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Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

15 days / 14 nights


Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Destinations: Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba City, Trinidad, Camaguey City, Vinales, Baracoa, Granma Province, Bayamo City, Cienfuegos City
Departure Time:
  • »  (from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018)
  •   Days:   November 13, 2017; November 27, 2017; December 11, 2017; January 8, 2018; January 22, 2018; February 5, 2018; February 19, 2018; March 5, 2018; March 19, 2018; April 2, 2018; May 7, 2018; June 11, 2018; July 16, 2018; August 6, 2018; September 3, 2018; October 1, 2018
Character: Group program
Classifications:
  • » Trekking
  • » Cultural
  • » Nature
  • » History
  • » Colonial Cuba

Description

The title of this tour says it all. This is a comprehensive, 15-day group tour for those looking to discover the island’s multi-faceted appeal.

Your tour guide will reveal the Caribbean’s most intriguing country, by showing you passionate, charming and historical cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Viñales and its surrounding tobacco plantations, picturesque Trinidad, Camagüey, Baracoa and the rugged, beautiful nature of the Sierra Maestra mountain range.
In almost two weeks, you’ll experience Cuba’s fascinating history and present.

Day 1: Arrival at Havana

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Optional transfer from Havana’s international airport to your hotel (4 ****) in Havana, where the first two nights will be spent.

(Mealplan: meals are not included today)


Destination(s): Havana

Day 2: Havana

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

After breakfast there will be a welcome meeting with the tour guide at 08.30am in the lobby of your hotel.
The historic part of Havana is best explored on a guided walking tour. Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) was declared a UNESCO world Heritage in 1982. The atmosphere of bygone days is still present in Havana´s streets. Visit the Rum Museum, enjoying a cocktail before exploring Havana’s Old Town on your own! After lunchtime (lunch is not included) “modern" Havana will be visited. Dinner will be served in a typical, local restaurant.

(Mealplan: breakfast, dinner are included)


Destination(s): Havana

Day 3: Viñales

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Today a visit to Cuba´s most western province has been scheduled. You will visit a tobacco farm (Casa del Veguero) in the region and take a boat ride through La Cueva (cave) del Indio, with lunch in the Palenque de los Cimarrones restaurant. The lovely town of Viñales is beautifully situated in its valley amid (tobacco) fields and the fascinating limestone rock formations (Mogotes).
You will be accommodated in a Casa Particular (homestay) in Viñales.

(Mealplan: breakfast and lunch are included)


Destination(s): Vinales

Day 4: Viñales - Cayo Jutías - Viñales

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

It is time for a day at the beach. Cayo Jutías is a serene beach with ivory sand, bordered by turquoise waters, just like the pictures. Do nothing at all today, just laze, swim and enjoy a picnic lunch at this beach. Later in afternoon, return to Viñales for a second night in the Casa Particular, evening at leisure.

(Mealplan: lunch is included)


Destination(s): Vinales

Day 5: Cienfuegos

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

One of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Cuba awaits you – charming Cienfuegos! The Palacio de Valle, with its Gothic, Moorish and neoclassical architecture, is one of Cienfuegos most precious heritage. After the guided walking city tour, dinner will be served at the Palacio de Valle.
The night will be spent in a Casa Particular in Cienfuegos.

(Mealplan: dinner is included)


Destination(s): Cienfuegos City

Day 6: Cienfuegos - Trinidad

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

You´ll visit de botanical jarden of Cienfuegos first, before heading to Trinidad (UNESCO-declared World Heritage site), exquisitely positioned in the central south of the Cuban archipelago, surrounded by mountains and bordered by the Caribbean Sea.
After having entered tiny Trinidad, spend the afternoon on an informative city tour of colonial Trinidad. The city has some remarkable architecture and offers scenic views of the sea and mountains. The Palacio Brunet is one of the most beautiful palaces in the city and is now home to the Museo Romantico.
Overnight in a Casa Particular in Trinidad.
Evening at leisure.

(Mealplan: no meals are included this day)


Destination(s): Trinidad

Day 7: Trinidad

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Today will start with an excursion to the nature park El Cubano. Enjoy the beautiful nature during a short hike and take a refreshing bath in the waterfall that awaits you at the end of the track. Spend the afternoon as you wish, stroll through Trinidad again or relax at the beach Playa Ancon, about 12 km away from Trinidad.
The evening will be filled with sounds and tunes of Cuban live music at the illustrious Casa de la Trova!
A second night will be spent at a casa particular.

(Mealplan: no meals are included this day)


Destination(s): Trinidad

Day 8: Camagüey

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Course will be set for Camagüey, a very cultural, lively city that also is described as "legendary" due to its traditions, patriotism and classical style. Originally, the city was built on the bay of “Nuevitas”, but after multiple and frequent pirate attacks, the city was rebuilt inland and closer to the center of the island. Enjoy a city tour by bike-taxi during the day; the evening is free to explore at your leisure.
Accommodation is at a 2** hotel in Camagüey.

