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Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay)

Havana Excursions - Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay) Havana Excursions - Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay) Havana Excursions - Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay)
  • Destinations: Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos City
  • Classifications:
    • » Overnight
    • » Nature
    • » Cultural
    • » History
    • » Colonial Cuba
    • » Jeep
    • » Hiking
  • Duration: 2 days / 1 nights
  • Character: Private Excursion
  • Departure Time:
    • » Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 08.00am (from September 21, 2016 to October 31, 2017)
    •  Days Week:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay) – Description

This exclusive jeep tour - with your private driver/guide - brings out the best of Cuba.  [more]

Day 1: Cienfuegos – El Nicho – Trinidad

Havana Excursions - Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay)

When leaving Havana, it seems as if you are driving back, in time though as you´re definitely riding forwards. The contrast between Cuba´s countryside and its cities (such as Havana) is not only striking, but also very interesting. The distance to Cienfuegos is approximately 243km (151miles), hitting first the expressway.

★ The City of Cienfuegos (UNESCO World Heritage Site) looks chic and is a feast for the eye of an architect. Founded by French emigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana in 1819, Cienfuegos is unique compared to other colonial Cuban cities, previously founded by Spaniards. The beating heart of the city is Parque José Martí flanked by government buildings, a cathedral, art gallery and the Teatro Tomás Terry. Savor a cocktail at the eclectic Palacio del Valle (itself an architectural cocktail of gothic, Moorish and neoclassical styles).

★ Lunch at Club Cienfuegos - former yacht club and founded in 1920 - with still a strong maritime feel.

★ The distance from Cienfuegos to Trinidad is about 95km (60miles) and is scheduled through the inland in order to get to El Nicho: a nature reserve with friendly waterfalls. ¨El Reino de las Aguas¨ is a gentle hiking trail of 2km (1.2mile), and whether or not to make the two-hour trek is completely up to you.

★ And then there lies Trinidad, tranquilly between the feet of the Sierra Escambray mountain range and the azure-blue Caribbean Sea.

★ After having settled in a Casa Particular (homestay), the evening will be at leisure. This is a conscious choice in favor of your privacy. Enjoy Trinidad by night with your partner, family or friends. Look for suggestions below under ¨What to do at Trinidad at night¨.

(Mealplan: lunch is included)


Destination(s): Trinidad, Cienfuegos City

Day 2: Trinidad and surroundings – Santa Clara – Havana or Varadero

Havana Excursions - Private Jeep Tour to Trinidad, Cienfuegos & Santa Clara (overnight in homestay)

★ Homemade breakfast on the patio, porch or in the kitchen of your Casa Particular.

★ Heading by jeep to the nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Trinidad owes its existence to the sugar industry flourishing from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. The Manaca Iznaga tower (1750), 44 meters (144ft) high, was built next to a hacienda, those days to control the slaves. Today, after climbing the stairs, it reveals the friendliest panoramas of a breathtaking environment. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios are declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1988).

★ Back to Trinidad, to bring a last toast to the town at the bar La Canchánchara, housed in a mansion dating from 1723, and named after a regional drink made from lemon juice, honey and rum, served in glazed ceramic pots.

★ Lunch in a paladar (meaning palate), which is a private restaurant, before taking off northwards to Santa Clara.

★ Each of the three cities of this program clearly features its proper time frame. Where Cienfuegos represents the late 19th / early 20th century, Trinidad goes a few centuries back in history. Santa Clara, however, is a modern university city that is inextricably linked to the late 50´s of the last century and to the triumph of the revolution. A visit to Che Guevara´s Memorial will clarify why.

★ Your driver/guide will take you to your destination of your choice, which may be the celebrated beaches of Varadero, or the charismatic capital Havana.

(Mealplan: breakfast, lunch are included)


Destination(s): Trinidad, Santa Clara


More Info

Versions

There are two different jeep categories, namely:
• The BYD S6 seats (apart from the driver/guide) four participants and stores their luggage (2 big + 1 small bag); ideal for a family with (two) children or four participants of average size.
• The BAIC BJ40 accommodates the driver/guide + three participants and their luggage. Up to three people can travel comfortably, as well as a family with (one) child.

