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A Taste Of Cuba

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For clients short of time, or who are simply happy to clip along at a good pace, this suggested week-long circuit of western Cuba starts and ends in Havana and incorporates both the island's towns and cities as well as its beautiful countryside.

  • Day 1 — Havana

    On arrival at Havana airport, clients will be met and transferred to their accommodation in Old Havana.

    Flights from Europe all arrive from late afternoon onwards so, after a stretch of legs, a sip of something cold and a bite to eat, most clients will probably want to have an earlyish night.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: None
    • — Havana, Malecon sunset
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    • — Mojito
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    • — Paladar
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  • Day 2 — Havana

    One of the world’s most fascinating, exhilarating and iconic cities, Havana is an absolute must-visit on any holiday to Cuba.

    The original settlement, known as Old Havana or Habana Vieja, is located along the west bank of the city’s harbour-mouth. Although the city has sprawled out in numerous directions, the vast majority of Havana’s historic sites, places of interest and best accommodation can be found in this compact, walkable part of the city.

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1982, the intervening years have seen many of Old Havana’s numerous colonial buildings and public spaces restored to their former glory while, in stark contrast, others seem on the brink of collapse. It is this juxtaposition, played out across the city, that is one of the most compelling aspects of any visit to Havana.

    Your holiday begins with a guided walking tour of Old Havana, a great introduction to the historic heart of the city as you take in the history, colonial architecture and vibrant daily, goings-on of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Including the four main squares of Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral, your guide will be on hand to guide you through all the main areas of interest and to answer any queries you may have.

    After sampling a Cuban cocktail you will then be picked and driven in a vintage car through ‘New’ Havana. Along the way you’ll drive past the Capitol Building, Revolution Square, the University of Havana, Hotel Nacional and former Presidential Palace before ending your first day in time for a late lunch.

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax, perhaps take in a museum or simply wander the streets of Old Havana.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Havana, Plaza San Francisco
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    • — Havana, Capitol & Gran Teatro
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  • Day 3 — Havana (Vinales Day Trip)

    Today is an opportunity for you to get out of the city and enjoy some of Cuba’s most beautiful countryside with a day trip to Vinales.

    Departing Havana in the morning, and heading through unspoiled countryside, there will first be a short stop at Cafeteria Las Barrigonas to visit a small tobacco plantation. Continuing west, you then visit a cigar factory in the provincial capital of Pinar del Rio before arriving in the Vinales Valley.

    Surrounded by the steep-sided hills of the Sierra de los Organos, the Vinales Valley is an outstanding karst landscape whose stand-out feature is the limestone mogotes that rise sheer from the valley floor and reaching heights of up to 300 metres.

    There will be time to explore the charming town of Vinales and beautiful Dos Hermanas Valley before taking an underground boat trip at Cueva del Indio. Lunch is included at a local restaurant in Vinales before returning to Havana in the late afternoon.

    This full day tour to the famous Vinales Valley is available on either a private or group basis.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Vinales Valley
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    • — Vinales, Harvest
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  • Day 4 — Havana to Cienfuegos

    This morning you pack your bags for the 3-4 hour road transfer to Cuba’s south coast, beginning with the city of Cienfuegos.

    Often referred to as the Pearl of the South, the city of Cienfuegos is an attractive, maritime city located on Cuba’s south coast.

    At the heart of Cienfuegos, and just a short walk from the beautiful waterfront, is the city’s vast main square, Plaza Jose Marti, lined all four sides by grand civic buildings dating back to the colonial era, the most famous of which is undoubtedly the iconic Teatro Tomas Terry.

    A short taxi ride from the city centre is Punta Gorda, a narrow peninsula that juts out into the Bay of Cienfuegos and which was once the city’s most upmarket neighbourhood. Even today, this part of the city is still home to numerous beautiful buildings, including the famous Palacio del Valle & Club Cienfuegos, as well as much of the city’s limited accommodation.

    After checking in at your accommodation and having a bite to eat, you will be met by your local guide for a tour of Cienfuegos.

    Suggested Accommodation: Melia Union Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Cienfuegos, Governor's Palace
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    • — Cienfuegos, Teatro Tomas Terry
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    • — Cienfuegos, Palacio De Valle
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  • Day 5 — Cienfuegos to Trinidad

    From Cienfuegos, it’s a pleasant hour-long drive along Cuba’s Caribbean coast to the town of Trinidad.

