7 days Cuba

7 Days tour Like a Family

1st day:

Upon arrival at Varadero or Havana Airport, be greeted by a RaimondReise staff member at the airport.

Transfer to accommodation in Havana.

Stay in a private house in Havana.

Free Night.

2nd day: Havana tour.


The following days are available for exploring the city of Havana. Be enchanted by this Caribbean metropolis, because the capital of Cuba has much to offer - much more than rum, tobacco, the famous waterfront "Malecón" or the "Buena Vista Social Club".

After breakfast in your private pension, you will get to know your fellow travelers about your english-speaking tour guide. He will inform you about all important matters concerning the course and organization of your round trip and answer your questions.

You will be picked up for the first program in Havana. An exclusive walking tour through the historic city of Havana, a World Heritage Site. Take a walk through the main streets and squares in the historic center to learn, among other things. Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral and many more sights of the old town.

Have lunch in one of the best restaurants in Old Havana. Here you get served good Cuban cuisine!

After lunch, the relaxed part of the city exploration follows - with one of the famous, mostly American vintage cars from the 1950s and 1960s. On a nostalgic panoramic tour along the Malecon, discover the modern day Havana with the districts of Centro Habana, Vedado and Miramar, although of course some stops such. at the Capitolio, the Gran Teatro de La Habana, the University of Havana or the Plaza de la Revolución.

After this tour you are back to the private pension.

Overnight in a beautiful private pension (Casa Particular) - Standard category - with breakfast in the historic city of Havana.

Day 3: Havana - Viñales Tour.

Breakfast in your private pension.

Today starts early because you will get to know the west of the island. About 200 kilometers southwest of Havana, in the province of Pinar del Rio, lies the valley of Viñales ("Valle de Viñales") - with one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cuba!

Once in Viñales, you will experience the breathtaking landscape of the tropical "Mogotes" (karst hills). The bizarre limestone cones were once the pillars of a massive cave system that had formed around 160 million years ago. Over time, most of the caves collapsed due to heavy weathering of limestone.

Incidentally, the best view of the landscape can be had from the terrace of the Hotel Los Jazmines, where you can clearly see the mogotes rising from the fertile tobacco fields like domed domes. It is not without reason that this region is called Pinar del Rio and Viñales with the Viñales Valley "Green Province" or "Garden of Cuba". The region is known for growing perhaps the world's best tobacco and the local tobacco culture has a long tradition. Already in the 18th century the first plantlets were planted.

Lunch will take place today in a typical private restaurant. * La Carreta *

You visit some highlights in Vinales and get to know the rural life. We will visit a typical finca (a farm), make a stop at the "Wall of Prehistory" (a mural on a mogote) and visit the Cueva del Indio - including a boat ride in the cave.
On this day you can register for a horseback ride in Viñales.
Back to Havana.
Overnight in a beautiful private pension (Casa Particular) - Standard category - with breakfast in Havana.

Day 4: Havana - Playa Larga (Bay of Pigs) -Cienfuegos.

After breakfast, the journey follows in the direction of the center of the island. On the "highway" we drive quickly to the east and branch off at Jaguey Grande in the direction of the National Park "Cienaga de Zapata", which is absolutely worth seeing with its extensive swamp and mangrove landscape and the many endemic plant and bird species. First you make a stop on the Caribbean coast, at Playa Larga. This beach section is part of the historic Bay of Pigs and has gained greater fame, since here Cuban exiles wanted to end the revolution of Fidel Castro with an invasion. Today, however, it is much quieter and you now have some time to enjoy the beach and the Caribbean Sea.
Your goal today is Cienfuegos. On the way there you can visit the crocodile farm in the complex Boca de Guamá. In the largest crocodile farm in Cuba since the 1970s, the rare crocodile species Rhombifer (Cuban) is bred.

In * Caleta Buena * you will have typical Cuban lunch and open bar included.

Time for snorkeling, sunbathing and enjoying the beach.

Overnight in a nice private guesthouse (Casa Particular) - Standard category in Cienfuegos.

Day 5: Cienfuegos – Trinidad.

Breakfast in the private pension.

During a city tour you will notice how clean and pretty the city is. Cienfuegos was planned in the mid-19th century by French architects in one piece. You can see this clearly in the playful architecture. For city planners, this city with its checkered streets and squares is a popular study object.

In the main shopping street, which is closed as a pedestrian zone, hardly anything has changed in the last 50 years. Take a walk to recreate the flair and atmosphere of the 1950s: the shops still look exactly as they did half a century ago. It feels like being in a time machine.

You will visit the main attractions as well as the Punta Gorda peninsula. The city extends far into the bay of Cienfuegos. With a bit of luck, you can also spot dolphins in the sheltered cove of Cienfuegos - a sign that efforts to improve the water quality in the harbor bay have been successful.

The journey continues to El Nicho along a narrow road along the southern foothills of the mountain ranges "Montanas Guamuhaya" and "Sierra Escambray". It goes through small rural towns, where you have time to exchange experiences with the people living there. Enjoy a traditional coffee and take photos of the most beautiful views from one of the highest points in the country (840 m above sea level).
Afterwards, walk with a local guide about half a mile on foot to reach the refreshing El Nicho waterfalls. Here you have time to swim in the natural pools and enjoy nature
Cuban lunch with a drink included.
Onward journey along the beautiful Caribbean to Trinidad de Cuba.
Routes over Topes de Collantes mountain ranges to Trinidad.

Overnight in a private pension (Casa Particular) in Trinidad with breakfast.

Day 6: Trinidad tour.

Breakfast in the Casa Particular.
Today you are fully dedicated to the city of Trinidad and its history and surroundings.

