Depart for Cuba
Depart Dublin for your flight to Havana, Cuba. On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your “casa particular” (homestay) in Havana.
Experience a panoramic horse carriage tour passing by the imposing Capitol, past the Gran Teatro and Bacardí house over the Prado to Cathedral Square. Afterwards, embark on a walking tour of the historic city centre, which was declared a world cultural heritage site in 1982, exploring the alleys and the squares of Old-Havana. You will also observe the process of cigar rolling during a cigar factory tour. (This factory tour is subject to change
Experience a panoramic bus tour passing by the Malecón, Hotel Nacional, Avenida de los Presidentes, Plaza de la Revolución, Quinta Avenida to name a few. You will have the remainder of the day to spend as you wish.
American convertible classic car sightseeing tour
Explore Havana further in unique style during an American convertible classic car sightseeing tour. Havana is like stepping out of a time-machine and finding yourself back in the 50’s, so this is an unsurpassed way of seeing all the architecture and historic sites of this nostalgic city.
Havana at leisure
You will have the remainder of the day at leisure for further independent exploration. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.
Pinar del Rio
Take the “tobacco route” to Pinar del Rio, a province in western Cuba which is the centre of the country’s cigar industry. You will visit “Cas del Veguero”, the house of a tobacco farmer as well as Mural de la Prehistoria, a mural that depicts the history of evolution.
Viñales Valley & Las Terrazas
To the north lies the fertile Viñales Valley, with its striking rounded limestone hills. You will enjoy a panoramic tour through the Viñales Valley, before continuing to Las Terrazas, a UNESCO biosphere reserve located in the Sierra del Rosario Mountains. Lunch is included at a local family run restaurant for an authentic Cuban experience. You will also enjoy a guided tour of the local community, with insights to socio-cultural structures.
Bay of Pigs
Enjoy an excursion to the legendary Bay of Pigs, the scene of the failed US Invasion in 1961, with a stop en route at "Fiesta Campesina", near Guamá. At the Bay of the Pigs you will visit "Cueva de los Peces", a 61-meter-deep (201-foot-deep) sinkhole filled with multi-coloured fish. There is the possibility to go snorkelling, weather dependent. Lunch is included at a local restaurant in Guamá.
Afterwards you will continue to Cienfuegos, a port city characterized by its French colonial architecture. Stroll over the Plaza Mayor to visit the nostalgic Terry Theater, which was built in 1887 and features a four-tiered stage hall. You will end your day with a visit to Palacio del Valle, an early 20th century building that features Gothic, Venetian and Moorish elements.
Cienfuegos to Trinidad
Depart Cienfuegos in the early morning and drive along the panoramic coastal road to Trinidad. Trinidad is a town in central Cuba that is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, with one of a kind architecture.
Trinidad at leisure
You will have the remainder of the day at leisure in Trinidad where you can undertake some independent exploration. Walk over the main square, surrounded by the magnificent manors of the sugar barons, to get a feel for local life.
Trinidad at leisure
Enjoy a full day at leisure to experience Trinidad at your own pace. Your local guide will be happy to suggest optional activities to suit your taste.
Experience a catamaran (or similar) cruise to islet Cayo Blanco. An open bar for soft drinks, beer and rum will be included on board. The rich seabed of Cuba´s waters reveals itself at the coral reef, Las Mulatas, where you can snorkel and explore the underwater treasures. Upon arrival in Cayo Blanco you will have some free time to explore what this small cay has to offer. Enjoy a seafood lunch before sailing back to the marina. You will arrive back at your hotel in the late afternoon, where the rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Please note you should bring a photocopy of your passport to board the cruise.
Trinidad to Sancti Spíritus
Depart Trinidad as you drive through the offshoots of the Escambray Mountains to Sancti Spíritus, a colonial town not yet discovered by the touristic mainstream. En route you will enjoy a visit to Torre Manaca Iznaga, a slave tower that gives wonderful panoramic view over the Valley of the Sugar Cane Mills. Once in Sancti Spíritus, embark on a stroll through the city to visit the Yayabo Bridge before enjoying a typical Cuban lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue from Sancti Spíritus to the historic Santa Clara, where Ché Guevara celebrated his biggest victory and found his last rest. You will have some free time at your leisure in Santa Clara before continuing on towards Havana, arriving in the evening.
Return home via Toronto
Say goodbye to Cuba as you depart in the early morning for your return flight to Dublin (via Toronto). On arrival in Toronto, you will be met by our guide who will accompany you on a tour by coach, giving an overview of some of the city's most famous landmarks. Time permitting, there will also be free time for independent sightseeing and shopping in the city.
Arrive home in Dublin following your once in a lifetime trip to Cuba.