CUBA - CUBA EXPLORER 9 DAYS

EXPLORE AUTHENTIC CUBA

Explore a side of Cuba that few rarely get to experience on this nine-day adventure. Cruise Havana’s history-infused streets in a classic car and stroll along Trinidad’s cobblestone avenues to the rhythms of music floating from open windows. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture and luxuriate in the view of the island’s rolling western hills. Travel by private air-conditioned vehicle is well-paced, so you’re refreshed and ready to explore the island’s vibrant culture and tropical airs. Travelling in a small group experience of maximum 16 people.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Havana – Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included to your casa particular (a Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast) for an authentic Cuban experience.

Day 2 Havana – Enjoy a walking tour of historic Old Havana before hopping in a vintage automobile to cruise through the city. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Cuba’s capital.

Day 3 Havana –  Take advantage of a free day to explore Havana and discover the city’s rhythm. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with the group.

Day 4 Havana/Viñales – Travel to lush Viñales with a cigar factory tour en route.

Day 5 Viñales – Take a walk through the countryside to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Enjoy free time in Viñales in the afternoon.

Day 6 Viñales/Trinidad – Travel to Trinidad, tour the city, and opt to take a salsa dancing lesson.

Day 7 Trinidad – Board a catamaran for an excursion to Cayo Blanco with lunch and snorkeling. Enjoy a free evening in Trinidad to discover this Spanish colonial town that was founded in the 16th century and still preserves a look and feel of the past.

Day 8 Trinidad/Havana – Take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara and the town of Sancti Spiritus, en route back to Havana. Opt to stroll around Plaza Serafin Sánchez for superb people-watching by night.

Day 9 Havana – Depart at any time.

PRICE

From AUD $1999 per person

INCLUSIONS

  • Arrival transfer
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Havana City tour in vintage automobiles
  • Cigar factory tour in Pinar del Rio with demonstrations
  • Area tour from Trinidad
  • Catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco
  • Visits and entry to the Che monument and historical sites in Santa Clara
  • Free time in Havana and Viñales
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Accommodation on this trip is in ‘casas particulares’, the Cuban equivalent of a bed & breakfast. These local accommodation options allow you to participate in a typical Cuban living experience by staying with a family in their home. The family rents a bedroom or two with private bathroom shared amongst guests. Groups are usually spread across multiple casas with a central meeting point for evening socializing in the towns. The casas have air conditioning, hot water, and are usually very centrally located and a great base for exploring Cuban towns and cities.

Hotel service standards can be fairly low in Cuba and in complete contrast to the price paid for these accommodations. Utilizing the local accommodation puts you closer to the Cuban people and lifestyle and often provides a higher standard of service and comfort than in a hotel.

 

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