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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
Day 8 - Trinidad > Havana
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.
No mandatory vaccinations. Please surf to http://www.itg.be for the latest updates.
-6h (summer), -7h (winter)
Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), 10 CUC = 8.76 EUR & 1EUR = 1.14 CUC (02/11/2018)
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.
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):
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- 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.