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 then on to Trinidad UNESCO world cultural heritage site with its unique colonial architecture. Continue to the interior of the island to Che 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 Maria...
Greeting in the arrivals area of the airport by your private guide in Havana Airport. They'll bring you to your hotel by private vehicle. Orientating you to the city on your way and helping you check-in when you get there.
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, that 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, Malecon, 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.
Havana - Pinar Del Rio - Sierra de Viñales– Las Terrazas / Soroa (Havana), 350/400 km
Early morning departure and drive on the ‘Ruta del Tabaco’ (Tobacco route) to Pinar del Rio province, visit a cigar or a liquor factory1. 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 the Indian cave including a short boat ride on an underground river through the electrically lit cave (300m on foot and 400m by boat). Continue to Las Terrazas in the Sierra del Rosario. Cuba’s first UNESCO sanctioned biosphere resort.
Day 4Las Terrazas / Soroa (Havana) - bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos, 470 kmDrive 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 in the restaurant "Punta Perdiz", directly on the Caribbean Sea with possibility to swim. 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.
Day 5Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Sugar Mill Valley - Trinidad, 110 kmDrive 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 the ‘Museo Municipal’ at the ‘Palacio Cantero’ or the ‘Museo Romantico’, take a break at the rustic ‘Canchanchara’ bar to taste the local honey liquor.In the afternoon excursion to the nearby Sugar Mill Valley ‚Valle de los Ingenios‘ with the remains of small 19h century sugar mills, including warehouses, milling machinery, slave quarters, manor houses. Visit the ‘hacienda Iznaga’ home of the former sugar barons Iznaga with its legendary ‘slave tower’.Dinner at a private restaurant Paladar Vista Gourmet with its popular roof terrace or "Sol y Son" with antique furniture and a beautiful courtyard. 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 Musica’ near the main square.
Day 6Trinidad - Sierra Escambray - Santa Clara - Remedios,180 kmSpectacular drive over the Escambray mountain range, passing Topes de Collantes towards the center of the island to the historic city of Santa Clara, where Che Guevara obtained his most important victory and where he found his last rest.Visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. Then drive to the small colonial town of Remedios, hardly touched by tourism, where the nationally known ‘Parandas’ take place every year. Stroll over the idyllic main square with the San Juan Bautista church (altar made of mahagony from the 16th. century)
Day 7Remedios - Varadero - Havana, 335 kmHead for Varadero around noon or to the International airport in Havana or transfer to Cayo Santa Maria / Cayo Ensenachos.
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- Hotel Santa Isabel 5-star, a former aristocratic and colonial style palace, located on the Plaza de Armas in old part of the town.
- Palacio Marques de San Felipe y Bejucal 5-star, was launched in 2010, combines stylish furnishings with modern utilities seamlessly, located on Plaza San Francisco.
- Hotel IBEROSTAR Parque Central 5-star, in a neo-colonial and modern style with panoramic rooftop terrace and pool offering the best views over the town.
- Boutique-Hotel Saratoga 5-star, offers spacious rooms, tasty eats, and a rooftop terrace and pool in the ornate historical garb Cuba is infamous for.