CUBA TO MEXICO DISCOVERY

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Never have you seen such colours and sights as on this 13-day venture into two of Latin America’s most beloved countries. Vibrant and culturally rich, experience the best of Cuba’s Havana and Mexico’s Cancun, where you'll be free to unwind and explore famous beaches, restaurants, and bars.

Tour Departures: 17 Jan'20 & 07 Feb'20.

Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight from Australia to Cancun
Fly to Cancun. Upon arrival, you'll catch your transport to your all inclusive hotel.

All Inclusive Includes:
Unlimited meals at four outstanding restaurants.
Unlimited drinks at four lounges.
Never-ending In-Room Mini Bar.
All day munchies in three refreshment stands Paninis & pizza, expresso, ice cream and more.
Room service available 24 hours a day.
Daily activity programs include beach and pool volleyball, live entertainment and bingo.
All (non-motorized) water sports.
Nightly entertainment in three restaurants.

Day 2 Kick back and enjoy Cancun
Kick back and enjoy the pool bar and meals at Grand Park Royal Luxury All-Inclusive Resort.
Day 3 Fly to Havana
You'll be picked up from your hotel to head to the airport to catch your flight to Cuba! Look for the Experience Cuba tour group when you arrive in Havana to be whisked away to your hotel. Have the evening to take in the sights and sounds before the tour gets started the next morning.
Day 4 Old and Modern Havana
Enjoy a walking tour of the colonial district Havana Vieja (Old Havana) accompanied by your private local guide. Learn about the city’s nearly 500-yearold heart, now a pedestrian-only UNESCO World Heritage Site and discuss the city’s architecture and historic restoration efforts, a genuine living museum.

This colonial and historic centre is a museum at open air of architecture, art and culture. Bask in a beautiful Classic Convertible Car, while you take in the highlights of modern Havana. Visit Central Havana, Cerro and Vedado neighbourhoods, making stops at diverse points of interest.

Today’s tour is a real treat for history and culture enthusiasts.

Day 5 Havana-Pinar del Rio
Today you travel with your local guide to the Western province of Pinar del Rio. Visit to Las Terrazas. Visit this small ecotourism community and nature reserve founded in 1971 in the municipality of Candelaria, Artemisa Province, Cuba. It has many arts and crafts workshops and a beautifully restored 19th Century coffee plantation – Cafetal Buenavista it is in the Sierra del Rosario mountains, which was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984.

Continue to Viñales in Pinar del Rio, an area of great importance, though it may not have the large cities and infrastructure that you would normally associate with importance, to Cuba as it is an area that produces some of the world’s finest tobacco. Still stereotyped as a simple area with pure country folk it has withstood the temptation to adopt the big tourist developments and remains an area of simple houses and homes in basic small villages and towns.

Viñales is a small town in Pinar del Rio. Its main street is lined with colourful colonial-era wooden houses, including the Municipal Museum, which explores the region’s history. Orchids and palms fill the sprawling Casa de Caridad Botanical Gardens. Viñales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and the Viñales Valley. It has an almost prehistoric feel to it thanks to the valley's tall, steep-sided limestone hills, known as Mogotes, or flattopped mountains, which draw rock climbers. Viñales offers Cuba’s best hiking, mounting, caving and landscapes views, based around the serene farming town on the edge of the park. This is Cuba at its most attractive.

Overnight in Viñales.

Day 6 Pinar del Rio
Visit a tobacco plantation in the area, where you will learn how Cuba’s world-famous cigars are made. The fertile land and favourable climate of this area make for perfect cigar tobacco growing conditions.

Viñales Prehistoric Mural: Visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, an outstanding natural and man-made site, which was given status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The mural is the work of the former Director of Mapping at the Cuban Academy of Sciences, Leovigildo González Morillo. A master of neo-caveman artistry.

Morillo undertook the massive project of portraying world history up until the age of humans on a rock wall in the Viñales Valley. Spanning from early molluscs and other ancient sea-organisms, the rock face mural moves through the age of the dinosaurs, and ends with three giant red human figures.

Day 7 Pinar del Rio - Playa Larga (Bay of Pigs)
Travel to Playa Larga in Bay of Pigs.

