Cuba Adventure

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Cuba Adventure

Baracoa, Cuba’s first city, lies in Guantánamo Province, near the southeastern tip of the country. Its colonial village with cobblestone streets, secluded beaches and virgin rainforest is dominated by a table-topped hill, ‘El Yunque’. East of Baracoa city, is a park dedicated to Christopher Columbus, with his statue, hand-hewed out of a giant tree stump. Downtown, in the Cathedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, is a silver-plated cross, he is said to have planted.

Earlier in the tour, visit old Havana and view its architectural heritage and many plazas. Drive along the Malecón waterfront and visit Finca Vigia, east of town, Cuba home of the writer Earnest Hemingway. Visit Las Terrazas and Viñales Valley, known for its flora, the fauna (birds) and activities including walking tours. In central Cuba, visit Trinidad and Camaguey, once the heart of sugar cane industry. Then travel to the southern tip to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY CUBA ADVENTURE…
And, experience Vinales Valley, historical city of Trinidad & Santiago de Cuba.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Viñales, known for Karst Mountains that rise 400m above the valley. 
  • In the eco-village of Las Terrazas,  stay in Hotel Moka, an upmarket eco-resort built by the locals. 
  • Visit Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest town with perfect atmosphere, people and a je ne sais quoi.
  • 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 an active tour and includes walking for long distances on rough terrains.
  • Walking trails and tours generally cover about 6kms in about 4 hours.
  • We carefully select the world's local activity providers 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

What better way to explore the beautiful and exotic surrounds of Cuba than by foot. Explore the historic Old Havana district and enjoy some traditional Spanish or Caribbean cuisine whist soaking up the musical masterpieces of the local musicians. 
 
Take an excursion to Vinales Valley, surrounded by Karst formations rising 400m high. Adventure enthusiasts can explore its numerous caves, inside which are dripstone and rock art. Although much smaller in size in comparison to China's Yangshuo, Guilin, but driving into this valley by road is a spectacular sight. 
 
Enjoy the historical Spanish city of Trinidad on the Central South Coast, with its cobbled streets, terracotta rooftops and pastel coloured houses. Trek some of the fabulous trails in the Escambray mountain range. Explore the flora and fauna of this delightful Caribbean archipelago, whilst being serenaded along the way by a vibrant and lively culture.
 
Finish your tour in Santiago de Cuba, the sizzling hot former capital of Cuba, known for its colonial architecture and revolutionary history and 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 of historical interest, and try an exceptional blend, named like the ‘Santiago de Cuba 500 Rum’ launched in celebration of its 500 years of existence in 2015. It’s worth trying!
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 Adventure

Vinales Valley, Las Terrazas, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Havana Meet and greet on arrival in Havana City. After a brief orientation meeting, transfer to your hotel in the Old Havana District and greeted by a Cuban welcome cocktail.

Take a pleasant orientation stroll for a romantic evening of cocktails and dinner at El Patio. Tonight dine in a restaurant in Cathedral Square with entertainment by Cuban Musicians.
Overnight at hotel

Day 2 – City Tour
Havana Architecture The best way to see Havana is by foot. With you private guide, visit Havana's famous cigar factories. Later, enjoy a private guided orientation and walking tour around the principal streets and squares of the historical centre: the Plaza de Armas, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Garden, the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Garden, the many Plazas and stopping along the way at the Hemingway haunts.

This afternoon, enjoy a pleasant walk to the water front promenade "The Malecón" in the direction of the entrance of the Harbour by the Point Fortress, across from the Morro Castle to enjoy of the sunset. Later, walk up the Prado Promenade for dinner at the World famous Floridita Bar Restaurant.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 3 – Heritage Landscape
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 4 – Walking Tour
Las Terrazas Transfer from your hotel to visit the Soroa Orchid Garden. Then travel to Las Terrazas, at the Curujey meeting point, for a briefing on the Community, the day activities and a welcome cocktail. Walk the "Santa Serafina" trail to observe the flora, the fauna (birds) and the ruins of an Old French Coffee Plantation. This is an easy trail that takes about 4 hours to cover about 6 Kms.

After a picnic lunch at the Baños del San Juan natural swimming pools, transfer from Los Baños del San Juan hotel. Enjoy dinner at Casa del Campesino or at the community vegetarian restaurant.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Transfer
Trinidad Today, transfer to Trinidad, stopping enroute for lunch at Cienfuegos.  Enjoy some free time to walk around this historic old Spanish colonial city and enjoy the surroundings. Enjoy the evening entertainment on the Cathedral steps.
Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 6 – Beach Stay
Trinidad Take a private transfer to La Carpeta Central at the Topes de Collantes Mountain. Arrive at Topes de Collantes reception area and meet with local guide. Enjoy your packed lunch, supplied by your hotel, take the Caburní Trail and descend until you reach the Caburní Waterfall. Your guide will point out various plants in the area and history of the trail.  This trail can be a bit strenuous and can take about 5 hours to cover about 6 Kms.

Return to Trinidad City to spend the remainder of your afternoon and evening at your own leisure.  
Overnight at hotel (B, L)

Day 7 – Sugar Cane 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 8 – Transfer
Santiago de Cuba Take a private transfer to Havana. On the way stop at Zapata Península, where we will walk through one of the trails offering a great opportunity for birdwatching in the biggest marsh of the Caribbean, and one of the best bird sanctuary in Cuba. Observe the flora and fauna, forest areas and palm trees.

Walk the Soplillar or Pálpite Trails that take about 3 hours. Then transfer to Havana and check-in for flight Havana / Santiago de Cuba. Upon arrival, transfer from airport to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)

Day 9 – Walking Tour
Santiago de Cuba Enjoy a private walking tour of Santiago de Cuba colonial core in the area around Parque Céspedes. Later transfer to your hotel on the south coast of Santiago de Cuba and enjoy some leisure time.

Enjoy dinner in the Zún Zún Restaurant in the most exclusive neighbourhood of Santiago and delight in the nightlife in the city such as at Patio de Los Abuelos or Casa de la Trova.
Overnight at Sierra Mar hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Baracoa With your private guide and driver, transfer to Baracoa (4 hours) and explore the town. Enjoy lunch at Rancho Duaba near the mouth of Duada river, on the beach side, a beautiful location. You can access it from the road through a trail of approximately 2 kms. Spend the rest of afternoon at your own leisure.
Overnight at Sierra Mar hotel (B, L)

Day 11 – The Surrounds
Baracoa Today take the Balcón de Iberia Trail in the Alejandro de Humboldt Natural Park (lunch included in the excursion). Distance: 7 to 11 kms. Duration: 5 to 6 hours, Intensity: high.

The Iberia area of the Natural Park is considered its core and the best preserved zone of the park. There, you will be able to see different kinds of forests and a natural waterfall 6 meters high and a great place to swim in the waterfall and the river.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Transfer
Havana After breakfast, complete the Yunque Excursion or El Recreo Excursion. (See above)
Later, transfer to Santiago de Cuba airport for a late flight to Havana. Arrive Havana and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel (B, L)

Day 13 – Departure
Havana Take a private transfer to Havana International Airport 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.