Classic Car-Roundtrip "The wild West" - 7 days


Classic Car-Roundtrip "The wild West": 7-day Cuba experience trip through the West for lovers of American classic cars of the 50s…

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What is Cuba most popular for? Of course for its first-class tobacco, the world-famous cigars and the real rum...

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Classic Car Trip "Surprise West and Central Cuba - 15 days"

Surprise West and Central Cuba - 15 days: A classic car tour with driver and guide and overnights in private accommodations!

15 days through West - and Central Cuba...


ORÜW15 Classic Car Round Trip "Surprise West- and Central Cuba - 15 days"

15day/14 night long round trip in a vintage car with a chauffeur, your own travel guide and overnight stays in Casas Particulares (private accomodations).

Havana - Pinar del Rio – Vuelta Abajo – San Luis - San Juan - Guane – Sumidero - Viñales - Cayo Jutías – Viñales - Cueva de los Portales - San Diego de los Banos - Soroa - Las Terazzas - Batabano - Güines - Playa Larga - Playa Giron - Caleta Buena - Cienfuegos - El Nicho - Trinidad - Sugar Mill Valley - Trinidad - Sancti Spiritus - Ciego die Avila - Moron - Cayo Coco - Remedios - Cayo Las Brujas - Santa Clara - Elguea - Cardenas - Matanzas - Yumuri - Jibacoa - Guanabo - Havana

This round trip will surprise you with impressive experiences in an authentic Cuba, which cannot be made on normal round trips. Cuba travelers, who want to get to know the extraordinary landscape of natural beauty in western Cuba or the colonial cities in central Cuba all the way to the eastern parts, will be amazed by this round trip. At the start of this round trip, we will show you Havana with a special sightseeing tour. After that, the way leads into the province Pinar del Rio, where we first stop in the capital with the same name. After a short visit of the city, we will drive into the Vuelta Abajo with its particularly fertile soil bearing many minerals, which is perfect for growing the best tobacco in the world. The next few days are completely dedicated to the world-famous Cuban tobacco. In the Vuelta Abajo we will visit a famous, over 200 year old tobacco finca with you. During that time you can learn a lot about how tobacco is grown and you can watch an old tobacco farmer roll cigars. This is the home of the real and authentic Cuban cigar! While visiting a family living in the countryside you will get to know the popular religion in Cuba, the Santeria, and also take part in a ceremony with a Santero priest. During a side trip to a horse farm with old Spanish thoroughbred horses and bred fighting cocks with proudly colorful feathers you can also look at a fighting cock arena.
As we continue into the tropical natural landscape, across very old steel bridges, past interesting villages with the authentic life of the rural people, we make our way to Viñales. Along the way, many scenic and interesting places of this magnificent part of the country will cross your way. We will also go on a cave tour through the second-largest cave in America. After your first night and a nice evening in Viñales, we will go on an excursion into the tropical valleys around Viñales with stops at the unique sights embedded in the tropical karstic landscape. On the next day you will go on a day trip to the snow-white beach of Cayo Jutias, where you can spend a relaxing day at the seaside.
The following day will lead through a breathtaking and lovely landscape again until we reach the Cave of Che (Cueva de los Portales). After visiting this impressive natural monument, you will drive to the orchid garden in Soroa and have a look at the colony of artists in Las Terazzas. As the trip goes on, you will get to see the old and famous coffee plantation Angerona, Havana’s first port near Batabano and even cross Havana’s fertile front garden until you reach the A1 motorway, on which you will drive to get to the southern coast with its famous Bay of Pigs. This history-charged place is where the failed counter-invasion of the exiled Cubans, who had help from America, took place, and a lot of information can be found about this event in the museum of Playa Giron. In Playa Larga and the gorgeous Caleta Buena you will get to have yet another day at the seaside with its crystal clear water. After saying goodbye to the Bay of Pigs, we drive to the seaport Cienfuegos, which we will show you during a panorama tour in the car. This very clean colonial city will show you some of the most important sights in all of Cuba. Before traveling further to the city of museums, Trinidad, we go on an excursion to El Nicho, into the tropical forest, to waterfalls and tropical ponds in which you can have a refreshing swim. You will feel as if you were in a movie about the Wild West when you find yourself in the old colonial city Trinidad, in which time seems to have stopped. Visiting this unique UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city will blow you away. 
Afterwards our trip leads us through the Valley of the Sugar Mills and past Sancti Spiritus to Ciego die Avila, which is in the island’s center. This is where the split between west and east Cuba lies. A panorama tour by car through the capital of the province, Ciego die Avila, will teach us a lot of interesting things about modern art in Cuba.

After Ciego di Avila we reach the colonial town Moron. Here, the islands Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are connected to the main land by a long artificial roadway. If the schedule and weather both allow it, you will be able to spend some pleasant hours at the seaside. As we continue along the central northern coast of the island, shortly before reaching the place called Caibarien, we cross the roadway to get to the island Cayo Las Brujas. With a bit of luck, one can even have a fascinating experience with thousands of flamingos and pelicans. Las Brujas is also very much inviting you to have a swim again. Here we leave the north coast, visit the beautiful colonial gem Remedios and then continue to Santa Clara, the city of Che. In this place you will get to see the monuments and the memorial of the legendary guerilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara and his fallen comrades. It was him, who fought the battle which led to the end of the tyranny caused by the Fulgenico Batista and the rebel leader’s victory. And as you say goodbye to Santa Clara, your way back to Havana begins. As we slowly but steadily go on our way along the north coast again, we head past a health spa, visit Matanzas, which has the second-largest port in Cuba and a very sad but also interesting history with it being the biggest slave trading post of the former new world. Passing the Playas del Este, we return to Havana, the starting point of our long journey through Cuba.

