Cuba: A Historical & Cultural Journey7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
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Havana, Cojimar, Vinales & Trinidad
Enjoy an immersive introduction to life in Cuba. Tour Old Havana taking in the vibrant, historic sights of the city. Connect with the spirit that inspired Hemingway in the fishing village of Cojimar. Ride through tobacco fields on horseback and get a view of verdant Vin~ales. Gaze into the history and culture of Cuba through the collection of the Museo de Bellas Artes. Enter a time capsule in Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a secret waterfall hike and spectacular beach located minutes from the town center.
Day 1Arrive Havana
Upon arrival, your private car will be waiting for you. Go straight to Old Havana to start your immersion. Find your bearings and step back in time, as you immerse yourself in the iconic, colorful Habana Vieja (Old Havana) with your local host. Explore the highlights of the city, including the Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and Taller de Grafica. Wrap up your tour of Old Havana with mojitos at sunset on a private terrace while local musicians play Cuban classics.La Reserva / Hotel Loma del Angel / Paseo 206 - 4 Nights (D)
Check-in and take a moment at your hotel and get some rest before dinner. Take a private tour of the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, an art gallery and center of Havana's nightlife. Enjoy dinner at Tierra, a restaurant located in the VIP section of the gallery.
Day 2Havana and Cojimar
After breakfast, head to the small fishing village of Cojimar, the inspiration for one of Hemingway's most famous works, the Old Man and the Sea, for a cooking class. Lunch at the local El Ajiaco Cafe before touring the Hemingway House, virtually untouched since the U.S.- ambassador-in-spirit left. Back in Havana, hop into a vintage American convertible and cruise through the neighborhoods. This evening, head to La Guarida's rooftop for an exclusive dining experience and take in a show at the Cabaret Tropicana.La Reserva / Hotel Loma del Angel / Paseo 206 (B, L, D)
Travel to Viñales for lunch at a sustainable 100% organic farm with stunning views of the town and even better food. Tour tobacco country on horseback like a traditional Cuban farmer and learn a secret family technique for rolling cigars. Take the opportunity to buy your very own authentic Cuban puros before heading into the lush valley for a tranquil moment. Return to Havana that evening for salsa dancing.La Reserva / Hotel Loma del Angel / Paseo 206 (B, L, D)
Engage with the history of Cuba and its people through the rare artworks contained in its Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Continue the aesthetic journey with a visit to El Gran Teatro, an opera house whose architecture matches the performances it houses in beauty. After lunch, get a personal view of the city through the eyes of a local as they take you to some of their favorite places. Learn to salsa dance with one of the best.La Reserva / Hotel Loma del Angel / Paseo 206 (B, L, D)
Optional: live local music
Day 5To Trinidad
Depart for Trinidad, a quaint town stuck in the 1800s. On the way, stop at an extraordinary local school for gifted art and dance students as well as at French-inspired Cienfuegos for lunch and an exploration of the city's iconic landmarks.La Casona - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Optional: Salsa dancing in the town square
Stop at a coffee farm and learn how the locals plant, grow, harvest and roast coffee beans before you enjoy a fresh cup. Wear your bathing suit on a hike to the secret waterfall and take a dip in the cool water. Back in Trinidad, head to the beach for sunset and mojitos.La Casona (B, L, D)
Optional: salsa dancing in a cave
Day 7Depart Havana
Bid farewell to Cuba as you are escorted to the airport.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.