From classic images of cigars and vintage cars to colonial treasures and a tantalising Caribbean climate, Cuba is an island of colourful contrasts. Enjoy its unique charms, vibrant cities, spectacular landscapes and pristine beaches.
9 days from
per person, for 2 people
Departing on 02/06/2016 from London Gatwick Apt
Fly to Havana where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights.
As one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Latin America, Havana has a fascinating mixture of unique cultural charms, brightly coloured colonial architecture, and an abundance of classic 1950s American automobiles. The charismatic Old City offers a seamless blend of Spanish and African influences in a panorama that seems almost frozen in time. Nearby, the vibrant entertainment district is a welcoming haven of small, friendly bars and restaurants brimming with traditional Cuban music and dance. Explore some of the city's highlights today on an included sightseeing tour and learn about the country's most famous exports on an included visit to a cigar factory, where you may have the chance to see cigars being hand-rolled in the traditional style, and the authentic 'Havana Club' Rum Museum, where white and dark rum are produced in a wide variety of tasty flavours. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A full day to explore Cuba's lively capital at your leisure. Perhaps explore the picture-perfect Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where well-preserved Baroque and Neoclassical buildings sit side by side with the cool, breezy square of Plaza de Armas, the elegant La Catedral, and the serene walled harbour at Playas de Este. Spend time strolling in the lovely Parque Central, dotted with tropical palms and shaded benches, or head to the Plaza de la Revolucion to view the immense iconic sculpture of Che Guevara. In the evening why not watch a play or cabaret at the Mella Theatre or join the optional excursion to the exciting Club Tropicana. Established in 1939, this famed nightclub is still a rival for the Moulin Rouge in Paris and evokes a bygone era with its vibrant 1940s styled cabaret show adorned with lavish costumes and salsa music. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, head to the beautiful province of Pinar del Río. Located in the west of the island, this picturesque area is set against the backdrop of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico Mountains and surrounded by acres of verdant tobacco fields. The flat, fertile valley is uniquely dotted with unusual limestone 'mogotes' or hills, which resemble stunning limestone haystacks. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Pinar del Río before continuing to the serenely beautiful Viñales Valley, an enchanting landscape so distinctive and rare it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching the valley, home to underground rivers, caves and pin-cushion shaped hills, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Begin today with a visit to the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve where the Las Terrazas village, a site of beauty and tranquillity, was founded in the 1970s to provide a pleasant and prosperous lifestyle for the poverty-stricken inhabitants of the area. After time to observe the local artists and artisans at work, visit the ruins of a former French coffee plantation at Canada del Infierno, and view the impressive sulphur springs and fountain of the Bayate River. Later, head to the Buena Vista Coffee House, a unique 19th century plantation built on the peak of a mountain, where you can learn about coffee production and enjoy spectacular views of the valley below. This afternoon, return to Havana. Includes Breakfast
This morning head to Boca de Guamá and Cuba's largest lagoon for a short boat trip across the stunning, everglade-like 'Treasure Lake' to Villa Guamá - a reconstructed Taino-Indian Village. Spend time exploring the lush garden, learning about the indigenous Indian people of Cuba and admiring life-sized sculptures of Taino Indians engaging in everyday activities. This afternoon continue onto Trinidad for a tour of Cuba's 'colonial treasure'. Founded in 1514, this pretty town is brimming with decorative and virtually untouched colonial architecture, constructed between the 17th to 19th centuries, and is now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a stroll amongst the pretty plazas, villas and monuments that line the town. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Start today by visiting one of Trinidad's local museums. Pop into 'La Canchanchara', a bar named after a Cuban drink consumed by slaves in the colonial era to keep them strong. This afternoon, depart for Sancti Spiritus before continuing onto Varadero to spend the last night of your tour at the beach. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Spend the morning at leisure relaxing on the beach before transferring to Havana airport for your flight to the UK. Alternatively extend your stay in Varadero. Includes Breakfast
A Tourist Card is required for entry into Cuba. The cost of the card is included in the holiday price and will be supplied to you prior to departure.
As the cruise departs and returns to Havana, a re-entry visa is required. This cannot be pre-purchased but can be bought on-board the ship or at the marina for approximately €15 per person.
Please note Cuba's infrastructure is not as developed as other Caribbean countries so hotel standards may vary and can be simple in style. Hotel changes can sometimes be made at short notice, especially in Havana, but we will endeavour to offer a similar standard of hotel.