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Western Cuba By Bus

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For clients who wish to explore the main highlights of western Cuba, while keeping an eye on cost, the tourist bus service is an excellent option. Starting and finishing in Havana, this itinerary also takes in the key destinations of Vinales, Cienfuegos & Trinidad. Please note that there is no included sightseeing as part of this suggested itinerary although, in select destinations, there are a number of optional tours we can pre-book.

  • 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
    • — 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.

    Please click here for details of our optional tours in and around Havana.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Havana, Parque Central
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    • — Havana, Plaza San Francisco
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    • — Havana, Morro Castle
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  • Day 3 — Havana

    The day is at leisure in Havana for you to further explore this fascinating city, either independently or on one of our optional tours.

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • — Havana, Capitol & Gran Teatro
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  • Day 4 — Havana to Vinales

    This morning, you will need to make your own way to the designated pick-up point in Old Havana which, together with timings (but normally around 08.00) will be advised to you by our local agents. The coach from Havana to Vinales takes approximately 4 ½ hours.

    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.

    The Vinales Valley is also home to an extensive network of limestone caves, some of which, such as the Indian Cave, are open to visitors.

    The town of Vinales is the only settlement for miles around, and still displaying its original layout, boasts a charming main street and numerous, characterful one storey homes with their traditional porches.

    On arrival in Vinales you will need to make your own way to your chosen accommodation. If staying at the Hotel Central, this is within short walking distance.

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this charming little town.

    Suggested Accommodation: Vinales Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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    • — Vinales, church
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    • — Vinales, town
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  • Day 5 — Vinales

    There are no included activities as part of this suggested itinerary although there are numerous local Trips we can arrange.

    Alternatively, clients are free to make their own arrangements.

    Suggested Accommodation: Vinales Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
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  • Day 6 — Vinales to Cienfuegos

    You’ll be up and bright and early this morning for the long bus journey from Vinales to Cienfuegos. Exact times will be advised locally but departure time from Vinales is normally before 07.00 and travel time is approximately 7 hours, including a 30-minute break en-route.

    On arrival in Cienfuegos, taxis are on hand for you to make your own way to your chosen accommodation.

    The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax.

    Suggested Accommodation: Cienfuegos Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Cienguegos, Teatro Tomas Terry
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    • — Cienfuegos
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    • — Cienfuegos, Parque Central
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  • Day 7 — 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.

    There are no included activities as part of this suggested itinerary although there are Trips we can arrange both within the city itself and the beautiful nearby countryside including the famous El Nicho waterfalls.

    Alternatively, clients are free to make their own arrangements.

    Suggested Accommodation: Cienfuegos Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
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    • — Cienfuegos, Palacio De Valle
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  • Day 8 — Cienfuegos to Trinidad

    Although there is a tourist bus service between Cienfuegos & Trinidad, it’s only an hour by car so a private taxi transfer is included for this pleasant journey along the coast.

    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.

    On arrival in Trinidad you will be dropped at the accommodation of your choice. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    • — Trinidad, Plaza Mayor
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    • — Trinidad, street
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    • — Trinidad
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  • Day 9 — Trinidad

    There are no included activities as part of this suggested itinerary although there are numerous local Trips we can arrange.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Trinidad
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    • — Trinidad, street
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    • — Trinidad
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  • Day 10 — Trinidad

    The day is at leisure for you to explore on your own or book one of our optional tours.

    As well as the many attractions of the town itself, Trinidad is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.

    To the east of Trinidad is the Valley of the Sugar Mills and the colonial town of Sancti Spiritus while to the north of Trinidad are the beautiful Escambray Mountains and, beyond that, the historic city of Santa Clara. Or, if you simply wish to relax, just a short drive south of Trinidad there are some nice little beaches where you can while away a few hours.

    Suggested Accommodation: Trinidad Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Trinidad, Valley of the Sugar Mills
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  • Day 11 — Trinidad to Havana

    This morning, you will need to make your own way to the designated pick-up point in Trinidad which, together with timings (but normally around 08.30) will be advised to you by our local agents. The coach from Trinidad to Havana takes approximately 6 ½ hours including a 30-minute break en-route.

    On arrival in Old Havana, you will need to make your own way to the accommodation of your choice. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    (Alternative: If you prefer, it is possible to travel from Trinidad to Santa Clara by bus, add a night or two there and then take another bus back to Havana).

    Suggested Accommodation: Havana Casas Meals Included: Breakfast
    • — Trinidad, street
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    • — Havana, Capitol & Gran Teatro
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  • Day 12 — Havana and home

    Your final day in Havana is at leisure for you to relax, explore further or perhaps do a bit of last-minute shopping.

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

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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 / transport.

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


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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