Havana City

Havana, Vinales, Trinidad & Cayo Ensenachos Private Tour with Car & Tour Guide Driver

An exclusive private guided tour ideal for travelers to discover the real Cuba, its people, culture and nature. The itinerary features the historic cities of Havana and Trinidad, includes the majestic Vinales Valley and staying at the idyllic Cayo Ensenachos to relax and take in its tropical ambiance, beautiful sunsets and beaches.

Throughout the tour travelers will have the personal service of a tour guide who will also be the driver using a modern air conditioned car to travel from place to place.

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Havana

VIP airport arrival service. Met and assisted upon arrival at Havana International airport Special private transfer by Classic American Car to Old Havana Check in at hotel Dinner- travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at Iberostar Parque Central Hotel 5* with breakfast [standard room]

Day 2 Havana

Breakfast at hotel Highlights of Old Havana walking tour with your personal guide including the colonial plazas and visits to some of Hemingway's old haunts and a famous cigar factory Lunch and dinner- travelers’ choice & expense Accommodation at Iberostar Parque Central Hotel 5* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 3 Havana

Breakfast at hotel Panoramic tour around Modern Habana with your personal driver guide Lunch and dinner- travelers’ choice & expense Accommodation at Iberostar Parque Central Hotel 5* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 4 Havana to Vinales

Breakfast at hotel Departure from hotel with your personal driver guide to Vinales Valley Check in to hotel Afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area Lunch and dinner - travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at Los Jazmines Hotel 3* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 5 Vinales

Breakfast at hotel Tour of Vinales with your personal driver guide Lunch and dinner - travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at Los Jazmines Hotel 3* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 6 Vinales to Trinidad

Breakfast at hotel Early departure from hotel with your personal driver guide to Trinidad Lunch and dinner - travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at Iberostar Trinidad Grand Hotel 5* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 7 Trinidad

Breakfast at hotel Tour of Trinidad with your personal driver guide Lunch and dinner - travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at Iberostar Trinidad Grand Hotel 5* with breakfast [standard room] (B)

Day 8 Trinidad to Cayo Ensenachos

Breakfast at hotel Departure from hotel with your personal driver guide to Cayo Ensenachos On route stop at Santa Clara to see Che Guevara's Mausoleum Lunch on route- travelers' choice & expense Accommodation at All Inclusive Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel 5* [Park Suite] (B -Trinidad hotel. AI at Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel)

Day 9 Cayo Ensenachos

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the all inclusive facilities of the hotel and the beaches Accommodation at All Inclusive Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel 5* [Park Suite] (AI)

Day 10 Cayo Ensenachos

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the all inclusive facilities of the hotel and the beaches Accommodation at All Inclusive Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel 5* [Park Suite] (AI)

Day 11 Cayo Ensenachos to Havana

Breakfast at hotel Check out Transfer to Havana International airport for outbound flight Return flight (AI until check out of hotel)

Not Included

International Flights, Tourist Visa Card (available from Cuban Consulate in your country, or travel agent or airline), Travel & Medical Insurance (medical insurance compulsory to enter Cuba), Cuba Airport Departure Tax (25 CUC’s payable in cash after check-in for international outbound flight), Any food and beverages not mentioned as included, Personal Expenses, Staff Gratuities. Programme Data

Day 1 VIP Airport Arrival Fast Track Service

This special service is available on request for individuals and small groups. Travelers? are met at the end of the aircraft ramp by a VIP staff member with travelers name displayed. The traveler will be escorted with others to the VIP Immigration Channel (this avoids the long queues at the other channels). Once cleared through Immigrations travelers go through an initial security check. The VIP staff member will be present to assist travelers at this point and then escort travelers by-passing Customs without collecting checked-in luggage and taken to the VIP Lounge for refreshments and to relax. The VIP staff member will ask the traveler for their passport and for them to describe their luggage so that a valet can collect and clear luggage through Customs and bring landside for the traveler to collect.

