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Splendours of Cuba (Oriente departure)

Group Tour | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £2895 Current prices from: £2895

Cuba is changing fast, so now 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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Take a ride in a classic American car & stroll around old Havana
  • Dine at a privately run paladar in Trinidad
  • Experience rural life at Las Terrazas community
  • Gain an insight into the revolution at Che Guevara’s Museum
  • Extended Oriente departures
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
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Discovery Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Havana

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to the Iberostar Parque Central (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: Havana

Morning walking tour of Old Havana with a stop at El Floridita, home of the daiquiri cocktail. Afternoon panoramic tour in a classic American car, visiting Revolution Square and a rum museum. (B, L)

Day 3: Las Terrazas

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)

Day 4: Viñales

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)

Day 5: Peninsula de Zapata • Cienfuegos

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)

Day 6: Cienfuegos • Trinidad

Morning tour of Cienfuegos, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, and visit the Cienfuegos botanical gardens. Afternoon transfer to Trinidad for a 2-night stay in a casa particular in the heart of the old town. Dine this evening at a privately run paladar. (B, D)

Day 7: Trinidad

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. In the afternoon, drive to the Valley of the Sugar Mills, dotted with ruins of large former sugar plantations and visit the Manaca Iznaga watchtower, a reminder of Cuba’s slave trade and colonisation. (B, L)

Day 8: Trinidad

Day at leisure in Trinidad or take optional excursions.

Day 9: Camagüey

This morning drive to Camagüey (5-6 hours). Short tour of its winding streets built to deter pirate attacks, and stay overnight. (B)

Days 10-11: Holguin • Santiago de Cuba

Full-day journey to Santiago de Cuba for a 2-night stay, visiting Holguin and Castro’s birthplace at Biran en route. Explore the island’s first capital and birthplace of Afro-Cuban culture including the historical centre, El Morro fortress, and the Gran Piedra and the Sierra Maestra mountains. (B, L)

Day 12: Sancti Spíritus

Full-day journey to Sancti Spíritus for an overnight stay visiting El Cobre church, Cuba’s most important shrine, and Bayamo en route. (B)

Day 13-14: Santa Clara • Havana

Take a short city tour and continue to historic Santa Clara for a visit and onto Havana for 2 nights at the Iberostar Parque Central. (B)

Days 15-16: Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Fly to London overnight with Virgin Atlantic. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Accommodation

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.

Travel in Cuba

We recommend an extremely flexible approach to booking a holiday and travel in Cuba. The extended Oriente departures are better suited to the hardier traveller due to longer road drives.

Discovery tour

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.

Private & tailor-made travel

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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery group tour accommodation

  • Meliá Santiago de Cuba
    Meliá Santiago de Cuba

    The Melia Santiago de Cuba is a modern hotel situated close to the city centre. Rooms are well-appointed with traditional furnishings and have garden or city views. There is a wide range of facilities with a choice of restaurants serving Cuban and international cuisine and bars including a rooftop bar that offers night-time views of the city. Features: 302 rooms, 4 restaurants, 4 bars, swimming pool, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar.

  • Meliá San Carlos
    Meliá San Carlos

    The Melia San Carlos is located in the historic centre of Cienfuegos, less than a 5-minute walk from the main plaza. The hotel has retained its original 1920s facade, but the interior has been stylishly refurbished with a contemporary monochrome decor. Guestrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, with views of either the city or inner courtyards of the hotel. The restaurant serves a range of local and international cuisine and is located on the top floor of the hotel so guests can enjoy beautiful views over the city. Swimming pool facilities are available at the nearby La Union and Jagua hotels.

  • La Moka Hotel
    La Moka Hotel

    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.

  • IBEROSTAR Parque Central
    IBEROSTAR Parque Central

    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 house.

  • Cubanacan Hostal del Rijo
    Cubanacan Hostal del Rijo

    Hostal del Rijo is a former 19th-century residence of a locally renowned doctor, close to the centre of Sancti Spiritus. Situated on a small square, the charming hotel features original French colonial architecture with a distinct blue and white facade, wrought iron balconies, high ceilings and archways throughout the property. Rooms are each uniquely decorated with traditional furniture, tiled floors and shuttered windows. Meals are served on a terrace next to a small interior courtyard with a fountain. Features: 16 rooms, dining area, bar, courtyard. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, phone, safe, hairdryer.

  • Gran Hotel by Melia Hotels
    Gran Hotel by Melia Hotels

    Dating back to 1939, the Gran Hotel is ideally situated on a pedestrianised street in the heart of Camaguey. Rooms feature tiled floors and dark wooden antique furnishings. The property has a colonial courtyard with tropical foliage and a restaurant serving international cuisine.

Discovery group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • Simple & Good Standardaccommodation
    • Flexible - extensions & flightupgrades available
    • Small group size - 12 people(max 26)
    • Direct international flights withVirgin Atlantic
    • Transfers in air-conditionedvehicles
    • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports
    • Experienced local tour manager

Destinations on this tour

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