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Cuba, Towns and Villages 3 - Centre Tour

•Havana • Varadero • Cienfuegos

Colourful homes and classical cars against the blue sky in downtown Havana, Cuba

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Tour Inclusions

  • Flights with Air Transat
  • First Class hotels
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Local beverages throughout the tour (water, soft drinks and beer with all lunches, wine with all dinners). All beverages and local spirits while in Varadero

Costs

  • per person double occupancy from Toronto or Montreal  - $4,797.00
  • Single Supplement   - $1,190.00
  • Ottawa - add $150.00 (with round-trip transportation to the Montreal Airport)
  • **Add-on fares below include an overnight in Toronto or Montreal in each direction
  • Halifax or Winnipeg - add $790.00
  • Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver - add $990.00

All Senior Discovery Tours Include:

  • All Airfare, Airport Taxes, & Surcharges
  • Carefully Selected Accommodations, Hotel Taxes, Gratuities & Luggage Handling
  • All Gratuities For Hotels, Drivers, Guides & Cruise Staff
  • Sightseeing & Excursions With Expert Local Guides
  • Cultural Experiences, Most Meals & Authentic Dining
  • Comprehensive Travel & Health Insurance Plan
  • A Dedicated, Professional, & Experienced Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip Transportation To/From Airport (From Most Canadian Cities)
  • All Prices Guaranteed in Canadian Funds

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

We begin with a 3-night stay in the beach resort town of Varadero, known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters.

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 a well-preserved historic centre with neo-classical architecture. 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, stopping en route in Zapata for a show of Cuban music and dance. In Havana we will sightsee 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.

We end with 3 nights in Varadero, including 3 excursions.

Tour Highlights

  • Beaches of Veradero
  • Cardenas, known as the “Flag City”
  • Cienfuegos - Pearl of the South
  • Boat ride through mangroves to visit an Indian village
  • Trinidad, Cuba’s most well-preserved old city
  • Playa Giron Museum
  • Old and New Havana
  • Performance of Cuban music and dance
  • Pinar Del Rio
  • ** This tour is recommended for the fit and active traveller who enjoys walking.

Day 1:  Departure / Varadero

We depart for the lively beach resort town of Varadero and upon arrival we transfer to our hotel.

Day 2:  Varadero

A day to relax, stroll or swim at the beach or enjoy the activity program and facilities of our All-Inclusive resort.

Day 3:  Cardenas / Varadero

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.

Day 4:  Cienfuegos

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.

Day 5:  Cienfuegos

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.

Day 6:  Cienfuegos / Trinidad

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.

Day 7:  Havana

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.

Day 8:  Old Havana

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.

Day 9:  Pinar Del Rio / Havana

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.

Day 10:  New Havana

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.

Day 11:  Havana

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.

Day 12:  Varadero

We proceed to Varadero and our All-Inclusive hotel for a 3-night stay.

Day 13:  Varihicacos Ecological Reserve / Varadero

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.

Day 14:  Varadero

A day at leisure to relax on the beach and to enjoy the many facilities of our All-Inclusive resort.

Day 15:  Home

We fly home from Varadero.