Cuba is changing fast, so this is a great time to visit while its exotic and distinctive style remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations, the historical sites of the revolution and the ever-present rhythms of the son and mambo styles of music.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to Hotel Santa Isabel / Hotel Telegrafo 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 a rum factory. (B, L)
Day at leisure to stroll along Old Havana’s cobbled streets 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 for a stay of 2 nights. 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. (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. (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 an overnight stay. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Cienfuegos, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, and visit the Cienfuegos botanical gardens. Afternoon transfer to Trinidad for a 3-night stay in a casa particular in the heart of the old town. Dine this evening at a privately run paladar. (B, D)
Morning 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 well-preserved colonial buildings with hardly a trace of 20th-century architecture. Afternoon at leisure or take optional excursions. (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)
Transfer to the airport. Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic and arrive the following day. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour features a combination of simple and good standard hotels and casas particulares, which are simple, private, bed and breakfast-style accommodations that allow for an authentic insight into the Cuban way of life. Cuba combines increasing popularity with very limited good quality hotel options and the properties we use may vary from departure to departure. The specific accommodation for each departure as well as the exact order of your itinerary will be confirmed in the final travel documents.
We recommend an extremely flexible approach to booking a holiday and travel in Cuba.
This tour features a combination of simple and good standard hotels and casas particulares, which are simple private bed and breakfast-style accommodations that allow for an authentic insight into the Cuban way of life. Cuba combines increasing popularity with very limited good quality hotel options and the properties we use may vary from departure to departure. The specific accommodation for each departure as well as the exact order of your itinerary will be confirmed in the final travel documents.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which
guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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 Santa Isabel is a former colonial mansion that was originally converted into a hotel more than 100 years ago. Located at the Plaza de Armas, just metres from the square where the village of San Cristobal de Havana was founded, it offers sweeping views of architectural monuments like the Palace of the Captain Generals and the Christ statue across Havana's Bay. The 27 rooms feature colonial-style furnishings and are situated around a pleasant central courtyard with a...
The Hotel Telegrafo is located within walking distance of all the main sights of Old Havana and is surrounded by numerous well-known buildings, such as the Capitol, the Garcia Lorca theatre and the Museum of Modern Arts. It has been a celebrated Havana institution since 1888 and had Cuba's only telegraphic cable in the early 20th century (hence the name). The reception area and bar combine the old with the new and feature the original, exposed brick arches contrasting with minimalist Italian furniture.
Features: 63 rooms, restaurant, bar.
Room amenities: Telephone, television, minibar, safety box,...
La Moka Hotel is a simple hotel set amid the forested hills of Las Terrazas. It features 42 air conditioned rooms, a multi-tiered atrium lobby built around a large tree, a restaurant and a small bar with beautiful views over the valley.
Features: Restaurant, bar, garden, swimming pool, television room.
Room Amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, phone,...
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.
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CUB2018: 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...