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Highlights of Cuba

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Highlights of this tour:

Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and the Che Guevara museum and mausoleum in Santa Clara.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flight from the UK to Havana (enquire regarding direct flights)
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Havana
  • Transfers to and from the bus stations
  • Bus: Havana – Viñales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Santa Clara – Havana
  • 10 nights at Casa Particulares incl. breakfast
  • 2 x lunch (day 4+10)
  • 3 x dinner (day 4+6+7)
  • Cuban tourist visa
  • Individual tour; however, all excursions are done in small, international groups with local, English-speaking guides.
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participant
  • Daily departure is an option

The following excursion packages are included:

  • City tour in Havana’s old quarter
  • Excursion to the Viñales Valley, including a visit to a tobacco plantation and a limestone cave
  • City tour of Trinidad
  • City tour in Santa Clara, including a visit to the Che Guevara museum and mausoleum
  • Entry to all mentioned attractions

You have the option to change your accommodation in Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad from Casa Particulares to a hotel at a supplementary price starting from £540 per person.

You have the option of extending the tour with a beach holiday at one of Cuba’s stunning beaches.

Single room supplement: £520
Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more people

Choose this tour because…

Cuba exudes history, revolution, music and dance, and this tour lets you experience the absolute highlights of the country. The tour starts in Havana, where beautiful colonial buildings, charming American cars, smiles and salsa rhythms wish you welcome.
From the colourful capital, the tour proceeds to the countryside and the lush, idyllic Viñales Valley, where, among other things, they grow tobacco plants that grow to become some of the world’s very finest cigars.
The tour continues through the charming Cienfuegos, also known as the Pearl of the South, to Trinidad. You can’t help but love Trinidad! The cobblestone streets, vibrantly colourful houses and sweet live music soothes both body and soul.

From Trinidad, the tour goes back to Havana, with a stop in Santa Clara, where you can visit the iconic freedom fighter Che Guevara’s grave and mausoleum.

You have the option of extending the tour with a beach holiday at one of Cuba’s stunning beaches.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK and arrival in Havana
Day 1: Departure from the UK and arrival in Havana

Departure from the UK and arrival at the Havana airport with connecting flights on the way. Here you meet with our partner in Cuba, who is standing ready with a sign with your name on it. A driver takes you to your accommodations in Havana. The trip takes approx. 30 min. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 2: City tour in Havana
Day 2: City tour in Havana

After breakfast, you take a city tour of Havana’s old quarter, which is on UNESCO’s list of sites worthy of preservation. Put on your good walking shoes, and let the guide take you through Havana’s cobblestone streets to impressive sites with beautiful old colonial buildings. You experience the contrast between the newly-renovated and maintained streets and buildings, and the more dilapidated areas, that makes Havana so unique. Among the tour’s highlights is a visit to the oldest part of the city, Plaza de las Armas, where the city museum and the governor’s palace are located. Plaza de San Francisco Asis at the port of Havana, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral with its beautiful cathedral.

You have the afternoon and evening to yourself.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 3: Havana on your own
Day 3: Havana on your own

The day is spent at your leisure, and you can explore incredible Havana on your own, or choose to buy one of the following excursions from home.

Here is a selection of tours in Havana available for purchase:

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 4: Havana – Viñales Valley
Day 4: Havana – Viñales Valley

Today you leave Havana and set a course for the Viñales Valley, where stunning nature experiences await. On the way, you stop at a small tobacco plantation and tobacco factory, where you gain an exciting insight into the process of creating their fine cigars. Cuba is famous around the world for its fine cigars, and the Viñales area is renowned for having some of the best tobacco plantations in the country. This is where the tobacco for the famous Cohiba and Montecristo brands of cigars comes from.

Please note: The cigar factories in Cuba stipulate that you must be at least 18 to enter and that the cigar factory is closed during the weekend.

The last road section into the Viñales Valley goes along a winding road. A stop is made at the lookout point at Hotel Jazmines. Here you get a panoramic view of this fairy-tale valley, with its iconic limestone cliffs, also known as “mogotes”, shooting straight up from the lush fields. This is a view that really takes your breath away.

Just outside Viñales you see a gigantic mural, Mural de la prehistoria, which symbolizes the evolution of mankind. It was made by Leovigildo González, a local artist, and the Cuban people take great pride in it.
The last experience of today’s trip is the spectacular limestone cave, Cueva del Indio, which was inhabited by indigenous people in the past. You will be walking and taking a boat through this impressive cave.

The tour includes lunch at a traditional Cuban restaurant, before you are taken back to your accommodations in Viñales.

The rest of the day is your own. Dinner is included this day at your casa particular. Look forward to a dinner made from delicious organic ingredients from the region.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Viñales

Day 5: Viñales on your own
Day 5: Viñales on your own

You have the day at your leisure to explore Viñales, or you can choose to purchase an additional excursion in the area.

Here is a selection of tours in Viñales available for purchase:

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Viñales

Day 6: Viñales - Cienfuegos
Day 6: Viñales - Cienfuegos

You are picked up early in the morning and driven to the bus station, from which the bus to Cienfuegos departs. This is an approximately 8-hour trip, so lean back in the soft seats and enjoy the lush Cuban landscape as it zips by. On the highways of Cuba, you don’t just encounter other cars and buses. Here there are pedestrians, cyclists, ox carts and horse carriages in surprising harmony with one another. And yes, you can certainly lose your mind a little over the gorgeous old American cars, which are so iconic to the Cuban street view.

