Colours of Havana, western & central.

Educational People tour

9 nights / 10 days

Minimum number of persons: 3 persons.

Note: A similar tour at more or less same price will be offered to the clients if there are less than 3 persons inscribe for a particular tour/date, given the chance to do the tour and avoid any cancellation. Intensity / complexity of this tour: Medium intensity, adequate for all ages in good health

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Itinerary

Day 1 Havana

19:00 group will be meeting at the lobby of hotel Parkview in old Havana where the informative meeting with the tour guide will take place. The meeting duration will be from 40 minutes to 1 hour.

The program will be explained in details, the accommodation, meetings and visits which will be expected to be held during the visit.

Tour guide will introduce himself as well as will ask the participant to introduce each other, and talk about their expectations.

Some tips and suggestions for the trip will be given to the participants as well as ideas of things to do during the free time. Session of questions and answers will be followed.

After the meeting, group will be asked to join the tour leader for a dinner to keep exchanging views about the program and Cuba.

Restaurant will be a private family restaurant in the area; that will allow the participants to know about this relatively new experience in Cuba, and to help in a concrete way to the locals new entrepreneurs.

Each person takes care of its expenses at the dinner (moderate price between 8 to 12.00 CUC per person, just meal no drinks include in that estimate) (not include it).

Day 2 Havana

08:30 breakfast.

09:30 full walking tour of Old Havana, entrances to Capitanes Generales Museum, visit the Capitol building, all the squares, monuments, historical building, statues, all the interest point of Old Havana.

Knowing about the local housing project in Old Havana, visiting a health care center created to help the people leaving in Old Havana, and one of the private art galleries existing in old Havana.

Enjoy at the mid-day the Zanco Dance Group, a dancing company made of non-professional dancers and musicians leaving in Old Havana (neighborhood of the old Havana).

Light luncheon (like sandwiched and juice being produced for private local cafeteria, many of them have recently being established in Havana and in the country), paid by each one (not include it).

By bus or car, from 3 pm to 7 pm, driving through the modern Havana, particularly the Vedado area, the Revolution Square, the Colon Cemetery , the Presidente and Paseo avenues, the mansions, the University of Havana, the Rampa (where the Cubans meet and talk), 23 street, the Malecon (seaside board); then Miramar.

Back to the hotel by 19:30.

20:00 Welcoming dinner at the Bodeguita del Medio, or Patio Restaurant, most famous bohemian restaurant in Havana (include it).

Day 3 Havana

Visit the association of Yoruba in Old Havana, get an explanation about the afro religion in Cuba.

Visit to the town of Guanabacoa and Regla where that afrocuban religious are most practiced, visit the Santeria Museum.

In Guanabacoa learn about history of the town, one of the oldest of Havana, their participation in the defense of the villa of San Cristobal de la Habana during the days of the British invasion in the XVIII century; after that visit the Cojimar town, a fisherman town, which also played a role in the defense of the villa during that event, and was relevant in the history because of the live of the american writter Ernest Hemingway in Cuba. (the Novel Old Man and the Sea´s story written by Hemingway and the film based on that novel took place in Cojimar town).

14:30 Optional luncheon at Las Terrazas de Cojimar restaurant (not include it)

At evening optional visit to a baseball game (depending of the time of the year if the national championship is taking place at that time) or visit the Casa de la Cultura de Centro Habana.

DAY 4 Havana - Viñales Valley

07:30 Breakfast Box

08:00 Tour to Viñales Valley and the surrounding.

Visiting the school in Viñales town and the Cultural House. Walking through the valley (Palmarito trail) meeting campesinos growers of Habano tobacco leaf.

Luncheon at a private family restaurant in the Valley (include it).

Accommodation at a casa particular.

Creole dinner at a campesino house, lechon asado with viandas (include it).

DAY 5 Havana - Viñales - Las Terrazas - Soroa - Havana

Breakfast at the private house.

09:00 leaving for Las Terrazas to get in touch with the community project existing there (probably up to now the best example and may be the unique example of a sustainable agricultural and community project in the island.

Visiting "Casa de la Guajira" for a Cuban coffee campesino style.

Luncheon at the local restaurant (include it).

Continuation on the trip to Soroa, entrance to one of the most interesting botanical garden in Cuba, also visiting a local painter.

17:00 Leaving for Havana.

Accommodation at Las Terrazas de Paseo, located in the Vedado area, accommodation in B & B.

Optional night activities are available (not include it).

DAY 6 Havana - Bay of Pigs (Península de Zapata) - Cienfuegos

Early breakfast 07:30 am.

08:00 leaving for Bay of Pig region (Península de Zapata), getting an explanation of the region at the interpretation center where scientific people from the area will explain the flora and fauna.

Visiting La Salina reservoir to appreciate the flora and fauna of the region. Knowing about the invasion which took place in April 1961 to overthrown the Fidel Castro regime, visiting Bay of Pig, also the town of Palpites.

14:30 Luncheon at the Cueva de los Peces Cenote, free time to swim (include it).Visiting some areas the peninsula where still coal is produced the old fashioned as hundreds years ago.

18:30 Continuation of the trip to Cienfuegos city, declared by Unesco Cultural Heritage of Humankind.

20:00 Accommodation at Hotel Boutique Palacio Azul.

21:00 Dinner at Palacio del Valle restaurant (on everyone expenses) (not include it).

DAY 7 Cienfuegos - Trinidad

08:30 Panoramic Tour of Cienfuegos.

Visiting the Mansions French Style, the Alameda, the Malecon, the Nautical Club.

14:00 Light Luncheon in a new Cafeteria in Cienfuegos (on everyone expenses, not include it).

