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Cuba. Famous sights and hidden corners

Price
$1292
Days
8 +2 to transfer
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Tour description

Isolated for decades, Cuba begins to open up and attract more visitors. Let`s go now, before crowds of tourists arrive! Immerse yourself in the local exotic life and learn the secret of Cuban laid back happiness. 

  • Drive colorful retro cars in old Havana
  • Learn to dance passionate salsa, cha-cha-cha and merengue
  • Relax on white sand and clear turquoise water on the best beaches
  • Wander through the lost villages of the Vinales Valley, where tourists rarely go
  • Collect tobacco on a real plantation and roll your own cigar

Tour departures

15 February 2022 - 22 February 2022
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17 December 2023 - 24 December 2023
$1292

The price of the tour includes

Transportation during the entire trip; Accommodation during the entire trip; All breakfasts; Entrance tickets to all attractions listed in the program; Salsa and bachata lessons in the city of Trinidad Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included

Flight to Havana and back home; Tourist insurance (mandatory); Food, except breakfasts ($20-25 per person per day); Visa ($30).

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Cuban capital, Driving retro cars, Revolution square

We arrive in Havana and check into a home hotel. We rest, talk to our friendly hosts and begin to get acquainted with Cuban cuisine. In the morning we go for a walk in old Havana. This is the oldest quarter of the city, built in 1519 by the Spanish colonialists. Nothing remains since that time, as in 1555 French pirates captured and burned Havana. But buildings that are several hundred years old are not uncommon in the Cuban capital! 

We will walk along the streets between colorful houses, and then rent bright retro cars and drive along the picturesque seafront. We will park at the Capitol and explore this grand palace where the government of the country was located before the revolution of 1959. Next we head to the colonial fort built by the Spaniards in the 18th century and walk along the Revolution Square. This is the place where all the most important events of the country take place, for example, Fidel Castro always gave his famously long speaches here. 

Last but not least - tasting of local coffee, rum and mojito. These drinks flow like water in every cafe and bar! And lots of music - from performances in every cafe to improvised concerts of street musicians. We will try to learn a few steps of the most popular local dances - bachata and salsa. Cubans are knows as the best dancers, but they are also great dance teachers! Fans of Ernest Hemingway will be happy to visit his favourite places in Havana.

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Day 3-4

Vinales valley, Tobacco plantations and cigar factory, Visiting traditional villages

In the morning we go to the town of Vinales (about three hours by rented transport). It is located near the valley of the same name, which is considered the most picturesque place of the island and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here karst rocks rise above the bright fields and jungles, and the locals in the villages grow tobacco, keep cattle and lead a very traditional life, preserving their traditions and culture. We will enjoy a traditional dinner of local fish and lobsters. Delicious!

We will visit the tobacco plantations and cigar factory and see all stages of production of the world famous Cuban cigars. You can also try to roll your own cigar! 

Next day we explore the valley, visiting small traditional villages and farms. This is very different, non-touristic Cuba, where life flows slowly, like a local river

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Day 5

Сayo Jutias island, Santo Tomas cave

After breakfast we visit Santo Tomas cave, the largest cave system on the island and the second largest in the entire American continent. Its length exceeds 45 kilometers! The tour with the local guide lasts for an hour and a half, we will see bizarre stalactites and stalagmites, halls hidden in the cave at various levels and minerals.

We then go to Сayo Jutias (one and a half hours on the way). This is a small Caribbean island, without hotels and tourist infrastructure. It boasts incredible beauty of wild beaches with white sand, clear water and coconut palm trees. In crystal clear turquoise water you can see a lot of starfish and exotic fish. There are no tourists here. We will be alone in this pristine paradise!

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes long walks in the cities and a walking tour in the national park. We will travel by taxi, rented and public buses. All trips will be short - one for up to 6 hours, the rest up to 3 hours. Accommodation in the houses of local residents, in rooms for two people. All houses will have hot water, some will also have air conditioners.

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