Traverse Cuba from west to east, passing through colonial towns, mountain scenery and verdant countryside. Along the way, learn about the Cuban revolution and its legacy, and soak up Afro-Cuban culture and music. The long but rewarding drives through the interior provide a rare glimpse into the everyday life of this unique destination.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to your hotel for 2 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of the old town including the Plaza de Armas, the oldest square in Havana and the Revolution Museum. (B)
Full-day visit to the Viñales valley, a traditional tobacco-growing area with beautiful limestone formations. Stay for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day at leisure to enjoy the views or take walks in the surrounding countryside. (B)
Drive to the town of Santa Clara, whose historic revolutionary attack led to the surrender of the dictatorship. Take a panoramic city tour and stay overnight. (B)
Morning visit to Che Guevara’s Museum before driving to the French-colonial town of Cienfuegos for a city tour. Continue to Trinidad, one of the oldest cities in Cuba, and stay for 2 nights at a casa particular for a unique experience of Cuban culture. (B, L, D)
Morning walking tour of the colonial centre including a visit to La Canchanchara to hear live Cuban music. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Visit the ruins of former sugar plantations in the Valley of the Sugar Mills and drive on to Camagüey (5-6 hours). Take a short tour of its winding streets, built to deter pirate attacks, and stay overnight. (B)
Full-day journey east to Santiago de Cuba for a 2-night stay, visiting Bayamo and El Cobre church, Cuba’s most important shrine, en route. Santiago de Cuba is the island’s first capital and birthplace of Afro-Cuban culture and music. (B, L)
Morning tour of the historical centre and El Morro fortress. In the afternoon, visit the Gran Piedra and see the spectacular scenery of the Sierra Maestra mountains. Optional evening visit to Casa de la Trova. (B, L)
Visit Diego Velázquez house and the Moncada barracks, then transfer to the airport. Fly back to Havana for an overnight stay. Optional evening music performance. (B)
Morning at leisure or optional panoramic ride in a classic American car. Afternoon transfer to the airport and 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 better suited to the hardier traveller as it includes longer road journeys and a combination of simple hotels and casas particulares, which are private bed and breakfaststyle 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. Please see page 104 for details.
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.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Havana was founded in 1519 as an assembly point for ships taking silver to...
Santiago is Cuba's second city, and the birthplace of Afro-Cuban...
Trinidad was founded in 1518 by Diego Velazquez as a base for expeditions...