Travel Details

Surprise West and Central Cuba 15 days - Roundtrip in a Classic Car / Car with driver and guide

Day 1: Havana – Day of arrival
Arrival at Havana International Airport. After receiving your luggage you will be welcomed by a member of our staff and given some information about your trip. Then we continue to your Casa Particular in Havana, where a lovely dinner is waiting for you. 
Accommodation: Casa Particular (Private Guesthouse B&B).
Meals: Dinner.


Day 2: La Habana 
Breakfast. At 08:30 am you are picked up at your Casa Particular or hotel. Discussion about the day’s tour.
Sightseeing trip through the center of Havana. Every alley and almost every single house is lovely in the historic center Habana Vieja and you can find photo motifs and places to linger around en mas. We will take you on a walk through the historic city center La Habana Vieja, protected by the UNESCO. The city was founded in 1519 together with the first seven cities in Cuba. The city tour leads us to the Plaza de Armas, the Templete, the fort Real Force Castle, the palace San Francisco de Asis and the Cathedral Square with a visit of the cathedral in no particular order. You will also be able to have a short look at the original restored presidential carriage from 1910. On one of the rooftop decks we will enjoy a tropical refreshing drink while having an excellent view over the photogenic rooftops of Havana. Together we will take a stroll through the shopping streets Calle Obispo and Calle O’Reilly and then to the arts and crafts market. On the way we will take short breaks in the narrow alleys of the historic city and next to special buildings. We will look at colonial inner courtyards and learn a lot about the capital Havana and their stories. Of course we will also include a stop for you to have a Mojito and an aromatic Cohiba in the famous Hemingway Bar La Bodeguita del Medico or a Daiquiri in La Floridita. 
All drinks are optional and at your own expense!
Lunch at a local restaurant. 

After lunch you will be able to have a detailed tour through Havana in your vintage car. 
On said tour you visit the Cementerio Colon, the second largest graveyard of all of Latin America. On a round trip through the approximately 100.000 graves, of which 90% are made of marble, you will learn about many stories this museum graveyard holds. After that, the way leads across the place where the revolution took place, Revolution Square, with its memorial of freedom, an obelisk in the late art deco style. 
This is where Fidel Castro used to hold his famous speeches that influenced world politics in front of the masses. As soon as it opens again (currently still closed) we can use the elevator to get to the head of the obelisk. From here you have a fantastic view across the city. We continue on to the village San Francisco de Paula, where Hemingway used to have soughing parties with many famous greats from the movie scene, the mafia and even politicians in the 50s. Hemingway acquired this manor, the ‘Finca la Vijia’, with his Nobel prize for literature. 
The former residence and its furniture survived the test of time really well and is nowadays the Hemingway Museum in Cuba. It can’t be entered but you can even see the writing instruments, many souvenirs brought back from various trips, as well as personal things from the life of the famous author through the open windows. (Closed on Sundays, holidays and when there is bad weather).

From there we continue on small roads and the city highway until we reach the fishing village Cojimar. This is the place where the great US American novelist and author Ernest Hemingway used to stay and listen to the tales his captain called Gregorio told him and then used those to write his nobel prize-winning novel ‘The Old Man and The Sea’. There will be a short stop at the Ernest Hemingway bar (drinks optional) and during a visit at the memorial located here you will learn many historic details about this famous man. Now we drive back along the Playas del Este, the eastern beaches of Havana and its seaside paradise where the natives who come here in Summer spend their holidays, all the way to the place Casablanca with its impressive statue of Christ. The wife of dictator Batista wanted to calm down the agitated and protesting people by ordering the erection of a replica of the statue of Christ of Rio on the elevated eastern bank of the seaport. It was not as big as the original but could be seen from all of central Havana. The place Casablanca is located opposite to the historic city center on the other bank of the port entrance. Here you have an unforgettable chance to take some pictures next to the Cristo de Habana. On the elevated deck next to the Cristo, you have a fantastic panorama view over the entire city center and the outskirts, the port entrance and a part of the harbor, the fort El Morro and the Malecon and also the seaside promenade of Havana. Here you can also clearly see why the city was built in this location and why Havana is the most important Pass-Through-Port for the gold of the new world. 
We underpass the port in a tunnel and drive along the Malecon into the city center of Vedado and then stop at the Hotel Nacional with its gorgeous park. From the 33rd floor of the Focsa and the highest building of the city, we can provide a breathtaking view over the skyline of Havana. On a drive through the green lung of Havana with its many parks, we can show you the Miramar district in which 90% of the embassies are located. Most of them are situated in the countless beautiful mansions. Here, we visit the famous artist Jose Fuster in his Mosaic-Street. He created a tribute to the Gaudí in Barcelona with his mosaic art. At the end of our tour we drive through the Sybone district, which is a suburb of Havana that is often compared to Beverly Hills. Afterwards we will reach your accommodation which is where the 5 – 6 hour long tour ends and also where you will be able to say that you experienced and got to know Havana for certain.

Note: The tour does not take place in a particular order and during Winter the program is subject to change due to the days being shorter. Please note that the statehouse, the Partagas cigar factory and the obelisk/tower at the Plaza de la Revolucion cannot be visited for an indefinite time due to renovations and reconstruction measures. The Hemingway museum, the Finca La Vijia, is closed on Sundays and in case of bad weather.

