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The grand Cuba tour

Highlights of this tour:

Havana, Viñales, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Holguin, Camagüey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Havana (enquire regarding direct flights)
  • 1 domestic flight: Havana – Santiago de Cuba
  • Private transfers from and to airport in Havana
  • VIAZUL bus: Havana – Viñales – Havana // Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo – Holguin – Camagüey // Cienfuegos – Havana
  • Private transfers: Camagüey – Trinidad – Cienfuegos
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and casa particulares incl. breakfast
  • 3 x lunch (days 2, 13, 15)
  • 4 x dinner (days 3, 12, 13, 14)
  • Tourist visa for Cuba
  • Individual round trip, although all excursions are in small international groups with local, English-speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Walking tour of the old quarter of Havana
  • Full-day trip in the Viñales valley
  • Half-day city tour of Santiago de Cuba
  • Half-day city tour of Bayamo
  • Half-day city tour of Holguin
  • Half-day city tour of Camagüey
  • Full-day trip including city tour of Trinidad and Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Visit to music café in Trinidad with live music and dancing
  • Half-day city tour of Cienfuegos
  • Admission tickets to traditional Cuban music venues in Camagüey and Bayamo
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

You have the option to change your accommodation in Havana, Viñales valley and Trinidad from casa particulares to a hotel at a supplementary price starting from £450 per person


Single supplement (when two or more travelers): £645
Single supplement (when single traveler) £1225
Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more people

Choose this tour because…

Cuba is an extraordinary country from multiple perspectives. Most people associate Cuba with rum, revolution, big cigars and colourful American cars. But Cuba is also home to Spanish colonial buildings, brilliant white sandy beaches, historical museums and lush countryside. It is the country of pulsating salsa rhythms, as well as remarkably friendly and relaxed people whose joie de vivre is simply irresistible. This tour will take you all over the island. You will visit architectural gems featuring charming colonial buildings, historical monuments and ancient ruins. You will have the chance to experience the magnificent countryside with its green valleys, colourful plantations, stalactite caves and ‘mogotes’. Before returning home again, you will have a few days to lie back and relax in Trinidad, treating yourself to the delights of the sandy beach at Playa Ancón.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Havana with connecting flights along the way. In Havana, you will be met by one of our drivers, who will take you to your hotel.

The rest of the evening is yours to do with as you wish.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 2: Tour of Havana

After breakfast we will take a tour of Havana. We will see the historic parts of the city, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Wherever you go in Havana, you will come across evidence of the city’s Spanish cultural heritage and architecture dating back to the colonial era. We stroll through the charming old streets of Havana, passing beautiful squares, historic buildings and a string of sculptures and monuments from modern and older periods. We experience the contrast between newly renovated and finely maintained streets and buildings, and the more run-down, dilapidated areas that make Havana unique. Highlights of the tour include the oldest square in the city, Plaza de Armas, where the city museum and governor’s palace are located, the Plaza de la Revolución, where a 109 m high tower has been erected in memorial of José Martí, the national hero, and Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the oldest building in Havana. Lunch at a typical Cuban restaurant.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 3: Havana - Viñales valley

We leave Havana behind us and head off towards the delightful Viñales valley, a bus trip through beautiful surroundings taking three or four hours.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Viñales

Day 4: Viñales valley

After breakfast we take a trip round Viñales, one of Cuba’s most beautiful natural areas. The landscape is predominantly made up of fertile valleys covered in banana palms and mango trees, tobacco fields and the huge limestone mountains known locally as “mogotes”. The farmers here still grow crops and tobacco in the old-fashioned way, with the aid of ox-drawn carts. We visit the Casa del Veguero tobacco plantation. The Viñales region is famous for the quality of its tobacco plants; it supplies the leaves that are subsequently rolled in the cigar factories of Havana to make world-famous brands such as Cohiba and Montecristo.

The trip then continues to the valley of Dos Hermanas, where we will see the huge mountainside Mural of Prehistory. The trip also includes a visit to the most spectacular stalactite caves in Cuba, where the indigenous tribes formerly made their homes. We sail through the caves along the miles and miles of river that flow through this breathtaking natural phenomenon.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Viñales

Day 5: Viñales valley - Havana

Before we leave Viñales, there is an opportunity to explore the area on your own.

Early in the afternoon, you will be driven back to Havana to spend the night, before flying to Santiago de Cuba in the morning.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 6: Havana – Santiago de Cuba

The morning is yours to do with as you wish in Havana. Around lunchtime, you will be picked up and driven to the airport to catch your flight to Santiago de Cuba, where you will be met at the airport by your driver who will take you to your hotel. You should reach your hotel towards the end of the afternoon, after which the evening is yours to do with as you wish.

Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba. It enjoys a delightful location, surrounded by the Sierra Maestra mountains and bordered by the longest river on the island: the Cauto. The city was founded in 1515, and is generally acknowledged to be the most Caribbean town in Cuba, with mixed races and different cultures living side by side in peace and harmony. Music is an important part of life for many of the people of Santiago de Cuba, which is the birthplace of a number of important musicians and musical styles, and has become famous for its carnivals and the Caribbean Festival.

Overnight stay Hotel Casa Granda

Day 7: Guided tour of Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour of Santiago de Cuba. As the city is positioned high on a hill, overlooking the bay, many of the streets are steeply sloping. Some of the best known include Aguilera, the longest street in the city, Enramadas, which is famous for its markets, and Padre Pico, a long flight of steps that is more than 100 years old.

Santiago de Cuba is also liberally sprinkled with historical buildings. Among the most famous of these are the San Pedro de la Roca fortress, from which the townspeople guarded the beautiful bay against pirate attacks; the El Morro fortress, which is located at the entrance to Santiago Bay and provides a wonderful view over the harbour, the town and the Sierra Maestra mountains; the Moncada barracks, which were attacked by soldiers led by Fidel Castro in 1953 as part of his attempt to overthrow the dictator Batista; and Vivac, the former prison which is now an historical archive.

The tour also brings you to Parque Céspedes, which is surrounded by monuments and old buildings, including the cathedral from 1522. Right alongside stands Casa Velázquez, a two-storey building that is considered to be the oldest house on Cuba and once belonged to Governor Diego Velázquez. Other attractions include Plaza de la Revolución and Santa Ifigenia cemetery, where many of the heroes of the wars of independence from Spain are buried, as well as key protagonists from Castro’s revolution and other important figures from the history of Cuba.

Overnight stay Hotel Casa Granda

Day 8: Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo

The time has now come to leave Santiago de Cuba and drive to the idyllic little provincial town of Bayamo. Founded in 1513, Bayamo is one of the oldest towns in Cuba and has been awarded national monument status as it was the site of an uprising against Spanish dominance. At the time of the War of Independence in 1869, the townspeople chose to burn Bayamo to the ground rather than surrender it to the Spaniards. For this reason, there is not much colonial architecture to be seen here today – although there are many war memorials. The town also played a role in the Cuban revolution, reminders of which can be clearly seen in many places.

During the tour of the town, your guide will talk about the War of Independence and lead you to a number of interesting locations such as Plaza de la Revolución and Parque Céspedes – the heart of the town, with its highly impressive architecture and numerous war memorials. The square is also the setting for a bronze statue of war hero Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, after whom it is named. In addition, the trip includes a visit to the Plaza del Himno Nacional, where there is a monument to Perucho Figueredo who wrote the Cuban national anthem. The next stop on the itinerary is the wax museum, which presents replicas of famous figures such as the national hero José Martí and the American writer Ernest Hemingway.

In the evening you will have the chance to visit the Casa de la Trova music venue, where there will be live music and dancing.

Overnight stay Hotel Royalton

Day 9: Bayamo – Holguin

The day begins with a coach trip from Bayamo to Holguin, where you will be met by a driver who will accompany you to your hotel. After checking in, you will be taken on a guided tour of Holguin, which was founded in 1523 and is the fourth-largest city on the island today.

Holguin is also a city that is largely unknown among tourists. (Un)fortunately. Because it is a city where you can still experience authentic, unspoiled Cuba. It is a city where you can see buildings dating back to the colonial age – in all their unrestored glory. It is a city liberally sprinkled with lively squares and plazas, where you can take a seat at a pavement café and watch the everyday life of Cubans – not tourists – unfold before you. And finally, it is a city where pioneer restaurants serve inexpensive meals, which you can wash down with fine beer from the local brewery.

Holguin is located in a delightful area of countryside featuring softly undulating green hills and a fine coastline to the north – which is actually the part of Cuba Christopher Columbus first laid eyes upon. It was also in the Province of Holguin that both Fidel and Raúl Castro grew up on a farm.

Holguin is known as the ‘city of parks’ and your guided tour will take you to a number of these, including the Parque San Jose, Parque Calixto Garcia and Parque de las Flores. You will also stop at the San Isidro Cathedral, which Pope Francis visited in September 2015. Moving on, the trip calls at the Plaza de la Marqueta culture centre, where you can admire exhibitions of arts and crafts, before visiting the nearby gift stalls. And no tour of Holguin would be complete without a visit to La Loma de la Cruz, the hallmark of the city and the setting for an annual festival. At La Periquera museum, you can find out about the history of the region before your tour comes to an end at the Major General Calixto García Revolution Square, just outside the city centre.

After the guided tour, the rest of the day is your own.

Overnight stay Hotel Encanto Caballeriza

Day 10: Holguin

The day in Holguin is yours to do with as you wish.

Overnight stay Hotel Encanto Caballeriza

Day 11: Holguin - Camagüey

Today we drive to Camagüey, the third-largest city in Cuba.

In the evening there is the chance to visit the Casa de la Trova music venue, where there will be live music and dancing.