In the afternoon, you reach Cienfuegos, which is also known as the “Pearl of the South”. You are picked up at the bus station and driven to your accommodations. The rest of the day is your own. Dinner is included this evening at your casa particular.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Cienfuegos

Day 7: Cienfuegos – Trinidad
Day 7: Cienfuegos – Trinidad

Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 by a group of French immigrants from the USA. The city entered the global map in 1957, when a group of young people with Fidel Castro’s guerrilla took over its military base. This was a short-lived victory, and the uprising was quickly defeated by Batista.

Today Cienfuegos is a pleasant town with very well-preserved buildings, and is for this reason included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Take a walk down to Parque Marti, the city’s central square. Here you can find locations including the well-preserved “Tomas Terry” theatre from 1890, and the spectacular mayor’s office.

You can also walk along the boardwalk to Punta Gorda, where you can find some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Enjoy lunch or a drink at Palacio de Valle, which is a stunningly beautiful building that looks as if it came from an Arabian fairy-tale.

You have the morning to explore the city on your own. You can also choose to purchase a city tour.

In the afternoon, the tour goes on to Trinidad. The trip takes about an hour and a half. On arrival, you are picked up and driven to your accommodations, where your host family is ready with a delightful dinner for you.

It is possible to book the following tour in Cienfuegos before travel:

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 8: City tour of Trinidad
Day 8: City tour of Trinidad

Today, you are going on a guided city tour of Trinidad’s beautiful old quarter. Get your good walking shoes on, as Trinidad’s charming topped cobblestone streets are very uneven.

You visit locations including the picturesque square, Plaza Mayor and the city’s cathedral, “Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima Trinidad”, one of the biggest churches in Cuba. Your guide tells you about the city’s exciting history and architecture on the way. The tour naturally also includes a drink at one of the lovely local bars.

The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure. We recommend that you go to town in the evening and enjoy the atmosphere. At Plaza Mayor, you can find the popular dancing spot “Casa de la Musica”, and just 100 metres away is another dancing spot, “Casa de la Trova”, which always features live music too. If you can’t dance yourself, you have every opportunity to learn it here. Of course, you can also simply enjoy the sight of the happy, dancing crowds around you.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 9: Trinidad on your own
Day 9: Trinidad on your own

You have the day at your leisure in Trinidad. Approx. 15 km from Trinidad is the lovely Ancón Beach, where you can head out for a refreshing swim and unwind on the sand. You can also purchase an additional excursion from home.

Here is a selection of tours in Trinidad available for purchase:

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 10: Trinidad – Santa Clara - Havana
Day 10: Trinidad – Santa Clara - Havana

Today, you head back to Havana through Santa Clara, where Che Guevara is buried. All over Cuba, you are reminded of the revolution, with huge signs bearing slogans and pictures of Fidel and Che Guevara. This is a David and Goliath story, and it’s hard not to be fascinated by the Cuban revolution, not to mention the iconic and brave freedom fighter Che Guevara. At the revolutionary square is a bronze statue of Che Guevara with the famous line, “Hasta la victoria siempre”. Behind the statue is his mausoleum and an exciting museum about his life.
Please note: Che Guevara’s mausoleum and museum is closed on Mondays.

You also visit Santa Clara’s central park, “Leoncio Vidal Park”, and the Train Museum, which tells the story of how Che Guevara and his men derailed a highly-guarded train filled with ammunition in 1958. A major victory in the struggle to take Santa Clara.

The trip from Trinidad to Santa Clara takes approx. 3 hours, and the trip from Santa Clara to Havana takes approx. 4 hours.

You arrive in Havana in the evening.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 11: Departure day
Day 11: Departure day

Today the tour takes you back to the UK. You are picked up at your accommodations and driven to the airport.

Day 12: Arrival back home
Day 12: Arrival back home

You arrive in the UK after an exciting tour of Cuba.

Combination options after your tour
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension to Jibacoa
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension to Jibacoa

Price:
Per person in a double room: + £400
Single room surcharge: + £115

Situated on the scenic stretch of coast between Havana and Varadero is Jibacoa, a little gem surrounded by beautiful nature. Round off your holiday here in tranquil surroundings by the beautiful sandy beach, Arroyo Bermejo.

Enjoy the hotel’s many facilities and fabulous restaurants, and have a refreshing dip in the large pool or in the crystal clear sea. Just metres from the coast is a small reef where you can snorkel and experience the colourful life under the sea.
If you feel the need to be active, you can play tennis, volleyball and go on short walks in the lush hills behind the hotel.
The sunset can be enjoyed with a cool mojito in your hand from one of the hotel’s all-inclusive bars.

Please note that the hotel is for guests aged 16+.

Overnight stay Memories Jibacoa

4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension to Varadero
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension to Varadero

Price:
Per person in a double room: + £510
Single room surcharge: + £100

Varadero is located on the north coast of Cuba, around a 2½-hour drive from Havana. It is Cuba’s largest and most popular beach area – and for good reason. The 20-km long isthmus welcomes you with white sand, azure water and swaying palms.

In Varadero, you’ll find plenty of resorts, restaurants, souvenir shops and tour operators, who organise trips both above and below the water. You can also play golf out here.

Relax in the picturesque setting by the water and indulge yourself at the all-inclusive hotel, which offers delicious food and a wide range of entertainment and activities.

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