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B, Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Tip for the evening: Attendance of the famous cannon shot ceremony, port closes at 09:00 pm (Optional and can be booked on site).

dächer Havanna

Gaudi Havana

Day 3: Habana - Pinar del Río - San Luis - Vuelta Abajo
Breakfast. At 09:00 am we start our trip into the province Pinar del Rio in our vintage car.
Your travel guide for west Cuba: First your chauffeur takes you down the 150 km to Pinar del Rio, the capital of the province with the same name. To the right of the city entrance, the Pinar del Rio hotel is located. Your travel guide Carlos is waiting for you in the hotel’s central yard and will continue on to Havana with you from here. Carlos speaks English fluently and even a bit of German, so you will not have any problems communicating with him.
Short tour through the town Pinar del Rio. Visit of the cigar factory Francisco Donatien and the liquor factory Guayabita a bit further outside the city (in case both are open, closed on Sundays and holidays). After having had a look at these sights the trip goes into the lands of tobacco, the Vuelta Abajo. 
The next few hours are completely dedicated to the world famous Cuban tobacco. We will visit famous, more than 200 years old tobacco fincas from before the revolution in the Vuelta Abajo around San Luis with you. You will learn a lot about the process of growing tobacco, and depending on the season, you will also be able to see how the tobacco leaves are handled as well as see the ancient methods and even watch an old tobacco farmer roll cigars. Today, we will visit the tobacco Vega Gustavo. It is here where you can find the real Cuban cigar, grown in unique soil and made from the best tobacco plants in the world. You should stock up on cigars here as the tobacco that is being grown here may very well have the best flavor in all of Cuba! (Optional purchase). 
During a short walk through the surrounding tobacco cultivation areas, we will visit another ancient colonial neighbor finca with you. In case the owners are home, you can even have a look into this historic finca and from the roof, you have a beautiful view over the Vuelta Abajo.
Lunch at the tobacco Vega Gustavo.
After that a true highlight of your trip through west Cuba is waiting for you as you will be able to take part in a real Santeria ceremony.
During that you will learn a lot about the religion of the Cuban people and with an additional introduction to Cuban herbal medicine, you will spend a fascinating afternoon which you won’t forget anytime soon. Dinner at the house of the Santero. 

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Day 4: San Luis - Vuelta Abajo – San Juan y Martinez - Guane - Vinales
Breakfast. At 09:00 am, we make our way to La Virginia and a quaint cock fighting farm, the Finca Carito Peinato. This finca is well known for breeding fighting cocks and racy mozarabic horses. The tobacco is cultivated in a special way as well. A trip to this finca is another highlight on the trip through west Cuba. You get to see how the fighting cocks are raised and drilled. Depending on the day, you can also look at a cock fight or rent or buy your own animal and participate yourself. The horses bred here also impress everyone who has admiration for horses and the way of tobacco cultivation is very interesting as well of course. After having visited this lovely Finca, the trip continues to Guane.
Lunch at a restaurant along the way.

We will drive you through breathtakingly lovely photogenic landscapes with tobacco fields embedded in picturesque valleys, we will cross rivers on iron bridges older than one hundred years and we travel past interesting villages with the authentic life of the rural people. Along this way, many places invite you to visit them and make stops for pictures. 
On a trip through the tropical valleys of the island’s western mountians, we reach Viñales in the evening.

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

During an evening stroll over the marketplace you can enjoy Cuban live music and the fascinating atmosphere of this place. (Optional)

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cave river

Day 5: Viñales
Breakfast. At 9:00 am our day starts with a trip through the surrounding tropical Viñales Valleys with its tobacco plantations and tropical mountain tops from the karstic valleys of the Sierra de los Organos. We advance into the unique tropical natural landscape of the Mogotes with its mountain peaks which is protected by the UNESCO. There are remnants of collapsed gigantic ancient caves. Embedded in this landscape you can find the picturesque tobacco farms in the Parque Nacional de Viñales. In case you want you can go on a short hike here or in Palmerito Valley.
Lunch at a Paladar. 
Afterwards we will have a few stops for you to take pictures at various interesting Mogotes and the lovely sights around the area in no particular order. One of them being the breathtaking observation deck Las Jasmines and the prehistoric wall of Dos Hermanas. 
We will visit the Cueva del Indios, which we will pass through by boat on a subterranean river. 

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

During an evening stroll over the marketplace you can enjoy Cuban live music and the fascinating atmosphere of this place. (Optional)


Day 6: Cayo Jutias
Breakfast. At 9:00 am we start our day trip and seaside day as we drive towards Cayo Jutias. 
A dreamy mangrove island, that is accessible by crossing a stone levee, with its gorgeous snow white sandy beach. After having crossed the stone levee, the lovely landscape of the silky sandy coral dust beaches of west Cuba open up before your eyes.
Surrounded by a blue and turquoise play of light, the sea invites you to spend a beautiful day at the seaside here. There are also many possibilities for you to engage in water sports activities. A local ranch will also provide sustenance. 
Lunch at the ranch.
During late afternoon we will return to Viñales.

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
During an evening stroll over the marketplace you can enjoy Cuban live music and the fascinating atmosphere of this place. (Optional)

beach cuba

Day 7: Viñales - Cueva de los Portales – Soroa
Breakfast. At 8:30 am we will depart towards Soroa. The first point down the line after our departure in the morning is the trip through an impressively amazing landscape of tropical moutains with breathtaking views from the foothills of the tropical mountain range Sierra de los Organos. Along the way we reach another highlight of this trip, the cave of Che, la Cueva de los Portales. This is where Ernesto Che Guevara hid alongside his comrades during the revolution. This large cave and rock labyrinth located in a beautiful area is a unique and impressive natural monument which will surely amaze you. 

