Enliven the senses on this overland
journey through Cuba with its blend of
colours, flavours, aromas and sounds.
Discover the faded colonial grandeur
of Havana and Trinidad, the delightful
rolling countryside with its tobacco and
coffee plantations, the historical sites
of the revolution and the ever-present
rhythms of the son and mambo styles of
music. Cuba is changing fast, so this is
a great time to visit while its exotic and
distinctive style remains.
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Fly to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to
your hotel for 3 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of old Havana, including
the Camera Obscura and a stop at El Floridita,
home of the daiquiri cocktail. Afternoon
panoramic tour in a classic American car, visiting
Revolution Square and the Rum Museum. (B, L)
Day at leisure to stroll along old Havana’s
cobbled streets, perhaps relax by the rooftop
pool or take optional visits to the Bellas
Artes Museum, Hemingway’s Museum or the
Revolution Museum. (B)
In the morning, drive to Las Terrazas in the
western province of Pinar del Rio. Established as
a sustainable environmental and development
project, Las Terrazas provides an ideal
introduction to Cuba’s countryside life and
landscapes. Visit the local community and the
partially restored 19th-century coffee estate.
Stay 2 nights at La Moka Hotel. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of the beautiful Viñales valley, its
tobacco plantations and rounded limestone
hills. Visit a cigar factory and take a boat ride
through the Indian Cave. Return to La Moka
Hotel. (B, L)
Travel to Cienfuegos via the Peninsula de
Zapata. Take a boat trip through the mangroves
and drive past Playa Girón, site of the 1961
invasion. Continue to the small city of
Cienfuegos, with its distinct French influence,
for a 2-night stay. Enjoy dinner at a privately run
paladar. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of the city, known as the ‘Pearl of
the South’, and visit the Cienfuegos botanical
gardens. Afternoon at leisure or take optional
Morning drive to Trinidad for a walking tour of
the town, including the Romantic Museum or
Cantero Museum and a visit to Casa de la Musica.
Founded in 1514, Trinidad contains beautifully
preserved colonial buildings, with hardly a trace of
20th-century architecture. Stay for 2 nights in the
heart of the old town. (B)
Morning tour of the Valley of the Sugar Mills,
dotted with ruins of large former sugar plantations.
Visit the watchtower of the Manaca Iznaga
plantation, a reminder of Cuba’s colonisation and
slave trade, then have lunch before returning to
Trinidad. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Morning drive to historic Santa Clara, the site of
the turning point in the Cuban revolution, and
see Che Guevara’s museum and mausoleum.
After lunch, continue to Havana for a final night.
Optional evening music performance. (B, L)
Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly to London
with Virgin Atlantic. (B)
Early morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Cuba is currently experiencing an unprecedented high level of demand while having very limited good quality hotel options. The accommodation we use varies from departure to departure, with tours featuring a combination of simple, good standard and superior hotels and often casas particulares, which are privately run bed and breakfast-style accommodation. The term casas particulares covers a range of different properties, from old colonial buildings to rustic and modern local houses, and standards vary widely. Some of the casa particulares do not have names, and are simply referred to by the name of the owners, while others are called 'hostals', the Spanish word for a guesthouse, but all are considered to be casa particulares. The properties feature very simple rooms with en suite facilities, and continental breakfast is included. Cox & Kings works with a selection of casas however, due to the way in which the casa particular programme operates, specific casas cannot be confirmed in advance. A selection of hotels used on some departures of this tour are shown in the Accommodation section however other properties not featured here, including casa particulares, may be used instead. On some departures, the order of places visited in the itinerary may change. The specific hotels / casas for each departure, along with the itinerary, will be confirmed in the final travel documents.
Tourist infrastructure in Cuba
cannot be compared with that of most Latin
American countries as the standard of service
can be erratic, road journeys can take longer than
anticipated and dining options are often limited.
However, we feel that any deficiencies are more
than compensated for by Cuba’s culture and
scenery, and recommend a flexible approach to
travel when visiting the country.
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6783 or email email@example.com
Casas particulares are privately run bed and breakfast-style accommodation ranging from old colonial buildings to rustic and simple local houses that provide a genuine insight into the Cuban way of life. These charming small properties feature homely rooms with en suite facilities, and the continental breakfast is often prepared by the owners. It may be possible to arrange other meals and drinks on request and at an extra charge. Cox & Kings works with a selection of casas (standards may vary) and will choose one for your...
Hotel La Jagua is situated on the seafront in the Punta Gorda area of Cienfuegos. This modern property features panoramic views of the sea and bay and is steps away from the famous restaurant Palacio de Valle.
Features: 149 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe,...
Hotel La Ronda is situated in a former 19th century townhouse in the heart of Trinidad, just minutes from the Plaza Mayor. Formerly called Islazul, the property has been carefully renovated and offers 19 comfortable air-conditioned rooms. There is a plant-filled atrium patio, a small but charming restaurant and a...
