Staying in Casa Particulares (Cuban homestay) is certainly one of the best ways to get an insight into Cuban life. Cubans are among the most hospitable and fun people to be around. Although the accommodation might not be luxurious, the breakfast will always be healthy and you can definitely count on a smiling face who will be happy to assist you day and night. Chat to the owners to understand the way of life on the island and learn how to stay positive despite obstacles. Do bear in mind that your visit really does make a difference – giving locals a chance to interact with foreigners and make an extra bit on the side at the same time. The tour would take you to the most important sights of Western and Central Cuba including: Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and you will finish your stay in the beach resort of Varadero (all inclusive hotel, as sadly there are no casas by the beach).
Day 1 - Arrrival in Cuba
Welcome to Cuba. Meet & greet at the airport with your English-speaking guide or our airport representative and transfer to your casa particular.Accommodation
Day 2 - HAVANA – CITY TOUR FASCINATING HAVANA
In the morning pick up at your hotel by your private, English speaking Cuban guide. The day starts with a walking tour through colonial Old Havana with its most important sites: Calle Obispo, Plaza de Armas with Palacio de los Generales, El Templete and Castillo de la Real Fuerza. Cathedral Square with nearby “Bodeguita” of Hemingway and the “Old Square” Plaza Vieja. Lunch in one of the popular private restaurants like “Dona Eutimia” or “La Moneda Cubana” near the Cathedral Square. In the afternoon, a classic American car with driver is waiting for you for a tour through the Havana of the 1950’s, along the Malecon to the Revolution Square and via Avenida de los Presidentes, to the residential and diplomatic quarter of Miramar, with its beautiful mansions along the Quinta Avenida. After a cocktail at the garden of the legendary Hotel Nacional with stories of the Mafia in the 50’s, it’s back to Old Havana.
Day 3 - Day trip to Vinales
In the morning drive along to “tobacco route” to the western part of the island where the best tobacco-growing soil can be found. Upon arrival in the valley walking tour through the Palmarito Valley, along the imposing mogotes and numerous tobacco fields. The Viñales valley is a UNESCO world heritage site with its impressive landscape panorama and diverse vegetation. Stop at a local veguero (tobacco farmer) who will introduce you to the secrets of tobacco cultivation. While walking through a tobacco drying house, you will be shown how to produce a real Cuban cigar the traditional way. Lunch creole style e.g. at the paladar “Alberto Vitamina” or at the “Finca Agroecologica”. Later enjoy an “anti-stress” cocktail at Finca Agro-Ecologica”. Before heading back to Havana stop at the Mirador Los Jazmines for panoramic views of the valley.
Distance: around 2 hours one-way
Day 4 - HAVANA – CIENFUEGOS - TRINIDAD
Early in the morning start for a longer trip to Central Cuba along the „autopista”, the Cuban central highway, sometimes nearly empty without traffic – where you still can encounter strange “vehicles” such as horse drawn carriages, bicycles or sleeping cows. Stop in Cienfuegos characterized by its French colonial architecture and also known as the “Pearl of the South”. Walk around the main square Parque Marti with the nostalgic Terry Theatre, where once Caruso sang. Continue to the Peninsula Punta Gorda with its mudejar-style Palacio del Valle and the white Yacht-Club. Time for lunch. Follow the panoramic coast road to Trinidad – a UNESCO world heritage site, with unique colonial architecture. Enjoy a walking tour through the cobblestone lanes and over the idyllic squares of Trinidad surrounded by the beautiful colonial mansions of former sugar barons. Visit one of several museums, e.g. the City Museum at Palacio Cantero. Don’t miss the local honey liquor, which you can try at rustic local bar „Canchancharra“.
Distance: around 4 hours by car
Day 5 - Sugar Valley
Today your tour will lead you to the Sugarmill Valley. Stop at Hacienda San Isidro, with a short explanation of the history of slavery and sugar cane cultivation of the 19th century. Continue to Manaca Iznaga with the hacienda of the former sugar barons Iznaga and the legendary “Slave Tower” from where you can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views over the valley. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 - TOPES DE COLLANTES NATIONAL PARK
Today it’s up into the mountains of Topes de Collantes, known for their healthy micro-climate.
Stop at the “Casa del Café y Cacao” and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee after an explanation of coffee cultivation. Later enjoy a beautiful walk on the “Guayanara Trail” through the wild Sierra Escambray. The path takes you along the “melodioso” river and through stunning nature. On the way you can take a cold shower under a waterfall and go for a refreshing swim in a natural lagoon. Afterwards lunch at the “Finca Gallega”.
In the later afternoon, it’s back to Trinidad.
Day 7 - TRINIDAD – SANTA CLARA – VARADERO
On your journey to Varadero, stop in the historic city of Santa Clara, where Che Guevara celebrated his greatest victory and found his final resting place. Visit the Che Guevara Monument and the small Café Revolucion with it unique collection related to Fidel and Che. Continue to your beach resort in Varadero. There, you will say goodbye to your driver-guide.
Distance: Around 5.5 hours by car
This itinerary costs from £2,045 per person based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.
You can get flights from as little as £550 per person return.
We can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.
- Round trip in a modern air-conditioned rental car with driver-guide or microbus or minibus with private English-speaking guide and driver
- Return airport transfers
- Excursions, visits and entrance fees according to the program
- During the programme from day 1 to day 7 English speaking Cuban guide
6 nights in comfort casa particulares on B&B basis
- 4 nights in Varagero hotel on all inclusive basis
- 3 Lunches