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Below you will find details and prices of excursions that are available to book through your on-resort Thomas Cook Representative or your First Choice/Thomson Representative - you do not have to book through your own travel company representative so it is in your own interest to compare prices with each company and book with the relevant tour Rep.
****Pregnant women will not be allowed to swim with the Dolphins for safety reasons.
The dolphin trips are well worth the money and a memorable experience -
A trip across the Bahia de Naranjo in a large speedboat to the Dolphinarium.
You can have your swim with the dolphins and the 2 shows filmed and put onto DVD for you at extra cost - brilliant memories. The trip operates daily and costs 108 CUC adults and 54CUC kids, if you only want to watch you can do so for 40(approx) CUC and 20 (approx) CUC. (Everbody is required to wear a life vest.)
Swim With The Dolphins - A half day excursion.
Swim with the dolphins and enjoy a spectacular dolphin show. You will also fall in love with the sealions during their show or if you're lucky one may fall in love with you...cameras are a must for this!
Trip operates daily. Adults 99 CUC; Children 50 CUC
You can have your swim with the dolphins and the 2 shows filmed and put onto DVD for you at extra cost - brilliant memories. The trip operates daily and costs 99 CUC adults and 50CUC kids, if you only want to watch you can do so for 40(approx) CUC and 20 (approx) CUC. (Everbody is required to wear a life vest.)
Dine With The Dolphins - Swim with the dolphins, kiss and cuddle these amazing creatures. Watch the spectacular dolphin show followed by a scrumptious lobster dinner whilst enjoying the sounds of the Afro-Cuban rhythms. Be amazed at the daring of the glass walkers as they perform their art.
Trip operates Thurs & Sat. Adults 120 CUC; Children 70 CUC.
Sun Cruise - A fantastic combination; Let your hair down on a catamaran, sail to a coral reef for snorkelling time, then swim with the dolphins as a final touch to a perfect day.
Trip operates Daily. Adults 110 CUC; Children 55 CUC
The Grand Safari - See the real Cuba; this is an excursionthat cannot be missed. Tour the countryside of Holguin province and take in the sights of local Cuban life, stop to take postcard view photos, snapshot reminders of unforgettable memories. Stops on route will include Biran Castro, the birthplace of Fidel Castro where you have to pay to take photos. Pinares and its picturesque waterfall. You will experience a typical Cuban Lunch. This truly is discovering Cuba. The Jeep rides sounds good but you cover 300 kms in little Suzuki Jimmy covered Jeeps which are not really suitable for the majority of the terrain this tour covers and the small amount of legroom adds to the discomfort - the Jeeps drive off road but a lot of the terrain is littered with boulders and you are continually being buffeted around and one of the jeeps in our party had a puncture and another a leakage of fuid. There needed to be a few more stops and things to see and only one of the drivers spoke English so if you travelled with him it was more interesting as you got more information.
Trip operates Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. Adults 93 CUC; Children 69 CUC.
NEW:- Beautiful Bariay - Full day Jeep Tour to a local village where you can experience local life with a visit to a doctors house, A ration shop and a lokk at the local school. You will also visit a farmers house where you will really experience the Cuban way of living! You will also enjoy an exhilarating ride on a jet ski at the local Marina before returning to your hotel.
Trip operates Tues/Weds/Thurs/Sun. Adults 93 CUC; Children 69 CUC
Holguin By Night - A night of romance in the city of Holguin. Visit the church of San Jose where you will learn about the secret passage ways for lovers, you will then visit La Periquera musueum where you will how thelegend of the secret passages came about. In the museum you can seal your undying love by adding your lovedones name to the never-ending tale of romance. Enjoy some free time in the city centre before enjoying dinner and ending the evening dancing the night away.
Trip Operates Friday. Adults 59 CUC; Kids N/A.
Cuba Life - A different day out for you experience the everyday Cubathat moves around you at the Caribbean pace. You will visit a local farm with different plantations, Sama fishing village and the Chorro de Maita Indian Village. This trip will also take you to a doctors house and you will have free time in Guardalavaca and at the market and beach; Lunch is included. A perfect chance for you to relax and take in the surrounding area.
Trip operates Thurs & Sat. Adults 44 CUC; Children 19 CUC. Check for special Price offer with your Rep.
