Highlights of Cuba

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Uncover the heart of this enigmatic island on our Highlights of Cuba tour. The 12-day trip takes you through four must-see cities across Cuba, and finishes off with a trip to the remarkable Cayo Santa Maria - an idyllic islet off the northern coast. You'll experience Cuba's main attractions: culture in Havana; natural beauty in Viñales; stunning architecture in Cienfuegos; history in Trinidad; and paradisaical beaches in Cayo Santa Maria.

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Travel Period: 01/02/2018 - 14/07/2018
  • Havana + Viñales + Cienfuegos + Trinidad + Cayo Santa Maria
  • 11 nights
  • Price based on 11 nights, 2 people sharing. Includes accommodation, transfers, Old Havana walking tour and representation services. Excludes international flights.

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LOCAL REPS AT YOUR SERVICE

LOCAL REPS AT YOUR SERVICE

With our own on-the-ground team in Cuba, you'll benefit from the support and advice of highly-trained, friendly, English-speaking reps. Based in Havana, Varadero, Viñales and Trinidad, our Cuba Direct reps will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly from beginning to end, giving you peace of mind.

12 Day Itinerary

A bitesize taste of endless possibilities. Itinerary suitable for holidays lasting 7, 10, or 14 nights. Call us to personalise.

Days 1 - 3: Havana

Fly to Cuba

International outbound flight to Havana. Please get in touch if you would like us to arrange your flights. You will be met by a Cuba Direct representative at Havana Airport.

Transfer to Havana

You will be picked up from the the airport and taken to your accommodation in a modern, air-conditioned car. Sit back, relax and enjoy your first glimpses of this spectacular city!

Discover Cuba's Lively Capital: Havana

Few cities in the Americas or the Caribbean boast the life and soul of the sultry showgirl that is Havana. To know Havana is love her – her buzzing street corners, where the bored and the busy-with-gossip congregate; her gorgeous colonial cityscape, her virtuoso musicians and dancers; her antiquated classic cars and her socialist slogans. Havana is at its busiest with tourism and private enterprise since 1959, with a new restaurant, shop, art project or hip private villa opening seemingly every week, regardless of announcements emanating out of the States. There’s never been a better time to join the party.

Days 3 - 5: Viñales

Transfer Havana to Viñales

Journey 111-miles, leaving the bustle of Havana for the laidback living of picturesque Viñales.

Discover Cuba's Most Beautiful Landscape: Viñales

The Viñales Valley, which exudes a beauty that you will remember forever, is the perfect antidote to the intensity of Havana. Edged by the Sierra de los Organos, it is spotted with mogotes – tree covered limestone knolls rising dramatically out of the green landscape, where weather-beaten farmers in spurs and straw hats work the blood red earth. These rocks have been molded by underground rivers, which you can see in many caves. You’ll need to get out into that quiet humid green landscape, dotted with thatched huts for tobacco drying, and explore it on foot, bike, or horse. Then retreat to the picturesque village of Viñales to rock on the porch of your casa particular and enjoy a home-cooked Cuban meal.

Day 6: Cienfuegos

Transfer Viñales to Cienfuegos

Early in the morning your transfer will pick you up and take you to the city of Cienfuegos. It's a long journey, but filled with lots of interesting stops along the way.

Discover Cuba's "Pearl of the South": Cienfuegos

With its sweeping bay, Cienfuegos, popular with French settlers, was established in 1819, late for Cuba. Spacious Francophile streets offer an alternative to the small-scale chaos of other Cuban provincial capitals, and the tranquil town retains an unsullied, old-fashioned air, with horse-drawn carriages still the main transport. Cienfuegos is made for wandering and absorbing everyday provincial life. The Paseo del Prado, the longest street in Cuba, is all about people-watching. Parque José Martí, the main square, is for catching up on Wi-Fi, admiring the beautiful Catedral de la Purísma Concepción and Teatro Tomas Terry.

Days 6 - 8: Trinidad

Transfer Cienfuegos to Trinidad

The transfer from Cienfuegos to Trinidad is short and entertaining. Admire the hidden coves along Circuito Sur motorway and the magnificent views offered by the Escambray mountain range and the Caribbean Sea. The journey should last just over an hour.

Discover Cuba's Colonial Gem: Trinidad

Trinidad is simply the most handsome town in Cuba, in one of the most idyllic provinces, Sancti Spiritus. Founded by Diego Velázquez in 1514, the giant village is wedged between the towering Escambray range and the shimmering coast. Trinidad grew wealthy on sugar in the 18th century, thus its museum-piece architecture dates mainly from this era. Walk a few streets and the village peters out into red earth, drooping palms and mountains. Drive five miles and you reach a perfect stretch of beach, Peninsula Ancon. At night, things come alive at the Casa de la Musica with its peerless, romantic setting at the hiatus of a grand stone stairwell.

Days 8 - 11: Cayo Santa María

Transfer Trinidad to Cayo Santa María

After all the excitement of Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, it is time to relax by the beach in Cayo Santa Maria. Your transfer will take you from Trinidad to your resort in this paradise key. The causeway that crosses the sea to the islet is a real highlight!

