Cuba - Magic East

9 Nights from R36,980 pps

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Departure Date: 15/01/2019

There is much to see and do in Cuba, encompassing historical attractions, wonderfully charming small towns, beautiful natural surrounds, world-class beaches, and - of course - more hedonistic pursuits, such as cigar factory tours, salsa dancing classes, and numerous bars and nightclubs.

Travelling: Havana - Santiago - Baracoa - Playa Pesquero and return back to Havana.

Travel Program 10 Day

Day 1
First day: Italy / Cuba

Departure with chosen airport with scheduled – flight. Arrival at Havana. Private Transfer to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Havana
The city of San Cristobal de Havana was founded in 1514 by the Spaniards and was one of the first seven settlements on the island of Cuba. From that time then the city has been absolute protagonist of the history of Cuba from the Spanish era, the wars of independence, the "Revolution" until today and the testimony of its importance in the history of Isla Adult are now well present and rooted around.

The visit to Havana begin with its oldest part, Old Havana, area where are collected all colonial jewels "and declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Strengths put to defend the city, among which the Real Fuerza Castle and Castle del Morirè, splendid Colonial buildings, admire some now the headquarters of interesting museums such as the beautiful building of the General Captains hosting the City Museum; spectacular places as the Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and the Plaza de la Catedral, dominated by the majestic Cathedral of San Cristobal, strolling the cobblestone streets, swept beyond the unique atmosphere that alloying in this part of the city, also the notes of the music played by the ubiquitous launchings bands and the accompany visitors.

Infallible visit to Capitol, majestic structure very similar to the Capitol in Washington, where today you will find National Library of Science and Technical and the Cuban Academy of Sciences.
Continuing on the "Paseo" del Prado, imposing avenue that crosses part of the neighborhood in the centre of Havana to the famous boardwalk Malecon.

Then you will arrive to the Revolution Museum, hosted by former Presidential Building of dictator Batista, one of the most sumptuous and rich city museum where you can admire documents, photographs, objects, assemble, transport and other evidence of Cuban Revolution.

Another beautiful building in the area, the Bacardi building, one of the most extraordinary building in the city, built in precious baroque style and with precious materials.

After stopping for lunch at a restaurant eating Creole cuisine, visit will be completed with the modern part of the city for the suburbs of Vedado and Miramar. Another stop will be the Revolution Square, the plaza that plays an important role in today's life in much of the country as a place of popular assemblies, whose President Fidel Castro often addresses the crowd.

The square hosts some of the most important institutional buildings such as the office of President in the Central Committee of the Communist Party, the Library, the National Theatre, the interior ministry, known by its facade where captained the famous photographic enlargement of Che Guevara, that worked here for years and the Memorial to José Martí, high stellar construction of 1942, dedicated to the National Hero.

In the afternoon you will back to the hotel in vintage car and evening near the famous Havana Club, the most exclusive yacht - club in town, frequented by VIPs entertainment and politics. Overnight at Hotel. Optional: Dinner.

Day 3
Havana / Santiago de Cuba
In the morning private transfer to airport and departure scheduled flight to Santiago de Cuba. Arrival at the Hotel and lunch.

In the afternoon visit of this beautiful city, founded by Diego Velasquez in 1514, capital of the island from 1515 to 1607, when the capital of the Spanish colony was transferred to Havana.

Leaving Santiago and the eastern part of Cuba in an isolation that has given it a history and a culture different from the rest of the island. Here was introduced the highest concentration of by African slaves, its population has, in fact, the highest percentage of people of color, with consequent development of plantations of sugarcane, coffee, cotton, also created through the work of many French refugees arriving in the area after a slave revolt in Haiti near the early seventeenth century.

Being one of the largest ports in the Caribbean, the city came more often attacked by pirates like Drake or Henry Morgan
Visits the Castillo de San Pedro del Morirè, a fortress built at the entrance of the port of Santiago, planned in 1587 by the Italian military engineer Giovanni Battista Antonelli. You will visit this magnificent place, believed the military fortress best preserved in the Caribbean, with stores, canes, positions and walls from which you can see a nice view on the west coast and the nearby Sierra Maestra.

Visit then continue along the periphery of Santiago and precisely Cobre, a small country long known for its copper mine, where now arises the cathedral Virgo del Cobre, the Santa Patrona de Cuba, a place of pilgrimage, associated according to the Cuban Santeria to the beautiful Orisha Oshun, Yoruba, godness of love and dance, represented with yellow color.

Back to Hotel in Santiago, dinner and overnight.
In the afternoon, visit to La Casa de la Musica to listen singers of "son" Cuban popular music genre born in this area.
Not included VISIT A LA CASA.

