Day 12: Moron and the Cayos

A journey into the heart of colonial Cuba

The stages of your journey: Havana – Vinales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Moron

A real journey back in time with the essential stages of a real historical discovery,
passing through the richest cities in colonial heritage, in a country where economic collaboration and homestays are part of everyday life.
Discover the ‘Casas Particulares’ and stay with cuban locals.

From 640€/person

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Your day by day itinerary:

You will arrive and make your first stop at Havana. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your ‘Casa Particular’, where you will be immersed into the local culture straight away, with a typical dinner. The next day, you will visit the center of « Habana Vieja » where you will discover the real Cuba. Then you will pick up your hire car; exploring the colonial facet of the island in complete freedom, with a homestay at each stop, carefully selected and reserved by us in advance.


Day 1: Arrive at Havana

Day 1: Arrive at Havana

  • Arrival at Havana airport.
  • Transfer to your Casa Particular.
  • The end of the day, and your first familiarisation with the cuban locals.
  • It’s up to you to choose to rest, have a mojito, or sleep…
  • Night and dinner at your Casa Particular in Havana.

Day 2: Havana, between grandeur and nostalgia.

Day 2: Havana, between grandeur and nostalgia.

  • A cuban style breakfast, with savory or sweet salsa, and of course fresh fruit juice!!
  • A visit to the centre of Havana with your host. The centre of Havana is popular, noisy, and lively. This is where the cubains live, and there is a real buzz, for you to discover.
  • A free afternoon, for you to discover Havana, exactly as you wish, at your own pace.
  • A night in your Casa Particular in Havana.

Day 3: Havana / Vinales

Day 3: Havana / Vinales

  • Breakfast
  • Pick up your hire car
  • Get on the road and head towards Vinales, leaving between 2 and 3 hours to cover this section of the journey, before arriving at the green valley of Vinales (a UNESCO heritage site). The ideal playground for walks and horse riding, and it is here that you will discover the tobacco plantations.
  • Free afternoon.
  • Vinales really is a tiny town, and you can go on a hunt for a tobacco factory that very same day.
  • In the evening, enjoy ‘pollo del mar’ lobster, and finish the night by visiting the Centro Cultural Polo Montanez with a frenzied Salsa among locals and tourists.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Vinales.

Vinales et les environs

Day 4: Vinales and the surrounding area

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Vinales.

Vinales / Cienfuegos

Day 5: Vinales/Cienfuegos

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Set off towards Cienfuegos, it will take 4-5 hours to get there.
  • You will arrive in Cienfuegos in the afternoon, a small colonial town by the sea, more commonly known as ‘the pearl of the south’. Here you can take the opportunity to discover the town and all its colonial charm, of course not forgetting the surrounding area with its natural parks…
  • Night in Casa Particular in Cienfuegos.

Day 6: Cienfuegos/Trinidad

Day 6: Cienfuegos/Trinidad

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Set off towards Trinidad, it will take 1-1 and a half hours to get there.
  • You will soon arrive in Trinidad, famous for its colonial charm. Trinidad is the ideal base for visiting the surrounding area. You will now have some time to unwind.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Trinidad.

Day 7: Trinidad

Day 7: Trinidad

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • The ultimate colonial city, beautifully restored and registered with the UNESCO heritage for almost 30 years!
  • Night in Casa Particular in Trinidad.

Day 8: Trinidad / Havana

Day 8: Trinidad

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • The ultimate colonial city, beautifully restored and registered with the UNESCO heritage for almost 30 years!
  • Night in Casa Particular in Trinidad.

Day 9: Leave Havana

Day 9: Trinidad

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Trinidad.

Trinidad / Moron

Jour 10 – Trinidad / Moron

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Set off towards Moron and its endless beaches and small islands, it will take around 3-3 and a half hours to get there.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Moron.

Moron et ses Cayos

Day 11: Moron and the Cayos

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Moron.

Moron et ses Cayos

Day 12: Moron and the Cayos

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Moron.

Day 13: Moron / Havana

Day 13: Moron / Havana

  • Breakfast.
  • Free day with rental car.
  • The last day before your departure. This time you head back towards Havana. It will take 5-6 hours to get there, so take the opportunity to enjoy the final landscapes of your road trip.
  • Take the car back at the end of the day.
  • Night in Casa Particular in Havana.

Départ de la Havane

Day 14: Leave Havana

  • Breakfast.
  • Last day to enjoy your final few hours in Havana, shopping for postcards, rum… or simply wander around the streets of this magnificent town, which will stay with you forever.
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
  • Leave Havana.

