Santa Clara

See the real Cuba. Here is one of our bestsellers, touring the highlights of the west central part of Cuba. You’ll learn about Cuba’s history, traditions and rich culture while meeting the people and getting familiar with local artists. You’ll also explore gorgeous nature areas and picturesque towns around the island. You will travel parts of this itinerary by jeep, driven by your private driver/guide, a great way to explore the less travelled paths, enabling you to see authentic Cuba.
A tribute to the many charms of this fascinating island.

From $ 1865 Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
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U.S. regulations permit U.S. citizens and residents to travel to Cuba only if they satisfy the requirements of one of 12 authorized categories of travel. One of the most widely used categories is called “people-to-people” travel. Individuals traveling under the “people-to-people” category must have a full-time schedule of activities of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the traveler and individuals in Cuba and that are intended to enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities.
Some of the activities in this itinerary are structured to satisfy this requirement. During the part of the day when there are no activities included in the program, the full-time schedule requirement can be met by having meaningful interactions with Cuban nationals in a variety of settings of the travelers’ choosing. Even though Cuba Travel Network is assisting in satisfying this requirement by creating itineraries that bring you in direct contact with the Cuban people, Cuba Travel Network does not operate these programs and it is the responsibility of each traveler to make certain that they have a full-time schedule of activities of educational exchange activities that result in meaningful interaction between themselves and individuals in Cuba.

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Day 1: Havana

Meet and greet at Havana international airport on arrival day, including our VIP services:
★ Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP Lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew.
★ Use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport, while your luggage is taken care of.
★ Luggage assistance.
★ Private transfer to Havana City.

Meals: You can opt for lunch or dinner at leisure.

Upon arrival in Cuba you will receive:
★ 100 CUC (the local currency): to help you get out and about into your first day. This will prevent you from standing around, waiting to exchange cash in the airport
★ WiFi scratch card: wherever you find WiFi available, you’ll be able to log on using this card
★ Phone & charger (on loan): the phone comes pre-installed with numbers for our local representatives. It also contains 45 CUC of calling / texting credit.

Accommodation in Havana is in hotel Mercure Sevilla, a four-star property (according to Cuban standard). The hotel dates from 1880 and is located in the old city centre, alongside the elegant del Prado promenade with many cafés, restaurants and theatres nearby. Facilities include a street-level pool with palm trees and sun deck.

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Day 2: Havana – private city tour in a Vintage Car

Private city tour in a vintage car (3-4 hours):
★ Guided walk through historical ‘La Habana Vieja,’ founded in the 16th century, nowadays an incredible open air museum of architecture, art and culture. Stroll along the narrow colonial streets while vintage automobiles pass by.
★ Sightseeing in modern day Havana, covering all important landmarks.
★ Time for a drink in style in the iconic ‘Nacional de Cuba’ hotel, where you may sip a cocktail in the palm filled gardens where presidents, movie stars and celebrities have gathered since the 1930s.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
For the evening there are many options. Our recommendations:
★ Dine like a local in a ‘paladar’, where you can enjoy Cuban cuisine.
★ Visit the cultural project ‘Fábrica del Arte Cubano’ (FAC), the Cuban Art Factory, where the artists meet the public. The project, brainchild of internationally renowned Cuban musician X Alfonso, is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Music. Insider tip: combine this visit with dinner at privately owned restaurant El Cocinero next-door.
★ Cabaret Tropicana! The one and only ‘paradise under the stars.’ An extravaganza that will appeal to all of your senses. Expect Big Band, crooners, fabulous dancers, over the top costumes and more within an exotic setting. The grand show starts at 10pm. Our local assistants can make a reservation for you.

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 3: Havana – the Hemingway Way – private tour

Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba on and off for 20 years. His house, ‘Finca Vigia,’ is where he wrote some of his most famous novels.
The tour includes:
★ Visit to Finca Vigia where Hemingway wrote "The Old Man and the Sea", among others. The interior has remained intact, as if Ernest just left the house for a break in between writing.
★ Visit to Cojimar, the sleepy seaside village that served as inspiration for his famous novel. A walking tour takes you to Hemingway’s statue, made from old anchors and tools, collected by local fishermen to cast the statue. You will be treated to a cocktail in the restaurant Las Terrazas, the preferred hangout of the author.
★ Visit to Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana where you may peek inside room 511, where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s.
★ Visit to the restaurant-bars where Hemingway used to enjoy his favourite drinks: “My mojito in la Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita”.

Meals: Breakfast
Note: Lunch during the Hemingway tour is on your own. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

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Day 4: Exploring the Viñales Valley – Jeep private tour
By Jeep! You will be driven to the green area of the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with tobacco fields and surrounded by rugged mountains, called ‘mogotes.’ This is where the finest Cuban cigars are produced.
Chat with the locals, watch them play dominoes, and enjoy observing the peaceful daily life of rural Cuba. Since this is a private tour, there is complete flexibility in addressing your personal interests. Return to Havana for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (in private restaurant)

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Day 5: Private Jeep Tour to Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Santa Clara

The next 2 days will be out of Havana, visiting the Highlights of Cuba by jeep:
★ CIENFUEGOS: Also known as the ‘Pearl of the South,´ this charming port city is a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Visit the ‘Palacio del Valle’ and the Central Park with the Terry Theatre, a 19th century architectural gem.
★ EL NICHO: A mountainous nature reserve with friendly waterfalls. Pack your bathing suit! ‘El Reino de las Aguas’ is a gentle hiking trail of 2km (1.2mile), and whether or not to make the two-hour trek is completely up to you.
★ TRINIDAD: Cuba’s best preserved colonial city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A picture perfect cobbled stone town that truly reflects life in Spanish colonial times.
★ SANTA CLARA: A city synonymous with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and the Cuban Revolution. You will visit the museum and Guevara’s impressive mausoleum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuba Tour – Day 5 - Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara
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Day 6: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana

Today the activities included in the 2-day tour by jeep continue, with amongst other:
★ Heading by jeep to the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills. Trinidad owes its existence to the sugar industry flourishing from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. The Manaca Iznaga tower, 44 meters (144ft) high, was built in 1750, next to a hacienda, to control the slaves. Today, after climbing the stairs, it reveals the friendliest panoramas of the surrounding area. Trinidad and this valley are declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
★ Raise your glasses at the most famous bar in Trinidad, La Canchánchara, housed in a mansion dating from 1723, and named after a regional drink made from lemon juice, honey and rum, served in glazed ceramic pots.
★ On your way back to Havana a city tour in Santa Clara with a visit to the Che Guevara Memorial.
★ The tour ends after the visit in Santa Clara, with a return to Havana. Alternatively, we can arrange a transfer to a destination of your choice where you may have an extension such as the celebrated beaches of Varadero.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Homebound
★ Private transfer from your hotel in Havana City to Havana International airport.

Meals: Breakfast
Cuba Tour – Day 7 - Havana

Your Tour Includes

Cuba Best of the West
From $ 1865 - Per Person
7 days / 6 nights
The final price depends on travel dates, availability of the hotels and the services that may be included.