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  • Havana
  • Pinar del Rio
  • Viñales
  • Las Terrazas
  • Trinidad
  • Havana

During this mini tour you will have the chance to discover the essence of Cuba, particularly its natural highlights and cultural heritage in the east. Have you got more time on your hands? Why not extend with a beach holiday?

Individual

Days 1 - 3 - Havana

Meet and greet at the airport by our representative and transfer to your hotel. The next two days are set aside for you to explore Havana and all it has to offer. Remember to stroll through Habana Vieja and visit the Capitol and the Plaza de la Revolución. Liven up your days by adding some colourful excursions. Towards the end of day 3 you take charge of your rental car (not-included). What an exciting start to a remarkable holiday!

Standard Hotel:  Hotel/Hôtel ****
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Day 4 - Havana > Pinar del Rio > Viñales (200 km)

After breakfast you start your exploration by rental car, destination Viñales, a picturesque town which is famous for its 'mogotes': residual limestone, marble or dolomite hills and rock formations. You can visit a prehistoric wall or take a boat trip through the Indian Caves. A visit to a local tobacco farm or coffee plantation is definitaly some unforgettable couleur locale.

Standard Hotel:  La Ermita
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Day 6 - Viñales > Las Terrazas (135 km)

A short drive takes you to the wonderful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Las Terrazas in the heart of the Sierra del Rosario and its lush foliage and coffee plantations. On your programme: a dip in the natural pools, a visit to the former coffee factory, a zip line concourse (at surcharge).  Lovers of a rad cup of coffee are bound to enjoy Cafe de Maria's ... entertainment guaranteed!

Standard Hotel:  Moka or casa particular
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Days 6 - 7 - Las Terrazas > Cienfuegos > Trinidad (430 km)

The centrally located French colonial city of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819. Take a quick look at the beautiful Teatro Terry, an auditorium with 950 seats laced with Carrera marble. At Punta Gorda by the sea, the Palacio del Valle and its baroque interior is definitely worth a visit. In th elate afternoon you reach Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two nights here will proof to be hardly enough to discover this open air museum. Stroll through the streets, dive into the rhythmical nights or listen relaxedly to music at the Casa de la Trova. Walking is by far the best way to soak up the colonial atmosphere and make these sudden stops to watch and explore. Interested in a view of the surroundings? Obviously. Just climb the 137 steps of the Slave Tower on the Hacienda Iznaga. Done!

Standard Hotel:  Casa Particular
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Day 8 - Trinidad > Havana

En-route to Havana, it may be a nice idea to stop at the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara, if you have the time. Then head for the airport in time for your flight home or even better, to Varadero and extend this holiday with a fe relaxing days at the beaches of Varadero itself or Cayo Santa Maria. 

Panoramic drive in an oldtimer

 2 hours
Explore the Plaza de la Revolución, the hotel Nacional, the Malecon, Havana Vieja and the bay in an oldtimer your nose in the wind and your eye along the skyline. WOW factor 11!
  • Minimum 2 people
  • Excursion by oldtimer with driver
 Individual
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Havana by e-Bike

 

What could be nicer than cycling through Havana and stopping where and when you want to halt? Thanks to your eBike you visit Vedado, Nuevo Vedado, Habana Vieja, Centro Habana and Miramar in no time. A unique experience not to be missed!

  • Minimum 2 participants
  • English speaking guide
  • Helmet
  • 1/2 L of water
 In Group

Explore Havana on foot

 1/2 day

Discover the Capitol, the plaza de los Armas, the Cathedral and do not miss out on a mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio, one of Hemingway's favourites (mojito not included)

  • Minimum 2 participants
 Individual
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Cuban Cookery Class

 1/2 Day

Do you want to surprise your family and friends with some delicious Cuban foodies? After this cooking class it's as easy as pie!

  • Minimum 2 perticipants
  • Transfer not included
 Individual
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In the footsteps of Hemingway

 1/2 Day
As Ernest Hemingway fell head over heels in love with Cuba he lived there for many years. His stay has left many footprints. It seems at times his presence is still palpable. So why not visit the home of the famous writer, the Finca Vigia and the fishing village of Cojimar? A definate must is to pop in at The Bodeguita del Medio for a drink, the Floridita and Hotel Ambos Mundos.
  • Operates daily if minimum 2 people
  • Excursion by private classic car with driver
 Individual
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Salsa dance tuition

 1h 45

Haveyou always dreamt of learning the moves of the Cuban Salsa perfectly? This is the time to make that dream come true, right in th ecentre of Havana Viejo! Does it get any better?

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Pinar del Rio en Viñales vanuit Havana

 Full Day
A must-see: the natural setting of the tobacco plantations!
After breakfast you follow the Tobacco Route to Pinar del Rio. A first stop is scheduled at the cigar factory. Next you continue to Viñales, a region known for its 'mogotos' or limestone rock formations. After a short stop at a Veguero (a tobacco planter and coarse cigar maker), you may want to try the local cuisine (meal not included). In the afternoon you visit the 'prehistoric wall' and hop on a boat to explore the Cave of the Indian (not included).
  • Operates daily if minimum 2 people
  • Private car with driver
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Hotels & Meals

Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. Food rationing, which has been the norm in Cuba for the last four decades, restricts the common availability of these dishes. The traditional Cuban meal is not served in courses; all food items are served at the same time.

The typical meal could consist of plantains, black beans and rice, ropa vieja (shredded beef), Cuban bread, pork with onions, and tropical fruits. Black beans and rice, referred to as Moros y Cristianos (or moros for short), and plantains are staples of the Cuban diet. Many of the meat dishes are cooked slowly with light sauces. Garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaves are the dominant spices.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • An international e-passport containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 1 day at the date of return + a Cuba Tourist Card which can be obtained from your travel shop at 22 EUR. All travelers to Cuba must be able to present proof of a insurance policy, certificate or traveling assistance valid for the time they will stay in Cuba and approved by Asistur. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. 

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. Please surf to http://www.itg.be for the latest updates.

Time Zones

-6h (summer),  -7h (winter)

Currency

Currency

Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), 10 CUC = 8.76 EUR & 1EUR = 1.14 CUC (02/11/2018)

Payment Methods

Bring cash euro's (small notes). The exchange of USD are heavily taxed. Please also note that Credit Cards issued by American bank institution such as American Expess, Diners, Citibank,...are NOT accepted. Use of other Credit cards will be subject to a 10% commission.

Climate

Tropical climate with two seasons: a dry season (winter) from November to May and a rainy season (summer) from June to October-November (characterized by intense but short rainfall).

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Havana 26 27 28 30 31 32 32 32 31 30 28 27
Santiago de Cuba 27 27 27 27 28 29 29 29 29 29 29 28
Trinidad 26 26 27 28 28 28 27 27 27 27 27 26
Varadero 27 27 28 29 30 31 31 31 31 29 28 27

 

What's included?

  • 7 nights in B&B in the listed hotels or equivalent
  • Tranfer airport - hotel on day 1
  • Itinerary & maps

What's not included?

Your intercontinental return flight and car rental (to be paid locally : your fuel, the mandatory insurance (10 - 35 CUC/day) and warranty for your car rental (200 - 300 CUC )).
Admission fees, tips and personal expenses.

Standard Price per person


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