Cuba West to East

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Cuba West to East

Camagüey, Cuba’s colonial city, is known for its maze of alleyways, Spanish plazas, and numerous churches and cathedrals. Parque Agramonte, the central plaza, is a favourite meeting point amongst the locals. The bell tower of the Cathedral  Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, in the south offers great views of the city. Nearby Plaza del Carmen is a lovely cobblestone square with several life-size statues by Jiménez, the celebrated Cuban artist. Her studio is in the corner of the square.

Earlier in the tour, after a comprehensive tour of Havana, travel through central Cuba. Visit Cienfuegos and see its Neoclassic and Spanish influenced structures. Trinidad on the southern coast with lovely beaches also provides access to adventure activities in the nearby Escambray Mountains. Travelling past Santiago De Cuba and Baracoa, visit Guardalavaca that Christopher Columbus declared as 'the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen'.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY CUBA WEST TO EAST ADVENTURE…
And, explore its culture, rainforests, historical cities, nature parks & wildlife.
 

What We Love
  • Soak up the atmosphere of old Havana from the back seat of a 1950’s American car.
  • Discover the beautiful UNESCO listed Viñales Valley and cruise its subterranean lakes.
  • Experience the colonial charm and stunning Neo-classical architecture of Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Starting in the historic and vibrant city of Havana, you will explore the stunning Viñales Valley, surrounded by Karst formations 400m high. The cliffs hold numerous caves, inside which are dripstone and rock art. Although much smaller in size in comparison to China's Yangshuo, Guilin, but cycling into this valley is a spectacular sight. 
 
Then visit the pretty colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Cienfuegos; once known as the Pearl of the South due to its outstanding architecture with the new modern ideas, while Trinidad, is a beautiful Heritage site, with cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and pastel coloured houses. Trek some of the fabulous trails in the Escambray mountain range before travelling to Santiago de Cuba, the sizzling hot former capital of Cuba, known for its colonial architecture.
 
Finally, relax on the pristine white sand beaches before heading back to Havana. We have selected the most highly rated hotels and knowledgeable local guides to make your holiday in Cuba an adventure to remember.
Getting There

Virgin Atlantic is the only airline operating direct scheduled flights to Cuba, with two services a week from Gatwick.

Various airlines fly to Havana from London via European cities, including Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. Air France is the most versatile option, with daily flights from London Heathrow to Havana via Paris. Iberia and KLM also fly from Heathrow, via Madrid and Amsterdam respectively. Other airlines flying direct from European cities include Cubana, KLM, Air Berlin and Air Europa. Though Cubana tends to offer the least expensive flights on the market, they have a justified reputation for overbooking, overzealous enforcement of the baggage weight limit.
 

 
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Cuba West to East

Explore West to East
(15 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Havana Meet and greet on arrival at the Havana International Airport and transfer to the Telegrafo hotel. This is Cuba’s oldest hotel and excellently located a short walk away from the seawall, practically next door to the Capitolo in Old Havana.
Overnight at Telegrafo hotel.

Day 2 – Transfer
Cienfuegos Watch the mist rise over the valley before your private transfer to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s chief seaport on the southern coast. The town is central to Cuba’s biggest exports; sugar, coffee and tobacco, and boasts more Neoclassical structures than any other place in the Caribbean. You will stay at the marvellously restored Hotel La Union, one of the nicest boutique hotels in the country.
Overnight at Hotel La Union, 4 Star (B)

Day 3 – Heritage City
Trinidad Take a private transfer to the captivating city of Trinidad. Founded by Conquistador, Diego Velazquez in 1514, the city is ideally located between the high mountains of the Escambray Range and the lovely coast of the Caribbean Sea. Pure white sand and turquoise water fringe the maze of narrow cobblestone streets and Neo Classical old town architecture. Your knowledgeable local guide will give you a tour of the city including a stop at La Canchanchara, the tavern where the famous drink by the same name was born. This was the drink of the Mambises (name given to the Liberating Army) and is made from lemon juice, honey and aged Havana Club, served in glazed pottery.
Overnight Brisas Trinidad del Mar, 4 Star (B, D)

Day 4 – Transfer
Camaguey Today you head east and inland to Cuba’s third largest city, Camaguey. This is a relaxed and less touristy city known for its gracefully decaying churches and many preserved colonial buildings. The maze-like street plan was reputedly a ploy to deter attacking pirates. You will stay at the Gran Hotel which is centrally located from where you can explore this town at your leisure.
Overnight at Gran Hotel Camaguey, 3 Star (B)

