A wonderful introduction to this island nation, this small group tour provides an insight into Cuba’s captivating history and culture – this is Cuba as you have imagined it. Explore and experience the vibrant capital Havana before venturing into the island’s fascinating colonial heartland and see a nation that’s in a state of rapid transition yet still retaining its unique charm.

• Havana: 3 nights
• Trinidad: 2 nights
• Remedios: 1 night
• Varadero: 1 night

8nights
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This is a short tour that packs in the real highlights of Cuba and caters for those wanting authentic and iconic Cuban experiences. In Havana, explore the crumbling Old Town and follow the ‘Hemingway trail’ to discover the life of one of the world’s most iconic writers. In beautiful Trinidad explore the beautifully-preserved colonial centre and even learn some salsa steps.

• Havana: 3 nights
• Trinidad: 2 nights
• Remedios: 1 night
• Varadero: 1 night

8nights
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Havana Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Havana. On arrival in Cuba's capital, transfer to your hotel where you will stay three nights. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar).

Day 2: Havana Begin your Cuban adventure with a full-day exploration of Old Havana. Set out on a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Havana which takes in the Plaza de Armas, El Templete monument, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Your exploration of Old Havana also includes visits to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the former home of the governors of Havana, and the 18th-Century Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabana which is located on the eastern side of the harbour overlooking the city. You will also be able to enjoy the views from the adjacent Christ of Havana statue. Today's lunch will be served at a local restaurant that specialises in Cuban-Creole cuisine, while dinner will be at El Tocororo where you will dine as jazz music plays. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Havana This morning, the focus is on the great American author Ernest Hemingway and his association with the island. Begin the day at Finca Vigía, Hemingway's former home,  where you can wander around the grounds and take a peek through the open windows and doors in to the house. From here continue on to the small fishing village of Cojímar, the setting of The Old Man and the Sea, the novel that won him a Nobel Prize. Before returning to Old Havana enjoy a Don Gregorio cocktail at the bar La Terraza. Following lunch, head to the Plaza de la Revolución where you can ascend to the top of the José Marti Memorial, the highest point in the city. The final stop on your city exploration is the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón, the city's main cemetery and a national monument where legendary Cuban figures have been laid to rest. As you walk around this incredible site take in the marble and bronze statues and crosses and the extravagant tombs and vaults. Tonight, dinner will be served at La Torre, a restaurant on the 36th floor of the Focsa building in Vedado. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Havana to Trinidad Leave Havana and head south east towards the island's south coast and the city of Cienfuegos. Highlights of your short tour include the Tomás Terry Theatre with its grand exterior, beautiful ceiling fresco and four-tiered hall, and the Palacio de Valle, an architectural gem in the heart of the city. Before continuing eastwards, take a boat trip around the beautiful bay as the sun sets. On arrival in Trinidad transfer to your hotel where you will spend two nights. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 214 miles. Stay: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Trinidad Enjoy a full day of exploring this beautiful city, one of the best preserved colonial settlements in the Caribbean. Visit the charming Museo de Arquitectura Colonial and the La Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima, a city icon on the Plaza Mayor. Following lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a cocktail at La Canchanchara. The drink, which has the same name as the taverna in which it was conceived, is created using honey, lime, crushed ice and soda water. Later, head out of town and visit the sugar estate of Manaca Iznaga which sits in the Valle de los Ingenios. During your time here you can climb the tower, however, this ascent isn't for the faint hearted. Return to Trinidad and experience the unique rhythm of the island with a salsa lesson. You'll be in the hands of a member of a professional dance crew as you learn the basic steps of this soulful dance. This evening you'll get to experience a Trinidad tradition – listening to live music on the stairs of the Casa de la Música. Stay: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Trinidad to Remedios Today you will travel through Central Cuba, an area that is relatively untouched by mass tourism. Your stop will be Sancti Spíritus, a beautiful colonial city that lies off the beaten tourist track. Take a quick stroll around the town before crossing the Yayabo bridge, an interesting landmark that wouldn't be out of place in a European town. Spend time in Santa Clara, a town synonymous with Che Guevara. You'll visit the monument dedicated to this iconic revolutionary figure, his mausoleum, a small museum that chronicles his life and the armoured military train, the site of his biggest victory against the Batista regime. You will spend the night in Remedios, a city that is best known for its vibrant Parrandas festival that takes place on Christmas Eve. In this otherwise quiet city, street carnivals often take place throughout the year, and with your hotel sitting right at the heart of town, you will be perfectly placed if any parties are taking place. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 124 miles. Stay: Hotel Barcelona. B, L, D.

