Cuba of The Revolution, of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, spread out in the warm Caribbean embrace, with its vast green-blue beaches, green – fertile plains and imposing mountains with tropical and exotic vegetation… This is a multi-level place full of contradictions – where at any moment the unexpected happens – while at the same time attempting to gradually come out of the stagnation that characterized it. It is built by warm, hospitable and joyful people, who live in the rhythm of their explosive music, dancing and drinking traditional rum. Cuba keeps indelibly the signs of colonial times and its dynamic history, witnessing the rare architectural value and beauty buildings, which even half-shuffled emerge from the glamour of its rich past. Puff a Havana cigar or drink the authentic mojito and have a unique, once in a life-time experience!!!
- Air tickets economy class
- Greek Speaking Tour guide throughout the program except for free days in Varadero
- Inputs & meals as listed in the program
- Transfers & tours of the program
- Accommodation at hotels
- Hotel taxes
- Cuba Visa, Airport Taxes and Medical Care (aprox 350 eur per person)
- All meals and drinks not listed in the program
- Optional excursions
- Personal expenses
DAY 1:LA HABANA – ARRIVAL DAY
We welcome you in the José Martí International Airport. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore the hotel surroundings, get your first night in Cuba starting maybe with a Daiquiri and some Cuban music.
DAY 2: LA HABANA CITY TOUR (4 HOURS)
Meet Havana and Old Havana, built in baroque and neoclassic style. We will stroll around Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas. We will not miss to walk around the Capitolium, a copy of the one in the U.S.A and then move towards Habana Viega (the old city of Havana), a cultural heritage of mankind – protected by UNESCO. We will visit Maqueta de La Habana Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral and Castillo de La Fuerza Real. We continue to El Morro Castle, the fortress that Spanish used to guard the entrance of Havana bay. Return to the hotel and rest of the evening off.
DAY 3: VIÑALES VALLEY (9 – 10 HOURS)
Travel to Viñales valley. Visit a “vega” or cigar manufactory, to see how the Cuban cigars are made. We enjoy the picturesque place around: hillocks totally green, named “mogotes” rise along palm trees and waterfalls. We continue to the Mural de la Prehistoria, next stop la Cueva del Indio where you go caving by boat, on the underground river. Lunch with live Cuban music. Our final stop is at the observatory “Los Jazmines”. Get back to La Habana, so that you can have a daiquirí at “Floridita” or a mojito at “Bodeguita del Medio”.
DAY 4:LA HABANA – A RIDE TO THE 50´S
An optional vintage tour – Jump into one of the famous Habana´s style antique car rides and explore the city with or without a sunroof. The driver will take you afterwards to the city forest, so that you can breathe the fresh air! Rest of the day is gonna be free for you to stroll around the beach promenade of Malecon or to get a Cuban style fruit juice while listening to locals playing their music.
DAY 5: GUAMÁ LAKE – SANTA CLARA – CIENFUEGOS
Travel to Guamá Lake, the largest in the island. Visit the crocodile sanctuary. Head to Santa Clara, Che Guevara´s museum and then Cienfuegos, the final destination for the day, but there is no rest, not yet. This lovely town has more to show you : Palacio del Valle, the Valley Palace and Thomas Terry Theatre, a 19th century jewel.
DAY 6: CIENFUEGOS – TRINIDAD – VARADERO
From Cienfuegos, further inland lies Trinidad, the Spanish colonial town, which preserves the look and feel of the past, home to one of the main Cuban traditional music scenes. Visit the local History Museum. A nice drink waits for you at “La Canchánchara” Bar. On the go to the famous region of Varadero, where you can enjoy some of the most exotic beaches of the whole world. Keep in mind that food and drinks are all included.
DAY 7 & 8: VARADERO RESORTS AND BEACHES
Spending two fully relaxed days under the carribean sun, sunbathing and swimming while given the opportunity to dive and snorkle. Optional daily cruise to the island of Cayo Blanco. We take the catamaran and we visit this wonderful place in order to swim with dolphins nearby. In the afternoon, we will taste delicious lobsters, fish and other seafood while drinking rum and dancing salsa. Return to Varadero Hotel.
DAY 9: HAVANA – INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Transfer to the Airport. Last chance for some images of the island.