Natural Farmer - (Guajiro natural) An excellent combination of horseback riding, line fishing, and a Cuban Rodeo in Rocazul Biopark. Lunch included and take home your own farmer's hat.
Trip Operates Thursday. Adults 44 CUC; Children 24 CUC
Cuba Inside - A popular local tour starting with a ride on an old steam locomotive through the countryside and sugar cane fields. Then into Holguin city to visit a cigar factory and see the world's most famous cigars being hand made, Visit the Cathedral Square and spend some free time exploring the city centre streets and then visit Gibara with architecture of its own. Lunch with 1 drink included.
Trip operates Mon/Weds/Fri Adults 59 CUC; Kids 30 CUC.
Santiago by Day - fantastic opportunity to view this beautiful, vibrant, cultural city filled with Cuban history and where you will be part of the rhythm, warmth and history that had made Santiago a cornerstone of the Cuban Nationality whilst being driven in a classic American car. Full day with lunch in the city with 1 drink included.
Trip operates Tues/Sat. Adults 99 CUC; Children 59 CUC. *NB: This is a long day with approx 3 hrs travelling each way.
Santiago Overnight currently only offered by First Choice – Cuba's former capital and most heroic city. This trip will take you to see the beautiful town of Bayamo and a stop at the Basilica El Cobre en route to Santiago. In Santiago visit the Moncada Garrison attacked in 1953 by Castro, The Revolution Square and admire the panoramic view of the bay from the Morro Fortress. Enjoy an evening relaxation at the Tropicana show (extra 20 CUC per person). Enquire with your Rep for prices/further information ~ no children under 16 permitted to Tropicana).
Havana Overnight & Tropicana - A chance to see Havana and appreciate this vibrant city. The first day is spent in New Havana stepping back in time to the 1940s, seeing old American cars driving by. Spend the second day in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site,with free time around the island's largest market. In the evening enjoy Cuba's most famous cabaret show Tropicana (66 CUC extra) - When the sun goes down the lights come on for the world famous spectacular Tropicana Show; see with your own eyes the 200 dancers and their elaborate costumes.
Trip Operates - See Rep. Adults; Flight price 235 CUC + Excursion Cost 121 CUC +Tropicana 66 CUC (optional) ; (Tropicana = over 18s only).
Havana By Day - A full day in the cosmopolitan capital and one of the world's most famous cities. Visit Old and New Havana with its amazing architecture and sitesthat have witnessed the making of history, including Revolution Square, The Capitolio building, the Ernest Hemingway Trail plus much more.
Trip Operates - See Rep for information and prices.
Island Paradise Catamaran - An unmissable day as you take to the sea and sail out to the Island of Cayo Saetia Island with a snorkelling stop. For relaxation take time out on the beautiful beaches and indulge in some sunbathing. The day includes an all-inclusive bar on the boat and lunch on the island with one drink included. Trip operates Daily. Adults 83 CUC; Children 42 CUC.
Ocean Paradise Catamaran - Fun for everyone; A day aboard a luxury catamaran, including the essential 3 S's of a holiday – swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. Explore the coral reefs and cool off in the cristal clear waters. The day includes a mouth watering lobster meal and an all-inclusive bar onboard.
Trip operates Daily. Adults 69 CUC; Children 30 CUC.
Boat Adventure - Feel the adrenaline as you drive your own speed boat. 2 persons per boat
Trip operates Daily; Adults 29 CUC; Children 19 CUC.
Trolling Fishing ( Pesca a vara) – Try your hand at catching the big one! Charter your own boat and be Ernest Hemingway for the day. Fish for Marlin, Tuna and Snappers whilst enjoying the open bar.
Trip operates daily. Adults & children 78 CUC each. Boat=310 CUC.
Be treated like a millionaire for a whole day ~ check with your Rep the exact itinerary as this trip can vary.
Take the opportunity to drive to the site where Christopher Columbus arrived into Cuba in your very own convertible, with private guide and driver. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the historical site to see the Indian village. Enjoy a relaxing spa and lunch before being whisked away to a swim with the dolphins. Daily 509 CUC per couple.PRDO for use of their pool, Jaccuzzi & spa, you will also receive a Twin Spa treatment to relax you from the hustle and bustle of your day..
