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14-day Cuba tour with the camper

Be flexible and independent with your camper | 3 nights in a "Casa Particular" in Havana | Visit to a tobacco plantation | Many private guided tours included

HAVANNA - LAS TERRAZZAS - VIÑALES VALLEY - CAYO LEVISA - SOROA - PLAYA LARGA - CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA - CIENFUEGOS - TRINIDAD - SANTA CLARA - VARADERO - HAVANNA
 
Authentic & up close
Cuba fascinates by its contrasting variety and impressive nature.
Endless, heavently sandy beaches, hot rumba rhythms, bolero and changuí; In Cuba music and culture are omnipresent. The cities convey pure nostalgia and the warm-hearted inhabitants welcome each guest with open arms and share their life with joy. Let yourself be carried of to Cuba, the country still holds many surprises!
 
Day 1: Individual arrival to Havana
Upon arrival at Havana International Airport, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation. Check in and overnight in a "Casa Particular" which means "special house". The Casas Particulares are private houses, mostly built in colonial times and always run with a lot of love and heart. They offer comfortable rooms with one or more beds and private bathroom. The hosts are all very welcoming and offer a warm service. Here you have the opportunity to experience Cuba up close!
 
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast you will be picked up for a sightseeing tour of Old Havana. Your guide will show you in a full day tour why Havana has been designated a World Heritage Site. Experience the morbid charm of the Old Town with its once proud buildings in which life still pulsates. Here some of the buildings, some of which date back to the 16th century, are allready renovated. However, the renovation is progressing very slowly and so some magnificent buildings are aging unhindered since the revolution 50 years ago and are creating a very special atmosphere. Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas and Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway wrote some of his masterpieces, the Art Museum, baroque-style Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza Vieja. Enjoy the view from the Universidad de La Habana Let your guide show you the real Havana and give you tips for your stay here. Lunch in a restaurant included. Stay in Havana in a Casa Particular.
 
Day 3: Havana - Las Terrazzas
After breakfast check out from your Casa Particular. A transfer will take you to the rental station to pick up your camper. You will receive a short introduction and get all the important information about your camper, maps with camping sites, important phone numbers and tips for traveling with a camper in Cuba. Your first stop is the Finca Campesina in Las Terrazzas, about 50km from Havana in the heart of the Sierra del Rosario. Here you have a half-day guided tour through the unique nature of the protected area Las Terrazzas. Founded in 1984 as the first Cuban biosphere reserve, it is now known for its gentle tourism. About one hundred families live here surrounded by lush jungle. A large part of the woodland has been reforested in local projects after being cut down. This was done in terraces order to avoid erosion, hence the name Las Terrazzas. Discover the ancient coffee plantation Buena Vista during your tour and continue on the way to the shore of the river San Juan where you can enjoy a perfect view. You will also have the opportunity to watch craftsmen at work and buy their work. At the end of the tour you will pass through the rural community of Las Terrazza and end with a typical Cuban meal, the "Comida Criolla".
 
Day 4: Las Terrrazzas - Viñales valley
Today you travel with your Camper to Viñales. Your destination is the La Ermita Hotel in Viñales.  The Viñales Valley is a true Paradise, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Cuba and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to stop at the "Mirador de Los Jazmines" lookout to enjoy the breathtaking view of this beautiful area. The Viñales Valley is also known for its world's best tobacco. Once in Viñales, a full-day tour starts with a short guided walk through the village. Afterwards you visit one of the local plantations and learn how the world famous tobacco and coffee is grown. The farmers affectionately called "Guajiros" will gladly give you information on how agriculture works in Cuba and invite you to lunch afterwards. After lunch you will go to the limestone cliffs, which make the region so fascinating. The rock of the area belongs to the geologically oldest part of Cuba. It was formed about 170 million years ago. Stay at La Ermita Hotel in Viñales.
 
