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CARNAVAL- PRIVATE TOUR

Duration: 15 days and 14 nights

Group Size: You tell us!

Travelling to: Havana, Viñales Valley or Soroa, Bay of Pigs, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Trinidad, Camaguey, Bayamo and Santiago de Cuba.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

 

  • Airport Transfers on arrival and departure.
  • Private Transport/transfers  in private car or minivan as specified.
  • Domestic flights from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.
  • Premium guesthouses or home-stays: accommodation in "casas particulares" (Cuban term equivalent to home-stays) with private bathrooms/ensuites and air-conditioning. Upgrades of accommodations to superior home-stays, private apartments, luxury villas or hotels are available on request and incurs additional surcharges.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Daily bottle of water per person, excluding arrival, departure and free days.
  • Same local tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Activities/excursions as specified.
  • Travelers Information Package with lots of practical advice (PDF).
  • Cuba Tourist Map, advised by MINTUR, Minister of Tourism in Cuba (hard-copy) on arrival in Cuba.
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Cuba with a pull-out map (hard-copy). Allow 4 weeks for delivery. Available only to residents of Australia and New Zealand.

 

     Included Activities:

 

  • Old Havana walking tour.
  • Classic Convertible Car tour of Modern Havana.
  • Pinar del Rio: Selection of 2 activities included.
  • Bay of Pigs, Playa Giron museum (entry fees included).
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Cienfuegos.
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Trinidad.
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Santa Clara. Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum (entry fees included).
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Camaguey.
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Bayamo.
  • Panoramic and cultural tour of Santiago de Cuba.
  • Hemingway Tour, visit to Finca la Vigia (entry fee included).

NOT INCLUDED:

 

  • International flights.
  • Travel insurances (required to participate in our tours).
  • Visas and passport fees. Visas can be arranged for additional costs and subject to our T&Cs.
  • Additional meals (except daily breakfasts).
  • Additional drinks (except the bottles of water as specified in the tour).
  • Additional optional activities not specified in the tour.

PRICES:

Per person

Low Season: Middle of March to middle of November.

  • One person, one room: price on request
  • Two people, one room: $2,998 AUD
  • Three people, two rooms: $2,753 AUD
  • Four people, two rooms: $2,331 AUD
  • Five people, three rooms: $2,255 AUD
  • Six people, three rooms: $2,032 AUD

 

High Season: Middle of November to middle of March. Supplement of $120 AUD per person.

 

Notes: For groups with more than 6 travellers please contact us for details and a quote.

 

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Itinerary

Optional Services

Notes

Day 1: Havana. Arrival date. Greeted and welcome at airport by our Experience Cuba representatives. Look for our logo and your group leader name, which is usually the person that made the booking. Transfers to your accommodation.

 

Day 2: Havana. Old and Modern Havana Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial district Havana Vieja (Old Havana) accompanied by your private local guide. UNESCO declared Old Havana a World Heritage Site in 1982, a genuine living museum, in which more than 144 buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries are conserved. This colonial and historic centre is a museum at open air of architecture, art and culture. This tour is a real treat for history and culture enthusiasts. Bask in a beautiful Classic Convertible Car while you take in the highlights of modern Havana.

Day 3: Pinar del Rio. Travel to the Western province of Pinar del Rio. An area of great importance, though it may not have the large cities and infrastructure that you would normally associate with importance, to Cuba as it is an area that produces some of the world’s finest tobacco. Still stereotyped as a simple area with pure country folk it has withstood the temptation to adopt the big tourist developments and remains an area of simple houses and homes in basic small villages and towns.

Select 2 from the following options:

• Soroa Tour

• Tobacco Plantation

• Viñales Prehistoric Mural

• Indian Cave

• Las Terrazas

Return to Havana for overnight.

 

Day 4:  Bay of Pigs – Cienfuegos. Departing from Havana, travel to Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) and learn about the 1961`s fight between Cuban militias and U.S. hired mercenaries. Continue to Cienfuegos, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city known as well as the Pearl of the South. Cienfuegos is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in 1819 by French settlers from Bordeaux and Louisiana. Wander along the avenue to visit Beny Moré’s monument, one of Cuba’s most treasured musicians. Overnight in Cienfuegos.

 

Day 5: Santa Clara – Trinidad.  Departing from Cienfuegos continue by travelling to Santa Clara, the city of Che Guevara. Founded in 1689 Santa Clara was militarily taken by Che Guevara in December 1958, during the Cuban revolution. Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum, where his remains are kept. Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Trinidad. Panoramic tour of Trinidad city. The “Villa de la Santisima Trinidad” was the third village founded by the Spanish Crown in Cuba in early 1514. The conservation and restoration work undertaken by specialists has made Trinidad one of the best preserved colonial cities not only in Cuba but also of South America. Overnight in Trinidad.

