Tour Cuba West

This journey will take you into the nostalgia of past times and the lively, colorful bustle of today’s Havana. You will see the historical Old City which has been declared a world cultural heritage by UNESCO because of its unique colonial architecture. The tour covers Cuba's tobacco heartland, the province Pinar del Rio and the enchanting Viñales Valley. Amongst the monuments and memorials of the city of Santa Clara, the cult of Ernesto Che Guevara lives on. The charming town of Trinidad with its old colonial buildings, villas and picturesque alleys will enchant you. The mountain region Sierra de Escambray withthe secluded health resort Topes de Collantes offers beautiful trails and waterfalls in the midst of lush nature. You will visit the cities of Sancti Spiritus in the southern part and Remedios in the northern part of Central Cuba. Fine, white sand beaches invite to spend a wonderful day on the nearly virgin island of Cayo Las Brujas at the northern coast.

During summer season (01.05.-31.10.) and the winter season (01.11.-30.04.) the roundtrip commences according to bookings and amount of participants
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Tour Cuba West



Day 3 - VALLEY OF VINALES
After breakfast we will head off to the picturesque Viñales Valley, situated in the west of the country. On the way, visit of Pinar del Rio, the capital city of this province where we will also visit a cigar factory and experience themetamorphosis of the tobacco leaves into a cigar.
Continuation of the trip to the Mural de la Prehistoria, a huge wall painting on rock created by a Cuban artist and showing prehistoric paintings. Lunch will be eaten in a restaurant in the Valley of Viñales. There will be an optional visit of the Cueva del Indio: A stalactite cave with an underground river on which the visitors return by boat back to ground level. On the way back to Havana visit of a Casa del Veguero: A drying barn for tobacco plants with an explanation of the cultivation and harvesting of the tobacco leaves (during harvesting period). Stop at the viewpoint Mirador Los Jazmines. Return to Havana. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.



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Day 4 - SANTA CLARA - TOPES DE COLLANTES
After breakfast we will continue our journey to Santa Clara, also known as the city of Che Guevara. During the revolution in 1958 he took over the city and set the seal on Batista’s regime. Many sights are witnesses to Che Guevara’s veneration, who died 1967 in Bolivia. The mausoleum is the place where in 1997 Che Guevara's remains were ceremonially interred. We will take a walk through the city crossing the Plaza de la Revolución Ernesto Che Guevara and visiting the monument of the Tren Blindado. Using original military wagons, the sculptor Jose Delarra re-enacted the scene of the derailment of the train which, initiated by Che Guevara, led to a heavy setback of Batista, the dictator at that time.
Continuation of the journey to the mountain regions and forests of the Sierra de Escambray in the centre of the country. Dinner and accommodation in the health resort Topes de Collantes.




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Day 7 - REMEDIOS - CAYO LAS BRUJAS
Breakfast at the hotel. Today a day at the wonderful beaches of Cayo Las Brujas, the “Island of the Witches”, is waiting for you. On the way, we will have a sightseeing tour by bus through the town Remedios where they celebrate Christmas over 3 whole weeks. From the coast we can see the panorama of the Bay of Buena Vista and the archipelago Herradura. Over a dam of about 40 km of length we will reach our destination: The virgin beaches of Cayo Las Brujas which are only visited by a few tourists. The beaches and the warm water promise a wonderful day at the beach! A close-by marina offers for a fee water sports activities like diving and sailing or snorkeling equipment for rental. A delicious maritime meal will be served for lunch. In the afternoon return to Santa Clara. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.



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Day 8 - LAST DAY OF THIS TOUR
After breakfast we will head to Havana via Varadero, well known for its white beaches, smooth sand, and the intensive blue and turquoise colors of the ocean. Upon arrival at Varadero/Havana our roundtrip ends. If you would like to extend your holidays in Varadero or Havana you are welcome to take our free ride to your hotel.
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Day 1 - HAVANA
Arrival at the airport. You will be awaited there and brought to your hotel. Accommodation at a comfortable hotel in the center of Havana.
The evening is free giving you the chance to take a stroll, enjoy Havana's nightlife and get the first impressions.




