Traverse Cuba from west to east, passing through colonial towns, mountain scenery and verdant countryside. Along the way, learn about the Cuban revolution and its legacy, and soak up Afro-Cuban culture and music. The long but rewarding drives through the interior provide a rare glimpse into the everyday life of this unique destination.
Casas particulares are privately run bed and breakfast-style accommodation ranging from old colonial buildings to rustic and simple local houses that provide a genuine insight into the Cuban way of life. These charming small properties feature homely rooms with en suite facilities, and the continental breakfast is often prepared by the owners. It may be possible to arrange other meals and drinks on request and at an extra charge. Cox & Kings works with a selection of casas (standards may vary) and will choose one for your...
Dating back to 1939, the Gran Hotel is ideally situated on a pedestrianised street in the heart of Camaguey. Rooms feature tiled floors and dark wooden antique furnishings. The property has a colonial courtyard with tropical foliage and a restaurant serving international cuisine. Features: 72 rooms, restaurant, bar, cafe, courtyard, rooftop terrace, swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, television...
Hotel Camaguey is a modern hotel located 10 minutes' drive from the centre of the city. The hotel offers 142 simple, air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, bar and swimming...
Hotel La Ermita is located on a hillside and has beautiful views of the Viñales valley and tobacco fields. The simple rooms have air conditioning and a balcony or terrace, and the hotel offers a range of guided walks and eco-tours around the valley.
Features: 62 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis court.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television,...
Hotel los Caneyes is situated in a quiet location, just a few kilometres from the centre of Santa Clara. Surrounded by eucalyptus, coconut and palm trees, the 96 simple but comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning are distributed throughout a number of thatched cottages, designed to resemble the style of an indigenous Taino village. Facilities here include a bar, buffet restaurant, outdoor pool and...
Hotel Los Jazmines is located 2km from Viñales and offers simple accommodation and beautiful views over the Viñales valley and tobacco plantations from its hilltop setting. The hotel tour desk can arrange guided walks around the valley and birdwatching tours.
Features: 36 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television,...
Hotel Rancho San Vicente is located only 5 km from the village of Viñales and close to the entrance of the Indian Cave. The hotel offers simple air-conditioned rooms in bungalows scattered throughout the gardens. There is a restaurant, bar and a swimming...
The historic Hotel Sevilla is located just off the Paseo del Prado and is a short walk from both the oceanfront Malecón promenade and the sites of colonial old Havana. Dating from the early 20th century, the Hotel Sevilla was a popular meeting place for Cuban high society and the spacious lobby features live traditional Cuban music. The hotel offers 178 simple but comfortable air-conditioned rooms, three bars and a roof top restaurant offering panoramic views of the city. There is also a large freeform outdoor swimming pool and a fitness...
The Melia Santiago de Cuba is a modern hotel situated close to the city centre. Rooms are well-appointed with traditional furnishings and have garden or city views. There is a wide range of facilities with a choice of restaurants serving Cuban and international cuisine and bars including a rooftop bar that offers night-time views of the city. Features: 302 rooms, 4 restaurants, 4 bars, swimming pool, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar...
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Transfer to your hotel for 2 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of the old town including the Plaza de Armas, the oldest square in Havana and the Revolution Museum. (B)
Full-day visit to the Viñales valley, a traditional tobacco-growing area with beautiful limestone formations. Stay for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day at leisure to enjoy the views or take walks in the surrounding countryside. (B)
Drive to the town of Santa Clara, whose historic revolutionary attack led to the surrender of the dictatorship. Take a panoramic city tour and stay overnight. (B)
Morning visit to Che Guevara’s Museum before driving to the French-colonial town of Cienfuegos for a city tour. Continue to Trinidad, one of the oldest cities in Cuba, and stay for 2 nights at a casa particular for a unique experience of Cuban culture. (B, L, D)
Morning walking tour of the colonial centre including a visit to La Canchanchara to hear live Cuban music. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Visit the ruins of former sugar plantations in the Valley of the Sugar Mills and drive on to Camagüey (5-6 hours). Take a short tour of its winding streets, built to deter pirate attacks, and stay overnight. (B)
Full-day journey east to Santiago de Cuba for a 2-night stay, visiting Bayamo and El Cobre church, Cuba’s most important shrine, en route. Santiago de Cuba is the island’s first capital and birthplace of Afro-Cuban culture and music. (B, L)
Morning tour of the historical centre and El Morro fortress. In the afternoon, visit the Gran Piedra and see the spectacular scenery of the Sierra Maestra mountains. Optional evening visit to Casa de la Trova. (B, L)
Visit Diego Velázquez house and the Moncada barracks, then transfer to the airport. Fly back to Havana for an overnight stay. Optional evening music performance. (B)
Morning at leisure or optional panoramic ride in a classic American car. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London with Virgin Atlantic. (B)
Early morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is better suited to the hardier traveller as it includes longer road journeys and a combination of simple hotels and casas particulares, which are private bed and breakfaststyle accommodations that allow for an authentic insight into the Cuban way of life. Cuba combines increasing popularity with very limited good quality hotel options and the properties we use may vary from departure to departure. The specific accommodation for each departure as well as the exact order of your itinerary will be confirmed in the final travel documents.
We recommend an extremely flexible approach to booking a holiday and travel in Cuba.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Havana.
This tour is better suited to the hardier traveller as it includes longer road journeys and a combination of simple hotels and casas particulares, which are private bed and breakfast-style accommodations that allow for an authentic insight into the Cuban way of life. Cuba combines increasing popularity with very limited good quality hotel options and the properties we use may vary from departure to departure. The specific accommodation for each departure as well as the exact order of your itinerary will be confirmed in the final travel documents.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
• Simple hotels & casas particulares
• Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
• Average group size - 14 people (max 26)
• Direct international flights with Virgin Atlantic
• Internal flight
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local tour manager
• 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Porterage at airports
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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