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Captivating Cuba

16 Days from £3,049

There is so much to discover on this fascinating Caribbean island, with characterful colonial cities and tropical beaches to enjoy.

Departure from: Nov 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic
  • 14 nights in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 27 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
CLASSIC TOURING
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MAX 25 GROUP SIZE

Included holiday highlights

Visit the Zapata peninsula

Cienfuegos and its Botanical Gardens

Discover Ciego de Avila

Sightseeing in Camaguey

Visit the ancient city of Bayamo

Tour of Santiago de Cuba

Enjoy the music at Casa La Trova

Trinidad tour

Tour of Sancti Spiritus

Enjoy the beauty of the Vinales Valley

Tour of Havana, Cuba's vibrant capital

Visit a cigar factory



Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Havana

Depart on your scheduled flight to Havana, Cuba's intoxicating capital. On arrival we'll transfer you to your overnight hotel.​

Day 2 Cienfuegos

Leaving Havana behind, our journey by road takes us to the Zapata peninsula. This mangrove estuary, declared a Biosphere Reserve, is home to millions of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Later we head to the beautiful port of Cienfuegos, which retains a strong French influence thanks to the 19th century migrants from Louisiana. Before arrival at our hotel, we'll visit the Botanical Gardens to see a staggering array of plants.​

Day 3 Cienfuegos

You can spend today just as you please. If you head off to explore Cienfuegos at your own pace, the former Gothic mansion Palacio de Valle is highly recommended. If you would like to join an optional excursion, a bay cruise and a visit to Che Guevara's memorial at Santa Clara are two possibilities. 

Day 4 Camaguey

We're heading for Camaguey this morning on a journey which takes us through rural Cuba's traditional villages and farming communities. We'll stop at the city of Ciego de Avila, where if you wish you can take lunch.
On arrival in Camaguey, we'll head off on a sightseeing tour as we discover a maze of streets in its UNESCO-listed centre, which is home to hidden plazas, Baroque churches and pastel-hued buildings.
Enjoy a free afternoon before we gather for dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Santiago de Cuba

Our journey continues as we call at Bayamo, an ancient city known as the 'city of horsecarts' - half the population here still travels by horse. A stronghold of early revolutionary Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, who freed his slaves and declared war against Spain, it's also often referred to as 'the cradle of Cuban revolution'.
We now set our sights on Santiago de Cuba, where we'll enjoy lunch together before you've an afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 Santiago de Cuba

Named the 'Heroic City', Santiago de Cuba was instrumental in the success of the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s. We'll begin our day with a visit to Baconao National Park, where one highlight is Granjita Siboney, the farmhouse from which Fidel Castro launched his attack on the city.
You've free time to head off for lunch before joining an included tour of Santiago de Cuba, with the tomb of Cuban hero José Marti just one highlight. Later, come with us to Casa de la Trova, one of the country's best-known music venues, where you can join in the salsa dancing if you like.

Day 7 Guardalavaca

Rest and relaxation is on the cards as we head to the idyllic beach resort of Guardalavaca for a two-night stay. Once you've settled in at your hotel, enjoy the facilities or simply head to the beach with a good book.​

Day 8 Guardalavaca

Today is free for to to spend it how you wish. The white-sand beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun and with crystal-clear waters, you might also be tempted to don a snorkel and have a swim. If you'd like to take an optional excursion, there's the chance to explore a nearby Indian village.

Day 9 Trinidad

Today's journey takes us to Trinidad, with a stop en route to stretch our legs in Camaguey, where you might choose to enjoy lunch.

Day 10 Trinidad

The picturesque colonial architecture of Trinidad is the star of your morning tour, with cobblestone streets and pastel-coloured houses all part of the town's charm.
How you spend the afternoon is entirely up to you, the pristine sands of Trinidad's beaches may prove tempting.

Day 11 Havana

Today we are going to make our way back to Havana, where we'll stay for four more nights. As we journey by road, we'll make a stop at the splendid colonial city of Sancti Spiritus for a tour. Founded in 1514, it was moved to its present site in 1522, and amongst its sightseeing highlights are a 16th century church and the picturesque stone bridge which crosses the Yayabo River.
On arrival at our hotel, take time to settle in before gathering with your travelling companions for dinner this evening.

Day 12 Vinales Valley

There's a feast for the eyes on offer as we head out for a day of discovery in the beautiful Vinales Valley. Surrounded by mountains and rocky outcrops that rise up to 300 metres, its fertile soil produces crops including tobacco, cultivated using traditional farming methods. Amidst this rural landscape many species of birds thrive, especially hummingbirds and mockingbirds. Around lovely Pinar del Rio, which we'll also visit, look for the rare microcycas calocoma - a type of palm. This ancient species, which has been growing on Earth unchanged since the Jurassic period, is only found in this area.  ​

Day 13 Havana

Cuba's capital is the biggest city in the Caribbean, and with its grand architecture and the classic American cars that roll through its streets, it's a delight to discover. Come with us to La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, for a tour of its highlights. They include the Plaza de Armas, the former Presidential Palace and Cathedral Square.
During a free afternoon and evening, you can explore Havana further at your own pace and mingle with the locals, or Habaneros.  

Day 14 Havana

Cuba is famous for its cigars, and from the planting and picking of the tobacco leaves to rolling and cutting of the end product, the process is fascinating. This morning we're going to visit a tobacco factory and watch as the cigars are rolled by hand - in the same way it's been done for hundreds of years. After returning to the hotel this afternoon, spend time at leisure before gathering with your travelling companions this evening for a farewell dinner. After your farewell dinner there is an optional visit to the world-famous Tropicana nightclub.​

Day 15 Havana/UK

Enjoy a free morning before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Day 16 UK

​You'll arrive in the UK today.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 :

Nacional Hotel Havana
Nacional Hotel is situated in an excellent location amidst landscaped gardens, overlooking Havana coastline. It is located in the city centre within easy reach of the major areas of interest. All rooms are coming with en-suite facilities and are fully air conditioned. Every room has additional facilities, such as hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone, radio, safety box and minibar.

