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Cuba West to East (14 days)

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Duration

14 days/13 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

PRIVATE ITINERARY

This is the perfect program for those willing to explore the complete country in a couple of weeks. At the end of your trip, thanks to your experienced driver/guide, you will feel that you really know Cuba.

This itinerary suits OFAC regulations for US citizens traveling to Cuba. We would just need to make a few changes to make it perfectly suitable. Contact our team for further information.

We will tailor make your program according to your preferences.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Havana in a special and different way: cycling and photographing.
  • Create your own piece of art while interacting with graphic artists and learning from them. You will take back home a souvenir made by yourself!
  • Travel all over the country with your professional experienced driver/guide at disposal who will guarantee you to explore beyond the tourist areas and you will really feel you visited Cuba.
  • Perfect mix of natural, cultural and leisure experiences.
  • Stay in a private hostels, interact with Cuban people, enjoy their music and make your trip worth also for locals’ economy.
  • Live the experience of going back in time by trying classic American cars.
  • Learn about Cuban world famous cigars and rum; and even try them!
  • Relax at Guardalavaca, enjoy its clear waters with coral reefs and abundant marine life.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Welcome to Havana
DAY 1 - Welcome to Havana

On arrival at Havana International airport, you will be met and welcome by our representative for your guided transfer to the city center.

Accommodation at La Posada de Chacón

Upgrade Suggestion: Hotel Iberostar Packard

Day 2 - Explore Havana
Day 2 - Explore Havana

This morning while mastering the art of cycling, you will have the possibility to discover “on wheels” the magical Havana seawall that borders the Caribbean Sea, the attractive Havana Bay, and the amazing Historic Center, among other interesting places in the city. A different way to explore the city that will give you a closer approach to the Real Cuba.

After a break for lunch, you will visit the Monotype Workshop, an amazing approach to visual arts through traditional graphics where you will create your own pieces of art. All tools and materials will be provided as well as two specialists’ advice to learn and create different prints that you will then be able to keep and sign as graphic works of your own authorship.

Tonight you may like to have a relaxing time mixing cocktails at the sunset. Beginning approximately at 6.30 pm, a professional bar tender will teach you about cocktail recipes, variants, origins and, mostly, about the life on the island, with its lights and shadows. Trying the cocktails you personally prepare will leave you ready to keep enjoying Havana nightlife.

Accommodation at La Posada de Chacón

Day 3 - Photo tour and Buena Vista Social Club
Day 3 - Photo tour and Buena Vista Social Club

After breakfast, become a Havana street photo journalist. It doesn't matter if you're a professional or an enthusiast, find the magic of the unique sunset lights, architecture and people.

Portrait the Joy, the pain, the love and much more, out of the tourist´s usual environment, with the guide and tips of a professional street photography lover who knows the secrets of the city and its surroundings. Just come with your camera, whether it is a good phone one or not!!

You will have the afternoon to rest before going out this evening for the Buena Vista Social Club performance. The original members of the Buena Vista Social Club are no longer performing but the current show is a tribute to their music. Having dinner at the venue is also an opportunity to try typical Cuban food.

Accommodation at La Posada de Chacón

Day 4 - Day tour to Viñales
Day 4 - Day tour to Viñales

This morning your driver/guide will take you for a day trip to for a day trip to the tobaccos’ worldwide famous area, stopping on route in ‘Vegas de Robaina’ tobacco plantation. Once in Viñales, take a cocktail in Los Jazmines terrace while you enjoy a panoramic view of the Valley. Explore the town with your guide and have lunch in ‘Finca El Paraiso’, where they only serve natural cultivated food. Before returning to Havana you may like to locally arrange a horse riding with your guide’s help.

Accommodation at La Posada de Chacón

Day 5 - Havana to Trinidad via Zapata
Day 5 - Havana to Trinidad via Zapata

Today you will be transferred with your driver/guide from Havana to Trinidad stopping on route in Zapata’s Swamp including the visit to the cocodrile’s farm, Aldea Taina, the local museum and lunch in local restaurant, famous among the local ones.

