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PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN

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July 17, 2019

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5350
7 Nights
Availability : Valid till 27 APR 19
Cuba
Max People : 20

CUBA

There are very few countries in the world as richly and immediately evocative as Cuba. Just the mention of its name seems to conjure images of charmingly faded colonial buildings, 1950s-era American motorcars parked on sun-soaked street corners, and salsa dancing to the libidinous beat of Afro-Cuban rhythms.

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Broadly speaking, Cuba attracts two kinds of tourists: those drawn by the fascinating revolutionary and isolationist history of the country, which has withstood over 60 years of communist rule, staunch US embargoes, and the sudden withdrawal of Soviet Union-sponsored subsidies in 1991, to emerge with its unique national character very much intact; and those who want a tropical Caribbean getaway on Cuba’s magnificent white-sand beaches, complete with some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world, and maybe a touch of vibrant culture thrown in.

PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN

HIGHLIGHTS

Museum of Revolution, Havana
Havana Club Rum Factory, Havana
Che Guevara’s Museum and Mausoleum, Santa Clara
Museum, Trinidad
La Canchanchara, Trinidad
River trip and entrance to Taino Indian Village in Guama
El Indio Limestone Cave system, Vinales Valley
Tobacco Factory Francisco Donatien, Pinar del Rio

INCLUDES

Share twin accommodation in a selected hotels
2 nights accommodation in Havana
2 nights accommodation in Trinidad
1 night accommodation in Cienfuegos
2 nights accommodation in Vinales
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Return Airport Transfers, Tours, Entrance Fees

EXCLUDES

Airfare
Visa
Insurance
Personal items
Tips

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Welcome at Jose Marti Airport where you will be transferred to your accommodation in Havana for your overnight stay.

DAY 2

After breakfast approx 0900 we will depart for a detailed guided sightseeing tour of Havana. A unique experience, the tour will visit all the major sights of the city including the historic Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Cathedral. We can absorb the atmosphere of the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Havana, flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th Century. We will visit the impressive Museum of the Revolution and stop at the Havana Club Rum Museum where there may be the chance to sample the different rums. A panoramic tour of El Morro fortress will follow, which offers beautiful view of Havana Bay. Lunch will be taken at Local restaurant situated in a beautiful location overlooking the historic Cathedral Square in the heart of Old Havana, before continuing to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara with the tour ending with a drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy exploring Old Havana or relax by the hotel pool! In the evening dinner will be taken at restaurant Casa Espanola, a castle-like mansion with stained glass windows representing various regions of the country. After dinner we will enjoy the Tropicana Cabaret show, Cuba’s oldest and most famous cabaret show, known as the ‘Paradise under the Stars’, opened first in 1931. Overnight stay in Havana

DAY 3

After breakfast we will journey east through the sugar plantations to the city of Santa Clara, the final resting place of “Che Guevara”. On arrival we will visit the mausoleum and the museum dedicated to his extraordinary life, followed by a short orientation tour of the city including the train “Tren Blindado” that was attacked in the decisive moments of the Cuban Revolution. After lunch in a local hotel we will continue through the Escambray Mountains to Trinidad a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Overnight in Trinidad and dinner will be at a local restaurant close to the Town centre. Overnight in Trinidad

DAY 4

After a leisurely breakfast, we will explore Trinidad visiting either Palacio de Cantero or History Museum, followed by a visit to La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, where we can try the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane juice cocktail. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant and there will also be some time to explore the historic city independently. Dinner this evening will be taken in the hotel restaurant. Overnight in Trinidad

DAY 5

After breakfast, we will continue our tour to Cienfuegos, city known as ‘Perla del Sur’ (‘Pearl of the South’) due to its large boulevards, fascinating buildings and spectacular views over the bay. We will visit the city admiring the Neoclassical structures, some dating from 1815, and the Tomas Terry Theatre, a sumptuously colonial theatre. Lunch will be at Nautical Club restaurant, a beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. The rest of the day will be free to walk around the city or enjoy the swimming pool at your hotel. Dinner will be held at Palacio del Valle. Overnight in Cienfuegos

DAY 6

Today we will be departing for Pinar Del Rio province, an area known throughout the world as Cuba’s main tobacco growing region, where steep sided “Mogote” mountains stand guard over fertile valleys. En route we will stop at Guama where we will take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village on the shores of Treasure Lake. Lunch will be taken in a local countryside restaurant. Tour will continue to Vinales, where we will overnight in Casa Particular’s (Spanish for ‘private house’). These are normally run by the Cuban family and will be a chance to really experience Cuba and interact with the locals. Each Casa Particular is different and as they are small, the group will be split across different Casa Particulars. Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant. Overnight in Vinales

DAY 7

Today we will visit for the famous Vinales Valley, with stops for absorbing the beauty of the area. We will experience how Cuba’s famous cigars are still handmade by local experts by visiting one of Pinar Del Rio’s famous Cigar Factories There will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone cave system followed by lunch in the Ranchon San Vicente countryside restaurant. In the late afternoon, we will return our Vinales casas to relax in the patio or socialize with the local family. Dinner will be provided at your local casa. Overnight in Vinales

DAY 8

After breakfast, we will depart to Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve, for lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. After lunch we will transfer back to Havana for your return flights or Havana hotel or onwards to Varadero where the tour ends.

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