As we continue we first pass the La Guira national park to San Diego de los Banos, a Cuban health spa with old natural springs that have been visited since the colonial times. 
In the time before the revolution many mafioso greats and rich habaneros, as well as American tourists used to come here to relax and take cures. 
Today this remains an interesting place, still worth seeing but barely retained as the past greatly chipped away at it. 
Lunch at a restaurant along the way.

From San Diego we head down the Carretera Central to Christobal and when we reach Candelara, we take a turn into the Sierra del Rosario, a biosphere reserve protected by the UNESCO, and then we finally reach Soroa Nature Park. Soroa is named after the Frenchman Jean Pierre Soroa who managed a big coffee plantation here in the 19th century. This nature park is famous for its fabulous tropical mountain landscape. Together, we will visit the orchid garden which holds more than 700 different orchid subspecies of which many are endemic. During May to October you can gaze upon the gorgeous waterfall Salto de Arcoiris (up to 21 m high) since it carries a lot of water and in case there is enough time, we can even descend down to its ponds.

las terrazzas

From Soroa, we head down to the famous community Las Terazzas with its artist colony and a lake in a pretty location. Here you go on a short walk, during which the history of this first ‘sustainable settlement’ of Cuba is explained to you. During the years before the revolution, the area west of Havana was almost completely deforested and started to atrophy. 
The forest workers living here belong to the poorest people in all of Cuba, but it was them who reforested the area again after the revolution. Depending on the time of the day, you can even visit the ruins of old coffee plantations during a hike. Or we can go to the San Juan River to hop into its idyllic natural ponds to cool off.
After a beautiful day in nature, we find a place in the area to stay overnight. 

Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8: Soroa - Artemisa - Batabano - Güines - Playa Larga
Breakfast. At 8:00 am we depart to the south coast of Cuba.
First, our way leads towards Artemisa and we visit the interesting ruins of the old famous coffee plantation Angerona. It was one of the first plantations in all of Cuba and was run by 450 slaves. 
Afterwards we drive on to the sleepy place called Batabano. In the Surgidero de Batabano, Spanish settlers founded the first port for ships delivering silver, who surrounded the Isla de la Juventud from the pirates, before they founded the safe port of the city Havana. Some buildings as well as the abandoned train station are really worth having a look at.
After a short stop, we move on from Batabano over sleepy villages through a cultural landscape not yet discovered by tourists. Back when Alexander von Humboldt visited around 200 years ago, many agricultural towns formed around Havana. Those villages then specialized in producing tobacco and sugar due to their proximity to the city. The town called Guines is almost a ghost town today. In 1836, the first railroad track in the new world was laid out from Guines to Havana. In this place you will also barely see any other tourists. Here you can enjoy the feeling of experiencing Cuba in its most pure way. There will also be a short stop at the small Santa Barbara church with a reliquiem about the Santeria, the religion of the Cuban people. 

Our way now leads us past Güines to the highway A1. The country’s modern eight-lane main road called Carretera Nacional A1, or also Ochovia, was built for strategic reasons after the revolution. It was mainly built by the Russians during the cold war to bring troops from one end to the other of this long and narrow island and to foil another invasion attempt. Still, this is the main road connecting the country. However, there are only few cars here. Here in the center of Cuba it is clearly visible that transport is surely a great problem. The constant crisis doesn’t allow modernization and there is a big lack of fuel. This shows why cars that are up to 50 years old still get refurbished again and again. Now we also learn to appreciate the efforts that the vintage car owners and drivers had to undergo to get their car into an almost museum-worthy condition. The big and popular V8 engines of those wasteful times, pure gas-guzzlers, mostly didn’t survive the many years and were replaced by new, fuel saving engines. Today, most of the vintage cars that were lovingly refurbished have a modern diesel engine of either a minivan or a mini truck. 

The American vintage cars weigh almost twice as much as a modern mid-range car due to their bodies made of heavy sheet metal.
Here on the ‘Ochovia’, the comfort these American cars bring with them really becomes noticeable since these cars built in the 1950s were specifically built for driving long distances down wide asphalt highways. Individual traveling was in fashion. Public mass-transport was frowned upon and basically non-existent during the peak of the anti-socialism hysteria in the USA. Public transport vehicles are rather rare and in bad condition in Cuba up to this day.
Then we follow the highway to Jagüey Grande, where we will take a turn towards the Montemar Nature Park and the Cienaga de Zapata peninsula, which is a wide swampy natural reserve at the south coast.
First the way leads to La Boca and the Laguna del Tosoro.
Lunch at a restaurant in the area.
After lunch we will go to the treasure lake and the biggest settlement area of the native people of the Taino village called Guamá. You will take a boat to embark on a trip on the lagoon Guama (treasure lake). A replica of a village of the extinct Taino people from Cuba was recreated on multiple islands in the lake. Lifesized figures will give you an impression of how the natives of Cuba used to live in this outdoor museum.

