Special Offer- 10% reduction on Pearl of the Caribbean tour

 

Special Offer Deluxe Pearl of the Caribbean Tour

Havana – Santa Clara – Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Vinales – 
Las Terrazas
For Departures between: 02nd February 2017 - 27th April 2017

Our Pearl of the Caribbean tour is an ideal way of discovering the varied and fascinating sights of western Cuba. After a comprehensive introduction to Havana, the tour continues via Santa Clara and the world famous mausoleum of Che Guevara to the World Heritage site of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the world. Just an hour from Trinidad lays the elegant city of Cienfuegos, first settled by the French in the early 19th century and characterised by gracious boulevards and sumptuous old buildings. Continuing through the lush mangroves of Guama, the tour then proceeds to the stunning tobacco growing area of Vinales Valley which includes staying in a Casa Particular, a truly unique experience. The tour ends with a chance to enjoy the walks and waterfalls of the Sierra del Rosario biosphere reserve before returning to Havana and other onward destinations.

Dates 

Adult

7 Nights

Adult

Single Supplement

Adult

La Ermita Vinales hotel stay upgrade

2nd February -27th April £1246.00 £220£58





 

  • Prices in £’s per person, based on two adults sharing a standard room.
  • Single supplements apply. Please ask for details.
  • Minimum age for the Tour is 12 years.
  • Holiday Price includes - transfers throughout, accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • Not Included – International flights, UK departure tax, Tourist Visa £15.00 per person, or personal travel insurance.
  • No minimum number is required and maximum capacity is approximately 12 people.
  • Terms and Conditions apply. Prices and reservations are subject to availability.
  • Sales period up to and including 06th April 2017.

 

Thursday Departure

Itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome at Jose Marti Airport where you will be transferred to Old Havana for your overnight stay at the historic Sevilla Hotel or (upgraded option to luxury Parque Central hotel), both of which are situated in an excellent position within a very short walk of Old Havana.
 
Overnight stay in Havana.
 

DAY 2

After breakfast we will depart for a detailed guided sightseeing tour of Havana.  A unique experience, the tour will visit all the major sights of the city including the historic Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. We can absorb the atmosphere of the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Havana, flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th Century.
 
We will visit the impressive Museum of the Revolution and stop at the Havana Club Rum Museum where there may be the chance to sample the different rums. A panoramic tour of El Morro fortress will follow, which offers beautiful view of Havana Bay.
 
Lunch will be taken at the famous La Calesa restaurant situated in a beautiful location overlooking the historic Cathedral Square in the heart of Old Havana, before continuing to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara with the tour ending with a drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy exploring Old Havana or relax by the hotel pool!
 
In the evening dinner will be taken at restaurant Casa Espanola, a castle-like mansion with stained glass windows representing various regions of the country. After dinner we will enjoy the Tropicana Cabaret show, Cuba’s oldest and most famous cabaret show, known as the ‘Paradise under the Stars’, opened first in 1931.
 
Overnight stay in Havana.
 

DAY 3

After breakfast we will journey east through the sugar plantations for the city of Santa Clara the final resting place of “Che Guevara”.  On arrival we will visit the mausoleum and the museum dedicated to his extraordinary life, followed by a short orientation tour of the city including the train “Tren Blindado” that was attacked in the decisive moments of the Cuban Revolution.
 
After lunch in a local hotel we will continue through the Escambray Mountains to Trinidad a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Overnight and dinner will be at the luxurious Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, located in the town centre.
 
Overnight stay in Trinidad. 

 

DAY 4

After a leisurely breakfast, we will explore Trinidad visiting either Palacio de Cantero or History Museum, followed by a visit to La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, where we can try the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane juice cocktail. We will return to your hotel for lunch, with enough time to explore the city independently.
 
Overnight stay in Trinidad. 
 
 

DAY 5

After breakfast, we will continue our tour to Cienfuegos, city known as ‘Perla del Sur’ (‘Pearl of the South’) due to its large boulevards, fascinating buildings and spectacular views over the bay.  We will visit the city admiring the Neoclassical structures, some dating from 1815, and the Tomas Terry Theatre, a sumptuously colonial theatre.
 
Lunch will be at Nautical Club restaurant, a beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. The rest of the day will be free to walk around the city or enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel. We will have dinner in Palacio del Valle, a stunning Moorish-style palace.
 
