5/7/12 Days Viva Cuba! Viva Mexico!
1. Home City - Havana, Cuba
Hotel : Hotel Telegrafoor similar
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in and rest.
2. Las Terrazas / Soroa - Viñales (B/L/D)
Hotel : Hotel Los Jazmines or similar
This morning transfer out of the city towards Pinar del Rio Province on the western end of the island. Along the way, we will make a sightseeing stop at Las Terrazas, a beautiful ecological park and community abundant in natural scenery. Enjoy a hearty Cuban lunch at a charming, rustic restaurant in Las Terrazas. We will take a short walking tour of the area and the community. If we are lucky we can stop in the home-studio of one of several artists living and working in Las Terrazas. After our visit in Las Terrazas, we will continue towards Viñales making one more stop en route to visit the natural waterfall of Soroa.
3. Viñales - Havana (B/L/D)
Hotel : Hotel Telegrafo or similar
This morning we will tour the delightful village and countryside of Viñales. Enjoy lovely views of the Mogote Valley, made famous for its uniquely shaped hills, tobacco fields and lush vegetation. You will be greeted by friendly locals on horseback and sense a wonderful energy that is specific to this township. There is an opportunity to visit a tobacco farm and learn how to expertly roll a cigar. You will also have the chance to visit an interesting site called the “Prehistoric Wall” and to take a boat ride through underground caves known as “The Indian Caves” before returning to Havana in the afternoon. This evening in Havana, we have planned an exciting tour of the historical complex of Castillo del Morro and La Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. This is the site of two colonial fortresses perched on a cliff overlooking the harbor channel leading to the port in Old Havana. If the timing and weather conditions are right, you will witness the special nightly cannon ceremony at the fortress.
4. Havana (B/L/D)
Hotel : Hotel Telegrafo or similar
Begin your day with a panoramic drive through Havana riding in old classic cars from the 1950’s. Be sure to have your camera ready for this unique experience. Then, proceed for a city tour of Old Havana with an experienced local tour guide. The tour will take place on foot and you will visit all the squares of Old Havana. Take in the astonishing beauty of the historical buildings, sculptures and monuments. A visit to the Rum shop is included. Enjoy free time in Old Havana to do your own exploring or perhaps some souvenir shopping.
5. Havana - Varadero (B/L/D)
For 5-day tour members, we will arrange a transfer to the airport for you at a designated time. We wish you a pleasant flight. (B)
Hotel : Iberostar Playa Alameda or simlilar
Transfer to the famous beach resort area of Varadero after breakfast. Along the route, we will stop at the Bacunayagua Bridge Lookout to enjoy the view and have a refreshing cocktail. From the lookout, gaze across a deep canyon―part of the splendid Yumuri Valley. The Bacunayagua Bridge is the highest bridge in Cuba at 110 meters (361 feet) above the valley . Upon arrival in Varadero, check in at your all-inclusive resort and enjoy the beach, the pool, the resort amenities, shows and activities. And don’t forget to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat food and drinks offered at the resort!
6. Varadero (B/L/D)
Hotel : Iberostar Playa Alameda or similar
Today is a free day for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and tropical paradise of Varadero. If you would like to be more active, you may choose to join an optional tour organized by your tour guide. If the weather conditions are favorable, your guide may propose a boat excursion out to the island of Cayo Blanco.
7. Varadero - Havana / Mexico City (B/D)
For 7-day tour members, we will arrange a transfer to the airport for you at a designated time. We wish you a pleasant flight. (B)
Hotel : Royal Reforma Hotelor simliar
Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival in Mexico City, a brief city tour is arranged. We begin at The Zócalo, the historical center of Mexico City The tour includes the National Palace, famous for the colorful murals done by one of Mexico’s greatest artists, Diego Rivera, and The Cathedral Metropolitana, the most impressive cathedral in all of Mexico. Then, we continue for some sightseeing around Chapultepec Park and residential area. Finally, we enjoy dinner and check-in at the hotel.
8. Mexico City - Cuernavaca (B/L/D)
Hotel : Hacienda Cocoyoc Hotel or similar
Leave Mexico City this morning and head to Cuernavaca, “City of the Eternal Spring”. In Cuernavaca, we will tour the main square and see the Cortes Palace and Cathedral. Following our touring in Cuernavaca, we drive about 25 miles outside of the city to visit the world-class botanical garden site “Jardines de Mexico” inaugurated in 2014. These 126 acres of greenery showcase flowers and plants from all over the world with a special emphasis on those from Mexico. The site ranks as the world’s largest .oral garden. In the late afternoon, we head to our hotel for check-in.
9. Xochicalco - Taxco - Cuernavaca (B/D)
Hotel : Hacienda Cocoyoc or similar
After breakfast, set out to visit Xochicalco, a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of the ruins of what was once a powerful pre-Colombian kingdom. “Xochicalco” means “in the house of flowers” in the Nahuatl language. You will have a chance to tour this fascinating archaeological zone. Then, we journey on to the picturesque colonial town of Taxco, capital of the Mexican silversmiths. In Taxco, we take a guided walking tour to visit Santa Prisca Church, the local market and the silver bazaars. There will be free time for exploring or shopping.
10. Cuernavaca - Xochimilco - Mexico City (B/D)
Hotel : Royal Reforma Hotel or similar
We make the journey back to Mexico City today, but we will first stop along the route in Xochimilco. Xochimilco is another UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its “.floating gardens”. You will have the chance to take a ride by “trajinera” boat, nicely decorated with flowers, while cruising the ancient canal ways. If you choose, you can buy flowers, refreshing drinks or even hire yourself a Mariachi group to play music throughout the ride. Once in Mexico City, we will make a stop for you to visit The University, yet another UNESCO World Heritage site. Take photos of the central library, richly decorated with Mexican murals and motifs.
11. Teotihuacan (B/L/D)
Hotel : Royal Reforma Hotel or similar
After breakfast, take an excursion to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán lying in the valley of Mexico. This is the world famous site of the “Pirámides del Sol y de la Luna” (Pyramids of the Sun and Moon). This was once the place of Mexico’s largest ancient city and the capital of one of the largest pre-Hispanic civilizations. At this site, you will also see and learn about “The Avenue of the Dead”, “La Ciudadela” and “Quetzalcóatl Temple”. Then, on the way back to the city, you will make a stop at one of Mexico’s most famous religious sites: The Shrine of Guadalupe. The shrine itself is a great example of Spanish Baroque Art and here you will learn about the fascinating tale of “the Lady from Heaven”. Tonight, we have arranged a farewell dinner at a typical Mexican restaurant with live music.
12. Mexico City - Home City (B)
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight.
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