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Day-by-day sample itinerary
Arrive in Havana, meet host and transfer to Hotel Raquel, a nice, boutique hotel in Old Havana 4 stars. Can also be hotel Sevilla with swimming pool, or a nice boutique homestay / casa particular with 3 - 4 rooms at 3 minutes walk from the Sevilla hotel.
Walking tour of 3 hours especially designed for children, through the old city with a local guide. 2 hour tour in American classical cabriolet through Havana, including a visit to the Plaza de Revolucion, the best icecreams in Havana in Coppelia, and opportunities for the children to take photos at beautiful places with big fig trees or overlooking the Atlantic ocean with the cars on the background, as the children like. Optional: evening excursion to Havana fort for the ritual of firing of the canon (canoñazo) over the bay of Havana at 9 pm.
Pick up rental car with your host. Drive to Viñales and check into hotel Ermita / hotel Jasmines, with a beautiful view over the valley and swimming pool. Free afternoon for play & relaxation. Homestay is at quiet valley with view from terrace into valley and great homecooking.
Small hike of 3 hours with small group through the valley. Visit farmer families and see something of the tabaco culture. In the afternoon there is time to cycle, or to visit the most beautiful cave open for public in Cuba, Cueva San Thomas. Is an adventurous walk through the cave, lovely for the children. More options: full day hike with parkranger, visit on horseback cave with waterfall, or garden at an organic farm with best view over valley.
Early morning departure to arrive on time for boat at 10am to the tropical island of Cayo Levisa. Full day for beachtime and possibility to embark for a snorkel or diving excursion. Departure boat from island at 5 pm, return to hotel / homestay in Vinales.
Soroa / Terrazas. Drive to the special tropical surroundings of Soroa, check in hotel Soroa / hotel la Moka at las Terrazas, both have swimming pool. Homestay is in mountains of Soroa at art family, quoted is hotel la Moka.
Free day at Soroa or las Terrazas. Time to visit orchid garden, waterfall, and walk through the tropical forest to the viewpoint of Soroa from which you can see the Caribbean sea.
Full day private guided Wizards walk, off the beaten path through the tropical hills and forests around Soroa, some fruits & coffee at a coffee farmer and have a lunch prepared at a farmers house in the middle of the forest. At the end you may visit a small mountain school and bring some donations with you if you wish.
Drive to Trinidad via eg Bay of Pigs, with a stop to swim & snorkel in the crystal clear bay and the Cueva de los Pesces. You stay in an all inclusive beach resort Trinidad Brisas del Mar, 4 star all-inclusive, on the Ancon peninsula at the beach. A coral reef is nearby to explore by snorkeling. You can also stay half of the time in homestays at Trinidad village with Cuban families and half of the time in a beach resort at Ancon beach. We can ask for homestays with families with children of the same age.
Free day to enjoy swimming & snorkeling on the beach at Ancon and with activities for the children at the resort.
Mountain excursion, Sierra Escambray to hacienda Gallega with the Tarzan water program. You drive to Topes Collantes and pick up your private guide in the mountains. Visit of coffee hacienda. Depart by truck from Topes further into mountains to hacienda Gallega. With 1-2 hr walk to a high waterfall from where the children start descending with your private guide along the river through tropical surroundings by swimming, gliding and walking up to Deer lagoon in about one hour. Afterwards, walk back to the hacienda (1hr), where a late lunch will be waiting for all of you. At midday back to Trinidad again, first by truck to Topes Collantes, then by your own car to Trinidad homestay / resort.
Full day Catamaran excursion to tropical island Cayo Blanco including snorkeling along coral reef, beachlife, time for exploration island with fish lunch. An easy day for complete relaxation for the parents, at least on the boat! Catamaran excursion to Cayo Leguano with tree rodents and many iguanas is also an option but is further away and usually too long for children to be on the boat.
Free day. Optional: drive to Valle Ingenios with visit to slave bell tower Iznaga, followed by horseriding at a remote countryside hacienda for 2-4 hrs, including lunch in a restaurant or in the open field. They have smaller and tame mules for the children that can be specially requested. You can walk or ride or both. Other option visit waterfall El Cubano by walking or horseback riding from Trinidad. Free afternoon at beach.Day 14:Travel back to Havana eg over Cienfuegos, Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara memorial, or the Pigs Bay again, drop off car. Check in at the famous hotel Nacional de Cuba, 5 stars with swimming pool and sea view from the garden.
Free morning Havana. Time to visit the Partagas cigar factory, see the periscope of Camera Obscura or go shopping for souvenirs at the handicraft market. Transfer out for international flight.
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