Overnight stay in Cienfuegos.
 

DAY 6

Today we will be departing for Pinar Del Rio province, an area known throughout the world as Cuba’s main tobacco growing region, where steep sided “Mogote” mountains stand guard over fertile valleys.  En route we will stop at Guama where we will take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village on the shores of Treasure Lake. Lunch will be taken in a local countryside restaurant.
 
Tour will continue to Vinales, where we will overnight in Casa Particular's (Spanish for ‘private house’). These are normally run by Cuban families in the community and will be a chance to really experience Cuba and interact with the locals. Each Casa Particular is different and as they are small, the group will be split across different Casa Particulars.
 
Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant.
 
Overnight stay in Vinales.
 

DAY 7

Today we will visit for the famous Vinales Valley, including stops to absorb the beauty of the area. 
 
We will experience how Cuba’s famous cigars are still handmade by local experts by visiting one of Pinar Del Rio’s famous Cigar Factories.  There will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone cave system followed by lunch in the Ranchon San Vicente countryside restaurant. 
 
In the late afternoon, you will return to your Casa Particular to relax in the patio or socialize with the local family.
 
Overnight stay in Vinales.
 

DAY 8

After breakfast, we will depart to Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve, for lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. 
 
After lunch we will transfer back to Havana for your return flights or Havana hotel or onwards to Varadero where sadly our tour ends.


 

Cost Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Sevilla hotel on B&B - Havana
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Iberostar Grand Hotel, one on Half Board and one on Full Board - Trinidad
  • One night accommodation at Jagua Hotel B&B - Cienfuegos
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Casa Particular (home stay) B&B - Vinales

Transportation/Guide

  • All transportation as required in the itinerary using fully air-conditioned transportation.
  • The services of an English speaking guide throughout the itinerary

Resturant Lunches/Dinner

  • Day 2, Lunch at La Casela Restaurant, Havana
  • Day 2, Dinner at Casa Espanola restaurant, Havana
  • Day 3, Lunch at Hotel Los Caneyes restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Day 5, Lunch at Club Nautico restaurant, Cienfuegos
  • Day 5, Dinner at Palacio del Valle, Cienfuegos
  • Day 6, Lunch at La Boca restaurant, Guama
  • Day 6, Dinner at Don Tomas restaurant, Vinales
  • Day 7, Lunch at Ranchon San Vicente restaurant, Vinales
  • Day 8, Lunch at Moka

Entrances

  • Day 2, Entrance to Museum of Revolution, Havana
  • Day 2, Entrance to Havana Club Rum Factory, Havana
  • Day 2, Entrance to Tropicana Cabaret
  • Day 3, Entrance to Che Guevara’s Museum and Mausoleum, Santa Clara
  • Day 4, Entrance to the Museum, Trinidad
  • Day 4, Entrance to La Canchanchara, Trinidad
  • Day 6, River trip and entrance to Taino Indian Village in Guama
  • Day 7, Entrance to the El Indio Limestone Cave system, Vinales Valley
  • Day 7, Entrance to Tabacco Factory Francisco Donatien, Pinar del Rio

 

Casa Particular – is a private family home and is similar to a B&B
Whilst the up most care has been taken to ensure a suitable Casa Particular is used whilst on the tour, please note each Casa Particular is different and unique in its surroundings and features. Majority of Casa Particulars include private bathrooms & air-conditioning.
If preferred, alternative accommodation can be requested at a hotel in Vinales at a supplement. 


Our Deluxe tour runs on the 1st Monday between 01st November – 30th April (except December when two tours will run).
Deluxe Tours departing on a Monday include 2 nights Sevilla/2 nights Brisas del Mar/1 night Jagua/2 nights Casa Particular
Luxury Tours departing on a Thursday include 2 nights Sevilla/2 nights Iberostar Grand/1 night Jagua/2 nights Casa Particular
No minimum number is required and maximum capacity is approximately 12 people.
Minimum age is 12.
Upgraded option at Parque Central is at a supplement and on a request basis.                  
International flights not included.



