What you will do
A wonderful introduction to this island nation, our great value small group escorted tour Highlights of Cuba provides an insight into Cuba's captivating history and culture. Explore and experience the vibrant capital Havana before venturing into the island’s fascinating colonial heartland.
Day 1: London to Havana Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Havana. On arrival in Cuba’s capital you will transfer to your hotel where you will stay two nights. Tonight there will be a chance to meet your fellow travellers over dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Iberostar Parque Central. D.
Day 2: Havana Today you will begin your exploration of Cuba with a full day city tour which encompasses both the old and the modern parts of the city. The tour begins at the El Morro Castle. This 16th-Century fortress was built atop a rocky out-crop at the entrance of the harbour by the Spanish to protect the city and its bay from attack by the other colonising forces in the Caribbean. From here you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and the famous waterfront Malecón across the harbour and explore the ramparts and fortifications before heading back to the city. Next stop is the Museum of the City which is housed in a resplendent colonial building that was once the House of the Government and the Municipal Palace. Continue into the suburbs of the city to visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home. Wander around the grounds and take a peek through the open windows and doors in to the house while gaining a fascinating insight into the life of one of America’s most famous authors. Following lunch at a local restaurant your group will visit the modern portion of the city to see Revolution Square and the Capitol Building. This evening there will be a welcome dinner at the famous El Tocororo restaurant where you will dine with the accompaniment of jazz music. Stay: Iberostar Parque Central. B, L, D.
Day 3: Havana to Trinidad Depart Havana for the island’s historic heart. The first stop of the day will be in the city of Santa Clara which is the capital of the Villa Clara province and synonymous with the revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Here you will take a tour of the city’s main sights which include the armoured train, which Che and his contemporaries derailed during the Cuban Revolution’s Battle of Santa Clara in the process of taking the city. Cigars are one of the island’s most iconic exports and during your time in the city you will visit a factory to discover how they are produced. The city tour concludes with a visit to the Che Guevara Monument and Mausoleum which provide a fitting tribute to this man who has become a revolutionary icon around the world. Another stop on the way to Trinidad is in the beautiful city of Sancti Spíritus where vibrant colonial buildings line the streets. Late this afternoon you will arrive in Trinidad and transfer to your hotel where you will spend two nights. Stay: Iberostar Trinidad. B, L, D.
Day 4: Trinidad A full days’ exploration of the UNESCO-listed town of Trinidad and the surrounding countryside awaits today. A charming town full of well-preserved historical buildings and cobbled streets, Trinidad is one of the nation’s true gems and it has been dubbed the ‘museum city of Cuba’. A short introductory tour will include visits to La Canchanchara Bar – which is housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings – a local museum and the charming Plaza Mayor, which is the town’s main square. Surrounding the town there were once 70 working sugar mills, however today the landscape is scattered with the ruins of this once prosperous industry. Known as the Valle de los Ingenios, or the Valley of the Sugar Mills, this region is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the colonial centre of Trinidad. During a trip into the valley you will visit the view point and witness the baroque-style tower of Manaca Iznaga which overlooks a plantation that was owned by one of the region’s wealthiest families. Return to Trinidad for dinner and an evening free to relax. Stay: Iberostar Trinidad. B, L, D.
Day 5: Trinidad to Remedios Journey to the town of Remedios where you will stay one night. Founded in the 16th-Century, this town features beautiful colonial architecture, has a laidback and authentic ambience, and it is less frequently visited than Trinidad. This afternoon there will be a city tour which includes a visit to the 18th-Century church Parroquia de San Juan Bautista de Remedios and the Las Parrandas museum which showcases the history and traditions of the town’s lively Christmas Eve festival. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the Museum of Sugar Industry, which is located in an old sugar mill, to learn about the importance of this industry in Cuba’s history. Later take a 15 minute steam train ride along the sugar mill’s own railway. Stay: Hotel Mascotte or Hotel Barcelona. B, L, D.
Day 6: Remidios to Cienfuegos The group will journey to the south coast and the elegant bay side city of Cienfuegos. The city offers a number of cultural gems including the ornate Palacio de Valle and the grand 19th-Century Teatro Tomás Terry. Paseo del Prado is Cuba’s longest boulevard and is lined with neo-classical buildings, monuments and colourful colonial houses. Enjoy a city tour taking in many of the most popular sites before heading to a local restaurant for lunch. Take to the water during an afternoon boat trip on Cienfuegos Bay and see the city and the surrounding landscapes from a different perspective. Stay: La Union or Jagua Hotel. B, L, D.
Day 7: Cienfuegos to Havana Following breakfast at the hotel you will begin the journey back to Havana. On return to the capital you will transfer to Hotel Saratoga, one of the country’s finest hotels. If you choose to extend your holiday with a stay on the coast in Varadero you will transfer directly to your beachside resort from Cienfuegos. Stay: Iberostar Parque Central. B.
Day 8: Havana to London The tour concludes in Havana this morning as you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following day.
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