Visit an extraordinary destination with friendly and warm welcoming people.
Be part of the action, taste the local cuisine. Hear the rhythm of the nightlife. Experience amazing architecture, old cobbled streets with their side walk restaurants and a plethora of churches which takes you back in time.
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|Package Validity||Set travel dates : 03 - 15 MAY 2018. Tour will only operate with a minimum of 16 passengers.25% deposit required upon confirmation & full payment due no later than 02 MARCH 2018|
- Return flights o Cuba
- Pre-payable airport/security taxes
- Private return airport/hotel transfers in Turkey
- Istanbul Half Day City tour with lunch (first stopover)
- 2 night 4* hotel accommodation in Istanbul
- Assistance of a private local English Speaking Guide in Cuba
- 3 nights accommodation at the 3* Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana (or similar)
- 2 nights accommodation at the 3* Hotel Las Cuevas in Trinidad (or similar)
- 1 night accommodation at the 4* Hotel Melia Marina in Varadero (or similar)
- 1 night accommodation at the 4* Hotel Habana Riviera in Havana (or similar)
- Breakfast daily & selected lunches & dinners
- Excursions in Cuba & entrance fees as per itinerary
- Tipping of guides & drivers
Entry requirements for Cuba
Entry into Cuba is only possible with an international health insurance (not from a US insurance), as well as a tourist card. Anyone who cannot provide proof of insurance at the time of entry will be obliged to purchase a Cuban health insurance at the airport. The tourist card, which can be bought - among others – at any Cuban Embassy, will have to be presented to the airline when checking-in for the Cuba flight.
ADDITIONAL INFO FOR CIGAR ENTHUSIASTS-WHO MAY WISH TO VISIT VINALES OUT OF TOWN FOR A DAY IN THE COUNTRY TO SEE TOBACCO FARMS
Visit Vegas Robaina - Home of one of the most famous Cuban Vegueros (tobacco farmers). Robaina was a tobacco legend, who gave his name to one of the most important cigar brands (Robaina). Including a Cigar degustacion.
Visit of Estacion Experimental del Tabaco - The experimental Station is located in San Juan y Martinez, where will be given explanations about the cultivation and experimental processes of tobacco.
Visit of UBPC El Moncada (Cultivo del Tabaco) - Visit to an organization where tobacco is cultivated. Roundtrip with explanations of the whole process. If you decide on the Vinales cuba tour to see tobacco farms can request add on
THURSDAY 03 MAY 2018 CAPE TOWN - ISTANBUL
Please make your own way to Cape Town International Airport for departure flight, kindly ensure that you are at the airport a minimum of 3 hours prior to departure.
DEPART CAPE TOWN 1720 TK 045
FRIDAY 04 MAY 2018 ISTANBUL
ARRIVE ISTANBUL 0505 TURKISH AIRLINES
On arrival proceed to Turkish Airlines Stopover desk for hotel stay.
Private transfer from airport for half day city tour of Istanbul including lunch. You will visit Topkapi Palace , Blue Mosque, Hipodromme , Hagia Sophia Museum - Entrance Fees are Included with transfer to hotel.
Mention Turkey and visions of sultans and harems, amazing mosques, belly-dancers, ancient ruins, Gallipoli and the ANZAC campaign, stunning coasts and the breath taking natural landscape of Cappadocia spring to mind.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Dinner Under Own Arrangements
SATURDAY 05 MAY 2018 ISTANBUL – HAVANA
DEPART ISTANBUL 0110 TK 183
ARRIVE HAVANA 0755 TURKISH AIRLINES
07:35 On arrival at Havana International Airport on TK183, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul you will be met in the arrival hall by your representative holding a signboard with group name on it.
Your first impression of Havana will be during a roundtrip classic convertible car ride in
Havana. Visit the Hotel Nacional and enjoy a cocktail. The Hotel Nacional is an architectural
specialty and symbol of the Cuban history, culture and identity in the heart of the Vedado
neighborhood, a few meters away from the ocean with a wonderful view over Havana´s bay
of the Malecón and Morro Castle
Lunch at the Paladar “Il Divino” - The restaurant has a big terrace and a lovely garden.
The main building consists of a beautiful Villa inspired by Mediterranean architecture of the 19th century. The restaurant offers a large variety of high quality food from pasta to pizza to delicious lamb and pork. Visit the interesting wine cellar.