14:30 Leaving for Trinidad.

15:30 Tour of City of Trinidad, also declared by Unesco Cultural Heritage of Humankind. Entrance to Romantic Museum, Visiting the Church, the Canchanchara Bar.

Accommodation in Trinidad in Casas Particulares with Breakfast Include It.

Dinner at a Private Restaurant In Trinidad (At Everyone Expenses , Not Include It).

DAY 8 Trinidad

Tour to Sierra del Escambray (highest hill chain in the center of Cuba) visiting the hospital in the area, also a trail with a Cuban luncheon organized by the campesinos (include it).

15:00 Back to Trinidad, free time to keep exploring the city and talking to the residents.

Accommodation at casas particulares, people in each house will ask their host to prepare a family dinner for them, to be paid on spot to the owner of the houses (not include it).

After dinner, visiting the Casa de la Cultura y de la Trova in Trinidad where the Cuban music and the Cuban people goes for dance and listening to music (not include it in the price).

DAY 9 Santa Clara - Havana

Free in the Morning.

Different visit options are available, just ask.

14:00 Leaving for Santa Clara, panoramic tour of Santa Clara; continuation of the trip to Havana.

Farewell dinner at a Paladar (Everyone will paid for its expenses, not include it in the price).

Optional: Visit to the Meson de La Flota Bar Restaurant for a Cuban - Flamenco Show (Dancers are from independent and private dancing groups in Cuba). (Not Include It).

DAY 10 DEPARTURE

Free in the Morning.

Transfer out (on request).

END OF SERVICES


Prices: Per person in double accommodation: $1,145.00 USD

Included:

All the accommodation as indicated in the Program: Hotels in Havana andCienfuegos as indicated with Breakfast and accommodation with breakfastinclude it in Viñales Valley and in Trinidad, total of 9 nights.

Tour guide service in English during the whole program.

All the visits and tours with the entrances indicated in the program.

Comfortable and safe transportation with driver for all the visits and tours. Itcould be private transportation or public depending on the case, number ofpersons in the tours.

4 luncheon and 2 dinners.

Transfer Out.

Not included:

Airfare.

Tourist Visa.

Medical Insurance.

Services not mentioned in the Program.

Capitanes Generales Museum
capinates generales museum havana

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.

Columbus Cemetery
colon cemetery havana

The Columbus Cemetery, or more fully in the Spanish language Cementerio de Colon, was founded in 1876 in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana, Cuba on top of Espada Cemetery. Columbus Cemetery is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world, and is generally held to be the most important in Latin America in historical and architectural terms Wikipedia

Guanabacoa Museums
guanabacoa museums'

Located in the municipality of Guanabacoa, stores an important collection about local history and Afro-Cuban traditions. It consists of two facilities: the Municipal Museum, founded on July 26, 1964 and the Museum of the Martyrs, founded on 19 April 1992.

Valle de Viñales
Mogotes in  Valle de Viñales

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

The Terrazas
las terrazas pinar del rio cuba

Las Terrazas is considered first Cuban echo museum of both national and international reference for others developing areas with similar conditions. It also owns the Conservation Award granted by UNESCO. The settlers count on conditions that unquestionably set the grounds for an increase in their lives' quality, and constitute one of the main principles of sustainable development model.

Playa Girón Museum
museum playa girón www.cubatoptravel.com

Memorial dedicated to the battle waged by the people of Cuba against Cuban-born mercenary troops, backed by US air and naval forces, which invaded the country from 17 to 19 April 1961. It shown material evidences that testify to the events occurred in Playa Girón.Ecured.cu

Jose Marti Park, Cienfuegos
jose marti park cienfuegos www.cubatoptravel.com

Located in the historic center of Cienfuegos, declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site in 2005, it is one of the greatest symbols of culture and identity of the province known as the Pearl of the South. On April 22, 1819, the day of the founding of Fernandina de Jagua, the commander of the Royal Navy, Felix Bouyon, took as its starting point a majagua for the layout of the square block of the entire village.

Trinidad
trinidad de  cuba

Trinidad, officially founded in early 1514, as Villa of the Holy Trinity . It is a city in the central region of Cuba, specifically in southern Sancti Spiritus province. In 1988 UNESCO inscribed on the World Heritage List the historic center of Trinidad near the Valley of the Sugar Mills .

Casa de la Trova, Trinidad
casa de la trova trinidad  www.cubatoptravel.com

This house is composed of a structural unit of which there are references construction since 1777 in eighteenth century consists of porch, living room, corridor, rooms and inner courtyard, was remodeled 200 years after built.

 

Attractions Havana-Viñales-Cienfuegos-Trinidad

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 Viñales

  • ✓ Santo Tomas Gran Caverna
  • ✓ Indian Cave
  • ✓ Palenque of the Maroons
  • ✓ Mural of Prehistory
  • ✓ Prehistoric park
  • ✓ Palmarito Cave
  • ✓ House Veguero
  • ✓ Viñales Valley Overlook
  • ✓ Botanical Garden
  • ✓ Horse ride through the valley

Cienfuegos

  • ✓ Ferrer Palace (House of Culture Benjamin Duarte)
  • ✓ Teatro Terry
  • ✓ Arch D Triumph of Cuba (Arco de los Obreros).
  • ✓ Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción Cathedral.
  • ✓ Spanish Casino (now the Provincial Museum)
  • ✓ Guanaroca Lagoon
  • ✓ Punta Gorda
  • ✓ Delfinario de Cienfuegos.
  • ✓ Rancho Luna Beach.
  • ✓ Santa Isabel de las Lajas

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