Colourful Cuba

From £3,149.10
Duration 16 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Mar 2021
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From £3,149.10
Duration 16 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Mar 2021
Tour Overview

​There is so much to discover on this Caribbean island and after flying to Havana, you'll explore the Zapata peninsula, a mangrove estuary home to millions of birds, mammals and reptiles. You'll spend two nights in the port of Cienfuegos before journeying through rural villages and farming communities to the historical city of Camaguey. Next, you'll set your sights on Santiago de Cuba, a city which played an important role in the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s. There's then time to relax and recharge in the beach resort of Guardalavaca before you head to colonial Trinidad. Exciting Havana is your final destination, and with four nights here there's plenty of time to explore. Admire its grand architecture and classic cars, tour the beautiful Vinales Valley and learn all about the Cuban cigar on a visit to a tobacco factory.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic
  • 14 nights in good quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 27 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

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
  • Eat in a paladar in Havana

Itinerary

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 Havana - 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. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Cienfuegos - at Leisure

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. 

Meals included: B

Day 4 Cienfuegos - 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 stop for 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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Camaguey - 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 the Cuban revolution'.
We now set our sights on Santiago de Cuba, where we'll enjoy lunch together before you've an afternoon at leisure.

Meals included: B,L

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.
Enjoy an incluced 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.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Santiago de Cuba - 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. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Guardalavaca - at Leisure

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 village.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Guardalavaca - 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. Meals included: B,D

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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Trinidad - 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.

Meals included: B,D

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. Lunch is included today, and back at the hotel you can enjoy a relaxed evening.   Meals included: B

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.  

Meals included: B

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 15 Havana - UK

Enjoy a free morning before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Meals included: B

Day 16 UK

​You'll arrive in the UK today.

Additional Information

Cuba is a fascinating and unique destination with a tourism infrastructure that is still developing. This means accommodation and local cuisine can be simple in style, hotels are often confirmed close to departure and changes can be made at short notice.​


Accommodation

Nacional Hotel

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.

Jagua Hotel

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.

Isazul Hotel Colon

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.

Melia Santiago de Cuba

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.

Playa Costa Verde Hotel

Playa Costa Verde is a wonderfully located resort, sitting close to the Caribbean ocean and set amongst Palm trees. The hotel also boasts an array of fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy. These include several outdoor pools, numerous bars and restaurants, a Jacuzzi and a gym. The rooms are furnished with air-conditioning as well as a safe, TV, Kettle, fridge and private facilities.

Memories 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.

Nacional Hotel

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.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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.