Cuba & Mexico Explorer - 15 days
Take in the highlights of Cuba, and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on this 15 day tour. Visit Cuba's beautiful Vinales Valley and ride a classic car around Havana, marvel at the spectacular Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum in Mexico and relax on pristine Caribbean beaches.
Welcome to Cuba! Upon arrival at Havana international airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Cuba's captivating capital.
Havana walking tour
Meet your guide this morning for a walking tour through Havana's Old Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Step back in time strolling through the vibrant streets of the Cuban capital, visit the Havana Club Rum Museum and drive through the "modern" part of Havana in the back of a classic car.
Overnight: Havana | Breakfast
Havana - Vinales. After breakfast we bid farewell to Havana and travel west to visit a Casa del Veguero (house of a tobacco farmer), surrounded by lush tobacco fields in the famous Vinales Valley. We will also stop to explore Cueva del Indio, which is an ancient indigenous cave dwelling. We spend the night in Vinales, a small picturesque town situated between green tobacco fields and monumental limestone formations called 'Mogotes'.
Overnight: Vinales | Breakfast
Laguna del Tresoro & Cienfuegos
Vinales - Cienfuegos. Today we head to sunny Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the liveliest and most beautiful cities in Cuba. On our way, we stop at the Bay of Pigs where we enjoy a boat tour of the Laguna del Tresoro. This so-called 'Treasure Lake' is located amid numerous canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Upon arrival in Cienfuegos spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cienfuegos | Breakfast, Lunch
El Cubano Park & Trinidad
Cienfuegos - Topes de Collantes NP - Trinidad. Today we travel on to Trinidad, a colonial city which was founded in 1514 and declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. On our journey we stop to explore El Cubano Park, which is located in the beautiful National Park of Topes de Collantes. Here you can enjoy a swim in the waterfalls and pools or hike along one of the various trails including the “Traces of History” trail which gives an insight to the colonial past of the island. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before travel on to the enchanting city of Trinidad. Here we spend the next two nights staying with local families in casa particulares (homestays), where we can gain a fascinating insight into Cuban life.
Overnight: Trinidad - Casa Particular | Breakfast, Lunch
Today begins with a guided walking tour of enchanting Trinidad. There is lots to see in the colonial old town of Trinidad, including the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Today, the Palacio Brunet is home of the Museo Romantico. In the afternoon we take an excursion to the beach where you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea and relax under palm trees.
Overnight: Trinidad - Casa Particular
Santa Clara & Havana
Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana. This morning we travel back to Havana, stopping en route in Santa Clara, where we visit the imposing Che Guevara Mausoleum. Located high on a hilltop overlooking the city, the mausoleum contains the remains of this famous revolutionist and 29 other guerrillas who died with him in Bolivia. Spend your final night in Cuba at leisure.
Flight to Mexico
Havana - Cancun - Playa del Carmen (Mexico). It's time to bid farewell to beautiful Cuba today. We transfer to the airport for the short flight to Cancun in Mexico. At the airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel in the beautiful coastal resort of Playa del Carmen.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast
Chichen Itza - Izamal - Merida. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the famous Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was constructed between the 7th and the 10th Century AD and these incredible ruins are the best examples of Mayan architecture ever excavated. The highlight of our guided tour is the iconic El Castillo pyramid (aka the Pyramid of Kukulcan).
After visiting this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site we travel on to explore Izamal, a pretty and quiet colonial town which is referred to as the 'yellow City' due to its golden-yellow buildings. Then we continue on to Merida which is the largest city of Yucatan, steeped in colonial history with magnificent buildings and the region's best museums.
Overnight: Merida | Breakfast
Merida is not only the largest city in Yucatan, but also the cultural capital of the region and it has been designated as one of Mexico's "Pueblos Mágicos" (magical places, with rich cultural, historical or natural treasures). Today we visit the Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a rural estate constructed in the 17th century for stock farming and later used as agave plantation. We then continue our day with a refreshing dip in the Cenote X’Batun, which is a sinkhole with turquoise waters and marine life perfect for swimming or snorkelling. This afternoon we return to Merida where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Merida | Breakfast
Merida - Valladolid. Today we drive to Valladolid, a peaceful colonial city which has also been classified as a "Pueblo Magico“. We take in the highlights of this charming city on a guided tour.
Overnight: Valladolid | Breakfast
Valladolid - Tulum. We drive to the beautiful cliffside Maya city of Tulum today. Take in the spectacular ocean views from the famous archaeological site and relax on the idyllic stretch of white sand beach, soaking up the sunshine on the Caribbean coast.
