Discover Cuba’s historic splendour, vibrant culture and tropical countryside. Stroll around old Havana’s beautiful squares, travel in classic 1950s cars and visit the wonderfully preserved colonial centre of Trinidad. Stay in the heart of these two most beautiful cities and discover an exotic and distinctive destination before it changes.
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Fly to Havana with Virgin
Atlantic. Transfer to the Hotel Raquel, Hotel Telegrafo or similar for 3 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of the old
town, including a visit to a cigar factory and the
rum museum. This afternoon, take a panoramic
tour of the city in a classic American car. (B)
Day at leisure to explore
Havana or take an optional tour of the Viñales
valley. Recommendations include a stop for a
drink at El Floridita, home of the daiquiri and
one of Hemingway’s favourite haunts. Optional
evening Buena Vista Social Club* or Legendarios del Guajirito performance with dinner. (B)
Travel to the French influenced
port of Cienfuegos for a brief city
tour. After lunch at Palacio de Valle, continue
to Trinidad and stay 3 nights in a Casa Particular, a private bed and breakfast-style accommodation in the heart of the old town. (B, L)
Morning tour of the Valley of
the Sugar Mills, the ruins of the plantations that
were once worked by slaves. Afternoon tour
of Trinidad’s old town, a Unesco world heritage
site. (B, L)
At leisure to explore the
colonial streets of Trinidad or the nearby
Caribbean beaches. (B)
Drive to Havana, visiting
the historic town of Santa Clara and Che
Guevara’s museum en route. Stay overnight at
the Hotel Raquel, Hotel Telegrafo or similar. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport
and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)
Morning arrival (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This is a suggested itinerary, which can be tailored to suit your needs. Prices, based on two people travelling and sharing a twin-room, are intended as a guideline only and will vary according to time of year.
The itinerary is based on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday departure to coincide with the Virgin Atlantic schedule to Havana.
Buena Vista Social Club - Performances are only on Thursdays and Saturdays and are subject to change.
It is possible to finish your journey on the soft sandy beaches of Cayo Santa Maria with a 3 or 4-night stay at the all-inclusive Melia Cayo Santa Maria, or the first-class Melia Buenavista, an adults-only resort set apart from the rest of the hotels. Please inquire for details and prices.
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.
Cuba is currently experiencing an unprecedented high level of demand while having very limited good quality hotel options. The accommodation we use varies, depending on availability. A selection of hotels we frequently use are shown in the Accommodation section however other properties not featured here may be used instead. Casas particulares 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.
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...
Ideally located near the Old Square and St Francis of Assisi Square, the elegant Hotel Raquel captivates with its Art Nouveau style. The beauty and sensuality creates a romantic ambiance which coexists with the eclectic architectural elements. An impressive skylight rounds off the atmosphere of this charming property...
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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SCU2016: 7 Nights
Havana was founded in 1519 as an assembly point for ships taking silver to...
Trinidad was founded in 1518 by Diego Velazquez as a base for expeditions...