 

Day 6: Trinidad. Free day. Refer to our Optional Services tab for activities ideas.

 

Day 7: Camaguey. Departing from Trinidad travel to Camaguey. Enjoy a stroll along the UNESCO heritage and rich in colonial-style Camaguey city centre. Uncover its asymmetrical and complex street web while admiring the architectural attractiveness of San Juan de Dios Square, Ignacio Agramonte Park and the Worker’s Square among other local attractions. Overnight in Camaguey.

 

Day 8: Bayamo. Learn about the rebellious spirit of Bayamo on a walking tour offering the city’s highlights. Stroll around the metropolis centre to learn about fascinating chapters in the history of Cuba. Regular life in Bayamo rotates around Céspedes Park, the Hymn Square and Céspedes birthplace. Overnight in Bayamo.

 

Day 9, 10, 11: Santiago de Cuba. Discover Santiago de Cuba and their genuine and welcoming people in a panoramic tour of the city. Refer to our Optional Services tab for activities ideas.

 

Day 12: Santiago de Cuba – Havana. Domestic flight to Havana.

 

Day 13: Havana. Free day. Refer to our Optional Services tab for activities ideas.

 

Day 14: Havana. Hemingway Tour: Relive Hemingway’s steps in Havana by visiting the Nobel Prize’s favourite spots in the city. Visit where he lived at the "Finca La Vigia" and Room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel. Stopover at La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita: the birthplace of the Daiquiry.

 

Day 15: Havana. Departure: Transfers to airport.

 

Travel Times Summary (approximates):

 

  • Havana to Viñales: 3.25 hours.
  • Havana to Bay of Pigs: 3.5 hours.
  • Bay of Pigs to Cienfuegos: 2.5 hours.
  • Cienfuegos to Santa Clara: 1.5 hour.
  • Santa Clara to Trinidad: 2.5 hours.
  • Trinidad to Camaguey: 3.5 hours.
  • Camaguey to Bayamo: 3.5 hours.
  • Bayamo to Santiago de Cuba: 2.5 hours.
  • Santiago de Cuba to Havana flight: 2.15 hours

Some optional services :

(incurs surcharges)

 

 

  • Airport transfers on departure.

 

  • Tropicana Cabaret:  in the evening. Tropicana, a ‘Paradise Under the Starts’, as Cubans know it by, is host on its open-air stage to more than 200 first-rate dances, singers, performers and a magnificent orchestra. This activity includes the shows, preferential table on the cabaret, dinner and drinks.

 

  • Cabaret Parisién in Hotel Nacional: Be astonished by the remarkable “Cubano, Cubano” show at the Cabaret Parisién, a fusion of Indo American, Latino and African cultures, the combination of which created modern Cuban culture.

 

  • El Cañonazo night tour: Visit the “Parque Morro – Cabaña”, a Spanish fortress (the biggest in the Americas) built in 1519 to protect the city against pirate attacks and the English. Enjoy dinner (included) at “La Divina Pastora” restaurant. Witness one of the city’s oldest traditions - El Cañonazo - the cannon firing at 21:00 hours (09.00 pm).

 

  • Hemingway Tour: Relive Hemingway’s steps in Havana by visiting the Nobel Prize’s favourite spots in the city. Visit where he lived at the "Finca La Vigia" and Room 511 at the Ambos Mundos Hotel. Stopover at La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita: the birthplace of the Daiquiry.

 

  • Rum and Habano: Visit to a cigar factory, visit to the Rum Museum to know about the origin and development of the rum production in the island and enjoy a Cuban cocktail, visit to El Cristo de La Habana outlook point, with a panoramic view of Havana City from the other side of the Bay and shopping opportunity at the specialized cigar stores.

 

  • Pinar del Rio, Viñales Valley: Visit the Prehistoric Mural, outstanding natural and man-made site, which was given status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Indian Cave: Visit to “La Cueva del Indio” (Indian Cave), with a boat trip through a subterranean river. Tobacco Plantation: Visit to  one of the working tobacco plantations in the area and learn all there is to know about the worldwide famous Cuban Cigars. Soroa Tour:  Soroa is located in the western part of the Sierra del Rosario Mountains in the extreme south-east of the province. The most famous attraction in Soroa is the Orchid Botanical Garden which contains more than 700 species from all over the world.