playa giron

As you come back from this trip, you will get to know the Cuban crocodile at the nearby crocodile farm. To increase the population of the endemic Cuban crocodiles, they are bred here and then released back into the mangrove swamp. 
Then we continue to the famous Bay of Pigs and to Playa Larga located nearby.
The Bay of Pigs is about 30km long from here to Playa Giron. In 1961, exiled Cubans tried to land here to overthrow the Castro regime with support from the USA. The planned invasion fell flat in just a few days. The Zapata peninsula is very similar to the swamps of the Everglades in Florida and also a paradise for birds. Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds from the cold north hibernate here during the winter and live together with bird species and endemic species from South America. This area is definitely a paradise for bird lovers. 
We stay overnight in Playa Larga.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

cuba landscape

Day 9: Playa Larga – Playa Giron – Caleta Buena – Cienfuegos
Breakfast. At 09:00 am, and after an early bath in the sea, we embark on a trip along the Bay of Pigs and through mangrove forests hemmed with many memorials that are reminders of the invasion in 1961 until we reach Playa Giron. As we arrive in Playa Giron, we will be able to have a look at the small museum about the invasion, in which we can learn many things about the topic. 
Along the way we can find many small coves that basically invite you to stop and have a swim in them. However, we continue straight on to the Caleta Buena, a beautiful and wide natural sea basin in which we will spend some enjoyable hours bathing. 
Lunch at the Caleta Buena.
During the afternoon we leave this place and drive about 110km past Covadonga and Rodas until we reach the seaport Cienfuegos, the pearl of the south.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Evening stroll down the Malecon of Cienfuegos and dinner at a restaurant in the area. 

caleta buena

Day 10: Cienfuegos - El Nicho – Trinidad
Breakfast. At 08:30 am we depart on a sightseeing trip through the city of Cienfuegos and can see from our car how its streets are arranged in a checkered pattern. Space didn’t seem to have been a problem at the time of the city’s foundation 250 years ago. The interesting and pretty architecture is from the 19th century and has a colonial French look and is built in the laste neoclassicistic style. The most famous singer of Cuba, Benny Morey, was also born in Cienfuegos, which is also where he lived, and the city has many places to remind you of that. Then we stop at the Terry Theater, which is 150 years old, as well as Punta Gorda promontory, where the city reaches far into the bay of Cienfuegos and where a district for rich people developed before the revolution. There are still quite a few old colonial wooden houses here that were purchasable from a catalogue from the USA 100 years ago. The great and old mansions still make that really visible. What stands out the most here is the former palace-like house of the rich ‘De Valle’ family. To build it, specialists were brought in from Morocco to build a house in the Moorish style.
Then we visit the ‘Palacio de Valle’, which is a restaurant today. From the Palacio’s rooftop deck you have an unforgettable view over the bay-port and Cienfuegos, and all that with a cocktail in your hand. In the distance you can even see the unfinished construction ruin of the only Russian nuclear reactor on Cuban ground. Even the old and rusty construction cranes can be seen. The USA are rather worried about this reactor in their backyard even though it was never finished nor activated.
We will have another stop at the graveyard with the small replica of the Panthenon in Greece. 
Lunch at a restaurant in the area.

Outside the city lies the botanical garden of Cienfuegos with the biggest collection of palm trees in the world. In case you are interested in it, we can pay it a short visit. 
The drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad leads along a heavily trafficked narrow road and also through the southern foothills of the ‘Montanas Guamuhaya’ and ‘Escambray’ mountains. At the San Francisco village, we will have an excursion into the tropical mountains. Along narrow and partly steep and curvy mountain road, we head straight into the heart of the ‘Montanas de Guamuhaya’ mountains until we reach the nature park ‘El Nicho’. Here we go on a short hike into the cool climate of the shallow waterfalls where you also have the opportunity to go for a swim in the natural ponds. 
So don’t forget to bring your hiking boots and your swim suits today. 
From there we continue on to Trinidad, a colonial city declared a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Evening stroll through Trinidad and dinner at a local restaurant.

Recommendation: Many bars and restaurants in the city have Cuban live music. We highly recommend visiting the ‘Casa de la Trova’, where Cuban music is played by old and young bands and where Cubans and foreigners alike come to dance. (Optional)


Day 11: Trinidad – Valley of the Sugar Mills – Trinidad
Breakfast. At 09:00 am we visit the historic city center of Trinidad. The streets with their old cobblestone and the colonial buildings are some of the few colonial structures that were completely preserved from the 18th century. This picturesque backdrop that looks like it could be straight out of a museum invites you to a wonderful walk with many places to take pictures. Time completely stands still here.
You move around in a backdrop that looks like it’s out of a Mexican vintage movie about the revolution. The city became rich during the 18th century as it was a port of export for sugar when it was still located at the seaside. It sustained itself with the fertile soil between the Escambray mountain range and the coast, called the ‘Valle de los Ingenios’ (Valley of the Sugar Mills). There will be short visits of the museum of colonial architecture and art, the Alexander von Humboldt Museum of Natural History and the so-called ‘Museo Romantico’, in which you can see how the sugar barons of Trinidad used to live.
We climb up to the rooftop deck of the the municipal museum (Palacio Cantero) located in the historic city center to have the best view over the city and its surrounding area. 
Lunch at a local restaurant. 

valley of the sugar mills

In the afternoon we go on a short trip through the Valley of the Sugar Mills ‘Valle de los Ingenios’ all the way to the town called Manaca Iznaga and the 45 meter tall historic slave tower Iznaga. If entry is possible, we ascend up the tower for a breathtaking view over the surrounding area. Alternatively, we can quickly stop at the viewpoint on a hill beside the street with a beautiful panorama view over the valley at the ‘Mirador del Valle’. After that we return to Trinidad.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Evening stroll through Trinidad and dinner at a local restaurant.
Recommendation: Many bars and restaurants in the city have Cuban live music. We highly recommend visiting the ‘Casa de la Trova’, where Cuban music is played by old and young bands and where Cubans and foreigners alike come to dance. (Optional).

Day 12: Trinidad - Sancti Spiritus - Ciego di Avila – Moron
Breakfast. At 08:00 am, we drive down the highway towards Sancti Spiritus. Soon after we then arrive at the city center. During a panorama tour through this sleepy agricultural UNESCO colonial city, you will most definitely notice many American vintage cars and horse carriage taxis. Here you can imagine how the traffic used to look like in Havana just a few years ago. It also shows why Cubans are not used to modern traffic and therefor do not particularly care about automobile traffic on the streets. 

sancti spiritus
Shortly after we continue our trip down the Carretera Central until we reach the city Ciego de Avila, the geographical center of the island that is Cuba.  

