 19th century. Stroll through the cobblestone streets to the idyllic main square surrounded by the mansion of the former sugar barons. Visit the Museo Municipal at the Palacio Cantero and the ceramic workshop Casa del Alfarero. Enjoy lunch La Marinera in the fishing village, Casilda or Sol y Son with antique furniture and a beautiful courtyard. In the afternoon time at leisure.
Start the morning with a drive to the Sugar Mill Valley - Valle de Los Ingenios. It has remains of small 19th-century sugar mills, including warehouses, milling machinery, slave quarters and manor houses. Later visit the Hacienda Iznaga home of the former sugar barons of Iznaga with its legendary slave tower. Continue to historic Santa Clara where Che Guevara obtained his most important victory followed by Che Guevara mausoleum and then carry on to Remedios, an idyllic colonial town untouched by tourism. Stroll over the pretty main square with the San Juan de Bautista church famous for its mahogany altar from the 16th century.
On the way, stop at Caibarién to visit an erstwhile sugar factory which is a museum now. You can see well-preserved steam trains and engines here. Continue on the north coast, after crossing a 37km long dam, arrive at the island paradise, Cayo Santa Maria.
Today it's your day in the sun by the sea! Relax on the beach or at the pool. Pamper yourself at the beach paradise.
Take the road less traveled today. Literally. Drive down the northern route to Camagüey that's hardly used, stop over at Yaguajay to visit the Camilo Cienfuegos memorial. Camilo was a close friend of Ché Guevara and his comrade during the revolutionary war. Arrive at Camagüey, check out the ‘tinajones’ (clay pots that provided a supply of cool water during droughts) and the birth place of famous Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén.
Here you can also see the Camagüey’s maze of streets that were originally built to thwart pirate invaders. Stroll across to the Plaza Agramonte and then to the gallery of Joel Jover, one of Cuba's most creative and prodigious contemporary painters.
In the evening, you can also visit the Casa de la Trova with live music and dance. Or attend a presentation of the local ballet, which also happens to the most renowned Latin American group in the world. The dancers have performed in over 40 countries.
Start the morning with a visit to the world famous Ballet of Camagüey. It is the first classical ballet created after the beginning of the Cuban revolution. Fernando Alonso, the founder of the Cuban Ballet School, was director for 20 years. Then continue through green, flat sugar cane landscape and stop over at Bayamo city. This is where the national anthem ‘La Bayamesa’ was composed and where national hero Manuel Cespedes proclaimed the independence from the Spanish colonial rule. Then head to El Cobre, a small village where copper has been mined since pre-Columbian times. Then visit the ‘Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Cobre’ Cuba’s most sacred pilgrimage site amidst an imposing natural setting in the Sierra Maestra. Arrival at Santiago by early evening.
Today is all about Santiago! Walk through the historic center with Parque Cespedes, Casa Velazquez12, Plaza Dolores, Calle Heredia and the stair lane Padre Pico. Have lunch near the El Morro fortress with a stunning view over the harbour. In the noon, take a panoramic tour past the Moncada barracks, the Revolution square and the San Juan hill. After dinner, visit the legendary Casa de la Trova, where many famous musicians started their career.
In the morning drive through the heartland of the east enjoying the splendid landscapes of king palms and the typical wooden houses called bohios. Then visit Las Manacas Museum near the village of Birán where Fidel was born and where the Castro family lived. It gives an interesting insight into the economic and social conditions before the Revolution. Continue on to the beach ‘Playa Esmeralda’.
Enjoy your stay at the beach, extend it or take off to Havana for the flight back home. Afterall, in Cuba, time stands still, why not extend your vacation too? Suspended in the vacation mode!
- Round trip in air-conditioned vehicle (taxi / microbus / bus) in customary quality with chauffeur:
- With 02 participants by taxi (Please note that max. 1 piece of luggage p.p. fits into the car boot)
- With 03 - 05 participants by minivan/microbus (6-8 Seats)
- With 06 - 12 participants by minibus (13-20 Seats)
- With 13 - 24 participants by bus (30 Seats)
- With 25 - 35 participants by bus (40 Seats)
- Transfer Havana airport to hotel Havana
- Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program
- During the roundtrip day 1-13 English speaking local guide. Other languages on request at the same rate (Due to possible guide shortage, the airport transfer might be carried out by a CARIBBEAN TOURS representative.)
- 12 overnight stays at the mentioned accommodation (according to availability)
- 12x breakfast, 5x lunch, 3x dinner, 3x All-Inclusive
- All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program
- Extending nights in city or beach hotel e.g. Guardalavaca
- Domestic flight Holguín – Havana
- Transfer to Holguín airport at the end of the round trip
- Personal expenses and tips