(Mealplan: no meals are included this day)


Destination(s): Camaguey City

Day 9: Bayamo - Sierra Maestra

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Small and lovely Bayamo was the second village founded in Cuba by Diego Velázquez, and is the capital of the province of Granma. It is an important historical place also considered Birthplace of Cuban Nationality, where they first sang the National Anthem of Cuba. Enjoy the peacefulness of this authentic town during a guided tour and spend the night at a 2** hotel.

(Mealplan: breakfast is included)


Destination(s): Bayamo City

Day 10: Sierra Maestra - El Cobre - Santiago de Cuba

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Drive to Sierra Maestra for a hiking-tour which has been planned for this morning, allowing you to admire the spectacular Cuban landscape. Next, the former copper mining town of El Cobre (at less than 25 km from Santiago de Cuba), where the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity stands majestically between a beautiful nature. It is an important pilgrimage center for the Cuban people. Today´s final destination is not far away; sunny and swinging Santiago de Cuba – one of Cuba´s liveliest cities, with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence.
You´ll stay in a Casa Particular in Santiago de Cuba, and the evening is at leisure.

(Mealplan: breakfast is included)


Destination(s): Santiago de Cuba City, Granma Province

Day 11: Santiago de Cuba

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Santiago de Cuba - the island’s second city (and capital of Cuba under the Spanish until the mid-16th century), is probably the most African and Caribbean culturally speaking. Discover this passionate, lively and buzzing place during a city tour, where people like to celebrate and dance. Various museums, impressive buildings and the monumental cemetery (Santa Ifigenia) are among the main sites. The monument to Antonio Maceo on the Plaza de la Revolución, is another must-see in Santiago de Cuba. Lunch will be in a local restaurant.
You will stay at a Casa Particular, and evening is at leisure.

(Mealplan: lunch is included)


Destination(s): Santiago de Cuba City

Day 12: Santiago de Cuba

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Today you will get by boat to the traditional fishing community of Cayo Granma, a very small populated island near the bay, with red-roofed wooden houses – many of them built on stilts above the water. Afterwards you will be taken to the beautiful beach of Playa Verraco.
The last night will be spent in a Casa Particular in Santiago de Cuba, having the evening at leisure.

(Mealplan: no meals are included this day)


Destination(s): Santiago de Cuba City

Day 13: Santiago de Cuba - Baracoa

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

From Santiago de Cuba you will drive along the wild and romantic Cuban coastline, along the famous pass La Farola, to the sleepy little coastal town of Baracoa.
Overnight in a 3*** hotel in Baracoa, evening at leisure.

(Mealplan: no meals are included this day)


Destination(s): Baracoa

Day 14: Baracoa - National Park Humboldt

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

The beautiful National Park Humboldt will be visited for a hiking tour, followed by a visit to the Finca Duaba for its cacao, finishing with a boat tour on the River Toa.
A second night will be spent at the hotel in Baracoa, evening is at leisure.

(Mealplan: breakfast is included)


Destination(s): Baracoa

Day 15: Baracoa - Guardalavaca/Holguin Airport

Havana Tours - Discover Cuba - Tour around Cuba - hotel and homestays

Here ends the tour. A transfer will be arranged for those participants who wish to extend with a beach stay in Guardalavaca in the northeast of the province of Holguin. You can also be dropped off at Holguin Airport, in case you´ll depart from here. Or maybe you want to fly back to Havana with a domestic flight. We can assist you with all of these options.

(Mealplan: breakfast is included)


Destination(s): Holguin

Included in price

• 14 Overnight stays in both Hotels (2 to 4 stars), and in Casas Particulares (homestays).
• Meals according to the description of the program.
• Qualified, English-speaking tour guide.
• All described transfers in air-conditioned buses.
• Program according description.
• Entrance fees.

Not included in price

• International flights to and from Cuba.
• Possible domestic return flight to Havana.
• Arrival, and Departure Transfer (other than to Holguin Airport or Guardalavaca).
• Entry card for Cuba (tourist visa).
• Additional drinks and meals.
• Gratuities.
• Optional excursions.
• Medical (travel) insurance.

Remarks

• The unmentioned meals in the day description are obviously not included, nor charged. You can decide on the spot where to have lunch or dinner. If you want to enjoy breakfast in the Casas Particulares, you can confirm this with (and pay to) the property-owner (approximately euro 5.00 or equivalent per person).
• Triple rooms are not bookable on this tour. In the case of an uneven number of participants, twin and single rooms should be booked.
• If a hotel mentioned in the itinerary is fully booked, the right is reserved to book another property of equal standard.
• Program is subject to change due to local circumstances, such as closures, inclement weather, etc.

Cancellation Policy

- Cancellation up to 30 days before departure day of the tour: 30% of total fees.
- Cancellation between 22 and 29 days before departure day of the tour: 40% of total fees.
- Cancellation between 15 and 21 days before departure day of the tour: 50% of total fees.
- Cancellation between 7 and 14 days before departure day of the tour: 60% of total fees.
- Cancellation between 1 and 6 days before departure day of the tour: 70% of total fees.
- Cancellation within 24 hours and No Show: 100% of total fees.
*Remark: booking fees and credit card surcharges cannot be refunded in case of cancellation.

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