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9 Day Cuba Explorer. Cuba Holidays 2020

9 Day Cuba Explorer

A travel destination unlike anything you've experienced before

9 Day Cuba Explorer

$ 1,303 from, per person

Cruise Havana’s history-infused streets in a classic car and stroll along Trinidad’s cobblestone avenues learning about the colonial past. Tour a tobacco plantation to witness how cigars are made for a taste of iconic Cuban culture and luxuriate in the view of the lush countryside and rolling hills of Viñales. Stay refreshed and take a dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea in the seaside town of Cienfuegos. Travelling by private air-conditioned vehicle throughout provides a comfortable way to explore the island.

Destinations: Havana – Valley of Vinales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad

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Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1 - Havana
Arrive at any time. An arrival transfer is included to the tour's starting point, a "casa particular" (Cuban home used as a bed and breakfast), for an authentic Cuban experience. The Casas we work with are of very high standard, closer to boutique hotels than to B&Bs. Casa are located at the heart of the Old Quarters in Havana, minutes away from all the best restaurants, bars, and main attractions. If you’d prefer to stay at a hotel, let us know. Iberostar Parque Central, Manzana Kempinski, and Saratoga are also very popular choices
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Day 2 - Havana
Enjoy a walking tour of historic Old Havana before hopping in a vintage automobile to cruise through the city. Explore the magnificent colonial plazas, admire the fortifications surrounding the Bay of Havana that made the city a stronghold of Spanish colonial power in the Americas. Wander the cobbled streets and witness the fascinating spectacle of 1950s classic American cars driving up and down the seafront drive. Cuba is a place like no other you’ve ever visited and is sure to capture your imagination. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore Cuba's capital.
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Day 3 - Havana to Viñales
Travel to lush Viñales with a cigar tour en route. Enjoy lunch at a local tobacco farm. Cuba’s most dramatic landscapes hide the tobacco fields where world-famous Cuban cigars are grown, dried, and carefully hand-rolled into fine cigars. Vinales is Cuban countryside at its best. The mogotes, limestone rolling hills are very unique. And there’s plenty of caves, underwater rives, and waterfalls to explore.
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Day 4 - Viñales
Take a walk through the countryside to enjoy the stunning outdoors. Enjoy free time in Viñales in the afternoon. Perhaps hop on a boat and paddle across Cueva del Indio, a cavern and underground river system very popular among locals and visitors. Attempt a climb at the Pre-history mural to admire the stunning countryside from the top of the mogote. Or take a leisurely stroll around the evergreen tobacco fields and vernacular villages.
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Day 5 – Viñales to Cienfuegos
Settle in for a travel day to Cienfuegos. Along the way, stop off at the Giron Museum at the Bay of Pigs to learn more about the US military involvement with Cuba. Opt to go for a swim in the beautiful waters before continuing on to the seaside town of Cienfuegos.
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Day 6 - Cienfuegos to Trinidad
Travel to Trinidad, tour the city, and opt to take a salsa dancing lesson. Trinidad is known as Cuba’s living museum-city. It is one of the best-preserved colonial towns in the Americas, and one of the first Spanish settlements founded in Cuba on their arrival.
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Day 7 - Trinidad
Enjoy a free day in Trinidad to discover this Spanish colonial town that was founded in the 16th century and still preserves a look and feel of the past. Enjoy the views of the valley from the Manaca Iznaga Tower, visit Sugar Mills Valley on board a steam train, perhaps go on a short visit to nearby Ancon Beach. There’s plenty to do and explore in Trinidad.
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Day 8 Trinidad to Havana
Start the day with a visit to the Manaca Iznaga community, where G Adventures and Planeterra helped create a textiles centre that enables local women to sell traditional textiles. Take a guided tour of key historical sites, including the famous Che monument in Santa Clara, en route back to Havana.
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Day 9 - Havana
Depart at any time.

Map and Highlights

Explore a side of Cuba that few rarely get to experience on this nine-day adventure. Cruise Havana’s history-infused streets in a classic car and stroll along Trinidad’s cobblestone avenues to the rhythms of music floating from open windows. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture and luxuriate in the view of the island’s rolling western hills.

Trip Highlights

9 Day Cuba Explorer. Cuba Holidays 2020

Havana and Vinales

Havana is a vibrant, colourful city that seems to have frozen in time, back in the 1950s. Taking a leisurely stroll down Havana’s seafront drive, the “Malecon Habanero”, or down the cobbled streets connecting the colonial plazas is a fascinating experience. You can start from Cathedral Square and walk towards Plaza Vieja (Old Square), or up Obispo boulevard towards the Capitol building and Paseo del Prado. Do not miss famous sights along the way like The Floridita. This bar-restaurant is the birthplace of the Daiquiri, and a Hemingway’s usual haunt during his time in Havana.

Vinales is merely one and a half hours from Havana by car, and shows a completely different Cuba. Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful and unusual landscapes in the Caribbean. Do not miss the chance to visit a tobacco drying farm and learn how the golden leaves are turned into the world-famous Cuban cigars.

9 Day Cuba Explorer. Cuba Holidays 2020

Cienfuegos and Trinidad

The journey from Vinales to Trinidad is a bit long. But there’s plenty to see along the way. You’ll drive along the Zapata swamps where the Cuban crocodile lives and end up at historic Bay of Pigs.

Cienfuegos is another hidden gem in Cuba. Peculiar, in the sense that its architecture shows strong French influences. It is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by verdant mountains and caressed by the Caribbean Sea.

Trinidad is one of the best-preserved colonial settlements in the Americas. Walking down the cobbled streets, taking a steam train to visit the sugar plantations, or venturing into the mountains in search for hidden waterfalls is an experience that will transport you back in time to the 1800s when the area was at the centre of Spanish colonial power and boasted a wealthy economy based on sugar and coffee production.

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