American classic cars and decaying colonial houses make Havana a very special city. The highlights of this excursion include a visit to Villa Hemingways, a tour of Havana’s old town and a classic car ride. This is one of the exclusive TUI Collection excursions that give you the highlights of your travel destination in a special way – unique, authentic, responsible.
It starts in the Finca Vigia, the Cuban retreat of the writer Ernest Hemingway. It still looks like he just went out the door. Paper, books and even his typewriter are still in place. Visit La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio – two of his favorite pubs. Afterwards, explore sights such as the cathedral and the Plaza de San Francisco de Asís. On a panoramic tour you will see u. a, also the Plaza de la Revolución.
Afterwards, refresh yourself with a cocktail in a typical bar, where you collect your lunch box. In the afternoon, a 40-minute drive in an American classic car offers a wonderful opportunity for selfies. Dinner is then taken in an authentic restaurant in Havana’s old town. And before the return transfer, you will witness the cannon fire ceremony in the Morro fort.
Experience more than just Cuba’s beaches and visit the pristine tropical beauty of the Zapata peninsula. Enjoy a folk theme park, a replica of a pre-colonial village, and a crocodile farm, and enjoy the afternoon on a Caribbean beach.
The first stop is the Fiesta Campesina theme park – immerse yourself in the country life and folklore here. Afterwards, a visit to the nearby crocodile hatchery Guama awaits. Here you can walk along the pools where endangered endemic reptiles live.
The next highlight is Punta Perdiz on the east bank of the famous Bay of Pigs. Enjoy a seafood lunch here and swim or snorkel in the Caribbean – unforgettable vacation experiences.
Seatour catamaran to Cayo Blanco
If you thought it couldn’t get any better than Varadero, then wait until you sail the catamaran to Cayo Blanco on this tour. This luxury catamaran trip takes you to the secluded paradise of white sand and clear water – the perfect location to relax on the beach and drink a rum cocktail or snorkel between the reefs.
From Varadero you have about an hour to relax on the deck or relax on the nets before stopping at a platform in the middle of the sea – ideal for jumping into the sea.
We continue to Cayo Blanco, where we anchor in front of the beach and have a lunch of fresh shrimp, chicken, rice and – as an option – lobster. Then there is time to swim and snorkel in the corals, sunbathe on the white sandy beach or explore the island, which is only 3 km long and 800 m wide.
Havana with overnight
Havana is one of the most fascinating cities in the Caribbean. This overnight tour takes you to the Cuban capital with all its highlights – the former Presidential Palace, the Colon Cemetery, Revolution Square, the City Museum and the old town of Havana. There is also the possibility to visit the famous cabaret show of the Tropicana Club.
Cross the bridge from Bacunayagua, which leads to the fishing village of Cojimar – the small town is the inspiration for Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”. Then we continue to Havana with tours of the former Presidential Palace and the magnificent Colon Cemetery. You can also experience the modern side of Cuba – including the Revolution Square, the José Martí monument and the Che Guevara mural.
We stay at the Hotel Armadores de Santander, which is located in Old Havana and offers a panoramic view of the bay. The next day there is a guided tour of the old town, where you can explore colonial squares and the baroque cathedral. There is also a visit to the city museum in the old governor’s palace and free time after lunch.
Choose from these two options when staying in Havana:
Havana overnight stay without Tropicana Show – enjoy a free evening in peace.
Havana Overnight with Tropicana Show – Experience Havanna’s version of the Moulin Rouge.
The vintage American cars and crumbling colonial houses make Havana a city like no other. Among this trip’s star turns are Ernest Hemingway’s villa, an Old Havana tour and a classic car ride. This is one of our TUI Collection excursions, which give you a local flavour of the destination while showcasing its unique, authentic and responsible values.
Kick off at Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s Cuban retreat. And it still looks as if he’d just run out the door, with papers and typewriter in situ. You’ll also drop into La Floridata and La Bodeguita del Medio – two his favourite hangouts. Next, discover landmarks such as the Cathedral and St Francis of Assisi Square. There’s also a panoramic tour taking in Revolution Square and more.
Afterwards, recharge with a cocktail in a typical bar, where you’ll collect your lunch box. In the afternoon, take selfies during a 40-minute vintage car ride. There’s also dinner in an Old Havana restaurant and the cannon shot ceremony at Morro Castle.
Cuban flavors – cigars, cocktails & cuisine
You can experience what Cuba tastes like on this excursion. While you try the world famous Cuban rum, make beer in a brewery and learn how to make the perfect mojito in a cocktail course, the Cuban way of life is guaranteed to emerge. And after a delicious dinner, you can dance cha cha cha to the beat of a live band or smoke a cigar or two with the locals.