Trip operates Daily = 509 CUC per couple
VIP Lounge - Leave Cuba in style with the exclusive VIP service at the airport. Preferential check-in and the benefits of your personal air-conditioned, comfortable lounge with all-inclusive drinks and snacks whilst you wait to board your return flight. Book now to ensure you end you have a relaxing end to your holiday. SPACES ARE LIMITED.
PRICE:- Adult; 29 CUC Children; 20 CUC
Please Note:- Prices are in Cuban Convertible Pesos. Children's prices are for 2 years - 12 years. 24hrs notice is required for all cancellations if a full refund is to be given otherwise a charge of 25% will be deducted. Cubanacan will NOT authorise any refund on excursions by air should 24hrs notice not be given for cancellations.
Thomas Cook only act as an agent on behalf of the excursion provider. Your contract with the excursion provider will be subject to local laws and the excursion providers booking conditions. Bookings will not form part of your holiday package. If you miss an excursion due to illness a medical certificate must be shown before a refund is issued and this will be at the discretion of Cubanacan Agency. Contact details: 430226 from 9am to 5pm. All excursions are operated and organised by Cubanacan.
Just a little note – It's a good idea to do a trip independently. Ask reception to arrange a taxi with good English speaking driver (or organise yourself). A taxi would normally collect you around 9/9.30am and will bring you back any when after 5/5.30 pm (or when you are ready). This way you get to see a lot more than the organised trips and can do things at your own pace, you also have the ability to stop whenever you want to at places that interest you along the way and can ‘skip’ things that don’t really interest you. A good taxi guide will know all the places of interest + others, so don’t be apprehensive. Taxis will take short cuts through the countryside and remote villages – routes that are not suitable for coaches – it is quite an eye opener, a real culture shock – it’s like travelling back in time – horses pulling water bowsers to replenish a family's water supply, oxen pulling hand-made wooden ploughs to cultivate the land – people walking for miles or travelling by horse and trap. Chicken farms = 100s of chickens grazing freely on a small piece of land (a far cry from modern day battery hen farming techniques) - amazing sights to be seen ~ independent travel is a must !
Do not do the dolphin trip independently...it will cost you a lot of money for your own transport and your timing has to be right to catch the Dolphin and sea Lion shows. You can not do the dolphin trip independently cheaper than the organised excursion.
If you have goodies to give away, take these out on your trip and ask the driver to stop in a little village so you can distribute your gifts. These gifts are far more truly appreciated by these people that genuinely have NOTHING, than the resort workers, who by comparison, have everything. (Stick to tipping in cuc at the resorts and save your gifts for villagers!) If you have school supplies, ask your driver to stop at a remote village school for you to give the goods to the Principal. ……. Again, everybody distributes to schools around the resorts, so by doing this you are helping the schools that have a more genuine need!!
For a lovely day out: Holguin & Gibara – Ask your Hotel reception to organise a taxi with English speaking driver (he will be your guide for the trip) to take you to Holguin & Gibara. Ask your driver to stop at places of interest along the way for photo taking etc. Spend free time in Holguin visiting the cigar factory, museums etc., if that is what you want to do or just enjoy a leisurely stroll taking in the architecture or the hustle & bustle of the city, and then go sightseeing by cab – La Loma de Cruz etc. and then on to Gibara (pronounced Hib-ar-a), it's a pretty little fishing village with beautiful harbour views and lovely colonial architecture. Gibara houses a few museums, cigar factory, colonial palace etc. There are restaurants and bars to eat at and La Concha has beautiful views across the bay. Ask the driver to suggest somewhere for a nice lunch in Gibara and explain whether you want a light lunch or a more exquisite lunch (ie. lobster/shrimp meal); a lot of cab drivers will take you to a casa (private house) for lunch. Gibara has some lovely casas where you can eat the most fabulous home-made food. Lobster and seafood are their specialities (and it will probably cost approx 20/25 CUC each including drinks). Invite the driver to join you (as your guest, of course!!!). When lunch is done, tour Gibara, a stroll along the promenade to walk off your lunch and a walk around the square etc ….. your driver will lead you!! The taxi for the whole trip should cost you around 130 CUC ...... If you & your partner share with 2 others that is only approx £22 each ....much, much cheaper, far more interesting and informative and soooo much more rewarding and fun than any organised trip. Remember to set the price with the cab driver before you set off.
FYI – An organised trip to Holguin alone is 59 CUC each (over £35 each)... so an independent trip by taxi is good value for your CUCs.