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

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

Cuba Cigars and Rum

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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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Bird Watching "Cuba´s Bird World"

Bird Watching "Cuba´s Bird World": This hiking trip makes the hearts of lovers of bird watching beat faster.

Crane, ibis, flamingo, Cuban parrot, Tocororo and a lot more...

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Bird Watching "Cuba´s Bird World"

Havana, Cuba’s exciting capital city, will be one of the main bases for your tour and will in itself be one of the highlights. From Havana, you will go an excursion to the famous National Park La Güira, a mecca of typical Cuban flora and fauna before also visiting the stunning diversity of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Sierra del Rosario, another breathtaking display of Tropical biodiversity. You will then head to the Zapata Peninsula, whose landscape has been compared to the Everglades in Florida. This vast and partly unexplored area is a haven for birdwatching in Cuba. Besides crocodiles, dugongs and needlefish it hosts a vast array of birds such as cranes, ibises, flamingos, and the "Cuban Amazon", also known as the Cuban Parrot - a near-threatened species of great beauty and colour.

Highlights

Cuba´s national bird – the tocororo 

Cuba’s national bird, the 'tocororo' (also called the 'Cuban Trogon') is a real eye-catcher, and is recognisable by its characteristic song. On our birdwatching in Cuba tour you are guaranteed to encounter this special bird at least once. The name 'tocororo' is an onomatopoeic name based on the sound of its song. The colours of this special bird represent those of the Cuban flag, but this is not the only reason why it is considered the national bird; it also dances and sings like a real Cuban! When the tocororo sings it also moves its body up and down in a rhythmic dance. A further reason for the tocororo being the national bird is that it cannot live in captivity and therefore has become a symbol of the Cuban desire for freedom. The tocororo is a real highlight on the birdwatching in Cuba tour and one of the favourite photo moments.

Las Terrazas
The community Las Terrazas is a stunning ecotourism center located in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range and is a perfect spot for birdwatching in Cuba. While in Las Terrazas you should not miss out on the chance to swim in the natural pool of the river Rio San Juan. For those who are looking for something more exciting and stimulating we would recommend the Canopy Tour. Moving above the trees, like a bird yourself, you will see Cuba’s bird world up close. Las Terrazas, which was designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is a stunning place of wild beauty where inhabitants, tourists and wildlife become one. After our adventure here we will enjoy a meal in a typical Cuban restaurant, which is managed by locals, after which you will start the journey back to the town of Soroa.

Ciénaga de Zapata National Park
The Zapata Peninsula with its vast mangrove and marsh territories is probably the richest destination for bird-watching in Cuba. The peninsula has been designated a Cuban National Park due to its numerous migratory birds, rare resident waterfowl, endemic reptiles and wide variety of ecosystems. Seventy percent of Cuba’s bird species can be spotted in this region and one of the highlights among them is the Grey-fronted Quail-Dove that is endemic to Cuba and the Dominican Republic. This rare and threatened species enjoys the perfect conditions for surviving in the enthusiastically protected biosphere reserve of Ciénaga de Zapata. In the lagoon of Las Salinas, known for its concentration of migratory birds, large flocks of bright-coloured flamingoes can also be observed. This ecologically significant wetland of Cuba has also received the prestigious title of a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Travel Details

Program

Day 1: Arrival to Havana

Arrival at the international airport in Havana. You will be transferred (transfer in optional) to your hotel accommodation in Old Havana: Hotel Telégrafo where you will have dinner as well.
(incl. dinner)



Day 2: Havana – La Guira National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, your Cuba birding tours begin with a visit La Guira National Park located in the Sierra De Los Organos. This national park stretches over 21, 850 hectares and offers picturesque valleys and hidden caves. As the former country estate of Don Manuel Cortina - one of the first people who were forced to leave Cuba during the Revolution – the park includes ruins of a medieval residential building and an English garden. We will begin our bird watching here and hopefully see the Olive Capped Warbler, he Cuban Solitaire as well as the Cuban Trogon – the country’s national symbol.
Around noon, you will check in to the Hotel San Diego De Los Baños, which is located some 5km away from the Guira Park. Lunch will be served at the hotel and in the afternoon we are going to return to the park again to enjoy this magnificent environment and avian paradise. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Mirador de San Diego.
(incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)



Day 3: Soroa

After breakfast, you will continue the birding tours from the previous day before going to the Hotel Mirador San Diego for lunch. In the afternoon you will travel to Soroa. You will visit a famous orchid garden in the middle of the rainforest.