Day 7: Remedios to Varadero
Before departing the city, visit the Museum del las Parrandas Remedianas, which is dedicated to the Christmas Eve celebrations, and the San Juan Bautista, a church on the main square that was originally built in the mid-16th Century. En route out of the city, as you travel towards the beach resort of Varadero, you'll stop at the Marcelo Salado Sugar Industry Museum where you might be able to ride on  this former sugar estate's steam train (ride subject to change). Spend one night in the beach resort of Varadero and enjoy the facilities on offer at your all-inclusive resort. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 161 miles. Stay: IBEROSTAR Bella Vista. B, ALL on arrival at your beach resort.

Day 8: Varadero to Havana
Transfer to Havana airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. Alternatively, spend a few more days relaxing on the beach in the resort of your choice. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours, 121 miles. B.


Stay longer

Varadero 4 nights

Varadero’s beautiful beaches are ideal for a relaxing post-tour escape. A superb selection of all-inclusive resorts await, each boasting a fantastic array of facilities and an enviable setting.

Day 1: UK to Havana Depart from the UK on your daytime flight to Havana. On arrival in Cuba’s capital, transfer to your hotel where you will stay three nights. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar).

Day 2: Havana
Begin your Cuban adventure with a full-day walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Havana ,which takes in the Plaza de Armas, El Templete monument, Plaza Vieja and Plaza de la Catedral. Your exploration also includes visits to the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, the former home of the governors of Havana, and the 18th-Century Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabana which is located on the eastern side of the harbour overlooking the city. You will also be able to enjoy the views from the adjacent Christ of Havana statue. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant that specialises in Cuban-Creole cuisine, while dinner will be at El Tocororo where you will dine as jazz music plays. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Havana This morning, the focus is on the great American author Ernest Hemingway and his association with the island. Begin the day at Finca Vigía, Hemingway’s former home, where you can wander around the grounds and take a peek through the open windows and doors in to the house. From here continue on to the small fishing village of Cojímar, the setting of The Old Man and the Sea, the novel that won Heminway a Nobel Prize. Before returning to Old Havana, enjoy a Don Gregorio cocktail at the bar La Terraza. Following lunch, head to the Plaza de la Revolución where you can ascend to the top of the José Marti Memorial, the highest point in the city. The final stop on your city exploration is the Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón, the city’s main cemetery and a national monument where legendary Cuban figures have been laid to rest. As you walk around this incredible site take in the marble and bronze statues and crosses and the extravagant tombs and vaults. Tonight, dinner will be served at La Torre, a restaurant on the 36th floor of the Focsa building in Vedado, before you visit Castillo de Morro for the ‘Canonazo de las 9’, also known as the 9 o’clock gun ceremony. This nightly tradition celebrates the signal that was given when closing the city gates in the 18th Century. Stay: IBEROSTAR Parque Central (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Havana to Trinidad
Leave Havana and head south east towards the island’s south coast and the city of Cienfuegos. Highlights of your short tour include the Tomás Terry Theatre with its grand exterior, beautiful ceiling fresco and four-tiered hall, and the Palacio de Valle, an architectural gem in the heart of the city. Before continuing eastwards, take a boat trip around the beautiful bay as the sun sets. On arrival in Trinidad transfer to your hotel where you will spend two nights. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 214 miles. Stay: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Trinidad
Enjoy a full day of exploring this beautiful city, one of the best preserved colonial settlements in the Caribbean. Visit the charming Museo de Arquitectura Colonial and the La Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima, a city icon on the Plaza Mayor. Following lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a cocktail at La Canchanchara. The drink, which has the same name as the taverna in which it was conceived, is created using honey, lime, crushed ice and soda water. Later, head out of town and visit the sugar estate of Manaca Iznaga which sits in the Valle de los Ingenios. During your time here you can climb the tower, however, this ascent isn’t for the faint hearted. Return to Trinidad and experience the unique rhythm of the island with a salsa lesson. You’ll be in the hands of a member of a professional dance crew as you learn the basic steps of this soulful dance. This evening you’ll get to experience a Trinidad tradition – listening to live music on the stairs of the Casa de la Música. Stay: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Trinidad (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Trinidad to Remedios
Today, you will travel through Central Cuba, an area that is relatively untouched by mass tourism. Your stop will be Sancti Spíritus, a beautiful colonial city that lies off the beaten tourist track. Take a quick stroll around the town before crossing the Yayabo bridge, an interesting landmark that wouldn’t be out of place in a European town. Spend time in Santa Clara, a town synonymous with Che Guevara. You’ll visit the monument dedicated to this iconic revolutionary figure, his mausoleum, a small museum that chronicles his life and the armoured military train, the site of his biggest victory against the Batista regime. You will spend the night in Remedios, a city that is best known for its vibrant Parrandas festival that takes place on Christmas Eve. In this otherwise quiet city, street carnivals often take place throughout the year, and with your hotel right at the heart of town, you’ll be perfectly placed if any parties are taking place. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 124 miles. Stay: Hotel Barcelona. B, L, D.

