Travel to Cuba and Costa Rica

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Group Tour

11 nights and 12 days

Visit the enigmatic city of Havana, with its contagious sounds, warmth of its people, enjoy its fabulous well conserved colonial architecture, and its nights full of son and salsa; visit the incredible rock formations of Viñales Valley in a 1 day excursion from Havana. Enjoy the beautiful blue waters of Varadero Beach Resort; return to Havana to travel to Costa Rica on COPA airlines where you will enjoy 4 nights. City tour of San José and visit main attractions. Practice ecotourism in Tortuguero National Park and Arenal Volcano.

Itinerary

3 nights in Havana
2 nights in Trinidad
2 nights in Varadero
4 nights in Costa Rica.

Arrival at Havana International Airport.

Meet and Greeting at the Airport.

Private Transfer to Hotel in Havana.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel NH Capri 4****.

Free evening.

Optional: Dinner at Family Restaurant Belle Havana or Le Chansoniere or El Decameron or similar.

08:30 Breakfast

09:00 Starting Private Full City Tour of Old and Modern Havana (around 9 hours).

09:30 Starting the walking tour of Old Havana from the Templete, where Havana villa was founded in 1519. Walking through the Plaza de Armas. Walking to the rest of the oldest squares of Old Havana, San Francisco de Asís Square, then to Old Square, visit the Cathedral Square. Seeing the monuments, the Palacio del Segundo Cabo, the Cathedral; entrance to Rum Museum.

13:00 Optional Luncheon at classic and bohemian restaurant La Mina or at Family Restaurant/Paladar Doña Eutimia, one of the first Family Restaurant founded in Old Havana, located in the Cathedral Plaza beside the Cathedral Church of Havana.

14:30 Continuation of the Tour by bus through classic and prestige Prado Avenue, visiting the Grand Theater of Havana, the Central Park, stop at the Capitolio Building, then Central Havana through Reina and Carlos III Avenue, then visit the Revolution Square.

17:00 Visiting Vedado area, the incredible and prestige mansions of the 40´s and 50´s , the 23 Street, the Seaboard, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, guided visit with the historian of the Hotel through the Hall of Fame.

19:30 Back to the Hotel. Accommodation in B & B at Hotel NH Capri 4****.

FREE evening.

08:00 Breakfast.

09:00 Departing for Viñales Valley.

11:30 Entrance to Cigar Factory in Pinar del Río.

12:45 Luncheon at Finca San Vicente Restaurant or Family Restaurant.

14:00 Entrance to Indean Caves.

15:00 Entrance to the wall painting of Prehistorical life in the area Viewpoint in Viñales Valley.

16:30 Visit to the town in Viñales and the Casa de la Cultura Polo Montañez.

18:00 Back to hotel in Havana.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel NH Capri 4****.

08:30 Breakfast.

09:30 Leaving for Varadero beach.

In transit city tour of Matanzas, known for its poets, culture and Afro-Cuban folklore. Matanzas is called the City of Bridges, for the seventeen bridges that cross the three rivers that traverse the city (Rio Yumuri, San Juan, and Canimar). For this reason it was referred to as the "Venice of Cuba." It was also called "La Atenas de Cuba" for its poets. Visit Pharmaceutical Museum, the only French drug store of the 19th century conserved in the world; the Junco Palace Provincial Museum; the famous Sauto Theater, National Monument and the San Carlos de Borromeo Cathedral.

13:30 Check In at the hotel in Varadero.

Accommodation in All Inclusive at Hotel Iberostar Tainos 4**** or similar.

Rest of the day to enjoy on your own

Note: In Varadero has been built the major hotel infrastructures on the island: first class hotels, cabarets, restaurants, different water activities, golf course, stores, a combination of options that satisfy the taste of a demanding vacationer.

Free.

Accommodation in All Inclusive at Hotel Iberostar Tainos 4**** or similar.

07:00 Breakfast.

07:30 Check Out and departing for Havana International Airport José Martí.

Departure by Copa Airline: Havana - Panamá, Panamá - San José, Costa Rica.

Meet and Greeting at Juan Santamaría International Airport, Costa Rica.

Trf In to Hotel in San José.

Check In at the Hotel.

Dinner in hotel included.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel Sleep In 3*** Plus or similar with Breakfast and taxes included.

