Day 1: Arrive Havana
Welcome to Cuba! On arrival at Jose Marti Havana airport, transfer to the group hotel. The evening is free for you to relax after your flight or to start exploring the local scene.
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast, we're off on a city tour through Havana Vieja, the colonial part of the old town. We'll stop at the famous Hotel National and take in the Malecon, the Capitol, the Plaza de las Armas, the Plaza de la Catedrale, and the Palacio de la Artesania. In the afternoon, put on your dancing shoes for a salsa lesson with your local Cuban dance partner.
Day 3: Santa Clara and Topes de Collantes
The day begins with a trip to nearby Santa Clara to embark on a tour through the city, where a must see is the Che Guevara Memorial. Che Guevara, previously known as a hero in Cuba, was arrested and killed in Bolivia in 1967 due to a guerilla rebellion. His gravesite remained undiscovered until 1997, at which time it was transferred to Cuba and entombed in Santa Clara. Later, we travel on to Sierra Escambray for an overnight in Topes de Collantes.
Day 4: Topes de Collantes and Trinidad
Many interesting impressions, fascinating flora, and bird watching await you within this mountain region from Guanayara Park to Caburni. The waterfall of the same name is known as one of the most beautiful in the country, and you can look forward to a refreshing swim before transferring to Trinidad to enjoy the hospitality of a Cuban family for our first night in a casa particular.
Day 5: Trinidad
The morning is reserved for discovering the mountainous nature of the region. Visit Valle de Ingenios, a valley that was once a sugar cane cultivation area and home to the tower Iznaga. The tower, which once belonged to a manorial plantation, rewards climbers with fantastic views over the valley via the half-open tower top. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure, with the option to experience the city's historic side through it's many museums.
Day 6: Trinidad
The day begins with an city tour of charming Trinidad, one of the most beautiful in the country. Here, we'll stroll through the plaza, discover where Alexander von Humbolt once stayed, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this picturesque city. Later, enjoy a special cocktail named "Canchanchara".
Day 7: Cienfuegos
Depart Trinidad for Cienfuegos, built by the French in the 19th century. The city is home to fantastic colonial buildings, including the Palacio de Valle, an achictectural gem due to its gothic, venetian, and neo-moorish motives. Later, we'll embark on a boat ride through the beautiful bay of Cienfuegos.
Day 8: Cienfuegos and Soroa
Today you will gain a different perspective of Cienfuegos by boarding a boat for a trip across the "Lake of Treasure". Later, transfer to Soroa where the evening is free for you to explore the hilly landscape of Sierra del Rosario.
Day 9: Vinales
The next stop of our trip is Vinales where the spectacular scenery awaits you. Climb on your bicycle to wind through landscapes of tobacco and limestone karsts. The evening is free for you to relax and settle in at our casa particular.
Day 10: Cayo Jutias
North of Vinales lies the beautiful island of Cayo Jutias, connected to the mainland by a gravel road and known for its striking sandy beach. You are free to discover the island by bike and relax on the beach. Later we return to Vinales and our casa particular where the night is spent at leisure.
Day 11: Havana
Departing Vinales we journey back to Havana. Here you can enjoy the exciting capital once more, exploring the lively alleyways you might have missed or revisiting your favourite spots.
Day 12: Trip ends Havana
Hasta luego Cuba! Our trip concludes after breakfast where you are free to continue the adventure on your own. For those flying home today, transfers to the airport can be arranged.