Retour à la maison

Day 15: Return Home

  • Return to your home country.

 

Our suggested accommodation offers in Havana

Chez Frank

Situé au centre ville

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 Chambres
Proche de l’université de la Havane
Serviettes, draps et accès à la cuisine compris
Petit-déjeuners compris

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visite guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Farah

Situé au quartier du Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
3 Chambres
Ideal pour famille, couple, amis, personne seule, personnes agées, étudiants
Serviette et draps et laverie
Super vue du dernier étage

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Lilleam María

Situé au quartier Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 chambres
Idéal pour famille, couple, amis etc
Situé à 1 km de la place de la Révolution
Serviette et draps et frais de ménage inclus
Appartement avec un adorable chien à son intérieur

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visita guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC

Notre proposition d’hébergeurs à Viñales

Chez Rosabel

Situé au centre ville

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 Chambres
Situé au centre ville
Serviettes, draps et accès à la cuisine compris
Logement certifié par Magali

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visite guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Mirelia

Situé au quartier du Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
3 Chambres
Ideal pour famille, couple, amis, personne seule, personnes agées, étudiants
Serviette et draps et laverie
Super vue du dernier étage

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Yusi

Situé au quartier Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 chambres
Idéal pour famille, couple, amis etc
Situé à 1 km de la place de la Révolution
Serviette et draps et frais de ménage inclus
Appartement avec un adorable chien à son intérieur

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visita guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC

Notre proposition d’hébergeurs à Cienfuegos

Chez Osniel

Situé au centre ville

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 Chambres
Situé au centre ville
Serviettes, draps et accès à la cuisine compris
Logement certifié par Magali

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visite guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Alejandro

Situé au quartier du Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
3 Chambres
Ideal pour famille, couple, amis, personne seule, personnes agées, étudiants
Serviette et draps et laverie
Super vue du dernier étage

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Berta

Situé au quartier Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 chambres
Idéal pour famille, couple, amis etc
Situé à 1 km de la place de la Révolution
Serviette et draps et frais de ménage inclus
Appartement avec un adorable chien à son intérieur

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visita guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC

Notre proposition d’hébergeurs à Trinidad

Chez Mayuly

Situé au centre ville

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 Chambres
Situé au centre ville
Serviettes, draps et accès à la cuisine compris
Logement certifié par Magali

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visite guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Luis Orlando

Situé au quartier du Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
3 Chambres
Ideal pour famille, couple, amis, personne seule, personnes agées, étudiants
Serviette et draps et laverie
Super vue du dernier étage

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC
Dîner traditionnel 11 CUC/personne
Visite personnalisée 20 CUC/par groupe

Chez Hostal Don Vivas

Situé au quartier Vedado

Chambre chez l’habitant
2 chambres
Idéal pour famille, couple, amis etc
Situé à 1 km de la place de la Révolution
Serviette et draps et frais de ménage inclus
Appartement avec un adorable chien à son intérieur

Activités :
Cours de danse 25€/2 personne
Cours d’español 15€
Visita guidée 30 CUC par groupe
Cours de Mojito 7 CUC

The price of the trip:
From 640€/person(based on 4 people)

The price includes:

  • The homestay accommodation mentioned on the itinerary (Casas Particulares)
  • Breakfast at your Casa Particular
  • Car rental
  • Return airport transfers
  • The visit to Havana with your host the day after your arrival
  • Dinner on the first evening in Havana
  • Booking fees

The price does not include:

  • The suggested trips and visits (ask us)
  • International and internal flights (ask us)
  • Transport (ask us)
  • Cancellation, repatriation, and multi-risk insurance (ask us)
  • Meals unless mentioned (ask us)
  • Personal expenses (drinks, tips, etc.)
  • Administrative formalities
  • Tourist card

Prices and dates to be confirmed when booking, subject to availability. The prices shown are based on 4 people, for all other base prices please contact us.

Suggested activities:

Havana:

  • Visit la Habana Vieja, welcome to the postcard, these are the images we all know and want to discover, like in the setting of a colonial film with the full force of its historical prestige.

  • If you feel like it, walk along the famous Malecon, where you will come across many lovers holding hands.

  • You could also travel around town in a classic american car, and go on a journey back in time.

  • Go for a sunset drink at the top of the Fosca tower on the 34th floor, where the view is sublime.

  • Meals (lunch and dinner).

