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19 Day Caribbean Cruise and Cuba Tour with Flights

Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad - Vinales - Belize City - Isla de Roatan - Costa Maya - Cozumel

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Description


The place that Christopher Columbus once described as “the most beautiful country human eyes have ever seen.”

Seemingly on the cusp of dramatic change, there has never been a better time to visit Cuba! This spectacular destination is a Caribbean island nation with sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country's legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish-colonial architecture in the 16th-century core, Old Havana. Salsa music plays in the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana.

This incredible tour includes a 7-night cruise of Cuba and neighbouring islands, and a 10-day escorted land tour of one of the most exciting Caribbean Islands on the cusp of change.  Now is the time to explore this island nation before it changes forever.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19

Day 1

Australia Havana 

There’s so much life in Havana, and yet this bustling city never feels overwhelming. The only difficult thing about the city is knowing where to start exploring. The best way for those on our 10 day Cuba group tour to get started is with a pair of comfortable walking shoes. The entire city is fascinating, but fortunately many of the main points of interest are within a fairly compact area. Take a leisurely stroll through Havana’s Old Town, with pauses for coffee (and Cuban coffee is amongst the best in the world), or for a magical mojito. The architecture of this part of the city is an attraction in itself. The first day of our 10 day Cuba group tours is the perfect way to ease yourself into Cuban life. You can even join your guide and fellow tour group members for dinner if you arrive in time.

Please note that the first day of the tour is a joining day with no formal activities planned. We do organise your accommodation for this evening and an optional dinner with your guide and group.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Cienfuegos

We’ll show you Playa Girón, which is otherwise known as the Bay of Pigs. This was the site of the infamous failed invasion of Cuba. Its brutal history is nowhere to be seen, and it’s now an area of profound natural beauty. You’ll want to dive straight into that beautiful ocean, and don’t worry – there will be time.

While most of Cuba was settled by the Spanish, it was actually the French who made Cienfuegos into the city it is today. French migrants flocked to the area in the 1800’s and their architectural influence on the city is obvious. On some streets you might think you’re walking through Paris (although with infinitely better weather). At the entrance to the harbour you’ll see the Castillo de Jagua, an ancient fort that allowed the city to withstand the pirate attacks that were once common in Cuba. Many buildings in the town have been given UNESCO world heritage status, and you might think you’ve never seen such a beautiful town… until we show you some other places.

A harbour city by location, the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ has seduced Cuban travellers for years due to its elegance and beauty. Explore the wide streets and promenades or enjoy a walk by the Malecon, the longest promenade on the island.“Cienfuegos is the city I like the best”, wrote Beni More, one of Cubas most important musicians in the first half of the 20th century. Approximate travel time today is 5 hours.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

Trinidad

While Che Guevara is synonymous with Cuba, his final days were actually spent in Bolivia. Cuba felt he needed a hero’s burial and memorial, and this is located in Santa Clara, to where his body was returned. Our 10 day Cuba group tours will take you to this remarkable spot near Trinidad. It was in Santa Clara that Guevara and his rebels successfully derailed a military train carrying weapons and ammunition to be used against Fidel Castro. This act was credited with winning the revolution.

After Santa Clara we’ll take you to remarkable Trinidad. Founded in 1514, the central parts of the city have been lovingly maintained, and you might wonder if you’ve been transported back in time. Many buildings are painted in sensational shades of colour, making Trinidad a true treat for the eyes. Trinidad was once the heart of Cuba’s sugar industry (and a lot of sugar cane is still processed here). You simply have to take a visit to the sugar district, where many of the old mills can be found. For a fairly small city, there’s an amazing amount of nightlife as well. Take the opportunity to visit a local waterfall, historic sugar mill or one of Cuba’s best beaches – Playa Ancon. An evening at one of Trinidad’s effervescent music venues is a must! Approximate travel time today is 4 hours.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Trinidad

Your day is free at leisure. Take the opportunity to visit a local waterfall, historic sugar mill or one of Cuba’s best beaches – Playa Ancon. An evening at one of Trinidad’s effervescent music venues is a must!

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Viñales

Viñales is reasonably close to Havana, and has been popular with visitors for generations. In the heart of the Pinar del Rio valley, most of Cuba’s tobacco production takes place in and around Viñales. This is the place to see where those world famous cigars come from, and to get some for yourself. The geography in the area is stunning, and the town is ringed by stark mogotes – small hills with sheer rock faces. All of our Cuba group tours offer you the chance to take salsa lessons, and Viñales is the best place to do this. The nightlife is lively, but not as crowded as larger cities!

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Viñales

Your day is free at leisure to explore Viñales.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Havana

We’ll welcome you back to heavenly Havana for the last days of your tour. Your guides will be able to tell you about some amazing places to see that you might not have considered. On the afternoon of Day 7, you will take a tour of the city by classic car.

There are currently an estimated 60,000 pre-1960 American cars hurtling through Cuba today and before the embargo there were at least 150,000. Buicks, Chevys, and countless other cool-finned cruisers rumble down the crumbling streets of Havana, many abandoned by their American owners when they fled in 1959 and kept going by Cuban ingenuity. This iconic mode of transport is the perfect way to see wider Havana and a very different side of the city. Here you will be chauffeured around some of the most famous areas of Havana including New Havana, Old Havana, the affluent neighbourhood of Miramar and the famous cemetery of Colon.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Havana

The best place to start any Havana experience is in the Old City. Havana’s Old City is one of the best preserved and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1982. The streets are lined with colonial architecture, 16th century fortresses and countless churches. After breakfast your local guide will meet you at 9am at your hotel and take you on a walking tour of Old Havana and you will visit La Catedral San Cristobal de la Habana, described by the novelist Alejo Carpentier as ‘music set in stone’. You will also visit famous landmarks such as Palacio de los Marqueses de Aguas Claras (now a restaurant) and the Plaza de Armas, complete with a statue of Manuel de Cespedes, one of the leaders of the independence movement. There are plenty of good museums to visit on the walking tour including Museo de la Revolucion and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Your guide will also give you the option to visit Saint Francis of Assisi Square, Arms Square, the Old Square and Cathedral Square.

