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Splendours of Cuba (Oriente Departure)

Group Tour | General Interest 16 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £2095

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 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 1 night. (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: Santa Clara - Havana

Morning drive to 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 2 nights at the Iberostar Parque Central. Optional evening music performance. (B, L)

Day 9: Havana

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)

Days 10-11: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport. Fly to London with Virgin Atlantic, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

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


Tour + Cayo Santa Maria: 7 days & 5 nights from £325 After visiting Santa Clara on day 8 or day 13, continue to a white sandy cay off Cuba’s north coast. Stay for 4 nights at the all-inclusive Meliá Cayo Santa Maria or the first class Meliá Buenavista (upgrade to an ocean-view room from £85). Drive back to Havana for a final night before your flight to London with Virgin Atlantic.


Accommodation: This tour features a combination of simple, good standard and superior 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 your 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.

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.

Discovery group tour accommodation

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Discovery group tour extensions

Melia Buenavista Extension to Splendours of Cuba
Cayo Santa Maria
5 Nights from £325

After visiting Santa Clara on day 8 or day 13 continue to a white sandy cay off Cuba’s north coast. Stay for 4 nights at the all-inclusive Meliá Cayo Santa Maria or the first class Meliá Buenavista (upgrade to an ocean-view room from £85). Drive back to Havana for a final night before your flight to London with Virgin Atlantic.

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

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
13 Nov 2022 - 23 Nov 2022 £1,995 £0 £495 Yes Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • * Simple & Good Standard accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • * Direct international flights with Virgin Atlantic
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 3 dinners
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at airports
  • * Extended Oriente departures

Destinations on this tour

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