This tailor-made itinerary provides a superb introduction to Cuba and is ideal for the first-time traveller to this unusual and interesting country. We can adapt it if you would like an extended stay at a beach resort at the end or extra days in Havana.
Highlights: Havana – Viñales Valley – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Cayo Santa Maria
Arrival transfer from Havana airport to your hotel.
At the airport you will be met by our local representative and driven to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.
A walking tour of Old Havana in the morning which includes a chance to see cigars being rolled and a stop at the Havana Club Rum Museum. Lunch will be provided in a local Cuban restaurant.
Afternoon tour in a classic American car from the 1950s, taking in the Malecon sea front, the Plaza de la Revolucion and Miramar.
Havana to Viñales
Transfer from Havana to the attractive tobacco region of Pinar del Rio and the dramatic scenery of the Viñales valley where we include a boat trip on an underground river within one of the extraordinary caves that characterise the landscape.
Excursion to Cayo Jutias
A day trip to the beautiful island of Cayo Jutias, 60km from Viñales, which has 3km of white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. This area is relatively undiscovered and unspoilt which is why we like it.
Viñales to Cienfuegos
We include a stop at a crocodile farm in the Zapata Peninsula on the way to Cienfuegos, the 'Pearl of the South'.
After lunch at a local restaurant there will be a walking tour to explore the well-preserved centre and to learn about the city's strong musical tradition.
Cienfuegos to Trinidad
It is a short drive from Cienfuegos to Trinidad which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a guided tour of the town, and lunch in a local restaurant, we suggest a visit Playa Ancón, a beach just a few miles out of town.
At leisure to relax on the beach at Playa Ancon or to wander around the cobbled streets of Trinidad in your own time.
You may prefer an excursion to Topes de Collantes, a forested national park with rivers and waterfalls, good trails to follow and bird watching.
Trinidad - Santa Clara – Cayo Santa Maria
In the morning we'll stop in Santa Clara, where an important battle took place during the Cuban Revolution. The tour includes a visit to the Che Guevara monument and museum.
After lunch we continue to Cayo Santa Maria, an island off the northern coast with white powder beaches and warm turquoise waters.
Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria offers secluded beaches and is largely development-free, making it an ideal choice for those wishing to simply relax and unwind. The waters around the island offer a variety of activities, including snorkelling, diving, fishing and bird watching.
Transfer to Havana airport.
You will be collected from your hotel and driven to Havana airport for your departure flight. Most flights are in the evening.
This sample itinerary can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.
Cuba has a wide variety of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday.
The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.
If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.
We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Cuba holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Cuba.