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8 DAYS NOSTALGIC CUBA

Havana, Vinales, Las Terrazas, Santa Clara, Trinidad & Cienfuegos

History & Culture

Highlights

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage cities in 1 trip
  • Harmonious combination of the cultural and natural Cuba
  • Travel back in time to the 1950s and see the contrast with its modern developments
  • Recommendation of best boutique restaurants hidden in the small lanes
  • Choice of staying in private casa or local best luxury hotels

Time seems to have stood still since the 1950s. Beautiful colonial architecture and the colourful convertibles evoke a nostalgic aura while the daily contradiction of life tells endless intriguing stories.

Havana is a beguiling jigsaw puzzle, formerly acting as the Communist’s last bastion and now a great art city with cool cafes and Bohemian bars.

Continue to the green Western part to soak in the dramatic landscape and the casual countryside life at the beautiful Vinales valley. Pass by Che Guevara’s city of Santa Clara, the French colonial town of Cienfuegos and discover the cobbled stone streets in the open-air museum of Trinidad.

From

HKD 21,200 Per Person

8 Days 7 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Havana

Arrival in Havana
Havana
Dinner included

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your city centre hotel.

The “city of columns” is Latin America’s biggest colonial town. Your Cuban holiday starts with a Daiquiri in the famous restaurant El Floridita, Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar. Enjoy dinner in the private restaurant in the old town decorated in retro style.

Day 02 Havana

Havana
Havana
Breakfast, lunch included

Indulge in the glamorous past as we stroll Calle Obispo to the old town. Pass by the old drugstore, pharmacy and hotel Ambos Mundos where Hemingway stayed. Sip a signature mojito at a famous bar and visit plazas, cathedrals, palacios and old squares. After lunch, ride bici taxis for a glimpse into the daily lives of Cubans as you visit their private businesses and compare them with the state shops. Stop by the oldest boxing gym for a boxing training, Cuba’s second most favourite sport behind baseball.

Optional: Private Tobacco & Rum Degustation with a Specialist

Rum came into Europe around 1,700 years ago, but its real cradle is in the Caribbean. Nowhere is rum production more famous than in Cuba. Thanks to the unsurpassed quality of the native tobacco leaves, Cuba also produces one of the world’s best cigars.

Day 03 Havana

Havana
Havana
Breakfast, lunch included

Hop on the original coco taxi to visit the Revolution Museum or the Museum of Colonial Arts. Visit a cigar factory where they have been hand-rolling cigars in the same way for the last 50 years (closed Sat & Sun). Stop at the training session of Havana Queens for the young dancers talented performance. At noon, ride a classic vintage car around the wealthier Vedado and Miramar areas. Enjoy a cocktail in the unique Hotel Nacional bar. End the day at the colourful artist district of Callejon de Hamel.

Free at leisure in the evening with several options:

Option A: Dinner at Paladar la Guarida
Dubbed as “the hardest table to get in Havana” and made famous by the movie Strawberry and Chocolate.

Option B: Tropicana Cabaret Show – Glitz & Glamour Under Stars
Inaugurated in 1939, this Vegas-styled cabaret showcases the full range of popular Cuban dances (22.00-23.45 daily, min. age 18, Oferta 3, includes 1 glass of Cava, 1 bottle of Rum, 1 national Cola, 1 mini-snack).

Option C: Show of Havana Queens at Casa Miglis One of Havana’s Top Ten Paladars, enjoy a repertoire of ballet, flamenco, dodern dance, rumba and salsa.

Day 04 Havana / Vinales / Las Terrazas

Havana / Vinales / Las Terrazas
Las Terrazas
Breakfast, lunch included

Start early as we head westwards to Jose Fuster’s house and atelier (the Caribbean Gaudi) in Jaimanitas. Follow the route of tobacco to Vinales Valley dotted with dramatic limestones, tobacco, coffee, orange and banana plantations. Meet a tobacco farmer in a traditional tobacco house and sip a Pina Colada next to the wall paintings.

Enjoy a specially arranged traditional Cuban lunch cooked with love at Alberto Vitamina’s place. Next, gain insights into local floras at Finca Agroecologica farm, continue to the biosphere reserve Las Terrazas, stroll around the Community of Artists and conclude the day by visiting an ancient French coffee plantation.

Day 05 Las Terrazas / Santa Clara / Trinidad

Las Terrazas / Santa Clara / Trinidad
Trinidad
Breakfast, lunch included

Today is a long trip to Central Cuba. Visit Santa Clara’s revolution square with Che Guavara Monument (closed Mon) and the site of Che’s famous battle on the armored train. After a coffee stop at Café Museo Revolution with its big revolution era collection, learn how family business supports sustainable agriculture at a private peanut project Mani Bormey. Thereafter, drive through the most important coffee zones to the lovely Trinidad. En route, taste the aromatic hot coffee while we learn about its history.

Day 06 Trinidad

Trinidad
Trinidad
Breakfast, lunch included

Start with a walking tour of this UNESCO city. Visit the ceramic studio “Casa del Alfarero”, the City Museum at the Palacio Brunet and the Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad church. After lunch, the afternoon is free at leisure or enjoy optional activities:

Option A: Salsa Lesson
Soak up the sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean with your instructor for a chance to learn Cuban Salsa in its birthplace.

Option B: Excursion to the Sugar Mill Valley
Visit the ancient mansion of sugar baron Iznaga with its legendary tower for overseeing the slave workers.

