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 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.

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Travel Period: 01/07/2018 - 30/06/2019
Excludes: 15/12/2018 - 12/01/2019
  • Havana + Viñales + Cienfuegos + Trinidad + Varadero
  • 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.

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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.

Days 5 - 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 - 12: Varadero

Transfer Trinidad to Varadero

After 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: Varadero

A 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 Cuba

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.

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

Perched by the serene waters of the Bay of Cienfuegos, Villa Lagarto is one of Cienfuegos’ prettiest guesthouses. Three spacious guestrooms are hidden amongst the property's lush plantlife, each with an ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy lovely views from the shared terrace, equipped with hammocks. Villa Lagarto also plays host to a popular restaurant serving Cuban and international cuisine. 

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!

Starfish Cuatro Palmas

An all-inclusive, adults-only (16+) retreat nestled along the sandy beachfront of Varadero, Starfish Cuatro Palmas offers a vibrant atmosphere and quality accommodation. Its lush gardens are dotted with Mediterranean-style buildings, hosting three restaurants and three bars. There's a gorgeous sparkling swimming pool and a variety of organised activities to get involved in. It's an intimate resort with just 160 rooms, all air-conditioned and equipped with a satellite TV, safe and hair dryer. The shops and restaurants of Varadero are just a stone's-throw away.

TRAVEL TO CUBA THE CUBA DIRECT WAY

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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