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DAY 1:– Flight Depart for Havana (Cuba)

Depart from London Heathrow airport on scheduled flights to Havana in Cuba.

Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.

Welcome to CUBA. Upon arrival in Havana, you will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventures awaiting you! (Cuba is 8 hours ahead of UK GMT).

Due to late arrival at the hotel, light dinner( eg Vegetarian  sandwiches, fruits and a soft drink) will be provided

Meals: Light Dinner                                                                    Overnight: Havana


DAY 2:– Havana – City tour – Tropicana Cabaret Show

After breakfast embark on an included city sightseeing tour of the historical part of Havana, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Wherever you go in Havana, you will come across evidence of the city’s Spanish cultural heritage and architecture dating back to the colonial era. We stroll through the charming old streets of Havana, passing beautiful squares, historic buildings and a string of sculptures and monuments from modern and older periods. We experience the contrast between newly renovated and finely maintained streets and buildings, and the more run-down, dilapidated areas that make Havana unique.

City tour includes visit to:

  • We will head to one of Havana’s fascinating working cigar factories, to see where Cuba’s famous cigar brands are still hand made by the local workers. During your tour through the factory observe the skilled hands of the Torcedores (cigar rollers) while they produce the world-famous Cuban cigars.
  • You will then continue to visit the Museum of the Revolution, housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum offers a fascinating insight into Cuba’s revolutionary history. Featuring over 9000 exhibits, including weapons, photos and documents from the struggle against Batista’s dictatorship and the battles of the independence wars.
  • Highlights of the tour include visiting the four famous historical places, a visit to the Plaza de Armas, the oldest square in the city and site of the city museum and the governor’s palace. We also see Plaza de San Francisco Asis with its beautiful church, Plaza Vieja with its magnificent old colonial buildings and Plaza de la Catedral with the handsome cathedral.
  • We take a trip to El Malecon beach promenade to walk along the sea shore, experience everyday life in Cuba, admire all the stylish old American cars, or relax on one of the squares in the old part of town. Later check in to our hotel.

After dinner in the hotel we proceed to enjoy Tropicana Cabaret Show.

▪ Tropicana – Paradise under the stars’, it’s a ‚must’ when you are in Havana.

Tropicana is known since its foundation in 1939 as one of the most famous Cabarets of the world. A nostalgic open-air show with more than 150 artists and a big live orchestra in a beautiful garden setting. Let yourself seduce by the rhythms of Cuban Music and by the charm of the dancers. Make a journey into the world of the Bolero, the Mambo and the Cha-Cha-Cha – from Afro-Cuba to modern Salsa.

Note:

  1. Minimum age: 16 years, dress code: no shorts, flip flops etc. Photography and video recording only allowed for an extra fee, to be paid at the entrance.
  2. Seats in the best area, including 1 welcoming drink, ¼ bottle of Havana Club Anejo 7 Años Rum

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Havana


DAY 3:– Havana Viñales Valley – Boat ride – Havana with lunch

Today after breakfast we head off towards the delightful Viñales valley, a journey of around 3 hours. It is a stunning tobacco growing region of Vinales.

The landscape is predominantly made up of fertile valleys covered in banana palms and mango trees, tobacco fields and the impressive limestone mountains known locally as “mogotes”. The farmers here still grow crops and tobacco in the old-fashioned way, with the aid of ox-drawn carts.

City tour includes visit to:

  • Visit of a tobacco farmer – Tour over tobacco fields a visit to a typical tobacco drying house to see how the tobacco crops are turned into the world’s best cigars.
  • Stop at the lookout point Los Jazmines – Great opportunity to take pictures of the unique Viñales valley.
  • Visit to the Cueva del Indio – Ride down an underground river through the El Indio cave system, named after Cuba’s native inhabitants who once verifiably lived here. The tour will start on foot and continue in a small motorboat. Please note that longer waiting times might occur.
  • Visit of Cueva Santo Tomás – In this cave system you will discover many remarkable stalactite and stalagmite formations, which used to be home to local indigenous tribes. We sail through the caves along the miles and miles of river that flow through this breath taking natural phenomenon.

Note: Lightweight hiking boots are required.

Lunch Menu: Soup – Sweet corn, Bread Roll & butter, Main Course –  French fries, Garlic bread, Vegetarian Pizza ( Topping –  Tomatoes Sauce, slice tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, cheese, pine apple, peppers, olives ). Provide salt/pepper and chili sauce. Dessert – Ice cream

In the evening transfer for Indian dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Havana


DAY 4: – Havana – Varadero

After breakfast, free time at leisure. Later at 10:30am we board our coach and drive to Varadero

(2hrs 30 minutes journey). Upon arrival, check-in to our hotel.