Our delicious dinner will be served in the Hotel Villa Soroa where you will spend the night.
(incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 4: Soroa – Las Terrazas – Soroa

After breakfast you’ll travel to the community of Las Terrazas, where you can observe a variety of bird species native to the Sierra Rosario. In Las Terrazas, you stop for lunch and before you return to Soroa, you will have a chance to do some more bird watching. Our dinner will be served in the Hotel Villa Soroa.
(incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)



Day 5: Soroa – Zapata

After breakfast, our birdwatching in Cuba itinerary takes us to the Peninsula Zapata, originally named after its owner to whom the island was promised by the Spanish Crown in 1636. The peninsula is only sparsely populated and consists mainly of mangrove swamps. However, the Parque National de Cienaga de Zapata is one of the most extensive and nicest wild resorts in the Caribbean. Here you will find about 150 different bird species including: the Cuban Green Parrot; Cuban Parakeet; Cuban Pygmy Owl; Zapata Crake; Bee Hummingbird; Spotted Rail; Yellow-breasted Crake; Stygian Owl; Blue-headed Quail Dove; Key West Quail Dove; Grey-headed Quail Dove; Great Antillean Nightjar; Red-shouldered Blackbird; Fernandina's Flicker; Gundlach's Hawk; Cuban Crow; Masked Duck; and Snail Kite. You will have lunch in the restaurant and your accommodation is booked in the Hotel Villa Playa Larga where you will be served dinner.
(incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)



Day 6 till 8: Zapata

During these couple of days we have 2 spectacular Cuba birding excursions to look forward to, one of which is a day trip. While visiting the areas such as Arroyone, Las Salinas, Las Bermejas and Santo Thomas, you can identify an extraordinary variety of birds including the Cuban Parrot; Cuban Parakeet; Barelegged Owl; Clapper Rail; Spotted Rail; Blue-headed Quail Dove; Antillean Nightjar; and many more. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Playa Larga where all meals are included.
(incl.breakfast, lunch, dinner)



Day 9: Zapata – Havana

After breakfast you can admire birds in their natural paradise in the Parque National De Cienaga De Zapata for the last time, as after lunch the transfer will take you back to Havana. In Havana, you will stay for dinner and an overnight stay at the Hotel Telégrafo in Old Havana.
(incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner)



Day 10: Departure Havana

The birdwatching in Cuba itinerary is left free this morning to do as you please. In the afternoon you have to be at the airport in time for your return flight (at least 3 hrs prior to departure, transfer optional) you may alternatively continue with other holiday plans or tours of Cuba.

Services&Price

10 days bird watching "Cuba´s bird world" 

• 10 days
• Participants: 1-15
• Guaranteed departure tour
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Price per person in a double room:  

10 days low season: 01.05 - 14.07.2018 

p.P. from 2830 Euro with 2 persons travelling


10 days high season: 01.01 2018 - 30.04.2018

p.P. from 3108 Euro with 2 persons travelling

Individual Trip: Dates and prices on application!

