Post Conference Tour - Cuba

Please note, registration for this conference will close on Friday 19 January

 

09 - 18 MARCH 2018

Cuba, full of history & interesting sights! You'll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with 1950-era cars & Spanish colonial architecture. Experience friendly people, laid back atmosphere, pastel houses, timeworn architecture, music & salsa dancing.  This unique fairly untouched country will be an exciting & interesting place to visit & each of the cities have their own unique things to see

       
 

Fri  09            Cancun - Havana                                                                                           B/D

Today we start our Cuba adventure & fly to Havana. With a population of 2.1 million, it's the beating heart of Cuba. On arrival we’ll be transferred to our hotel


 

Sat 10            Havana                                                                                                         B/L  

Our morning is all about Ernest Hemingway - a visit to his former house just outside the city where everything has been preserved as he left it. It's now a museum. You'll visit the nearby fishing village he used as background for his book, The Old Man & the Sea & you'll see the room he used in Havana. There will be a walking tour of Old Havana (a UNESCO world heritage site) to see beautiful buildings, elegant cobble-stoned squares, vintage cars & narrow lanes & we’ll make a stop at the Handicraft Market for some souvenir shopping

Sun 11           Havana                                                                                                           B

This morning you’ll discover modern Havana where you'll see Havana University, Rampa’s Corner & stop at Morro Castle - a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay - for a lovely view of Havana. There'll be a stop at Revolution Sq where you'll see the famous Che Guevara sculpture attached to the entire side of the Ministry of the Interior. Visit the historic National Hotel with art deco details dating from the 1930's & the Revolution Museum housed in what was the Presidential Palace & decorated by Tiffany's of New York. It focuses primarily on the events leading up to, during and immediately after the Cuban Revolution  The afternoon is free to explore on your own


  

Mon 12         Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad                                                                       B/L/D

Leave Havana today & travel to Trinidad with a stop in Cienfuegos, known as the Pearl of the South. Founded by French settlers in 1819, the city boasts an eclectic blend of neoclassical architecture. We'll have a look at this colourful town visiting Thomes Terry Theatre & Jose Marti's Park before continuing onto our hotel located at Ancon Beach


         

Tue  13          Trinidad                                                                                                         B/D

Our morning tour is Trinidad - Cuba’s best preserved colonial town - with the old part of Trinidad declared a UNESCO heritage site.  It was built on the back of the 19th century sugar & slave trade. It’s gorgeous with brightly colored buildings, cobblestone streets, churches & plazas. Its neo-baroque main square Plaza Mayor, is surrounded by grand colonial buildings. After our tour, the afternoon is for you to discover more of this gem for yourself, before dinner in a paladar

  
 

Wed 14          Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana                                                                      B/L    

We pass through the Valley of the Sugar Mills this morning, a series of three interconnected valleys which was one of Cuba's most prominent centres of sugar production during the 18th & 19th centuries. At the peak of the industry, there were over 50 sugar cane mills in operation with over 30,000 workers in the fields & mills. This area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. In Santa Clara - Cuba's most revolutionary city - we'll do a city tour & visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum & museum. Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in late 1958 & he was a major figure of the Revolution. We continue onto Havana


       

Thu 15           Havana - Pinar del Rio - Havana                                                                     B/L

Our full day tour takes us to the western part of the island - Pinar del Rio - which is the world's best tobacco-growing terrain & production country. You’ll visit a cigar factory to see the process of making the famous Cuban cigars....on average, each person rolls 120 cigars per day! We continue to the beautiful 132 sq km Vinales Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), encircled by mountains & dotted with spectacular & picturesque dome-like limestone rock formations that rise as high as 300m. Before returning to Havana, you'll be able to view the Mural de la Prehistoria, a 120m long mural portraying world history up until the age of humans, on a rock wall.  

          

Fri  16            Havana                                                                                                        B/D

Our last day in Havana is free to enjoy wandering the old town, visit the Havana Rum museum or do some shopping.  This evening will be a wonderful way to end our Cuban experience with a farewell dinner at one of Havana's best restaurants before travelling in style to the famous Tropicana Cabaret Club to watch a fabulous show 


       

Sat 17            Havana - Cancun                                                                                            B

Time for some last minute shopping this morning before we fly to Cancun

            

Sun 18           Cancun - San Francisco - Sydney                                                                     B

Morning at leisure to relax at the beach or pools before flying home

 

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