Heart of Cuba - 11 days
Take in Cuba's vibrant cities, picturesque landscapes and beautiful beaches on this 11 day tour of the Caribbean's largest island. Explore colonial pearls such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Vinales Valley, the tropical paradise of Cayo Jutias and of course, Cuba's captivating capital Havana.
Monday. Welcome to Cuba! You will be met upon arrival at Havana airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Havana City Tour
This morning we meet our guide and embark on a tour of Havana's historic centre. Around the Parque Central, the gate to the old town, we see Baroque and Jugendstil buildings right next to each other. We stop at the famous restaurants La Bodeguita del Medio and La Floridita, where Hemingway enjoyed numerous Mojito and we learn everything about Rum in the Havana Club Rum Museum and of course have the chance to taste it. Afterwards lunch will be served in a restaurant. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Havana | Breakfast, Lunch
Guama & Cienfuegos
Havana - Guama - Cienfuegos. After breakfast we set off in the direction of Cienfuegos, which is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the South’. On the way there we visit Guamá, where we set off on a boat trip through Laguna del Tresoro (the Treasure Lake) that lies in a picturesque landscape with many water canals, mangrove forests and palms. We also have the opportunity to visit a village reconstructed in Taino-Indian style and a crocodile farm. This afternoon we explore the city of Cienfuegos situated on the beautiful Cienfuegos bay. You can admire the neo-classical architecture of the city and visit Tetro Terry and Palacio del Valle.
Overnight: Cienfuegos | Breakfast
Topes de Collantes nature reserve
Cienfuegos - Trinidad. After breakfast we travel to Sierra de Escambray. The Topes de Collantes nature reserve is a heaven for nature lovers with caves, waterfalls, natural pools and much more, including the Hacienda Codina health resort. Many rare rainforest plants and animals can also be found here. We enjoy a hiking tour where we can take in the beautiful landscapes with waterfalls and picturesque 'fincas'. Before travelling on to Trinidad, we will be served a delicious lunch in a typical local restaurant.
Overnight: Trinidad (Casa Particular) | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 starts with an informative city-tour of Trinidad followed by free time to explore on your own. The city was built in the 16th century and walking through its streets it feels as if time has stood still. Don’t forget to try the typical local drink Canchanchara. In the afternoon we enjoy an excursion to Valle de los Ingenios where we visit Torre Iznaga - the former watchtower which was used to oversee slaves working on the sugar cane fields.
The following day is free for you to spend at leisure. The adventurous can go for another hiking tour in Topes de Collantes or enjoy a horseback ride in the surroundings of Trinidad. Another option is to spend the day soaking up the sunshine at the beach Playa Ancon.
Overnight: Trinidad (Casa Particular)
Trinidad - Santa Clara. Today we drive to Santa Clara where we visit the famous Che Guevara Memorial. The memorial is where the remains of the famous revolutionist rest, which were only found a few years ago.
Overnight: Santa Clara | Dinner
Pinar del Rio & Vinales
Santa Clara - Pinar del Rio - Vinales. After breakfast we travel to the region Pinar del Río, where we visit a West Cuban city of the same name, which is famous for the best tobacco in the world. Continuing our journey we drive past beautiful, green tobacco fields, heading towards our final destination of the day, Vinales. Vinales is surrounded by tobacco plantations and mogotes - unique limestone formations. We take in the main highlights of the town and have dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Vinales | Breakfast, Dinner
Today we take an excursion to the beaches of Cayo Jutias. The small island, which is located off the north coast, is connected to the main island through a man-made causeway. Here you can enjoy dreamlike Caribbean beaches and crystal clear waters. Lunch is served in a restaurant right at the beach. In the afternoon we drive back to our accommodation passing through stunning landscapes which are typical of the area.
Overnight: Vinales | Breakfast, Lunch
Las Terrazas nature reserve
Vinales - Las Terrazas - Havana. This morning we visit the Las Terrazas community and nature reserve. The community is located in the majestic Sierra del Rosario mountain range. Forestry and eco-tourism are the main industries in this spectacularly beautiful area. We will be served lunch in a local restaurant. After exploring this rural community, nestled in a natural paradise, we return to Havana.
Overnight: Havana | Breakfast, Lunch
Thursday. Our tour ends after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can arrange a departure transfer upon request. We would be delighted to help you extend your stay in Cuba and book more nights for you if you’re still not quite ready to head home.
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 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 Los Caneyes, Santa Clara
A night at Hotel Los Caneyes will make you feel like you are staying in a traditional village. The hotel’s design was inspired by the Taino Indians, the original indigenous people of the Caribbean, and emphasises natural materials. Decorative wood carvings and thatched roofs give the hotel a beautifully rustic style. And the air-conditioned guest rooms provide all the amenities needed during your stay. Expect friendly staff and tasty international cuisine. The sundeck and pool are also perfect for unwinding after a day's exploring.
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.