Arrival, accommodation and dinner arranged in a selected hotel.
Day 02 Monday Havana
Breakfast in the hotel. Pick-up at the hotel. Panoramic visit to the Morro-Cabañas fortress. Walking tour of Old Havana City Historic Center, Cultural Heritage of Mankind; pass by Cathedral Square, the famous bar-restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio and the Plaza de Armas. Walk along Oficios street up to St Francisco de Asis Square. Visit the Rum Museum to learn about the Havana Club rum producing process and have a taste of it. Continuation of walk along Plaza Vieja and back on Mercaderes street to visit the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, which is at present the City Museum. The tour continues to the Ambos Mundos Hotel where renowned American writer Ernest Hemingway lived. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, a panoramic bus tour by the Museum of the Revolution, the Central Park, Havana’s Grand Theatre and National Capitol and a visit the cigar store of Habana Libre hotel. The tour continues along the Malecon sea-front drive to Modern Havana including the Revolution Square, the “Jose Marti” Memorial and the University campus. Dinner at a local restaurant. Back to the hotel. Night free.
Day 03 Tuesday Havana/Viñales/Havana
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer by an air-conditioned bus to Viñales Valley in Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s most western province where the world’s best tobacco is grown. Exotic landscape with valleys crowded with royal palms, the national tree. On the way to Viñales a visit to “ El Paraíso” farm, where you will learn about the lifestyle of local peasants as well as about the growing of tobacco. In Viñales, visit to the Pre-historic Mural (cave painting on the country’s most ancient rocks) and the Indian Cave, boating along its underground river. Lunch at local restaurant. Stop at Los Jazmines lookout to admire the Viñales Valley. Return to hotel and dinner. Night free.
Day 04 Wednesday Havana/Cienfuegos/Trinidad
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for Cienfuegos. In-transit visit to “Fiesta Campesina”, first contact with the endemic flora and fauna of Zapata Peninsula. Arrival in Cienfuegos and lunch in local restaurant. Tour of Cienfuegos’ main streets and avenues. Founded by the French, Cienfuegos is located at a wonderful bay guarded by Castillo de Jagua (Jagua Castle) where you can find the largest coral site ever discovered in Cuba that was christened Notre Dame. Visits to: the Marti Park, the Palacio del Valle, the Tomas Terry Theatre, the House of Cultural Assets, and the Purisima Concepción Cathedral Continuation of tour to Trinidad’s Ancon peninsula. Arrival in Trinidad and accommodation in the selected all Inclusive hotel. Night free.
Day 05 Thursday Catamaran Seafari to Cayo Blanco/Ancon Peninsula
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Departure for the Trinidad Marina for a catamaran seafari to Cayo Blanco. Welcome cocktail. Catamaran departure for the coral reef with possibilities to snorkel in the area (gear included). Lunch and free time on the Cay beach. Return to the marina and the hotel in the afternoon. Accommodation in selected hotel and night free.
Day 06 Friday Ancon Peninsula/Trinidad/Topes de Collantes
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to visit the Manaca Iznaga plantations, continue to Trinidad city and panoramic tour of the city, one of the first villages founded by the Spaniards at the beginning of the 16th century. It was declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Mankind. Visit to the Main Parochial Church of the Holy Trinity housing a luxurious altar decorated with local precious stones, and images 300 years old; Plaza Mayor, and a museum of the village. Visit to La Canchanchara bar to enjoy a cocktail of the same name. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch continue to Topes de Collantes. Accommodation and dinner in selected hotel. Night free.
Day 07 Saturday Topes de Collantes/Guanayara Excursion
Breakfast in hotel. Departure on special mountain trucks for Topes de Collantes for the Guanayara National Park excursion (15 kms away). Enjoy the wide variety of flora and fauna, natural pools, and the beautiful El Rocio falls. A 5 km-walk along an extraordinary trail (adequate clothes and footware suggested) with an optional 500 mts through the river. Creole lunch in a local restaurant and a visit to a coffee house. Return to the hotel and dinner at Mi Retiro restaurant.
Day 08 Sunday Topes de Collantes/Santa Clara/Cayo Santa Maria
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Early departure for Santa Clara. Panoramic tour around the city’s historical center. Visit to the Ernesto Che Guevara Mausoleum. Lunch in al local restaurant. After lunch departure for Cayo Santa Maria with an in-transit panoramic visit to the city of Remedios. On the way visit Marcelo Salado sugar mill and Steam locomotives museum. Arrival in Cayo Santa Maria and accommodation in selected hotel. Night free.
Day 09 & Day 10 Monday and Tuesday Cayo Santa Maria
Accommodation in ALL INCLUSIVE hotel. Day free.
Day 11 Wednesday Cayo Santa Maria/Havana
Breakfast in the hotel, check out. Departure for Havana city. Arrival at Jose Marti Havana International airport. End of services. Cuba Select Travel Group Tour Prices & Departure Dates Winter 2012-2013 & Summer 2013 Prices in USD per person Transfers in & out of Havana airport to hotel not included but available on request.