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Real Cuba

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Discover the contrasting charms of Real Cuba on this extensive overview of the island’s iconic destinations. Delve into the bustling streets of 500-year-old Havana, admire the beauty and architecture of Francophile Cienfuegos and explore Trinidad’s timeless enchantment before heading to Varadero for some well-deserved relaxation on its idyllic beaches!

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  • Havana + Cienfuegos + Trinidad + Varadero
  • Price based on 14 nights, 2 people sharing. Includes flights, accommodation, transfers and representation services.

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15 Day Itinerary

Sample itinerary based on a 14 nights trip. A bitesize taste of endless possibilities. Call us to personalise.

Days 1 - 4: Havana

Fly to Cuba

International outbound flight to Varadero. 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 Havana 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.

Day 5: Cienfuegos

Transfer Havana to Cienfuegos

Early in the morning your transfer will pick you up and take you to the city of Cienfuegos. It's a 4-hours journey, but filled with lots of interesting views 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 - 9: 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 9 - 15: Varadero

Transfer Trinidad to Varadero

Most people would agree we are saving the best for last. Time to head to Varadero, Cuba’s most popular beach.

Varadero: Cuba's most popular beach.

With its crystal-clear waters and powdery soft sands, Varadero is the ideal haunt for couples and families alike, and the perfect ending to your self-drive holiday across Cuba’s contrasting beaches. A beach as vibrant underwater as it is above land, Varadero is the perfect place for relaxation and water-based activities. Spend your days basking in the beautiful rays of sun in an all-inclusive beach-front resort, or scuba diving and snorkeling in the tropical sea, discovering thousands of varieties of fish and colourful coral.

Day 15: Transfer to Airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and taken to Varadero 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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Casa Havana 19, Havana, Cuba

Casa Havana 19

Casa Havana 19 is a charming private homestay, located within a beautiful colonial building in Old Havana. This first-floor apartment offers two airy bedrooms with king-sized beds. Each bedroom is installed with Air Conditioning, a fan, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and a large ensuite bathroom. Casa Havana 19 also offers a lovely living room with typical Cuban rocking chairs - perfect for winding down after a busy day in Old Havana. The host, Iriana, is extremely friendly and accommodating - going above and beyond to please her guests. She serves delicious breakfasts every morning, along with a selection of freshly pressed seasonal juices. Casa Havana 19 is conveniently located on a quiet residential street, which is just a 5-minute walk from some of Havana's top attractions (including the Museum of the Revolution, the Bodeguita del Medio, and Plaza Vieja). The nearest point for shared transfers is just 2 mins away at Palacio San Miguel Hotel.

Please note that this homestay is not suitable for clients with limited mobility, as it does not have elevator access.

Please note: Room upgrades and Board-Basis upgrades may be available for this Hotel. To request an upgrade or a different hotel altogether, please call your Cuba Direct holiday consultant.

Hotel Bella Costa

Hotel Bella Costa is a beachfront hotel, boasting amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. This family-friendly all-inclusive resort sports a lively 24h lobby bar, 3 a-la-carte restaurants and a buffet restaurant, as well as a night club open daily from 10pm. As part of the all-inclusive package, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of water activities - from kayaking and catamaran-sailing, to snorkelling and windsurfing. Where children can pick from a plethora of activities at the Kid’s Club, golf enthusiasts can opt for a special deal at the hotel’s foyer - including 3 green fees at a preferential price. Bella Costa is also the perfect location for weddings and vow renovation ceremonies, given the beauty of its lush tropical gardens and the adjacent jade-green waters of Varadero beach. When night falls, professional performers delight guests with live music shows and more!

Please note: Room upgrades and Board-Basis upgrades may be available for this Hotel. To request an upgrade or a different hotel altogether, please call your Cuba Direct holiday consultant.

Hostal La Verde

This lovely private homestay is just a 15-minute walk from the city-centre of Cienfuegos, a beautiful Francophile town on Cuba's southern coast, and just a stone’s-throw away from La Laguna del Cura beach. The homestay in itself is a modern and spacious two-storey house, offering 2 independent bedrooms, a garden, a solarium and a garage with free parking space. Each bedroom is fitted with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box, a mini-fridge, and an ensuite bathroom with a hairdryer. A rare luxury in Cuba, Hostal La Verde also has a WiFi connection. Hosts Ana Maris and Antonio, are a truly charming couple who speak perfect English. A lawyer and an English graduate, they go above and beyond to ensure that their guests have the perfect stay in Cienfuegos - offering a free city tour for everyone who stays here!

Please note: Room upgrades and Board-Basis upgrades may be available for this Hotel. To request an upgrade or a different hotel altogether, please call your Cuba Direct holiday consultant.

Casa Jorge Mendez

This modern private homestay is located right bang in the centre of Trinidad, a beautifully preserved colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Casa Jorge Mendez boasts 3 rooms, a beautiful terrace, a small swimming pool and bar (with food and drinks available all day), and a highly-recommended home-cooked restaurant service. The hosts are extremely friendly, welcoming guests with a complementary cocktail upon their arrival. Each room includes air-conditioning and a private-bathroom. Guests can make use of a laundry service, as well as a guide service arranged by the hosts. Casa Jorge Mendez is conveniently located near a WiFi café, for those wishing to use the internet.

Please note: Room upgrades and Board-Basis upgrades may be available for this Hotel. To request an upgrade or a different hotel altogether, please call your Cuba Direct holiday consultant.

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