Las Terrazas, in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio region, is a nature reserve amid the Sierra del Rosario mountains. This is Castro's Eden, a paradise he dreamt up after the revolution and ordered a reforestation programme. The natural terracing on the River San Juan allowed the teal waters to spill over into natural pools. Today, Las Terrazas (the terraces), has a fecund landscape with flowing rivers, soaring Royal Palms, and lush, rampant forests.
Trinidad on the southern coast, known for Spanish colonial architecture has a fine beach of Playa Ancón. Further in the east, Holguin, Cuba’s third largest city is the birthplace of Cuban music and offers excellent ecotourism excursions. Baracoa, at the eastern tip of the island, is surrounded by secluded beaches and virgin rainforest. But it’s in Santiago de Cuba, the cultural capital of the island, where you get a true sense of Cuba’s history and cultural diversity.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 15-DAY CUBA LUXURY HOLIDAY…
And, experience its natural beauty, cultural heritage & beautiful beaches.
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.
Vinales Valley, Las Terrazas, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba
(15 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Havana Arrive at Havana International Airport, and transfer to your hotel in Havana.
Overnight at Comodoro Hotel
Day 2 – Walking Tour
Viñales Valley Enjoy an early morning day excursion to Viñales Valley. Walk to the East of the Valley to see "The Tradiciones Campesinas Trail". This is an easy trail that takes about 4 hours to cover about 6 Kms.
Lunch included on the Trail in a farmer's casa. Later transfer back to hotel in Havana to enjoy a free evening with suggestions for dining around.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)
Day 3 – Ecological Area
Las Terrazas Begin your journey of discovery travelling West of Havana, to one of Cuba's ecological regions. Arrive at the tourist complex Las Terrazas for an excursion named "Love, Nature and History". Visit Las Terrazas Village Community and Cafetal Buenavista, which preserves the ruins of an 18th Century French Coffee Plantation. Stay at one of Cuba's showcase hotels, located in the Sierra del Rosario ecological area.
Overnight at La Moka Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Walking Tour
Las Terrazas Embark on a journey of discovery to the Ruinas de San Pedro y Santa Catalina. Walk through nature trails to La Loma del Taburete following the San Juan River where you can swim and have lunch.
Overnight at La Moka Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Transfer
Trinidad Depart to the Central part of Cuba along the Cuba's National Highway, to the City of Trinidad, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in Cuba. Depending on time of arrival, we will enjoy a city tour.
Overnight at Las Cuevas Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Transfer
Holguin Travel to the province of Holguin, travelling east, we will pass through some beautiful scenery and experience the friendly Cuban culture.
Overnight at Villa Mayabe in Holguin (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Cultural Tour
Holguin Today we will explore the area of the Mayabe Valley, which includes an excursion to Finca Mayabe. Our journey will take us to the eco-resort situated in the heart of majestic mountains, south of Mayari, at Villa Pinares de Mayari, which has rustic wooden cottages and log cabins.
Overnight at Villa Pinares de Mayari (B, L, D)
Day 8 to 11 – Beach & Biosphere Reserve
Baracoa Our morning adventure is a scenic drive through distinct ecological environments on our way to Baracoa where the exquisite beauty so impressed Columbus.
Next day, venture out to see the sights of the city of Baracoa, and afterwards visit Parque Natural Majayara, an archaeological park that features caves with dripstone formations, tunnels and seawater pools for bathing. This evening step out for some fun with traditional local music and dance at Casa de La Trova.
One day, explore the Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve. The region is one of the oldest geologically in Cuba, and composed mostly of igneous rocks, etched by rivers that rise like islands in a rain forest sea. Journey into El Yunque, a spectacular tabletop mountain which was god-like to the Taino Indians Here there are tumbling waterfalls and rivers to swim in.
Overnight at El Castillo Hotel or Porto Santo (B, L, D)
One day enjoy the area of Playa Maguana and the scintillating white beach.
Mountains, Guantanamo & Biosphere Reserve
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 12 & 13 – Historical Tour
Santiago de Cuba With your private guide, travel to Santiago de Cuba, the first city founded by Diego Velazquez, for a city tour and afterwards domestic flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana. Day to explore the city.
Overnight at Comodoro Hotel (B)
Day 14 – Transfer
Havana Enjoy the Special Hemingway Trail city tour of Havana visiting the Ambos Mundos Hotel to see the room where Hemingway stayed and wrote some of his works. Go onto the bar, La Bodeguita that he frequented to enjoy his Mojito cocktail and his favourite Cuban food, and then to the El Floridita where he developed the now famous Daiquiri, which you can also enjoy. We travel to his house at La Vigia Farm and onto Cojimar where we have lunch at the restaurant that he frequented, La Terraza.
Tonight enjoy cabaret & dinner at Havana Café (optional) or dinner at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Havana (B, L, D)
Day 15 – Depart
Havana Spend the day at your leisure before your transfer to Havana International Airport for outbound 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.