Day 1: Havana
Arrive in Havana. You will be met upon clearing customs and transferred to the hotel. Your transfer will also be able to assist you in converting money into the commonly-used tourist currency, Cuban Convertible peso (CUC).
Day 2: Havana (B,L)
Begin your discovery of Cuba and its rich history with a city tour of Havana. The sightseeing tour includes four of the city’s important squares: Arms Square, San Francisco de Asis Square, The Old Square and The Cathedral Square. Set out on an experience that is quintessentially link with Havana culture: cruising the streets in classic old cars. These vintage sets of wheels will take you on a tour around some of the sights of modern Havana, including Revolution Square and the Forest of Havana.
Day 3: Havana – Vinales – Havana (B,L)
Travel to Vinales after an early breakfast. This town is known for its tradition of growing tobacco and one of the first stops of the day is to Montesinos Tobacco Farm to see a drying house for the tobacco leaves and to learn about how famous Cuban cigars are made. Continue to Los Jazmines to take in the view that spans the Vinales valley; a site that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Culture Landscape. Make a stop of at the Prehistoric Mural Painting by Diego Rivera, a famed local muralist. You return to Havana in the evening where you have free time.
Day 4: Havana – Cienfuegos – Trinidad (B,L)
Leave Havana behind as you set out on a scenic drive along the stunning coastline towards Trinidad. One of the stops along this journey is Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed French-founded city, and the Bay of Pigs site. Admire Cienfuegos’ wide Parisian-style streets, elegant colonnades and Valle’s Palace. From Cienfuegos, you will keep travelling onto Trinidad. Upon arrival, set out to soak up the town’s electric local music scene.
Day 5: Trinidad (B,L,D)
Trinidad is home to a handful of pretty churches, colonial buildings and a local museum; discover these on a city tour this morning. Then this afternoon, wander barefoot along the pristine sand at Ancon Beach. Keen swimmers might even head into the water for a quick dip. Tonight is free time.
Day 6: Trinidad – Havana (B,L)
Return to Havana today, swinging past the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos en route. These gardens are brimming with palm trees, orchids, bamboos and other tropical blooms. Lunch is at a local restaurant before you continue back to Cuba’s capital.
Day 7: Havana (B)
The entire day is yours with free time to discover the city however you like. Visit San Jose Market or the Hemingway Museum, wander the winding thoroughfares of old Havana, or sign up for a rum tasting.
Day 8: Havana (B)
Sadly, today your tour comes to an end.
Day 1: Havana
Upon arrival at Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Havana (B)
Get your first taste of Cuban culture with a city tour of Havana. Some of the sights and landmarks you’ll check off along the way include the city’s most important squares – Arms Square, San Francisco de Asis Square, The Old Square and The Cathedral Square. Later in the afternoon, swap foot-power for four wheels as you hop into vintage cars and tour sights of modern Havana, such as Revolution Square and the Forest of Havana. The evening is free time.
Day 3: Havana – – Holguin (B,L,D)
Catch a charter flight to Holguin. Visit Gibara, a laidback coastal hideaway that has earned the nickname ‘The White Town’, on a short walking tour and then drive into Holguin to be shown around the city by foot.
Day 4: Holguin – Santiago de Cuba (B,L)
Bid goodbye to Holguin as you travel towards Santiago de Cuba. A stop at Biran, the birthplace of Fidel Castro, is a highlight along the way. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant. Once in Santiago de Cuba, you can visit Antonio Maceo Revolution Square and Santa Iphigenia Cemetery. The latter is the final resting place of Fidel Castro and Jose Marti.
Day 5: Santiago de Cuba (B,L)
Head out of the city centre to Cespedes Park and Diego Velazquez Museum. Then, take a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Morro Castle to learn about its Spanish-built defensive system. Tonight is at your leisure.
Day 6: Santiago – Baracoa (B,L,D)
Baracoa was the first colonial settlement founded in Cuba and has been declared a National Monument. It is today’s destination and is reached by driving through La Farola road. You will also have opportunity to stop at La Gobernadora lookout to take in the view of Guantanamo Bay. There is a walking tour of Baracoa upon your arrival in this historic site. Tonight is at your leisure.
Day 7: Baracoa – Santiago de Cuba (B,L)
Sweet-tooths will love one of today’s excursions: a cocoa tour at Dhaba Farm. Here, learn about the history of cocoa in Baracoa and see how the plants are grown, harvested and beans processed. A lunch of typical Baracoan cuisine and chocolate-based dishes is served. Then head to Santiago de Cuba in the afternoon.
Day 8: Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo – Camaguey (B,D)
Make for Camaguey after breakfast. This journey is broken up with a stop at the Cuba’s Patroness Saint Sanctuary, which is dedicated to the Virgin of Charity of Copper.
Day 9: Camaguey – Sancti Spiritus – Trinidad (B,L,D)
Strap on your comfiest shoes and take a walking tour of the old plazas of Camaguey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant before driving to Sancti Spiritus, one of Cuba’s oldest European settlements. This city is steeped in myth and legend. From Sancti Spiritus, cross the Valley of the Sugar Mills and keep travelling towards Trinidad.
Day 10: Trinidad (B,L,D)
Become acquainted with Trinidad, a beautiful colonial town with a lively nightlife scene, on a morning walking tour. Trinidad was one of the first villages founded by settling Spaniards and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Capture the beauty of the old-world architecture and sit down to a lunch at a local eatery. Slip off your shoes in the afternoon for a walk along Ancon Beach, or even wader into the waters for a quick swim. The evening is at your leisure.
Day 11: Trinidad – Cienfuegos (B,D)
Today’s scenic drive takes you along the gorgeous coast and through Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs site. Tour Cienfuegos, a French-founded city, with a walking tour and also stop off at Valle’s Palace.
Day 12: Trinidad – Girón (Bay of Pigs) (B,L,D)
Travel to Giron today. Giron is the location of a museum dedicated to documenting the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961. There is also opportunity to dip your toes into the water of Caleta Buena, a secluded cove.
Day 13: Giron – Havana (B)
Leave Giron behind and make the return drive to Havana.
Day 14: Havana – Vinales – Havana (B)
A day trip takes you to Vinales. This town in western Cuba is famous for its tradition of growing tobacco and you can gain insight into this industry with a visit to Montesinos Tobacco Farm. Learn about the tobacco leaf-drying and what goes into making Cuban cigars while here. Later, admire the view of the Vinales valley from a lookout at Los Jazmines. The tour returns to Havana in the afternoon and you have free time to make the most of your last night in Cuba.
Day 15: Havana (B)
Sadly, today your tour comes to an end.