Calle Raquel No. 50, between Esp1eranza and Lindero. Arroyo Naranjo, Tel.: 76437734. 12:00-24:00 h (closed on Mondays)
Private transfer to hotel for check-in.
Overnight in Standard Room - with Breakfast
Hotel Ambos Mundos (3 Star Plus) (05 May 2018 – 08 May 2018)
Built in the 1920s with a beautiful panoramic rooftop terrace, this hotel became famous due to its “long-term guest” Ernest Hemingway, who wrote his novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” here.
Hotel Ambos Mundos is set in the Old Havana district in Havana, 650 feet from La Bodeguita del Medio. The rooms come with a TV. All rooms have a private bathroom. Old Square is 1,300 feet from Hotel Ambos Mundos, while Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta is 0.7 miles away. The nearest airport is José Martí International Airport, 10.6 miles from Hotel Ambos Mundos.
Calle Obispo, Havana, Phone.: +53 7 860 95 30
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
SUNDAY 06 MAY 2018 HAVANA
In 1982, the UNESCO declared Havana’s historic city centre as a world cultural heritage site. There is no city in the whole of Latin America with a larger colonial centre. Enjoy a walking tour exploring the old city centre through the alleys and over the squares of Old-Havana: Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, Hemingway’s “Bodeguita“… Also enjoy a panoramic tour passing by the Malecón, Hotel Nacional, Avenida de los Presidentes, Plaza de la Revolución, Quinta Avenida and much more.
Visit of the fortress Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, the largest defensive fortress build 1589 – 1630.
Mojito in the Hemingway Bar "La Bodeguita del Medio"
The restaurant-bar claims to be the birthplace of the famous "Mojito" and even though this is disputed, it is definitely a good place to enjoy the world-famous drink and take a look at the different signatures, frames and photos, left by customers in the past.
Visit to the Callejón de Hamel
Lunch at the Paladar “La Guarida”
This prominent restaurant with cult-status is hidden in the third floor of an old, seemingly ruinous house (built in 1913) that was owned by a doctor in the past. In 1992, the Oscar-nominated Cuban movie “Fresa y Chocolate“ (strawberry and chocolate) was filmed here. Very good and creative Cuban cuisine. Even the Spanish Queen already dined in this private restaurant.
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This afternoon learn more about salsa in a few hours, basic knowledge, salsa presentation, dancing class and dinner followed by a party whereby you can practice what you have just learnt.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MONDAY 07 MAY 2018 HAVANA
Visit of Fábrica de Tabacos Partagas - During your tour through the factory, observe the process and witness the skilled hands of the “Torcedores" (cigar rollers).Please note that it is not allowed to take pictures inside the factory. Tobacco factories are closed for regular visitors on holidays, weekends, during company holidays and the tobacco festival. Sometimes they also close on other days without prior notice. Curious Traveller cannot guarantee that a factory is open. In case of closure, we will do our best to offer an alternative programme.
Havana Queens Behind the Stage
Exclusive visit with the Dance-Ensemble "Havana Queens" directed by Rosario García Rodríguez (graduated from “Escuela Nacional Del Arte” und “Universidad de las Artes”) and stage director Balbina Aspron Chávez (Cuban TV Ballet). Attend the rehearsal of the performance and take the chance to chat with the contributing artists.
Lunch at the Paladar "Decameron" – A very nice Paladar, that you can almost call “antique furnished“ with its many clocks and pictures on the wall. The Cuban-Italian cuisine is delicious and the dishes vary from pumpkin soup, to pizza, pasta and more.
Dancing lesson in Havana. With your professional instructor you learn how to dance the Cuban style or improve your dance knowledge and personal style.
Taxidancer, company of a professional dancing master for the visit of a Salsa-Club (includes personal entrance fee, excludes drinks)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Dinner Own Arrangements
TUESDAY 08 MAY 2018 HAVANA – SANTA CLARA – TRINIDAD (430 km)
In the early morning we drive in the direction to Santa Clara, where Che Guevara celebrated his greatest victory and found his last rest. Visit of the Che statue. Afterwards continue to Trinidad - UNESCO world heritage with its unique colonial architecture. Stroll over the main square with its mansions of sugar barons.