Included in price

• Transportation per air-conditioned jeep (4-seater or 5-seater jeep according to reservation).
• Program (and entrance fees) according to description.
• Professional, multilingual driver/guide.
• Day 1. cocktail, lunch.
• Day 2. breakfast, cocktail, lunch.
• Overnight in a Casa Particular (homestay) in a double or single room with private bathroom.

Not included in price

• Dinner (Day 1. and 2.), other consumptions and refreshments.
• Optional activities that are not described in the program.
• Expenditure of personal nature.
• Gratuities.

Remarks

• A professional driver, and your guide at the same time, will drive the jeep, jeeps are insured.
• Children are very welcome on this tour, only child discount is not applicable, for which they have to be booked as adults. Children do count as an additional person sharing the jeep, resulting in a similar discount. Infants (0-2 years) travel free, however car seats and cots are often not available.
• Published ¨Prices From¨ are based on the participation of two persons. When sharing the jeep with three or four people, reductions will apply.
• Triple rooms are not bookable on this tour. In the case of an uneven number of participants, twin and single rooms should be booked.
• Don’t forget to bring swimwear and a pair of sturdy shoes or sneakers if you choose to swim and hike in El Nicho.
• The program can be subject to changes due to local conditions (e.g. closure due to reparations, weather conditions, etc.).
• Che Guevara´s memorial and museum in Santa Clara are closed on Mondays. Therefore, this jeep tour has no departure scheduled on Sundays, so that this closure will not affect one of the highlights of this program.
• In addition to the published drop-off places Havana or Varadero, you can optionally also end this jeep tour in Trinidad or in Santa Clara. Santa Clara is a perfect base to travel further on to e.g. Cayo Santa Maria. The driver/guide can help you to find a suitable taxi, which will drive you to this gorgeous beach area (distance aprox 113km).

What to do in Trinidad at night?

Dining
• Private restaurant Sol Ananda, a beautiful building, located at the Plaza Mayor, furnished in colonial style. Extensive menu with Cuban-fusion dishes.
Address: Ruben Martinez Villena (Calle Real) # 45 Esquina Simon Bolivar (Calle Desengaño).
• Private restaurant San Jose, Cuban and Italian cuisine. Popular restaurant, reservation strongly advised.
Address: Maceo (Gutierrez) # 382 entre Colon y Smith.
• Private restaurant La Redacción, recently opened in a colonial building (once the redaction of a newspaper). Possibility to dine at the patio. International cuisine, specialty seafood.
Address: Maceo (Gutierrez) # 463 entre Simon Bolivar (Desengaño) y Fco. Javier Zerquera (Rosario).

Music, Drinks and Dancing
• La Escalinata is Trinidad´s nightlife center. Every evening (at about 08.00 – 08.30 pm) a salsa band will play live music at the old stone city steps (near the church). Dance or sit on the stairs or on one of the terraces, and simply watch. A small entrance fee can be levied, depending on the kind of event. Afterwards, follow the stairs which will lead you to the Casa de la Musica.
• Casa de la Trova (entrance aprox. CUC 1) hosts salsa bands and troubadours, located at only 100 meters from the city stairs. On your way you will pass the Palenque de los Congos Reales, with mainly Afro-Cuban music.

Cancellation Policy

• In case of cancellation up to 48 hours before the departure time of the excursion, a penalty of 10% of the excursion fare will be charged.
• Regarding cancellations made between 48 and 24 hours before the departure time, a penalty of 50% of the excursion fare will be applied.
• Cancellations reported within 24 hours before the departure time and No-Show (no presentation at departure time), a penalty of 100% of the excursion fare will be applied.
*Remark: booking fees and credit card surcharges cannot be refunded in case of cancellation.

Documents required for this excursion

• Valid and original (no copy) ID (passport).
• Printed voucher, sent by Cuba Travel Network after having completed booking and payment procedure.

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