Overnight stay Gran Hotel

Day 12: Camagüey - Trinidad

Today we will take a tour of the historic centre of Camagüey. Before the revolution, the town grew rich on cattle breeding, and its streets and buildings still bear witness to its past affluence. The town is rightly famous for its numerous churches, beautiful palaces and winding streets, which are almost as intricately interlaced as a spider’s web in places. Some of the most notable sights on our tour include Agramonte Park, with its majestic bronze monument dedicated to Ignacio Agramonte, one of the most important figures in the Cuban independence movement; the triangular Plaza de los Trabajadores, which is the site of Nuestra Señora de la Merced cathedral with its fascinating catacombs; and San Juan de Dios Plaza, one of the most attractive squares on the whole island.

After our trip round the town, we drive on to Trinidad, the biggest sugar-growing area in Cuba, and probably the most beautiful colonial city on the island. It is set between the Caribbean Sea and the Escambray mountains.

In the evening a local guide will show you various traditional music venues in the town, where you can enjoy a lively evening of music and dancing.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 13: Tour of Trinidad & Valley of the Sugar Mills

Join us 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 will 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 will tell you about the city’s exciting history and architecture on the way. We will take lunch in the town.

After lunch we will visit the Valley of the Sugar Mills (Valle de los Ingenios) near Trinidad, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. This fertile valley, which is bordered by lush green mountains, is dotted with old haciendas, slave quarters and sugar mills. No fewer than 50 sugar mills were built here in the 1800s. It was the Spanish who brought slaves here from Africa in the colonial era and established sugar production, quickly making Trinidad one of the richest cities in Cuba. We will also take a closer look at the sugar plantation hacienda called Manaca Iznaga, which was established in 1750 by Pedro Iznaga, one of the richest men in Cuba. The hacienda has a 44 m high tower, used by lookouts to make sure that none of the slaves escaped while working out in the valley cutting sugar cane.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 14: Trinidad

The day is yours to do with as you wish. You can spend it in Trinidad, for example, take advantage of one of the following excursions or take a taxi to Ancón, one of the very finest sandy beaches on Cuba, which is located approx. 10 km from Trinidad.

There are a number of trips that can be purchased:

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Trinidad

Day 15: Trinidad - Cienfuegos - Havana

Today we leave Trinidad and drive to Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is also known as “The Pearl of the South”, as it is beautifully situated on the Caribbean coast in the south of Cuba and is surrounded by fertile, colourful areas of mango, sugar cane, tobacco and coffee plantations.

The city was founded in the early 19th century by French immigrants and is surrounded by architectural beauty, history and culture. It also features on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of the most tranquil and truly wonderful cities in Cuba. We will take in a tour of the city, including a visit to Parque José Martí, where we will experience Cuba’s only triumphal arch – a memorial to the birth of the Republic, in true French style. We will then visit Plaza José Martí, the centre of the city and surrounded by attractive old buildings, including the Teatro Tomás Terry from 1890. We will walk down the central boulevard, where we will reach the harbourfront. This area is characterised by large palatial houses, such as the Palacio de Valle with its fine architecture. We will then continue by bus to Havana, where we will arrive late in the evening.

Overnight stay Casa Particular - Havana

Day 16: Start of the trip home

Today we bid farewell to Cuba and begin the trip back to the UK. You will be collected from your hotel and driven out to the airport to start your trip home. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 17: Return trip

Return flight to the UK.

Highlights of this tour:

Havana, Viñales, Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Holguin, Camagüey, Trinidad, Cienfuegos.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Havana (enquire regarding direct flights)
  • 1 domestic flight: Havana – Santiago de Cuba
  • Private transfers from and to airport in Havana
  • VIAZUL bus: Havana – Viñales – Havana // Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo – Holguin – Camagüey // Cienfuegos – Havana
  • Private transfers: Camagüey – Trinidad – Cienfuegos
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in good hotels and casa particulares incl. breakfast
  • 3 x lunch (days 2, 13, 15)
  • 4 x dinner (days 3, 12, 13, 14)
  • Tourist visa for Cuba
  • Individual round trip, although all excursions are in small international groups with local, English-speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Walking tour of the old quarter of Havana
  • Full-day trip in the Viñales valley
  • Half-day city tour of Santiago de Cuba
  • Half-day city tour of Bayamo
  • Half-day city tour of Holguin
  • Half-day city tour of Camagüey
  • Full-day trip including city tour of Trinidad and Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Visit to music café in Trinidad with live music and dancing
  • Half-day city tour of Cienfuegos
  • Admission tickets to traditional Cuban music venues in Camagüey and Bayamo
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

You have the option to change your accommodation in Havana, Viñales valley and Trinidad from casa particulares to a hotel at a supplementary price starting from £450 per person


Single supplement (when two or more travelers): £645
Single supplement (when single traveler) £1225
Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more people