Day 5: Viñales valley - Cayo Levisa - Viñales valley
Early in the morning you start a full day excursion to the island of Cayo Levisa. Your camper will park at the port of Palma Rubia and a motorboat will take you to the island in about 35 minutes (boat trip included). At the 3km long white beach you can relax the whole day. The beach belongs to a hotel with its Diving Center you can explore the offshore reef "Corona di San Carlo", which is well known by local divers. Lunch at the hotel is already included. In the evening the boat takes you back to the mainland and to your camper and you drive back to the parking lot of the hotel La Ermita in Viñales.
 
Day 6: Viñales valley - Soroa
Today you drive to the small town of Soroa, where you will take part in a half-day tour. Your camper stays at the Bello Caribe Hotel. The Soroa Biosphere Reserve is surrounded by exceptional beauty and colourful nature. You will visit "La Ceiba", the 650 year old tree, the oldest in the region, and learn about its importance for the local afro-cuban religion. After visiting the orchid garden "Orquideario de Soroa" you have the opportunity to refresh yourself in the beautiful and lovely situated waterfall "Salto de Agua" surrounded by caribbean nature.
 
Day 7: Soroa - Playa Larga
You drive with your camper east towards Playa Larga. The journey takes about 3.5 hours. Today you can spend at your leisure. We recommend that you leave your camper at the parking lot of the Villa Playa Larga. Visit the largest crocodile farm (not included) in Cuba and experience the animals up close. Afterwards, explore the reconstructed Indian village of Aldea Taína (not included), where you will learn more about the indigenous people of Cuba before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
 
Day 8: Playa Larga - Ciénaga de Zapata
You stay in the area and explore the "Ciénaga de Zapata", which translates as Zapata's swamp and is yet another Biosphere Reserve of the UNESCO and the largest swamp in the Caribbean. Here your tour guide awaits you for a full-day excursion. Your camper stays at the parking lot of the Punta Perdiz Dive Center. Learn more about the Soplillar coal miners and Fidel's amazing work in the area. You will visit Hondones, where you will be shown the agro-technical advances of its inhabitants and have lunch. You will then take a walk along the Enigma de las Rocas path with its strange rock formations. At the end of the day you can take a refreshing swim in the Cenote.
 
Day 9: Ciénaga de Zapata - Cienfuegos
Today leads you to the "Pearl of the South", to Cienfuegos. This city will enchant you with its french elegance and caribbean charm. Or as the famous Cuban singer Benny Moré said "la ciudad que mas me gusta a mi". Leave your camper at the Hotel Las Cuevas and embark on a half-day guided city tour. In the beginning of the 19th century Cienfuegos was founded by French settlers and is now one of the World Heritage Sites of the UNESCO. Though not built directly on a beach, the whole life of the city revolves around the ocean. The second largest bay of the island is lined with a welcoming malecón, which is certainly worth a walk especially in the evening. See the Boulevard of Cienfuegos, the City Hall, the theater of Thomas Terry - one of the oldest still in use in Latin America. Lunch is included. Take some time to enjoy a nice mojito in the elegant "El Palacio Del Valle" later.
 
Day 10: Cienfuegos - Trinidad
At the Costa Sur Hotel in Trinidad you will meet your guide for a half-day city tour. If you take the trip in April or May you may observe the annual migration of the famous red crabs on their way to the sea. Trinidad awaits as one of the most beautiful cuban cities. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The city was founded in 1514 by Diego Velázquez as the third city on the island in the name of the spanish crown. This long history can be seen in many places during the tour. You can see the great colonial past especially in the buildings from 18th and 19th centuries. Stroll through the cobbled streets and let the architecture of the beautifully renovated buildings, majestic churches and enchanting gardens take your breath away. Some of the old villas have been converted into museums such as the Palacio Cantero (City Museum) and Palacio Brunet (Romantic Museum). You will visit the Plaza Mayor and the Church of the Holy Trinity with the famous cross El Señor de la Vera Cruz as well as the small Plazuela del Jigüe where the first catholic mass of the city was celebrated in 1514. We recommend that you try the popular Canchánchara cocktail (not included) at the Canchánchara Bar. But first you should visit the Casa de la Cultura Julio Cuevas Díaz, an art school of the Ministry of Culture to promote music, plastic arts, literature and dance. A perfect place to purchase an unusual souvenir. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
 
