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Accommodation is in typical Cuban hotels throughout, offering decent and authentic accommodation far from the "all inclusive" package hotels that proliferate here. Flights are with Virgin's excellent service direct from Gatwick to Havana. No tour to Cuba is complete without music, which is heard everywhere, and our final night is a dinner at the renowned Cafe Oriente with live musical accompaniment.
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- Return scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick to Havana (premium economy available at a supplement)
- Three nights' accommodation including breakfast at Nacional Hotel, Havana
- Three nights' accommodation including breakfast at Los Jazmines/La Ermita hotels, Vinales Valley
- Three nights' accommodation including breakfast at Jagua hotel, Cienfuegos
- One nights' accommodation including breakfast at Nacional Hotel, Havana
- Dinner at Las Domenicas, Havana
- One dinner at Los Jazmines/La Ermita hotel
- One dinner at Jagua hotel
- One dinner at Palacio del Valle restaurant, Cienfuegos
- Farewell dinner at Cafe Oriente, Havana
- Full touring itinerary as detailed including entrance fees as required
- Tour manager throughout
- Cuban departure tax, payable locally (currently £25)
- Cuban tourist card (in lieu of a visa) payable prior to departure to Travel Editions (currently £15)
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Upgrade to premium economy - on request, please call 020 7251 0045 for a quote (approximately £450-£550)
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Fly from London Gatwick to Havana. On arrival into Havana, the group will be met and transferred by air–conditioned coach to the hotel for check in for three-night stay. Dinner this evening is included at La Dominica Italian restaurant (transfers provided).
Day two – Havana
After a leisurely breakfast we will depart from the hotel for a walking tour of old Havana. There will be the chance to absorb the atmosphere of the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Havana, flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th Century. The tour will also include a visit to the Partagas cigar factory to see how Cuba’s famous cigars are handmade by experts. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore.
Day three – Havana
Today we will continue the exploration of Havana, starting with an orientation tour of Havana. The first stop will be Revolution Square, a highly significant landmark in Havana, which is overlooked by the Che Guevara mural. A stop shall be made at the Jose Marti memorial and some time will be allowed for you to walk around the area before driving back to central Havana. A visit will also be paid to the Museum of the Revolution housed in the former Presidential Palace where you will learn more about Cuba’s revolutionary history leading up to the present day. In addition there is also an area dedicated to the life of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. In the afternoon you will also visit the Havana Club rum museum with an opportunity to taste the various rums.
Day four – Cienfuegos
After breakfast the group will leave for Cienfuegos, known as the “Pearl of the South,” and characterised by palaces and mansions overlooking a deep bay. En route we will make a stop at Guama and visit the crocodile farm. After arriving into the city we will settle in at the hotel and have dinner.
Day five – Cienfuegos
After breakfast we will head to the city of Santa Clara the final resting place of “Che“ Guevara. On arrival we will visit the mausoleum and the museum dedicated to his life, followed by a short orientation tour of the city including the train “Tren Blindado” that was attacked in the decisive moments of the Cuban Revolution. Early afternoon we will return to Cienfuegos where the remainder of the day will be free to explore. This evening dinner will be taken in the Palacio Del Valle restaurant situated in a former palace overlooking the bay.
Day six – Cienfuegos
After breakfast, we will leave for Trinidad, a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. The city is best explored by foot and the tour will include visits to The Romantic museum, which depicts the lifestyle and architectural design of Trinidad’s colonial past. Listen to traditional Cuban music at the Casa de la Trova, followed by a visit to La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, where we can try the unique Trinidad rum cocktail, made with sugar cane juice. In the afternoon, there will also be some free time to explore the historic city independently.
Day seven – Cienfuegos
After breakfast the group will leave for the Vinales Valley for check in to the hotel for a three night stay. Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day eight – Vinales Valley
Today we will visit the Vinales Valley region, offering a look at Cuba’s main tobacco growing region. The area of Vinales Valley is characterized by rolling tropical countryside, fertile valleys and dramatic limestone flat topped mountains, known as mogotes. The tropical scenery is unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean. On arrival, there will be a subterranean boat ride through the limestone cave system of El Indio. After lunch, a visit will be made to the viewpoint of Los Jazmines, offering breathtaking photo opportunities of the valley. We will then transfer you to Vinales where you will have the chance to walk around this traditional rural Cuban village.
Day nine – Vinales Valley
Today will be free to explore or relax at the hotel.
Day ten – Havana
After breakfast the group will start their return journey back to Havana, with arrival scheduled for mid afternoon. Tonight there will be farewell dinner at Café Oriente where the in house musician will entertain you (small cost payable locally).
Today will be free until the return transfer to Havana airport to catch your overnight flight back to London Gatwick.
Arrival into London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Please note that all ratings quoted are local and that standards of service in Cuba are can be far from those generally experienced in Europe and other more developed destinations. It is not uncommon for there to be shortages of hot water, particularly in rural areas, and this is occasionally part of the experience in travelling in this part of the world.
Nacional hotel, Havana
The Nacional hotel is located in the center of Havana, on a hill and just a few meters from the sea which offers great views of the Havana Harbour. The Nacional Hotel is considered a symbol of history, culture and Cuban identity and was declared a National Monument and inscribed in the World Memory Register. Facilities at this well-appointed hotel include three restaurants, bar, swimming pool, and comfortable rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and safe.
Jagua hotel, Cienfuegos
The four star Jagua hotel is located in the atmospheric Punta Gorda area of the city, next door to the Palacio del Valle restaurant. Facilities at this modern, well-appointed hotel include spacious pool area, two restaurants, nightly cabaret, bar and confortable rooms with balcony and sea-view, private bathroom, airconditioning, satellite TV, telephone and safe.
Vinales Valley los Jazmines/La Ermita hotels
The hotel confirmed for this part of the itinerary may be at La Moka or the two/three star Los Jazmines or La Ermita hotels, which both enjoy spectacular hilltop settings with views over the expanse of the Vinales Valley. Facilities at both include large pool with wonderful views over the valley, restaurant, bar and comfortable colonial-style rooms with terrace/balcony, satellite TV, air-conditioning and private bath or shower.
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A great holiday and a lovely group of people. We all found a common curiosity about Cuba and how it ticks. There was a lot of long trips in the coach but I guess thats unavoidable. The trip guide was excellent.
The trip far exceeded my expectations - the programme was well thought out and our guide very conscientious. Considering the standard of the hotels we stayed in, it seemed to me to be very good value for money.
The itinerary of the trip gave good insight into Cuban life and history. One of the most interesting side trips was the walking tour of the tobacco plantation in the Vinales Valley.We also enjoyed the walk around the garden in Vinales. More time could have been spent in Trinidad to allow us to explore and eat lunch. There was at least 2 occasions when lunch was very late or missed altogether. The rour guide was very friendly and informative and made every effor to see we had a most enjoyable trip.