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RON y CIGARROS

11 DAYS

RON y CIGARROS - Tour 2019
 

December 22th 2019 - January 3rd 2020

SOLD OUT - AUSVERKAUFT

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► On this tour you have the great opportunitiy to become a “professional” in rum and cigars. You can taste every evening 1 small glas of rum and one of the finest Cuban cigars. Javier, our tourguide will explain all about the presented rum and cigar to you.
This service is for free and optional

 

And these are the cigars and rums you will enjoy (if available):

 

CIGARS
Mild flavour

Sabor suave

Hoyo de Monterrey (Epicure No2)
San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza (Gordito)
H. Upmann (Magnun 50 o 46)

 

Medium flavour

Sabor Medio
Romeo y Julieta (Churchill)
Cohiba (Robusto)
Montecristo (Open Master or Open Eagle)

Strong flavour

Sabor fuerte
Cuaba (exquisitos or Salomon, the thickest Cuban Cigars)
Montecristo (Piramide)
Cohiba (Behike 56)

RUMS

Legendario

Ritual
Havanna Club reserva
Santiago añejo or Ron Santero 11 años
Havanna Club 7 años
Cubay 10 años
Santiago 12 años
Seleccion de Maestros 

THE TOUR - DESCRIPTION (please follow the links to see some pictures)

TRAVEL PLAN

Day 1
Welcome at Havana airport - transfer to the hotel  

 

Your program today includes:

  • Transfer Havana Airport - Havana City

Overnight in Stardard Room - with breakfast
Villa Castellon 13 (4 Star Plus) (3 nights)

This Casa Particular is located on a side road in the elegant city district of Miramar/Playa. Guests will already get an idea of the ambiance from the outside of this Casa with its kittenish and lovely decorated front walls. The colonial building with its many terraces and bright colors fits perfectly to the lovely, color-coordinated interior design and the quiet ambiance of the Casa Particular. The cozy courtyard with a bar, as well as the spacious roof top terrace invite to relax.

Day 2
Havana

 

Your program today includes:

  • Day at leisure and time to explore the city by yourself.

Day 3

Colonial Havana

 

Taking over the bikes

In 1982, the UNESCO declared Havana’s historic city center as a world cultural heritage site. There is no city in whole Latin America with a larger colonial center. Enjoy a walking tour exploring the old city centre through the alleys and over the squares of
Old-Havana: Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palace of the Generals, Cathedral Square, Plaza Vieja, Hemingway’s “Bodeguita".

Your program today includes:

  • Cigar tasting (optional) at hotel Conde de Villanueva. Watch and experience the skilled hands of a professional cigar roller (torcedor) in the hotel Conde de Villanueva. Inclusive: 1 cigar, 1 glass of rum and 1 coffee.

  • Lunch at the recently remodelated restaurant “Santo Angel" at the Plaza Vieja.

  • Walking tour in the city centre.

Day 4

Havana

Havana is the crown jewel of Spanish colonial towns in the Caribbean. However, this city is much more than just a museum: the pulsating street life can be just as fascinating as the many architectural treasures. Today, you will get to know the most important sights of a city that has written centuries of Cuban history – and continues to do so until today. The day begins with a panoramic tour through the Havana of the 19th and early 20th century: along the esplanade Malecón, past the legendary Hotel Nacional, over the Avenida de los Presidentes. Continue to the imposing Capitol, past the Gran Teatro and Bacardí house over the Prado to Cathedral Square. Continue on foot through the alleys and over the squares of Havana’s historic colonial city center.

Your program today includes:

  • Visit of Organoponico (HAV-Alamar), where will be given explanations about the production and retailing of vegetables to the local comunity.

  • Visit of Cristo Statue. The work of the Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera is the largest sculpture ever created by a woman. From the hill, you have a beautiful view of Havana’s bay.

  • Visit of the Humidores of Havana. The group, led by the renowned artist and craftman on metal and wood, Jose Emesto Aguilera Reina, has been exclusively doing, since 2005, the replicas of antique humidors ordered by corporation Habanos SA, as a limited edition.

 

Day 5

Havana - Vueltabajo - Viñales (260 km
 

Today’s program includes a longer day excursion to the province Pinar del Río. In the early morning along the Ruta del Tabaco to Vueltabajo the sacred soil, where the best tobacco-growing ground and the imposing limestone towers (Mogotes) can be found. Panoramic tour through the Viñales valley, where time seems to stand still.

Your program today includes:

  • Visit of Cave de los Portales. It served as a hideout for Che Guevara during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Visit of Vega Finca Hector Luis. Learn all about cigar rolling and try it yourself. Sure, you can keep your handmade cigar(s).

  • Lunch at a private restaurant (Paladar)
    Please note: The number of seats in a private restaurant is limited by the state. However, in most cases the restrictions are seen as a motivation to become more creative, making these restaurants very popular (it is hard to get a table without reserving far in advance) and the atmosphere always adventurous.

  • Stop at the lookout point Los Jazmines. Great opportunity to take pictures of the unique Viñales valley.

