A Touch of Cuba Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : PSTC
Trip valid from : 01/01/2014
Trip valid until : 31/12/2014
Trip length : 8
Trip starts in : Havana
Trip ends in : Havana
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

Iconic political activist, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, is better known simply as Che Guevara. After being executed in Bolivia in 1967, the location of his body was kept a secret before being discovered and eventually brought to Santa Clara, Cuba. The Ernesto Che Guevara Monument is a complex housing a mausoleum for Che and the revolutionaries who died alongside him, as well as an 82-foot statue of the man himself.

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Day
1

Havana

  • On arrival at Havana airport you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel.
  • In the evening you will meet your local guide and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing.
  • Please check the notice board at reception to confirm the time and place of your meeting. It is usually at about 6pm. The briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.
Day
2-3

Soroa - Vinales

  • This morning your leader will take you on a walking tour of Old Havana, including the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park.
  • Drive west to Soroa where you will stop for lunch and tour the impressive orchid garden.
  • Continue on to Vinales where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape.
  • The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba and there are many outdoor, optional activities available to help you enjoy it. Choose from cycling, hiking through tobacco fields, or hiking to mountain caves.
Day
4-5

Trinidad

  • Today you will board the bus and drive to Trinidad. UNESCO declared the town and its surrounding hills a World Heritage site in 1988.
  • Established by the Spaniards in 1514 and lined with cobblestone streets and colourful houses, the town of Trinidad is easy to wander around and almost every scene offers superb photographic opportunities – from locals casually smoking their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes to old Chevrolets cruising by. It is easy to see why Trinidad is one of the most visited towns in Cuba.
Day
6

Cienfuegos

  • A short drive will take you to Cienfuegos today.
  • While you're here you will visit the Palacio del Valle - Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy, dripping with ornate carvings in Venetian alabaster.
Day
7-8

Havana

  • You will stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial on the way back to Havana.
  • Upon arrival in Havana, you will prepare for a final night celebration of salsa dancing and dinner.
  • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 8. If you wish to extend your stay in Havana it is possible to book additional accommodation - this should be done at the same time you book your holiday.

itin-variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

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Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

Style Facts

  • Enjoy a destination in depth and comfort
  • Tourist class hotels and family homestays
  • Both private and local transport
  • A number of included activities and meals throughout
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Plus

Our Plus tours allow you to immerse yourself within a destination or culture whilst travelling and sleeping in comfort. They are packed with highlights to ensure you get the most out of your valuable time away yet are also slower paced allowing you time to savour the culture, traditions and sights of your destination – the perfect balance.

On some trips we’ll push you out of your comfort zone to ensure an authentic experience, on other trips you will stay in amazing places where there is no ‘roughing it’ involved. There is plenty of choice so you can select a trip with as much activity or as little as you wish. Our small groups ensure a more intimate experience and that the impact on the local environment and community is kept to a minimum. Extra Comfort tours offer rich and rewarding adventures and are stress-free, safe and, most importantly, fun!

Style Facts

  • Innovative itineraries offering authentic travel encounters
  • A mix of active adventure, culture, wildlife, sightseeing and relaxation
  • Well appointed, quality hotels in central locations
  • Arrival transfers, transport (mostly private) and accommodation included
  • Many meals and adventure activities also included
  • Fully trained and experienced local leaders

 This tour is operated by our partners Peregrine Adventures

included

  • The services of expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Havana; Trinidad; Santa Clara; Pinar del Rio cigar factory; and Vinales.
  • Free time to explore Havana and Trinidad.
  • Arrival transfer.

not-included

International flights, airport departure tax, visas where required, meals not included in the itinerary, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.

meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

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Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

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