Discover a Paradise Island: Cayo Santa María

Surrounded by aquamarine waters bordering white, powder-soft sands, Cayo Santa María is a tropical haven, an island of true natural beauty, and the largest of the Villa Clara Key islands that make up the archipelago Jardines del Rey. Connected by a 48km causeway to the town of Caibarien, Cayo Santa Maria is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the Caribbean.

Days 11 - 12: Havana

Transfer Cayo Santa María to Havana

You'll travel back to Havana to spend your last night in the city. Returning to Havana the day before your flight home makes the departure process much simpler and gives you another chance to experience the nightlife of this amazing city.

Say Goodbye to Havana

Rest up before your journey back home or take the opportunity to experience a few more delicious mojitos and fabulous live music performances,

Transfer to Havana Airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and taken back to Havana International Airport. You will arrive with enough time to check in your flight at one of the airline desks, clear immigration, and enjoy some snacks at the airport lounge before boarding your flight back to the UK.

Dates & Prices

Please note:- Dates and Average Prices by month to help you plan ahead. Prices are approximate, updated daily, and may vary depending on your choice of airline, hotel, and optional extras such as visas, car-hire, transfers, and personal guides. Circumstances beyond our control such as flight fare changes and hotel availability may also affect prices. To get an exact quotation for your Cuba holiday, please speak to one of our consultants on 0207 148 3042.

Madero B&B

An oasis of calm in bustling Old Havana, Madero B and B is a luxury boutique property with staff that can’t seem to help but go the extra mile. The grand neoclassical building, featuring staggeringly-high ceilings and traditional Cuban tiled floors, was originally built in 1929 and lovingly restored by it owners in 2016 after a period of disrepair. It now plays host to six spacious and beautifully-furnished rooms, well equipped with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay along with colourful artwork and stylish extras. The highly-coveted junior suite boasts its own balcony overlooking the street’s eclectic architecture and vibrant going-ons. Guests can enjoy their breakfast on the private rooftop terrace, with views of the colonial quarter and Havana harbour. Many of the city’s top attractions sit just a stone’s-throw away.

Casa Ridel y Claribel

Number one on TripAdvisor for Viñales B and Bs, Casa Ridel y Claribel is a friendly, welcoming home close to popular attractions. It has two guestrooms on the upper floor, both with double beds, air conditioning, fans, refrigerators and ensuite bathrooms with a hot water shower. The roof terrace offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, making it the perfect spot to relax with a homemade mojito or fresh cigar from the neighbouring tobacco farms. Breakfast comes highly-recommended with bountiful plates of tropical fruits, bread and eggs accompanied by freshly-squeezed juice and coffee.

Villa Lagarto

A beautiful, perfectly located Casa in the city of Cienfuegos, close to all the popular attractions. Fantastic service and facilities including a popular restaurant. Beautiful views overlooking Cienfuegos Bay.

Casa Osmar y Alberto

Easily spotted thanks to its bright-pink exterior, Osmar y Alberto is one of Trinidad’s largest and finest "casas particulares". Its simple, comfortable rooms are dotted around a pretty courtyard full of greenery and woven hammocks for relaxing. The location is fantastic, with the main square just a short-walk away, though the excellent on-site restaurant and bar make a night-in a tempting option. The friendly owners can even organise private salsa dance lessons to be enjoyed on the grounds, best enjoyed before a round of Alberto’s cocktails!

Playa Cayo Santa Maria

Boasting breathtaking sea views, Playa Cayo Santa Maria is an idyllic place to unwind and spend time with loved ones. The popular beach resort boasts a wide range of services and superb all-inclusive package with unlimited access to all its seven bars, five restaurants and ice cream parlour and plenty of on-site entertainment. You can find six swimming pools (two exclusively for children) dotted around its lush foliage-filled grounds as well as gym, Finnish sauna, Turkish sauna and clubhouse. On the paradise beach, you can enjoy unmotorised watersports as part of your all-inclusive package or simply chill out and enjoy the view. When night falls, professional performers delights guests with live music shows and more. Its 793 rooms are spread across three floors with views of the sea, surrounding gardens and resort pools. Each is air-conditioned and comes equipped with a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe, satellite television, minibar, telephone and tea and coffee-making facilities.

CREATE YOUR CUBA EXPERIENCE

1Speak to a Cuba Specialist

Get inspired by the itineraries on our site and phone one of our Cuba experts for more information. Your specialist will share first-hand advice, tips and news from Cuba to inform your perfect trip.

2Customise Your Trip

Your travel consultant will design a holiday tailored to your needs, taking care of every last detail. You’ll have the opportunity to refine your itinerary to ensure you’re 100% happy with it.

3Chat with Our Reps in Cuba

Once you’ve booked, our team in Cuba will get in touch. They’ll answer any additional questions and help you plan activities such as a classic American car ride, dance lessons or farm-to-table food tour.

4Enjoy Support & Advice

In Cuba, you’ll benefit from the support and advice of our on-the-ground team. We have an office in Havana and highly-trained, English-speaking reps stationed in the country’s main tourist centres.

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