Experience Cuba with Seven Senses

9 Days / 8 Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

The "Experience Cuba with Seven Senses" round trip travels through the country and provides a diverse knowledge of the country as a whole. From the capital in the eastern part, to Santiago de Cuba it tours across the country visiting all the UNESCO World Heritage sights in Cuba to Pinar del Rio province. The program is exceptionally rich in sights, but the tour pace is not stretched. The tour may be extended with a beach stay. We recommend this tour to those who are interested in the culture and history of the country and want to see a rich, full Cuba program.

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Day 1. Arrive Havana (-/-/-)

Arrive to Cuba in the afternoon. Meet & Greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. 

Day 2. Havana (B/-/-)

Full day sightseeing tour of Havana, one of the most beautiful cities of Latin America. Havana captivates everybody. This real Caribbean metropolis has a unique atmosphere, where a time travel tempt us, where the Colonial era, the mark of the ‘50s US mobs and the retro, socialist present exist simultaneously. Start with a panoramic city tour of modern Havana, across Havana's famous seaside promenade, the Malecon which is a favorite meeting place for locals. Admire the mansions of the Paseo, then stop at the Revolution Square where the Jose Marti Memorial is located. Drive next to the world-famous Colon cemetery that is one of the world’s richest cemeteries with more than 500 statues, and arrive at the old town. Visit the Havana Club Rum Museum where we get acquainted with the making of the world famous Cuban rum, the growing and processing steps of sugar cane to follow through the process until it has matured, barrel filling, bottling, and close the visit with a tasting. You can purchase original Havana Club memorabilia, as well as can taste the typical Cuban drink called Guarapo made from fresh sugar cane and the excellent Cuban cocktail, Guarabana.

Explore the old town on foot with its rich cultural and historical attractions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the "Arms’ Square", the Governor's palace, hunt down local antiques at the authentic antique market, walk through the Plaza San Francisco where we look at the old Stock Exchange Palace and St. Francis of Assis Church and the Cathedral Square. Then visit La Plaza Vieja, the "Old Square". In the afternoon join in Hemingway's footsteps: visit the famous Hotel Ambos Mundos where the "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was born. We visit the hotel room and the thematic exhibition. Then stop at Hemingway's favourite places, La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita bars, where the world famous "Mojito" and "Daiquiri" cocktails began their journey of conquest. Then visit the outdoor exhibition of the Revolutionary Museum, where the famous ship Granma is exhibited, we can see the boat, in which Fidel and the other revolutionaries landed to launch the revolution. Evening at leisure.

Day 3. Havana - Santiago de Cuba (B/-/-)

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Santiago de Cuba. Tour the second largest city of the country that is often called the music capital of Cuba. Santiago de Cuba is a unique legend, since it was the first capital of the country; many of the locals still regard Santiago de Cuba as the capital city! Here we can find palaces, the oldest and richest museums of the country, and the famous Carnival of Santiago is held here in July each year. Cuba is world-famous for its hospitality, but the people of Santiago outperform even that with their kindness. Visit the Parque Cespedes, the main square, Cuba's oldest square. Here you can visit the impressive cathedral that towers majestically over the square. Then visit the house of the conquistador of Latin America, Diego Velazquez’s house, considered to be the oldest house of Cuba. Then we head towards the two famous squares: "Dolores" and "Marte". Next is the UNESCO world heritage site, the Castillo El Morro fortress that played an important role in the War of Independence, under its walls was decided the fate of Cuban independence during the Spanish-American war. A Military History Museum is located in the fort showing memories of the fight against the pirates and relics of the Revolutionary War. Optional lunch at the Morro fortress, with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. After lunch, visit the Santa Ifigenia cemetery where the famous Cuban poet and national hero José Martí's tomb can be found. We will see the famous change of the guards. In the afternoon return to the hotel. Evening at leisure. It is worth visiting the Casa de la Trova where local musicians and dancers show their skills and you can even join them dancing and develop your dance skills perfected by great local artists. 

Day 4. Santiago de Cuba – El Cobre - Bayamo - Camaguey (B/-/-)

First, embark on a pilgrimage and visit El Cobre where the famous La Caridad del Cobre is located. El Cobre is a special, sacred place blessed with supernatural powers. All Cubans visit El Cobre at least once during their lifetime where a statue of Mary, Cuba’s patron Saint is located. The place is connected with many spontaneous healings and miracle stories. Learn the story of the statue then continue towards Bayamo, birthplace of the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban nation. The city is famous for its hero, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes; who was born here. He initiated the Cuban War of Independence. Also, Cuba's national anthem was born here in Bayamo. Visit the monuments of these two important bayameses at the city's main square. Optional lunch in the city's famous hotel, in Royalton. After lunch departure to Camaguey. Arrival late afternoon. 

Day 5. Camaguey – Sancti Spiritus (B/-/-)

Breakfast in the hotel then sightseeing in Camaguey, the country's fourth-largest city reminding us of the colonial times. The specialties of the city are its winding streets that were built to protect against pirates attacking the city frequently. Almost impossible to navigate alone, except for the pirates, who of course easily robbed the entire city! Visit the Cathedral and the monuments of the city's famous son, the military leader of the Revolutionary War, Ignacio Agramonte and Cuba’s national poet, Nicolas Guillen. Walk to the San Juan de Dios Square, where the buildings were preserved almost in their original state, for the colonial era movies this place is a live venue. Continue to Sancti Spiritus, towards the south of the country. Our journey passes through the country's main agricultural areas which are packed with pineapple, citrus and sugar cane plantations. This part of the country, Ciego de Avila province is also known as the pantry of the country. Optional lunch on the way. Then in the afternoon arrive to Sancti Spiritus, founded in 1514 - a small colonial town that is famous for its well preserved colonial downtown. See Cuba’s oldest stone bridge, Yayabo that is within walking distance from our hotel. Evening for leisure. The nightlife venues of this small colonial city are not to be missed! The famous Casa de la Trova, where you can enjoy a real, authentic salsa party and dance together with the locals and observe how the locals dance Cuban salsa and enjoy the local Cuban band playing Caribbean tunes.