A small panorama tour is planned here, which leads us through the city center of this history-charged provincial capital. We drive past the Plaza Parque Martí, through the Parque de la Ciudad, an interesting park with unusual attractions, old locomotives and artworks made of salvage as well as a plane restaurant.

Lunch at a restaurant along the way.

After having passed through Ciego de Avila, we head north to Moron. We can visit this old colonial city and former economic metropolis at the north coast with one of the many horse carriages or a bicitaxi. There is also an old railroad junction from colonial times here.
From Moron, there is an approximately 60 km long artificial roadway that connects the mainland to the islands Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo. If we have enough time at hand we can have a stop at the beach of the island Cayo Coco.
We spend the night in Moron.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Evening stroll through Moron and dinner at a local restaurant.

bike cuba

Day 13: Moron - Cayo Las Brujas - Remedios - Santa Clara
Breakfast. At 08:30 am we have an early departure today. Passing a very fertile landscape along the north coast, our trip leads us towards the west. The scattered chimneys of the sugar factories really stand out in the surroundings here. Most of them are disused due to their age and the sinking prices of sugar. We drive down the highway towards Cibarien before heading to Remedios. Shortly before we reach Caibarien, a byroad leads us to the roadway which makes the islands Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Santa Maria accessible by car. But a drive across the dam is especially interesting due to the fascinating aquatic world with thousands of flamingos and pelicans. We pass the dam and stop by the Hotel Cayo Las Brujas where we enjoy the gorgeous sandy beach for a few hours. There are even a few sand dunes here, which is rare in Cuba. 
Lunch at a local restaurant.

After that, we drive back to Caibarien and into the small city Remedios. The carnival museum and the church in this place are pretty famous. There will also be a stroll through the sleepy center of the city. Here, 2 churches stand tall face to face. The Iglesia Mayor is the bigger one and was declared a national historical monument while it competes with a golden altar. The small, old, colonial hotel Mascotte is the place where we can leave the rest of the world behind with a coffee and calmly observe the few things happening in this small city’s center. That is the today’s Cuba. Once a year, Remedios wakes up. In the night of the 24th of December, the churchbell initiates the festival of the ‘Parrandas’. After the Christmas mass held in the Church, there are parades with decorated vehicles and bands with dancers that are organized by 2 competing city districts. 
The most beautiful costumes of the winning Barrios are exhibited in the Museum of the Parrandas next year, which is where you can have a look at all of them today. This is what the small Remedios is known for.
Now we continue to Santa Clara where we will arrive in the evening.
Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Evening stroll through Santa Clara.

cayo las brujas

Day 14: Santa Clara - Elguea - Jovellanos - Matanzas 
Breakfast. At 08:30 am we have an early tour through the city. In Santa Clara, we visit the ‘Plaza de la Revolucion’ with the memorial of Che Guevara. The mausoleum in this place is where his mortal remains, as well as the remains of his last companions who were convicted in the Bolivian jungle just few years ago, still lie and found their last resting place. Today, this is a sacred place for the Cuban revolution. Santa Clara is known as the city of Che. This is where the legendary guerilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara fought the battle, that lead the rebels to the victory over the tyranny of the Fugenico Batista, which was sped up when he blew up his armored train ‘Tren Blindado’ that was loaded with a lot of weaponry in 1958.

From Santa Clara we drive through the villages until we reach the Carretera Central. We drive along this road all the way to Colon and then continue on the worthwhile ramble route along the north coast to Sagua la Grande. From there the way goes on on the Carretera del Norte to the health spa Banos de Elguea with a beautiful coastal atmosphere. There are sulphuric healing springs and if requested, a specialist can tell you about the effect of the springs and what a bath or a fango pack can do for you. 
As a trial you can either take a healing bath in the spa hotel or you can have a pack made for you (exclusive, optional).
Lunch at a local restaurant.

We continue on the Carretera del Norte to Maximo Gomez and there we also cross the highway until we reach the Carretera Central. After that comes Matanzas, which has us passing through Jovellanos. Before we reach the second largest seaport of Cuba, we travel through Limonar all the way to the town Guanabana. Here, a rural road leads right into the inside of the village Cidra. A very important memorial of the history of slavery in Cuba is located here. Beside an impressive memorial for the slave who led a slave riot, in which she died, you can especially see the well-preserved ruins of the sugar mill Triumvirato which was destroyed completely by the slaves during the uprising in the 19th century. Right before we reach Matanzas, we visit the unmissable limestone cave Bellamar in case it’s open. After the long drive, this is a perfect opportunity to cool down. In Matanzas there is a pharmacy and a fort with a slavery museum, both really worth seeing. Matanzas used to be the most important harbor for slave imports in Cuba and the new world. Here there were many slave riots that were brutally quelled by the Spaniards. Metanzas owes its name to the slaughtering of the slaves. We stay in Matanzas.

