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Cuba 2012

This was our itinerary

April 21 : Depart Cape Town on Turkish air at 3:40pm
April 22: Arrive Madrid via Istanbul 11:30. Depart Madrid 3pm…
arrive Havana 6:50pm.
Overnight Hotel Armadores de Santander
April 23: Modern Havana… A Panoramic tour
Approximately 3 hours tour of modern Havana (Central Havana, Vedado and Miramar)
to compare architecture, live styles and to get familiar with Havana’s dynamics and diversity. Some of the most interesting locations of Havana can be seen from the bus such as Havana University and “Colon” Cemetery, and others can be seen from a closer perspective, there
are scheduled stops at the “Revolution Square” and the “National Capitol Building”.
Admission to these places is not included in the cost. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Hotel Armadores de Santander
April 24: Havana – Las Terrazas – Vinales – Pinar Del Rio
Departure for ‘Las Terrazas” Natural Reserve in Artemiza Province.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the community as well as visiting local artists’ studios, etc.
Overnight Hotel La Moka
April 25: Vinales
Day to explore Vinales Valley, walk into town, visit the Indian Cave,
hike through the valley.
Overnight Hotel Vueltabajo
April 26: Vinale s- Habana
A visit to a cigar Factory in Pinar del Rio city.
Depart for Havana. Remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight Hotel Florida
April 27: Havana – Matanzas – Varadero
Visit Hemingway’s Finca…
This is the house Ernest Hemingway bought, and where he lived with his wife until the time of his death. The place is restored and visitors can look into the main house from the big open windows (access into the house is not allowed), the swimming pool, the tower room, and studio can be visited.
Continue to Matanzas city. Visit “San Severino’ Castle, the French pharmacy, the Cathedral,
and Sausto Theater. Continue to Varadero beach area.
Overnight Hotel International…dinner included

April 28: Varadero – Cienfuegos
After lunch we depart for Cienfuegos…Tour of Cienfuegos.
Here the group will have some free time to walk around the main section of this small
beautiful city. A tour by bus of the modern part of the city will be provided and a stop to
visit the most famous building of the province, Palacio Valle.
Overnight Faro Luna…lunch and dinner included
April 29: Cienfuego s-Trinidad
Depart for Trinidad
Overnight Private Home Stay…lunch and dinner included
April 30: Trinidad
Tour of colonial Trinidad…
The group will have a guided walking tour of the protected section of Trinidad, which
is the best preserved colonial town in Cuba. A visit to one of the museums is provided.
The group will also have free time to wander around by themselves.
“La Canchanchara” is a place where a local typical drink of the same name is offered.
There will be a band playing traditional Cuban music.
The drink is made out of:
o 1.5 oz of raw rum
o 0.5 oz of honey
o 0.5 oz of lemon juice
o 1 oz of water
o 2 oz of cracked ice
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Rest of day: at leisure.
Overnight Private Home Stay…lunch and dinner included
May 1: Trinidad – Camaguey
Departure for Camaguey
Overnight at Gran Hotel Camaguey-includes dinner
May 2: Camagüey – Santiago de Cuba
Departure for Santiago de Cuba
Overnight Hotel Casa Granda Melia Santiago
May 3: Santiago de Cub
Morning Tour of the city: main square, Casa de Don Diego Velazquez,
Morro, Santa Ifigenia. Afternoon trip to visit the church at “El Cobre”.
Overnight Melia Santiago
May 4: Santiago de Cuba
Excursion to “La Gran Piedra” including lunch. “La Isabelica”
Coffee Plantation
Overnight Melia Satiago

May 5: Santiago – Havana
Flight to Havana
Remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight Hotel Florida
May 6: Havana…Walking tour of Old Havana
Approximately 4 hours tour of the restored part of Havana to see and appreciate the
beauty of Colonial architecture and understand the dynamics of life in Havana city.
Walk through squares, visit the Cathedral of Havana, some restored hotels and iconic
buildings, such as Hotel “Ambos Mundos” where Ernest Hemingway stayed many times.
A view of Havana from the hotel’s terrace can be included.
Overnight Hotel Florida
May 7 : Free day to explore.
Overnight Hotel Florida
May 8: Free day
Overnight Florida
May 9th: Depart for Cancun
****************We fly to Cancun Mexico and the Mayan Ruins.

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May 20th: Arrive Havana from Cancun 6pm
Overnight Hotel Florida
May 21st: Free day until we depart for Madrid at 9pm
May 22nd: Madrid-Istanbul
May 23st: Arrive Cape Town at 1:10pm