Day 6. Sancti Spiritus – Escambray Mountains - Sugar Mill Valley – Trinidad (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, a real "Cuban Day" is ahead of us. Depart to the Escambray Mountain. The area is not only famous for its rich flora and fauna, but also has a special role of climate separation as well. While the North side of the hill has lush and humid subtropical vegetation, with coffee-growing countryside, the southern side has a dry climate, covered with bushes and many other dry zone plants like Agave. We continue our trip to the famous valley of sugar mills that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Manaca Iznaga estate. It is possible to climb the seven stories tower that offers a beautiful panorama. Then continue to Trinidad, a small colonial town founded more than 500 years ago that was once attributed by the abundance of its sugar cane plantations. Here, we discover another face of Cuba. Trinidad preserves the unique atmosphere of the colonial era. While walking along the small winding streets we have the feeling as if we would have flown back in time. Sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage city; visit the Plaza Mayor, The Tower of Contrabandido, the Cathedral, La Santissima Trinidad Square and the exhibition of the Romantic Museum. The museum is located in the palace of the town's richest family with balustrade yard, marble floors, and neoclassical decoration. Later walk in the old town and stop at the famous Canchanchara bar where you can sample the authentic drink of Trinidad, special cocktail still made with the original recipe of Aguardiente and honey, called Canchanchara. Evening at leisure.

Day 7. Trinidad - Cienfuegos – Guama – Havana (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Cienfuegos. Sightseeing tour of the famous Malecon, admire the beautiful seaside villas, stop at the Palacio del Valle, a unique palace with architectural richness. Then head towards downtown Cienfuegos, where we continue with a walking tour of the city of former aristocrats. Cienfuegos, founded by French settlers, has European-style architecture. Walk down the Boulevard of the city via the Prado, visit the Jose Marti Square, the Governor's palace, the Thomas Terry Theater famous for its excellent acoustics, and the Cathedral.

Depart to one of Cuba's most important nature reserves, the world famous Zapata Peninsula, a bird and animal sanctuary which is located in the Montemar National Park. Arrive to Guama, the main attraction of the National Park. Speedboat tour of the natural lagoon, the Laguna de Tresoro, where the unspoiled nature can be observed, migrating and endemic birds and can be seen. Then visit the Aldea Taino, the reconstructed Taino Aboriginal Village where we learn about the customs of the ancient indigenous inhabitants. We arrive back to port and visit the country’s largest crocodile breeding farm, where we can observe hundreds of these reptiles in their natural habitat. Visit the crocodile nursery; here the braves may hold the yet harmless infants in their hands. Optional lunch in a local restaurant, then we continue our trip to Havana. Arrival late afternoon. 

Day 8. Havana – Viñales - Havana (B/-/-)

After breakfast embark on a full day excursion to the western part of the country, the province of Pinar del Rio, 170 km from Havana, the picturesque Viñales Valley, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Pinar del Rio province is also called the country's "green" side. Our way leads along the lush tobacco plantations. This excellent climate is the secret to the famous Cuban tobacco. Today we will learn about the making of cigars. Visit the house of an authentic Cuban tobacco producer family, who lead us through the plantation, a tobacco drying barn and we can look at the process of cigar making step by step. We learn how we can recognise high-quality tobacco leafs; learn the art of wrapping cigars as one of the famous Cuban cigars is made before our eyes. Next stop on our way is the exquisite valley of Viñales, stopping at a lookout point where we can enjoy the breathtaking panorama with the remote scenery of "Mogotes" and mountains that make this place deservedly a World Heritage site. Then optional lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we start hiking the Indian cave, and river boating inside the cave. Visit the famous wall painting, the "Mural de la Prehistoria" that fascinates us with its unique technology and gigantic size. Late afternoon return to Havana. Evening at leisure.

 

Day 9. Departure or Optional Beach Extension (B/-/-)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. When you are ready your driver will transfer you to Havana airport for your international departure flight or transfer to your chosen resort for your beach stay.

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM £2,199 per person + international flights

based on 2 people travelling together 

The price includes:

Accommodation 2+2 nights in Havana, 1 night in Santiago de Cuba, 1 night in Camaguey, 1 night in Sancti Spiritus, 1 night in Trinidad in the selected category hotels/private houses in standard rooms. Because of the lack of hotel capacity in the countryside, we cannot guarantee exact hotel or star rating; the accommodation is in typical “tourist” class hotels/casa particular that can be changed according to capacity. The above package price includes accommodation in Casas Particulares (Private houses) during the entire program. Breakfast is included in the program. Lunch and full board option can be booked separately. All tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicle. Domestic flight ticket HAV-SCU with taxes included (subject to change). Tours according to the programme with entrance fees included. Specialised local guides. Languages available: English/Spanish/German/Portuguese/Italian/French. (Polish, Russian, Czech, Rumanian, etc. speaking guide upon request). Meat & Greet upon arrival at the airport. 

The price does not include:

 

Return flights from the UK to Cuba. Request a quote from us.

Tourist card (visa)

Anything not specifically mentioned above.

Optional tours, camera fees.

Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.

Travel insurance.

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Peak season surcharges

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