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Cuba Best of the West

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Havana - Viñales Valley - Santa Clara - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Topes de Collantes
Here is our suggested itinerary for your week-long tour of the highlights of the west central part of Cuba.
This itinerary has it all: you will explore Cuba’s dazzling capital Havana and its surroundings, along with many of the island’s highlights further afield. You’ll learn about Cuba’s history, traditions and rich culture while meeting the people and getting familiar with local artists. You’ll also explore gorgeous nature areas and picturesque towns around the island. See the real Cuba on this customizable, week-long tour:

Itinerary

Day 1. Havana

Meet and greet at Havana international airport on arrival day, including our VIP services:
★ Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP Lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew.
★ Use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport, while your luggage is taken care of.
★ Luggage assistance.
★ Private transfer to Havana City.

Meals: You can opt for lunch or dinner at leisure.

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Hotel Mercure Sevilla  4  from US$202 --> US$128

Day 1. Havana

Day 2. Havana – private city tour in a Vintage Car

‘Bienvenido!’ to Cuba’s capital. Havana is a colourful, eclectic metropolis, surely one of the most intriguing cities in the world. You will be exploring the city, its surroundings and – of course – meeting the people.

Today, enjoy a private city tour in a vintage car (approx. 3-4 hours), which includes:
★ Guided walk through historical ‘La Habana Vieja,’ founded in the 16th century, nowadays an incredible open air museum of architecture, art and culture. Stroll along the narrow colonial streets while vintage automobiles from the Fifties pass by.
★ Sightseeing in modern day Havana, covering all important landmarks.
★ Time for a drink in style: you will be driven to the iconic ‘Nacional de Cuba’ hotel, where you may sip a cocktail in the palm filled gardens where presidents, movie stars and celebrities have gathered since the 1930s. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

For the evening there are many options. Our recommendations:
★ Dine like a local in a ‘paladar’, where you can enjoy Cuban cuisine.
★ Visit the cultural project ‘Fábrica del Arte Cubano’ (FAC), the Cuban Art Factory, where the artists meet the public. The project, brainchild of internationally renowned Cuban musician X Alfonso, is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Music. Insider tip: combine this visit with dinner at privately owned restaurant El Cocinero next-door.
★ Cabaret Tropicana! The one and only ‘paradise under the stars.’ An extravaganza that will appeal to all of your senses. Expect Big Band, crooners, fabulous dancers, over the top costumes and more within an exotic setting. The grand show starts at 10pm. Our local assistants can make a reservation for you.

Meals: Breakfast

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We recommend:

Hotel Mercure Sevilla  4  from US$202 --> US$128

Excursion Cabaret Tropicana

Excursion Private City Tour: Walk & Drive (in a Classic Car)

Day 2. Havana – private city tour in a Vintage Car

Day 3. Havana – the Hemingway Way – private tour

Celebrated American author Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba on and off for 20 years. His house, ‘Finca Vigia’ is where he wrote some of his most famous novels, earning him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The tour includes:
★ Visit to Finca Vigia where Hemingway wrote ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, among others. The interior has remained intact, as if Ernest just left the house for a break in between writing… Visitors are allowed to have a good look inside from outside the building, there is no entering the house.
★ Visit to Cojimar, the sleepy seaside village that served as inspiration for his famous novel.
★ Visit to Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana where you may peek inside room 511, where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s.

Continuing on the literary theme, you can ask the driver/guide to drop you at the University of Havana, where you can visit the university library or socialize with the students on the steps of the grand building.

A nice suggestion to go for a drink afterwards is Café de los Artistas, a private bar-restaurant where you can enjoy cocktails and tapas. Should Hemingway still be among us, you would surely have bumped into him there.

Meals: Breakfast

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We recommend:

Hotel Mercure Sevilla  4  from US$202 --> US$128

Day 3. Havana – the Hemingway Way – private tour

Day 4: Exploring the Viñales Valley – Jeep private tour

By Jeep! You will be driven to the green area of the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with tobacco fields and surrounded by rugged mountains, called ‘mogotes.’ This is where the finest Cuban cigars are produced.
Chat with the locals, watch them play dominoes, and enjoy observing the peaceful daily life of rural Cuba. Since this is a private tour, there is complete flexibility in addressing your personal interests. Return to Havana for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (in private restaurant)

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Excursion Private Jeep Tour to the Viñales Valley

Day 4: Exploring the Viñales Valley – Jeep private tour

Day 5: Santa Clara – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Topes de Collantes – private tour

The next 2 days will be out of Havana, visiting the Highlights of Cuba:
★ SANTA CLARA: A city synonymous with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. You will visit the museum and Guevara’s impressive mausoleum.
★ CIENFUEGOS: Also known as the ‘Pearl of the South,´ this charming port city is a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Visit the ‘Palacio del Valle’ and the Central Park with the Terry Theatre, a 19th century architectural gem.
★ TRINIDAD: Cuba’s best preserved colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A picture perfect cobbled stone town that truly reflects life in Spanish colonial times.
★ Overnight in TOPES DE COLLANTES: A natural park in the Sierra del Escambray Mountains that surround Trinidad. Imagine lush tropical forests with splashing waterfalls and crystal clear natural pools; you will find it here. Pack your bathing suit!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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We recommend:

Hotel Los Helechos  3  from US$41

Excursion Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Topes de Collantes - Overnight

Day 5: Santa Clara – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Topes de Collantes – private tour

Day 6: Topes de Collantes

Get into a chauffeur-driven 4-WD truck or jeep to explore the mountains of Topes de Collantes:
★ Hike down the beautiful ‘Centinelas del Rio Melodioso’ trail.
★ Shower under the ‘El Rocio’ waterfall and swim in the ‘Pond of the Deer’.
★ Lunch in La Casa de la Gallega, where you will enjoy typical local meal.
After the splendid Nature Experience you will be driven back to Havana for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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We recommend:

Hotel Mercure Sevilla  4  from US$202 --> US$128

Day 6: Topes de Collantes

Day 7: Havana

★ Enjoy a day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

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We recommend:

Hotel Mercure Sevilla  4  from US$202 --> US$128

Day 7: Havana

Day 8: Homebound

★ Private transfer from your hotel in Havana City to Havana International airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation HAVANA:
Day 1 to 5 and 6-8: 4 nights in Hotel Mercure Sevilla; packed with history and stories, featuring a dazzlingly eclectic architectural style, blessed with an excellent central location and a large, inviting pool.

Accommodation TOPES DE COLLANTES
Day 5-6: 1 night in ‘Los Helechos’ hotel, a simple, unpretentious mountain retreat.

NOTE: The itinerary can be adjusted to your individual wishes and/or interest. Final price depends on travel dates, availability of the hotels, services and the individual’s specific wishes.

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