Start: Havana Finish: Havana
Physical rating: Leisurely
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Tour code: AUW
Group size: 6 - 18
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Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Havana, this trip visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one week. The Vinales Valley, Old Havana and the colourful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Along the way discover Cuba's fascinating history, learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a local and have a go at making the perfect mojito!
Accommodation Name: Hotel Capri or Hotel Victoria (or similar)
Meals: No Meals
Land only clients will meet the group at the start hotel.
Location: Vinales, Tobacco Place
Accommodation: Casa Particulares
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we travel to Vinales Valley, in the west of Cuba. Famous for its
rolling tobacco plantations and collection of limestone karsts dotted along
the valley, it's not hard to see why Vinales was awarded UNESCO World
Heritage site status. Joined by a local resident we walk through the 'Valley
of Silence' to soak up rural Cuban life as farmers tend to their crops using
traditional farming methods. We'll also visit a tobacco farm to learn about
one of the island's most famous exports and meet with a local tobacco farmer
to help understand the growing process. After checking into our overnight
accommodation in Casa Particulares, we visit an organic farm in the hills of
Viñales for a sunset dinner overlooking the valley.
Location: Cienfuegos, Bay of Pigs, Zapata Peninsula, Музей Гірон, Cienfuegos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning we set off on a long drive eastward to Cienfuegos. We stop for
lunch at the Bay of Pigs at a small beachfront restaurant with a large Cuban
welcome. The speciality here is fresh fish caught by local fisherman just off
the coast. Time permitting, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. This
region of the Zapata Peninsula is a National Park and swamp providing a
habitat for some of the most important bird species in Cuba. We are joined by
a local nature expert who will introduce us to the natural landscape and
characteristics of the area. We will also have some time to explore the Giron
Museum, which exhibits items from the failed invasion by CIA-backed Cuban
Americans. Afterwards we will carry on our transfer to Cienfuegos. The city
of Cienfuegos is full of architectural delights and Cuban spirit, with a
beautiful main square and restored buildings. On arrival we check into our
casas for the night. Tonight, we enjoy a Cuban themed evening which will
include Cuban music, delicious roast pork, rum and dominoes prepared by our
fabulous host Lily.
Today's travel time is approx. 7 hours.
Location: Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casa Templo de Santeria Yemallà
This morning we will start by having a city tour on Bici Taxis. One of the
best ways to get around is by Bici Taxi, a fun tour using Cuba’s
eco-friendly and typical city transport. Each Bici Taxi can accommodate two
people and will be pedalled by a local resident (most of whom like to
introduce their guests to reggaeton music!) The Bici Taxi tour is a great
time to talk to local Cienfuegos residents and have a go at practising your
Afterwards we depart Cienfuegos and drive down the coast to Trinidad.
Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988 and is perhaps the
best-preserved colonial town on the island. Exploring Trinidad can feel like
entering a time warp, its colourful, cobbled streets and horse drawn
transportation whisking us back. There are many interesting museums housed in
old colonial buildings and music drifts through the streets and plazas,
bringing the town to life. We have a walking tour with a local resident who
will give us an insider perspective of what it’s like to live in
Trinidad. The tour of the city will also include a visit to the ‘Casa
Templo de Santaria de Yemaya’ where we will find out about the Santeria
We'll stay overnight in charming Casa Particulares, private Bed and Breakfast
accommodation in local Cuban houses. Our dinner this evening will be at a
private paladar where a local collective of musicians will perform
interpretations of classic Cuban trova songs. This is sure to be a lively
evening and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Cuban music with its distinct
Location: Playa Ancon, La Boca, Playa Ancon, Trinidad
This morning we transfer to Playa Ancon making a short stop to visit the
picturesque fishing village of La Boca. This is a popular spot with local
fishermen, who we will meet and get a chance to speak to about the fishing
industry in Cuba. Then we will carry on to Playa Ancon and enjoy some time
on the beach. It is a great place to swim or you can simply just dip your
toes and relax. Afterwards we have an authentic Cuban lunch prepared for us.
Back in Trinidad we join the Santander family and enjoy a pottery-making
class. Here we will learn the skills that have been passed down by several
generations of this Cuban family before making our very own pottery with the
guidance of a family member.