09:00 Breakfast.

10:00 City Tour of San José, starting on the East side of San Jose, visit Democracy Place and the National Museum, the Courts, Los Yoses, San Pedro Mall, Hispanidad Fountain and the Rodrigo Facio Campus in the University of Costa Rica.

After we have seen the capital’s main attractions, our first stop will be in the impressive Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the beautiful National Theater.

Get an optional lunch at local restaurant.

The tour continues to the western section of San Jose: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Costa Rican Contemporary Art Museum or the first International Airport in Costa Rica, the National Gymnasium, the Comptroller’s office, residential area of Rohrmoser, Nunciatura, Nobel Peace prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez’s home, Rohrmoser Boulevard and Pavas section.

At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity of visiting a interesting Shopping place where you will be able to buy a souvenir of your visit of San Jose.

Back to the Hotel.

Free evening.

Accommodation in B & B at Hotel Sleep In 3*** Plus or similar with Breakfast and taxes included.

06:00 Departure by regular transportation, very early in the morning, we take the breakfast on the way, to continue to Caribbean.

Lunch at the hotel.

Visit to Tortuguero town to regular walking around and learning about people and customs.

Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation in full american plan (FAP) at Manatus Hotel 4**** or similar, breakfast, lunch dinner and taxes included.

08:30 Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 In the morning regular tour by boat though the canals Tortuguero National park to observe the flora and fauna.

Lunch at the hotel.

Walking tour to the hotel trails.

Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation in full american plan (FAP) at Manatus Hotel 4**** or similar, breakfast, lunch dinner and taxes included.

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Left the hotel by regular boat until the bus continue the trip to Guapiles.

Lunch in route, there will be the transportation waiting for you and provide private transfer to Arenal.

Arrive to Arenal around 4PM.

Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation in modified american plan (MAP) at Arenal Springs Resort & Spa 4**** or similar, breakfast, dinner and taxes included.

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 El Silencio Private reserve is one of the most visited places to observe the Arenal Volcano activity. When the lava is flowing down at the north side of the volcano this is the perfect place to visit and watch the lava. Also on the trail we can see some animals and plants that give us a good example of conservation.

Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation in modified american plan (MAP) at Arenal Springs Resort & Spa 4**** or similar, breakfast, dinner and taxes included.

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check Out and departing for Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, to take return flight to country of origin.

 

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Included:

All Group tours with specialized guides in different languages.

Price includes all hotels with suggested food plan, all transfers, visits, excursions indicated in the program, entrances, specialized guide, as well as local taxes.

Excludes:

International Airfare.

Airfare Havana - Costa Rica.

Visa fee.

Medical Insurance.


Templete Havana
el templete in havana

El Templete is a monument in Havana, Cuba, that pays homage to the place where the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de la Habana was celebrated in 1519. The monument consists of bust of Christopher Columbus and three canvases painted by Jean Baptiste Vermay. It is a Neoclassic building, typical example of colonial architecture. Close to the Templete, there is a column which replaces a silk-cotton tree, under which the first mass and the first Council of Havana were celebrated. Wikipedia

Capitanes Generales Museum Havana
capitanes generales museum

Museum located in the old Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, opposite the Plaza de Armas. It is the representative city museum. Its more than thirty rooms exhibit valuable collections of plastic, decorative and utilitarian objects that recreate the historical and cultural evolution habanera arts. The main entrance to City Museum overlooking the street Tacon, between Bishop and orelly. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 p.m. to 5.00 a.m.

Doña Eutimia Restaurant Havana
doña eutimia restaurant in havana

Near the Cathedral, in the Callejon del Chorro,where a modern and family kitchen is mixed. The restaurant's name is a tribute to Eutimia, a lady who lived across the square and who used to cook for the artists in the Taller Experimental de Grafica artists such as Fabelo, Choco, Nelson Dom?nguez among others. Those big Cuban artists remember her with much love due to the flavors of her kitchen and the affection with which she always treted them.

