Join us in Cuba for old cars, colourful buildings, cigars and salsa!

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Join us in Cuba for old cars, colourful buildings, cigars and salsa!

Join us in Cuba for old cars, colourful buildings, cigars and salsa!


Colourful Cuba


Colourful Cuba

Cigars, salsa and vintage cars, join us in Cuba for 14 days of fun!

Day 1 - HAVANA
How exciting, you have arrived in Cuba! Arrival, transfer and welcome meeting and dinner together.
Meals: D

Day 2 - HAVANA TO BARACOA
Take a one-and-a-half hour flight from Havana to Baracoa. We have a couple of days here to explore and relax. Baracoa is a great place to try local foods. It's one of the best places for chocolate, and street vendors, one particularly sought-after Baracoa specialty is the cucurucho, a sweet treat of coconut, sugar, and fruit wrapped in dried cone-shaped palm leaves. (B,D)

Day 3 - BARACOA
Today we take an excursion to Yumuri river. Visit farmers houses and cacao plantations to learn about the chocolate making process in Baracoa, then continue to Yumuri river and enjoy a fabulous boat trip! (B)



Be prepared to learn a lot as we travel through this incredible country!


Day 4 - SANTIAGO DE CUBA
A spectacular five-hour journey to Santiago de Cuba winds through verdant mountains. Santiago is the hottest place in Cuba - in terms of both temperature and the vibe of the city! This day you will get the chance to take a fun introductory group salsa lesson with local dancers. Orientation walk at arrival so you can explore for yourself (B,D)

Day 5 - SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Today we go on a three-hour city tour of Santiago. We visit El Morro Castle, Santa
Ifigenia cemetery and the Moncada barracks and learn about the city's rich history. For nearly a century, the city was the island's seat of power and it also played a vital role in the Revolution. (B)

Day 6 - SANTIAGO DE CUBA to CAMAGUEY
Today we travel through the centre of the country to Camaguey . Despite its size, Cuba's third largest city has managed to retain much of its colonial heritage. Exploring the city's winding streets is half the fun. Camaguey has a rich tradition of cultural and technological leadership within Cuba. Once again we have an orientation walk on arrival so that you can explore and discover by yourself! (B,D)



Swim in the Bay of Pigs, learn about Che Guevara


Swim in the Bay of Pigs, learn about Che Guevara

Day 7- CAMAGUEY TO TRINIDAD
Enjoy a tour of Camaguey by bicycle taxi! Cycling is a popular form of transport in Cuba, and bicycle taxis are very common. In the confusing streets of Camaguey, it's a particularly good way to get around. On the tour, you'll visit a local market, parks, plazas and an art gallery. Each taxi carries two passengers and the tour is led by an English-speaking local guide.
After lunch, we travel to Trinidad, a beautiful colonial city, home to numerous churches and many beautiful colonial buildings. The city had some very wealthy residents in the 18th and 19th centuries who made fortunes out of the sugar industry, and some of their houses have been made into museums. Nightlife in Trinidad is probably the most accessible and intense in all of Cuba, with numerous live music venues and many dance performances every day of the week, all amongst the enchanting setting of old colonial buildings and the cobblestone streets. (B,D)

Day 8 - TRINIDAD
Today we will learn about the history of the area and the local industry in an orientation walking tour. Free afternoon. (B)

Day 9 TRINIDAD TO CIENFUEGOS
On the way to Cienfuegos we visit Santa Clara (approximately 1 hour), where we visit the Che
Guevara mausoleum and memorial. Che's remains were brought here after they were found in a remote corner of Bolivia in 1997, where he was assassinated by the CIA-backed Bolivian army. Check out the impressive bronze statue of Che bearing his rifle and learn about his incredible life. Then it's a short drive to Cienfuegos, known affectionately as The Pearl of the South. Take a city tour of the city including a visit to Palacio de Valle (B,D)



And our fabulous trip comes to an end...


And our fabulous trip comes to an end...

Day 10 - CIENFUEGO TO VINALES
On the way to Vinales today WE stop at the beautiful Bay of Pigs. It was famously here that the CIA
sponsored a failed invasion by exile forces in 1961. It's not just the history that's the attraction here - but also the crystal clear Caribbean waters, a deep underwater wall, and an outstanding variety of coral and fish. Continue your way to Vinales which is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of Cuba, among the limestone pincushion hills ("mogotes") of the Pinar del Rio province. (B)

Day 11 - VINALES
Today we spend the morning learning the tradition of Cuban cigars from a farmer and expert cigar maker. Get an insight as to how the communist system works, how much tobacco they will keep, how much produce they give back to the government, how they make ends meet! You will learn about the process from tobacco planting to rolling the final cigar. In the afternoon visit a beautiful organic farm to learn about Cuban farming and enjoy a delicious meal (B,D)

Day 12 - VINALES TO HAVANA
Travel back to Havana city and at arrival enjoy a fabulous convertible car tour 1 hour to see Havana
neighborhoods by car (B)

Day 13 - HAVANA
One of Havana's most beautiful places is the Old City. In the morning we take a guided walking tour of
Old Havana. In addition to visiting historical sites, we will learn about the impact of the dual-currency
economy by visiting commercial centers. In the afternoon after lunch, we start a completely different
but equally enjoyable way to see some of Havana, visit one of the city's organoponicos. At night , enjoy classic Cuban music and dance at Parisien Cabaret show (B,D)

Day 14 - HAVANA
Say good-bye to your guide, driver and new Venus friends as you head home with your memories (and maybe a cigar or two!). Transfer to the airport(B)




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