Accommodation: Casa Particular, B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Tip for the evening: The Malecon at the huge Bahia of Matanzas basically invites you for an evening stroll. And a special program includes the highly recommended visit of the Tropicana Matanzas revue (45 CUC), located right beside the Hotel Canimao which lies 8km outside of Matanzas facing Varadero. (exklusive, optional)

santa clara

Day 15: Matanzas – Havana
Breakfast. Our departure to Havana starts at 9:00 am. Along the way there will be a well-deserved break at the outlook beside the largest and highest road bridge in all of Cuba, the Bacunayagua. Not only is the view breathtaking, but so is the always freshly prepared and best Pina Colada in Cuba. (optional)
Lunch at a restaurant in Santa Cruz del Norte.
Further down the road we will reach the Playas del Este, the beaches of Havana. We will also have a short side trip to the lively places Guanabo and Santa Maria del Mar. From there we already swiftly head for the island’s capital, La Habana. Before we reach the entrance of Havana’s harbor, we pass through the already known tunnel below the entrance into the historic center of the city.

For the Cubans, the harbor tunnel, which was built by a French company, is a landmark that stands for the corruption and unjust enrichment politics of the old rulers and the American Mafia which used to be resident here.
First the almost worthless plot in the north eastern part of the port, which is hard to reach from the city located in the south of the bay, was bought up for almost no money at all. Then, after the construction of the tunnel, the plot’s worth increased a lot, which led to good profit for the rulers and the Mafia so they built a new coastal road, the Via Blanca, which goes all the way to Varadero. Following that, a whole city district for expensive mansions and wide Avenidas was drafted from scratch. The revolution stopped the progress of the project and on the plots which had already been readied for construction, a Cuban version of social housebuilding was initiated. It included simple multistory apartment blocks for thousands of families who were homeless until then. Meanwhile, many new city districts were created by the resolution with the tunnel in the north east. Today these are called Casa Blanca and Habana del Este.
In the early afternoon we are back in Havana.

End of the 15-day classic car round trip through West and Central Cuba

Notice: The entire program, as well as the accommodations, are subject to change. Excursions, tours and the programs don’t have a set sequence, their order may change and they depend on the weather conditions and on how much daylight there still is. Unpredictable technical condition changes may also be a reason for last-minute cancelations or changes enforced by the tourist guide. The program order and the order of the day trips are determined by the tour guide. We apologize for any inconvenience. During the winter months the program order changes due to the days being shorter.

Please note: Participating in trips with private means of transport like private cars, bicy-taxis, vintage cars, horse carriages etc., as well as accommodation in Casas Particulares (Private accommodations) happens upon the travelers own risk.

Travel advice: Please remember to bring appropriate hiking shoes and gear on all trips and hikes, as well as a sufficient amount of water/drinks. And don’t forget your swimwear.


ORÜW15 Surprise West and Central Cuba - 15 days - Classic Car Round Trip    

(15 day/14 night classic car round trip following a fixed program with a chauffeur, your own travel guide and overnight stays in private accommodations)

Start in Havana: Trip can be started daily.

End of the trip: Havana.


Price per Person in EURO in a double room: from 3.299,00 EURO

Included in the price:

- Service description: 15 day trip in a vintage car (or car/minivan)
- Pickup at the airport and transfer to your accommodation
- From 2 people upwards 
- Driver and your own travel guide 
- English and German speaking travel guide
- Additional German speaking travel guide is not included
- Accommodation in a Casa Particulares (Breakfast and dinner according to the program)
- Overnight stays as shown in the program
- Lunch as shown in the program 
- Drinks during all meals are optional and not included in the price
- Trips and sightseeing events as shown in the program
- Secured Payment Certificate for the trip’s price

Not included in the price:

- Airport transfers at arrival and departure outside the program days 
- Overnight stays outside the program 
- Only/additional German speaking travel guide (33 Euros surcharge per day)
- Surcharges of any kind
- Expenses for services outside the program offered
- Optional trips, excursions and services
- Tips
- Drinks in the Paladares, Casas, Restaurants or other places
- Tourist tax Cuba and handling fee (p.p. 40 EUR)
- Tourist map on arrival (p.p. 25 EUR) 
- Airport tax on departure (is charged together with the ticket by the airline)

Changes and deviations in the entire program in case of possible fallacies for the duration of the trip and the accommodations, as well as subsequent billing during strong unexpected Euro/Dollar fluctuations are reserved. Excursions and the sequence of the programs depend on the weather conditions and on how much daylight there still is. Unpredictable technical condition changes may also be a reason for last-minute cancelations or other changes. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tour Guide: 
We would like to point out that the tour guides’ knowledge of the German language can vary. Especially during the main season (November-April) demand for German-speaking tour guides is very high. Therefore it may be the case that tour guides have knowledge of the German language but cannot speak it fluently. Generally English skills are very good, so there should not be any communication issues.

General information and program changes:
Please consider that sights, gastronomical facilities etc. can close last-minute and without advance notice. In cases like that we will try our best to find an offer of equal value within the limits of resources available.

Regarding hotels, please note: 
Cuba is in a difficult situation when it comes to hotels. Due to overbookings it can come to last-minute reservation changes. The hotels cannot be compared to the standards of hotels in other countries despite their category specifications (Stars) and/or the affiliation with international hotel chains. Due to the colonial construction method of many city hotels, not all rooms have windows.

Changes, fallacies, transmission or typos are reserved.
Our announcements, confirmations and travel conditions are essential for our offers.


All overnight-stays are in private accommodations, so called Casas Particulares.


Booking of your flight: 

We recommend to search for flights via flight search machines of your country. 

