Cuba - Salsa, Cigars & Classic Cars

Classic Touring

15 Days from $6,699

Nov 2019 - Mar 2020 Departures

Discover the many faces of Cuba as you delve into the country's intriguing history, relax on sun-kissed beaches and sway to sultry salsa beats.

Overview

What's included

​Just You Tour Manager as your host
14 nights in hotels of a good standard
33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 14 dinners
Specialist Local Guide
Overseas transfer on arrival, other transportation & porterage

Included excursions

Havana walking tour
Vinales Valley & Pinar del Rio, including lunch
Tour of Cienfuegos & botanical gardens
Discover the highlights of Camaguey
Visit to 'cradle of the Cuban Revolution' Bayamo
Granjita Siboney, from where plans for the Revolution were made
Sightseeing in Santiago de Cuba
Enjoy Cuban music at Santiago's Casa de la Trova
Tour of Trinidad

Optional excursions

​Visit Santa Clara, a key site of the Cuban Revolution

Itinerary

Make your own way to Havana, where on arrival we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your  fellow travellers over a drink at your hotel in Cuba's vibrant capital

​Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean, and today we're going to see as much of it as we can. As you watch well-preserved American Chevrolets and Cadillacs rolling through streets lined by fading colonial buildings, it's like stepping back in time! Other sightseeing highlights include La Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, where we'll see the Plaza de Armas, the old Presidential Palace and Cathedral Square.

​A day in the great outdoors beckons today with a visit to the beautiful Vinales Valley, with an included lunch. Surrounded by mountains and rocky outcrops that rise up to 300 metres, the fertile soil here produces crops including tobacco, which make the famous Cuban cigars. Keep a lookout for a great number of bird species, including hummingbirds and mockingbirds, and when we head to lovely Pinar del Rio, look for the rare palm, microcycas calocoma. This ancient species has been growing on Earth unchanged since the Jurassic Period, and this is the only area where it can be seen.

Our journey by road today takes us to the port of Cienfuegos, set around a beautiful natural bay and boasting a UNESCO-listed historic centre. The migrants from Louisiana who settled here in the 19th century brought with them an elegant French style, which you'll note on a guided tour.
Cuba's oldest botanical gardens are also located here, and on our visit there's so much to discover. Amongst more than 2,000 catalogued species of plants and flowers there are bamboo plantations and a cacti section, where 200 different types are on display.

If you want to spend the day relaxing, you can do just that. However, if you'd like to learn more about Cuba's history, we offer a fascinating optional excursion to Santa Clara. Located between the island's north and south coasts, this was a strategic site during the War of Independence and played a pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution. In the city we'll see Che Guevara's Mausoleum, where his remains lie along with 29 other guerrillas who died with him in Bolivia in 1967, and the Plaza de la Revolution.

A journey by road today takes us through rural Cuba, so take in scenes of traditional villages and farming communities as we go. We're heading to Camaguey, but first we'll stop in the city of Ciego de Avila, where you can enjoy lunch if you wish.
A sightseeing tour will take us through a maze of streets in Camaguey's UNESCO-listed centre, which is home to hidden plazas, Baroque churches and colourful buildings. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

After breakfast we'll continue our travels, with our sights set on Santiago de Cuba. En route we visit the ancient city of Bayamo, known as the 'city of horsecarts' because half its population still travels by horse even today. 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 Cuban Revolution'.
Named the 'Heroic City', Santiago de Cuba was instrumental in the success of the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s. We'll arrive here in time for lunch, then you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

We'll begin a full day of discoveries 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.
We'll stop for lunch before setting off on a 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. This is one of the country's best-known music venues, so bring along your dancing shoes and hone your salsa skills.

You can press the pause button for the next couple of days, which will be spent in the idyllic beach resort of Guardalavaca. Declared by Christopher Columbus as 'the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen', it's beaches are utterly gorgeous.
Once you've settled in at your hotel, enjoy the facilities or make a beeline for those white sands.

Enjoy more free time to soak up the lovely scenery of Guardalavaca. The beach is the place to head if you want to soak up the sun or dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

We're going to head to Trinidad today, with a stop en route in Camaguey, to stretch our legs and have a bite for lunch if you wish.

We'll meet up after breakfast and set off on a tour of the town. It's all colonial architecture, pastel-coloured houses and cobbled streets here, and it's a delight to discover on foot, starting at its heart, the Plaza Mayor.
You've a free afternoon, so you can take in more of Trinidad's sights, or grab a book and head straight for the beach.

Bid the beach farewell as we return to Havana today for a further two nights. On the way we'll visit 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.

Start the day with a visit to the Museum of the Revolution in Old Havana. The building itself, a collaboration of Spanish, French and German architectural styles, is pretty spectacular. Originally designed to be the Presidential Palace, it was the headquarters of the Cuban government for 40 years. And it was while dancing in the great hall here that General Fulgencio Batista learned that Santa Clara had been captured by Che Guevara. We'll step inside to discover exhibits including paintings, sculptures, weaponry and archaeological finds.
Spend the afternoon at leisure, and we'll get together this evening for a farewell dinner.

Your tour comes to an end today, so make your way to the airport for your flight home.​

Accommodation

Located in the heart of Havana, you will stay at the Hotel Sevilla. <br><br> Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness centre and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer and air-conditioning.
The Jagua Hotel is centrally located in the residential area of Punta Gorda, overlooking the Bay of Cienfuegos. <br><br> 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.
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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. <br><br> 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 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.
The Brisas Trinidad Hotel boasts a lovely beachfront location and is surrounded by the Escambray Mountains. <br><br> Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, daytime and evening entertainment, fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe and hairdryer.
Located in the heart of Havana, you will stay at the Hotel Sevilla. <br><br> Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, fitness centre and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer and air-conditioning.

Sevilla Hotel - Havana

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Make Your Own Way

Sunday 10 Nov 2019

15 Days

$6,749

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Make Your Own Way

Sunday 16 Feb 2020

15 Days

$6,699

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Make Your Own Way

Sunday 01 Mar 2020

15 Days

$6,899

Available

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