Day 7: Remedios to Varadero Before departing the city, visit the Museum del las Parrandas Remedianas, which is dedicated to the Christmas Eve celebrations, and the San Juan Bautista, a church on the main square that was originally built in the mid-16th Century. En route out of the city, as you travel towards the beach resort of Varadero, you’ll stop at the Marcelo Salado Sugar Industry Museum where you might be able to ride on this former sugar estate’s steam train (ride subject to change). Spend one night in the beach resort of Varadero and enjoy the facilities on offer at your all-inclusive resort. Approx. journey time: 4 hours, 161 miles. Stay: Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa (or similar). B, ALL on arrival at your beach resort.

Day 8: Varadero to Havana Transfer to Havana airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. Alternatively, spend a few more days relaxing on the beach in the resort of your choice. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours, 121 miles. B.


Stay longer

Varadero 4 nights

Varadero’s beautiful beaches are ideal for a relaxing post-tour escape. A superb selection of all-inclusive resorts await, each boasting a fantastic array of facilities and an enviable setting.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

An ideal choice if you are a first-time visitor to Cuba and are looking to explore the must-see sights of the island. At just eight nights, the tour is perfectly combined with a beach stay.

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 14 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests

• All 2019 departures are guranteed to operate.

What to expect

• The island’s infrastructure is not as developed as other destinations and as a result delays and disruptions may occur; roads may be in bad repair for long distances resulting in some uncomfortable journeys
• Cuban food is seasonal and may be repetitive throughout your tour and there are limited choices for vegetarians and special diets
• Service levels rarely match the standard you would experience anywhere else around the world
• There are often last minute changes of hotels that are beyond our control.

Accommodation on tour

The accommodation on this tour can be basic. Due to the nature of the island’s infrastructure, the standards of the hotels – especially outside Havana and Varadero – are often not up to the standard you may expect compared to the rest of the world. Hotels are also subject to change at late notice depending on availability. Your hotel in Remedios, while basic, sits at the heart of the lively town square.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £279

Is this for you?

An ideal choice if you are a first-time visitor to Cuba and are looking to explore the must-see sights of the island. At just eight nights, the tour is perfectly combined with a beach stay.

Good to know

• For guests over 18
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag
• A good level of fitness is required.

What to expect

• The island’s infrastructure is not as developed as other destinations and as a result delays and disruptions may occur; roads may be in bad repair for long distances resulting in some uncomfortable journeys
• Cuban food is seasonal and may be repetitive throughout your tour and there are limited choices for vegetarians and special diets
• Service levels rarely match the standard you would experience anywhere else around the world
• There are often last minute changes of hotels that are beyond our control.

Accommodation on tour

The accommodation on this tour can be basic. Due to the nature of the island’s infrastructure, the standards of the hotels – especially outside Havana and Varadero – are often not up to the standard you may expect compared to the rest of the world. Hotels are also subject to change at late notice depending on availability. Your hotel in Remedios, while basic, sits at the heart of the lively town square.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £3153

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Jan 21; Mar 18; Apr 14; May 05; Oct 13

Included in price

• Accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, ALL=All Inclusive)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice for a supplement from £995 per person, ref CP154.

Tour dates

2020 Jan 19; Feb 09; Mar 08; Apr 05; May 03; Oct 11; Nov 08

Included in price

• Accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, ALL=All Inclusive)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £3817 per person.

Kuoni highlights

This is a short tour that packs in the real highlights of Cuba and caters for those wanting authentic and iconic Cuban experiences. In Havana you will explore the crumbling Old Town and follow the ‘Hemingway trail’ to discover the life of one of the world’s most iconic writers while in beautiful Trinidad explore the beautifully-preserved colonial centre and even learn some salsa steps.

Kuoni highlights

This is a short tour that packs in the real highlights of Cuba and caters for those wanting authentic and iconic Cuban experiences. In Havana you will explore the crumbling Old Town and follow the ‘Hemingway trail’ to discover the life of one of the world’s most iconic writers while in beautiful Trinidad explore the beautifully-preserved colonial centre and even learn some salsa steps.