Visit of Memorial Ernesto Che Guevara - The impressive monument of Che Guevara, one of the most famous guerrillas worldwide, was erected in 1988 and finished in 1997 with the transfer of Che Guevara´s remains from Bolivia to Santa Clara. You can visit the main monument with the statue of Che, the mausoleum and a small museum which collects details of Che´s life and death.
* The mausoleum and museum, located behind the monument, are closed on Mondays and some
days without prior notice.
Lunch at the restaurant “Los Taínos" in Hotel Los Caneyes near Santa Clara
Cocktail at the "Canchánchara", Enjoy one of Cuba´s lesser known cocktails from the 19th century, the Canchánchara made of water, lime, honey and sugar cane liquor.
Entrance to the Casa de la Música to listen to live music on the famous stairs of Trinidad.
Overnight in Standard room with Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel Las Cuevas (3 Star) (08 May 2018 – 10 May 2018)
Bungalow complex on a hill with a wonderful panoramic view over the city. The popular cave disco is another highlight. This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. Located on the beachfront of Las Cuevas Beach, this small eco-hotel is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Northern Range Mountains. The rooms at Las Cuevas Beach Lodge include air conditioning and satellite TV, as well as a private bathroom with hot and cold bath or shower. Some of the rooms also have hairdryer, fridge and microwave.
Las Cuevas Beach Lodge is set on the grounds where leatherback turtles hatch their eggs, and guests can watch this phenomenon from February to August. The on-site restaurant serves fresh, daily caught sea food and specializes in lobster. It also serves meats and Trinidadian cuisine.
Finca Santa Ana,Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Tel.: ++53 419961 33 35
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WEDNESDAY 09 MAY 2018 TRINIDAD & VALLE LOS INGENIOS (40 km)
One full day for Trinidad and surroundings. Founded in the year 1514 and today the country`s most perfectly preserved colonial city. City walking tour through the old town with Plaza Mayor. Drive to Sugar Cane Valley and visit of the Manaca Iznaga with Slave-Tower.
Your program today includes:
▪ Visit of Mirador Valle de los Ingenios
The lookout point Mirador Valle de los Ingenios on the way from Trinidad to Santi Spíritus.
▪ Visit of Torre Manaca Iznaga - Ascent of the slave tower with a wonderful panoramic view
over the Valley of the Sugar Cane Mills.* Climbing at own risk.
▪ Lunch own arrangements
▪ Dancing lesson in Trinidad - With your professional instructor you learn how to dance the
Cuban style or improve your dance knowledge and personal style.
Dinner at the Paladar “Restaurant-Museo 1514
▪ Entrance to the Casa de la Trova - Enjoy great live music in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018 TRINIDAD - SANCTI SPIRITUS – VARADERO (370 km)
Drive through the off shots of the Escambray Mountains to Sancti Spíritus, a colonial town not yet discovered by the touristic mainstream. Stroll through the city and visit the Yayabo Bridge.
Afterwards, continue to the beaches of Varadero.
Overnight in Standard Classic - with All Inclusive
Hotel Meliá Marina Varadero (4 Star Plus) (10 May 2018 – 11 May 2018)
Autopista Sur Final Punta Hicacos, Varadero, Phone.: +53 45 667330
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 VARADERO – HAVANA (180 km)
At leisure till luncheon prior to departure for return journey to Havana.
Check in to hotel and freshen up before your nights on the town.
Tonight enjoy the Habana Café "Show Buena Vista Social Club", a concert with the music of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and other representatives of Cuban music, who travelled around the world to represent and introduce Cuban music to the world.
(Includes welcome cocktail and dinner)
Begings 21:00, Hotel Melia Cohiba: Habana Cafe
Overnight in Standard Room -
Hotel Habana Riviera (4 Star) (11 May 2018 - 12 May 2018)
Opened in 1957 by the legendary Mafia boss Meyer Lansky and still known as one of the best known hotels in Havana. Calle paseo y Malecon, Havana, Phone: +53 8364051
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 HAVANA - ISTANBUL
Early in the morning, drive to the airport Havana, you may request a box breakfast from hotel.
DEPART HAVANA 0955 TK184
SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018 ISTANBUL
ARRIVE ISTANBUL 0915 Turkish Airlines
On arrival proceed to Turkish Airlines Stopover Desk for hotel information.
Private transfer from airport to hotel (without guide)
Meals: Own Arrangements
MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 ISTANBUL
Day at leisure until late afternoon transfer to airport for departure flight out homebound.