Also this afternoon we meet a Cuban barman who is an expert at making the
perfect mojito! They will give a mojito making lesson and everyone in the
group will have a go at mixing their own in the authentic Cuban
way. Afterwards we’ll take part in a salsa class with Cuban dance
partners. There will be one dance partner for each member of the group, to
assist with teaching the correct salsa moves. Trinidad is known for its
nightlife, so after we’ve learnt the basics of salsa we’ll go to the
town’s ‘Casa de la Trova’ live music venue to listen to local musicians
playing authentic Cuban music. This venue is always lively and sociable, with
plenty of local Cuban’s keen to let us practice our dancing with them!
Location: Trinidad, Manaca Iznaga, Valle de los Ingenios, Santa Clara, Che Guevara Mausoleum
After breakfast we will visit a traditional embroidery project in Trinidad
which showcases traditional embroidery project in Trinidad.
As we have a long transfer today, we will bring packed lunches with us from
the hotel. Leaving Trinidad we head to Manaca Iznaga, where we learn about
the sugar growing history surrounding the Valle de los Ingenios, a hugely
important industry for Cuba during the 18th and 19th centuries.
We will also visit an idyllic country farmhouse run by a charming couple, a
botanist and farmer. On the property they grow medicinal plants, fruit, and
have a small coffee plantation. As well as being welcomed into their house
for a ‘cafecito’ we’ll have a short walk around the property with the
owners, learning about small-scale agriculture techniques and industry in
Our next stop is Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban
Revolution in December 1958, just before Fidel Castro took Havana. Che
Guevara and his troops ambushed an armoured train carrying arms to Santiago
de Cuba and this was a major turning point in the Revolution. We visit the
Mausoleum of Che Guevara and his comrades who died in Bolivia before driving
back to Havana for dinner at a private paladar.
Today's travel time is approx. 5 hours
This morning we set off for a walking tour of old and new Havana, Cuba's
capital and the largest city in the Caribbean. Havana is a busy, bustling,
energetic capital. The area of Old Havana is often described as a living
museum, with its marvellous monuments, cathedrals and palaces. This is the
finest surviving Spanish colonial complex in the Americas. Preserved by a
combination of minimal war damage, post-revolution restoration work and the
millions of dollars invested since it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage
site in 1982. During our tour we visit a ration store, food market and
There is no better way to see Havana than by classic car, and so in
the early evening we continue our tour of the capital in style, travelling
in immaculately looked after classic cars in vibrant colours. Visiting both
the old and new areas of the city, we discover the distinct neighbourhoods of
the capital, stopping at points of interest for explanations and stories.
Feel free to ask questions about why the streets of Cuba are filled with
classic American cars manufactured in the 1950’s and how on earth the
owners manage to maintain them!
This morning is free to relax or do some last minute sightseeing in Havana's
old town before those on group flights transfer to the airport in the
Tourist card visa for UK residents
Tour leader throughout
Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
All transport and listed activities
Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)
Visas or vaccinations
Single accommodation (available on request)
All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included.
Cuba is not renowned for its culinary excellence and some ingredients are
just not possible to get hold of (due in no small part to the long trade
embargo implemented by the US). As such, flavours tend to be relatively
simple, with most mealtimes consisting of meat or fish accompanied by rice
and salad/vegetables. Seafood is widely available on the coast, including
cheap and abundant lobster! Vegetarians will probably find they have the most
limited choice. Snack food is not freely available in Cuba so you may wish to
consider taking some with you.
Paladares are likely to be a highlight of any visit to Cuba - they are one of
the few types of private enterprise allowed (although still heavily
regulated), where families or entrepreneurs are allowed to set up a
restaurant. The atmosphere this creates and opportunity to integrate with
local Cubans will no doubt enhance your stay! We recommend that you allow CUC
30 pp per day for the lunches and evening meals on the days where food is not
Drinking water will be provided on the coach. Please bring your own
refillable water bottles.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A. We are advised that there is no risk of malaria. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten.
Minimum 16 age or above pessanger can go on this tour.
Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. group flights)
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