Day 5 – Port
Santiago De Cuba Today’s private transfer takes you further to the east of the island to the sea port of Santiago de Cuba. You will stay at the Casagranda hotel, a large, elegant building right on Parque Céspedes. The hotel is a city landmark and underwent a full renovation in 1995. It is best known for its terrace bar with live music and roof garden with great views over the cathedral and Santiago.
Overnight at Casagranda hotel, 4 Star (B)

Day 6 – Culture Tour
Santiago De Cuba Take a private tour of this dazzling and culturally rich city. You will visit the impressive Castillo del Morro citadel (designed to keep pirates away), the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, dominated by the impressive tomb of revolutionary hero Jose Marti and the Moncada Garrison.  
Overnight at Casagranda hotel, 4 Star (B, L)

Day 7 – Architecture & Nature
Santiago De Cuba Today is yours to further explore Santiago de Cuba. The country’s most famous church, Basilica del Cobre is about 10 miles out of the city and well worth a visit or nature-lovers may want to spend a day at the Gran Piedra, a great spot for hiking.
Overnight at Casagranda hotel, 4 Star (B)

Day 8 – Transfer
Baracoa Take a private transfer to the furthest eastern point of the island, Baracoa. Due to its geographic isolation, this area is just beginning to be discovered by travellers and you will find an almost unspoiled colonial village surrounded by secluded beaches and virgin rainforest. On the horizon looms the most recognisable local landmark, a table-toped hill called El Yunque. This area is famous for its white chocolate, sold in round, flat cakes encased in palm bark. Also try the cucruchu, a culinary delight of honey, coconut, nuts and fresh seasonal fruit served in palm bark cone.

Your hotel is located up on a hill with the best views of Baracoa and the bay. The lower part of the hotel inhabits an old fort but the feel is relaxed, with simple rooms and colonial-style furnishings.
Overnight at Castillo hotel (B)

Day 9 – Biosphere Reserve
Baracoa Today is yours to explore at your leisure. To the west of town lies the tranquil beaches Playa Maguana and Playa Nibujón. Playa Maguana is the tourist beach, featuring restaurant and bar service, while the Playa Nibujón is more rustic and frequented by the locals. Located farther inland, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cuclillas de Toa, protects some of the world’s last untouched rainforest and its endangered plant and animal species. Among these species is the Cuban land snail, about two inches in diameter with striking spirals of colour. It is advisable to hire a guide for trekking or hiking excursions in the reserve.
Overnight at Castillo hotel (B)

Day 10 & 11 – Beach Stay
Guardalavaca Take a private transfer to Brisas resort in Guardalavaca. This all-inclusive resort has a fabulous white beach, several pools, inclusive pedalos, snorkelling gear and small catamarans. Local families outside the hotel offer fabulous lobster dinners in their own dining rooms and there are craft markets nearby as well. If you want to take more of a look around, scooter hire is available at a very modest price.
Overnight at Brisas Guardalavaca (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Sugar Country
Camaguey Visit steam engines and a sugar museum in the area (preferably in Yaguajay, sugar mill “Obdulio Morales”). Proceed along the scenic north route and stop in Yaguajay then journey from Moron down to Ciego de Avila to arrive late afternoon in Camaguey.
Overnight at Gran hotel, 3 Star (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Transfer
Santi Spiritus Stay overnight in Santi Spiritus.
Overnight at hotel, 3 Star (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Colonial City
Santa Clara Travel to Santa Clara through Cienfuegos or through Sancti Spiritus. Visit the Ché Guevara mausoleum and the colonial city of Remedios.
Overnight at Melia Cayo Santa Maria, 4 Star (B, L, D)

Day 15 – Transfer & Depart
Havana Take a private transfer to airport for domestic flight to Havana and connect with your onward flight. (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

When to go Cuba is an all year round destination and there isn't a bad time to visit Cuba. It has primarily a tropical climate where temperature rarely falls below 27 degrees C (81 F) and reaches a maximum 32 C (90 F) and although hot all year round, there is a very pleasant breeze.

There are only two seasons: the hot and rainy season runs from May to November (May-June are the wettest months) and the dry season (winter) runs from December to April. It is the time when Europeans go there in pursuit of the southern sun. Avoid the peak hurricanes season (September-October) and the busy periods (July and August) when the Cubans take their holidays.

Visas Make sure you get the right visa for your visit. As well as tourist visas, there are other visa categories for different types of travellers. If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you’ll need to get a tourist card before you travel.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.