Cuba Varadero beach
Varadero, Cuba’s popular beach resort, stretches along the narrow Hicacos Peninsula. Facing the Atlantic Ocean coastline are a superb selection of all-inclusive resorts, an 18-hole golf course with a 1930s villa, La Mansion Xanadu, currently a hotel. Near the peninsula’s eastern tip is Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, with nature trails, a 2,500-year-old burial cave and ancient pictographs. At the northeastern end of the peninsula, the tiny Cayo Piedras del Norte and Cayo Romero, offer excellent snorkelling and scuba diving sites.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Old Havana, the original heart of the city. Learn the history of Cuba in the Museum of the Revolution and National Museum of Fine Arts. Spend an evening strolling along the El Malecón (El Malecon) or at the Havana's famous seafront boulevard in Old Havana. The landscape of the Viñales Valley integrates haystack-looking mountains, tobacco fields and traditional village structures into a painter’s canvas.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY CUBA HOLIDAY ON THE VARADERO BEACH…
And, experience walking along the narrow Hicacos Peninsula & diving off the coast.
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.
Cuba Varadero Beach
Havana, Vinales, Varadero
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Havana Meet and greet on arrival at Havana International Airport and transfer to 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 – City Tour
Havana Take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride from the hotel to Arms Square where your guide will take you on a fascinating and informative walk around the old town. You may feel the surreal sensation of being on a film set with the beautiful baroque and neoclassical architecture and outrageous American 50’s cars. Many of the grand buildings have recently been restored and you will sense this city’s imposing Spanish heritage. Visit a cigar factory to learn how the finest cigars in the world are manufactured and to get a few tips on how to assess quality and freshness.
After lunch, your tour continues in style as you take a panoramic tour around modern Havana in a classic American car. You will really feel like you are back in the 50’s – an era of America seemingly frozen in time!
Overnight at Telegrafo hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Viñales Valley Explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Viñales Valley. The landscape here integrates haystack-looking mountains, tobacco fields and traditional village structures into a painter’s canvas of overwhelming charm and beauty, all the more pleasurable from the vantage point of your horse-drawn carriage.
Visit one of the most beautiful caves in the area, ‘Indian Cave’ and cruise the hidden river within by boat. Return to your hotel in Havana.
Overnight at Telegrafo hotel (B)
Day 4 to 7 – Transfer
Varadero Take a private transfer to Varadero (driver only).
All days at leisure.
Overnight at hotel of your choice
Day 8 – Depart
Havana Take a private transfer to Havana International Airport and connect with your onward flight. (B)
Make this your holiday
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.