The tasty pleasure starts with a tour and tasting in the Factoria Varadero – a small brewery that offers everything from light and dark beers to earthy malt to strong strong beers. The next highlight is then waiting in the Casa del Ron. Learn how to mix drinks like a pro here in a cocktail class, using Cuba’s world-famous rum to create mojitos, pina coladas, cuba libres, daiquiris, and more.
Then there is free time on the upscale Plaza las Morlas to explore the pretty marina or to browse for souvenirs at the artisan market before dinner. Look forward to dinner in a nearby restaurant. In addition to local dishes, Cuban sounds are also served here to round off the experience. The live band also has the catchy tune “Guantanemera” in its repertoire. If you want, you can indulge in the salsa on the dance floor, or enjoy a relaxing cigar and a glass of rum at the end of the evening.
El Nicho & Trinidad tour
Cuba has some of the most beautiful natural and man-made sights in the Caribbean – and this excursion offers you a choice of both. You will visit the breathtaking El Nicho waterfalls and explore the colonial city of Trinidad. You’ll also see some other rural highlights.
Drive deep inland to the Fiesta Campesina theme park. Here are some of the folkloric aspects of country life on the island. Then it continues to the Escambray Mountains, where you follow a jungle path to the El Nicho waterfalls. The visit is only completed by wading in the turquoise rock pool.
After lunch we take you to Trinidad, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its cobbled streets with pastel-colored houses with large lattice windows. Explore the old town, where you can see landmarks such as the bell tower of the St. Francis Church and the Plaza Mayor. On the way back you will discover the port city of Cienfuegos, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also known as the Pearl of the South due to its elegant
Tropes de Collantes
This two-day excursion offers a first impression of some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes in Cuba. Cienfuegos and Trinidad are explored. On the way there is a stop at the Fiesta Campesina property. After an overnight stay in the Escambray Mountains, take a tour of mountain slopes and visit the Che Guevara Museum.
First of all, a visit to the Finca Fiesta Campesina is on the program, where you can taste Cuba’s best coffee and visit the mini zoo. Afterwards there will be a tour of the elegant port city of Cienfuegos, which is known both as “the Paris of Cuba” and as the “Pearl of the South”. Then we continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of colonial houses and churches. Lunch is taken in a ranch style restaurant. The first day of the excursion ends with an overnight stay in the Topes de Collantes Natural Park.
The next morning we drive through the mountains in a former Red Army truck. The list of sights includes the coffee and banana trees as well as the Kubatrogon, the national bird of Cuba. The excursion is rounded off with a visit to the Che Guevara Museum in Santa Clara.
Buena Vista Social Club Show
With the success of the Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban music has opened up around the world and is now as much a part of Cuba’s cultural heritage as its historic churches and unique nature. This show takes you into the cosmos of Cuban live music and the associated attitude to life.
At the Buena Vista Social Show, the ensemble of musicians plays a thrilling mix of Cuban music live – salsa, soul and jazz are just a few of the influences. You simply have to experience these rhythms and Cuban joie de vivre – look forward to unforgettable holiday memories.
The show takes place in Varadero and is performed by musicians who have music in their blood and for whom these songs are part of their identity. This tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club of the late 90s promises a vibrant show with top-class Cuban live music.
Self-drive off-road tour through the Yumuri valley
Get in the off-road vehicle and let your guide drive you to where normal vehicles come to a standstill when driving through the province of Matanzas. It goes along the imposing sugar plantations and sleepy villages of the Yumuri valley. Enjoy the paradisiacal Coral Beach, snorkel in the breathtaking Saturno Cave, linger on a horse ranch and enjoy a motorboat ride over the Canimar River – all in one day.
The first highlight is the Coral Beach – dive into the water of this beautiful bay and snorkel to the offshore reef together with its colorful sea creatures. We continue to the Saturno Cave, where you can snorkel and swim between fish and stalagmites. The tour also takes you through the provincial capital of Matanzas, where the faded pastel-colored colonial era houses commemorate Cuba’s former glory.
For lunch we stop at the Rancho Gaviota – this is located in the middle of the Cuban landscape. After lunch there is the opportunity to go horse riding before the last highlight of the day is a boat trip on the mangrove-lined Canimar River.
Cuba: sugar, cigars and rum
n Cuba you think of sugar, cigars and rum. This excursion introduces you to all three of these amenities and shows how they became part of Cuba’s national identity. The day is rounded off with a city tour in Cardenas.
You start with a visit to a sugar mill and a tour of the plantation to observe the traditional method of sugar cane harvesting. Here you can see first hand the machines and equipment used in sugar production. You can also look forward to the sweet and revitalizing guarapo drink made from cane sugar juice – a popular Cuban drink.
A drive through the sugar cane fields will bring you to Cardenas, known for unusual contemporary folk art. Look forward to a guided tour of the old town from the colonial era before having lunch in a private residence. In the afternoon, visit a famous cigar store in Varadero and take part in an event where an expert explains how different cigars and rum types go together. It couldn’t be more Cuban.
