A TASTE OF CUBA

8 days departing HAVANA from

Style: Discovery
Destination: Cuba
Tour Code: TCU

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Trip Overview

A slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins, this is Cuba. Admire Havana's colourful and architecturally rich history as you explore a city where the old and new converge. 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 Sea, sip cocktails, savour a cigar and dance with the locals to the beats of salsa music on this one of a kind tropical island.

Included Highlights
  • Atmospheric Havana with its colonial charm
  • Visit colourful Trinidad's maze of cobblestone streets
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Che Guevara
  • Mojito cocktail class and salsa dancing with the locals
  • Visit to a cigar factory in Pinar del Rio
  • Visit the site of the famous US invasion at the Bay of Pigs
  • Walking tour of Old Havana's plazas
  • Swimming in Caribbean waters
  • Walk through tobacco plantations in Vinales Valley
  • Cuban tourist card (UK residents only)
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 4 hotel nights (2 in Old Havana) in twin share accommodation + 3 nights in local 'Casas Particulares' (en suite). For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab)
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Guided: Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
Group size: Maximum 18
Age range: 16+

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Tropicana Nightclub - Havana CUC95
  • El Cubano Experience - Havana CUC45
  • Catamaran trip - Trinidad (including lunch) CUC55
  • Horse Riding - Trinidad CUC30 (minimum two people)
  • Parisien Nightclub - Havana CUC45


Day 1: Havana

Welcome to the capital of Cuba where you'll get to experience colonial architecture, classic cars and grand plazas. No visit to Havana is complete without soaking up the sights within the UNESCO World Heritage listed old town, which still retains the architecture that was present during the 16th and 17th centuries. Undeniable colonial highlights include the fortifications of Castillo del Morro, La Cabana and San Salvador de la Punta, which were all originally constructed to protect Havana from invaders attacking from the sea. Further Spanish and religious importance can be found within the Cathedral de San Cristobal and the Church of San Francisco de Asis, both of which have played their part in cementing Havana's heritage firmly on the cultural map. You will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions the following morning, please see the noticeboard in reception for the meeting time.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Havana and Vinales

Bid Havana adios for now as you head for the amazing limestone rock formations of Vinales Valley. This is your first chance to discover life outside of the city as well as learning more about Cuba's most famous export on a tour of a tobacco plantation. Visit a cigar factory in Pinar del Rio and pick up some local artisan souvenirs before heading out for a sunset meal.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 3: Cienfuegos

Swim in crystal clear waters en route to the Bay of Pigs where you can find out more about Cuba's passionate and revolutionary heritage. Your next stop is the beautiful coastal city of Cienfuegos. The UNESCO World Heritage listing for Cienfuegos is entirely justified as not only is the city blessed with some exceptionally well-preserved colonial architecture but it's also revered as being one of the best examples of 19th century Spanish urban planning. The Arco de Triunfo, the Cathedral de la Purisma Concepcion and the Palacio de Valle are all well worth a visit. If you prefer to take it easy, soak up the sun in one of the many of parks, beaches and botanical gardens.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4: Trinidad

Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, a fantastic place to stroll over cobbled streets, visit museums, and listen to the click-clack of hooves signalling yet another horse-drawn cart. Often considered to be the best-preserved example of a colonial town within the whole of Cuba, it will come as no surprise that today is often regarded as one of the unforgettable highlights of the tour. An evening of dancing is highly recommended and there's no better venue than the aptly named Casa de la Trova, which presents a traditional and passionate introduction both to the people and the music of Latin America.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5: Trinidad

Today is a free day in Trinidad, so choose to wander the colourful cobbled streets and enjoy your day as you see fit. What better way to make use of the sunshine than on an optional catamaran trip? There are loads of extra excursions to enjoy in Trinidad with Caribbean islands (Cayo Macho or Cayo Blanco) and national park walking trails (El Cubano) always proving to be popular choices. Even if you don't opt to set sail on a catamaran, you'll still find plenty of excuses to enjoy a tropical cocktail or two as the sun sets on yet another perfect day in paradise.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6: Santa Clara and Havana

Viva la Revolucion! This won't be the first or the last time that you'll hear about Che Guevara. As you leave Trinidad and travel to Santa Clara you'll visit the Che Guevara Museum and Mausoleum to learn more about Cuba's famous revolutionary icon. There's no better place to find out more about Che Guevara than in Santa Clara, and no matter what you may think of his politics it's impossible to deny that this is one of history's most enigmatic revolutionary heroes. Then it's time to head back to Havana where tonight, you can visit the either the Parisien or Tropicana Cabaret.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 7: Havana

Rediscover some old haunts and explore some new ones on a walking tour of the city. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the haunts around Havana. Learn how to shake it with the best of them at a traditional cocktail class followed by salsa dancing with the locals. If you're looking to find out more about Cuba's often volatile past then the Museum of the Revolution (which is now the home of the former Presidential Palace) is well worth a visit.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 8: Havana

Your tour ends in the morning after breakfast. You can either continue your tour of this fascinating country, or bidding farewell to Cuba and your newfound friends.
Meals: Breakfast included

Extend your time in Cuba by travelling just a few hours from Havana to the idyllic island of Cayo Levisa. Stay in an en suite beach cabin and wake up each day to a beautiful 4km stretch of golden sand and inviting turquoise waters. There are no roads or other buildings on the small island just off the Northwest coast of Cuba, only the hotel and its bar and restaurant. All meals are included and for those who don't just want to relax in the sun, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports, such as snorkelling and diving. Extensions can be arranged for any length of stay, and include transfers to and from Havana. Prices available on request.

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Tour Notes

A free Cuban tourist visa is provided for all UK residents living in the UK. Full passport details are required at the time of booking.

A free arrival hotel transfer can be arranged, however you will need to provide your arrival flight details at least one month before departure.

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  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Hotel Copacabana

HAVANA - HOTEL COPACABANA

Located 20km from Havana's Int'l Airport this hotel features restaurant, bar, tennis courts, jacuzzi and cable TV an internet services.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


Hotel Armadores de Santander

HAVANA - HOTEL AMADORES DE SANTANDER

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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Travel Insurance

We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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