Playa Larga is an extensive sandy area of 4 km in length, famous among other things for being the scene of a skirmish in which an American-backed group of Cuban dissidents, on April 17, 1961, intended to take control of the beach and were repelled by the Cuban forces led by Fidel Castro.

Nowadays it is a cute, cosy little fishing village. It’s small but lovely beach has casas particulares right on the beach in some instances. There are some restaurants too where you can have breakfast lunch or dinner with your toes in the sand. A very chilled relaxed destination for those who want to mingle with locals.

Overnight in Playa Larga.

Day 8 Playa Larga - Cienfuegos-Trinidad
Travel to Cienfuegos, also known as ‘the Pearl of the South’.

This city earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2005 and owes its founding and large parts of historical architecture to French settlers from Bordeaux and Louisiana. Founded in 1819 it has a steeped nautical and musical history with a monument dedicated to one of its favourite sons, Beny Moré who was born in the province. It is also the site of one of Cuba’s oldest and finest theatres, Thomas Terry. Enjoy a panoramic and cultural walking tour around this vibrant, eclectic city.

Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad and enjoy a panoramic and cultural tour of Trinidad city.

Founded in 1514 by the Spanish it was known as the “Villa de la Santisima Trinidad” but has now just come to be called Trinidad. It has undergone great restoration and conservation works which has made it one of the best-preserved colonial cities of the Caribbean and South America.

The oldest part of the city, comprising of an area of 55 blocks, is one of its greatest attractions containing some beautiful churches and public squares. Cuban music fills the streets from the almost countless cafes, bars and restaurants giving it a very lively and jovial atmosphere.

Overnight in Trinidad.

Day 9 Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley)
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Valle de los Ingenios” (Sugar Mill Valley) by train and climb to the top of the Manaca-Iznaga tower to delight in some of the best country views in Cuba.

The “Valle de los Ingenios” is a notable evidence to the growth of the sugar industry and living museum of the sugar production in Cuba. The valley comprises 75 past sugar cane mills, plantation houses, barracks and other facilities related to this susceptible industry, which has observed a continuing decline.

Day 10 Trinidad - Santa Clara-Havana
Travel to the rebellious and revolutionary city of Santa Clara.

Now the resting place of one of the most famous of modern day ‘guerrillas’ Che Guevara who in December 1958 led the assault on Batista’s forces and ‘liberated’ Santa Clara. This proved pivotal in the revolution and ended Batista’s regime. There is now a dedicated memorial/museum to Che Guevara and 29 fellow guerrillas.

Many personal effects of Che’s and the revolution are contained in the museum such as his personal gun, binoculars, water bottle, and many pictures of times during the revolution. Continue travel back to Havana City.

Day 11 Havana
Free day to wander and explore the magical city of Havana.
Day 12 Fly to Cancun
You'll be picked up from your hotel to head to the airport to head off to Cancun for one more night in paradise at the Grand Oasis Cancun All Inclusive.

All Inclusive Includes:
All meals included daily (Buffet Breakfast, Buffet Lunch and Buffet or A la Carte Dinner)
Unlimited Beverages Including International and Domestic Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic at any of the Resort Bars.
On Site Daily Entertainment Program with more than 50 in house performers including Singers, Acrobats, Rollerblade Performers, Comedians and Flash mobs. Unexpected entertainment experiences throughout the resort.
Themed Bar and Entertainment Concepts: Coyote Bar, Evening Las Vegas Style shows and Beach Parties. Evening Entertainment, Dinner and Entertainment Shows at the Italian, Mexican and Jazz restaurants.
18 Restaurants including Buffets and A la carte Specialty.
14 Bars including 3 swim up bars.
Featuring the longest pool in Cancun proper winding through beautiful tropical gardens with sun lounges located throughout the area.
Unlimited access to on-site Gymnasium for daily work-outs.
Beautiful beach and infinite gardens with Peacocks
Unlimited golf on Resort`s Par 3 Executive 9-hole course (Golf equipment available $).

Day 13 Departure flight from Cancun to Australia
Relax in the morning at your hotel before heading to the airport for your departure flight to Australia.
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