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 before finishing up in the breathtaking coastal resort of Varadero. 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 Varadero. This is just a taste of what of what we have to offer. All the Cuba holidays on our website can be tailor-made to your exact needs. Please get in touch with your travel consultant to personalise.
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- Havana + Viñales + Cienfuegos + Trinidad + Varadero
- 11 nights
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12 Day Itinerary
Days 1 - 3: Havana
Fly to CubaInternational 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 HavanaYou 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: HavanaFew 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 ViñalesJourney 111-miles, leaving the bustle of Havana for the laidback living of picturesque Viñales.
Discover Cuba's Most Beautiful Landscape: ViñalesThe 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.
Days 5 - 6: Cienfuegos
Transfer Viñales to CienfuegosEarly 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": CienfuegosWith 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 TrinidadThe 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: TrinidadTrinidad 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 - 12: Varadero
Transfer Trinidad to VaraderoAfter all the excitement of Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, it is time to relax on the beach in Varadero. Your transfer will take you from Trinidad to your all-inclusive resort.
Discover a Paradisaical Peninsula: VaraderoA 13-mile-long peninsula with white sands and clear sparkling waters, Varadero is Cuba's top seaside destination. Regularly paired with Havana and Trinidad as part of our City and Beach combo holiday, Varadero is a paradisiacal place to unwind after a busy spell of sightseeing. With stunning scenery, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene and an underwater world as colourful as the Cuban culture, Varadero is the perfect addition to any holiday itinerary. At night, Varadero pulsates to a non-stop tropical fiesta with Latin and international melodies filling the warm evening air. Local bands perform in the streets and everyone dances to the hypnotic rhythm of salsa. Awaken your senses at one of the resorts or spas along on the beach, and make the most of your stay with a few unforgettable excursions.
Say Goodbye to CubaYou 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.
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