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Cuba Nature Tour: Havana And Cayo Santa Maria

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Welcome to Cuba, a magical island full of charm and with a lot of Caribbean flavor. In this exciting tour in hotels, private house and rental car we will visit: Havana with its impressive historic center declared a cultural heritage by Unesco. Valle de Viñales famous for its magnificent waterfalls and its beautiful mural of history. Ciénaga de Zapata, Guamá and Playa Larga, nature i...

Welcome to Cuba, a magical island full of charm and with a lot of Caribbean flavor. In this exciting tour in hotels, private house and rental car we will visit: Havana with its impressive historic center declared a cultural heritage by Unesco. Valle de Viñales famous for its magnificent waterfalls and its beautiful mural of history. Ciénaga de Zapata, Guamá and Playa Larga, nature in its purest form. Cienfuegos exhibits a group of buildings of outstanding architecture declared Patrimony of the Humanity by the Unesco in 2005.

Trinidad, meticulously preserved, offers a window into the past, with extensive palaces and colonial squares, traces of sugar cane sugar mills and sheds of former times. Cayo Santa María will welcome you with its beautiful beaches full of life. An unforgettable tour to fall in love with Cuba and its history.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival to José Martí airport

Transfer to private house of Havana. The stay in a private house is a very widespread accommodation in Cuba, which allows you to share the trip with the local people, traveling in a more responsible way, boosting the country's economy and getting to know its people and its way of life.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
José Martí International Airport Havana

Day 2: Havana and its old side

City tour of Old Havana. Walking tour through the Historic Center, with its squares (Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja and the Cathedral), fortresses and buildings built by the Spanish between the 16th and 19th centuries. Visit in transit to La Bodeguita del Medio, El Floridita, El Capitolio and main streets. Lunch included in the local restaurant. In the afternoon pick up at the hotel, Panoramic city tour in old cars through Modern Havana. At night Tropicana Show, Under Star Cabaret with welcome drink and a quarter 7-year-old rum and preferential table.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
Havana

Day 3: Free day in Havana

Pick-up of the rental car, a deposit of 200 CUC will have to be paid, which will be returned with the delivery. Free day to visit the city.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
Havana

Day 4: ​Pinar del Río: Valley of Viñales

Departure to Viñales. On the outward journey it is recommended to visit the Community of Las Terrazas, land of artists and organic farmers in the mountains. This is Cuba's first sustainable development village. It offers access to the hiking trails that lead to fabulous waterfalls, radiant mineral water births and lush coffee plantations. You can also visit the Orquideario de Soroa. Take a trip to the spectacular El Salto waterfall or climb to the Mirador de Venus to contemplate the panoramic view. Botany experts have identified 1,000 species of exotic plants in this place; a garden on the slopes of the mountain boasts 750 different kinds of orchids only.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
Havana Pinar del Río Viñales

Day 5: Pinar del Rio: Cayo Levisa and Cayo Jutías

It is recommended to go to Cayo Levisa and Cayo Jutías, some of the most virgin Cayos on the island, about 65 km north of the Viñales Valley. You can enjoy paradisiac beaches in a wild environment, not yet exploited by tourists.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
Pinar del Río Cayo Levisa Cayo Jutías Viñales

Day 6: Cienaga de Zapata Nice Exploration

To say Cienaga de Zapata is to say nature, that is to say virgin forests, vegetation of marshes and swamps, centennial mangroves, beautiful beaches without any contamination, nature tourism. This beautiful place is of interest as a tourist destination, primarily for lovers of nature tourism: bird watching, hiking, ecotourism; But there is also space for lovers of diving, adventure tourism, sport fishing and the enjoyment of beaches, and even for those interested or scholars of the recent history of the island.

Accommodation: Private House

Visited:
Playa Larga

Day 7: Heading to discover Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is a charming beachfront town. Its picturesque nautical environment has earned it the nickname "the pearl of the south", an appeal that has lasted for centuries. The unique culture of Cienfuegos is attributed to its ancestry as a French enclave. The city exhibits a group of buildings of outstanding architecture declared Patrimony of the Humanity by the Unesco. It is recommended to visit: Arc de Triumph, House of the Founder, Cathedral of the Purísima Concepción, Palacio de Valle, Castillo de Jagua, Tomas Terry Theater. No visit to Cienfuegos would be complete without a car ride along the Malecon, the seafront promenade that offers panoramic views of the sparkling coastline and vibrant nightlife.

Visited:
Playa Larga Cienfuegos
Accomodation
La Union (Cienfuegos)

Day 8: Transfer to Trinidad

Trinidad is “the museum city of Cuba". Meticulously preserved, it offers a window into the past, with extensive palaces and colonial squares, traces of sugar cane sugar mills and slave barracks of the past. Admire the Spanish colonial architecture, touring the picturesque cobbled streets of this city. It is recommended to visit the Historical Center, free time in the artisan market. Visits to the Casa del Alfarero and La Canchánchara and to the Lookpoint in Valle de los Ingenios.

Visited:
Cienfuegos Trinidad
Accomodation
Night at La Ronda Hotel (Trinidad)

Day 9: Big Topes de Collantes National Park

Free day to visit the area.  It is recommended to enjoy the Big Topes de Collantes National Park. It is an immense protected area that has many attractions, the most popular El Salto del Caburní: to access coffee plantations, you can see traditional farmers houses, cliffs, and ends in a waterfall 62m high.

Visited:
Trinidad
Accomodation
Night at La Ronda Hotel (Trinidad)

Day 10: Cayo Santa Maria: sand and waters

Departure to Cayo Santa María. Mangroves and estuaries, flamingos and pink spatulas, sun-bleached sand and turquoise waters, make this small corner a perfect refuge.

Visited:
Trinidad Cayo Santa Maria
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Iberostar Ensenachos Park Suite (Cayo Santa Maria)

Day 11: Leisure day at Cayo Santa Maria

Free day to rest and enjoy the waters of the Caribbean.

Visited:
Cayo Santa Maria
Accomodation
Night at Hotel Iberostar Ensenachos Park Suite (Cayo Santa Maria)

Day 12: Home Sweet Home!

Departure to Havana. Delivery of the rental car at José Martí airport.

Visited:
Cayo Santa Maria Havana José Martí International Airport

José Martí International Airport Havana Pinar del Río Viñales Cayo Levisa Cayo Jutías Playa Larga Cienfuegos Trinidad Cayo Santa Maria

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,560 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax
Price per person from 31st May to 31st October 2017 £1,540

Included in price:

  • Assistance at the airports
  • Rental Car (economic category and mechanical transmission) (No insurance or fuel included)
  • Anglophone guide service during the Tour in Havana
  • Accommodation on BB in Private House (Luxury) in Havana, Viñales and Playa Larga
  • Accommodation on BB La Union 4 sars hotel or similar destination in Cienfuegos, Grand Iberostar Trinidad 5 stars or similar destination in Trinidad and Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel 4 stars
  • All Inclusive Formula or a similar destination
  • As courtesy a cell phone for 24 hrs assistance

Not included in price:

  • International and national flights

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