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7 Night Cuba Tour

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This small group, week-long escorted tour takes in the key highlights of western Cuba, starting and finishing in Havana.

  • 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, something cold and a bite to eat, most clients will probably want to get 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

    After breakfast at your accommodation, you will meet up with your guide and start the day with a visit to a working cigar factory, to see for yourself the process involved in making the world’s most sought-after cigars.

    You will then proceed to the fascinating Museum of the Revolution, housed in the beautiful, former Presidential Palace in the heart of Old Havana before the first half of the day concludes with lunch in a nearby restaurant.

    After lunch there will be a leisurely, guided wander around the streets of Old Havana, taking in the four primary squares of Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral & Plaza de San Francisco. Quite aside from the numerous beautiful buildings, streets and squares, much of the charm of Old Havana lies in its inhabitants who are friendly and outgoing.

    Having explored Old Havana on foot, and after a break to freshen up, the afternoon will be spent cruising the streets of ‘New’ Havana in the back of a classic American car dating back to the 1950s or 60s. En-route you will visit Revolution Square, drive down the iconic Malecon and past the elegant mansions and embassies in the Miramar neighbourhood before ending at ‘Bosque De La Havana’, a beautiful tropical woodland and park that is known the lungs of Havana.

    To end the day, you will be dropped off at Jibaro Bar (visited in 2019 by Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall), a vibrant tapas bar where, after a lesson in making Cuban cocktails, a delicious, light meal of tapas will be provided.

    After dinner, you will be dropped back at your hotel. Alternatively, the guide can recommend a number of great nightspots in the city or, if you want, tickets can be booked in advance for the famous Tropicana show.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Museum of the Revolution
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    • — Havana, Plaza San Francisco
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  • Day 3 — Havana to Las Terrazas via Vinales

    After breakfast, you will depart Havana and head west to the Vinales Valley, home to some of Cuba’s most beautiful countryside as well as the tobacco that goes into its world-famous cigars.

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

    As part of your visit, you will take a short, guided-walk through the valley floor, taking time to visit a traditional farmer’s house and to explore the picturesque town of Vinales. The Vinales Valley is also home to an extensive network of limestone cave and there will be a subterranean boat ride through the El Indio cave system.

    Having visited a cigar factory in Havana, you will now also have the opportunity to visit a tobacco plantation and to see how the tobacco crop is dried in huge barns, ready to be turned into cigars.

    Lunch will be served at a local organic farm that enjoys wonderful views across the Vinales Valley. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the workings of the farm and its organic methods which garnered the interest of no less a visitor than President Obama.

    In the late afternoon you will leave Vinales and heading back the way you came, proceed to the small community of Las Terrazas, located within the beautiful countryside of the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere.

    After settling in at your hotel for the night, there will be a brief tour of the surrounding area and an introduction to the farming practices and various eco-activities that are practiced here.

    Appropriately, dinner tonight will be at an organic, vegetarian restaurant in Las Terrazas that uses only locally sourced ingredients.

    Suggested Accommodation: Hotel La Moka Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Vinales Valley
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    • — Vinales, Cueva Del Indio
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    • — Las Terrazas
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  • Day 4 — Las Terrazas to Trinidad via Santa Clara

    Departing Las Terrazas after breakfast, you will turn back east, passing to the south of Havana before continuing along the near empty autopista to the city of Santa Clara.

    On arrival at the outskirts of Santa Clara you will visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum as well as the museum of his life before heading into the city centre and the Tren Blindado, the remains of a government, armoured-train that was attacked and seized by forced led by Che Guevara in what was a turning point in the Cuban Revolution.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you will leave Santa Clara behind and take the picturesque road through the Escambray Mountains to the Valley of the Sugar Mills.

    As the name suggests, the Valley of the Sugar Mills (Valle de los Ingenios in Spanish), was once the epicentre of the Cuban sugar industry, an industry that created huge wealth for a select handful of landowners but misery for the slaves who worked the fields.

    Of the estates that once prospered in the Valley of the Sugar Mills, perhaps the most famous (and visited) is Manaca Iznaga. Set in a beautiful location, the tower at the centre of the estate now offers visitors panoramic views of the area; during the years in which it was a working plantation, the same tower was used as a look-out for watching over the slave workforce.

