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Itinerary description: 

Day-by-day itinerary

 

Day 1:

You will be met by our agent on arrival on the airport and travel with private taxi to your hotel in Havana. Your hotel Park View (or a comparable hotel of the same level & atmosphere) is situated in the cosy centre of Havana near the Museum of the Revolution. Upgrades to 4 - 5 star boutique hotels as hotel Raquel, Conde Villanueva, Ambos Mundos, Florida, Sevilla, Nacional de Cuba, Iberostar Parque Central, Saratoga etc are possible. We also offer top boutique homestays / casas particulares and can quote for both options.

 

Day 2-3:

These two days you can use to visit fascinating Old Havana, which has been adopted as Heritage of Mankind: stroll through the streets, go shopping for hand made clothes, visit colonial houses with large patios, the famous places of Ernest Hemmingway, Museum of Revolution, handicraft market and much more. You can also use one day to go to the beach a little further away from the old centre. A local English speaking guide and/or driver can be arranged for one or two days.

 

Day 4:

In the morning you pick up your car in Havana and then drive to Pinar del Rio from where you continue to the spectacular landscape of Viñales. Your hotel La Ermita / Jazmines is situated on a hill & has a spectacular view over the valley of the “mogotes”. These are calcareous rock formations full of caves & hidden streams. Homestay with best view into valley and with terrace in Vinales is also possible.

 

Day 5-7:

You will have one guided day through the valley of Viñales and experience the life of the tobacco farmers, the cultivation of tobacco, and see the “mogotes” , their caves and their peculiar ecosystems from near. You can visit a tobacco warehouse (despalillo) where the leaves are prepared and fermented, visit cave Santo Thomas, rent a bike, or go to the tropical beach of the island Cayo Levisa or Cayo Hutia for a day excursion.

 

Day 8:

Today you drive to Soroa. You can visit a tobacco factory in Pinar del Rio, where the tobacco leaves are made into cigars. The province of Pinar del Rio is world famous for the quality of the tobacco. Homestay in the mountains of an art family, hotel Soroa or Hotel la Moka. Soroa is surrounded by tropical vegetation, the hotel has a large swimming pool and as soon as the night falls you hear the cosy sounds of beetles and glass frogs.

 

Day 9:

You take a botanical walk with a local guide through the bio reservate of Sierra del Rosario. You can watch birds, visit the ruins of an old French coffee plantation, and take a stroll through the orchid garden or take a dive in the waterfall of Soroa at the end of the day.

 

Day 10:

You drive from Soroa to Trinidad and if you want you can make a detour along the Bahio Cochinos or famous Pigs Bay. You can take a dive in the sea and discover all kind of fishes in an enchanting sea cave while the lunch is prepared. At the end of the midday you will arrive in Trinidad, one of the most beautiful colonial villages in Latin America. In the evening you can enjoy your dinner in a paladar and immerse yourself in the nightlife and salsa feeling of Trinidad. According to your choice you stay in one of the hotels downtown, near the village of Trinidad, at the beach of Playa Ancon, or with a Cuban family in a casa particular downtown Trinidad. Optional stay overnight at homestay at the beach in Playa Larga and/or at Cienfuegos and have a private guided citytour.

 

Day 11-13:

Trinidad and its surroundings have great things to offer to complete your holiday. You drive into the steep mountains of Sierra Escambray and meet your guide to make a botanical walk through the tropical green mountains. You visit a botanical garden, the cave La Batata from where you can make a swimming excursion through the river flowing through an open cave, you visit a coffee hacienda and a hacienda where you will have lunch. From here you continue to an orchid garden, a walk through a cave with bats and a spectacular view on Trinidad and the Caribbean coastline. The other days you can arrange an excursion to go on horseback riding to the waterfalls & cave of Trinidad, go to the beach of Ancona or book with us for a full day excursion by catamaran to Cayo Leguano, snorkel around the coral reefs and enjoy the tropical beaches & mangrove forests.

 

Day 14:

Your return travel to Havana evt via Sancti Spiritus and Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara memorial. In Havana you deliver your car. You will stay again in hotel Park View (or any hotel of preference) or a top boutique homestay. We can quote for both hotel and homestay.

 

Day 15:

You will be picked up at your hotel / homestay and have a private taxi transfer to the airport for your international flight.

 

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