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Grand tour of Cuba

16 days from £4,225pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • The remarkable Cuban capital of Havana.

  • The colourful colonial city of Trinidad.

  • Cuba's revolutionary capital, Santiago de Cuba.

  • Cuba's oldest settlement, Baracoa.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Havana
  • Viñales
  • Trinidad
  • Camaguey
  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Baracoa
  • Holguin
  • Havana

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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 in Havana you will be met at the airport by an English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Old Havana in a classic American car.

Day 2 Havana

Havana

Your guide will take you for a gently paced two to three hour private walking tour of Havana's atmospheric old town this morning, taking in the four main Plazas of Havana Vieja as well as many of its cobbled streets and colourful, colonial buildings.

Day 3 Havana

Havana

Afterwards you'll enjoy some time at leisure to explore Havana at your own pace. Dining out in Cuba is often more about the experience than the food itself and paladares - family run restaurants - offer a great taste of home cooking and provide good value for money. This evening you might like to go for dinner at one of the many great paladares suggested in your travel pack.

Day 4 Viñales

Havana , Viñales

Your chauffeur-guide will pick you up from the hotel this morning and take you to the scenic town of Vinales in the tobacco-growing region of Pinar del Rio, around two and half hours from Havana. You'll be staying in a simple homestay with a local family, a great way to get an insight into rural Cuba. En route you will stop off at a specialist cigar factory and learn more about Cuba's most famous export.

Day 5 Viñales

Viñales

This afternoon your guide will take you for a private tour of the valley, famous for its interesting limestone outcrops known as mogotes. You will explore the charming town itself, visit a tobacco plantation and see one of the local cave systems.

Day 6 Trinidad

Viñales , Trinidad

This morning you will take the long seven hour journey east through the countryside to the colonial city of Trinidad - arguably the most complete colonial city in Cuba. Travelling around Cuba is always fascinating and you'll pass through local towns untouched by tourism as well as having plenty of opportunities to stop off and stretch your legs.

Day 7 Trinidad

Trinidad

Head up into the mountains behind Trinidad today for amazing views over the coast below and a really interesting walk through the Topes de Collantes nature reserve, ending at a lovely waterfall for a refreshing swim. You finish with lunch at a traditional Cuban hacienda before heading back to the city mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore Trinidad's UNESCO World Heritage centre.

Day 8 Camaguey

Trinidad , Camaguey

Private transfer with your chauffeur guide to Camaguey in the centre of the country via the Valle de Ingenios.

Day 9 Santiago de Cuba

Camaguey , Santiago de Cuba

Leave Camaguey this morning and transfer to Santiago de Cuba, stopping in the town of Bayamo and to visit the famous Basilica del Cobre en-route.

Day 10 Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba

Your guide will take you for a private tour of Santiago today, including the Castillo del Morro and Cayo Granma.

Day 11 Baracoa

Santiago de Cuba , Baracoa

Today you will travel with your guide on to the eastern city of Baracoa in a really scenic journey along 'La Farola' - the road winding through the Sierra Maestra mountain range and down to the coast.

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Day 12 Baracoa

Baracoa

Enjoy a walking tour of Baracoa with your guide, with the rest of the day at leisure. The guide is at your disposal so can show you the surrounding area and recommend activities, such as a visit to the Yumuri river, or to El Yunque National Park to enjoy the stunning tropical scenery, go hiking or swim in the waterfalls.

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Day 13 Baracoa

Baracoa

This morning you will be driven to the Alejandro Humboldt National Park where your guide will take you bird-watching in this UNESCO World Heritage reserve.

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Day 14 Havana

Baracoa , Holguin , Havana

Private transfer with your chauffeur-guide (four to five hours drive) to Holguin in time for your domestic flight to Havana. One final night to soak up Cuba's capital before you head home!

Day 15 International return flight

Havana , International return flight

Morning at leisure before you head to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.


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The specialist who designs your trip to Cuba will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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