Here you can find the day-to-day description for Cuba: Culture and Beach.
Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.
|4||Bus||Havana - Bay of Pigs - Cienfuegos||Cienfuegos|
|5||Bus||Cienfuegos - Trinidad||Trinidad|
|7||Trinidad / Excursion to Playa Ancon||Trinidad|
|8||Bus||Trinidad - Santa Clara||Santa Clara|
|9||Bus||Santa Clara - Varadero||Varadero|
|13||Varadero||End of tour - Varadero|
Walk over the plaza to view the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum), which occupies the magnificent old Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, once home to the highest colonial authority in Cuba and a former Presidential Palace. This popular museum offers a broad description of Havana's history and has a great gift shop - don't miss out on Cuba's only wooden 'cobblestone' street to the front of the museum!
You continue to the port city of Cienfuegos with one of the most beautiful bays of the island. In the colonial era Cienfuegos was known as the "Pearl of the South". The city was founded in 1819 by the then Governor General of Cuba, Jose Cienfuegos. Feel the French atmosphere in the sprawling city which the city planner Declouet gave her: decorative palaces, theaters and shady parks. The Teatro Tomás Terry with its elegant facade is worth a visit. Just outside town is the Cementerio General La Reina, declared a national monument. Its built between 1830 and 1840 and there are beautiful images on the graves, like that of La Bella Durmiente (Sleeping Beauty).
You may also like to spend the day relaxing at the white sandy beach of Ancon for example. This beach lies about 12 km from the city and the turquoise sea here lends itself to good diving.
In 1956, he arrived in Cuba with a group of revolutionaries in a boat called the Granma and In 1957, he became Commandante and an important figure at Fidel Castro's side during the first years of the revolution. In Santa Clara on the Plaza de la Revolucion you will find his monument ‘Hasta la victoria siempre’, which means ‘Forever onwards towards victory‘.
Please note – flexibility in Cuba
This journey goes through a developing country with a lower standard of living than you are used to at home.
In Cuba, a flexible attitude is vital as you will find that issues are also handled in a different way compared to what you may be accustomed to. It is still a communist country that is rapidly changing. That means that things do not always runs smoothly! The accommodations are sometimes simple. An accommodation may suddenly show as fully booked so there has to be a diversion to another location or to a casas particularas. Sometimes, unexpected route changes occur. Travel distances may be longer than expected due to the circumstances.
This is precisely the charm of travelling; unexpected events often provide the most fun experiences. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as physical fitness. If you prepare yourself correctly, you will undoubtedly have a great trip!
You can choose to extend your stay in Cuba with a longer stay in Havana (please request when booking). This three day extension can be added to either the start or the end of your itinerary. An airport transfer and the two nights in a centrally located hotel are included in the price of the extension.
If you wish to extend in Havana, please indicate this on your booking form and also advise us through the comments section of the booking form whether you would like the extension at the start or finish of your trip.The price of the 3-day extension in Havana: 195 euros per person based on double/twin occupancy.
Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? Combine Spanish verbs with a tropical setting! Before your trip, we offer you the chance to learn the first principles of the Spanish language. A perfect start: with a little vocabulary you'll find it easier to get to know Cuba and its' people.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Classes begin on a Monday, so you can fly to Havana on Sunday. You will be met by our local representative on arrival in Havana. They bring you to your hotel in a quiet neighborhood of Havana about 20 minutes walking distance from the school and 3.5km from the beach. This is the same hotel where you will stay during the group trip.
Havana, Spanish lessons
During your stay in Havana you will get 5 days of individual instruction in the Spanish language. The course is tailored to your needs and interests (in consultation with your teacher), and is the quickest and most intensive way to learn the language in a short period. Every day you get 4 x 45 minute lessons, the lesson times are organised in consultation with your teacher.
After and between lessons, you are free to explore fascinating Havana. Havana is a fantastic city full of charming streets and squares, museums and beautiful baroque architecture. Particularly noteworthy are the American motors from the 50s, gleaming like new. You can look for the bars where Hemingway gained his inspiration. Here you can enjoy a mojito, a Cuban drink of rum, lime juice, mineral water and mint leaves- very tasty! In the evening you will probably eat in one of the cozy family restaurants while enjoying the Caribbean music that is heard everywhere. Havana swings!
Havana, end of extension
Today ends the extension of this trip.
Havana, group arrival
Tonight the group arrives in Havana. Everything is very easy because the group will stay in the same hotel. Now you can make a good impression with all that you've learned in this first week!
Cost: € 699 per person (based on double occupancy)
Single supplement: € 100 per person
High season surcharge: to follow
- 7 nights in a hotel in Havana
- 4 x 45 minutes private Spanish lessons for 5 days
- Qualified Spanish teacher
- Course certificate
Meals, excursions, entrance fees, personal expenses and tips
- Surcharge for transfer to and from the airport: € 35 pp (one way € 20 pp)
- Surcharge salsa dance course: from € 105 pp per week
You can also choose to extend your stay in Varadero for three days/2 nights (please request when booking). A transfer to the airport of Havana and two hotel nights are included in the price of the extension. If you wish to extend in Varadero, please specify this when making your booking.The price of the 3-day extension in Varadero is: 375 euros per person based on double/twin occupancy.