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Highlights of Cuba

8 Days FROM USD 1,899

Overview

Choose this Tailor-Made itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on Standard accommodation.

The Caribbean island of Cuba has an extraordinary natural beauty and a rich fascinating culture. Start in Havana's beautiful Old City and travel through the coffee and tobacco plantations of Vinales Valley to Cienfuegos and colonial Trinidad. Discover the picturesque island of Caye Blanco by catamaran, before returning to historic Havana via Santa Clara, the final resting place of Che Guevara. 

Trip Code: CULCHIC

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Journey

Location: Cuba

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.  

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Discover the picturesque sights of Havana, a city stuck in time, dotted with colonial streets, bohemian bars and cafes and a vibrant degree of art and music.

  • Embrace the beautiful caribbean coastline of Cuba, with pristine turquoise waters and beaches of pure white sand. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with other land based tours of Latin America, allowing you to experience a multitude of unique cultural encounters & incredible natural landscapes.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Cuba’s capital Havana is a vibrant city teeming with beautiful if sometimes shabby colonial buildings, once the most heavily fortified city in the Americas. The city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and it is now a diverse and fascinating mix of castles, fortresses and Spanish colonial buildings intermingled with modern high rises. The Old City (Habana Vieja), with its narrow streets and overhanging balconies is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the centre of the original city. Soak up the atmosphere as you sip on a Mojito, a refreshing blend of rum, lime, sugar, mint leaves, soda water and ice or maybe sample a Cuba Libre, made with rum, coke and lime.

Havana

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Arrive Havana

Get ready to enjoy an action packed day in Cuba’s capital city. First you will embark on a guided walking tour of Old Havana’s Historic Centre, taking in sites such as the Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Viejay and Plaza de la Catedral. Here, you’ll visit some of Ernest Hemingway’s hangouts, such as the Ambos Mundos Hotel, La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita bar. After a much needed lunch in a local restaurant, you will be met by your private car and taken on a panoramic tour of the city, first visiting La Cabaña Fortress for a view of old and modern Havana across the bay, then touring modern Havana, stopping at Revolution Square and the Capitol Building. Following a busy day, the evening is yours to relax in the hotel or sample some of Havana’s world-class music.

Havana City Tour

Travel by road from your hotel to Pinar del Río Province through the spectacular Sierra del Rosario and stop for a short while at Cafetería Las Barrigonas to visit a small tobacco plantation. Visit a cigar factory in the city of Pinar del Rio and learn about the manufacturing process. Discover the beauty of Viñales and take in the spectacular views from Los Jazmines lookout. Spend some time touring
the town of Viñales and Dos Hermanas valley. Amuse your eyes with the Prehistoric mural and board a boat that will take you along the underground river in the Indian cave. A typical Cuban lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Havana: Vinales Valley

After breakfast and check out, you will meet your local guide who will travel with you to Cienfuegos. On the way you will stop at the ‘Fiesta Campesina’ in Matanzas. From here, you will continue on to Cienfuegos

Havana - Cienfuegos

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred from Cienfuegos to Trinidad.

Cienfuegos - Trinidad

Trinidad is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautifully preserved Spanish colonial settlement built on the back of the sugar and slave trade. At the peak of the sugar industry there were 56 sugar mills in the region. Wander the cobble-stoned streets, see the mansions adorned with Italian frescoes, listen to the troubadours strumming their guitars and watch the salsa dancing in the square at night. Just outside the town are the picturesque Topes de Collantes waterfalls.

Trinidad

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your walking tour of Trinidad. Enjoy a walk along Trinidad’s historical centre. The city has an extraordinarily dense concentration of old colonial houses, many still inhabited by descendants of the old families. Admire the details of windows and balconies, the spacious interiors, the irregular cobblestoned streets; all of this in an atmosphere of vibrant music and open friendly people. A visit to one museum is included as well as to the city mock-up and a complimentary drink at a local bar. Clients will also visit local cultural projects.

Trinindad Walking Tour

After breakfast you will be transferred to the marina for a Seafari catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco. Once at the Cayo Blanco, the time is yours to snorkel, swim or relax on the beach. A full lunch and open bar is included in the tour.

Trinidad: Cayo Blanco

Today, you will be privately transferred to Havana. On the way, your driver will stop in Santa Clara, allowing you to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue your journey to your hotel in Havana.

Trinidad - Havana

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Depart Havana

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Standard Daily 8 USD 1,899

Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-sepaking guide as detailed in itinerary
    Other meals where stated 

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Visa & reciprocity fees
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides & drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • Seasonality & availability. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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