Upon arrival in Havana, you will be met by a private coach and continue to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy yourself.
Your air-conditioned coach will pick you up at your hotel for a visit to a Child Care Center followed by a tour at Partagas Cigar Factory. Afterwards you will proceed to La Mina restaurant in Old Havana, located in a 1700s colonial home. Lunch will be served in the patio. After lunch, you will take a guided walking tour of Old Havana with emphasis on the architecture. Proceed to Ambos Mundos hotel for a welcome cocktail party and dinner buffet, with live music, on the terrace overlooking the Havana skyline. Transfer back to the hotel at about 23:30.
Your coach will pick you up after breakfast at 09:30 for a morning guided city tour of Havana which will be an extensive overview of the citys monuments, plazas, University of Havana, etc. You will stop for lunch at El Mercurio in Old Havana. After lunch, you will proceed to the outdoor flea markets where you can shop amongst the hundreds of booths set up with a wide variety of goods from crocheted garments to pottery to carved pieces. You will then go to the Havana Club Museum (famous Rum factory) and a tasting. Then head to El Morro, which is a Havana landmark. Tour El Morro and then witness the cannon ceremony which occurs each evening at 21:00.
Today we arrange for you the Ernest Hemingway Day. The famed US author loved Cuba and spent many years enjoying this beautiful country. After breakfast, transfer to the Hemingway Museum, home of the author where you will have a private guided tour. The museum houses some 6,000 books, a research center for Latin American literature and an extensive collection of trophies, etc. After lunch, continue onto the Hemingway Marina and to the Club Havana, the most exclusive Club in Havana for beverages and a leisurely rest.
Have a free morning at leisure. Take flight to Santiago de Cuba in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. Santiago, the "Hero City", is the most cultural city in the Caribbean at the foothills of Sierra Maestra and the most important area in the Route of the Salve.
Morning visit to El Morro, built in 1710 has barracks, labyrinths and dark inner cells which once housed the slaves in transit. After lunch, continue to la Virgen del Cobre Basilica, stop for a baseball demonstration of the youngest team in the village of el Cobre and end with a visit to Jose Marti Mausoleum at the Cemetery. Visit la Casa de la Trova, a place where music invites you to enjoy the afro-Cuban rhythms surrounded by wonderful people who enjoy and recognize your visit.
Day at leisure to visit the city, art gallery and enjoy the town. After Lunch, visit the Velasquez Museum, a pre-baroque building with Moorish balconies and most interesting collections of tapestries, painting and antiques. Take flight back to Havana and transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to Pinar del Rio which is at west of Havana in the relaxed ecological area, home of the traditional famous Cuban tobacco; refined, elegant and treasured by the connoisseurs! The geology of the region has unique formations; mogotes, limestone mountains in Vinales.
Today a visit de Cueva de Vinales, a limestone cave. On another cave you will walk to an underground river and a boatman will take you for a five minute ride. After lunch, return to Havana.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Farewell to Cuba.
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