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Splendours of Cuba

ESCORTED TOUR: 12 days/10 nights from £2095pp
Also available as a Private Journey

Cuba is changing fast, so this is a great time to visit while its exotic and distinctive style remains. Discover faded colonial grandeur in Havana and Trinidad, delightful rolling countryside, tobacco and coffee plantations, the historical sites of the revolution and the ever-present rhythms of the son and mambo styles of music. 

Cuba is just such an explosion of culture, wildlife and escapism. Joanna Lumley's recent programme 'Hidden Caribbean' highlighted everything these is to love about this fascinating country.

Ashley Quint

Day 1: Fly To Havana

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to the Iberostar Parque Central or similar for 3 nights.

Day 2: Havana

Morning walking tour of Old Havana, including the Camera Obscura and a stop at El Floridita, home of the daiquiri cocktail. Afternoon panoramic tour in a classic American car, visiting Revolution Square and a rum museum.

Day 3: Havana

Day at leisure to stroll along Old Havana’s cobbled streets or take optional visits to the Bellas Artes Museum, Hemingway’s Museum or the Revolution Museum

Day 4: Les Terrazas

In the morning, drive to Las Terrazas in the western province of Pinar del Rio for a stay of 2 nights. Established as a sustainable environmental and development project, Las Terrazas provides an ideal introduction to Cuba’s countryside life and landscapes. Visit the local community and the partially restored 19th-century coffee estate.

Day 5: Viñales

Full-day tour of the beautiful Viñales valley, its tobacco plantations and rounded limestone hills. Visit a cigar factory and take a boat ride through the Indian Cave.

Day 6: Peninsula de Zapata and Cienfuegos

Travel to Cienfuegos via the Peninsula de Zapata. Take a boat trip through the mangroves and drive past Playa Girón, site of the 1961 invasion. Continue to the small city of Cienfuegos, with its distinct French influence, for 1 night

Day 7: Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Morning tour of Cienfuegos, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’, and visit the Cienfuegos botanical gardens. Afternoon transfer to Trinidad for a 3-night stay† in a casa particular in the heart of the old town. Dine this evening at a privately run paladar.

Day 8: Trinidad

Morning walking tour of the town, including the Romantic Museum or Cantero Museum and a visit to Casa de la Musica. Founded in 1514, Trinidad contains well-preserved colonial buildings with hardly a trace of 20th-century architecture. Afternoon at leisure or take optional excursions.

Day 9: Valley of the Sugar Mills

Morning tour of the Valley of the Sugar Mills, dotted with ruins of large former sugar plantations. Visit the watchtower of the Manaca Iznaga plantation, a reminder of Cuba’s slave trade and colonisation. Afternoon at leisure

Day 10; Santa Clara and Havana

Morning drive to Santa Clara, the site of the turning point in the Cuban revolution, and see Che Guevara’s museum and mausoleum. After lunch, continue to Havana for a final night. Optional evening music performance

Day 11/12: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport, and fly back to London with Virgin Atlantic, arriving the following day. 

This tour features a combination of simple and good standard hotels and casas particulares, which are simple, private, bed and breakfast-style accommodations that allow for an authentic insight into the Cuban way of life. Cuba combines increasing popularity with very limited good quality hotel options and the properties we use may vary from departure to departure. The specific accommodation for each departure as well as the exact order of your itinerary will be confirmed in the final travel documents.

Signature Experiences

  • Take a ride in a classic American car and stroll around old Havana

  • Dine at a privately run paladar in Trinidad

  • Experience rural life at Las Terrazas community

  • Gain an insight into the revolution at Che Guevara's Museum

  • Stay in simple & good standard accommodation