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When you arrive in Cuba, it is like stepping back in time, with its classic cars from the fifties,the aroma of tobacco, old-world charm and atmospheric scenes. Peeling paint, pastel colors,balconies hanging over colourful streets, horse carts amidst the people, it is a true spectacle, by which you are truly eveloped. Famous for its cigars and beautiful beaches, Cuba forms the perfect setting for events and travel. Havana, exciting and romantic, is gorgeous and a city which features high on many people's bucket list. The elegant streets of La Habana Vieja are still stunning and the Caribbean backdrop frames the city beautifully. Havana has a glittering nightlife. It has everything you need for the perfect program.
Program idea Cuba
OPTION 1 PROPOSED PROGRAMME TO CUBA Visiting Havana – Varadero
Discovering Cuba Cuba is gifted with unspoiled Spanish colonial heritage architecture, and a resilient people passionate about music and dance. It’s friendly, safe and vibrant, and caught in a time warp since 1959 when the charismatic Fidel Castro took power. Nowhere else in the Caribbean is there such an intoxicating combination of endless palm fringed beaches, colonial heritage, Latin American culture, spectacular scenery, rich animal and bird life and some of the friendliest people, whose passion for music and dance is legendary. The unique backdrop to this tropical paradise is the fact that Cuba is still strongly socialist and this combination ensures an unforgettable experience. Rugged conifer-covered mountains rolling down to fertile plains and miles of white sandy beaches. Plantations of sugar cane and tobacco stretching into the distance dominated by the tall swaying palm trees. Mile upon mile of deserted roads reaching into the island, their tranquillity only disturbed by the clip of horses hooves as they pull their heavy load or the roar of a 1950's American car whose engine is kept running by hope rather than spare parts. Weathered campesinos sitting in a creaking old rocking chair, surveying the scene, all the time puffing on a titanic Havana cigar. Glorious cities with their fading and crumbling facades. Streets alive with people all seeming to be there without purpose, just watching the world go by or discussing the latest baseball game, an obsession with most Cubans. The sound of salsa permanently in the air with young people gathering along the Malecon, at the weekend in Havana, to celebrate their passion for music and rum.
Cuba is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Cuba is Cuba.
Itinerary and Optional Activities
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL / HAVANA Group arrival into Havana International Airport. Assistance provided by a local rep bearing the group’s logo; he will introduce the English-speaking guide who will meet and escort the group to the waiting 44 seat air-conditioned coach for a transfer to the hotel in Havana. This transfer will take approximately 35 hrs min. Welcome cocktail upon checking in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at 5* Melia Habana Hotel, B&B.
DAY 2 | TOUR OF HAVANA The decaying, genteel colonial facades of old Havana are happily now being preserved as UNESCO has recognised the city as a World Heritage Site. A network of narrow streets, overlooked by balconies decorated with intricate patterns of wrought ironwork, cross the old city opening out into small squares fringed by grand houses and glorious churches unable to hide their Spanish heritage. Peep through the doorways of the old houses and often you will see intimate little courtyards, dark and cool in the sultry heat. Joining the old city to modern Havana is the Malecon Promenade, which stretches along the sea front from Morro Castle. Many of the old American cars, lovingly looked after by their owners, can be seen driving along the Malecon. Pure ingenuity keeps these fascinating old cars on the road. A tunnel under the Almandares River takes the Malecon into the garden suburb of Miramar with tree-lined boulevards, luxurious mansions, embassies and boutiques. 09h00. After hotel breakfast, the group will meet in the lobby and depart for a half day excursion to Havana, the old and modern parts including: • Once in Old Havana, explore old Havana with its narrow cobblestone streets flanked by old colonial buildings dating back as far as the 16th century. Visit Havana Cathedral built in 1704 and one of the finest examples of Cuban baroque style, walk about the four classical plazas: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, all located within walking distance in the old quarter of the city. • Visit to Havana's Rum Museum "Havana Club Rum Foundation" and learn about the introduction of sugar in Cuba, the evolution of the industry and the processes involved in the making of Havana Club Rum (rum tasting at the end) • Lunch will be served at Café Taberna Restaurant • Transfer back to the hotel and free time at leisure. 20h00 Transfer to Tropicana for dinner and the famous Tropicana Cabaret Show 23h00 Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight stay at 5* Melia Habana Hotel, B&B.
Itinerary and Optional Activities (continued)
DAY 3 | TOUR TO SOROA / LAS TERRAZAS Hotel breakfast. 08h30.You will meet in the lobby to depart to Soroa and its world famous orchid garden and picturesque waterfall, then you visit community of Las Terrazas in eastern Pinar del Río, near the border of the Province of Havana (60 km away). It originated as a reforestation project in 1968. The surrounding mountains had been denuded by fire and shortsighted agricultural techniques. A reservoir was created in 1971, and alongside it a model community was built taking its name from the hillside terraces planted with pines. The scheme was so successful that in 1985 this are was declared the ¨Reserva¨ Sierra del Rosario, Cuba’s first UNESCO-sanctioned biosphere reserve. In 1990 an upmarket tourist resort was built just above the community to provide employment for the 850 inhabitants and in 1994 a hotel, La Moka, was opened and all the present workers are from Las Terrazas. Included in this tour are a welcome cocktail at Rancho Curujey, a visit as a compact group to the ruins of the 19th-century Buena Vista coffee plantation, pottery and textile workshops, the village’s primary school, and to Rio San Juan with free time for swimming and rowing if interested. Cuban Lunch at the rustic CASA DEL CAMPESINO a local restaurant inside the village. Transfer back to the hotel in Havana. Overnight stay at 5* Melia Habana hotel, B&B.
DAY 4 | HAVANA / VARADERO Hotel breakfast. Check out and settle of accounts. 09h00. Depart the hotel by bus to Varadero. Visit Finca La Vigía, an attractive little estate centered around the white-washed nineteen-century villa where Ernest Hemingway lived for twenty years until 1960, today housing the Museo de Hemingway. This is where he wrote his most famous novels; objects include drinks, magazines, guns, etc strewn around the place, even the dining-room table set for guests. This visit is an insight into the writer’s lifestyle and personality from the numerous animal heads on the walls to the thousands of books lining the shelves in most of the rooms, including the bathroom. Lunch will be served at the Terrazas de Cojimar Restaurant. After this visit the group will continue to Varadero. Varadero has to be seen to be believed. Just two hours from Havana, its white sandy beaches, lapped by a blue translucent sea, stretch for miles along a narrow peninsula that reaches out into the Florida Straits. The resort appeals to both those who just want to relax and to the sports enthusiast, who can play tennis, go sailing and fishing or even try scuba diving. Wherever you stay in Varadero you will be close to the beach and the relaxed nightlife creates a perfect ambience in the resort with restaurants, cabarets and nightclubs. Overnight stay in Varadero, 4* Melia Varadero, All Inclusive basis.
Itinerary and Optional Activities (continued)
DAY 5 | VARADERO / CAYO BLANCO Hotel breakfast. 08h30. Depart for a Catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco, stop on a reef; snorkeling equipment will be available to explore the wonders of the deep sea. Stop at an off-shore dolphin center where you will be able to swim with the dolphins. Lunch around midday will be served on the low-laying Cayo Blanco islet. Afternoon return to Marina and transfer back to hotel.
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Travel facts Cuba
|Currency||Cuban Convertible Peso|
|Local time||GMT (London) - 4.00hours|
|Public holidays||Public holidays Cuba link|
|Climate in Cuba||Weather in Cuba link|
|Passport and visa information Cuba||Passport and visa information Cuba|