Day 07 Trinidad / Cienfuegos / Havana

Trinidad / Cienfuegos / Havana
Havana
Breakfast, lunch included

Head to Cienfuegos with its French colonial architectures such as the Terry Theater and Palacio del Valle. Visit the legendary Bay of Pigs, a lovely stretch of Caribbean Coast acting as a battle site during the revolution, before arriving in Havana mid-afternoon. 

Optional Farewell: Sunset Boat & Dinner at Fisherman’s House. At Santa Fe bay near Marina Hemingway, enjoy boat trip with champagne to a typical fisherman’s house for an exclusive seafood dinner overlooking the sea.

Day 08 Departure from Havana

Departure from Havana
Nil
Breakfast included

This morning, we make an excursion to Finca Vigia (now a museum, closed Sun) where Hemingway used to live. Later stop in the fisherman´s village Cojimar where he wrote the novel “The Old Man and the Sea”. Have spectacular views of the city from El Morro Fortress before transferring to the airport.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD) / Low Season (May-Oct) • High Season (Nov-Apr)

Minimum 2 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 30,100
High Season: HK$ 21,900
Minimum 4 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 21,200
High Season: HK$ 22,800
Single Supplement
Low Season: HK$ 3,800
High Season: HK$ 4,900

Casa Particular Havana • Hotel La Moka Las TerrazasCasa Particular Trinadad

Havana

Havana

Casa Particular

We hand-pick the deluxe private Cuban apartments or villas located in the old town centre, this gives travellers the opportunity to immense in the lovely colonial architecture and the way of life in Cuba.

Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas

Hotel La Moka (Standard)

The hotel is raised on a small hill at the foot of the Salón Hill in San Juan valley. It combines the wild charm of the virgin forest with all the comforts of a modern hotel. (Opened: 1994; Rooms: 42)

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Trinidad

Trinidad

Casa Particular

We hand-pick the splendid private houses or mansions with history to allow you immense yourself in this open air museum city.

Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD) / Low Season (May-Oct) • High Season (Nov-Apr)

Minimum 2 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 32,500
High Season: HK$ 35,800
Minimum 4 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 23,600
High Season: HK$ 26,700
Single Supplement
Low Season: HK$ 6,700
High Season: HK$ 10,500

Gran Hotel Bristol Havana Hotel La Moka Las Terrazas Gran Hotel Iberostar or Hotel Mystique Palace Trinadad 

Havana

Havana

Gran Hotel Bristol Habana by Kempinski

Situated in the centre of Old Town Havana, with a history of more than 100 years, just completed the full restoration of an ancient building and former hotel. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 162)

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Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas

Hotel La Moka (Standard)

The hotel is raised on a small hill at the foot of the Salón Hill in San Juan valley. It combines the wild charm of the virgin forest with all the comforts of a modern hotel. (Opened: 1994; Rooms: 42)

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Trinidad

Trinidad

Gran Hotel Iberostar or Hotel Mystique Palace (Park View Double)

Located in the heart of the old town, a small hotel which was constructed using the beautiful elements of the local architecture and the standards of modern comfort. Only for adults and teenagers above 16 years old. (Opened: 2006; Rooms: 40)

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Trinidad

Trinidad

Hotel Mystique Palace (Park View Double)

New modern luxury hotel located in the center of Trinidad, converted from the palace of the Iznaga of the 19th century building. (Open: 2020; Rooms: 41)

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Category 3

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD) / Low Season (May-Oct) • High Season (Nov-Apr)

Minimum 2 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 33,400
High Season: HK$ 37,600
Minimum 4 Pax
Low Season: HK$ 24,400
High Season: HK$ 28,500
Single Supplement
Low Season: HK$ 8,300
High Season: HK$ 13,500

Gran Hotel Manzana Havana Hotel La Moka Las Terrazas • Gran Hotel Iberostar or Hotel Mystique Palace Trinadad

Havana

Havana

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski (Patio)

Ideally located in the heart of Old Havana, surrounded by the main UNESCO World Heitage buildings, is one of the most luxury hotels in Cuba. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 246)

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Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas

Hotel La Moka (Standard)

The hotel is raised on a small hill at the foot of the Salón Hill in San Juan valley. It combines the wild charm of the virgin forest with all the comforts of a modern hotel. (Opened: 1994; Rooms: 42)

View More
Trinidad

Trinidad

Gran Hotel Iberostar

Located in the heart of the old town, a small hotel which was constructed using the beautiful elements of the local architecture and the standards of modern comfort. Only for adults and teenagers above 16 years old. (Opened: 2006; Rooms: 40)

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Trinidad

Trinidad

Hotel Mystique Palace (Park View Double)

New modern luxury hotel located in the center of Trinidad, converted from the palace of the Iznaga of the 19th century building. (Open: 2020; Rooms: 41)

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OPTIONAL EXCLUSIONS

Havana

Havana

Private Tobacco & Rum Degustation with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$ 1,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$ 1,310
Havana

Havana

Dinner in the Paladar La Guarida with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$ 890
Minimum 4 Pax HK$ 800
Havana

Havana

Tropicana Show with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Per Person HK$ 990
Havana

Havana

Show of Havana Queens with tapas at Casa Miglis with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Per Person HK$ 450
Trinidad

Trinidad

Salsa Lesson with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Per Person HK$ 240
Trinidad

Trinidad

Excursion to Sugar Mill Valley with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$ 80
Havana

Havana

Farewell Sunset Boat Tour with Dinner in Fisherman’s House with transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Per Person HK$ 2,800

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as stated
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Throughout English or Chinese-speaking expert guide in each city 
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Meals not stated
  • Beverages where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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