But if you need help, we will assist you at any time. 

airport havana



About travelling in classic cars (CC=Carros Classicos)

All classic cars, which are established for the roundtrips, have a taxi license for the transport of foreigners. They all date back to the time before or shortly after the revolution (1954 - 1960). Thus they are older than 50 years. In Cuba it is very expensive and arduous to refurbish those oldtimers and arrange them for excursion trips. For that reason, the cars are conducted by their owners and are maintained and shepherd like museum pieces. The drivers are often hobby mechanics and tinkerers, who have refurbished their cars on their own. In the majority of cases the car is in possession of one family for already 3 generations. But the „carros classicos“, how the Cubans call them, are not designed for cross-country, but only for comfortable tours on asphalt streets. The experience of this 8 day roundtrip in oldtimers is to feel the flair of the booming 50s. At the rear bench seat of the wide American 3 people will find a seat. A 4th person, either participant or guide, is able to sit in the front next to the driver. 
Each car is occupied by minimum 2 participants plus guide plus driver and with a maximum of 4 persons plus driver.  
The owners of the classic cars drive the cars in slow pace, with proper distance in a convoy and always in the same order. For reasons of safety the guide drives in the last car. The drivers are all hobby mechanics and they now their cars. For the case of need, all drivers are connected by mobile phones. 

About the luggage limitation in oldtimers and the luggage storage in Havana:

The luggage trunk of the classic car is very big. Nevertheless, if the car is full with participants, it is only enough space for one sportsbag (soft material, canvas) each participant. There is a maximum space of 5 travel bags in each car (1xdriver+1xguide+3xparticipants).
Your "excess luggage" can be left in Havana in a Casa Particular (fee=1 CUC each suitcase). Your guide will organise this for you. On day 7 your roundtrip ends in Havana, where you can pick up your "excess luggage".  

About the transfers:

All transfers are organised with taxis (normally oldtimers), which are able to drive to Casas Particulares. 
The transfers at day 1 from the airport to your Casa Particular in Havana and the transfer from Havana to the airport at day 7 are both included in the price. 
All other transfers are possible on application and with extra costs. Please ask for it with the booking.  
Because all transfers need to go to Casas Particulares, it is necessary to book all transfers together with your roundtrip. 

Regarding accommodation in Casas Particulares (CP)

Every night, after the vintage car trips, you will find accommodation in so-called Casas Particulares (CP) (Private Guest Houses). All rooms have a separate bathroom including a shower and a toilet as well as warm water and AC. In many cases the rooms also have fans. Not all rooms have 220V power outlets (Careful with dry shavers or hair dryers that don’t support 110V – 220V!) and normally all power outlets are designed for American tabs or American 3-pin plugs (2 Flat, 1 round). In Cuba you can’t buy any power adapters, therefor you should bring them in your baggage. A simple flashlight or chargeable lamp, or even candles can be very useful in case of a power outage. In many cases the rooms have 1 double bed and 1 single bed. The rooms can be used as single rooms, double rooms and also rooms for 3 people. In case 2 single beds, instead of 1 double bed are needed for 2 people, or 3 single beds are needed, they have to be requested during booking. All reservations at Casas Particulares include breakfast. The landlords of the rooms mostly cook the tap water, which they offer as drinking water, and have it cool down in the fridge. Only the carbonated water which can be bought everywhere in green plastic bottles is completely safe. Towels are provided by the landlords and are normally replaced every 2 days. Because of the climate in Cuba, mostly only thin sheets and a blanket are provided instead of a thick duvet.

Regarding windows in Casas Particulares (CP)

In hot Cuba, fresh air from outside and open windows or even incoming sunlight means unwanted heat in the rooms for the Cubans.

Because of that nobody in Cuba likes to open windows and let the sunlight into the room unimpeded. For Europeans this is quite unusual, but if you want to experience Cuba in the most real and authentic way, you should try your best to understand these circumstances caused by the climate and adapt.

Windows in the Casas Particulares are often covered with curtains to not let the light, i. e. the heat in.

In many cases the AC was built into a window subsequently as cooling is a lot more important than windows that open in Cuba. The windows there are normally not made out of glass, as the moist air would only end up as condensation on the glass, but are rather only horizontally arranged wooden planks that can be tilted and opened a bit to let some cooler air in at night. In Cuba, windows function less as a means of looking outside but rather letting air flow through. This is unfamiliar for Europeans but it can’t be changed. Everything was adapted to the climate and is therefor accordingly convenient. Most travelers prefer accommodation in a town’s center for understandable reasons. Hotels in Cuba are mostly located outside the center. But with Casas Particulares it is easier to fulfill the wish to be accommodated in the center, which is a great advantage that CPs have over hotels. In most cases the CP is not a small house at a corner but is rather just located beside 2 neighboring buildings wall-to-wall. The only windows that let you look outside are mostly at the house’s forefront that faces the street. This is also where the living room and the balcony are located most times. The bedrooms that are rented out are usually inside the house with a simple window facing the backyard to let air in. The backyards are also usually designed and built in a way so they don’t let a lot of light into the rooms, which is for heat prevention.

You can expect windows with a good view over the landscape maybe in the countryside or in suburbs but not in Cuba’s cities’ centers. This applies especially for Casas Particulares in Havana’s popular city center.

Please note:

Participation in trips with private means of transportation like for example a Bicitaxi and vintage cars, as well as accommodation in Casas Particulares happens at the traveler’s own risk. Getting accident insurance coverage for abroad is recommended.

Please consider that you are in a tropical country, or respectively, on an island, and in the accommodations you might find all sorts of insects, geckos etc. commonly found in the country!

Our Tips:
-Don´t leave valuables, phones, laptops, cameras etc. in the car.
-Please bring good footwear for trips and swimwear for the beach

Travel Request


There is the possibility to go diving during or in connection with your trip. The best place to go diving is Cayo las Brujas. Here you can find the only Marina and diving centre in this region. The diving centre offers wonderful dives and catamaran sailing. Please let us know in advance, if you would like to go snorkeling or diving and we will be pleased to assist you in finding the right choice.

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