Overnight in Standard Room with Breakfast
Casa Particular Viñales (Casa Particular) (2 nights)

 

Day 6

Viñales - Cayo Jutías - Viñales  (120 km)

Day trip to Cayo Jutías, a lonesome peninsula located at the north coast of Pinar del Río Provence. Time for the beach.

Your program today includes:

  • Excursion to Cayo Jutías with lunch. Day visit to the beautiful beach of Jutías, near Minas de Matahambre. Duration inclusive transfer
    from/to Viñales: 8 hours
    Due to the limited number of english-speaking guides, groups might be merged. A private tour cannot be guaranteed.

  • Dinner at Alberto Vitamina`s private restaurant (Paladar) Bella Vista. In the Bella Vista the food becomes an authentic experience. Alberto and his wife or another family member lovingly prepare the meal for the guests. Here it can always come to extraordinarily personal situations and suddenly you sit with Alberto at the table for a Rum or start playing Domino with the whole family. It’s delicious and the ambience including the service is individual and familiar. The restaurant is located a little bit outside of Viñales and garantees an original view into the Cuban cuisine. Have fun and enjoy!

 

Day 7

Viñales - Las Terrazas/Soroa (140 km)

 

In the morning drive to the UNESCO biosphere reserve Las Terrazas in the Sierra Rosario. This area is one of Cuba’s oldest and most important national parks.

Your program today includes:

  • Cocktail at Castillo de las Nubes. Enjoy a Piña Colada (without alcohol) while visiting this romantic castle with stunning views of the valley

  • Visit to the Baños del Rio San Juan. Stop at the river San Juan, one of the best rivers for bathing and enjoying the water in Cuba.

Overnight in Standard Room with Breakfast
Hotel Moka (3 Star Plus) (1 night)

The Hotel Moka is an ecologically - oriented hotel in the biosphere reserve of Sierra del Rosario. It was built to perfectly fit into the surrounding landscape. The hotel is situated in the middle of wooded hills and wild nature. A unique place to relax or to explore the surroundings during a wonderful walk through the forest. This hotel offers a unique atmosphere. The design of the hotel connects modernity with the colonial Spanish architecture.

Day 8

Las Terrazas/Soroa - Guamá - Girón - Cienfuegos (395 km) 

 

Drive in the direction of Central Cuba. Stop in Guamá on the half-island Zapata. Excursion to the legendary Bay of Pigs, scene of the failed US Invasion in 1961. Continue to Cienfuegos, a port city characterized by its French colonial architecture. Stroll over the Parque Martí with the nostalgic Terry Theater, where Caruso used to sing, and to the half island Punta Gorda with the “Moorish” Palacio del Valle and its typical wooden mansions.

Your program today includes:

  • Lunch at the restaurant “Cueva de los Peces" near Playa Giron.

Overnight in Standard Room with Breakfast
Hostal Tania y Adrián (Casa Particular) (1 night)

This Casa Particular (private accommodation) is equipped with a private bathroom and air-conditioner. These simple accommodations, an alternative for hotels, offer a personal service and possible insight into the Cuban everyday life.

Day 9

Cienfuegos - Trinidad (85 km) 

Early in the morning, drive along the panoramic coastal road to Trinidad, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site with one of a kind architecture. In the late afternoon, walk over the main square surrounded by the magnificent manors of the sugar barons.

Your program today includes:

  • Visit of the hacienda La Vega. Enjoy the beautiful nature at this cattle farm, where you will also receive explanations about the Cebu and his way of life. Possibility of hiking or horseback riding to the closest beach, where you can snorkel.

  • Visit to the beach Ancon. Enjoy the beautiful Caribbean beach relaxing, swimming or snorkeling.

Overnight in Standard Room with Breakfast
Casa Particular Trinidad (Casa Particular) (1 night)

Day 10

Trinidad - Santa Clara -  Havana (395 km) 

 

Drive from Trinidad to Santa Clara. Visit the city of the revolution and later back to Havana via Autopista A1. Arrival in the capital in the late afternoon.

Your program today includes:

  • Visit of Memorial Ernesto Che Guevara. The impressive monument of Che Guevara, one of the most famous guerrillas worldwide, was erected in 1988 and finished in 1997 with the transfer of Che Guevara ́s remains from Bolivia to Santa Clara. You can visit the main monument with the statue of Che, the mausoleum and a small museum which collects details of Che ́s life and death.
    The mausoleum and museum, located behind the monument, are closed on Mondays and some other days without prior notice.

  • Dinner at the Paladar " Jardin de los Milagros".Like the name “Jardin“ (Garden) already shows, this Paladar is well equipped with many plants. On the roof they plant their own mint, tomatoes and other vegetables. An attentive service personnel serves tasty, simple Cuban dishes. Often people can dance to live music. This Paladar is perfect for groups. – Have fun and enjoy!

Overnight in Stardard Room with breakfast
Villa Castellon 13 (4 Star Plus) (1 night)

 

Day 11

Havana - Havana Airport

Time at leisure (depending on time of departure) and drive to the airport Havana.