The differences between Havana and Trinidad will quickly catch your eye. Havana is a very large, vibrant city with over 2 million inhabitants. Trinidad with its less than 100,000 inhabitants is rather quiet and comfortable nestled between the Caribbean Sea and mountains and gives the impression, as if the time has stood here for a long time. But Trinidad is one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Caribbean and is therefore a World Heritage Site!

First, you will get to know Trinidad on a city tour. They conquer a completely preserved from the 18th century, remained colonial city. At that time, the city became rich in sugar through the port and important for the Cuban economy. The sugar was cultivated in the hinterland of Trinidad with slave labor in the "Valle de los Ingenios" (sugar mill valley), which you will visit tomorrow. In the old center of the city, in the municipal museum, board the roof terrace (Palacio Cantero). From here you have the best view over the city.

Try a Canchánchara (local drinks), (included).
Visit to the local souvenir market.
A walk through the streets of Trinidad is a great opportunity for photography lovers.
In the afternoon, visit the next highlight, The Estates of Trinidad. * Playa Ancon *
Time to take a bath and enjoy the sun.
Back in private accommodation.
Seafood Dinner in House (Included).
Evening at leisure.
The evening is at your disposal for your own exploration tours. Take an evening stroll through the town, e.g. A visit to the "Casa de la Trova": Every evening, Cuban live music is played here, and the place is popular with both tourists and locals alike.

Overnight in a Casa Particular in Trinidad with breakfast.


Day 7: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana / Varadero.

Breakfast in house.
Driving to Manaca Isnaga Valley.
Between the Escambray Mountains and the south Caribbean coast is the hinterland of Trinidad, the very fertile "Valle de los Ingenios". This region and the watchtower Manaca Iznaga are reminiscent of the time of the slaveholders with the enormous sugar plantations. The Valley of Sugar Mills was once one of Cuba's major sugar-growing centers and created the basis of prosperity for the upper classes of Trinidad. During the sugar epoch, some noble families in Trinidad became indescribably rich as they controlled all sugar cultivation and trade in Trinidad. Today you can still see ruins of sugar mills, slave shelters and warehouses.

The tower "Torre Manaca Iznaga" - the symbol of the area - was once a watchtower, from which the former overseers were able to monitor the slaves ideally. At the top there is a panoramic view over the entire valley.

After visiting Manaca Isnaga Valley, the return journey begins in the direction of Varadero. But first, the city of Santa Clara is the destination. This is not only a major transportation hub and industrial location but also a major science center.

The city is also known as "Che Guevara City" and thus has its own charisma. Here, the hero celebrated the decisive victory over the Batista dictatorship and, at least since the mortal remains of Che Guevara were transferred here, Santa Clara has the reputation as a place of worship of the revolutionary away. The visit of the Che Guevara monument is therefore "a must".

Lunch in Santa Clara included.

After that, the last leg of their certainly impressive tour of Cuba begins. We continue to Varadero, where you You can join a relaxing bathing stay. (Not included) The hotel offer is great. From budget 3 * hotels to luxurious 5 * facilities with all inclusive service. Alternatively you can drive back to Havana by car / jeep and extend your stay there. (Not included)

We are happy to advise you regarding your travel extension or to an overnight stay with subsequent airport transfer, if you have to leave the following day.

PRICES:

Prices per person

2 to 3 people - 1180 EUR per person.

4 to 6 people - 1080 EUR per person.
(In offer from 01.06.18 to 01.05.19)


These services are included in the tour price:

 

• Guided tours and excursions according to the above itinerary.
• Inglish speaking tour guide from the 2nd to the 7th program day.
• Round trip by car or jeep from the 3rd to the 7th program day incl. The additional classic car excursion on the 2nd program day.
• A total of 6 nights: 3 nights in a private pension / casa particular in the Old Havana, 1 in Cienfuegos town, 2 nights in a typical colonial private guest house in Trinidad.
• 1 night in Viñales and 2 in Havana is also possible. (Optional)
• Meals: On all program days (2nd - 7th day), breakfast and lunch are included.
• Transfer from Havana or Varadero airport to Havana accommodation.

The following services are not included in the price:

• Return flight to Cuba.
• Tourist card (entry visa)
• Visits, entrance fees and tour guide unless explicitly marked as inclusive in the program.
• Tips, drinks and personal expenses.

Private pensions in Cuba / Casas Particulares.

Casas Particulares / private pensions in Cuba are usually simple and functional - typical of the country. You will travel to a developing country. Luxury or European standards should not be expected! Most Casas Particulares have air conditioning and running hot water, but occasionally technically justified failures should be expected. The latter, however, also applies to many of the Cuban hotels - especially in the interior. The advantage of Casas Particulares compared to many hotels, however, in the attentive service - that is in the hospitality of the Cubans. The private pensions are mostly family run. The breakfast is thus e.g. often at the family's living room or kitchen table. The Casa hosts will usually restrain to ensure their privacy. However, if you are interested, they will tell you a lot about yourself, country and people or their everyday life and also show an honest interest in their life in Europe. In this way you will get to know Cuba more authentically than would be possible with many other forms of travel. Sometimes your hosts will be able to give you one or the other "insider tip" for their activities on your own, which you will not find in any travel guide. The direct contact with the Casa-hosts and in contrast to mostly secluded hotel facilities close integration into the Cuban living environment offers in our eyes some advantages: So it can e.g. at a birthday party in the host family, at a wedding in the neighborhood or simply during a cozy weekend celebration a little louder. Good mood, Caribbean mentality and Cuban music contribute to it. Many Casa-hosts invite their guests to join in the celebrations. Experience and learn more about Cuban traditions, customs, everyday life - about Cuba and Cubans.