Cuba Towns and Villages - 3 Centre Tour

Havana • Varadero • Cienfuegos

Tour Highlights

Cuba is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, safe and comfortable destinations. This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience Cuba’s vibrant culture, colourful history, enchanting countryside, old towns, pristine beaches and friendly people. 

We begin and end our tour at the beach resort town of Varadero. Known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, Varadero is ideal for swimming and strolling on the beach. We will enjoy 2 excursions while in Vardero: a visit to the city of Cardenas, home of the famous Havana Club Rum as well as other national treasures, and the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve to admire the natural caves and a lively dolphon show. 

Next is a 3-night stay in Cienfuegos on Cuba’s southern coast. Known as the "Pearl of the South", this area has Cuba’s most beautiful bay, and is a major centre for the sugar, coffee and tobacco trades. There is a well-preserved historic centre with lovely architecture in the neo-classic style. From here we enjoy excursions to Trinidad - the crown jewel of Cuba's colonial cities, and Cuba’s oldest botanical garden.

Then we proceed to the lively capital of Havana for a 5-night stay. En route we will stop in the Zapata Peninsula - a popular destination for eco-tourism and also known for its rich history. We will experience these features of Zapata as well as a performance of Cuban music and dance. In Havana we will enjoy sightseeing in both the old and modern sections, the Ernest Hemingway Museum as well as an excursion to Pinar del Rio - an area of picturesque valleys and dramatic landscapes. 

*** This tour is recommended for the fit and active traveller who enjoys walking.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for the lively beach resort town of Varadero and upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.
A day to relax, stroll or swim at the beach or enjoy the activity program and facilities of our All-Inclusive resort.
We first visit Cardenas City - known as the “Flag City” (we will see where the Cuban national flag was raised for the first time). We also visit a traditional sugar mill factory, where we will stroll through the sugar cane plantation and sample the island’s famous Guarapo juice. Then we board a century-old steam train for a memorable journey across Cuba’s scenic countryside - past sugar cane fields, banana and orange groves and lush green hills. Finally, we visit the Oscar Maria de Rojas Museum - Cuba's second-oldest museum with important collections of art and history.
We proceed to Cienfuegos for a 3-night stay. Enroute we stop in Guama where we visit a crocodile farm. Raised wooden platforms provide vantage points to admire these awesome beasts. We will take a boat ride through the mangroves to visit an Indian village and see first-hand how the aboriginals of Cuba have lived for centuries. A delicious seaside lunch is included.
This well-preserved colonial city has European flavour, with wide Parisian-style boulevards and elegant colonnades. Our city tour includes a visit to the colonial style Terry Theatre and De Valle Palace, with its peculiar architecture. We also enjoy a boat excursion on Cienfuegos Bay.
Today we visit Cuba’s oldest botanical garden, which consists of more than 2,000 plants, including 280 breeds of palm trees, 65 species of figs and 23 varieties of bamboo. Then we travel across the Topes de Collantes mountain range to Trinidad. Founded in 1514, Trinidad is a relic of the early days of Spanish colonization and is Cuba’s most well-preserved old city. During our walking tour we will visit Cantero Palace, the famous Canchanchara Bar - housed in an 18th century mansion and the Plaza Mayor in the town centre before returning to Cienfuegos.
Our first stop today will be a visit of the Playa Giron Museum, located on the landing site of the Armed Cuban Exiles during the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. Then we continue on to the town of Jagüey Grande, where we visit the Commander Museum of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. This museum of Cuba’s historical and cultural heritage displays photographs, documents, furniture, armaments and other artifacts related to this building when it served as Command Post during the Bay of Pigs invasion. After our visit we proceed to Cuba’s capital, Havana, for a 5-night stay.
Our tour of historic Old Havana will include a visit to the General Captain's Palace and the Rum Museum where we will enjoy a sampling.
We tour the Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio, where the world's finest tobacco is grown and ox-drawn plows transport us back in time. Then we’ll enjoy a boat ride through a local cave where guides will point out fascinating rock formations.
We enjoy a city tour of New Havana, including a visit to Revolutionary Square where you will see the the Memorial of José Marti. We will also visit the Decorative Arts Museum.
Today we visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum, one of the most popular museums in Havana. Located in a villa that was owned and lived in by the writer, this was the birthplace of many of Hemingway’s best works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Later we will enjoy a dance and music performance by the local community.
We proceed to Varadero and our All-Inclusive hotel for a 3-night stay.
Today we visit the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, with its natural caves, ancient burial grounds and unique flora and fauna. Later we will see a lively dolphin show, always an exciting and heartwarming experience.
A day at leisure to relax on the beach and to enjoy the many facilities of our All-Inclusive resort.
We fly home from Varadero.

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