Day 2 Havana (North Coast)

The capital of Cuba since 1607, Havana (La Habana) is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the Caribbean, and one of the most enchanting and fascinating cities in the world. With a population of over two million it has been through major upheavals since it was founded in 1519, with revolutions and uprisings leading to a large number of its beautiful buildings being left to decay over the years. Now many of these buildings are being restored and the city is alive with music, dancing and fine museums. Old Havana, the historic centre of the city, preserves a wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. American novelist Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for the last 22 years of his life, said in terms of beauty, only Venice and Paris surpassed Havana’s charm. During the Prohibition era of the 1920?s, Havana became a very popular holiday centre for Americans with nightclubs and gambling rampant up until 1959 and the revolution. Your guide will accompany you to the cigar factory where an official cigar factory guide will conduct the tour on a collective group basis. A tour of a cigar factory typically lasts for an hour. You will see the entire skilled process involved in making a hand rolled cigar, from the raw materials to the finished article. Cuban cigars are considered the worlds finest and can be seen at a number of Havana’s famous factories, such as “Romeo y Julieta”, “Partagas” and “La Corona”. Famous brand cigars such as “Cohiba” can be purchased at the factory shop.

Day 3 Havana (North Coast)

Modern Havana offers an alternative view to the attractive colonial heart of the city. The tour is very flexible. Typically it includes a visit to the Capitolio Building and a drive along the famous Malecon seafront (known as the Cubans living room 'sala') from Habana Vieja passing the historic Hotel Nacional to the high rise buildings and crumbling atmospheric streets of Vedado, and the Miramar residential area with some excellent examples of colonial villas and mansions. Continue onto the Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolución), which is an imposing square with a building size portrait of Che Guevara, and a recently added portrait of Camilo Cienfuegos, it also features a giant statue of Jose Marti, Cuba’s most famous independence hero. A towering monument stands behind the statue. The square is where Fidel Castro made many of his famous speeches.

Day 5 Vinales (West Inland)

Experience the panoramic view of Valle de Vinales from the Mirador Los Jazmines overlooking the Viñales Valley with its spectacular limestone rock formations known as Mogotes rising almost vertically from the valley floor which is a patchwork of fertile plantations still ploughed by oxen and tobacco drying houses with steep sided palm roofs. You drive through the picturesque country town of Viñales passing classic cars and horse drawn carts on your way to the Mural de Prehistoria where a history of evolution is painted in bright colours on the side of a Mogotes. Viñales is well known for a large network of caves and you can visit one of these beautiful caverns. The most common cave to visit is the Indian’s Cave, Cueva del Indio, which involves a gentle walk and boat ride on a subterranean river.

Day 7 Trinidad (Central South Coast)

Tourism officials like to say Trinidad is a museum in itself. Those visiting the 500-year-old city will find Spanish colonial architecture, underscoring a colonial ambiance that marks the tiny city one of the country’s greatest attractions. Only a few square blocks in size, historic Trinidad is famous for its lovely, cobblestone streets, pastel coloured houses with elaborate wrought-iron grills, as well as majestic palaces and plazas. The city can be toured in a few hours, by foot or by horse-drawn carriage. The city’s is located near both the Escambray Mountains and the Caribbean beach. One of the area’s most interesting sights is the Valley of the Sugar Mills, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The valley has around 70 long-standing sugar mills that are a reminder of the importance of sugar to the Cuban economy over the centuries. It has la Torre Iznaga, a 45 meter tower built by Alejo Iznaga Borrell in 1816. Twenty Kms from the city is Topes de Collantes, one of Cuba’s premier ecotourism centres. Another attraction is the Casilda Bay, which attracts both snorkelers and divers. A nearby islet has pristine beaches. Ancon Beach is a white sand beach that boasts a number of 3/4 star beach hotels. Ancón was one of the first new resorts to be developed in Cuba following the 1959 revolution. Along the Ancon Peninsula are three hotels: Hotel Costa Sur (South Coast hotel), Hotel Ancon, and the Brisas Trinidad del Mar (opened in 2002). The newest hotel in the city centre, Iberostar Trinidad Grand is rated 5*. Melia hotel group are currently constructing a hotel in the city centre.

