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Essential Cuba Tour

7 Nights from £1,689 per Person Including Flights

  • Included:
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

This seven-night tour through Cuba’s main attractions is an unforgettable experience and an amazing insight into the history of this unique and vibrant destination. From the excitement of Havana to the beauty of Trinidad and Vinales Valley, you’ll be treated to unrivalled experiences and vistas along the way, including cruising Old Havana in vintage cars, al fresco BBQs overlooking the Vinales Valley and an exhilarating performance at the world-renowned Buena Vista Social Club.

Details

Please note that as the tours are set up many months in advance, changes can occur to accommodation, restaurants and places to be visited as a result of changes in the local provision of services in Cuba.

Day 1

On arrival into Havana airport, there will be a warm welcome from the team and a transfer will take you to the specially chosen tour hotel, situated in an excellent location in the very heart of Old Havana.

Depending on the time of your arrival, there may be the chance to take a wander through the local area and sample Havana’s amazing street life before retiring to bed ready for the tour ahead.  
 

Day 2

During breakfast, you will meet your experienced guide and fellow group members to hear the latest plans for the week ahead!

Your morning will start with a visit to one of Havana’s famous working cigar factories to see firsthand how the world famous cigars are still hand rolled! 

Continuing our unique tour of Havana we will head to the Museum of the Revolution, Housed in the former Presidential Palace, the museum offers a fascinating insight into Cuba’s revolutionary history.  After our visit we will head back into the sunshine for a fascinating, guided stroll through Old Havana, visiting the four famous historical squares, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza De San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza De Armas.  Absorb the atmosphere and amazing vibrancy of Old Havana and explore the narrow bustling streets which many have described as walking through a film set! 

At the end of an unforgettable tour, in which the guide will ensure you have seen the sights and a number of hidden, but fascinating locations away from the normal tourist route, you will have the chance to learn a little about the production of Cuba’s world famous rum at the Havana Club Rum factory. 

Lunch will be served overlooking the oldest square, Plaza Vieja at the highly regarded Santo Angel restaurant, a firm favourite in Havana. Here, there will be the chance to relax and enjoy the view across the square. 

After lunch we will spend the afternoon exploring the other areas of central  Havana in Old American cars!!!  You will be chauffeur driven through the city in the most fantastic vehicles dating back to the 50s, a great way to enjoy this unique city!

The cars will take you to the impressive Revolution Square overlooked by the mural of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, through the downtown Vedado district of the city and past the elegant mansions and embassies in Miramar district before a spectacular drive along the “Malecon”, Havana’s seafront promenade.

The late afternoon will be free to enjoy Havana independently or relax at the hotel.

We will enjoy dinner at La Fontana, one of Havana’s famous private restaurants a perfect spot after a day exploring the city.  With great food and service, it’s a fitting end to a fabulous day. 

After dinner, for the night owls there is an option to experience the famous Tropicana Cabaret, local Jazz or live music venue to experience some of Cuba’s unique sounds first hand.

Day 3

After breakfast, we leave Havana and head to Las Terrazas National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty which is protected as one of Cuba’s most important National Parks, we will visit the former coffee plantation houses where the guide will recount the history of Cuba’s coffee industry linked so closely to the slave trade.

Wander through the lakeside village, meet the local community and have a coffee in Maria’s coffee shop whilst the more adventurous can take an exhilarating zip wire ride through the tree tops and across the lake, quite an experience! ( optional activity to be paid locally)

A short walk will take you along the San Juan River to an area of natural pools where it’s possible to swim, relax by the river, sunbathe or take a walk along the river banks and a rustic Cuban lunch will be served in this idyllic spot.

After lunch a short journey will take us to the famous Soroa Botanical gardens on of the largest in the Americas and, the home of a large variety of orchids from around the globe, plus some amazing tropical vegetation and there will be some free time to explore the local area and perhaps take a stroll to the nearby Soroa waterfall.

Heading back to Las Terrazas dinner this evening will be taken at the Farmers House restaurant, in a lovely setting within the National Reserve and the home of a local farmer.

Day 4

After breakfast we head west towards the immensely picturesque Vinales Valley, an area protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its outstanding natural beauty dominated by strange limestone mountain formations called “Mogotes” The valley is also the home of Cuba’s tobacco plantations and during your time in Vinales, there will be a visit to a typical tobacco drying house to see how the tobacco crops are turned into the world’s best cigars.  Take a leisurely guided walk through the valley stopping off at a farmer’s house for coffee, enjoy a boat ride through the impressive El Indio cave system and explore the picturesque Vinales village.

A fabulous and unique organic lunch will be served at a local organic farm affording wonderful views across the valley and there will be a chance to tour the farm.

Leaving Vinales in the late afternoon we head back to Las Terrazas, possibly with time for a quick dip in the pool before another unique dinner tonight in the organic vegetarian restaurant close to the hotel in the village. The menu is fascinating and all the ingredients are sourced locally and even the most ardent meat eater will enjoy dinner tonight.

