Cuba Travel Itinerary
Cuba, the largest Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, is full of a rich culture and extraordinary natural beauty. Start in the old city of Havana and work your way through Guamá, Cienfuegos to Trinidad and end in beautiful Varadero to enjoy the clear turquoise warm waters of Varadero’s beaches.
DAY 1: Havana: Transfer Airport - Hotel
On arrival into Havana's international airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 1: Havana
Cuba’s capital Havana is a vibrant city teeming with beautiful if sometimes shabby colonial buildings, once the most heavily fortified city in the Americas. The city was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and it is now a diverse and fascinating mix of castles, fortresses and Spanish colonial buildings intermingled with modern high rises. The Old City (Habana Vieja), with its narrow streets and overhanging balconies is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the centre of the original city. Soak up the atmosphere as you sip on a Mojito, a refreshing blend of rum, lime, sugar, mint leaves, soda water and ice or maybe sample a Cuba Libre, made with rum, coke and lime.
DAY 2: Havana - City Tour
Get ready to enjoy an action packed day in Cuba’s capital city. First you will embark on a guided walking tour of Old Havana’s Historic Centre, taking in sites such as the Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Viejay and Plaza de la Catedral. Here, you’ll visit some of Ernest Hemingway’s hangouts, such as the Ambos Mundos Hotel, La Bodeguita del Medio and El Floridita bar. After a much needed lunch in a local restaurant, you will be met by your private car and taken on a panoramic tour of the city, first visiting La Cabaña Fortress for a view of old and modern Havana across the bay, then touring modern Havana, stopping at Revolution Square and the Capitol Building. Following a busy day, the evening is yours to relax in the hotel or sample some of Havana’s world-class music.
DAY 3: Havana - Day Tour to Vinales Valley
Today your local guide will take you on a tour of the Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio in the Sierra de los Organos Mountains - where the world’s best tobacco is grown. En-route visit a Cigar Factory to see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Your guide will take you to visit the valley’s famous Mogotes, including the Pre-Historic Mural, which reflects the geological history of the Sierra de los Organos, and the Indian Cave, where you can take a boat along the underground river.
After lunch you will have some free time to explore Vinales. On the way back to Havana you will stop at the Los Jazmines lookout point to enjoy the incredible view of the valley. The evening is yours to relax or enjoy a night of Cuban music. Why not visit the Casa de La Musica in Miramar?
DAY 4: Havana - Cienfuegos
After breakfast and check out, you will meet your local guide who will travel with you to Cienfuegos.
On the way you will stop at ‘Fiesta Campesina’ on the Zapata Peninsula. The Zapata Peninsula is a National Park and UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve, covered by areas of wetland and dense forest. The Peninsula is a rich habitat for birds and other wildlife, including the mongoose and Cuban pygmy owl.
DAY 4: Cienfuegos: City Tour
From here, you will continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cienfuegos for a guided tour of the Historic Centre and City Boulevard. With its French influences, Cienfuegos is known as the ‘Pearl of the South” and has a spectacular setting around a natural bay. Drive along the bay to the Punta Gorda Peninsula for lunch at the Yacht Club.
DAY 4: Cienfuegos - Trinidad
At the appropriate time, continue to Trinidad where you will check into your hotel or private homestay.
DAY 5: Trinidad
Trinidad is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautifully preserved Spanish colonial settlement built on the back of the sugar and slave trade. At the peak of the sugar industry there were 56 sugar mills in the region. The town is lined with cobble-stoned streets and mansions adorned with Italian frescoes.
DAY 5: Trinidad - City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your local guide for a walking tour of Trinidad visiting sites such as the Santander´s family pottery and Trova House where a cocktail is included. You will also visit the market.
After a traditional lunch in a local restaurant, travel along the famous Sugar Mills Valley to a former sugar hacienda. Returning to town later in the day, you will have some free time to explore the souvenir market or to take photos.
At the end of the tour you return to your hotel where the evening is at leisure. You may like to wander down to the town square to listen to the troubadours strumming their guitars and watch the salsa dancing.
DAY 6: Trinidad: Cayo Blanco
After breakfast you will be transferred to the marina for a Seafari catamaran excursion to Cayo Blanco. Once at the Cayo Blanco, the time is yours to snorkel, swim or relax on the beach. A full lunch and open bar is included in the tour.
DAY 7: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana
Today, you will have a private transfer to Havana. On the way your driver will stop in Santa Clara, allowing you to visit Che Guevara’s Mausoleum. The Mausoleum is a memorial and houses the remains of Ernest “Che” Guevara as well as a huge bronze statue of him, erected in 1987 to mark the 20th anniversary of Guevara’s murder in Bolivia. The adjacent museum houses a collection of photographs of Che as well as guns, medical equipment and letters.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue your journey to your hotel in Havana.
DAY 8: Havana: Transfer Hotel - Airport
Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your outward flight from Havana.
Inclusions & Details
*Inclusions: Land transfers, accommodation with breakfast every day, lunch on day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, guided Tours & entrance fees and local taxes.