Santiago De Cuba- Trinidad- Habana
DAY 1: Assistance provided upon arrival to the International Terminal and transfer to the national terminal for the flight to Santiago de Cuba. Transportation will be provided from the Santiago airport to Melia Santiago hotel for a private check-in and light dinner.
DAY 2: Breakfast. Visit to “La Basílica del Cobre”, including the “Santuario de la Caridad de El Cobre”, a spiritual place where many of the faithful leave offerings. The Sanctuary has many cabinets filled with these offerings, among them one can often see Olympic medals and other interesting items. During his visit to Cuba in January of 1998, The Pope crowned the Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre and recognized her as “La Patrona de Cuba”. Afterwards, the tour will
continue with a visit to the town of “El Caney”, where one can see a typical Cuban town, and visit the fortress of Morro de Santiago. A Creole lunch will be served in the fortress and dinner will be provided upon return to the Hotel.
DAY 3: A complete tour of Santiago de Cuba – a very hospitable, musical and genuinely Caribbean city founded in 1515. Between 1522 and 1553 it served as the first capital of Cuba. As time passed and the city grew, the architecture benefited from a variety of influences. Spanish settlers, African slaves, French immigrants, and Creoles all contributed to the unique character in this part of Cuba. Many important historical events have occurred in Santiago de Cuba over the past five centuries earning the city the honor “City of Heroes of the Republic of Cuba”. Among the stops during the tour is The House of the Trova Santiaguera, birthplace of many musicians featured in the Buena Vista Social Club. Lunch takes place at the center’s restaurant.
The evening activities will include a visit to the Terrazas de Casagranda, located in front of the famous Parque Cespedes, where an exquisite dinner will be served. After dinner, the tour will return to the hotel.
DAY 4:Breakfast. Transportation to the Santiago airport for a charter flight to the Villa of Trinidad. Trinidad is an ancient city located between the mountains and the sea. The old Villa de la Santísima Trinidad de Cuba was founded in the XVI century and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. The city is beautifully preserved, with public squares as well as notable neoclassicist and Baroque influences. Visitors will witness a colonial world abound with economic and cultural opulence. Numerous architectural works claim the attention of each
visitor. The tour of Trinidad will begin with a welcome cocktail in The Canchanchara. Lunch will take place at a typical Trinidad restaurant.
After visiting Trinidad, the tour will continue to the airport for a flight to Havana.
Upon arrival in Havana, transportation will be provided to the selected Hotel for a private check in.
At 20.30H the tour of Havana will commence with a visit to the fortress of “San Carlos de la Cabaña” where the firing of the fort’s cannons at nine o’clock, is a time honored Havana tradition. The fortress San Carlos is the largest fort in the Americas and was built to protect the City from attacks by corsairs and pirates. Upon conclusion of the show, the tour continues to the famous restaurant Café del Oriente for an enjoyable dinner. The restaurant is located in the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis in the historical center of Havana. Among the most distinguished clients of this restaurant is Her Majesty Sofía, queen of Spain. After dinner, the tour will return to the hotel.
DAY 5: Breakfast and tour of Havana.
The City of Havana is the capital of Cuba, it was founded on November 16 1519, near the port Carenas or Port of Havana, taking the name: Village of San Cristobal de la Habana. The city can be divided into old and new Havana, each one with very particular characteristics. It possesses a variety of historical, monumental, cultural values and marine landscapes. This tour will include visits to the “Plaza de la Revolución”, and the tobacco and rum factory. Lunch will take place at “El Patio” restaurant, located in the “Plaza de la Catedral”, a square that is integral to the history of the city. The square was originally called “Plaza de la Ciénaga” when the first stone was laid in 1748. After three decades the oratory was reconstructed, and between 1802 and 1832 there were large renovations. Here one can find the “Capel de Nuestra Señora de Loreto”, consecrated by the Bishop Morell of Santa Cruz in 1755. It has a multitude of treasures for lovers of art and culture.
After lunch, some time will be spent in the “mercadillo” or shopping district before returning to the Hotel.
At 20.00 hrs the tour continues to the exclusive Club Habana for dinner in the Terrazas del Salon Cuatro Estaciones saloon. At the conclusion of dinner there will be vintage cars from the 1950s ready to transfer our guests from the CLUB to Tropicana, for a fantastic show enjoyed from a VIP area. The show will include 1 bottle of legitimate Cuban rum and 4 sodas for each 4 passengers. At the end of the show, the tour returns to the Hotel.
DAY 6: Breakfast. Free day in Havana. At an agreed hour, transportation to the airport of Havana will be provided for the flight back to Madrid.
– All air transfers are by chartered airplane exclusively for our guests.
– All land transfers are in acclimatized deluxe buses with bar and bathroom service as well as specialized guides.
– All of the activities pay attention to details and service personalized for our guests by our team as described in our manual.
– All meals are made in areas reserved for the group with exclusive services.