Day 8 Santa Clara (Central Inland)

Santa Clara is home to the mausoleum which houses the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his fellow combatants killed in 1967 during the Bolivia campaign. There is also a reconstruction of Guevara derailing the train during the Battle of Santa Clara that was a decisive breakthrough in the revolutionary movement.

Day 9 Cayo Ensenachos (North Coast)

(See details of the cay under Hotel Data: Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel)

Hotel Data

Iberostar Parque Central

The magnificence 5 star complex Parque Central and Torre combines the elegance of the Spanish colonial style with modern services and facilities. The hotel is located on Parque Central, within walking distance to Plaza de la Catedral, Capitolio building, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Havana Harbour. Parque Central Main section and Torre section are connected via a tunnel. The classic Greek style swimming pool, and the terrace with bar/restaurant located on the top floor of the Parque Central, have splendid views of Havana, shared by the majority of meeting rooms and hotel rooms, including exceptional views of Parque Central and Paseo del Prado.

Los Jazmines

Los Jasmines is the most established hotel of the three hotels in Vinales and also the most eye-catching. The grand pink mansion is perched on the edge of the valley offering magnificent views, especially first thing in the morning. It is a popular stopping off point for day trippers admiring the view and one of the better hotels available in the valley, with lots of charm and character. It was originally built in the 60?s before the government took over after the revolution and the original owner can still be seen wandering around and ensuring everything runs smoothly despite losing his investment. The rooms are small, a little dark and dated but perfectly comfortable, offer good views and all have a balcony or terrace and en-suite bathrooms. One of the hotels best features is the excellent pool which has wonderful views. It does have a restaurant but on average food reviews are unfortunately not the best standard. Nevertheless, the hotel scores high on its excellent location. Rated 3*.

Iberostar Trinidad Grand

The Iberostar Trinidad Grand is a 5 star hotel in the heart of Trinidad, a gorgeous town characterised by its elegant colonial architecture. The town was founded in the 16th Century and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The hotel is perfect for couples and adults. A lower age limit of 15 has been set to ensure total rest and relaxation for guests.The hotel guarantees visitors a truly extraordinary holiday, at any time of the year, getting to know the culture, the cuisine and the people. Cienfuegos, Havana and Santiago de Cuba are all within reach of Trinidad, offering you the chance to explore the magic of Cuba. Colonial or revolutionary, Cuba's mythical status pervades all. The Iberostar Trinidad Grand strives to bring together the great interest that there is in all things Cuban and a wide range of top of the range leisure.

Iberostar Ensenachos

This stunning 5 star resort hotel Ensenachos by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is located on the exotic unspoiled Cayo Ensenachos on the North Coast of central Cuba. Sleeping peacefully off the northern coast are a string of coral islands that are to nature what poetry is to language. Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Ensenachos are the crown jewels in this string of precious gems. It is the first and will be the only construction in this smallest virgin Cayo Ensenachos; an old aboriginal establishment and refuge of 22 endemic species of the Cuban flora and 39 of Cuba’s fauna. It enjoys a secluded setting amongst 100 hectares of lush Caribbean gardens. Great care has been taken to ensure that the resort not only complements but also takes full advantage of these untouched natural surroundings. The area is home to flamingos, herons, cormorants and many other birds. Crystal clear waters, perfect for bathing and water sports, soft white sandy shores and offshore reefs teaming with marine life make impressive dive sites among these cayos. This horseshoe shaped key is set in an area of natural beauty, boasts two of the most beautiful beaches „El Mégano? and „Ensenachos? in the whole of Cuba, secluded, and stretching more than 2.6 kilometers in length. These flawless soft powder sand beaches and as white as the flour are a real paradise. The water, which is clear, warm and calm for swimming, is a great painter's palette of every shade and hue of blue; these are the beaches from which all others are painted. The Ensenachos Hotel offers a choice of accommodation under a Deluxe All-Inclusive plan, featuring the highest standard of quality and personalized service.