Join us in Cuba for old cars, colourful buildings, cigars and salsa!
|Date & Duration:||3rd-12th May 2019 - 10 days|
|Cost:||USD2500 - What's included?|
|Arrival & Departure points:||Havana/Havana|
|Group size:||min 6, max 12|
Cigars, salsa and vintage cars, join us in Cuba for 10 days of fun!
Day 1 - Havana
How exciting, you have arrived in Cuba! Arrival, transfer and welcome meeting and dinner together.
Day 2 - Havana
This morning at 9am your leader will take you on a walking tour of the lovely Old Havana (approximately 2.5 hours). We will visit the Cathedral square, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis and Plaza Vieja. Havana: the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Contemporary Havana can essentially be described as three cities in one: Old Havana, Vedado and the newer suburban districts. Old Havana is a UNESCO World heritage site.
Day 3 - Vinales
Travel day to Vinales (1.5 hours), where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape. Check in to the guesthouses, leaving enough time to undertake a quick orientation walk. Later, perhaps enjoy the porch rocking chair and soak up the slow, old-world pace of rural Cuba as oxen plod gracefully along the streets.
Vinales is a small town and municipality in the north-central Pinar del Ro Province of Cuba. The town consists mostly of one-story wooden houses with porches. The municipality is dominated by low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico such as Sierra de los rganos. Typical outcrops known as mogotes complete the karstic character of the landscape,
Before European settlement, the area was the home of a remnant Taino population swelled with runaway slaves. The area was colonised at the beginning of the 1800s by tobacco growers from the Canary Islands, who settled in the Vuelta Abajo region. The first settlement in Vinales is documented in 1871, in the form of a ranch belonging to Andres Hernandez Ramos. The town was established in 1878 as a typical community, with church, school, hospital and recreation park. Meals: B
Day 4 - Vinales
At 9am we go on a guided walk to explore the farmlands of Vinales (approximately 3 hours), which you'll soon see is home to some extraordinary scenery - some of Cuba's best. Learn more about the tobacco industry and see a farmer whip up a world class cigar. Next, head to the top of the valley for dinner at an Eco-Farm. Everything is grown organically on the farm itself so get ready for one of the freshest dinner experiences in Cuba!
Meals: B, D
Day 5 - Cienfuegos
Prepare for a long travel day as you board the comfortable bus at 8am heading for Cienfuegos. Drive back through Havana before stopping in the Bay of Pigs (approximately 5 hours). Use this time to take part in an informal Spanish lesson so you can converse with the friendly locals throughout the rest of your trip.
After lunch, go for a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Bay. Visit (if possible) Korimacao Project, to interact with students - this is a multi-faceted arts academy offering students from around the country the chance to develop their skills.- perfect place for donations.
Then it is just a short drive to Cienfuegos (approximately 1 hour), one of Cuba's prettiest coastal spots. The city is known at La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South). At arrival take a short orientation walk before checking in for the night. Meals: B
Day 6 - Trinidad via Santa Clara
Head inland to Santa Clara (approximately 1.25 hours) to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. Here you'll see the statue of the iconic revolutionary leader looming. In the museum that accompanies the mausoleum, you'll find an intriguing spread of photos and other ephemera related to Che - letters, medical devices, firearms. Complete the two hour drive to Trinidad. During a guided walk of the town (1 hour), take in its eye-catching triple combination of cobblestone streets, colorful houses and old-fashioned locals. It's a great town to explore on foot, and almost every scene offers superb photographic opportunities - from residents relaxing with huge cigars on their doorsteps to old Chevrolets cruising by. Meals: B
Day 7 - Trinidad
Today we partake in a fun introductory salsa lesson with a local dance company! After all that effort, we head off for some beach time, to Playa Ancon, here we will enjoy a picnic on the white sand while watching the sunset.
Meals: B, L
Day 8 - Havana
In order to make the most of your last hours in Havana, we head back to the capital early. Upon arrival, we explore outer-Havana in a convoy of classic American vintage cars on a Havana city tour (1 hour) that cruises via points of intrerest such as the Malecon and Revolution Square. Meals: B
Day 9 - Havana
Visit to an organoponico in the morming (Organoponicos or organoponics is a system of urban agriculture using organic gardens. It originated in Cuba and is still mostly focused there. It often consists of low-level concrete walls filled with organic matter and soil, with lines of drip irrigation laid on the surface of the growing media. Organoponicos is a labour-intensive form of local agriculture. Organoponicos first arose as a community response to lack of food security during the Special Period after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and management, but heavily subsidized and supported by the Cuban government.). We enjoy a cooking Lesson to learn about Cuban cuisine -including lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a visit at San Jose market.
Enjoy the last night at Havana with a great show at Cabaret Parisien at Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Meals: B, L
Day 10 - Havana
Your wonderful trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Meals: B
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