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Classic Cuba tour

12 days from £2,490pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • 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 accommodation in the heart of Old Havana. Relax after your flight.

  • 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.

  • Nothing says classic Cuba like a panoramic city tour in a stylish American classic car. Your private tour will hit the highlights of Havana's more modern neighbourhoods showing the contrast of the previous day's historic tour.

  • 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.

  • Vinales' famous magotes and hillsides offer stunning views which you'll get to take in during this private trek through the countryside with your guide.

  • 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.

  • Today you'll be guided around this pretty colonial city on a walking tour with your guide. Later on while at leisure choose to 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.

  • Today take a private three-hour taxi transfer crossing an expansive causeway linking Cuba's northern cayes to the mainland. Along the way you'll visit the Che Guevara mausoleum in Santa Clara for a brief tour before continuing on to 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.

  • 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 snorkelling, kayaking and diving.

  • Another day spent relaxing on Cayo Santa Maria. In the evening you might like to book a table at one of the hotel's Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean or French-themed restaurants.

  • Take a five hour private taxi transfer back to Havana in time for your flight home.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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