**We reserve the right to change services, restaurants and the order of the tour at anytime due to local circumstances**
 

Special Offer Deluxe Pearl of the Caribbean Tour

Havana – Santa Clara – Trinidad – Cienfuegos – Vinales – 
Las Terrazas
For Departures between: 02nd February 2017 - 27th April 2017

Our Pearl of the Caribbean tour is an ideal way of discovering the varied and fascinating sights of western Cuba. After a comprehensive introduction to Havana, the tour continues via Santa Clara and the world famous mausoleum of Che Guevara to the World Heritage site of Trinidad, one of the best preserved colonial cities in the world. Just an hour from Trinidad lays the elegant city of Cienfuegos, first settled by the French in the early 19th century and characterised by gracious boulevards and sumptuous old buildings. Continuing through the lush mangroves of Guama, the tour then proceeds to the stunning tobacco growing area of Vinales Valley which includes staying in a Casa Particular, a truly unique experience. The tour ends with a chance to enjoy the walks and waterfalls of the Sierra del Rosario biosphere reserve before returning to Havana and other onward destinations.

Dates 

Adult

7 Nights

Adult

Single Supplement

Adult

La Ermita Vinales hotel stay upgrade

2nd February -27th April £1246.00 £220£58





 

  • Prices in £’s per person, based on two adults sharing a standard room.
  • Single supplements apply. Please ask for details.
  • Minimum age for the Tour is 12 years.
  • Holiday Price includes - transfers throughout, accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • Not Included – International flights, UK departure tax, Tourist Visa £15.00 per person, or personal travel insurance.
  • No minimum number is required and maximum capacity is approximately 12 people.
  • Terms and Conditions apply. Prices and reservations are subject to availability.
  • Sales period up to and including 06th April 2017.

 

Thursday Departure

Itinerary

DAY 1

Welcome at Jose Marti Airport where you will be transferred to Old Havana for your overnight stay at the historic Sevilla Hotel or (upgraded option to luxury Parque Central hotel), both of which are situated in an excellent position within a very short walk of Old Havana.
 
Overnight stay in Havana.
 

DAY 2

After breakfast we will depart for a detailed guided sightseeing tour of Havana.  A unique experience, the tour will visit all the major sights of the city including the historic Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral. We can absorb the atmosphere of the narrow cobblestone streets of Old Havana, flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th Century.
 
We will visit the impressive Museum of the Revolution and stop at the Havana Club Rum Museum where there may be the chance to sample the different rums. A panoramic tour of El Morro fortress will follow, which offers beautiful view of Havana Bay.
 
Lunch will be taken at the famous La Calesa restaurant situated in a beautiful location overlooking the historic Cathedral Square in the heart of Old Havana, before continuing to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara with the tour ending with a drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy exploring Old Havana or relax by the hotel pool!
 
In the evening dinner will be taken at restaurant Casa Espanola, a castle-like mansion with stained glass windows representing various regions of the country. After dinner we will enjoy the Tropicana Cabaret show, Cuba’s oldest and most famous cabaret show, known as the ‘Paradise under the Stars’, opened first in 1931.
 
Overnight stay in Havana.
 

DAY 3

After breakfast we will journey east through the sugar plantations for the city of Santa Clara the final resting place of “Che Guevara”.  On arrival we will visit the mausoleum and the museum dedicated to his extraordinary life, followed by a short orientation tour of the city including the train “Tren Blindado” that was attacked in the decisive moments of the Cuban Revolution.
 
After lunch in a local hotel we will continue through the Escambray Mountains to Trinidad a UNESCO heritage site and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Overnight and dinner will be at the luxurious Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad, located in the town centre.
 
Overnight stay in Trinidad. 

 

DAY 4

After a leisurely breakfast, we will explore Trinidad visiting either Palacio de Cantero or History Museum, followed by a visit to La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, where we can try the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane juice cocktail. We will return to your hotel for lunch, with enough time to explore the city independently.
 
Overnight stay in Trinidad. 
 
 

DAY 5

After breakfast, we will continue our tour to Cienfuegos, city known as ‘Perla del Sur’ (‘Pearl of the South’) due to its large boulevards, fascinating buildings and spectacular views over the bay.  We will visit the city admiring the Neoclassical structures, some dating from 1815, and the Tomas Terry Theatre, a sumptuously colonial theatre.
 
Lunch will be at Nautical Club restaurant, a beautiful restaurant with amazing views of the bay. The rest of the day will be free to walk around the city or enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel. We will have dinner in Palacio del Valle, a stunning Moorish-style palace.
 