 

 

  • Trinidad, Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley): Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Valle de los Ingenios” (Sugar Mill Valley) and climb to the top of the Manaca-Iznaga tower to delight in some of the best country views in Cuba. The “Valle de los Ingenios” is a notable evidence to the growth of the sugar industry and living museum of the sugar production in Cuba. The valley comprises 75 past sugar cane mills, plantation houses, barracks and other facilities related to this susceptible industry, which has observed a continuing decline.

 

  • Topes de Collantes: Daytrip to Tope de Collantes, a natural park huddled in the Escambray Mountains with attractive endemic flora and fauna. Make some time and stop at La Casa del Café to sip and enjoy some of Cuba’s finest coffee.

 

  • Seafari to Cayo Blanco: The Marlin Marina Trinidad is located about 15 km south of Trinidad on the Peninsula Ancon. Make sure you arrive at the marina before 09.00 hours (09.00am) to board either a catamaran (60 seats) or a sailing boat (up to 10 places), depending on the number of participants. Soon the town of Trinidad and the small fishing community of Casilda and its bay become smaller as the ship heads off towards Cayo Blanco (not to be confused with other keys with a similar name, such as the one near Varadero). The bar on board is open and drinks are included. The rich seabed of Cuba´s waters reveals itself at the coral reef, Las Mulatas, where you can snorkel and explore the underwater treasures. Snorkel equipment is on board and is included. A lunch of seafood is served on the island, Cayo Blanco, and it would be a real punishment not to laze at this pristine beach, after lunch. At the end of the afternoon, you will sail back to the marina.

 

  • Excursion to Granjita Siboney, Santiago de Cuba: If the Revolution would have been unsuccessful, this humble red and white farmhouse, situated 2km inland from Playa Siboney and on the road to Santiago de Cuba, would be the forgotten site of a rather fruitless insurrection. Granjita Siboney is another monument to the wonderful national episode that is Moncada. From here, at 5:15am on July 26, 1953, 26 cars under the command of Fidel Castro left to assault the military barracks in Santiago de Cuba. It still holds many of its original details. There are also exhibitions of weapons, interesting documents, photos and personal effects related to the outbreak. Sight the well alongside the building, where weapons were concealed preceding the attack.

 

  • History and Habano tour of Santiago de Cuba:  Visit the Moncada Barracks, a building that acquired historical significance on 1953 when a group of anti-Batista made the assault to it marking the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. Nowadays functions as a primary school. Continue this tour by visiting the House of Habano providing you an opportunity to enjoy the genuine habanos´s flavour and smell and where you will receive a personalised and professional attention.
  • Jeep Safari to Comandancia La Plata (Part of a group tour provide by a 3rd party tour-provider): On this tour you’ll travel to the very heart of the Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest mountain range and birthplace of the Cuban Revolution, to visit the Comandancia La Plata. The majestic nature and unique history on this tour give participants a genuine sense of rebel life during the hard-fought revolution. Traveling deep into the mountains along roads less traveled, with the treasures of Mother Nature all around, is an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary notes:

 

  • It is an exciting time in Cuba with rapidly changing legislation and local conditions. Cuba has seen a massive increase in tourism, which has put a strain on local tourist infrastructure. While we will strive to operate our tours as closely to published itineraries as possible, conditions often change from one day to the next, and minor tour modifications may be necessary with no advance notice.

 

  • Casa Particulares (homestays, B&B’s or guesthouses) are family run businesses that are legal and formalised to provide accommodation to foreigners in Cuba. Though much nicer than general Cuban homes they can seem quite rustic and bare compared to what most international travellers are used to back home. They are generally well maintained and run by pleasant hosts as they rely on word of mouth for much of their business. Most bedrooms have air conditioning but some will have just a fan and most have a private bathroom. Cuba as a developing country is subject to power outages and it is common to have low water pressures in the showers and sinks. It is also common for the shower to be electric. If understanding and expectations are kept in check staying at Casa Particulares is a very personal and pleasurable way to accommodate yourself in Cuba.

 

  • The transport system in Cuba is in many ways different to anywhere else in the world. We (Experience Cuba) are restricted in a large way by the local transport laws. We use privately owned transport with approved licences to provide taxi services to tourists and the state-owned transport services of TRANSTUR, the only inter-provincial taxi provider in Cuba. The privately-owned transports vary between classic vintage cars (hardtop and convertible) and more modern models of cars, all in good condition. It is not law in Cuba for cars to be fitted with seat belts and neither is it against the law to use a mobile phone while driving. This is not condoned or encouraged by Experience Cuba but when travelling to other countries it is customary to abide by the local laws.

 

 

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