Havana, Santiago and Holguín

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Excellences of Eastern Cuba

Incentive trip

9 nights and 10 days
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Itinerary

First 3 nights in Havana
2 nights in Santiago de Cuba
Last 4 nights in Guardalavaca / Esmeralda, province of Holguín

Private and detailed tour of Havana, it historical centre declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, the day after arrival, tour all the squares, buildings and monuments, entrances to the Capitanes Generales Museum (Museum of the City), Capitol building and the Morro - Cabaña Fortress, lunch in the world famous Bodeguita del Medio restaurant often visited by US writer Ernest Hemingway during his stay in Havana; in the afternoon you will visit the Partagás Cigar factory. During the night ride in antique American car from the hotel to gourmet restaurant Café Oriente in Old Havana; then from there to the world famous Tropicana Cabaret with a spectacular show called “Under the Stars”.

The following day visit Viñales Valley with lunch at Palenque restaurant, the Indian cave, Prehistoric Mural, watch how workers prepare a tobacco leaf to produce the great Havano Cigar; ande then in the way back to Havana get into the city of Pinar del Rio and visit the factory where Guayabita del Pinar, rum liquor is produced. Dinner at a gourmet restaurant of the hotel.

The 4th day, fly to the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba and then visit the Morro Castle of the city, enter the Pirate´s museum, Cespedes Park located in the center of the city, Diego Velazquez House, the Cathedral of Santiago, Bacardi Museum, Rum Museum, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, then lunch at a luxury restaurant in the center of the city. In the evening dine in the hotel´s gourmet restaurant and enjoy a performance at the Casa de la Trova in Santiago.

The following day go on an excursion to the Gran Piedra which is a huge rock on the side of the mountain which overlooks part of the city, visit the former French Coffee plantation Angelica and lunch with great campesino music. In the afternoon get a first hand look at the Caridad del Cobre Church or Our Lady of Charity, Cuba’s Patron Saint.

Next day depart to one of the island’s most beautiful beaches Guardalavaca/Esmeralda stopping first to tour the city of Holguin.

Days 7th, 8th and 9th are FREE.

You could choose to have excursions in the beauifull nearby area like visiting Saetia Key by helicopter.

On the 10th day, transfer to the airport in Holguin and fly to Havana and then connecting with the international flight to go back home.


Specialized Tour Guide in full command of foreign languages.

Discount for family and children.

Price includes any of the hotels in suggested meal plan, all private transfers, Havana-Santiago de Cuba-Holguin-Havana air ticket, excursions and entrances indicated in the program, specialized guide, local taxes (except airport tax at 25.00 CUC to be paid personally at departure).

Excludes:

International airfare.

Insurance.

Visa fee.

Lodging in Hotels:

5 Star Superior Hotels in Havana in B&B like Nacional, NH Central Park, Meliá Cohiba and/or Meliá Havana.

5 Star Superior Meliá Santiago Hotel in B&B.

5 Star Superior All Inclusive Paradisus Rio de Oro or Playa Pesquero.

Trinidad: 4* Hotel like Brisas Trinidad del Mar or similar in B & B.

Note: Lodging at homestay is possible.

Hotel National
hotel nacional havana

This hotel is considered The Flag Hotel of Cuba due to its history and beautifulness. It has been witness of very special events in the Cuban History. Built in 1930, it is one of the architectural jewel of the past century in Havana. It is located in the Vedado area, at the 21 Street and O street, with a privilege position in front of the Seaside with a magnificent view over the Sea.

Valle de Viñales
mogotes en viñales valley

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

Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba
cathedral of santiago de cuba

It is located in the Céspedes Park Santiago de Cuba, it was repeatedly destroyed by the flames, coveted by pirates and privateers; victim hit by earthquakes and hurricanes, today stands the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba. It was incorporated cathedral in 1522. In 1813, after several reconstructions works, are concluded the fourth and last cathedral, which was granted, in 1882, the title of Minor Basilica . On January 16, 1958 is declared National Monument.

 

Attractions Havana-Holguin-Santiago de Cuba

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 Havana

  • ✓ Cathedral of La Habana
  • ✓ Church and Convent San Francisco de Asis
  • ✓ Church of Paula
  • ✓ Church Las Mercedes
  • ✓ Cathedral Ortodoxa
  • ✓ Church of Jesus en Miramar
  • ✓ Church of the Espítu Santo
  • ✓ Church of the Santo Cristo del Buen Viaje

Attractions Holguin

  • ✓ Dolphinarium, Cayo Naranjo
  • ✓ Guardalavaca Beach
  • ✓ Esmeralda Beach
  • ✓ Estero Ciego Esmeralda Beach
  • ✓ Cayo Saetia Island
  • ✓ Cayo Bariay
  • ✓ Pesquero Beach
  • ✓ Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
  • ✓ BioParque Rocazul
  • ✓ La Periquera Provincial Museum
  • ✓ Natural History Museum
  • ✓ Birthplace Calixto Garcia Museum
  • ✓ Cathedral of San Isidoro (La Catedral de San Isidro)
  • ✓ San Jose Church (Iglesia de San Jose)

Attractions Santiago

  • ✓ El Saltón
  • ✓ Baonao Park
  • ✓ Aquarium Baconao
  • ✓ San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle
  • ✓ Santa Ifigenia Cemetery
  • ✓ La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock)
  • ✓ Jardin Ave del Paraiso
  • ✓ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption
  • ✓ Siboney Beach
  • ✓ Granma Island (Cayo Granma)
  • ✓ Jardin de los Helechos
  • ✓ Salto del Guayabo