    After a long day, it is then a relatively short drive from the Valley of the Sugar Mills to the beautiful town of Trinidad, your base for the next two nights. Dinner will be at a casa particular restaurant in town.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Santa Clara, Che Guevara
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    • — Santa Clara, Museum Tren Blindado
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    • — Trinidad, Valley of the Sugar Mills
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  • Day 5 — 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.

    After breakfast, you will enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this beautiful town, including a visit to the History Museum that focusses on a family’s life in Cuba in the 1800s.

    The tour ends at La Canchanchara, an 18th Century house, now bar, that serves up the local rum and sugar-based cocktail for which the town is also famous. After lunch in a local restaurant, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own or simply relax.

    Dinner tonight will be at a local private restaurant in town. The locals will also be out and about so why not join them in one of the town’s bars and enjoy some wonderful live music and dancing?

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Trinidad, Plaza Mayor
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    • — Trinidad, Museo Romantico
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    • — Trinidad, La Canchanchara
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  • Day 6 — Trinidad to Cienfuegos via El Nicho

    Hopefully, you won’t have a sore head this morning as it’s an early departure to the nearby city of Cienfuegos.

    However, rather than heading direct to Cienfuegos, you will take a sizeable detour and visit El Nicho Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Cuba.

    Located in the foothills of the Escambray Mountains, El Nicho Park is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in Cuba. Numerous walking trails wind their way through lush vegetation and past rustic villages, all interspersed with natural pools and waterfalls including the Black Creek falls which are more than 30 metres high.

    After a gentle hike of just over a mile along, there will be an opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the natural pools. Lunch will be taken at the simple restaurant by the pools.

    Departing from El Nicho you will head back down to the coast and the maritime city of Cienfuegos, stopping en-route to briefly visit the famous Botanical Gardens.

    Originally settled by indigenous Taino tribes, in the colonial era the city of Cienfuegos was distinct from the rest of the country in that it was French immigrants, and not Spanish, who made this their home. This French influence is still evident in many of the city’s buildings as well as its street names.

    There will be time for a brief wander around the city’s colonial centre and seafront promenade before checking in to your accommodation for the evening.

    Suggested Accommodation: Cienfuegos Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Cienfuegos, El Nicho Waterfalls
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    • — Cienfuegos, Governor's Palace
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    • — Cienfuegos, Parque Central
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  • Day 7 — Cienfuegos to Havana via Bay of Pigs

    Departing from Cienfuegos, you will head along largely deserted roads to the Bay of Pigs, famous across the world as the site of the failed invasion of Cuba in 1961.

    Near the site of the landing there is a small museum where you will gain an insight into this infamous event which remains deeply engrained in the Cuban psyche.

    Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant in the small, nearby village of Playa Larga with time to go for a stroll along the lovely little beach too.

    Heading inland after lunch, and just 30 minutes’ drive away, Guama is a replica of a Taino (Cuba’s earliest settlers) village that is reached by an enjoyable speedboat ride through tropical mangroves and across a broad lagoon.

    Continuing back to Havana, and after checking in at your chosen accommodation and freshening up, there will be a farewell dinner at a carefully selected private restaurant in Old Havana.

    The evening then ends with a visit to see a performance by ‘Legendarios de Guajirito’, a band made up of some of the former, surviving members of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All Stars.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • — Bay of Pigs, Museum
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    • — Zapata, Guama
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    • — Havana, Legendarios Del Guajirito
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  • Day 8 — Havana and home or beach

    Your final day in Cuba is free for you to relax, explore further on your own or perhaps do a bit of last-minute shopping.

    Depending on your flight schedule you will be collected from your accommodation for the transfer back to the airport and your return flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • — Havana, musicians
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    • — Heading home
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Please Note

Dates & Prices

13th, 20th & 27th October - £1150
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November - £1150
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th December - £1150
5th, 19th, 26th January - £1150
12th January - £1050
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd February - £1150
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March - £1150
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April - £1100 (book by 30/09/19)

The quoted prices are per person based on two adults sharing the same room throughout. Single supplement from £300.

The quoted prices do not include international flights which we are happy to arrange as part of an ATOL protected package.



Beach Extensions

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, due to the size of the island, most clients opt to stay somewhere that doesn't involve too much travel, such as nearby Memories Jibacoa (picture below)

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