There really is only one Cuba, a slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins. A country rich in history where the old and the new converge as Cuba adapts to the end of the Castro era. There is diversity to the sights on our Cuba holidays rarely found in other countries and an old world beauty and history which makes this Caribbean Island so appealing. From lush coffee and tobacco plantations around the Viņales Valley, to tropical mountain forests and wildlife, and from colonial cities of Cuba's pre-revolution days to the golden sand beaches, Cuba has it all.
Che Guevara murals line the walls with old men slapping down their dominoes in street-lined cafes. Women dance to the salsa beat while classic style 1950's car parade the streets revealing a country going against the grain, though equally one which has its own personality. Travel deep into the Cuban countryside to visit lush landscapes, rolling tobacco plantations and world heritage sites on your voyage of discovery. Swim in the Caribbean waters, sip cocktails, savour a cigar and dance with the locals.
Havana Old Town There is nowhere like Havana, in fact its greatest attraction is its earthy authenticity. As the Caribbean's largest and most vivacious city, its romantic atmosphere and infectious energy are legendary. Where else do you find vintage American ration shops juxtaposed against gleaming colonial palaces, and revolutionary sloganeering drowned out by all-night parties? Yes Habaneros (Havana locals) love their city and it's not difficult to see why.
Viņales Valley The Viņales Valley is an outstanding karst landscape where traditional methods of agriculture (namely coffee and tobacco-growing) have remained unchanged for centuries. The valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. The region also preserves a rich vernacular tradition in its architecture, crafts and music, and you can still see cigars being crafted using old methods. The Viņales Valley is peaceful and lush and almost feels like a place which time forgot, making it a magical place to travel to.
Cienfuegos Cienfuegos, the Pearl of the South, is a small city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the only city in Cuba founded by the French. Officially established in 1819, Cienfuegos has a number of interesting historic landmarks; there are two main parts, the colonnaded centre and the Punta Gorda area, where a series of palaces date from the 20th century, such as the ornate Palacio de Valle. To experience the magic of this city the cobbled streets of Cienfuegos are best travelled on foot.
Sierra Escambray Cuba's second-highest mountain range, The Escambray's peaks (which reach 1,140 meters atop Pico San Juan) and forests are protected in Parque Nacional Topes de Collantes, in the chain's southeast corner. It is an incredibly beautiful route that rises past sheer-walled, cave-encrusted limestone karsts (mogotes) which rise triumphantly from the earth. In the late 1950s, these mountains were the site of a revolutionary front against Fulgencio Batista, led by Che Guevara.
Trinidad Quaint, compact and easy to get to travel around, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Trinidad lives up to its reputation as a laid back and relaxed-paced city. Trinidad has a wonderful air of authenticity and colonial personality all its own. Wandering through the cobblestone streets you'll see why this city is so appealing. Trinidad's wonderfully restored houses and colourfully tiled colonial courtyards combine perfectly with a lush and picturesque natural environment.
Our Cuba Holidays
15 days | Cuba | Hotels
The time for visiting Cuba is now, while the old colonial cities still stand and 1950s cars still drive the streets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of La Isla Grande - the music, the beaches, the people; you won't ever want to leave.
Highlights: Havana | Baracoa | TrinidadView tour
8 days | Cuba | Hotels
There really is only one Cuba, a slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins. Admire Havana's rich and colourful history and explore a city where the old meets new as Cuba adapts to the end of the Castro era.
Highlights: Cienfuegos | Havana | TrinidadView tour