Visit Historic Landmarks in Havana | Visit the museum of Rum | Walking Tour of Old Havana | 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The Viñales valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops called Mogotes.
Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly of tobacco. Attractions in Viñales include visits to tobacco farms, caves, hiking and the spectacular lookout site.
Cienfuegos is another UNESCO World Heritage site. Considered “The Pearl of the South” because of its stunning view of the architecture and the bay.
El Nicho National Parque located at the Gran Parque Topes de Collantes serves as an excellent spot to spend the day in nature and waterfalls.
Trinidad is a must visit city, known for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets along with the Valle of Ingenios, it’s another UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pick up at Jose Marti Airport
Meet Letty’s Cuba Tour Leader, Cuban guide, and driver, who would guide you throughout your visit.
Panoramic view of Plaza de la Revolucion, Bosque de la Habana, Vedado, Malecon.
Walking tour at Parque Central (take the opportunity to interact with locals), Capitolio (experts considers it one of the six palaces of major world relevance), Gran Teatro de la Habana (Alicia Alonso), a place for significant concerts and ballets. Continue along Paseo Prado, visit with street artist and musicians. Interact with property traders. Then continue towards the Habana Malecon to San Salvador de la Punta Castle.
Welcome Lunch at La Moneda Cubana “Paladar” (included)
Museum of Rum – learn all the steps in the manufacture of the original Cuban rum.
Check-in for lodging.
Panoramic tour around Morro and Cabaña in the early evening and then attend the Cannon Fire Ceremony at the Fort 9:00 pm – be there at 8:00 pm (included)
Drop off at lodging or place of your choice.
Start at Plaza de San Francisco de Asis. Immediately inland of Havana harbor, Plaza de San Francisco (on Avenida del Puerto at Amargura) is one of the four leading plazas laid out in the 17th century. The spacious cobbled square, which was fully restored in the 1990s, takes its current name from the Franciscan convent built there. One of the plaza’s architecture beauty is the domed Lonja del Comercio Building, and the boutique hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal.
Continue to Plaza Vieja. In the 1980s, when Old Havana was listed by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage site, architects and restorers began to work to save the Plaza Vieja. The 16th-century Plaza Vieja has always been a residential rather than a military, religious or administrative space, and is surrounded by elegant colonial residences, combined with a few very striking early 20th-century art nouveau buildings. Restoration is gradually re-establishing Plaza Vieja’s original atmosphere; the Carrara showpiece fountain at the center of the square is a replica of the original 18th-century one by Italian sculptor Giorgio Massari that was destroyed by the construction of the car park; and many of the 18th-century residences around the square are now restored with housing on the top floors and commercial establishments, including several small museums and art/photo galleries, on the ground floor.
Lunch at Casa De la Cerveza or Casa Eutemia (not included)
Next is Plaza La Catedral. The last of the main squares to be created, this is one of Old Havana’s most beautiful spots. After the plaza was paved in colonial times, wealthy families moved into the area and began building their mansions there. It finally became Plaza de la Catedral after the old Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús was consecrated as a cathedral. Today the plaza is the home of art galleries, museums, and restaurants.
Stop by La Bodeguita del Medio (one of Hemingway’s favorite).
Last, walk Plaza de Armas to Obispo Blvd, a lively place where tourists and locals enjoy music, dance and shopping. Stop at La Lluvia de Oro and visit with musician Jorge Vigo Duarte and his Havana Souls band. Suggest eating dinner at Sevillas in Obispo (not included). Back to lodging.
Take a drive to San Francisco de Paula for a tour of Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s country home in the 1940’s and where he wrote some of his famous work including “The Old Man and the Sea.”
Visit the fishing town of Cojimar, the idyllic location where his famous novel “The Old Man and the Sea” takes place.
Lunch at El Ajiaco Paladar (not included)
Back to Hemingway’s city experience at Obispo Blvd. Start your walk to Hotel Ambos Mundos, his first home in the 1930’s and where he wrote part of As the Bell Tolls. Pass various lively bars and shops to one of Hemingway’s favorite hangouts “El Floridita,” and take a photo with his bronze, life-size statue by the bar. Don’t miss the tasty “Daiquiri!”
Visit Almacenes San Jose Fair for art, crafts and souvenirs.
Return to accommodation to freshen up and get ready for showtime.
Relax at iconic Hotel Nacional’s terrace. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame Bar!!
It is Showtime! Enjoy the Cabaret Parisien’s dinner and show at Hotel Nacional (included). Be at the door by 9:30 pm. Take taxi back to lodging.
Transfer, early in the morning, to Cienfuegos. A three-hour drive from Havana, the drive gives you a great perspective of country life. Like Benny Moore sang, Cienfuegos is the city that the people like the most in Cuba!
Check in at lodging Hotel Jagua (all inclusive).
Walking tour starts from the vast Central Park Jose Marti and along the main boulevard following beautiful colonial architecture.
Continue to a panoramic view of Cienfuegos Bay
Free evening to explore the city
Back to lodging in Hotel
Transfer to El Nicho National Park, located inside the Gran Parque Natural Topes de Collantes, a forested park that extends across the Sierra Escambray mountain range in central Cuba. This remote setting feels worlds apart from the nearest cities, Trinidad and Cienfuegos. Even so, it’s about only an hour and a half drive from both cities and serves as an excellent spot to spend the day in nature and among waterfalls.
Early excursion, starting to the National Park El Nicho. Trekking through the trails
“El Reino de las Aguas”.
Creole lunch in the local restaurant (included).
Continue to the coffee plantations in the area, up to the coffee House – Museum, while learning about the production process in Cuba and especially in this spot. Have a taste of the locally grown coffee (included).
Continue to Trinidad.
Trinidad is a town in central Cuba, known for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets.
Walking tour begins at the city neo-baroque main square, Plaza Mayor, surrounded by grand colonial buildings. Visit the Romance Museum and the Architecture museum (included).
In the afternoon visit the historic-natural landscape Valle de Los Ingenios (included), hiking the tower for a boundless view over the valley, the city, and the mountains chain.
Visit Guachinango (included), a former farm devoted to the sugar cane production over the slavery centuries.
Return to 4 Star Hotel Iberostar Trinidad to freshen up.
Transfer to Jose Marti airport. (Be there 2 and ½ hours prior to your flight time).
The itinerary is subject to change.