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WEST AND CENTRAL CUBA WITH A DRIVER GUIDE

​8 days / 7 nights from $2833* in double occupancy

​Enjoy the exclusivity of a personal English speaking driver/guide to explore the West and Central part of Cuba at your own pace and in the comfort of a modern air conditioned car.

Day 1 Welcome to Havana

​On arrival at Havana International Airport met by one of our representatives who will give you a personal Orientation Pack and arrange for your  private transfer to the hotel in Havana. Time to unpack and refresh before going on a private guided walking tour of Old Havana (the time of the tour will depend on your arrival time in Havana).  Highlights include visiting the romantic plazas and Spanish colonial architecture. However, the major one is the experience of walking around the Cubans on their day by day routine.

Accommodation in a private house in Havana (DBL room with breakfast)

​Day 2 Modern Havana & Music

Breakfast at hotel.  This morning you will  travel around Havana in an exclusive classic 50’s American car to include visiting the Plaza de la Revolution, where Fidel Castro made many of his famous speeches.  At the Plaza there are building-sized pictures of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, who joined Fidel Castro during the guerrilla war against the Batista regime. You’ll also pass by the historic Nacional Hotel, drive along 5ta Avenida (originally a homage to New York’s 5th Avenue) and head out to Miramar, once home to Havana’s high society. The mansions in this area are now often embassies or ambassador’s residences.

After lunch you will learn one of Cuban’s greatest passions: dancing, with the assistance of an experienced Cuban professors and local dancing partners.

Accommodation in a private house in Havana (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 3 Religion

Religion has become part of most Cubans’ daily lives. Today you will learn how the different religions in Cuba have developed and interact with each other, with special focus on the relations between Santeria and Catholicism in the country. This tour will begin in the famous ‘Callejon de Hamel’ street in Havana where you will have an explanation of Santeria and its history, followed by a visit to the house of a Santero (Santeria priest) to see the culture at first hand. You will then visit various other museums and churches around the city that demonstrate the connection between the two belief systems and their significance in Cuban society. A fascinating look at a lesser known aspect of Cuban culture, outside of the traditional tourist trail.

After lunch your guide will take you to an in-depth look at the development of Cuban photography, especially from 1959 to the present day. You will visit the personal studios of some of the most important photographers of the island today and will have the unique opportunity to talk with the daughter of the internationally renowned Cuban photographer Alberto Korda, whose iconic photo of Che Guevara was considered by the Maryland Institute College of Art as “a symbol for the 20th Century and the world’s most famous photo”.

Accommodation in a private house in Havana (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 4 Havana to Vinales

From now on you will benefit from the service of an English speaking private driver/guide who will take you west of Havana, on the Autopista Nacional  into the beautiful countryside of Pinar del Rio province. Viñales is a region of impressive limestone ‘mogotes’ (hills) impassively guarding verdant tobacco plantations, where the world’s best dark tobacco is processed into its finest cigars. The landscape of Valle de Viñales is a designated UNESCO World Cultural landscape and is particularly striking as the mogotes rise almost vertically out of the flat ground. The valley is popular for walking, exploring caves or simply relaxing and taking in the surroundings. This will be a great opportunity to learn not only about the famous Cuban tobacco but how farmers live in the island.

On the way to Vinales you will stop at Consolacion del Sur for a brief visit to the community project ‘El patio de Pelegrin’ (Pelegrin’s backyard), internationally recognized for its social, cultural and environmental work.

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Accommodation in a private house in Vinales (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 5 Viñales, Craddle of the Cuban Finest Tobacco

Vinales is well known for being the land of the world's finest tobacco. Today your driver-guide will help you get well acquainted with the area, including traditional cuisine, the town’s history, farmers’ houses, tobacco plantation, cigar rolling demonstrations and the visit to local artists, such as the house and workshop of Pedro Pablo Oliva.

Accommodation in a private house in Vinales (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 6 Vinales to Trinidad via Cienfuegos

Today you and your driver/guide will travel eastward on the Autopista Nacional to Trinidad city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The flexibility of the driver/guide service will allow you to optional stops along the way in order to admire the countryside, take photos, get some snacks or stretch your legs.  Your guide will provide you with plenty of information while you go through the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Havana and Matanzas and will be happy to take you around Cienfuegos city for a panoramic tour before continuing to Trinidad.

Accommodation in a private house in Trinidad (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 7 Trinidad

Salsa is a part of Cuba’s national identity. You will start your day with a 90-minute salsa lesson provided by an experienced Cuban professor, who will be assisted by local dancing partners. Following the lesson, your driver/guide will walk you around Trinidad, show you one or two museums (depending on their opening times and days) and end up with a cocktail tasting at La Canchanchara, a former 18th century town house, now a life music bar specialized in a traditional drink based on lime, water, honey and a healthy portion of rum.