Overnight: Tulum | Breakfast
Playa del Carmen
Tulum - Playa del Carmen. On day 13 we travel back to Playa del Carmen, our final port of call. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this popular beach resort. Spend the day relaxing on the soft white sand beach and enjoy a swim in the crystal clear sea. Or enjoy refreshing cocktails and delicious Mexican food at the Quinta Avenida, in the heart of Playa del Carmen.
Spend day 14 at leisure in Playa del Carmen, soaking up the vibrant Mexican atmosphere. Head to the beach or perhaps go shopping for some last minute souvenirs on 5th avenue.
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast x 2
Playa del Carmen
Monday. Our tour of Cuba and Mexico comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a transfer to the international airport of Cancun upon request or book post tour accommodation if you wish to extend your stay.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Habana Libre, Havana
One of the most emblematic hotels in Havana, the majestic Hotel Habana Libre stands 25-storeys tall. Wander through its impressive lobby and up to your spacious guestroom, equipped with all the necessary comforts to enjoy your stay. Spend your evening in one of the hotel’s many bars and restaurants, where you will find a mouth-watering array of international and Cuban cuisine. And, best of all, enjoy panoramic views of the sea and city from the hotel’s uppermost floor which boasts a retractable roof.
Hotel Rancho San Vicente, Vinales
Set in the Vicente Valley, part of the more famous Viñales Valley, Hotel Rancho boasts a wonderfully green location. Guest cabins are dotted through lush woodland and the hotel is overlooked by picturesque mountains. The rooms are fully equipped with modern amenities and you will find a central bar and restaurant serving tasty international cuisine. The outdoor pool is also the perfect place to unwind and soak up the scenery as you listen to the sounds of nearby birds.
Hotel Jagua Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos
This contemporary hotel is set in the exclusive district of Punta Gorda. It features colourful guestrooms, with a balcony or terrace, in either the main building or surrounding three villas. Numerous bars and restaurants offer delicious international and Caribbean cuisine. You can also enjoy the hotel’s Jacuzzis, gym and soak up the sun by the adults-only outdoor pool. Take a refreshing dip or simply unwind and admire stunning views of the bay from the comfort of your sun lounger.
Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A, Playa del Carmen
Just minutes from the beach is Hotel Playa del Carmen. Combining modern comforts with a typical Mexican atmosphere, the hotel features several balconies overlooking a large inner courtyard and swimming pool. Each air-conditioned guestroom provides a private bathroom and kitchenette, with a microwave and coffee maker. You can dine on traditional Mexican or tasty international cuisine in the hotel restaurant, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. And there’s no shortage of evening activities, with Spanish lessons, salsa classes, movie nights and more to keep you entertained.
Hotel Dolores Alba Merida, Merida
Set in a colonial mansion in the historical district of Merida, is the charming Hotel Dolores Alba. Its guestrooms overlook a central courtyard and swimming pool, whilst its delightful corridors are filled with masterpieces by Frida Kahlo. Once inside, each comfortable guestroom offers air conditioning, a private bathroom and a TV. A buffet breakfast is served al fresco, with traditional Mexican cuisine on offer for lunch and dinner. And the friendly staff are always on hand to help you during your stay.
Hotel Maria de la Luz, Valladolid
Boasting an enviable central location, Hotel María de la Luz is set in Valladolid's main square. The hotel's interior has been beautifully decorated in the traditional colonial style and each of the guestrooms offer a private balcony with views overlooking the garden or historic city centre. Other amenities include free WiFi and a charming outdoor pool. The on-site restaurant draws locals as well as guests to its delicious breakfast buffet and traditional Yucatán cuisine. But you'll most enjoy the bar’s terrace, where you can enjoy a cooling drink and views of the San Gervasio Cathedral.
Hotel Mestizo, Tulum
Offering an ideal location in Tulum, this boutique hotel is just minutes from the town’s beautiful cenotes and ancient Mayan ruins. Each room features colourful decor, with a seating area, air-conditioning and free WiFi. At the 24-hour reception you can hire bikes to explore the area or check out the Mexican handicrafts being sold in the boutique shop. Guests can also enjoy the sun terrace, hot tub and meals at the in-house restaurant, which specializes in seafood. And if you take a short stroll to the beach, you'll soon discover white sands, crystal-clear waters and the hotel's very own beach bar.