Havana
Vinales
Las Terrazas

Havana seems frozen in time, especially when you visit the historic city center adorned with impressive colonial buildings, centuries-old plazas and vintage American cars chugging by. West of Havana you’ll find the lush countryside and tobacco-growing region of Viñales. Here, farming is done in a most traditional way: see how the ‘guajiros’ use ox and cart to plough their fields. An added bonus is a stay in the lovely countryside around Las Terrazas. Come, enjoy the simple pleasures of rural life.

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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 - Hemingway's Tale & Trail - 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, at a restaurant and location of your own choice, in Cojimar or in Havana Old City. You can pay the restaurant directly in CUC.

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Day 4: Outdoors in the Viñales Valley – Private Jeep Tour

The next 2 days will be out of Havana, travelling per jeep through the Pinar del Rio province, west of Havana. You will be touring 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, and you will surely get a chance to sample them.
Pick up is at 08:00AM by your driver/guide. Sit back and relax as the urban panorama gradually changes into a pastoral landscape with farms and tobacco drying barns.

★ In Pinar del Rio City, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Havana, you will visit a tobacco factory; built in the 19th century as a hospital, Francisco Donatién is now a ‘Fábrica de Tabaco’, whose employees manufacture each between 60 and 110 of the world´s best cigars per day.
★ You will also visit a traditional tobacco farm, the property of the ‘Godfather of Cuban tobacco’, the late Alejandro Robaina. After the revolution, he convinced the Cuban government that his plantation had to remain a family business - the way it had been since 1845 - rather than a state cooperative. The quality of the leaves harvested at his plantation is considered one of the best worldwide and his production became a global brand; ‘Vegas Robaina’. Alejandro died in 2010, at the age of 91, after securing the family business to his grandson.
★ Lunch will be served in the oldest house in Viñales, nowadays a restaurant with a lush garden. 
★ The afternoon is at leisure; you can take a walk in the beautiful valley or opt for a horseback ride.
★ Dinner will be in a rustic ecological farm run by a family. This country restaurant offers beautiful views, rich and varied dishes, complemented with fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
★ Overnight in the Viñales region in a small, quaint Cuban-style B&B. Rustic charm at its best.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Nature hike to Los Acuaticos – Las Terrazas

A great day outdoors, in some of the most picturesque nature areas of Cuba. Bring some comfortable walking shoes, as today’s itinerary includes a hike of approximately 4 hours.
★ Enjoy a typical Cuban homemade breakfast before you go for a hike on the ‘Del Infierno al Paraiso’ trail – ‘From Hell to Paradise’ - a gorgeous scenic route and one of the most breathtaking spots of Cuba.
★ En route you will visit the remote mountain community of Los Acuaticos, founded in 1943, accessible by foot or horse only. The total hike will take approx. 4 hours. 
★ Return eastwards, to Las Terrazas, one of Cuba’s prime ecotourism sites, only about 50 miles west from Havana. It is set in the Sierra del Rosario UNESCO biosphere reserve and dates back to 1968 when the Cuban government launched a huge reforestation project on terraced hills ringing the area.
★ The peasant village of Las Terrazas was built in the seventies around the beautiful lake Lago San Juan and is now home of several artists. Have a look at their work in the ateliers.
★ Have lunch in a country restaurant, where a typical Cuban meal will be served: simple but delicious!
★ Overnight in the splendid Moka hotel, a nature retreat where a tree grows right through the reception area!
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6: Homebound

★ Private transfer from Las Terrazas to Havana International airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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From $ 1630 - Per Person
6 days / 5 nights
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