Day 1: Arrival in Havana
After the necessary formalities, transfer to our hotel, settling in the rooms and free time.
Day 2: Havana – Guided walking city tour of the old and modern city and 1 hour tour with old American cars
After breakfast, a pleasant surprise awaits us at the entrance of our hotel. We will start the tour with a panoramic walk in modern Havana and the iconic suburb of Miramar with the old American antique cars of the 50’s. Before the revolution, Miramar was the aristocratic suburb of Havana and home to wealthy Cubans, as evidenced by the beautiful low-rise buildings and their architecture. Today, the area, which retains its former glory, houses most of the embassies and offices of large companies. Crossing the main artery, the beautiful Fifth Avenue that associativity refers to that of New York and after passing the area of the Havana cemetery with the magnificent architectural entrance that at the top depicts in marble construction the biblical composition of faith, hope and We will reach the historic Square of the Revolution. The place where Fidel, especially in the first years of the revolution, made his long speeches with a million Cubans deifying him. There is the Jose Marti Memorial, next to the so-called Palace of the Revolution, the seat of government and the buildings of the Ministries of Interior and Communications with the composition of Che’s portrait. Crossing the area of Vedado we will see the historic building of the University of Havana and through the coastal boulevard the famous Malecon, we will end up in old Havana in the Capitol Square, located the homonym building of similar architecture to the one in Washington. The old Havana, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a unique example of new colonial architecture, with its colorful buildings and four iconic squares that we will encounter during our tour. The square of the Cathedral, the Square of Arms, the Old Square and the square of St. Francis of Assisi, where the Orthodox Church of St. Nikolaou, which we will visit, to reach Naisko Templete. Next stop is the museum of Habana Club where during the tour we will learn the history of sugar cane cultivation and the secrets of production and maturation of the national drink of the Caribbean, while at the end we will have the opportunity to try the famous Cuban rum. This is followed by a visit to the Old Town Model, passing by Mercadares Street, where we will see a miniature panoramic view of Havana. Finally, your companion will guide you to the main pedestrian street of Ovisspo and the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway lived and his room is still kept intact. Return to the hotel and free time.
Days 3 & 4: Havana
Free days for your personal wandering in the atmospheric city of Havana, with the charm of another era and the scent of the romantic 60’s. Each step and every corner offer plenty of material for unique photos, bars with live music to enjoy its authentic cocktails and dozens of small local shops for shopping. You can also take advantage of your time by choosing the optional excursion to Vinales.
Day 5: Havana – Guama – Santa Clara – Cienfuegos
We leave the atmospheric Havana in a southeasterly direction, to the Zapata Peninsula with the first stop the Guama National Park, designated by Unesco as an important biosphere for the environment. Close to the bay of pigs known from the historic Cuban battle against the counter-revolutionaries in 1960, it is a unique habitat, formed by estuaries and joining the sea. We will start with a visit to the crocodile farm created to protect the species, where we can optionally try their delicious meat and then with speed boats, we will tour the park’s channels in an unforgettable exotic route. The islands formed between the canals are dominated by Indian Taino architecture and sculptures with images from their daily activities. We will go down to one of them to see a representation of an Indian village with the huts, to be initiated in a mysterious ceremony and to admire the dozens of statues that represent their lives by the famous Cuban sculptor Rita Longa.
Then we will head to the historic city of Santa Clara known for the decisive battle of the rebels on their way to occupy Havana. There we will visit Che’s museum and mausoleum where his bones were deposited in October 1997 along with six of his comrades who were murdered in 1967 in Bolivia. You will learn from your companion the story of Che and details from his life while the museum keeps dozens of his personal belongings. Departure for Cienfuegos, a city of French influence built in 1819 by French settlers and one of the most important ports in the country. It is also commonly called New Orleans, Cuba, due to the strong influence of the respective architecture. Arrival at the hotel and check-in.
Day 6: Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Varadero
After breakfast we will start the visit of the city from the historic center designated by the Unesco World Heritage Site and the beautiful central square with the many government buildings of French architecture and the famous Thomas Terry Theater, a masterpiece of French-Italian architecture passed big names in world art, such as Enrique Caruso, Jorge Negrete, Alicia Alonso and Anna Pavlova. Then we will take a panoramic tour of the city and stop at the Palacio de Valle, a masterpiece of eclecticism overlooking the sea and the bay of Cienfuegos. Departure for Trinidad and upon arrival we will start the visit of the city that looks more like a museum due to its unique architecture and is declared by Unesco as a monument of world cultural heritage. It is the third oldest city in Cuba built in 1514 by Diego Velazquez and is the most authentic specimen of colonial architecture. The city’s main square with its renovated buildings, the parish church of the Holy Trinity, the romantic museum and the home of the noble Brinier are the city’s most important attractions. At the end of the tour we will enjoy in the local tavern Kantsatsara the homonymous local drink that the slaves used to drink lemon rum and honey, accompanied by live music and then we will leave for Varadero. Crossing the Cuban countryside with its countless citrus crops, we will reach Cardenas, 20 kilometers from Varadero. A city with a colonial architecture and a rich history, since the Cuban flag was raised there for the first time during the war of independence. Arrival in Varadero and settling in the rooms, dinner and free time.
Day 7: Varadero
Free day on the “golden sand” of Cuba, a nickname given to her due to the fine golden sandy beach. At the hotel we can enjoy all the comforts of our All-Inclusive accommodation, the clear blue sea and the golden sandy beach, relax and unwind.
Day 8: Varadero – Havana Airport for the return flight
Breakfast at the hotel and free time for another dip enjoying the facilities of the hotel. Lunch and departure for Havana airport crossing the North Coast of the island. On the way we will pass through the so-called city of the mind Matanzas, we will see the obsolete oil pumping pumps ending up at the airport for the return flight.