Day 4
Santiago de Cuba
The whole day will be devoted to visiting Santiago, strolling through the historic town that starts ideally from Parque Cespedes, Plaza de Armas, dominated by the statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, national hero.

The square is surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings in the city, among which House of Diego Velázquez, considered the oldest in the American Continent, that hosts the Museum of Cuban historical Environment, with an interesting collection of furniture, decorations dating XVI and XVII century.

The square also arises the Catedral of Nuestra Senora del Asunciòn, the cathedral where Diego Velasquez is tohought to be buried.
Continuing on foot through the beautiful streets, admiring the colonial buildings, will get to the Carnival Museum, illustrating the history of the famous carnival of Santiago, the oldest of the island, which takes place in July, where you can admire the extraordinary spectacle of folk dances.

Near the Carnaval Museum is the splendid neoclassical Municipal Museum Emilio Bacardi Moreau, the famous rum distiller and first mayor of the city of Santiago.

In the museum you can find evidence of the revolutionary struggles of the island, a collection of weapons and vintage objects.
After lunch, a wonderful visit to the Bacardi Rhum Factory, founded in 1838 by the Bacardi family after the revolution banished to Puerto Rico taking also the label of the famous Rhum.

Inside will be visited the production hall, where they produce the most eccellent Cuban rum, among which the Rhum Santiago, Methuselah and Rhum Varadero, aging cellar with 42,000 barrels of rum and bottling room, explaining the processes processing of sugar cane rum and final tasting.

Then it continues with the most important and famous parts of the city, the Cuartel Moncada, the place where in 1953 a group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro , tried to storm the army of Batista, but in vain: they were defeated and many were killed.
Inside the Theatre Assoult, now you will find a museum with original documents, photographs, weapons and various objects used by the revolutionaries.

The visit ends with Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where the protagonists of Cuban history are buried, among which José Martí, the Father of the Nation, to whom is dedicated a Mausoleum and also the Tomb of Carlos Manuel Céspedes, another national hero. Return to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

In the afternoon we recommend a walk in the Heredia Street, where many local bands playing live, and where people dance to the beat of their notes.

Day 5
Santiago de Cuba / Baracoa
In the morning, after leaving the beautiful city of Santiago, you will headed in the province of Guantánamo, the most eastern one, also characterized by a rich vegetation favorite by tropical humid climate. Free time in the afternoon in Baracoa. Back to Hotel, dinner and overnight. Optional: Lunch

Day 6:
Baracoa / Playa Pesquero
Morning tour of Baracoa, the first settlement founded in Cuba by Diego Velasquez in December 1512, when the Spanish commander and 300 of his men landed in the bay and had to fight hard against locals Indigenous to take possession of the territory. Thanks to its geo-political isolation from the rest of the island, Baracoa is still able to provide testimony on the unique and well-regarded colonial era, wich gives an atmosphere of other times, turning it into one of the most desirable destinations in Cuba. You will visit The Old Quarter, the small old town dominated by Parque and Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Senora del Asunciòn, that hosts the Cruz de la Paracerà, a wooden cross that according to local people, was erected by Christopher Columbus in the American territory and is unique.
Wandering thorugh the narrow colonial streets, gracious houses and buildings, you will visit the Fuerte Matachìn, which hosts the Museum of History of the city and you can admire a splendid visit to the bay.

At the end of the visit, moving towards Playa Pesquero, in Holguin province, crossing splendid Cuban landscapes where dominate the royal palms, green hills, groves and crystalline sea. Stop for lunch near Playa Magnana. Arrival in the evening at Hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 7/8
Playa Pesquero
These two days will be completely dedicated to relax on the white beach of Playa Pesquero with clear and bright sea.
For those who wish, available visits around Playa Pesquero, or catamaran tour to admire the sea and small cays in the area. Overnight at Hotel

Day 9
Playa Pesquero / Holguin / Havana
According to the schedule, private transfer to airport and flight Holguin - Havana. Private Transfer to the Hotel. In the evening, after dinner in Hotel, the famous Cabaret "Tropicana" will attend you to admire the Folklore and color of Cuban dance and music.

Day 10
Havana / apt
Free morning. In the afternoon, after lunch at Hotel, private transfer to the airport and departure flight line for the return to Italy.

What's Included

Return flight from Johannesburg via Dubai to Madrid, onward flight to Havana, approx. airport taxes, 2 nights in Havana, 2 nights in Santiago, 1 night in Baracoa, 3 nights at Playa Pesquero, 1 night to Havana, sightseeing, meals and tours included as per the itinerary.


9 Nights from R36,980 pps


The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Excl. Not included VISIT A LA CASA. Valid: 15 - 27 Jan 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes where applicable. Packages exclude items of a personal nature, Travel insurance, Spending money, Tips & gratuities, activities not listed, meals & drinks not listed. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.


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