Viñales:

  • Visit a tobacco factory, something everyone in ‘el puro habano’ is very proud of.

  • Relaxing 5 hour hike, in order to discover the surrounding area and the famous ‘golden tobacco triangle’

  • To get the best views of these beautiful landscapes, go horse riding.

  • Beach day at Cayo Jutia, the end of the world or just the tip of the island, with crystal clear waters and fine sand.

  • Meals (lunch and dinner).

Cienfuegos:

  • Explore this colourful town.

  • Go to the famous El Nicho natural park located in the middle of the Escambray mountains.

  • Visit the famous Botanical Gardens (known for their palm trees).

  • Explore Yaguanabo Park and observe its birds and other endemic cuban species.

  • Discover flamingo colonies by boat in Guanaroca Park.

  • Meals (lunch and dinner).

All of these activities are at an extra cost and are available upon request. Get in touch to find out more!

Useful information for travelling calming to Cuba

We know that preparing for a trip is always slightly stressful, especially when going to a country we don’t yet know. This is why we want to give you some advice to make your trip more enjoyable. Here is all of the necessary information to prepare you for your trip, with great tips from our advisors who have been to Cuba multiple times! Here is everything you need to know before you leave!

THE CLIMATE

Cuba is located in the Tropic of Cancer. The island has a tropical climate because of the angle of incidence of solar radiation that is almost perpendicular to the ground all year round. This means that the temperatures are very high! In tropical climates the average temperature is 18ºC, and there is no difference between winter and summer because winter does not exist!

Let’s talk about seasons:

  • Dry season (winter) from the end of November to Avril the average temperature is 25ºC
  • Humid season (summer) from April to November the average temperature is 30ºC
  • Stormy season: June to November
  • Rainy season: September to October
  • You are in the tropics, so make sure you bring sun cream! The sun’s rays are very strong. Even people with darker skin should be very careful.

VISA FORMALITIES

Passport valid for more than 6 months after the date of return (for French nationals). You need to request a visa online which will be sent to you by post within one week. We strongly advise you to consult the site www.diplomatie.fr to be well informed of any formality changes or updates for entry to Cuba.

LIFESTYLE

In Cuba the electrical power is 110 volts and the plugs are like those in the US (2 flat plugs). You will therefore need an adapter.

Do not drink tap water. Ever. Even the cubains boil their water and then put it in the fridge before drinking it. The heat means that the water is full of bacteria. We advise you to drink bottled water.

Pack your suitcases well and try not to forget anything before you leave! You will not see very many shops and it is very difficult to find simple products like a toothbrush or sun cream. We also advise you to bring toilet paper with you, especially if you are planning trips by car or excursions, as you will not necessarily find any.

Ensure that you have a good map of Cuba and its cities, especially if you have planned to rent a car.

Wifi connection is difficult to find and non-existent in certain places. In some international hotels you can purchase cards for between 3 and 6 CUC which will give you Wifi access for 30 mins. You can then connect from hotel lobbies and some public places.

Concerning local calls, you can ask your casa particular host, because this is not very expensive for them. However, do not forget to leave them a small tip.

SAFETY

As for visa formalities, we advise you to look at the information on the site diplomatie.fr

HEALTH

A trip abroad always means taking health precautions. We advise you to read the information on the site diplomatie.fr

TRANSPORTS

In Cuba you can hire typical american style cars from the 50s. Do not worry if you see that there are no seat belts or air con, this is normal for Cuba!

We do not advise you to hire these kinds of cars for long journeys, more for exploring the towns.

ACCOMODATION

Stay in “casas particulares” which are authorised by the gouvernement. You will recognise them because they have these signs displayed at the entrance:

arrendador-divisa

 

In these houses, the hosts will ask for your passports in order to identify you. This is normal. They have to inform the authorities about every client staying at their house, with the exact arrival and departure dates. This step ensures that you have the right to stay in their house as a client, and that your personal belongings will be kept safe. Be aware that any complaint filed against the host of a casa could lead to them losing their rental license.

CURRENCY

There are two local currencies: CUP and CUC.

CUP (peso cubano non convertible) is the national currency used by the cubans. Foreigners do not have the right to use it.

CUC (peso cubano convertible) is the currency used by foreigners. During your stay in Cuba you can pay in CUC and sometimes in EUROS. For exchanges, we advise you to go to an oficial Casa de Cambio. Do not try to pay in dollars because the cubans are charged 10% surtax when using this currency.

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