BEGINNING OUR EXPEDITION: Depart USA aboard your flight to Miami to connect with your flight to Havana.
HAVANA: Arrival at "Jose Marti" International Airport in Cuba's capital city. Meet your Signature Cuba Travel tour guide and bus driver. Private transfer to the historic Hotel Iberostar Habana Riviera or Melia Cohiba, located on the Malecon, Havana's evocative 8km-long waterfront boulevard. On route, we’ll enjoy a panoramic visit to The Revolution Square (Plaza de la Revolucion). Conceived by French urbanist Jean Claude Forestier in the 1920s, the gigantic square today is the base of the Cuban government and a place where largescale political rallies are held. It is here where Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis celebrated an open-air Mass during their visits to Cuba in January 1998, March 2012 and September 2015 respectively.
OLD HAVANA: Breakfast at the hotel. Morning: Guided tour of the Partagas Cigar Factory, founded in 1845 by Spaniard Don Jaime Partagas. The Cuban-produced Partagás is one of the most revered and highest-selling brands of cigars in the world. Followed by a visit to where we will meet with Cuban architect Miguel Coyula from the Group for the Comprehensive Development of Havana City. Next, we go on a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana. Continue walking tour onto San Francisco Square, named after the Convent of San Francisco, this square was conceived in 1628, with the objective of supplying water to the ships trading with the metropolis. Lunch at the family-run restaurant paladar ‘San Cristobal’. Housed on the ground floor of an early 20th-century mansion, this restaurant serves their inspired interpretations of traditional Creole Cuban fare. Meet with popular Cuban songwriter and musician Frank Delgado at Cafe Madrigal to talk about the Nueva Trova movement on the Caribbean island and enjoy a musical performance. Café Madrigal, a private bar and restaurant owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating artwork. Tapas dinner will be provided. Overnight in Havana.
VINALES: Breakfast at the hotel. Morning: Day trip to Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio, the most western of Cuba’s provinces. On route, we visit the outreach-community project ‘El Patio de Pelegrin’. The brainchild of Cuban painter Mario Pelegrin, this humble art gallery and pottery workshop has become a power horse to promote diverse cultural and artistic initiatives in the area. Lunch at the private family-run restaurant paladar ‘Finca Agroecologica Paraiso’. This is a beautiful organic farm where you will enjoy a delicious traditional Cuban meal while admiring fantastic views over the Valley. Afternoon: Exploration of Viñales Valley, containing the most spectacular scenery in Cuba and some of the most interesting and varied geological formations on the island. The valley is particularly famous for its great freestanding rock formations called mogotes. Meet with local farmers that have been passing from generation to generation the secrets of growing the best tobacco in the world. We’ll visit a tobacco plantation and drying shed. Return to Havana City. Upon arrival we visit Fusterlandia, the studio, residence and wild kingdom of José Rodriguez Fuster, one of the most important Cuban ceramists and painters today. Overnight in Havana.
BAY OF PIGS/CIENFUEGOS: Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Cienfuegos, in Central Cuba. En route, we will visit the Bahia de Cochinos area where the final battle of the Bay of Pigs invasion took place. Visit the Playa Giron Museum featuring the history of the clash and the remains of the invaders' armament. Lunch at the private family-run restaurant paladar ‘TIKI’. In the afternoon you will visit the ‘Korimakao’, a rural cultural community project involving local young artists and residents. Continue on a bus ride to Cienfuegos, a city of neoclassical buildings with a European flair. On arrival, we will embark on a guided walking tour of Cienfuegos Historical Center.
CIENFUEGOS/TRINIDAD: Breakfast at the hotel. Morning: Day trip to one of Cuba’s more authentic destinations, Valley both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. Trinidad and the Sugar Mill. Upon arrival, we go on a guided walking tour around this historic city known for its cobblestoned streets, pastel-colored homes and small-town feel. We will go on a guided walking tour around this historic city known for its cobble-stoned streets, pastel-colored homes and small-town feel. Visit the town’s Cathedral, Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad, which most locals refer to as La Parroquial Mayor. The Cathedral, completed in 1892, replaced the original 17th-century church that was destroyed in 1812 by a hurricane. Return to Cienfuegos for dinner and overnight.
HAVANA: Breakfast at the hotel and morning transfer to Havana. Upon arrival, we have lunch at the private family-run restaurant ‘La Terracita’. Visit Cojimar, a fishing village founded in the 17th century at the mouth of the Cojimar River. This is the harbor where Hemingway kept his famous wooden boat El Pilar. Followed by a visit to Finca Vigia, a hilltop villa where Hemingway lived from 1939 to 1960. It is here where the writer completed some of his greatest works, including The Old Man and the Sea, Across the River and into the Trees, and Islands in the Stream. Next, we visit the privately-owned Piscolabis Bazar-Café where you can buy the perfect gift or souvenir while supporting a Cuban family. Dinner and overnight in Havana
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Havana International Airport for departure.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and tour guide’s discretion.
* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.
AIR: Includes round-trip from departure city in the USA and return. Flights are subject to airline schedules and may change without notice.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: Transfers and ground transportation to\from airport/hotel by Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coaches. Land Only passengers responsible for transportation to and from your airport/hotel.
HOTELS: Deluxe Class hotel accommodations. Priced on the basis of two persons sharing a room with a private bath and shower. A limited number of single rooms are available at regular supplement prices.
MEALS: Breakfast & lunch daily.
SIGHTSEEING: As and wherever indicated on the itinerary, including the services of English speaking guides as well as entrance fees to all places of interest listed in your itinerary.
GUIDES: Daily guided tour by licensed Guide among the most knowledgeable in the country.
PORTERAGE: Please note $30 bag fee for 1st checked bag in each direction per passenger. Fees and charges for the porterage of one piece of baggage per person not to exceed 50lbs, in connection with all transfers and at airports throughout the entire itinerary are included. An overnight bag may also be carried, provided it remains in the possession of the passenger at all times. This bag, although carried personally, is considered part of your total luggage allowance.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Service charges as required by hotel management and taxes as imposed by national and/or local governments and/or governments and/or administrations (wherever these are normally added to the bill.) on the date of this brochure are included.
OTHER: Tips, taxes, and airport taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price.
Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees if applicable, lunches, items of a personal nature such as in-room service, laundry, etc., soft drinks, beverages that are not on the regular table menu. Any service whatsoever not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
For payments online there will be a 2.9% credit card surcharge. To avoid surcharge please mail a check or money order to Signature Tours - PO Box 956817 Duluth, GA 30095 or call (800) 915-3527.
The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Deposits and other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators and hotels.
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