Cuba Caribbean Cruise and Mexico Tour

17 Days - from AUD$4270 / Per Person in Twin

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TOTAL DAYS : 17 Days

STARTS IN : Havana, Cuba

ENDS IN : Merida, Mexico

Highlights : Old Havana , Montego Bay , Riviera Maya , Chichen Itza Pyramids , Uxmal Ruins , Merida

TRANSPORT : Air-conditioned vehicle , Cruise , ferry

Dream destinations in their own right and an unforgettable experience when combined in the same trip. Discover the pulsating life of Havana and admire the tobacco plantations South West of Cuba in the Viñales Valley. Then head to the Centre and visit the french influenced Cienfiegos and the colonial gem of Trinidad before embarking on a six night Caribbean Islands Cruise.

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Day 01 – Arrive in Havana
Today you will arrive at Havana’s international airport. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque old town of Havana or enjoying a cocktail in one of Havana’s typical Cuban bars on your own. Overnight at Casa Particular (Homestay) Situated on the north coast of the island and built around a natural harbour, Havana (La Habana), is one of the most lively and colourful cities in the Caribbean. A unique destination and one of the most famous cities in the world, Havana is a living time capsule of times past, from its Spanish colonial history to the enduring legacy of the Revolution, characterised by such icons as the 1950s American cars and famous mural of Che Guevara overlooking Revolution Square. An intensely atmospheric city, Havana has some superb architectural gems and many other cultural and historical sites.

 

Day 02 – Havana / Viñales
After breakfast you will head westward. You will stop and visit a “Casa del Veguero” (house of a tobacco farmer) surrounded by lush tobacco fields in the famous Vinales Valley. You will also visit the “Cueva del Indio”. Today’s overnight accommodation is located in Vinales, a small town situated between green tobacco fields and monumental limestone formations called ‘Mogotes’. Overnight at Overnight at Casa Particular (Homestay) (B,L)

Viñales is an extremely picturesque town in the heart of Cuba’s prime tobacco-growing region. The town itself sits in the centre of a flat valley surrounded by stunning karst hill formations known locally as mogotes. The mogotes are irregularly shaped, steep-sided geological formations that rise as high as 300m and are part of the Sierra de los Organos mountain chain formed by eons of erosion.

 

Day 03 – Viñales / Ciefuegos
Today you will head to sunny Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the liveliest and most beautiful cities in Cuba. On your way, you will stop at the Bay of Pigs where you will go on a boat tour of the Laguna del Tesoro. This so-called ‘Treasure Lake’ is located amid numerous canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Once you have arrived in Cienfuegos you can spend the rest of the day as you wish. Overnight at Casa Particular (Homestay) (B,L)
Known as La Perla del Sur (the Southern Pearl), Cienfuegos is a calm and inviting port city. Although Columbus visited Cienfuegos, it wasn’t until 1819, when a group of French colonists settled here, that Cienfuegos began to grow and develop. The French influence continued through most of the city’s history, particularly throughout the 19th century, when Cienfuegos became a major shipping point for sugar, tobacco, and coffee.

 

Day 04 – Cienfuegos / Trinidad
Today’s journey will bring you to Trinidad. A colonial city which was founded in 1514 and declared world heritage site by the UNESCO. On your way to Trinidad you will go on an enjoyable excursion to El Cubano Park, which is located in the National Park of Topes de Collantes. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Overnight at Casa Particular (Homestay) (B,L)

 

Founded in 1514 on the site of a native Taíno settlement, Trinidad’s beautifully restored houses and cool, tiled, colonial courtyards combine perfectly with a stupendous natural setting, wedged spectacularly between the Sierra del Escambray and the Caribbean, to create a scene of unrivalled ambience. The sugar boom that took root by the mid-1700s created a coterie of wealthy local sugar barons, who built magnificent estates in the valley and manor houses.

 

Day 05 – Trinidad
Start your day with a guided walking tour of exciting Trinidad. There is a lot to see in the colonial old town of Trinidad, including the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Today, the Palacio Brunet is home of the Museo Romantico. In the afternoon free, we suggest to go on an optional trip to the beach where you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea and relax under palm trees. Ove Overnight at Casa Particular (Homestay) (B)

 

Day 06 – Trinidad / MSC OPERA Cruise – Havana, Cuba
At the appropriate time you will be picked up and transferred to the Cruise Port. Overnight on-Board MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Day 07 – MSC OPERA Cruise – Havana
Pick up from the pier around 9am. Your guide will take you to the main squares of the colonial area: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis,Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. After tasting a Cuban cocktail you will be driven in a vintage car through the modern part of the city. Along the way you’ll ride past Revolution Square, the University of Havana, National Hotel, Capitol Building and the former Presidential Palace. Overnight on-Board MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Day 08 – MSC OPERA Cruise – Havana
Free day for optional activities. We suggest: Private Rum & Tobacco Tour, Duration: 3 hours, Start:9am, Operates: Mon to Fri, Extra Cost: AU$135.

