DISCOVER CUBA

15 days departing HAVANA from

Style: Leisurely
Destination: Cuba
Tour Code: LIG

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Trip Overview

There really is only one Cuba, a slow paced and colourful country with salsa music pulsating through its veins. Admire Havana's colourful and architectural rich history and explore a city where the old and the new converge as Cuba adapts to the end of the Castro era. Travel deep into the Cuban countryside to visit lush landscapes, rolling tobacco plantations and UNESCO World Heritage Sits on your voyage of discovery. Swim in the Caribbean Sea, sip cocktails, savour a cigar and dance with the locals to energetic salsa music. There really is no time like the present to take trip to Cuba, it'll leave you in awe as you travel the length and breadth of this beautiful tropical island.

Included Highlights
  • Havana's colonial architecture and unique charm
  • Two night visit to Baracoa, a lively coastal town surrounded by rainforest and beaches
  • Trinidad's colourful cobblestone streets and pastel houses
  • The Mausoleum of Che Guevara
  • Boat trip on the River Toa
  • Visit Gran Parque Nacional, Sierra Maestra
  • Tour of Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Revolution Square, El Morro Castle and Moncada Barracks
  • El Cubano Nature Park with tropical forest walk
  • Museum at Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs
  • Cuban tourist cards included for all UK residents
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: 11 hotel nights (2 in Old Havana) in twin share accommodation + 3 nights in traditional/local 'Casas Particulares'. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners included
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 CUC75-95
  • Catamaran trip - Trinidad (including lunch) CUC65-75
  • Horse Riding - Trinidad CUC30 (minimum two people)
  • Parisien Nightclub - Havana CUC45
  • El Yunque Trek - Baracoa CUC30
  • Havana - Vinales day trip CUC75


Day 1: Havana

You are free to arrive at any time today and make your way to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore Havana or rest up after your flight as you'll discover the jewels of both old and new Havana at the end of the tour. Your welcome meeting will be at 08:30 hrs tomorrow morning.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus

After your welcome meeting enjoy a tour of Havana, including a stop at Revolution Square and the Capitolio Building. Depart for Santa Clara, stopping for lunch en route. Santa Clara is the site of the last battle of the Cuban revolution. In December 1958, Che Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the revolution. Visit the train museum and Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia. The museum attached to the mausoleum has many of his former belongings and is a fascinating insight into one of the 20th Centuries most revered icons. After visiting Santa Clara you drive on to Sancti Spiritus where you stay the night.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3: Bayamo

Today is a long driving day as you head to Bayamo on the east of the island. You pass through agricultural towns and sugar cane plantations, learning about the importance of sugar in Cuba's history. You take some time out for stop in Camaguey, Cuba's fourth largest city, to break up the journey and enjoy some delicious local food.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4-5: Baracoa

Leave Holguin and drive to the beautiful Playa Maguana Beach, to spend a few hours relaxing or swimming in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop for lunch at a beachside cafe before continuing to Baracoa. Founded in 1512, Baracoa was the first Spanish settlement and served as the capital for three years. It's location on the easternmost tip of the island left it open to attacks from pirates, smugglers and the English, so three forts were constructed in the 18th Century for protection. Baracoa has only been accessible by road since the 1960's and this has left it largely off the tourist route. Surrounding the quaint town are lush, tropical mountains and golden sandy beaches. This area is renowned for cocoa growing and chocolate production. The Malecon on the northeast side of the town is known as the Caribbean's first ocean drive. There's still a strong Indian influence here and the El Yunque Mountain, (the anvil shaped mountain described by Christopher Columbus in his diaries) used to be the site of various aboriginal communities. Enjoy an included boat trip on the River Tao or opt to hike nearby El Yungue Mountain.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

Day 6-7: Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast you depart sleepy Baracoa for Santiago de Cuba, known as the `city of heroes' for the important role it played in Independence and Revolutionary struggles. Santiago rivals Havana in literature, music and politics. The city's rich traditions, folklore and legends make almost every street corner in the city famous. Take a tour of Santiago de Cuba, visiting the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, Revolution Square, El Morro Castle and Moncada Barracks - where the opening shots of the revolution were fired on 26 July 1953, when Castro and his men attacked the barracks. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast (x2) included