Overnight stay in Cienfuegos.
 

DAY 6

Today we will be departing for Pinar Del Rio province, an area known throughout the world as Cuba’s main tobacco growing region, where steep sided “Mogote” mountains stand guard over fertile valleys.  En route we will stop at Guama where we will take a boat through the mangrove swamps to a replica stilted Taino Indian village on the shores of Treasure Lake. Lunch will be taken in a local countryside restaurant.
 
Tour will continue to Vinales, where we will overnight in Casa Particular's (Spanish for ‘private house’). These are normally run by Cuban families in the community and will be a chance to really experience Cuba and interact with the locals. Each Casa Particular is different and as they are small, the group will be split across different Casa Particulars.
 
Dinner is arranged in a local restaurant.
 
Overnight stay in Vinales.
 

DAY 7

Today we will visit for the famous Vinales Valley, including stops to absorb the beauty of the area. 
 
We will experience how Cuba’s famous cigars are still handmade by local experts by visiting one of Pinar Del Rio’s famous Cigar Factories.  There will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio limestone cave system followed by lunch in the Ranchon San Vicente countryside restaurant. 
 
In the late afternoon, you will return to your Casa Particular to relax in the patio or socialize with the local family.
 
Overnight stay in Vinales.
 

DAY 8

After breakfast, we will depart to Las Terrazas community, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Rosario Ecological Reserve, for lunch in one of their specialized restaurants. 
 
After lunch we will transfer back to Havana for your return flights or Havana hotel or onwards to Varadero where sadly our tour ends.


 

Cost Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Sevilla hotel on B&B - Havana
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Iberostar Grand Hotel, one on Half Board and one on Full Board - Trinidad
  • One night accommodation at Jagua Hotel B&B - Cienfuegos
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Casa Particular (home stay) B&B - Vinales

Transportation/Guide

  • All transportation as required in the itinerary using fully air-conditioned transportation.
  • The services of an English speaking guide throughout the itinerary

Resturant Lunches/Dinner

  • Day 2, Lunch at La Casela Restaurant, Havana
  • Day 2, Dinner at Casa Espanola restaurant, Havana
  • Day 3, Lunch at Hotel Los Caneyes restaurant, Santa Clara
  • Day 5, Lunch at Club Nautico restaurant, Cienfuegos
  • Day 5, Dinner at Palacio del Valle, Cienfuegos
  • Day 6, Lunch at La Boca restaurant, Guama
  • Day 6, Dinner at Don Tomas restaurant, Vinales
  • Day 7, Lunch at Ranchon San Vicente restaurant, Vinales
  • Day 8, Lunch at Moka

Entrances

  • Day 2, Entrance to Museum of Revolution, Havana
  • Day 2, Entrance to Havana Club Rum Factory, Havana
  • Day 2, Entrance to Tropicana Cabaret
  • Day 3, Entrance to Che Guevara’s Museum and Mausoleum, Santa Clara
  • Day 4, Entrance to the Museum, Trinidad
  • Day 4, Entrance to La Canchanchara, Trinidad
  • Day 6, River trip and entrance to Taino Indian Village in Guama
  • Day 7, Entrance to the El Indio Limestone Cave system, Vinales Valley
  • Day 7, Entrance to Tabacco Factory Francisco Donatien, Pinar del Rio

Casa Particular – is a private family home and is similar to a B&B
Whilst the up most care has been taken to ensure a suitable Casa Particular is used whilst on the tour, please note each Casa Particular is different and unique in its surroundings and features. Majority of Casa Particulars include private bathrooms & air-conditioning.
If preferred, alternative accommodation can be requested at a hotel in Vinales at a supplement. 


Our Deluxe tour runs on the 1st Monday between 01st November – 30th April (except December when two tours will run).
Deluxe Tours departing on a Monday include 2 nights Sevilla/2 nights Brisas del Mar/1 night Jagua/2 nights Casa Particular
Luxury Tours departing on a Thursday include 2 nights Sevilla/2 nights Iberostar Grand/1 night Jagua/2 nights Casa Particular
No minimum number is required and maximum capacity is approximately 12 people.
Minimum age is 12.
Upgraded option at Parque Central is at a supplement and on a request basis.                  
International flights not included.



**We reserve the right to change services, restaurants and the order of the tour at anytime due to local circumstances**
 

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