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Included:

• 9 overnight stays with full board (including picnics)
• Qualified English speaking tour guide
• All transfers described are offered on an air-conditioned mini-van
• Entrance fees to National Parks

Not included:

• Flight to Cuba
• Tourist Card (visa) can be arranged by us, including recorded delivery
• Additional drinks and meals.
• Tips
• Optional excursions
• Departure tax
• Travel insurance
• Transfer from/to the airport

Accommodation: 
Our standard hotels are 2 to 4 star according to local hotel ranking. Most of the hotels are situated centrally, but this can vary depending on the area you stay in. All rooms have toilets and bathrooms. The rooms are, as a rule, double rooms. There is a single traveller supplement for a double room for just one traveler. Alternatively you will stay in one double room with a co-traveller of the same gender. Breakfast is usually included. Variances may occur.

Important information: 
Should your hotel be fully booked we reserve the right to accommodate you in another hotel of the same standard

Accommodation

All hotel overnight-stays and accomodations like written in the program of the roundtrip.

1. / 9. day: Hotel Telégrafo. Oldest hotel of Cuba with a perfect position in Havana and good restaurants. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV. 

2. day: Hotel Mirador de San Diego. Situated at the entrance of the Güira National Park, with a big pool and a good restaurant. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV.  

3./4. day: Hotel Villa Soroa. Older hotel in the middle of nature. Standard room with air condition, shower/toilet, TV.

5./6./7./8. day: Hotel Playa Larga is new renovated and has 50 bungalows with 44 rooms, equipped with air-conditioning, WC and shower, satellite television. The equipment has bicycle 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 cafes, grill, pool, mini bar, motorcycle, horse and car rental stores, money exchange bureau and Faxleistungen tourism office taxis tennis and soccer ground, playing field for Strandvolleyball, society room, and parking place.

Flight

For flights to Cuba, please search via a search engine in your country. 

We are pleased to book you a domestic flight. 

Domestic Flight:

RATES IN EUROS PER PAX WITH TAX INCLUDED

VALIDITY FROM 01.11.2015 to 31.10.2016


CHARTER FLIGHTS

Route

One way

Round Trip

from/to Havana

Cayo Largo (airport transfer included)

90

134

Cayo Coco

129

235

Cayo Santa Maria

100

176

from / to Varadero

Cayo Largo (airport transfer included)

106

190


SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

Route

One way

Round Trip

from/to Havana

Santiago de Cuba

166

310

Holguín

153

285

Guantanamo

168

311

Nueva Gerona

56

112

Camagüey

124

225

Baracoa

195

369

Manzanillo

145

264

Las Tunas

140

258

Bayamo

144

266


IMPORTANT NOTE:
(Please consider rebooking and cancellation conditions for domestic flights in the trade terms)
Prices are subject to currency fluctuationsIn case of a booking the information of nationality, passport number and date of birth are required.
Depending on the route, customers receive electronic tickets or vouchers from Cuba4Travel that must be exchanged at Havanatur in Havana against tickets.
In any case, a reconfirmation of the charter domestic flights is required upon arrival in Cuba.
Children up to 2 years 90% discount (with no claim to occupy a seat, without free allowance). 
Children 2-11 years 25% discount.
Passengers must be 2 hours before departure at the airport
SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

NOTES:
* on flight route without remark no land transfer is included
* the YQ tax may lead to changes by the airline
* bookings must be made by mail using the model with the following data:
1 Name of the tour operator
2 Name of the traveler
3 flight number
4 departure / arrival
5 Date and Time
6 Hotel for pick up at the departure
7 Hotel at the destination
8 passport number
9 other comments

* the hotel pick-up takes place two hours before departure
* the average flight time to the Cayos is 55 minutes
* the child discount is available under the respective airlines

CANCELLATION POLICY 
* up to 30 days before the flight 10%
* 15-29 days before the flight 30%
* 14 - 7 days before the flight 60%
* 6-4 days before the flight 80%
* less than 3 days before the flight 100%

Tips

Our tips:

- We recommend good sports- and hiking wear.

- Please bring good footwear for trips and swimwear for the beach.

Travel Request

Watersport

There is the possibility to go diving during or in connection with your trip. 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.

Further information you can find at www.cuba-diving.de/DIVE-CUBA/dive_cuba.html