- Cayo Santa Maria
Get to know Cuba’s vibrant and historic capital, Havana.
Visit the colonial city of Trinidad and its surrounding sugar cane plantations.
Go walking and explore caves in the valley of Viñales.
Relax on one of Cuba's beaches in the northern cayes.
What our specialists say...
This tour offers a well-balanced introduction to Cuba’s main cities and rural areas, topped off with some time spent relaxing on a white-sand beach in the northern cayes. You’ll mostly travel by private taxi transfer and begin in Havana, getting to know the historic old quarter of the city and visiting its museums. Moving on to the region of Viñales, you’ll immerse yourself for a couple of days in its countryside strewn with tobacco plantations and limestone rock formations. From here you’ll go to Trinidad to admire its colonial architecture, before taking some well-earned rest in an out-of-the-way beach resort.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Havana
International outbound flight , Havana
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Havana. On arriving in Havana, you're met at the airport by an English-speaking guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Old Havana. Relax after your flight.
Day 2 Havana
This morning an expert local guide takes you on a private walking tour of Old Havana's cobbled streets and colonial plazas. As the tour is private, it can be tailored to your specific interests, and taken at your own pace. Normally lasting around two hours, your guide can (for example) focus on revolutionary landmarks, colonial heritage, or the writer Ernest Hemingway's old haunts. The rest of the day is at leisure: we suggest visiting the rum or chocolate museums.
Day 3 Havana
A day at leisure in Havana. We can arrange a visit to one of the cigar factories or a trip into modern Havana. However, one of the best ways of getting a feel for Havana is by walking along the Malecón (the harbour sea wall) at sunset, when it's always thronged with locals, or by simply strolling the streets. You'll hear music everywhere, and plenty of battered vintage cars.
Day 4 Vinales
Today you'll take a private two and a half hour taxi transfer from Havana to the tobacco-growing region of Viñales in western Cuba. Once you leave the suburbs of the city behind, the journey becomes more scenic. You pass through the dense jungle vegetation, hills and forests of royal palms of Sierra de los Organos before arriving at your accommodation. Relax at your hotel on arrival, or follow one of the walking trails around the plantations.
Day 5 Vinales
A day at leisure to explore the Viñales valley. We can help you arrange guided hikes, horse riding or bicycle tours of the valley and plantations. You could also visit one of several cave systems in the area through an underground boat tour. It's worth waking early for some of the best views of the valley's limestone outcrops, the mogotes, rising out of the mist that carpets the valley early in the morning.
Day 6 Trinidad
Take a private taxi transfer to Trinidad. It's a long journey, typically lasting around seven hours, but there's a lot to see en route and opportunities to stop to stretch your legs. Large signs by the side of the autopista celebrate the heroes of the Cuban Revolution and blast out propaganda. Then you reach the foothills of the Sierra del Escambray mountain range, before hugging the Caribbean coast for a while on the approach to Trinidad.
Day 7 Trinidad
A day at leisure in Trinidad. Wander around this pretty colonial city and visit a vibrant casa de la trova (traditional Cuban music hall) to watch (or even join in with) some salsa. We can also help you to arrange trips into the Topes de Collantes nature reserve in the mountains surrounding the city. Alternatively, we recommend taking a trip out to the former sugar cane estate of Manaca Iznaga with its watch tower overlooking the plantations.
Day 8 Cayo Santa Maria
Today take a private three-hour taxi transfer crossing an expansive causeway linking Cuba's northern cayes to the mainland. On arriving at your all-inclusive beach resort on Cuba's quieter Cayo Santa Maria, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure. Relax on the beach or go swimming in the azure ocean.
Day 9 Cayo Santa Maria
A day at leisure on Cayo Santa Maria. This is a place for unwinding on the island's beaches and doing very little: this is a remote, pristine part of Cuba and a contrast to the flurried activity and energy of its cities. Your resort may offer various activity options such as snorkeling, kayaking and diving.
Day 10 Cayo Santa Maria
Day 11 International return flight
Day 12 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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