Cuba Mosaic Tour

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Rico Tours Presents: Cuba Mosaic

Now is the time to come with us to Cuba. Our Cuba Mosaic People-to-People program delivers Cuba’s unique history, culture and natural beauty along with giving you the opportunity to interact directly with the Cuban people. Cuba Mosaic is a 7 nt./8 day itinerary in five distinct areas of Cuba, but does not require daily hotel changes and allows for free time in each unique location.

 

HAVANA | VINALES | LAS TERRAZAS | TRINIDAD | CIENFUEGOS | SANTA CLARA | TOPES DE COLLANTES

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Upon Request – April to December 16, 2016

DAY 1: HAVANA

Meet and greet at Havana international airport on arrival day, including our VIP services:

  • Our airport representative will meet you at the gate and direct you to Preferential Immigration, the customs booth for VIP Lounge clients, diplomats and airline crew;
  • Use of the VIP lounge at Havana airport, while your luggage is taken care of;
  • Luggage assistance and private transfer to Havana City

DAY 2: HAVANA – PRIVATE CITY TOUR IN A VINTAGE CAR

  • ‘Bienvenido!’ to Cuba’s capital.  Havana is a colorful, eclectic metropolis, surely one of the most intriguing cities in the world.  You will be exploring the city, its surroundings and – of course – meeting the people.
  • Today, you will step into the backseat of a vintage car, driven by a private chauffeur, and enjoy a full-day city tour, which includes:
  • Guided walk through historical ‘La Habana Vieja,’ founded in the 16th century, nowadays an incredible open air museum of architecture, art and culture. Stroll along the narrow colonial streets while vintage automobiles from the Fifties pass by;
  • Sightseeing in modern day Havana, covering all important landmarks.

Lunch in a ‘paladar,’ a private restaurant, a relatively new phenomena, allowing the Cubans private enterprise. Enjoy Cuban cuisine!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: VINALES VALLEY

You will be driven to the Pinar del Río province, two hours west of Havana, touring the green area of the Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with tobacco fields and surrounded by rugged mountains, called ‘mogotes.’

  • This is where the finest Cuban cigars are produced, and you will get a chance to sample them at a tobacco farm.  Chat with the locals, watch them play dominoes, and observe the peaceful daily life of rural Cuba.  Lunch will be at a ‘paladar’ within the valley, with breathtaking views all around you.  Overnight in the Viñales region.  Rustic charm at its best.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: LAS TERRAZAS

Return eastwards to Las Terrazas, one of Cuba’s prime ecotourism sites, only about 50 miles west from Havana.  The area is also known for the excellent coffee production, and you will have a taste of it at the charming hacienda Buenavista, dating from the 19th century.

  • Have lunch with a local farmer at his house, where a typical Cuban meal will be served: simple but delicious!
  • The peasant village of Las Terrazas was built in the seventies around the beautiful lake Lago San Juan and is now home of several artists. Have a look at their work!
  • Overnight in the Las Terrazas region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: HAVANA – THE HEMINGWAY WAY – PRIVATE TOUR

Return to Havana, with a most pleasant detour dedicated to Hemingway nostalgia.  Celebrated American author Ernest           Hemingway lived in Cuba on and off for 20 years. His house, ‘Finca Vigia,’ is where he wrote some of his most famous novels, earning him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The tour includes:

  • Visit to Finca Vigia where Hemingway wrote ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, among others. The interior has remained intact, as if Ernest just left the house for a break in between writing;
  • Visit to Cojimar, the sleepy seaside village that served as inspiration for his famous novel;
  • Visit to Hotel Ambos Mundos in Havana where you may peek inside room 511, where Hemingway used to stay in the 1930s.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: SANTA CLARA – CIENFUEGOS – TRINIDAD – TOPES DE COLLANTES: CULTURE, HISTORY, AND NATURE

You will be picked up at your hotel and depart for Santa Clara to visit the museum and mausoleum of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

  • Then, continue onwards to Cuba’s southern coast with a visit to Cienfuegos.  There you will enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting Central Park, the Palacio del Valle, and the Tomás Terry theater- a nineteenth-century architectural gem.
  • After lunch it’s on to Trinidad, a colonial marvel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In Trinidad, you will visit a museum before heading to “la Casa del Alfarero” (pottery studio) and the Canchánchara tavern to enjoy this popular spot’s typical, eponymous cocktail.
  • From Trinidad, the tour continues onwards and upwards to Topes de Collantes, nestled in the mountains.  After check-in, enjoy dinner at the Hotel Los Helechos.  Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: TOPES DE COLLANTES: MOUNTAINS & HIKING

After breakfast head into the mountains via jeeps or 6 x 6 Russian truck.

  • Then, walk down the path of “Centinelas del Río Melodioso,” a special landscape enriched by local flora and fauna. During the tour, enjoy romping below the beautiful waterfall “El Rocio” and swimming in the “deer’s pond.”  After enjoying a typical local lunch at Casa de la Gallega, return to Havana.
  • Enjoy your last night in Cuba at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: HOMEBOUND

Private transfer from your hotel in Havana City to Havana International airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cuba Mosaic Pricing: Land Package Starting in Havana

Pricing on request.  Please contact us for more information.

 

7 night / 8 day Land Package includes – All hotels, taxes, transfers, tours, entrance fees, meals as noted. Services of local English speaking guides.

  • Two nights at the 5-star Hotel Saratoga in Havana
  • One night at the 3-star Hotel Los Jazmines (Junior Suite) in Vinales
  • One night at the 4-star Hotel Moka (Junior Suite) in Las Terrazas
  • One night at the 5-star Hotel Melia Habana in Havana
  • One night at the Hotel Los Helechos in Topes de Collantes
  • One night at the 5-star Hotel Melia Habana in Havana
  • All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
  • All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers

 

*Please note that this price is an estimate and not guaranteed, as pricing fluctuates up until moment of payment.

Not included – Tips for drivers and guides, hotel incidentals, miscellaneous purchases, meals and beverages not included in the program. Cuban Traveler’s insurance is not included and is mandatory by Cuban law. Coverage and prices vary. Rico Tours can procure traveler’s insurance or you may purchase coverage from other sources. Round trip charter air Miami-Havana-Miami or Los Angeles – Havana- Los Angelesor NYC –Havana-NYC  including Cuban Tourist Visa can be procured in addition to the Cuba Mosaic land package. Charter airfare is the only form of air travel to Cuba and People-to-People Programs are the only legal ways to travel to Cuba for US citizens. This may change as relations with Cuba and the USA evolve. Rico Tours is a full service tour operator and can procure air transportation from your departure city.

*Space is limited and based on per request basis – $800 per person deposit due at time of booking. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Full payment is due if booking is made 60 days or less before departure date.  Prices may change and are not guaranteed until full payment is received.

What is a People-to-People Program?

People-to-People travel is an initiative allowing U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba and participate in cultural and social experiences direct with the Cuban people. Rico Tours offers this authorized program during this special moment in Cuba’s history. To experience Cuba before the inevitable changes occur, there is no better time than NOW.

Ready to experience the wonder of Cuba?

Contact Dan Adams, Rico Tours Cuba Specialist

512-632-4954

dpa@ricotours.com