Valle de Viñales
vinales valley pinar del rio

The Viñales Valley in the Sierra de los Organos near the western end of the island of Cuba is an outstanding karst landscape encircled by mountains and dotted with spectacular dome-like limestone outcrops (mogotes) that rise as high as 300 m. Colonised at the beginning of the 19th century, the valley has fertile soil and a climate conducive to the development of stock-raising and the cultivation of fodder and food crops.Unesco

Varadero
Varadero beach

Is one of the largest resort town in the Caribbean, located in the province of Matanzas, Cuba. It is situated on the Hicacos Peninsula, between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida, where there is a nature reserve with virgin forests and beaches. Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, situated west of the peninsula, is Varadero's airport. It is the second-most-important airport of the island after José Martí Airport in Havana, and serves international and domestic flights.

Basilica San Jose Costa Rica
Basilica San Jose Costa Rica www.cubatoptravel.com

Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, Cartago is about 25 km (16 mi) east of the capital, San José. The basilica was built in 1639 and was partially destroyed by an earthquake. The basilica has since been restored and constitutes a unique mix of colonial architecture as well as 19th century Byzantine style, the current building dates back to 1939. Owing to the dark complexion of the stone statue, she is sometimes affectionately called La Negrita or Reina de Cartago (lit. Queen of Cartago). The original statue is kept in a golden shell inside the basilica. An official decree declared the Virgin of the Angels the official patron of Costa Rica.

Tortuguero, Costa Rica
tortuguero costa rica

Tortuguero, One of Costa Rica's most popular ecotourism destinations, the canals, rivers, beaches and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park are a study of Rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. The park and small town of Tortuguero are accessible by boat or small aircraft. When people think of Rainforest, the first thing that automatically comes to their minds is Tortuguero.

The Spring Resort Arenal Costa Rica
spring resort arenal costa rica

The Springs Resort & Spa es un lujoso hotel boutique cinco estrellas de 67 hectáreas ubicado en La Fortuna, Arenal, Costa Rica; tiene la mejor vista del Volcán Arenal y la mayor cantidad de las mejores amenidades incluyendo un spa de 1300 metros cuadrados con todos los servicios completos, aguas termales, un kilómetro de frente en Río Arenal y una reserva de rescate de vida silvestre. Somos el mejor hotel para realizar tours de observación de aves, caminatas, pesca en ríos, kayaks y tours de vida silvestre. Este hotel ha sido calificado como el mejor hotel cinco estrellas en La Fortuna y área del Volcán Arenal en Costa Rica.

 

Attractions Havana-Trinidad-Varadero-Costa Rica

Attractions Havana

  • ✓ Museum National of Bellas Artes
  • ✓ Museum of the Revolucion
  • ✓ Napoleonic museum
  • ✓ Museum of Chocolate
  • ✓ Museum of the Rum Havana Club
  • ✓ Pharmacy Museum
  • ✓ Museum of the City
  • ✓ Hemingway Museum Finca Vigia
  • ✓ Scale model of Havana
  • ✓ Museum of Guanabacoa
  • ✓ National Museum of Decorative Arts
  • ✓ Wilfredo Lam Center

Attractions Trinidad

  • ✓ Plaza Mayor.
  • ✓ Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo
  • ✓ Romance Museum
  • ✓ Convento de San Francisco de Asis
  • ✓ Parque Central Cespedes
  • ✓ Museo de Historia Municipal
  • ✓ Trinidad Architecture Museum
  • ✓ Yudit Vidal Faife Gallery
  • ✓ Basso Art & Souvenir Gallery.
  • ✓ Santeria Israel
  • ✓ Guamuahaya Archaeology Museum
  • ✓ Iglesia de Santa Ana

Attractions Varadero

  • ✓ House of Rum
  • ✓ Ambrosio Cave.
  • ✓ Church Santa Elvira
  • ✓ Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
  • ✓ Convention Center Plaza America
  • ✓ Central Park
  • ✓ Cactus Patriarch
  • ✓ Museum Municipal Varadero
  • ✓ Varadero Street Market.
  • ✓ Dolphinarium Varadero.

Costa Rica

  • ✓ San Jose Morazán Park.
  • ✓ The National Park
  • ✓ Culture Square in San Jose
  • ✓ The National Museum of Costa Rica
  • ✓ The Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold
  • ✓ Manuel Antonio National Park
  • ✓ Volcan Poa
  • ✓ Catarata la Paz
  • ✓ Volcan Arenal
  • ✓ Tortuguero National Park