Your program today includes:

  • Transfer Havana City - Havana Airport
     

- End of our services -

 

PRICES

All prices in USD / per person

 

Driver with pillion rider / double room          3,835.00

Driver with pillion rider / single rooms         4,135.00

Driver without pillion rider / single room          4,965.00

! Early Bird Special

until 30th September, 2019

→ 100 USD OFF !

SERVICES

 


Included
in the prices:

 

  • Round trip in air-conditioned vehicle (taxi/minivan/microbus/bus) of local standard quality with driver

  • Excursions, visits, hotels, restaurants and entrance fees according to the program

  • 2. to 10. day local guide

  • 11 nights in the above mentioned hotels (according to availability)

  • 10x breakfast /6x lunch /5x dinner

  • Rent of Harley Davidson Motorbikes, including pillion

Not included:

  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

  • Entrance fee and transfer to the events (see supplements)

  • Personal expenses and tipping of any kind

  • Fuel for motorbikes (about 100 US$ per bike)

 

IMPORTANT

 

Entry requirements for Cuba

Entry into Cuba is only possible with an international health insurance (not from a US insurance), as well as a tourist card. Anyone who cannot provide proof of insurance at the time of entry will be obliged to purchase a Cuban health insurance at the airport. The tourist card, which can be bought - among others – at any Cuban Embassy, ​​will have to be presented to the airline when checking-in for the Cuba flight.

Casas Particulares (Private Accommodation)

In a lot of places in Cuba clients have to beware of "jineteros" or 'touts' that will stop their car or meet them off the buses. Through grand gestures and claims these people will try and find ways of discouraging tourists from going to the casa they have booked and lead them to another casa instead. They can say things like that they are there on behalf of the house-owner (even that they are a cousin/uncle or similar), that the house is full, or that it had to be closed etc. and that they have arranged an alternative casa. The clients should not trust or believe them, instead they should make their way to the address of the confirmed accommodation anyway and insist on speaking to the owner.

 

Program changes before commencement of services

CUBA Bikers strives to carry out the agreed services according to the program. However, it cannot be excluded that changes in program and service will be necessary. CUBA Bikers shall notify customer of such changes promptly and will strive to mitigate their effects. CUBA Bikers shall also notify the customer of any changes in the price as a result of changes in the program and services.

 

Program changes during a travel

The customer shall take note that in the Caribbean, in spite of a good travel organization, program and service changes cannot be excluded during a trip. This is due to weather/natural events, governmental measures, force majeure, supply bottlenecks, or other unforeseeable or unavoidable circumstances, etc. CUBA Bikers strives to minimize the consequences of such changes. CUBA Bikers is entitled to refuse the remedy in case the defect has been caused by customer, in the event of force majeure, or if the elimination of the aforementioned defect should incure excessive costs.

​REGISTRATION FORM

See the PDF-form above or here

 

​Upon receiving the registration, we will be forward the booking to our partner “Caribbean Tours”. “Caribbean Tours is leading Swiss Tour Operator in Cuba, which will be in charge of sending you your booking confirmation and your invoice. This includes as well all terms, conditions, services, etc. Your payment must made at least 30 days prior to the tour date on the specified account. Your place in the tour will be reserved once the payment has been received.

 

 

IMPORTANT AND MANDATORY DOCUMENTATION

You must have a valid motorcycle driver’s license for your country: The Driver’s license must be valid for the BIG classes, no restriction of horsepower or anything of sorts; an international driver’s license is also recommended.

 

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 (six) months upon entry to Cuba.

 

Please take care of your visa by applying for it (for example here: https://www.de.cubatravellingonline.com/).

TIPS and SUGGESTIONS

We highly suggest to book your flight immediately after you have received our confirmation. Thus the earlier you book, the cheaper it might be. We have had great experience by doing this and therefore we can recommend it.

 

The finalizing of the journey refund of the deposit is recommended, but it is left however to the participant’s choice. We recommend you to check with your insurance carrier for services and prices.

 

Although Cuba emanates a dispassionate charm and great charisma, it is not an easy travel destination. We have done and will continue doing everything to make your stay as pleasant and trouble-free as possible. Nevertheless, it is always good to bring along a certain amount of peace, patience and serenity. The Caribbean life style, culture, and ways of doing things are very different from ours.

 

As social and cultural etiquette we ask to refrain on making any political statements or remarks, this could come to have very unpleasant consequences, not only for you but for us and for fellow travelers as well.

 

We highly stress the fact to pay attention to the main rules that must be adhered to in Cuba; if you follow the instructions, you will not only have a great time but you will also experience a great, unforgettable tour.

You have our word on it!

 

We look forward on having you with us and on making your DREAMS COME TRUE.


Kind regards in the name of
CUBA Bikers

Teresa Hampe & Wolfgang (Wolfi) Thomasitz

Contact us here or send your enquiry to  

             office@cuba-bikers.com

 

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