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  • Location
    Cuba , Caribbean & Mexico
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    9 Days
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Immerse yourself in Cuba's unique history and culture. Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Havana, this trip visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one week. The Vinales Valley, Old Havana and the colourful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Along the way discover Cuba's fascinating history, learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a local and have a go at making the perfect mojito!

Tour Highlights
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  • Learn to dance salsa in Trinidad
  • Visit to a tobacco farm and walk through tobacco plantations in the UNESCO Vinales Valley
  • Spend four nights in Cuban guesthouses
  • Three nights staying in a hotel in Havana
  • Visit Playa Ancon
  • Cuban Tourist Cards included for all UK residents
What's Included
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  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London 
  • Arrival and departure transfers 
  • Tourist card visa for UK residents
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1 Start to Havana.

The group flight arrives in the afternoon and you transfer to your hotel in the Miramar district of Havana.

Day 2 To Vinales Valley; walk through tobacco plantations.

Today travel to Vinales Valley, in the west of Cuba. Famous for its rolling tobacco plantations and collection of limestone karsts dotted along the valley, it's not hard to see why Vinales was awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status. Joined by a local resident  walk through the 'Valley of Silence' to soak up rural Cuban life as farmers tend to their crops using traditional farming methods. 

Day 3 To Cienfuegos via the Bay of Pigs.

This morning set off on a long drive eastward to Cienfuegos. Stop for lunch at the Bay of Pigs at a small beachfront restaurant with a large Cuban welcome. The speciality here is fresh fish caught by local fisherman just off the coast. Time permitting, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. This region of the Zapata Peninsula is a National Park and swamp providing a habitat for some of the most important bird species in Cuba.

You will also have some time to explore the Giron Museum, which exhibits items from the failed invasion by CIA-backed Cuban Americans. Afterwards carry on your transfer to Cienfuegos. The city of Cienfuegos is full of architectural delights and Cuban spirit, with a beautiful main square and restored buildings.

Day 4 To Trinidad UNESCO World Heritage Site via Rancho La Vega farm

This morning start by having a city tour on Bici Taxis. One of the best ways to get around is by Bici Taxi, a fun tour using Cuba’s eco-friendly and typical city transport. Each Bici Taxi can accommodate two people and will be pedalled by a local resident (most of whom like to introduce their guests to reggaeton music!)

Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and is perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad can feel like entering a time warp, its colourful, cobbled streets and horse drawn transportation whisking us back. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings and music drifts through the streets and plazas, bringing the town to life. We have a walking tour with a local resident who will give us an insider pe

Day 5 Discover Playa Ancon; cocktail and salsa class in Trinidad.

Today visit Playa Ancon and enjoy some time on the beach. It is a great place to swim or you can simply just dip your toes and relax. Afterwards we have an authentic Cuban lunch prepared for us. Back in Trinidad we meet a Cuban barman who is an expert at making the perfect mojito! 

Day 6 To Manaca Iznaga and Che Guevara's Mausoleum in Santa Clara; to Havana.

 Leaving Trinidad we head to Manaca Iznaga, where you learn about the sugar growing history surrounding the Valle de los Ingenios, a hugely important industry for Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries

Your next stop is Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution in December 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the Revolution. We visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia before driving back to Havana for dinner at a private paladar.

Day 7 Havana city tour on foot and by classic car.

This morning set off for a walking tour of old and new Havana, Cuba's capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. Havana is a busy, bustling, energetic capital. The area of Old Havana is often described as a living museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. This is the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas. Preserved by a combination of minimal war damage, post-revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

There is no better way to see Havana than by classic car, and so in the early evening continue your tour of the capital in style, travelling in immaculately looked after classic cars in vibrant colours. Visiting both the old and new areas of the city, discover the distinct neighbourhoods of the capital, stopping at points of interest for explanations and stories.

Day 8: Free time in Havana 

This morning is free to relax or do some last-minute sightseeing in Havana's old town before those on group flights transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

Day 9 Arrive London.

Accommodation
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Casas Particulares and Hotels

You will spend 4 nights casas particulares and 3 nights hotels.

For the majority of the trip you will stay in Casa Particulares, with en suite bathrooms. Exodus uses standard hotels that range from 3 star equivalents to simple guesthouses. Rooms are on a twin-share basis, with air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Some of the hotels will have swimming pools. You should be aware that occasional power cuts occur and hot water supplies are not always guaranteed.

Casas Particulares

These are traditional Cuban properties that have been renovated into guesthouses. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, hot and cold water, air-conditioning, and breakfast is included. Water pressure can be temperamental, and decor is variable! The houses that you use will be in close vicinity whenever possible, and Exodus will do their best to ensure that those in single room accommodation are always within a house where other Exodus clients are staying. However this cannot be guaranteed in all cases.

 

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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