Continue to Trinidad and enjoy a walking tour with your guide, exploring the colonial center and the modern area, appreciate the great view from the rooftop of Museo Romantico and the typical drink in La Canchanchara. Go dancing in Casa de la Trova would be great for tonight.

Accommodation at Ivon & Tony

Upgrade Suggestion: Iberostar Trinidad

Day 6: Topes de Collantes National Park
Day 6: Topes de Collantes National Park

Among the attractions related to Trinidad City, Topes de Collantes is probably one of the most appealing to locals and foreigners. Impressive not only for its beauty and surrounding rivers and falls, but also for homing 45% of the Cuban endemic birds, you will be amused by this national park when you trek one of its most popular pathways: “Guanayara”. Be picked up at your accommodation and driven to Topes de Collantes for a 3 Km walk to the Guanayara Fall where you may have some time for swimming. Learn a little bit about the Cuban Flora and the system for planting and producing the Arabic coffee traded in Cuba.

The rest of your day, back to downtown, would be at leisure for you to do some shopping, dust off your dancing shoes at Casa de la Trova bar.

Accommodation at Ivon & Tony

Day 7 - Trinidad to Camagüey
Day 7 - Trinidad to Camagüey

Today’s destination is Camagüey, a very cultural, active city that has been dubbed as "legendary" due to its traditions, patriotism and its classical style. Originally, the city was built in the bay of “Nuevitas”, but as a result of frequent attacks by pirates, the city has been moved deeper into the country. Here, you will enjoy a city tour with your driver/guide before spending some free time in the evening.

Accommodation at Hostal Los Helechos

Upgrade Suggestion: Hotel Camino de Hierro

Day 8: Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba
Day 8: Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba

Today you will head to Santiago de Cuba, the secret capital, stopping on route in Bayamo and El Cobre. This city is probably the most African in a cultural sense, and is a passionate, lively and buzzing city with a party atmosphere. Various museums, impressive buildings and a cemetery are amongst the top tourist attractions, and the monument of Antonio Maceo on the Plaza de la Revolución is a must-see.

Accommodation at Casa Granda

Upgrade Suggestion: Meliá Santiago

Day 9 - Santiago de Cuba
Day 9 - Santiago de Cuba

Explore Santiago de Cuba with your driver/guide, who will be at disposal and take you to El Morro, Ifigenia Cemetery and Moncada Museum.

Accommodation at Casa Granda

Day 10 - Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa
Day 10 - Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa

Today your driver/guide will take you to Baracoa while you enjoy the beautiful landscape of Sierra Maestra. Once there you will explore the city, famous for its cocoa plantations.

Accommodation at Villa Maguana

Upgrade: Hotel El Castillo

Day 11 - Baracoa
Day 11 - Baracoa

Today you may like to explore National Park Alejandro de Humbolt with your driver/guide or just swim in the river with relaxing and natural environment.

Accommodation at Villa Maguana

Day 12 - Welcome to Guardalavaca
Day 12 - Welcome to Guardalavaca

Now that you have travelled all over the country, it is worth for you to meet the lovely white sand beaches. Make your way to Guardalavaca with your driver/guide. After you check-in, relax or enjoy all kind of services provided by your all-inclusive resort where all meals and drinks are included.

Accommodation at Hotel Sol Río de Lunas y Mares

Upgrade Suggestion: Paradisus Rio de Oro

Day 13 – Guardalavaca
Day 13 – Guardalavaca

At leisure

Accommodation at Hotel Sol Río de Lunas y Mares

Day 14 - Farewell Cuba until next time!
Day 14 - Farewell Cuba until next time!

Check-out on time for your private transfer back to Holguin International Airport and farewell Cuba for the moment.

Included/Excluded

  • 11 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 Nights of accommodation in Guardalavaca (All Inclusive)
  • Professional experienced guide service
  • Private excursions and transfers as described
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Any other services not specified

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