Rest of the day free time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, walk on the beach, swim etc.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


 DAY 5: – Varadero

Today after breakfast free time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, walk on the beach, swim etc.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


DAY 6: – Varadero

Today after breakfast free time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, walk on the beach, swim etc.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


DAY 07:– VaraderoTrinidad (with lunch)

This morning after breakfast proceed to Trinidad and embark on an included sightseeing city tour to include a visit to the picturesque Plaza Mayor (Grand Square).

City tour includes visit to:

  • We visit the Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, which covers the revolutionary battles in the nearby Escambray mountains. Here, you can climb the bell tower for the very best views across Trinidad.
  • Visit the History Museum focusing on a family’s life in Cuba in the 1800s, and then you can sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, beware it is delicious, but very strong!
  • Visit the Museo Romantica, which is known for its collections of jewels, porcelain, paintings and sculptures that previously belonged to the Spanish nobles.
  • The square is also the site of the cathedral: Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad, one of the biggest churches on Cuba.
  • It is then time to head for La Canchanra bar for a refreshing drink. Enjoy one of Cuba´s lesser known cocktails from the 19th century, the Canchánchara made of water, lime, honey and sugar cane liquor.

To round off the tour, we call in at an arts and crafts shop, visit Cantero palace, and spend some time taking a closer look at the charming, pastel-coloured houses.

Lunch Menu: Soup – Tomatoes, Bread Roll & butter

 Main Course –  Roasted potatoes wedges or French fries, baked beans, Garlic bread, Pasta with hot sauce, Dessert – Fresh fruits  (provide salt/pepper and chili sauce)

Later return to Varadero.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


DAY 08:- Varadero

After breakfast, free time at leisure.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


DAY 09:– Varadero

After breakfast, free time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, walk on the beach, swim etc.

All Inclusive package (western meals).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner                                                            Overnight: Varadero


DAY 10:Varadero – Flight Havana – London

Today after breakfast free time at leisure. Later at 4pm, transfer to Havana International Airport to board your flight for London Heathrow Airport.

Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.

Meals: Breakfast                                                                   

DAY 11:– Arrival London

Welcome England! On arrival at London Heathrow Airport terminal, clear immigration, follow signs for arrival/baggage claim, clear immigration, collect baggage and follow sign for exit.

  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the morning, you will arrive in U.K. on the same day.
  • Return flight – If your flight departs in the afternoon / evening, you will arrive in U.K. on the next day.

 

** Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of a wonderful holiday. **

Highlights

Havana  (3 nights):

  • City tour
  • El Malecon beach
  • Stylish old American cars
  • Entertainment Tropicana Cabaret Show.
  • Day trip to Viñales see Cigar factory, Sailing trip to visit a grotto Stunning views of the 'mogotes' across the valley, Stalactite caves

Varadero  (6 nights):

  • All inclusive Package, Beach
  • Day trip to Trinidad - El Nicho waterfall, City tour

Cantero palace, Grand Square

Included/Excluded

Escorted Tour Package Includes:

  1. Meet and greet with our Tour Manager upon your arrival at London Heathrow Airport check in desk.
  2. International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow Airport with Full ATOL Protection. We can also arrange departures from your local airport upon request.
  3. Return hotel / airport transfers at your destination.
  4.  Twin / Double sharing room at quality hotels with private facilities including general hotel amenities.
  5. Meals as per the itinerary – Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, N - No Meal. Indian dinners will be provided daily.
  6.  Luxury coach with toilet, Air condition and PA entertainment system.
  7. Sightseeing excursions and activities including entrance fees.
  8. Services of our multilingual Tour Manager including English speaking local tour guide.
  9. Tips for local tour guides and drivers.
  10. Entertainment and surprises.

Escorted Tour Package Excludes:

  1. Travel & Medical Insurance – We request you to purchase your own comprehensive travel insurance to cover you during your holiday.
  2. Optional tours and Visas - Prices on the itinerary are approximate, subject to availability & can change at any time.
  3. Tourism and Room Taxes.
  4. Any expenses of personal nature, for example: Room service, drinks, porterage, telephone calls, laundry, bar service and beverages with meals etc.
  5. Any additional expenses incurred due to flight delay, flight cancellation, unforeseen weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrests / closures and technical faults etc.
  6. Excess luggage costs.
  7. Any surcharges, taxes, fuel increases and rate of currency exchange prior to your tour departure.

Visa Requirements

  1. British Citizens require a machine readable passport, valid for 30 days after the return date, when travelling abroad.
  2.  Visa: Cuba - British Citizen passport holders do require visas to enter CUBA. Please ensure you make your own arrangements to obtain the Visas if you require them.
  3. Ensure your passport has sufficient blank pages. Most destinations require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. We recommend for each country you are visiting that you have at least two free pages in your passport before any international travel.