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Airport Arrival or pick up on Havana. Accommodation in Havana.
Sleep at Habana.
TOUR HAVANA NIGHTS PLUS CANNON SHOT CEREMONY AT 9 PM
Duration: 3 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 19:00 HRS Notes: 1 hour of vintage ride, Canyon ceremony entrance fee and Guide Service Suggestions: Informal dress
Enjoy the beauty of the capital at night: Paseo del Prado, Central Park and Capitol, Avenida 23, et. Feel the maritime smell of Havana's malecon while you travel in a vintage car for an hour to reach the fortress of La Cabaña just in time to witness one of the most typical traditions of Havana: The Cannon Shot Ceremony at 9 o'clock.
Every night, at exactly 9:00 pm local time, the thunderous shot of a cannon is heard in Havana, Capital of Cuba. The residents know that the Cannon Shot of the Nine sounded and the visitors wonder why.
As it turns out, this tradition began in the eighteenth century. The shot is made from the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabaña, popularly known as La Cabaña, located next to the Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, just at the entrance to the Havana bay, which houses the country's main port. It is said that it is heard uninterrupted throughout the city: in the Central Park, located in Old Havana, at 4.3 seconds after the cannon was fired; at 9,7s at the Hotel Nacional and at 16s on the famous corner of 23 and 12, both places belonging to the populous neighborhood of El Vedado.
Today the ceremony of the Cañonazo, as it is popularly known, is one of the most popular and colorful public spectacles in Havana. Hundreds of visitors, both Cuban and foreign, are concentrated every night in La Cabaña, with their cell phones and tablets turned on so as not to miss any detail. Everything is recorded from the entrance of the soldiers with loops, hats and colonial costumes, (who are actually young artillery cadets) carrying lit torches and singing at full pitch, with a peculiar rhythm, the word silence, to then announce the beginning of the ritual, which ends with the firing of an 18th century cannon.
The tradition was born to indicate to the inhabitants of the city that they would be closed the doors of the walls that gave access to this one, and that were constructed to protect it before the constant attacks of pirates and corsairs.
Sleep at Havana.
HAVANA CITY TOUR
Duration: 7 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 09:00 HRS Notes: Museum Entrance Fee, A bottle of water, Lunch, Complementary drink, Transportation and Guide service. Suggestions: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Take a walking tour around Old Havana historical centre to discover the architectural beauty of this city. Your guide will take you to the main squares of the colonial area: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Continue by taxi around the modern part of the city with various stops at some of their best attractions: The Capitol building, the Revolution square and the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Drive along former residential neighborhoods Vedado and Miramar to appreciate different architectural styles. Entrance to one Museum is included.
Sleep at Havana.
Duration: 5 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 9:00 HRS Suggestions: Comfortable clothes and shoes Notes: Boat trip to Indian cave, Mural de la prehistoria entrance fee, Transportation, Lunch and Guide service
Visit the valley’s most interesting sites, starting with Mirador de los Jazmines, where you’ll have one of the most expansive views of the Viñales Valley. Visit the town of Viñales and on to Dos Hermanas Valley for a look at the Mural de la Prehistoria. The tour includes a visit to Cueva del Indio which involves travelling by boat along an underground river. Lunch is at a typical Cuban restaurant.
Sleep at Havana.
SIGHTSEEING TRANSFER HAVANA TO CIENFUEGOS
Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 08:00 HRS Not Included: Any additional drinks and snacks. Included: Transport, guide, entrance to Guamá and boat ride to the replica village, entrance to the Crocodile Sanctuary, three course lunch in the Playa Larga area with one drink included (water, beer, soft drink, rum based drink), entrance to Cueva De Los Peces.
We depart from Havana at 8:00 a.m. and head south east through the Sugar Cane and Citrus plantations towards the UNESCO preserved Zapata National Park where the first stop will be at Guamá.
Guamá is a replica village of Cuba’s earliest settlers the Taino Indians who lived on the island in the 1100s, the original settlers on the island. Located on a string of small islands and reached by an exhilarating boat ride through the mangroves, there are also a number of life size sculptures depicting the life of these early settlers. A crocodile sanctuary is also located here and you can enter the sanctuary to see the reptiles basking in the sun.
