"There are few holiday destinations that get the pulse racing quite like Cuba."

Touring in Cuba

There are few holiday destinations that get the pulse racing quite like Cuba. Arriving in Havana is like walking into a postcard, a snapshot of another era where wide-eyed tourists wander amongst crumbling colonial mansions, gap-toothed old men puff on huge cigars and gleaming 1950s Chevrolets cruise along the sea-sprayed Malecón. Florida may only be 100 miles away but Cuba is another world, and this is still a country where billboards trumpet the heroes of 1959 rather than the latest iPhone.

Head into the countryside and you’ll find rolling tobacco fields and striking limestone scenery in the sleepy valley of Viñales, while the many islands and cays are a magnet for snorkellers and scuba divers. The old sugar barons of Trinidad built one of Cuba’s most picturesque towns on the sultry south coast, and to the east is the fabled Oriente and its Afro-Cuban epicentre, Santiago de Cuba. This is an island that moves to the rhythms of salsa and rumba, with a diverse culture that draws on influences from Africa, Latin America and even the USA, that age-old adversary across the water.


Touring Highlights of Cuba

  • Walk (and drink!) in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway in Old Havana, the beautiful colonial centre of Cuba’s compelling capital.
  • No tour of Cuba is complete without a ride in a classic American car along the Malecón, Havana’s iconic seafront promenade.
  • You can learn more about Fidel Castro’s struggle at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana, but don’t expect an entirely impartial account!
  • Keen photographers and eager Instagrammers shouldn’t miss the cute cobbled streets and brightly coloured colonial villas of Trinidad, on Cuba’s south coast.
  • For a taste of the Cuban countryside head deep into the picturesque Viñales valley, the main source of the tobacco that fills Cuba’s famous cigars.
  • Cuba is a Caribbean island, so don’t forget to make some time to relax on one of the many stunning beaches or go snorkelling amongst the offshore islands and cays.
  • Santiago de Cuba is the Oriente’s most compelling city, a hub of Afro-Cuban culture where the rhythms of rumba are ever-present.
  • Cuba is synonymous with music, from the ‘son’ popularised by the Buena Vista Social Club to the ubiquitous salsa. So don’t be shy, shake off those inhibitions and hit the dancefloor with the locals!
  • Savour Cuba’s culinary revolution at a paladar, a privately run restaurant, or stay with a Cuban family at a casa particular for an authentic taste of local life.
  • Cienfuegos is known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ on account of its elegant French colonial streets, lovely seafront setting and ostentatious early 20th century palaces.

Tour Types in Cuba