A very early departure takes us away from beautiful Viñales and east along the motorway where after approximately 90 minutes we will take a short detour to the Botanical Gardens at Soroa, where the largest collection of Orchids can be found in Latin America. With magnificent views of the rolling palm clad hills of the Sierra Del Rosario the gardens are beautiful and contain over 700 species of Orchid alone! We can also enjoy a short walk to the impressive Soroa waterfall, a tranquil setting in a sub-tropical valley.
The morning continues and we head through the suburbs of Havana where we make a stop at Finca Vigía, the former Cuban home of the legendary writer and resident of Havana, Ernest Hemingway. The beautiful mansion house remains untouched since he left the house expecting to return! The tour covers the gardens and allows us to look into the rooms from outside. We continue to the village of Cojímar, the setting for Hemingway’s world famous book “ The Old Man and the Sea “ and after a short orientation walk we will enjoy lunch in the village.
After lunch we continue along the coastal Via Blanca road stopping at Bacunayagua Bridge, Cuba’s tallest and with fantastic views of the Yumuri Valley far below. You could try the fabulous Pina Colada’s here, freshly made with real local pineapples and if you want a big dash of rum!
Matanzas city, Cuba’s Venice is the next stop and we will tour this pleasant colonial town overlooking Cuba’s largest bay and in the late afternoon we arrive into Varadero resort and you will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice.
Transport as required with driver/ guide, entrance to Soroa Orchid gardens and waterfall, entrance to Finca Vigía, short tour of Cojímar, Three course lunch in Cojímar, scenic stop at Bacunayagua Bridge and short orientation tour of Matanzas.
Any drinks with lunch and drinks or snacks during the day, tips for driver / guide and local guides, tips at lunch venue.