Havana – here the sounds of honking American classic cars mix with rhythmic salsa sounds. On this excursion, you will experience all the highlights that Cuba’s spectacular capital has to offer. These include the old town and Revolution Square.
The journey takes you through picturesque countryside and once you have arrived in Havana, you will be taken on a tour through the heart of the old town – it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along the busy streets that connect Cathedral Square, Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja and St Francis’s Square. When meeting the residents of the city, you can experience the Cuban warmth and joie de vivre before you stop for lunch.
In the afternoon, look forward to other highlights – the Malecon Promenade, the Vedado District and Revolution Square, which is famous for its huge bronze mural with the face of Che Guevara. There is also more free time for a stroll at your own pace or even to linger in one of Ernest Hemingway’s old favorite places.
Cuban Flavours – Cigars, Coctails & Cuisine
Discover all the flavours of Cuba as you sample world famous rum, craft beers at a brewery and learn to make the perfect mojito in a cocktail class. And after a delicious dinner, you can dance the Cha Cha to the beat of a live band or chomp cigars with the locals.
Kick off this flavourful intro to all things Cuban with a tour and tasting session at Factoria Varadero – a craft brewery serving up everything from light and dark beers to earthy malts and sturdy stouts. At Casa del Ron you’ll learn to mix cocktails like a pro using Cuba’s world famous rum to create Mojitos, Pina Coladas, Cuba Libres, Daiquiris and more.
At upscale Plaza las Morlas you’ve free time to stroll the pretty marina or shop for souvenirs in the handicraft market before dinner. In a nearby restaurant, you’ll have your fill of tasty local dishes to the sounds of classic foot-tapping tunes like Guantanemera from the live band. Afterwards, you can hit the dancefloor for those salsa beats or enjoy a relaxing cigar and a glass of rum to round off the evening.
Topes de Collantes Overnight
- Discover the Finca Fiesta Campesina
- Guided tour of Cienfuegos – the ‘Pearl of the South’
- Wander the cobbled streets of colonial Trinidad
- Explore the Escambray Mountains in a Red Army truck
- Visit the Che Guevara Museum in Santa Clara
Topes de Collantes Overnight
This two-day tour gives you a taste of some of Cuba’s prettiest cities and countryside spots. You’ll explore Cienfuegos and Trinidad, with a stop at Finca Fiesta Campesina on the way. After spending the night in the Escambray Mountains, you’ll follow a highland trail and visit the Che Guevara Museum.
First up is Finca Fiesta Campesina, where you can try what’s said to be one of the best coffee’s in Cuba before touring the mini-zoo. Next, visit Cienfuegos for a guided tour of this elegant seaside city, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’. Then it’s on to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with pastel-coloured colonial homes and churches. Lunch is at a ranch-style restaurant. Day one ends with a stay in Topes de Collantes Natural Park.
The next morning, you’ll hop on a former Red Army truck for a mountain tour. Coffee and banana trees as well as the trogon, Cuba’s national bird, are all on the sightseeing checklist. Rounding off the tour is a visit to Santa Clara’s Che Guevara Museum
Seatour Catamaran to Cayo Blanco
If you thought Varadero was the business, wait till you sail by catamaran to Cayo Blanco. This luxury cruise will take you to a secluded key of white sands and clear waters, where you can unwind on the beach while nursing a rum cocktail or snorkel among the reefs.
Sailing from Varadero, you’ve an hour or so to chill on deck or lounge on the nets before stopping at a platform in the middle of the sea where you can dive into the water.
Next is Cayo Blanco itself, where we’ll drop anchor off the beach for a lunch of fresh prawns, chicken, rice and – as an option – lobster. You’ll then have free time to swim and snorkel in the coral, sunbathe on the talcum powder-like sands or to explore the island, which is just 3km long and 800 metres wide.
Havana Special & Tropicana
Experience the best that Havana has to offer on this excursion. On a guided tour of the old town, do not miss any of the historical sights before continuing on to modern Havana. Visit Revolution Square and the Malecon Promenade and then look forward to a delicious dinner including the colorful Tropicana Show in the open-air revue theater Tropicana Club.
The old town of Havana is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and baroque churches – your competent guide ensures that you see all the highlights and at the same time leads you through the history of the city. Look forward to the cathedral, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de Armas before continuing on to the port. Next up is modern Havana – along with the imposing “Plaza de la Revolución” and the Malecon Promenade. Free time in the Capitol.
Then you have the opportunity to freshen up in a hotel room before the Tropicana Show is waiting after dinner. The magnificently decorated show girls and boys offer a unique show – colorful, full of Caribbean joie de vivre and infectious bongo sounds.