The Real Cuba Discovered

30th Nov - 11th Dec 2015
Vintage car on a Cuban street

Highlights

  • Explore Havana on a guided city tour
  • Taste some famous Cuban rum and visit a cigar factory
  • Soak up the sun on Cuba's beautiful beaches
  • Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Trinidad City
  • Swim with dolphins in Varadero

What's Included

  • Flights and transfers from the UK
  • 4* accommodation (6 nts All Inclusive basis)
  • 3* accommodation (4 nts)
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Specified excursions
  • Tourist visa
  • Services of a local tour guide
  • Services of a Socialeyes tour manager

Excursions

  • Havana city tour
  • Cienfuegos city tour
  • Trinidad City tour
  • Santa clara city tour
  • Crocodile reserve (optional)
  • Swimming with dolphins (optional)

Nowhere else on earth resembles Cuba, this island paradise, set amid the sunlit Caribbean has more than 300 natural beaches where fine white sand meet crystal-clear, turquoise waters. On this fabulous holiday of exploration and relaxation we explore the charming historic capital of Havana, where you can relax to rumba rhythms and sip cocktails, while stylish 1950s American cars cruise past. Among many other exciting places, we visit Trinidad City, nestling between sea and mountains, and Santa Clara, with its close links to historic cult figure, Ernesto Che Guevara.

Cuban beach guitaristHavana Obrapia houseClassic vintage cars are a common sightCoastal outcrop on a white sandy beachSunrise in HavanaBeautiful beach with palm trees

Day 1: Monday 30th November
Transfer from Havana airport to the hotel.
Upon arrival in Havana, we get to know our fellow travel companions over dinner.
Overnight in Havana

Day 2: Tuesday 1st December
Havana city tour including a rum museum and a cigar factory
Today begins with a sightseeing tour around the historic old quarter of this wonderful city. San Cristobal de la Habana, founded in 1519, is a multi-layered treasure trove of historic significance. We wander through San Francisco de Asis Square, the Old Square, and the Arms Square, wending our way to Cathedral Square and to the Palace of Cuban Arts and Crafts, where many artefacts of Cuba's cultural history begin to unravel their fascinating stories of human existence and historic strife. Here, we will enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch.
Breakfast and Lunch Included. Overnight in Havana

Day 3: Wednesday 2nd December
Free day
A free day to relax, wander and develop your own must-see list as you immerse yourself in the exotic sights, sounds and rhythms of Havana.
Breakfast Included. Overnight in Havana

Day 4: Thursday 3rd December
Free day
Today is free for you to relax and explore this timeless city.
Breakfast Included. Overnight in Havana

Day 5: Friday 4th December
Travel from Havana to Trinidad City via Guama Crocodile Farm, with afternoon tour of Cienfuegos.
We stop off en-route at Guama and have the option to visit a crocodile reserve. Here, crocodiles are bred for release into the wild, and it's possible to 'meet' these most pre-historic-featured predators in person. This includes an opportunity to touch their unique skin, and still survive with all limbs intact! After lunch in Guama, we continue to the quaint city of Cienfuegos for an afternoon tour. This includes a varied programme of visits to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Bulevar (Boulevard) of Cienfuegos, the Terry Theatre (founded in 1890 and now a National Monument) and the Bay of Cienfuegos. From Cienfuegos we continue our journey to Trinidad City.
Breakfast and Dinner Included. Overnight in Trinidad

Day 6: Saturday 5th December
Trinidad City tour
Today we take a tour of the charming city of Trinidad, and have an opportunity to admire its beautiful colonial architecture, to visit a local museum and to enjoy a welcome drink in the La Canchanchara bar. This house of hospitality is named after the famous concoction made from raw rum, water and honey. After we've quenched our thirst, we can enjoy a lovely local lunch in a traditional Cuban restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included. Overnight in Trinidad

Day 7: Sunday 6th December
Free day in Trinidad
Today is free for you to relax and explore and enjoy the many facilities in our all-inclusive resort.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included. Overnight in Trinidad

Day 8: Monday 7th December
We travel from Trinidad City to Varadero, via the fascinating city of Santa Clara.
Today's tour of Santa Clara provides the opportunity to visit the Museum of Che Guevara. It was to him and his militia that the former Cuban dictator Batista famously surrendered at the very climax of the Cuban Revolution. Here is displayed the very same armoured train which Guevara's troops derailed during that pivotal moment of history. The train wreckage was subsequently preserved and declared a national monument. After pausing to re-live this colourful episode, we continue our journey on to Varadero, not before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included. Overnight in Varadero

Day 9: Tuesday 8th December
A day to experience the charms of Varadero at your leisure
Varadero has one of the finest beaches in the entire Caribbean. It offers 12.5 miles of perfect, white sand, which sweeps down to meet warm, lapping, turquoise sea water. Here you can try your hand at a variety of different water sports or the option to swim with dolphins. Or you can simply relax for the ultimate stress-release.... in paradise!
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included | Overnight in Varadero

Day 10: Wednesday 9th December
Free day
Today offers some free time to relax and to explore Varadero at leisure, and a chance to discover that the expression 'beach culture' can be so much more about a deeply moving pact with nature, than about any of the tackier commercial trappings it has become associated with elsewhere. This evening, join us for a farewell get-together as we enjoy live Cuban music and re-live the highlights of our fantastic Caribbean adventure with new-found friends.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included | Overnight in Varadero

Day 11: Thursday 10th December
Varadero to Havana
Transfer from hotel in Varadero to Havana Airport for our return flight home.
Breakfast Included

Day 12: Friday 11th December
Arrive Home

No one returns from experiencing Cuba unmoved by its uniqueness, its sunshine, its wonderful textures and its pursuit of the natural pleasures of life. Here, the fascinating and colourful pages of Caribbean history lie open to the curious traveller and the sun-seeker alike.

UK Travellers from £1799 per
person
Including flights & transfers

Non-UK Travellers from £1199 per
person
Excluding flights & transfers

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