Cuba is a place like no other! Emerging from an embargo and the influence of Fidel Castro, the Cuban people are opening up their homes and their hearts to visitors. Visit wonderful old Havana with its rich Spanish heritage, a treasure of baroque and neo-classical architecture; the ‘living museum’ that is the delightful city of Trinidad and the beautiful Vinales Valley. With candy coloured vintage cars cruising past, music seeping out of town squares and the wonderfully relaxed way of life, you may never want to leave!
Day 1: Havana
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, you will meet your private English speaking guide who will travel the entire journey with you. Enjoy dinner with your guide at a traditional paladar restaurant.
Day 2: Havana
Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of old Havana with its amazing atmosphere and architecture. After an included lunch, take a two hour tour of the city in a classic pre-1959 American car. After your tour, your guide will take you to the historic Nacional Hotel where you can relax with a drink in the gardens overlooking the ocean.
Day 3: Havana > Santa Clara > Trinidad
Drive from Havana visiting Ernest Hemingway’s former home before heading to Santa Clara. Here visit the resting place of Che Guevara and tour the very interesting museum commemorating his life. Then continue to the wonderful town of Trinidad for the next two nights.
Day 4: Trinidad
Tour UNESCO Heritage listed Trinidad on foot this morning and later, visit the one of the historic slave plantations in the lovely Valle de los Ingenios. This evening, we recommend you soak up the local atmosphere with a tot of rum and salsa at Casa de la Musica in Trinidad.
Day 5: Trinidad > Cienfuegos
Continue to Cienfuegos and take a tour of the town, rich in Spanish and French influences. Enjoy lunch overlooking the harbour and dinner this evening at the glorious Palacio de Valle, an architectural gem dating from a bygone era.
Day 6: Cienfuegos > Vinales
Head for Pinar Del Rio province, an area well known as Cuba’s main tobacco growing region, where steep sided mountains stand guard over fertile valleys. En route stop at Guama and take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village. Enjoy the next two nights in a lovely Casa Particular (guesthouse).
Day 7: Vinales Valley
Tour the famous Vinales Valley where stops will be made for photos and to absorb the beauty of the area. See how Cuba’s famous cigars are still handmade by local experts and take a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone caves followed by lunch in a countryside restaurant. In the late afternoon, return to your Casa and relax this evening.
Day 8: Pinar del Rio > Havana
After breakfast, depart to the Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve. Enjoy lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. Arrive back in Havana late afternoon for your final night. If you would like, your guide can take you to an excellent restaurant.
Day 9: Havana
Transfer to the airport.
- Tailor-made journey with English speaking guide who will accompany you throughout
- 8 nights’ accommodation in a combination of generally 4 star hotels (in Havana) and premium Casa Particulares (guest houses)
- Transfers and transport by private car
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
- 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
WJ – 2020
Images courtesy of WorldJourneys