Getting to Know Cuba 12 Days- Departs every 2nd Monday

Day 1

Arrival, accommodation and dinner in selected hotel. (D)

Day 2 - Havana

Breakfast. Visit to Morro-Cabanas’ fortress lookout point located on a cliff at the entrance of Havana’s harbor. Walking tour in Old Havana, declared by UNESCO the Cultural Heritage of Mankind: San Francisco de Asis Square. Visit to Havana Club rum museum to learn producing process with degustation included. The tour continues around Plaza Viejas (Old Square) along Mercaderes street to Ambos Mundos hotel, where famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived. After visiting Hemingway’s room, enjoy one of his famous cocktails. Visit to tobacco museum in old Havana, then walk around Plaza de Armas (Weapons’ Square) and Cathedral Square. Panoramic visit to the famous Hemingway’s bar La Bodeguita del Medio. Lunch included in La Barca restaurant.  Panoramic  tour along the exterior areas of the Revolution Museum, Central Park, Havana’s Grand Theatre, National Capitol. Hemingway’s bar La Floridita. Take the view of the most popular city avenues Malecon, which runs along Havana’s northern coast 7 km. long. Visit to the Revolution Square a site of great historical value. Visit to Revolution Square and Panoramic tour along Havana’s University building. Return to the hotel.  Dinner in El Aljibe restaurant. At  night  free time at your disposal. (B L D)

Day 3 – Havana/ Vinales/ Havana

Breakfast.  Excursion to Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s westernmost  province, where world’s best tobacco is cultivated. Exotic landscape with  royal palms, Cuba’s national tree. Visit to cigars’ factory Francisco Donatien. On the way to Vinales Valley visit to the typical country farm El Paraiso o Benito’s country house to learn about the local peasants’ life style, traditions, tobacco’ cultivation process and enjoy the hospitality of its people. Visit to the Indian Cave with the boating through the cave with stalactites and stalagmites along the underground river San Vicente. Typical country lunch is included in Palenque de los Cimarrones restaurant. Visit to the Pre-history  Mural, where you could appreciate paintings on the country’s most ancient rocks. Stop at lookout point Mirador de los Jasmines to admire the splendorous view on Vinales Valley. Return to the hotel. Dinner.  (B L D)

Day 4 - Havana / Cienfuegos / Trinidad

Breakfast.  Departure to Cienfuegos. Visit to Fiesta Campesina farm to learn about the endemic flora and fauna of Peninsula de Zapata, the Americas’ largest wetland, Biosphere Reserve. Taste a typical cocktail. Visit to Guama Natural Park and its crocodile farm.  Lunch in La Boca restaurant. Trip continues along the southern coast of Peninsula de Zapata, the battles’ scenery against North American invasions in Playa Larga and Playa Giron bays on 17 th of April, 1961. Arrival to Cienfuegos, known as the southern pearl, where the largest Latin America’s coral site Notre Dame was discovered. City tour along Cienfuegos’ main streets and avenues, the only city in America founded by French settlers under the Spanish crown, situated on the marvelous natural bay coasts and protected by Jagua fortress. The perfect symmetry of its streets, neoclassical and eclectic  architecture, the Historic Center, declared World’s Cultural Heritage make this city so attractive. Visit to Tomas Terry Theatre, walking tour around city’s center Jose Marti’s Square, where you could see the Cultural Background House, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Panoramic  visit to a local monument Palacio del Valle. Trip continues to Trinidad. Arrival and accommodation  in the selected hotel. Dinner in the hotel.  (B L D)

Day 5 - Trinidad

Breakfast in the hotel. Panoramic tour of Trinidad, one of the first villages founded by the Spaniards at the beginnings of the 16th century. It was declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Mankind. Visit the Main Parochial Church of the Holy Trinity housing a luxurious altar decorated with local precious stones and 300 year old images; Plaza Mayor, and Count Brunet Palace (at present a Romantic Museum). Visit to La Canchanchara bar to enjoy a cocktail of the same name. Lunch at a local restaurant. Back to the hotel for dinner. Night at leisure. (B L D)

Day 6 - Trinidad / Camaguey

Breakfast.  Departure to Camaguey.  Arrival and lunch in Campana de Toledo restaurant. Panoramic walking tour along the city center, Mankind Cultural Heritage declared by UNESCO, visiting Our Lady of the Mercy church, Ignacio Agramonte, Trabajadores, Carmen’s Squares.  Accommodation in the selected hotel and dinner. (B L D)

Day 7 - Camaguey / Santiago de Cuba

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for Santiago de Cuba. In-transit panoramic visit to Bayamo city. Lunch at local restaurant. In-transit visit to “El Cobre” sanctuary. Arrival in Santiago de Cuba and accommodation in selected hotel. Dinner at hotel (B L D)

Day 8 - Santiago de Cuba

Breakfast in the hotel. Tour of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the island during the first half of the 16th century. It is the most Caribbean city of Cuba. Famous for its history, hospitality, delightful people, traditional rhythm and dance. Visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where the remains of Jose Marti, National Hero of Cuba, rests; panoramic tour by the Antonio Maceo Square and July 26 Museum. Next a walking, sightseeing tour around the historical heart of the city visiting Cespedes park, the Cathedral, Padre Pico and Heredia streets and Plaza Dolores. Visit the Morro Castle. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner at the hotel. (B L D)

Day 9 - Santiago de Cuba / Baracoa

Breakfast.  Departure to Baracoa. Transit visit to Guantanamo city. Visit to Tumba Francesa and Changui houses, where you could learn about typical rhythms brought by French immigrants from Haiti to Cuba. Lunch  in Marti Hotel. Trip continues to Baracoa. Accommodation and dinner in the selected hotel. (B L D)

Day 10 - Baracoa

Breakfast in the hotel. Breakfast in the hotel. Walking tour around the city of Baracoa, first village founded by Spanish colonizers in the American continent and first capital of the country. Visit the “Nuestra Señora de la Concepción” church, where the first cross planted by the Spaniards in America –reportedly brought in by Christopher Colombus and considered to be the oldest symbol of Christian religion in Cuba– is still kept. Also visit the Fuerte Matachin municipal museum. Visit Duaba Farm with banana, coconut, cacao, mango and coffee plantations. Departure to Rancho Toa, Lunch in Rancho Toa. Come back to the hotel. Night at disposal. Dinner at the hotel. (B L D)

Day 11 - Baracoa / Havana

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for airport to take a domestic flight to Havana. After arrival in Havana, transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 12 – Havana

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer from hotel to airport for your international departure. (B)