Cuba Highlights Tour

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Cuba Highlights Tour

Havana is known for its 16th-century Spanish architecture, including the grand El Capitolio, the iconic National Capital Building with its 92m dome. Nearby, Catedral de la Habana with baroque façade and Plaza Vieja, nestle seamlessly next to Gaudí-inspired art nouveau. Gran Teatro, the Grand Theatre of Havana presents ballet and theatre. Ride along the Malecon on an American convertible to San Francisco de Paula and visit Finca Vigia, now a museum, of the writer Earnest Hemingway.  

Next, Central Cuba, the island’s fascinating colonial heartland. Santa Clara, is a city full of revolutionary history. Visit Che Guevara Mausoleum and continue to wander the French-infused waterfront of Cienfuegos. Spend a day to appreciate its elegant classical architecture; the historic old Palacio del Valle, Teatro Tomás Terry and Catedral de la Purísima Concepción. Dance to Cuban rhythms in Trinidad before travelling to Santiago de Cuba in the far east.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY CUBA HIGHLIGHT ADVENTURE…
And, experience eastern regions and its rich sugar cane towns and cities.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Santa Clara, with a fine colonial centre, well-restored mansions, theatres and churches
  • Trinidad, Cuba's third-oldest settlement and one of the island's crown jewels. 
  • The majestic Sierra del Escambray Mountain range and look out for the giant umbrella-like ferns.
  • 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

The eclectic mix of people and cultures make for a warm and hospitable nation, with celebration, music and dance high on the list of man-made entertainment. Enjoy the bustling capital of Havana, where one may enjoy a tour into Cuba’s colonial past, or an evening of cocktails and colourful cabaret. Investigate rural and costal life through a trip to the fishing villages and tobacco plantations. Frolic in picturesque waterfall settings, laze on pretty beaches, or hike through stunning mountains and valleys- this Cuban adventure tour is one not to be missed.
 
After a short stay in Havana, travel to Cienfuegos, Cuba’s, Pearl of the South. An outstanding example of an architectural ensemble representing the new ideas of modernity, and order in urban planning as developed in Latin America. Continue to Trinidad, a beautiful Heritage site on the Central South Coast. With its cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and pastel coloured houses, it is best explored in a morning when the light is good for photography and the temperature is still comfortable. 
 
Next, travel to Santiago de Cuba, the sizzling hot former capital of Cuba, known for its colonial architecture and revolutionary history. Santiago de Cuba is also the birthplace of Light Rum. For rum lovers and visitors eager to unravel a major part of Cuba’s cultural roots, it is easy to miss out on sites and things of historical interest. So while there, try their latest blend ‘Santiago de Cuba 500 Rum’ launched in celebration of city’s 500 years of existence. It’s an experience!
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 Highlights Tour

Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad & Beach, Santiago de Cuba  
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrival
Havana Meet and greet on arrival at Havana Airport and (40 minute) transfer to colonial hotel in Old Havana for your 4-night stay. Welcome Cuban cocktail. Relax and enjoy some free time before exploring the town in the evening.
Overnight in Havana

Day 2 – City Tour
Havana Architecture This morning, with your private guide and driver, enjoy a tour of a famous cigar factory to see the process of hand-rolled cigars followed by a visit to the Capitolio building. Afterwards travel by horse drawn carriage along the Prado to the Arms Square for a guided walking tour of colonial Havana. This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Havana.
Overnight in Havana (B, D)

Day 3 – Private Tour
Havana With your private guide and driver, travel along the Malecon waterfront to Vedado and Miramar district, for an alternative view of Havana, followed by a visit to Hemingway’s finca in San Francisco de Paula. As you return from La Vigia Farm (Ernest Hemingway Museum), visit Cojimar Village, where Hemingway used to fish and spend time with his fishermen friends. Then, make a visit to the Floridita Restaurant Bar where Hemingway enjoyed his daiquiri cocktails followed by a visit to the Christ Statue and the El Moro Fortress overlooking Havana Harbour to enjoy the beautiful sights and relax.

After dinner in a typical Cuban garden restaurant, travel in a classic 50’s American car to enjoy the world famous Tropicana Cabaret.
Overnight in Havana (B, D)

Day 4 – The Surrounds
Havana The excursion today takes you on a 400 km roundtrip with an early morning departure toward Pinar del Rio province, the most rural of all, to visit tobacco farmers and plantations and take a panoramic tour through the stunning mogotes valley to enjoy the views of Viñales. A rustic lunch by the pre-historic mural followed by visiting the Cueva del Indio (Indian cave). Return to Havana for dinner at the Patio Restaurant in the Cathedral Square.
Overnight in Havana (B, D)

Day 5 – Transfer
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 6 – Bay of Pigs
Cienfuegos Leave Havana and travel about 300 km south to central Cuba passing by the well known Bay of Pigs until we reach the harbour city Cienfuegos. On the way, stop at the Crocodile Farm in Boca de Guama to visit the farm and have a lobster lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. Continue the trip to Cienfeugos. In the evening visit the Punta Gorda Peninsula with dinner at Palacio del Valle.
Overnight at hotel La Union 4 Star (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Beach Stay
Trinidad Today make an 85 km trip from Cienfuegos to Trinidad. Visit the botanical garden of Cienfuegos, the oldest one in Cuba, and travel onto Trinidad. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinidad City and visit of La Canchanchara. After lunch in Trinidad visit the museum at Palacio Brunet or the History Museum at Palacio Casa Cantero.
Overnight at Brisas Trinidad del Mar, 4 Star (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Trek
Trinidad This morning embark on a 50 km trip to the Sierra Escambray mountain range and follow the Guanayara Trail travelling in Russian trucks or jeeps and some trekking on a panoramic route up to the Topes de Collantes with the possibility on route for a refreshing bath in the waterfalls of Rio Melodiso.
Overnight at the all inclusive beach resort hotel Brisas Trinidad del Mar 4* (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Sugar Cane Fields
Camaguey Leave Cayo Santa Maria this morning travelling 305 km to Yaguajay and 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 10 – Transfer
Santiago de Cuba A beautiful scenic day travelling east 350 km from Camaguey to Bayamo , El Cobre and Santiago de Cuba. On the way to Santiago, visit El Cobre in the Sierra Maestra. Arrive late afternoon in Santiago de Cuba. Free time to explore the hotel and area.
Overnight at Hotel Melia Santiago 4 Star (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Walking Tour
Santiago de Cuba This morning visit Moncada - Caserna. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city including the visit to Casa Velazquez. Continue to El Morro Castle and visit the Pirates’ Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Carnival Museum and enjoy some free time in the heart of town.
Overnight at Hotel Melia Santiago 4 Star (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Depart
Santiago de Cuba In the morning proceed to Oriente from Santiago to Biran, Holguin and Guardalavaca (190 km). En-route visit Finca Manacas near Biran.

Transfer to Holguin Airport for outbound flight or extend your trip and stay at a beach resort hotel in Guardalavaca. (B, L)
 

 

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.