Day 8: Sierra Maestra National Park

Leaving the city behind we drive towards the verdant green mountains of the Sierra Maestra, stopping to visit El Cobre, the most sacred pilgrimage sight in Cuba. Our first choice is to stay in a hotel in the Sierra Maestra, however due to its popularity of the area we may stay in Bayamo again.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 9: Castro's hideout and Camaguey

Walk in Castro's footsteps in the Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra, a spectacular national park within Cuba's highest mountain range. This region is well known as Fidel Castro's operations base during the Cuban Revolutionary War. High in the Sierra Maestra lies the Comandancia La Plata, the secret mountain hideout of Castro and Che Guevara. This hiding place was used to plan the revolutionary war in the 1950's and as the base of Radio Rebelde which provided information for the revolutionaries. Hike to the revolutionary base and if you have time, bathe in the Yara River. Then continue on to Camaguey.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 10: Camaguey and Trinidad

This morning there will be time to explore the historic city of Camaguey, characterised more recently by 'tinajones' - large, earthen jugs found in the squares, churches and gardens that were originally used to store water during drought periods. Continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, perhaps the best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad is like stepping back in time, the cobbled streets and horse-drawn transportation whisks you back to colonial times. There are many interesting museums housed in old colonial buildings to visit in the daytime, but it's as the sun sets when Trinidad really comes to life. We recommend a visit to Casa de la Trova for traditional Cuban music and traditional dancing!
Accommodation: Casa included | Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

Day 11: Trinidad

Today is free to continue your exploration of Trinidad and its surroundings or simply relax by the hotel pool. For those who wish to venture a little further afield an optional catamaran trip is available. Embarking from the beach at Playa Ancon, the full day trip heads out into the Caribbean Sea to the small islands of Cayo Macho or Cayo Blanco (depending on availability) where you'll have a fresh seafood lunch amongst tame iguanas and other local residents.
Accommodation: Casa included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 12: Cienfuegos

After breakfast, set off for 'El Cubano' Nature Park, a reserve nestled in the countryside on the outskirts of Trinidad. Walk through tropical forests to reach a waterfall where you can stop to take a refreshing dip. Continue to colonial Cienfuegos where you have a city tour of the main plazas and spend the night.
Accommodation: Casa included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 13: Havana

Today you visit the Bay of Pigs and drive through the Zapata Peninsula back to Havana. The Bay of Pigs was the site of the US invasion in 1961. Visit the museum at Playa Giron, stop for lunch and take a swim at Caleta Buena, a protected cove that is great for snorkelling. On arrival in Havana make a stop at Revolution Square before checking into your hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel or Casa included | Meals: Breakfast and lunch included

Day 14: Havana

Today is free for you to explore Havana or take an optional day trip to Vinales. The Vinales Valley is filled with palm trees and tobacco farms, where traditional farming methods are still used, scattered amongst some of the most impressive scenery in Cuba. Huge limestone karsts (sheer-sided, flat-topped hills) rise from the valley floor, riddled with caves and covered in forest. In the evening there is an optional trip to the famous Tropicana Nightclub in Havana.
Accommodation: Hotel or Casa included | Meals: Breakfast included

Day 15: Havana

This morning you'll have more time to explore old Havana with your guide, Cuba's capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. This is a busy and bustling, energetic capital. Old Havana is often described as a living museum with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. It's the finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas, preserved by a combination of minimal war damage, post revolution restoration work and the millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. We'll also take time to have a Mojito cocktail and lunch (included) in one of Hemingway's old haunts, La Bodeguita del Medio.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch 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 beach 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 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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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.


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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 Occidental Miramarv (Havana)

HAVANA - HOTEL MEMORIES MIRAMAR

This centrally located hotel offers ocean views and is within easy reach of Old Havana. Facilities include two restaurants and bars, gym and large swimming complex.

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