The Hotel La Union is located in the heart of colonial Cienfuegos, in a converted 19th-century mansion. The hotel provides simple but comfortable accommodation, while the rooftop terrace bar offers views over the city and the bay.
Features: 36 rooms, 13 suites, restaurant, bar, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe,...
Located on the corner of Prado and Dragones Avenues in Old Havana, the carefully restored Hotel Saratoga is a historic five-star hotel built in neoclassical style, with views over the city's Gran Teatro and Prado. The original hotel of the same name was a fixture on the 1930s social scene, famed for its house orchestra and cocktail parties. Today the hotel continues this tradition and offers 96 rooms and suites with elegant decor in a traditional style with stylish modern twists. It offers discreet service and excellent dining, along with a spectacular rooftop swimming...
The historic Hotel Sevilla is located just off the Paseo del Prado and is a short walk from both the oceanfront Malecón promenade and the sites of colonial old Havana. Dating from the early 20th century, the Hotel Sevilla was a popular meeting place for Cuban high society and the spacious lobby features live traditional Cuban music. The hotel offers 178 simple but comfortable air-conditioned rooms, three bars and a roof top restaurant offering panoramic views of the city. There is also a large freeform outdoor swimming pool and a fitness...
The Iberostar Grand Hotel is located on one of the charming plazas of Trinidad and is within walking distance of all the main sights in the old city. Ideal for the discerning traveller and situated in a recently restored colonial building, the hotel offers 40 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, an excellent restaurant serving Cuban specialities and international cuisine, and free internet access. The hotel does not have a swimming pool. The Ancon beaches are a 15 to 20 minute drive...
The Iberostar Parque Central is located within walking distance of all the main sights of Old Havana and is surrounded by numerous celebrated buildings, such as the Capitol, the Garcia Lorca theatre and the Museum of Modern Arts. The main building, decorated in colonial style, offers classic rooms and is connected through an internal passage to a more contemporary tower wing. A choice of Classic or Contemporary room can be requested, but the hotel is unable to confirm a specific room prior to your arrival. Each part features a lobby bar, rooftop swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic views. Dining options include Mediterranean and Italian restaurants and an elegant steak...
La Moka Hotel is a simple hotel set amid the forested hills of Las Terrazas. It features 26 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, a multi-tiered atrium lobby built around a large tree, a restaurant and a small bar with beautiful views over the...
Melia Cohiba Hotel is a superior modern property located in the entertainment district of Vedado overlooking the Malecon. The rooms have all modern facilities and most of them offer either partial or full ocean views. You can choose to dine in a variety of restaurants at the hotel or nearby, lounge at the freeform swimming pool or enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of the 1940s and 50s in the adjacent Habana Café.
Features: 1,472 rooms, 7 restaurants, 3 bars, swimming pool, fitness centre, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, iron,...
Palacio Azul (The Blue Palace), once a residence of a wealthy tobacco baron, is a small colonial style hotel located next to Cienfuegos Yacht Club and not far from the city centre. Its seven simple but comfortable rooms are named after flowers and feature high ceilings, originally tiled floors and antique-style furniture. The hotel has limited facilities, but has a small restaurant and lobby...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
At the end of your tour, relax on a white sandy
cay off Cuba’s north coast. Hotel options
include the Meliá Cayo Santa Maria, an
all-inclusive property with a range of leisure
facilities, and the first-class secluded Meliá
Buenavista, an adults-only resort set apart
from the rest of the hotels.
After visiting Santa Clara, continue to Cayo
Santa Maria and stay 4 nights at the Meliá Cayo
Santa Maria* / Meliá Buenavista.* (B, L, D)
At leisure to relax by the beach and turquoise
sea. (B, L, D)
Drive to Havana and stay overnight. (B)
Day at leisure. Evening flight to London with
Virgin Atlantic. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
It is possible to upgrade
to ocean-view rooms at the Meliá Cayo Santa
Maria / Meliá Buenavista from £95 per person based on 2 people sharing.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
CUB2016: 10 Nights
I can't say that there was one specific moment - there were many. The country and the people were wonderful, despite their obvious poverty. Our tour guide Maria was first class, and went out of her way to make sure that everything went smoothly. Mrs Judith Purssell
We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to Havana and Trinidad. Trinidad in particular was small and colourful with lots of music and good restaurants. We had a dance at our morning coffee/cocktail stop which was fun and enjoyable. The thing we will remember most about our trip to Cuba was the music everywhere at all times and of course the cocktails! Mr David Graham
The city of Trinidad contained much of what was great about Cuba in a nutshell. It was lively, friendly, very photogenic with a history that went back over 500 years. Mr William Kerr
Havana was founded in 1519 as an assembly point for ships taking silver to...
Established as a sustainable rural development project in 1994, Las...
Trinidad was founded in 1518 by Diego Velazquez as a base for expeditions...