After lunch you will visit the studios of the local artists, with the opportunity to talk with them about their life and work as well as to purchase some of their pieces.

Accommodation in a private house in Trinidad (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 8 Trinidad to Havana via Santa Clara

This morning you will return to Havana with your driver/guide via Santa Clara, following the coastal road towards Cienfuegos. This part of the drive is flanked on one side by the Sierra del Escambray and the Caribbean Sea on the other, before heading north to Santa Clara. During your time in Santa Clara you will stop at the imposing memorial to Che Guevara, built to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the battle for Santa Clara, which marked the turning point in the Cuban Revolution. There is a museum, a mausoleum and an impressive bronze statue of the famous revolutionary hero. Another place of interest is the 'Tren Blindado' (Armored train),  a monument which re-creates the sequence of events leading to the derailing of an armored train sent to the city by Batista to try and stop Guevara's guerrillas from taking Santa Clara. After lunch you will continue to Havana.

Accommodation in a private house in Havana (DBL room with breakfast)

Day 9 Cuban Arts & Crafts

This last day you will visit Havana’s Arts and Crafts Market  where genuine local hand-made goods and paintings can be purchased. Artists or their representatives will supply the required official authorizations for export-controlled paintings. Private transfer to Jose Marti Havana International Airport for your outbound flight.

Accommodation

Recently the Cuban State authorized the emerging private sector to rent rooms on their houses, which represents the best opportunity for tourists to meet and stay with locals and learn about their lives.

The style and standards of a casa vary from house to house. Some are more similar to a homestay, with a shared house main entrance (with or without your own key) and private ensuite room. Many others, on the contrary, have a private entrance to their tourist accommodation; and there are others more akin to a boutique B&B with more slick operation.

That’s why privately owned rooms are our first proposition, but we can also offer upgrade options to hotels.

Transportation

​The included transportation will be a combination of private taxis and classic American cars. Food & Beverages Breakfast is included at hotels and most private houses.  Hotels’ non-included food and beverages can be purchased directly on the premises or the tour guide will be happy to suggest dining venues such as family owned and run restaurants (known as “paladares”) or State restaurants.  Dining and travel to and from those venues will be at clients’ own expense. We recommend that travelers have a bottle of mineral water when outside in hot weather conditions.

What’s not included?

​International flights: at the time of publishing scheduled and charter flights can be arranged by our US representative office. Likewise, the OFAC twelve categories affidavit documentation to travel to Cuba  and Visas can be arranged by our US representative office.  It maybe that your travel agent can also arrange flights, Visas and OFAC documents.

If using scheduled flights via third countries such as Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Toronto, travelers can buy and collect Visas at the third country airport.

JetBlue who made their first direct flight to Cuba announced that they provide Visas at check-in at a cost of $50. The airline will ask that passengers sign a document saying that they are traveling to Cuba under one of the OFAC twelve categories.

As more information comes to us about the scheduled direct flights, and  if there will be more relaxation as to how US travelers can visit Cuba we will update you.

*Airfares and other fees

​An example of flight costs: Miami International Airport originating charter flights prices are in the range of $480-$500. In December they increase  to $525-$550. The scheduled airlines that plan to fly direct to Cuba might offer fares around $350 depending on the season.

Charter and scheduled airfares can vary from month to month so when we know your proposed travel dates we will confirm fares, or if you book flights with your travel agent they will advise you.

Cuba Airport Departure Tax is included in scheduled flight tickets. For charter flights Cuba Departure Tax is payable at check-in at the US departure airport.

How to pay for arrangements

Payments are to be made by bank to bank transfers or credit cards (a processing fee will be charged for credit card payments).  Details will be given to you during the booking process. You will receive a confirmation invoice, and any other information that you need to know prior to your journey.

 

Contact us to make a booking or for further information at:

sales@cubaselecttravel.travel

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What makes us different?

Our Service
We meet travelers on arrival at Havana airport, book all hotels and B & B in Cuba, provide private transfers to all places, arrange internal flights, offer interesting programs, excursions, activities, car rental, tour guides and VIP services. With our personal service you will be able to design your trip with one of our Cuba specialists, a more human approach, with time to consider all your options and budget. You are then given time to pay only when you are completely satisfied with the final program and price.


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We guarantee a secure service for your payments and your personal data. This is supported by adherence to governmental, banking, and travel regulations, sustained with over 15 years of serving the public and the world travel industry.


Responsible Travel
We have a firm commitment to the principles of responsible travel, especially minimizing the environmental and social impact of travel, and strive to ensure that a visit from a traveler has a positive effect on the destination and supporters of the Cuban people.

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