Classic Car Trip "Picturesque Westcuba - 4 days"
A 4 day round trip through West Cuba. Collect gorgeous impressions in a short period of time.
Let you take away into a Cuban picture book ...
ORMALW4 Classic Car Trip "Picturesque West Cuba" - The 4 Day Vintage Car Tour into West Cuba
A round trip in a vintage car with a chauffeur, your own travel guide and overnight stays in private accommodations.
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 with many authentic picturesque places in western Cuba will be amazed by this round trip. At the start of this round trip, we will start in Havana and then our 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 stay is 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, as well as the tropical valleys around Viñales where we will have stops stops at the unique sights embedded in the tropical karstic landscape of the Mogotes. After your first night and a nice evening in Viñales, 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 past San Diego de los Banos with its health spas and after a short stop at the old and famous coffee plantation Angerona our way leads us back to Havana, where your picturesque trip through west Cuba ends.
Havana - Pinar del Rio - Vuelta Abajo - San Luis – San Juan - Guane - Cayo Jutías - Viñales - Cueva de los Portales - San Diego de los Banos - Angerona - Havana
This short trip particle will amaze you with lovely impressions of the beauty of west Cuba.
Picturesque Westcuba - 4 day Roundtrip in a Classic Car / Car with driver and guide
You arrival in Havana should happen at least one day before the start of the round trip and the overnight stay should preferably be in one of our selected private accommodations (Casa Particulares) in Havana. Therefor please let us know if we are supposed to book an overnight stay before and/or after the round trip in Havana.
Day 1: Havana - Pinar del Rio - San Luis - Vuelta Abajo
Breakfast. At 08:30 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. Overnight stay in the area.
Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 2: San Luis - Vuelta Abajo – San Juan - Guane - Viñales
Breakfast. At 08:30 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 and Viñales.
Lunch at a restaurant along the way.
Now we continue into the tropical natural landscape with tobacco fields embedded in picturesque valleys, crossing very old iron bridges and passing interesting villages with the authentic life of the countryside residents.
You drive through the surrounding tobacco growing areas into the magnificent Viñales Valleys with the tropical mountains of the karstic valleys of the Sierra de los Organos. After that the way leads right into the tropical natural landscape of the mountain peaks of the Mogotes protected by the UNESCO. There are remnants of gigantic collapsed caves of long forgotten times. Afterwards and without a particular order, we will have stops to take pictures at interesting Mogotes and the lovely sights of the area. We pass through the picturesque Viñales Valleys until we reach the city Viñales.
Accommodation: Casa Particular B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
During an evening stroll in Viñales you can enjoy Cuban live music in the market square and indulge in the fascinating atmosphere of this place. (Optional)
Day 3: Viñales - Cayo Jutias - Viñales
Breakfast. At 08:30 am we start our day trip and seaside day as we drive towards Cayo Jutias.
Before driving to this beautiful peninsula at the west coast, we will have stops at the breathtaking observation deck of the Hotel Los Jasmines and the prehistoric wall of Dos Hermanas.
After the stops at Viñales Nature Park, you will quickly advance to today’s seaside destination. 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.
Evening stroll in Viñales. (Optional)
Day 4: Viñales - Cueva de los Portales - San Diego de los Banos - Havana
Breakfast. At 08:30 we return to Havana. First we pass by the gorgeous Mogotes until we reach the Cueva del Indio. Visit of the cave, which has a river flowing through it that you will pass through with a boat.
As we say goodbye to the Viñales Valleys, we quickly continue through an impressively captivating landscape of the tropical mountain range, Sierra de los Organos, including breathtaking views from the heights of the foothills. Along the way we will reach another highlight of our trip which is the cave of Che, la Cueva de los Portales. This is the place where Ernesto Che Guevara and his loyals were hiding during the revolution’s battles. This huge cave and rock labyrinth in an idyllic location is a very impressive natural monument which you will gaze upon.
Lunch at a restaurant along the way.
As we continue we will pass through the national park La Guira towards San Diego de los Banos, which is a Cuban health spa with old healing springs that have been visited since 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. From San Diego we head down the Carreterra Central to Cayajabos. Here we turn away from the highway and 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.
After a short stay there we quickly make our way back to Havana.
End of the 4 Day Vintage Car Round Trip ‘Picturesque West Cuba’
Tip for the evening: Visit of the famous Cabaret Tropicana La Habana or the Cabaret Parisien. (Optional)
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.
4 day/3 night vintage car round trip with a chauffeur, your own travel guide and overnight stays in private accommodations with half board.
Start in Havana: Friday. Other days on request.
Price in Euro from:
990,- Euro per person in a double room
Minimum amount of participants: 2 people
Included in the price:
- Service description: 4 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 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 EUR surcharge per day)
- Surcharges of any kind
- Expenses for services outside the program offered
- Optional trips, excursions and services
- 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)
Trips and the order of the programs are subject to the weather conditions and how much daylight is left, as well as unpredictable and changing technical conditions and can therefor lead to last-minute cancellations or changes conducted by the tour guide. We kindly ask for your understanding.
Changes and mistakes in the entire program, the trip offer and the hotels and accommodations and the price are reserved!
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 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.
Please ask us for our dream beach offers!
This group round trip is the ideal trip module for another additional week at a dream beach during a 2 week long vacation or even for only a few days at the seaside on a 10 day trip. Just ask us for our dream beach offers and hotels at your desired destinations.
During a 2 or 3 week long Cuba trip, we are happy to put together a package for you that includes a seaside destination of your choice.
All overnight stays and accomodations as mentioned in the trip details.
3 nights in a Casa Particular - private accommodation.
On request we are also pleased to book you a hotel.
Note: There are only very few country hotels and therefore they are often fully booked in the peak season. Then we change to similar hotels. Because of that you may get the final hotel confirmation only when you start the trip. Please understand this. Of course, we always try to book the described hotel for you.
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.
About travelling in oldtimers (CC=Carros Classicos)
All oldtimers, 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.
We take care, that couples and related participants get their seats together in one car. But to keep down the costs for each participant, we try to fill up the car with the maximum of 4 persons. If customers wish to drive the cars with only 2 participants, there is the possibility to book this trip as a private roundtrip. (please see the price table) The owners of the oldtimers 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 Santa Clara:
The luggage trunk of the American 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 Santa Clara in a Casa Particular on day 2 of the roundtrip (fee=1 CUC each suitcase). Your guide will organise this for you. At day Das organisiert der Rundreiseleiter. On day 8 your roundtrip ends in Santa Clara, where you can pick up your "excess luggage".
Customers, who only bring suitcases from home, can borrow for free a bag from the guide in Santa Clara and give it back at day 8.
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 Santa Clara and the transfer from Santa Clara to the airport at day 8 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.
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!
-Don´t leave valuables, phones, laptops, cameras etc. in the car.
-Please bring good footwear for trips and swimwear for the beach.
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.