Castro, cigars and Chevrolet are just a small part of the multifaceted Caribbean island nation of Cuba listed on calculatorinc. With its 1600 small islands, there are plenty of swimming opportunities and well up from the beach, there is history and culture to take part of from Columbus time to the present day.
A trip to Cuba will take you to another time. It is Hotel National from the 1930s with cigars and drinks in a quiet, sober environment. These are 1950s cars, taxis from the 1970s and at the same time a strong belief in the future. Take a walk on the beach street Malecón, enjoy the architecture and slip into a family-run restaurant and try crocodile meat. Or a classic roasted chicken with orange sauce.
Cuba is the island of experiences. Here it is salsa and cha cha on the dance floor, joy of life and appetite for life. Do as Hemingway and have a rum at one of the city’s bars and enjoy the heat and sun. Maybe you go to the famous cigar factory Partagas where you can see the cigars rolled by hand.
A ride in one of the 80,000 vintage cars belongs. Here, Chevrolet rolls along the streets and preferably with rhythmic salsa music in the speakers.
Cuba is also history and heroes. A visit to Che Guevara’s mausoleum testifies to a past that remains in the present. If you go out one evening and want to experience history, you should go to the Tropicana Club where shows have been performed since 1939.
Cuba is really salsa, colors, cigars!
Day 1: Departure
We always book scheduled flights – most companies offer special food at no extra cost and the possibility of seating. The flight to Cuba often leaves early in the morning and you then have a day flight, so load with good books and newspapers. Food is served on board and movies are shown to make the trip short and pleasant. There is a flight change on the way and you then land in Havana late afternoon / evening. You will arrive on arrival and drive to your hotel in Havana.
Day 2: Havana
After breakfast in peace and quiet, you will be picked up from the hotel and make a half-day trip to get to know Havana and experience the city’s sights and pulse. You visit the historic Morro Cabana Park and then continue with a walk in the historic part of Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. You stop at La Bodeguita del Medio – the birthplace of the Mojito drink and one of Hemingway’s favorite places in Havana. The tour ends with a panoramic tour past the University of Havana and Revolutionstorget. ( F )
Day 3: Pinar del Rio & Viñales
The bus picks you up after breakfast and you now head out on a full day excursion to visit the province of Pinar del Rio where you grow the finest tobacco and make the famous Cuban cigars. You first stop at Casa del Veguero – sipping a welcome cocktail, you will now hear all about Cuba’s tobacco industry. The journey continues towards the small town of Viñales, also in the province of Pinar del Rio. On the way there are many beautiful views to stop at and enjoy. Lunch is served at a local restaurant serving local delicacies. The afternoon is spent with a visit to the large mural depicting the evolution of the Sierra de los Órganos from mollusk to human. You also have time for a small boat trip to some caves nearby before it’s time to return to Havana. ( F , L)
Day 4: Havana
A day to explore Havana on your own – you can revisit the old part of the city and stroll around and be seduced by baroque facades and delicious 50’s cars. Music and rhythm are important in Havana – Buena Vista Social Club has been a concept since the 40’s and some remaining members are still touring the world. Visit the National Museum with a fantastic collection of Cuban art, end the day with a cocktail at the National Hotel and enjoy the view of the Malecón – Havana’s wide and impressive beach boulevard! ( F )
Day 5: Havana – Trinidad
Today the journey goes to the southeast, the bus picks you up at the hotel and you now go to the historic city of Trinidad. A UNESCO World Heritage Site whose success was based on the slave and sugar trade. Today a prosperous place with lots to do and see just a short drive from the white beaches of the Caribbean Sea. ( F )
Day 6-7: Trinidad
You have a walking tour of the city with an English speaking guide included in your trip. The city is filled with cobbled streets and magnificent colonial buildings. Trinidad is known for its many restaurants and the good life you now live here. As a visitor, you can fill your days with hikes in the countryside or up to the Escambray Mountains. Take a bike ride to Ancón Beach, swim in the blue Caribbean Sea and have a picnic with you. whether you are dancing salsa or visiting sugar plantations, Trinidad is a little paradise on earth. ( F )
Day 8: Trinidad – Varadero
Today you go north, out to Varadero and the coast for some beautiful final days with sun, beach and swimming! ( F )
Day 8-13: Varadero
Lazy days on the beach – If you get tired of lazing around, there are lots of activities such as diving, snorkeling, excursions to caves. You can take a walk in the beautiful Parque Josone. There is also a small shopping center here, but you may buy the most beautiful travel memories out on the market. (All Inclusive)
Day 13: Homecoming
Most flights depart late in the afternoon or evening so you have plenty of time for swimming before you are picked up at the hotel to drive back to Havana and the airport for return.
Day 14: Arrival in Scandinavia
You arrive in Scandinavia after a wonderful holiday in Cuba.
Four nights at a mid-range hotel in Havana
Three nights at Casa Particular in Trinidad
Five nights at a 5 * hotel in Varadero with All Inclusive