    Small it may be, but the town of Trinidad on Cuba’s south coast punches well above its weight when it comes to visitor appeal and, after Havana, is the island’s number two cultural destination.

    Founded in 1514, Trinidad grew rich on the back of the sugar trade. The wealth this generated led to the building of numerous beautiful civic buildings and private homes, many of which are largely unchanged to this day. With so much of its original architecture still in place, and the colonial layout of the town centre largely untainted by modern development, Trinidad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

    Today, the historic centre of Trinidad is closed to traffic and wandering the town’s cobbled lanes it is hard not to be struck by the beauty of the town which is often described as an outdoor museum. For those who like traditional museums, the charming Museo Histórico Municipal, also known as Casa Cantero, is our top pick although the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos will appeal to those with an interest in the Cuban Revolution.

    After checking-in at your accommodation, you will be collected by your guide for a walking tour of this magical town. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or explore further on your own.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Trinidad, Iglesia De La Santisima
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    • — Trinidad, Museo Romantico
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    • — Trinidad, street
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  • Day 6 — Trinidad (Day Trip to Valley of the Sugar Mills & Trinidad)

    Today, you will visit the Valley of the Sugar Mills and Sancti Spiritus on a full day tour before returning to Trinidad.

    Located between Trinidad & Sancti Spiritus, the Valley of the Sugar Mills was once the epicentre of the Cuban sugar industry and is still home to a number of atmospheric, decaying relics from that era. The most visited of these landmarks are Casa Gauchinango and Manaca-Iznaga whose haunting slave tower offers panoramic views of the valley.

    One of Cuba’s original ‘villages’, Sancti Spiritus, is one of the most attractive towns in Cuba and, precisely because most visitors choose to stay in Trinidad, one which has remained much more laid back.

    Sancti Spiritus remains, at heart, a small, country town, focused around the main squares of Parque Serafín Sánchez and Honorato del Castillo. Also included on your tour of town are the Casa de la Guayabera, the Parroquial Mayor church, Casa de la Trova, Ruben Martez Villena library and, most famous of all, the iconic Yayabo bridge. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before returning to Trinidad in the late afternoon.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    • — Trinidad, Valley of the Sugar Mills
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    • — Sancti Spiritus, Parque Serafin
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    • — Sancti Spiritus, Puente Yayabo
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  • Day 7 — Trinidad to Santa Clara

    This morning you head north, on one of the most dramatic and scenic drives in Cuba, climbing high into the Escambray Mountains before continuing to the city of Santa Clara.

    Primarily famous for being the final resting place of Ernesto Che Guevara, Santa Clara is inextricably linked with the Cuban Revolution.

    It was in Santa Clara that the last battle of the Cuban Revolution was fought in 1958, led in part by Guevara, and culminating in the derailing of a government troop train. Within hours, General Batista had fled the island for good and a new phase in Cuba’s history had begun. Today, the very same train is preserved in a park setting within the city and serves as both a national monument and museum.

    However, Santa Clara’s main draw is undoubtedly Che Guevara’s Mausoleum and Monument which is located just outside the city centre. The Monument was opened in 1988 while the Mausoleum was added in 1997 after his remains were discovered in Bolivia and returned to Cuba.

    Having checked in at your accommodation there will be a tour of the main sites in Santa Clara including the Tren Blindado, Che Guevara’s mausoleum, Parque Vidal, La Caridad theatre and the Museum of the Fine Arts.

    Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Central Santa Clara Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Santa Clara, Che Guevara
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    • — Santa Clara, Museum
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    • — Santa Clara, Museum Tren Blindado
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  • Day 8 — Santa Clara to Home

    Depending on your flight time, you will be collected from your accommodation for the roughly 3-hour, private transfer back to Havana airport and your onward journey home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Santa Clara, Parque Vidal
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Please Note

This itinerary is no more than a sample idea which can be tailor made to your exact requirements.

The 'From price' is for travel in September and is based on two adults sharing the same room throughout. Supplements apply for sole occupancy.

The quoted price does not include international flights.

Beach Extensions

Beach Extensions

For clients wishing to extend their holiday with time at one of Cuba’s numerous beach resorts there are numerous options although, for logistical reasons, we would suggest sticking to the western half of the island. Please call or email for advice.

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