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Cultural Cuba

Cultural Cuba

When thinking of Cuba images of colonial architecture, vintage cars, Cuban cigars, brilliant white sands and clear turquoise waters usually come to mind. Cuba is certainly all of these things, but it is also a country rich in history and a complex culture where its people display an incredible resilience and creativeness in the face of hardship. Our tour includes 8 nights touring the islands historical cities and picturesque landscapes. Of special note are the 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that will be visited while on tour including Old Havana and its Fortification System, Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios, Viñales Valley and Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos.

Tour Accommodation

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Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your seaside hotel in Jibacoa, located along Cuba’s northern coast between Varadero and Havana. After check-in the afternoon is at your leisure. This evening you’ll join your tour leader Hanya and fellow travellers for a tour overview and welcome dinner.

Memories Jibacoa 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Today we’ll transfer from the northern coastal village of Jibacoa to Cienfuegos, also known as the 'Pearl of the South' and the second most important port in Cuba. Enjoy lunch at the Palace Club Cienfuegos, one of the city’s many neo-classical palaces which now houses the Cienfuegos Yacht Club. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour through the historic colonial town, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. You will explore the Parque Marti and visit the statue of Cuban musician Benny More, the town’s famous native son. After hotel check-in the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening enjoy dinner in the Palacio de Valle, an incredible Arabic style palace located in the well-known residential area of Punta Gorda, facing the bay with great views.

La Union Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

This morning we travel to Trinidad and enjoy a walking tour through the cobbled streets, before tasting a favourite Cuban cocktail called Canchánchara, which originated from this historical colonial town. Afterwards, we drive through the fields of sugar cane to the Valle de los Ingenios, an area rich in history. We will visit and have lunch at Manaca Iznaga, an estate once owned by a wealthy baron of Cuba’s sugar industry. Much of the labour was provided by slaves brought to Cuba from Africa. Still standing are the barracones (slaves’ huts) and a 45 m (147 ft) high watch tower with a commanding view of the valley. Slavery was abolished in Cuba in 1886. After returning to Cienfuegos, the rest of the day is at leisure.

La Union Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

After breakfast we begin our journey north towards Havana and west to Soroa in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere. Following lunch we visit the Orquideario, a garden with one of the largest collections of orchids in the world, up to 700 rare types, both native and exotic. Afterwards we check-in to our hotel located in the hills of Las Terrazas. This evening enjoy dinner at the hotels restaurant.

Hotel Moka 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Leave for San Luis, driving through the fields of corn, tobacco and mogotes, the distinctive karst formations of towering ancient rock littering the lush landscape of Western Cuba. After a photo-stop in the Viñales Valley we will visit one of the country’s most famous tobacco farm - Alejandro Robaina Tobacco Plantation and enjoy a special lunch. After returning to Las Terrazas, the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel Moka 3-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Depart for Cojimar, a charming fishing village frequented by the great American author Ernest Hemingway in the 1950’s and the setting for his famous novel ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. On route we make a photo-stop at Lenin Park before visiting Finca La Vigía, a museum and the only residence of Ernest Hemingway outside the US. After arriving in Cojimar we will enjoy lunch at Hemingway’s favourite restaurant - La Terraza de Cojimar, followed by a brief tour.

We continue to Havana making a photo-stop at the Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro. After our hotel check-in the rest of the afternoon is at leisure until dinner.

Iberostar Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Begin the day with an Old Havana historical walking tour of popular sights including the Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, San Fransisco de Asis Square and the Havana Cathedral.

After our tour enjoy lunch and a mojito at - La Bodeguita del Medio, one of Hemingway’s favourite bars. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Iberostar Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

Leave for Varadero, stopping on the way at the Bacunayagua Bridge Mirador to enjoy a Pina Colada drink. Check-in to the all-inclusive beach resort hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure until dinner. Later, meet your fellow travelling companions for the tour’s farewell dinner.

Royalton Hicacos Hotel 4-stars (or similar) | Double Occupancy

This morning you bid farewell to Cuba and transfer to the airport, for your flight back home.

Tour Details

Trip Code Dates Shared Single
CC041820 Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020 $3,699 $4,229
Pay by Bank Transfer and SAVE $75
$100

 • Based on a minimum of 4 passengers

• Shared price is based on sharing twin accommodation on the tour

• Single price refers to single accommodation during the entire tour

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars taxes included

• Deposit of $1000.00 CAD per person and an insurance waiver is required at time of booking

• Final Payment is required 75 days prior to departure

Tour Inclusions

• 8 nights accommodation in 3 to 4-star hotels including private facilities

• 21 meals (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners) including Welcome and Farewell dinners

• Individual private arrival and departure airport transfers in Havana or Varadero

• Tour transportation in private air-con vehicle throughout the tour

• English-speaking local guides for all sightseeing tours as per itinerary

• Hanya Vujcuf of Design Tours will be the Tour Leader and accompany the group during the entire tour

• All sightseeing tours and entrance fees as per itinerary

• Local taxes on all included ground transportation, accommodation, included meals & beverages and services per itinerary

Tour Leader

Hanya Vujcuf of Design Tours will be the Tour Leader for our Cultural Cuba and will accompany the group during the entire tour.

Hanya has travelled and been booking clients to Cuba for over 41 years. She has been recognized and referred to as the “Latina Specialist", "International Dive Expert" and the “Cuba Queen”.

She specializes in customized cultural, historical, eco-friendly, sports and adventure vacation packages in Cuba.

Tour Highlights

• Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Old Havana and its Fortification System, Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios, the Viñales Valley and the Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos

• Special meals including lunch at the Yacht Club and dinner at the Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos

• Tour a famous 5th generation tobacco farm 

• Visit Ernest Hemingways former residence / museum and enjoy lunch at his favourite restaurant in the seaside town that inspired the novel "The Old Man and the Sea" and a mojito at a beloved bar of his in Havana

Tour Exclusions

• International airfare

• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary or inclusions

• All beverages except for those included with breakfast

• Travel Insurance (medical, cancellation, baggage, etc.)

• Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations

• All items of a personal nature and souvenirs

• All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary

• Gratuities and baggage handling

Cancellations

Once a deposit has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply when a cancellation notice is received:

• More than 75 days prior to departure: Paid Deposit

• Up to and incl. 75 days prior to departure: 50% of Trip Price

• Up to and incl. 60 days prior to departure : 75% of Trip Price

• Up to and incl. 45 days prior to departure : 100% of Trip Price

Note: Insurance premiums and included flights per itinerary are non-refundable. We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments, please feel free to ask us for a quote.