 

Follow your guide as he takes you on to a local cigar factory galley. See how the Cuban tobacco leaves are turned into the world-famous Cuban cigars in the hands of skilful rollers. Witness one of the rarest professions of all, the cigar factory reader. Then, continue to visit Rum Museum, a place that recreates a traditional rum distillery, to learn about this spirit’s manufacturing process before sipping a sample of its production. This place will give you a chance to shop for these unique Cuban souvenirs. Overnight on-Board MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Day 09 – MSC OPERA Cruise – At Sea
Activities as per cruise itinerary assigned. Overnight on-Board MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Day 10 – MSC OPERA Cruise – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Spend a wonderful day on any of the optional tours offered by the ship at extra cost. Overnight onBoard MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Montego Bay, commonly referred to as MoBay, is the second largest city in the island nation Jamaica, a member of the British Commonwealth. Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish, one of the 14 parishes in Jamaica.

 

Day 11 – MSC OPERA Cruise – Gorge Town, Cayman Islands
Another day to experience yet another beautiful island in the Caribbean. Optional activities offered by the ship at extra cost. Overnight on-Board MSC Opera (B,L,D)

 

Grand Cayman, shaped like a giant claw “pinching” the North Sound, is the largest of the three islands in the Cayman Islands, a rich territory of the U.K with opportunity for lots of marine and beach activities.

 

Day 12 – MSC OPERA Cruise / Cozumel – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Arrive into Cozumel and take a morning activity and then take the ferry trip over to Playa del Carmen. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Lunata or similar (B)

 

Playa del Carmen sits along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline of Mexico. It is around a 45min drive from Cancun airport. It has beautiful stretches of palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and has a wonderful water-world for those scuba diving lovers. The main Avenida runs parallel to the beach, offering blocks of shops and restaurants for everyone to enjoy and relax.

 

Day 13 – Playa del Carmen
Spend your last day entirely as you wish. Relax at the beach or go shopping. Overnight at Hotel Lunata or similar (B)

 

Day 14 – Playa del Carmen
Spend your last day entirely as you wish. Relax at the beach or go shopping. Overnight at Hotel Lunata or similar (B)

 

Day 15 – Chichen Itza / Mérida – Morning Tour of Chichen Itza
Today you will get to experience an informative tour of the amazing archaeological site of Chichen Itza, the most important and awesome Mayan site in Mexico. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the new 7 wonders. Here you will find advanced archaeo-astronomic knowledge. Visit the pyramid known as the “The Castle” or Temple Kukulcan , the Ballgame Court, the Skull temple, Jaguar’s temple, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns Square & the Sacred Well. Time will be given to swim in the cenotes. After touring this remarkable ancient Mayan city you will continue to Merida. Overnight at Hotel Del Governador 3* (B)

 

Mérida, capital of the state of Yucatán, is called the “The White City”, named after its limestone buildings. The heady brew of ancient and modern is at its most piquant in the bustling, genial historic centre, and the Meridanos’ celebratory proclivities are infectious. The city is rich in art, history, and tradition. Here is the best place to shop for regional specialties, such as hammocks, Panama hats, guayabera shirts, and embroidered huipiles (colourful native blouses).

 

Day 16 – Mérida
This morning you will head to two of the Yucatan’s most significant archaeological sites known as Kabah and Uxmal. Learn about elegant ancient architectural style that the Mayans’s had and the mysteries around these sites as your guide explains in depth about these UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch at the one of the local restaurants. Overnight at Hotel Del Governador 3* (B,L)

 

Day 17 – Mérida
Enjoy the last few moments before you are picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight out. (B)
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PRICES

17 Day - Cuba, Caribbean Cruise & Yucatan Peninsula

Join in Category Single Double Triple
Havana Homestay/Tourist AUD$7300 AUD$4270 On Request
Havana Homestay/Tourist Superior AUD$9415 AUD$5370 On Request

Included:

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation in mentioned homestays/MSC Oper/hotels or similar in category.
  • Sightseeing as per program with bilingual English speaking guides
  • Meals as per program: B=breakfasts, L=lunch, D=dinner.
  • Assistance of our local tour operators

 

Not Included: These charges are payable mostly in cash locally

  • Expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, etc
  • Port charges of approx. AU$175 pp
  • Optional tours during cruise and land arrangements
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff
  • International Airfares
  • Cuba Visa
  • Mexico arrival tourist card, to be obtained locally from the airline arriving into Mexico, approx. US$20 per person
  • Cuba International departure card of approx. US$25 per person
  • Any items not mentioned in the Inclusions list

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