Continuing the journey into the Zapata National Park we reach the Bay of Pigs the site of the failed CIA backed invasion of Cuba that was repelled by the revolutionary troops commanded by Fidel Castro himself. We will briefly visit the museum to gain an insight into one of the major world events from the 1960s and an important date in Cuba’s revolutionary history.
After a relaxing lunch in the area we will travel along the south coast as the afternoon progresses and stop at a wonderful oasis! The Cueva De Los Peces is a natural salt water pool set in a beautiful and tranquil woodland location. Take an afternoon cooling swim in the waters and spot the huge variety of tropical fish or take a cocktail or a cool beer and sit and enjoy the sun for a while.
From the pool the drive onwards to Cienfuegos is not too long and on arrival you will be dropped at your accommodation.
Sleep at Cienfuegos.
EXCURSION EL NICHO
Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 09:00 HRS Note: Transportation and Guide Service. Lunch not included. Suggestions: Bathing suit and Comfortable Shoes
Enjoy driving through tropical forests and coffee plantations until you reach El Nicho waterfalls. Hike for about 100 metres through an ecological trail in the company of a specialized guide. Relax for a while at the natural pools and waterfalls of the area.
Sleep at Cienfuegos.
CIENFUEGOS CITY TOUR
Duration: 4 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 09:00 HRS Notes: Terry Theater entrance fee, Complementary drink, Lunch, Transportation and Guide Service. Suggestions: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Spend half a day unveiling the secrets of Cienfuegos city, the so called Pearl of the South. Enjoy a panoramic tour through the National Monument (La Punta), El Palacio de Valle and El Paseo del Prado. Stroll along the boulevard to visit the monument to one of Cuba’s most treasured musicians, Beny Moré. Make the most of your time in the city’s heart by visiting the Cathedral as well as the Thomas Terry Theatre, one of Cuba’s oldest and most beautiful theatres. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Trinidad
Departure Time: 17.00 HRS
Sleep at Trinidad.
SPECIAL TRINIDAD WITH SUGAR MILL VALLEY
Duration: 5 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 09:00 HRS Notes: Lunch, Transportation and Guide Service Suggestions: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Be the protagonist of a spectacular journey to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Valle de los Ingenios and Trinidad. Climb to the top of the Manaca-Iznaga tower and rejoice with the jaw-dropping landscape. Continue to Trinidad for lunch at a local restaurant and afterwards, wander through the historical centre of the city to admire its remarkable colonial architecture. Stroll through La Plaza Mayor; visit the Romantic Museum and stop at La Canchanchara bar and a ceramic workshop. Complementary drink at a local restaurant.
Sleep at Trinidad.
Transfer Trinidad to Santa Clara
Duration: 2 HOURS Departure Time: 09:00 HRS
SANTA CLARA TOUR
Duration: 3 hours Operational days: DAILY Departure Time: 13:00 HRS Suggestions: Comfortable clothes and shoes Notes: Che Guevara Mausoleum closes on Mondays, Museum entrance fee, Transportation, Lunch and Guide service.
Explore the historical past of Santa Clara through its revolutionary legacy. Situated in Central Cuba, Santa Clara is steeped in history as a result of the battles that took place during the Cuban revolution. Visit the Ernesto “Che” Guevara Mausoleum, the Armoured Train ParkMuseum, Leoncio Vidal Park and the Boulevard. Lunch is included at a private restaurant.
Sleep at Santa Clara.
Transfer Santa Clara to Varadero
Departure Time: 09:00 HOURS
Sleep at Varadero.
Transfer Varadero to Havana / Airport (Optional)
Departure Time: On request
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5 Places in 7 Daysfrom EUR 1250
You will have an amazing vacations thru Viñales Valley, Cayo Jutia Beach, Old Havana, National Zapata Park and Cienfuegos City. Big deal for small family or big groups who want to know the best of Cuba in few days!
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