Day 2 -HAVANA
After breakfast, there will be a first meeting with our guide and he will present the destinations and activities of the following days. Afterwards visit of the old part of Havana which was built in 1515. Havana's wealth of fascinating architecture will bewitch you and we'll be shown many interesting historical places. The UNESCO declared this part of town a world heritage historical landmark. It offers the most interesting buildings from the Colonial Era. Visit of the Plaza de la Catedral, the Templete, foundation place of the city of Havana and the castle Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja. We will visit the book market at the Plaza de Armas where you can make some bargains, antique books or old coins can be bought. You’ll need negotiating skills! Lunch will be eaten in a restaurant in the Old Town. By bus we will go on a sightseeing tour through the modern part of Havana passing by the Capitolio, Parque Central, Parque de la Fraternidad, Plaza de la Revolución and the rum factory Bocoy. Accomodation and dinner at the hotel.



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Day 5 - TOPES DE COLLANTES-TRINIDAD-SANCTI SPIRITUS
After breakfast, we will go on a hike in the National Park Guanayara. A trail of scenic beauty leads us through Cuban flora and fauna. Surrounded by abundant vegetation, waterfalls and the avifauna of this secluded region, you will feel in direct contact with the nature. Upon our arrival, we will be awaited by a hearty lunch in the idyllic Casa de la Gallega. Further on, our way leads us to Trinidad. Trinidad, the “colonial treasure” of the island, was founded in 1514 and declared a world cultural heritage by UNESCO because of its unique colonial architecture. Guided visit of Trinidad’s beautifully restored grounds, plazas, buildings, villas and alleys. Visit of the Romantic Museum and the Bar Canchanchara which became famous because of the delicious honey liquor which is produced there and the rustic and comfortable ambiance which attracts guests. On our way to Sancti Spiritus we will visit Torre de Iznaga which served as a watchtower on a sugar cane plantation around 1840. Wooden steps lead up to the platform at a height of 45 meters. From there the visitor has a wonderful view over the whole plantation and the valley of the Valle de los Ingenios. Sightseeing tour by bus through the city of Sancti Spiritus. Just like Trinidad it was founded in 1514 and in the city center you can see colonial houses painted in different colors. Accomodation and dinner at the hotel.



Day 6 - BANAO - SIERRA DE CUNAGUA
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Banao, situated in the Sierra de Cunagua. In Banao, the visitor can enjoy on a hike the beauty of the landscape of this Nature Park and gets the opportunity to go for a ride on a horse. You should neither miss this, nor the rural picnic under the open sky afterwards. Departure to Santa Clara. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.


TOUR "CUBA WEST"
Code Prices p. P. in double room Prices €
CW01 Summer 2012
01.05. - 13.07., 25.08. - 31.10.
535
CW02 14.07. - 24.08. 565
  Single room surcharge 105
CW03 Winter 2011/12
01.11. - 21.12.
575
CW04 22.12. - 02.01. 655
CW05 03.01. - 30.04. 595
  Single room surcharge 110

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> During summer season (01.05.-31.10.) and the winter season (01.11.-30.04.) the roundtrip commences according to bookings and amount of participants

> Included services:
> Includes 8 days / 7 nights, double room, full board
> Accommodation: breakfast and dinner in 4-star-hotel in Havana, 3- and 2-star-hotel in Santa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Topes de Collantes.
> Lunch in nice and cozy provincial restaurants. On the 2nd and the 5th night dinner is provided in local restaurants .
> Staff present at airport to assist you.
> Tours conducted in luxury bus.
> All listed tours, visits and walks with English speaking tour guide.

> Reduced rates for children:
> 0-2 years: 100% reduction, 2-11 years 50% reduction, additional bed placed in double room (booking of 2 adults necessary, maximum 1 child).

> Note:

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