This trip gives first-time visitors a wonderful insight into Cuba – its history, culture and countryside. First, fly to Havana to spend a few days in the capital. Wander its cobbled streets with a private guide, visit cigar factories and peek at Hemingway's old haunts. Moving on to the much smaller and pretty colonial city of Trinidad, you’ll admire its architecture, music and laid-back way of life. Then it’s time to journey deep into Cuba’s backcountry: the tobacco-growing region of Viñales and the arty farming community at Las Terrazas. All breakfasts are included and you’ll mostly travel by private taxi transfer.
Explore the historic streets of Old Havana in Cuba's pulsing capital.
Visit a traditional Cuban music hall in Trinidad.
Admire the views in the peaceful valley of Viñales.
Experience life in the artistic rural community of Las Terrazas.
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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 arrival at Havana Airport you're met by your guide and driver. Your guide accompanies you to your hotel, located amid the cobbled streets of Old Havana. You have the rest of the day at leisure to relax in your private casa after your journey.
Day 2 Havana
This morning you're picked up from your casa by an expert guide and taken on a private walking tour of Old Havana. Your guide explains about the city's architecture, from old commercial buildings lining squares to baroque and early colonial styles. The tour lasts two hours. You have the rest of the day to continue exploring the city under your own steam. We suggest taking a walk by the Malecón, the sea wall overlooking Havana's harbour.
Day 3 Havana
This afternoon you will have the pleasure of a guided tour of Havana in a classic American car, a truly quintessential Cuban experience! In your 'yank tank' visit Morro Castle, which offers incredible panoramic views over the cityscape, and stop by the imposing Plaza de la Revolucion, where Fidel Castro conducted his famously long eight hour speeches.
Day 4 Trinidad
Today you take a transfer with a Spanish-speaking driver from Havana through the Cuban countryside to the colonial city of Trinidad. En route, look out for road signs bearing political slogans and hailing Cuba's revolutionary heroes. You drive through mango plantations and through the foothills of the Sierra del Escambray before arriving in Trinidad four or five hours later.
Day 5 Trinidad
Enjoy a private walking tour of Trinidad with a local English-speaking guide. Highlights include an impressive neo-classical palace which now houses a museum, and La Cancharchara, an 18th-century townhouse with a lively bar. In the afternoon you may like to walk up to viewpoints over the city, or visit the main plaza and dance the night away at a Casa de La Trova (traditional music hall).
Day 6 Trinidad
A day at leisure in Trinidad. Today you could take a trip out of the city by train to the Valle de los Ingenios, a charming area of ramshackle sugar cane plantations. We can also arrange for you to go on a hike in the Escambray Mountains. Alternatively, you could opt to spend the day at the beach at Playa Ancon, ten minutes out of town by taxi. We particularly like nearby La Boca, a lovely, quieter beach fringed with flamboyant trees.
Day 7 Vinales
Today you'll take a private taxi transfer to Viñales, a valley of tobacco plantations and vegetation-carpeted limestone outcrops called mogotes. The drive takes between five and six hours. On the way, notice how the scenery gets gradually greener, more tropical and more agricultural as you leave the city behind and wind though hills and pine forests before arriving at your accommodation.
Day 8 Vinales
Day 9 Las Terrazas
Today take a private taxi transfer to the rural community of Las Terrazas, an hour's drive north. It's a scenic journey: you pass tropical fruit plantations and mountain ranges swathed in thick jungle, then lakes and valleys. After arriving at your accommodation, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. Relax in your hotel or take a rowing boat out on the Lago del San Juan, the lake around which this community is huddled.
Day 10 Las Terrazas
Explore Las Terrazas under your own steam. There are numerous energetic activities on offer, such as birdwatching and zip-lining. One particularly nice way to get a feel for this community is to visit local artists' studios or El Cusco Bazaar, a place showcasing local handicrafts and art. Las Terrazas' most famous son was a famous Cuban musician, Polo Montanes. It's possible to visit what was once his home, and to meet the local musicians and artists who gather there weekly.
Day 11 International return flight
Las Terrazas , International return flight
Day 12 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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