Day 5

After breakfast we will leave Las Terrazas and head past Havana and down the very “quiet” motorway towards the south coast of the island where our first stop will be to explore the French influenced small colonial city of Cienfuegos. Overlooking a picturesque bay on arrival we will take lunch  and then take a stroll through the colonial centre and along the seafront “malecon” promenade.

Leaving Cienfuegos we will head along the picturesque coast road to Trinidad preserved by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for a two night stay and dinner will await  in one of our chosen Casa Particular restaurants !

Day 6

After an early breakfast we will head a short distance into the foothills of the Escambray mountains for a short and delightful trail with good views and plenty of flora and fauna to spot with the help of a dedicated eco guide. Arriving at El Cubano waterfall it will be possible swim in the waters and relax before lunch is served at the local farm restaurant.

Returning to Trinidad there will be a comprehensive tour of the centre of Trinidad including visits to the Romantic Museum, depicting the lifestyle and architectural design of Trinidad’s colonial past and the Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, which covers the revolutionary battles in the nearby Escambray mountains.  Here, you can climb the bell tower for the very best views across Trinidad or sample the unique Trinidad rum and sugar cane cocktail at La Canchanchara, an old house dating back to the 18th Century, beware its lovely but very strong! 

The remainder of the afternoon will be free to relax in the city or perhaps take a taxi to the nearby Caribbean beach at Playa Ancon and enjoy the beach and even the sunset here. 

Dinner  tonight will be at at a local private restaurant,  it’s the final evening in Trinidad and also the weekend, therefore  dancing to local live music is a must so feel free to visit one of Trinidad’s growing number of bars and listen to some excellent live music!

Day 7

This morning we head to Sugar Mill valley where the 145ft Manaca Iznaga Tower stands as a silent witness to Cuba’s history of slavery where over 30.000 slaves worked in the sugar plantations overlooked by the tower!  A ghostly visit!

Continuing the day we make a short stop in the centre of the picturesque town of Sancti Spritus, one of very few in Cuba with a river running through it and then head to Santa Clara, a city of major historical significance in Cuba.  We will visit the final resting place of Che Guevara at the very symbolic Mausoleum with time to visit the museum dedicated to his life before, continuing to “Tren Blindado” the train that was attacked by Che Guevara in the last battle of the Cuban Revolution.

After lunch,  perhaps have a snooze as we head back towards Havana for our last night on the tour.

After arriving into Havana, in the evening we will have another truly unique experience as we head to La Terraza at the Asturias Centre for an excellent dinner overlooking the famous Prado Boulevard. Strolling through old Havana after the restaurant, you may wish to  enjoy an after dinner  drink at the Floridita Bar, famed throughout the world for its close links with Ernest Hemingway and reputed to be the birthplace of the Daiquiri!

Seats are reserved for the final night spectacular!  A performance by the world famous Buena Vista Social Club in their home city Havana where dancing is guaranteed and the evening is a fitting finale to a unforgettable week exploring Cuba.

Day 8

Today is free for you to explore Havana independently, relax at the hotel or leave Havana for Varadero, the Cayos or eastern Cuba.

For those leaving Cuba today, a transfer will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport for your departure flight home.

What’s Included

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Sevilla   Hotel, Havana  on BB basis
  • Two nights’  accommodation  at the  Moka Hotel, Las Terrazas National Park  on BB basis
  • Two nights’ accommodation at a recommended Casa Particular n Central Trinidad on BB basis
  • One  night accommodation at the Sevilla  Hotel, Havana  on BB basis
  • All transportation as required in the itinerary using fully air-conditioned transportation.
  • The services of an English speaking guide throughout the itinerary

 

Entrances into the following attractions:

  • Museum of the Revolution, Havana
  • Havana Club Rum Factory, Havana
  • Old American Car Tour, Havana
  • Cigar Factory, Havana
  • Las Terrazas Nacional Park, Las Terrazas
  • Soroa Botanical Gardens, Soroa
  • Tobacco Drying House, Vinales Valley
  • Guided Walk, Vinales Valley
  • EL Indio Limestone Cave system, Vinales Valley
  • Escambray Trail, Trinidad
  • Romantic Museum, Trinidad
  • Museum of the Fight Against the Bandits, Trinidad
  • La Canchanchara, Trinidad
  • Manaca Iznaga, Sugar Mill Valley, Trinidad
  • Entrance to Tren Blindado Museum , Santa Clara
  • Entrance to Che Guevara’s Museum and Mausoleum, Santa Clara
  • Buena Vista Social Club Performance, Havana
  • Please note this tour departs weekly on a Monday (Day 1)

Upgrades & Excursions

  • Sevilla Superior room £20 per person per night. If you would like to book an alternative hotel in Havana  or stay in a Casa Particular in Old Havana  please do contact us for a quote and advise .
  • Moka Junior Suite £30 per person per night .
  • Iberostar Grand Trinidad in Central Trinidad , November and December .7and 14th Tours £50 per person per night , January – March Tours £90 per person per night , April tours £66 per person per night .
  • Brisas Trinidad at Playa Ancon and all inclusive , standard room £30 per person per night , tropical room £40 per person per night , Junior Suite £50 per person per night

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