On the walking tour you will experience a panoramic tour through the “Malecón”, the Revolution Square, Central Park, Opera House, Capitol building, former Bacardi Building and Museum of the Revolution, former Presidential Palace with plenty of opportunities for photos. You will also have the opportunity to have lunch at an authentic family-run Cuban restaurant (Paladar). In the afternoon we recommend visiting Callejon de Hammel in central Havana. Callejon de Hammel is where the Cuban artist fraternity congregate, and is a wonderful place to experience day-to-day Cuban life. Located in central Havana, the alley is brightly decorated in Cuban sculptures, art and paintings. You might also be able to catch a glimpse of a dance exhibition or meet Lazaro Salsita, who opens his home to teach neighbourhood children the art of papier-mâché. Make sure you check out Local artist Salvador González Escalona’s neighbourhood makeover.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Havana

When anyone mentions Cuba two of the first things that come to mind are Cigars and Rum cocktails, immortalized by Hemingway.

Cuba has a long history of producing the world’s best cigars and rum, and today you will be able to see for yourself how both of these famous exports are produced and learn all about their history and importance to Cuba’s economy. Today you can visit the Havana Rum Museum, housed in a converted old Palace where you can see the entire production process for this valuable export.  Of course you will have the chance to taste some good rum in the Havana Club and also buy some to take home with you.

The next stop might be the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, an attractively restored 18th century mansion in the historic centre of the city.  The hotel has one of the most popular cigar shops in town, and many people have personal humidors here to store their precious cigars. Here you will meet a “torcedor” or cigar roller, who will answer all your questions while you watch him go about his special craft.  At the end of the demonstration you can do a cigar and coffee tasting, and buy some of the freshly-rolled cigars. From here you will go to visit el Floridita, one of Hemingway’s favourite bars to sample a genuine Cuban daiquiri before moving on to the Partagas Cigar Factory where  the mystique behind cigar making will be revealed, and you will find out why Cuban cigars are so revered. Even non-smokers and teetotallers will enjoy the tour and get a deeper understanding of the history and culture of this fascinating city.

Accommodation: Cuban B&B (Casas Particulares)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Caribbean Cruise (Havana boarding)

Transfer to Havana cruise terminal to board MSC Opera for your 7 nights Caribbean and Mexico cruise.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Caribbean Cruise (Havana)

The approximate departure from port is at 11.55pm.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12

Caribbean Cruise (At Sea)

Enjoy the ship’s facilities as your cruise through the Caribbean Sea.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13

Caribbean Cruise (Belize City)

Arrive into Belize City port at about 8am and depart at approximately 5pm.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14

Caribbean Cruise (Isla de Roatan)

Arrive into port at about 8am and depart at approximately 5pm.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15

Caribbean Cruise (Costa Maya)

Arrive into port at about 8am and depart at approximately 6pm.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16

Caribbean Cruise (Cozumel)

Arrive into port at about 7am and depart at approximately 4pm.

Accommodation: MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17

Havana Australia

Arrive into Havana port at about 10am, then transfer to the airport for your flights home to Australia.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 18

In transit due to dateline 

Meals included: inflight only

Day 19

Australia

Arrive home.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  •  Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide*, Hobart*, Canberra* and Perth* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with LATAM Airlines, Air Canada or Aeromexico (subject to availability)
  • 7 night Caribbean Cruise aboard MSC Opera in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis (^upgrade to Outside and Balcony Cabins, subject to availability)
  • 9 nights Cuban B&Bs 
  • Meals: 16 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Private transportation combined with local Viazul bus and taxi
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as mentioned
    • Havana city tour in classic car
    • Visit to Viñales tobacco farm
    • Che Memorial and Museum
    • Informal salsa dancing lesson in Trinidad or Viñales
    • 1 x drink at Palacio de Valle in Cienfuegos
    • Havana Rum Museum
    • Cigar Factory
    • Callejon de Hammel
    • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • English speaking tour guides

 

Accomodation

Caribbean Cruise - MSC Opera ship in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis. (^upgrade to Outside and Balcony Cabins, subject to availability)

Cuba Tour - Cuban B&Bs (Casa Particulares)

A Casa Particular is a Cuban Homestay or B&B. Staying in a Casa Particular is a brilliant way of immersing yourself in the life and culture of fascinating Cuba. You will meet the local people on a one-to-one basis and get a rare glimpse into the everyday life of ordinary people in Cuba. In addition, your host or hostess will be able to advise you on all things Cuban – the best restaurants, the best music and Salsa venues and any seasonal attractions that are only known to the locals!

Exclusions

  • Any visas as required
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Tipping

 

Child Policy

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveller is $1500

Departure Dates


NOV 2019
17 th
Sunday 17 Nov 2019  ‐  Thursday 05 Dec 2019
JAN 2020
26 th
Sunday 26 Jan 2020  ‐  Thursday 13 Feb 2020
FEB 2020
08 th
Saturday 08 Feb 2020  ‐  Wednesday 26 Feb 2020
FEB 2020
23 rd
Sunday 23 Feb 2020  ‐  Thursday 12 Mar 2020
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