Cuban Delights - 8 days
From the vibrant city of Havana and the tobacco fields of the Vinales Valley, to the breathtaking scenery of Topes de Collantes and the colourful colonial towns of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, take in the highlights of Cuba on this 8 day tour.
Monday. Welcome to Cuba! Upon arrival at Havana international airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore 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 famous Havana Club Rum Museum and drive through the "modern" part of Havana in the back of one of the iconic Oldtimer cars.
Overnight: Havana | Breakfast
Havana – Vinales. After breakfast we drive through Pinar del Rio, a region known for the world's best tobacco, on our way to the lush Vinales Valley. En route we stop to visit a Casa del Veguero (house of a tobacco farmer), where we learn all about the process of farming and making one of the world’s most sought out products. We 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 journey we stop at the Bay of Pigs - a site well renowned for the failed CIA mission in 1961 and 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
This morning we step back in time on a guided walking tour through Cuba’s best preserved colonial city. Once known as the home of the sugar barons, cattle herders and tobacco farmers, this is one of the best places to see colourful colonial homes and extravagant palaces including Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces in the city.
In the afternoon we take an excursion to the beach where you can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear 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. After delving into the fascinating local history of Santa Clara we continue our journey back to Havana where our last night in Cuba is free to indulge in the local cuisine and vibrant entertainment for one last time.
Monday. Our Cuban adventure comes to an end after hotel check out today. An airport departure transfer is not included but can be booked upon request.
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 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 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.