Day 11: Trinidad - Santa Clara
In the morning you continue to the city of Che Guevara, to Santa Clara. At the parking lot of La Granjita Hotel you will meet your guide for a half-day city tour. Santa Clara is all about its national hero. You will see the only statue of Che Guevara holding a child and the Casa del Partido, the seat of the Communist Party, also dedicated to him. This building is full of symbolism that you can only discover when you stand in front of it. Continue to the Memorial of the Armored Train, which Ernesto Che Guevara derailed during the Battle of Santa Clara, marking the end of Batista's dictatorship and paving the way for Fidel Castro's socialist regime. In the main square and Park Leoncio Vidal you will find other historical monuments such as the Pavilion La Glorieta, in which frequently cuban Danzón is played, the statue in honor of the patriot Martha Abreu, as well as the La Caridad Theater, the Provincial Library and the Hotel Santa Clara Libre, which still has bullet holes from the battle. Finally, explore the most important monument in the province, the Plaza Che Guevara. This complex was built in 1987 for the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Che in Bolivia. A mausoleum is situated under the statue, with 38 niches dedicated to the revolutionaries who died in Bolivia and where these heroes were laid to rest. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
 
Day 12: Santa Clara - Varadero
Today's drive will take you to Varadero where you can spend your day on the beach. Leave the camper in the Josone Park car park. The beach of Varadero has beautiful light pink sand with crystal clear blue water. Enjoy your time here on one of Cuba's most beautiful beaches.
 
Day 13: Varadero - Havana
You return to Havana and drop off your camper at Hotel Bello Caribe. Do not forget anything in the vehicle before you are taken to your accommodation, a Casa Particular.
 
Day 14 - return journey
Check out and private transfer to Havana International Airport.
 
Please note:
  • The guided tours are in English
  • the minimum number of participants is 2 persons
  • At least one person must be at least 25 years old and have a driver's license grade B for at least one year
  • the mentioned meeting points and parking lots for the camper can change and vary for organizational reasons
Services included
  • Welcome and meet and greet at the airport of Havana
  • Private transfer on day 1 on arrival to your Casa Particular
  • 3 nights with breakfast in a Casa Particular in Havana
  • Campers for 11 days with unlimited kilometers
  • Guided private excursions in English including entrance fees (according to the program) as follows:
    Full day city tour Havana, half day Las Terrazzas tour, full day Viñales and Cayo Levisa tours, half day Soroa tour, full day Ciénaga de Zapata tour and half day tours in Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara
  • 9 x lunch as advertised
  • Parking in the mentioned parking places with electricity and fresh water hook up as well as access to the facilities of the mentioned hotels
  • Private transfer on day 14 on departure from your Casa Particular to Havana Airport
  • Welcome kit with information materials, maps, emergency phone numbers and prepaid sim card with $ 20 credit
NOT INCLUDED
  • Camper Liability and Comprehensive Insurance (€ 20 per day)
  • Deposit for the camper of € 500
    (The deposit will be refunded at the end of the rental period after the vehicle has been returned and checked)
  • fuel
  • Services not listed in the itinerary
  • optional excursions
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • gratuities
  • International flights
 
 
 

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Inclusions


  •     Local Guides/Maps
  •     Collision Coverage
  •     Transportation
  •     Parking
  •     Beach Access
  •     Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  •     Service fee for tour guide
  •     Air Conditioning
  •     Hotel pickup and drop off

Exclusions


  •     Extra stay pre/post tour    
  •     Extra water bottle charges    
  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Visa charges    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Passport costs    
  •     Tips and Gratuities    
  •     Any optional tours    
  •     Any airport arrival/departure tax    

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