Day 1 :

Sevilla Hotel
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Day 2 - 3 :

Jagua
The Jagua Hotel is centrally located in the residential area of Punta Gorda, overlooking the Bay of Cienfuegos.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and balcony or terrace.

Day 4 :

Colon Hotel
The 2-star Colon Hotel in Camaguey is located right in the heart of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, hair salon, TV room and gift shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and TV.

Day 5 - 6 :

Melia Santiago
The Melia Santiago Hotel is perfectly located boasting a stunning backdrop of the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range and close to Santiago de Cuba's historical quarter.

Hotel facilities include restaurants, bars, nightclub, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pools and an evening entertainment programme. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilites and hairdryer.

Day 7 - 8 :

Playa Costa Verde Hotel
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Day 9 - 10 :

Brisas Trinidad
The Brisas Trinidad Hotel boasts a lovely beachfront location and is surrounded by the Escambray Mountains.

Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, daytime and evening entertainment, fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe and hairdryer.

Day 11 - 14 :

Nacional Hotel Havana
Nacional Hotel is situated in an excellent location amidst landscaped gardens, overlooking Havana coastline. It is located in the city centre within easy reach of the major areas of interest. All rooms are coming with en-suite facilities and are fully air conditioned. Every room has additional facilities, such as hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone, radio, safety box and minibar.


Dates and Prices

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15 days

Thursday 07 November 2019

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£2,574

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THU 13 FEB 20

London (Gatwick)

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£3,449

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Outbound
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Thursday 13 February 2020

Departs

11:30 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

16:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Inbound
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Thursday 27 February 2020

Departs

19:30 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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09:10 London (Gatwick)

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THU 05 MAR 20

London (Gatwick)

£3,299

£3,149

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Thursday 05 March 2020

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11:30 London (Gatwick)

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16:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 19 March 2020

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19:30 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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09:10 London (Gatwick)

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London (Gatwick)

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Thursday 05 November 2020

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11:30 London (Gatwick)

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16:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 19 November 2020

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19:30 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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09:10 London (Gatwick)

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THU 07 NOV 19

Newcastle

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£3,248

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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06:00 Newcastle

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08:55 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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14:10 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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18:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 21 November 2019

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20:55 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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11:50 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Friday 22 November 2019

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15:35 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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16:25 Newcastle

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Aberdeen (Dyce)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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14:10 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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18:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Friday 22 November 2019

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20:15 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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21:10 Aberdeen (Dyce)

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Edinburgh

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09:05 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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14:10 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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18:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 21 November 2019

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20:55 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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11:50 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Friday 22 November 2019

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15:20 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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16:10 Edinburgh

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Birmingham (Intl)

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10:30 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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14:10 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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18:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 21 November 2019

Departs

20:55 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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11:50 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Friday 22 November 2019

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13:45 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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14:05 Birmingham (Intl)

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London (Gatwick)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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09:00 London (Gatwick)

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14:10 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Thursday 21 November 2019

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16:20 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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06:20 London (Gatwick)

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Manchester

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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09:05 Manchester

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11:35 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Thursday 07 November 2019

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14:10 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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18:35 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

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Air France

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Air France - AF

Thursday 21 November 2019

Departs

20:55 Havana (Jose Marti Intl)

Arrives

11:50 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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Air France

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Friday 22 November 2019

Departs

13:30 Paris (Charles De Gaulle)

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14:00 Manchester

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Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Captivating Cuba with Varadero Add-on

Extend your holiday to 19 days from £449

Feb 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

Extend your stay in Cuba with an extra four nights in Varadero, staying at the 3-star Hotel Sol Palmeras, a lovely hotel located right on the beach. The largest resort in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts an array of shops and stunning beaches, a great destination for relaxation. There will be plenty of time for you to explore this beautiful peninsula or you can simply spend time unwinding by the lapping waves of the turquoise waters on sandy white beaches that stretch for almost 20km. A Tour Manager will not accompany you on this add-on.

Captivating Cuba with Varadero Add-on

Extend your holiday to 19 days from £449

Nov 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

You can choose to extend your holiday with a 3-night stay in the beach resort of Varadero, which begins on day 15 of your brochured tour. The white-sand beach here is the longest in Cuba and the resort is also known as 'Blue Beach' due to its stunning turquoise waters. Spend your time soaking up the sun and relaxing after your tour. Your hotel is right on the beach and your stay is on an all-inclusive basis, so if you want to stay put, there's no need to stay very far.


 

Your extension includes

Scheduled flights, overseas transfers and other transportation
3 nights' accommodation on an all-inclusive basis
Porterage

*Please note : You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager


Your Hotel

You will stay in a hotel such as the 4-star Hotel Sol Palmeras, which is located right on the white- sand beach. Facilities include seven restaurants, seven bars, two swimming pools, a beauty salon and tennis courts. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities


 

Itinerary


DAYS 15 - 17 Havana/ Varadero
Today you transfer from Havana to the beach resort of Varadero. The white-sand beach here is the longest in Cuba and the resort is also known as 'Blue Beach' due to its stunning turquoise waters. Here you will spend the next four nights at leisure , soaking up the sun and relaxing after your tour.


 

DAY 18 Varadero to UK
After a morning at leisure, you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. 


 

DAY 19  UK
You'll arrive in the UK today.


 


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

I never tire of strolling through the historic streets of Trinidad, this colonial gem is a photographer’s dream.

CAROLYN RUSSELL - TOUR MANAGER

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