8 days

A Touch of Cuba

A Touch of Cuba

Ernesto Che Guevara Monument in Santa Clara

Havana's fortress, cigars and rumba

The tobacco fields of Viñales Valley

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Havana

Trinidad

Trip rating
  • Cuba is one of the hottest travel destinations around and it is easy to see why. The country has a unique and colourful history that still dominates most aspects of Cuban life. Cuba is a Latin nation but it has a feel all of its own and on this short adventure, we experience many of these interesting facets. There's Havana, in all its faded glory, waiting to be explored. Few cities in the world can conjure up such emotions. Further on is the Vinales region, well known for its tobacco growing and cigar factories. On the south of the island is colonial Trinidad, where we can wander the cobblestone streets and listen to Cuban rhythms in the Casa de La Trova.  Throughout our Cuban holiday we are able to trace the history of the Cuban Revolution. In Santa Clara we visit the memorials dedicated to revolutionary hero, Ernesto Che Guevara.

    Why we love it

    • Cuba is one of the hottest travel destinations around and it is easy to see why. The country has a unique and colourful history that still dominates most aspects of Cuban life.
    • Cuba is a Latin nation but it has a feel all of its own and on this short adventure, you will experience many of these interesting facets.
    • There's Havana, in all its faded glory, waiting to be explored. Few cities in the world can conjure up such emotions.
    • On the south of the island is colonial Trinidad, where you can wander the cobblestone streets and listen to Cuban rhythms in the Casa de La Trova.
    • Throughout this Cuban holiday you are able to trace the history of the Cuban Revolution. In Santa Clara you will visit the memorials dedicated to revolutionary hero, Ernesto Che Guevara.
    • Further on is the Vinales region, well known for its tobacco growing and cigar factories.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Havana

    • On arrival at Havana airport you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel.
    • In the evening you will meet your local guide and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing.
    • Please check the notice board at reception to confirm the time and place of your meeting. It is usually at about 6pm. The briefing is generally followed by an optional group dinner.
    Hotel Nacional or similar

    Day 2-3 - Soroa - Vinales

    • This morning your leader will take you on a walking tour of Old Havana, including the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park.
    • Drive west to Soroa where you will stop for lunch and tour the impressive orchid garden.
    • Continue on to Vinales where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape.
    • The scenery here is some of the most picturesque in Cuba and there are many outdoor, optional activities available to help you enjoy it. Choose from cycling, hiking through tobacco fields, or hiking to mountain caves.
    Homestay
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Trinidad

    • Today you will board the bus and drive to Trinidad. UNESCO declared the town and its surrounding hills a World Heritage site in 1988.
    • Established by the Spaniards in 1514 and lined with cobblestone streets and colourful houses, the town of Trinidad is easy to wander around and almost every scene offers superb photographic opportunities – from locals casually smoking their huge cigars on the doorsteps of their homes to old Chevrolets cruising by. It is easy to see why Trinidad is one of the most visited towns in Cuba.
    Homestay
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Cienfuegos

    • A short drive will take you to Cienfuegos today.
    • While you're here you will visit the Palacio del Valle - Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy, dripping with ornate carvings in Venetian alabaster.
    Hotel La Union or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7-8 - Havana

    • You will stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum and memorial on the way back to Havana.
    • Upon arrival in Havana, you will prepare for a final night celebration of salsa dancing and dinner.
    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 8. If you wish to extend your stay in Havana it is possible to book additional accommodation - this should be done at the same time you book your holiday.
    Hotel Nacional or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour.
    • Arrival transfer
    • Accommodation: Homestay (4 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
    • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
    • Transport: Minibus
    • Free time to explore Havana and Trinidad.
    • Havana - Walking tour of Old Havana
    • Soroa - Orchid Garden tour
    • Vinales - Valley walking tour
    • Trinidad - Afro-Cuban folklore show
    • Cienfuegos - Visit to the Palacio del Valle
    • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    A Touch of Cuba

    Raibeart - , 13 Dec, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    We were delighted with the whole experience. Peregrine anticipated our needs, turned up on time to meet us ( at all hours of the night and early morning ) and provided excellent service throughout. Our tour leader had a deep affection for his country and delighted in showing us the Cuba that he loved. His natural charm and good humor made our ten days with him the most memorable and enjoyable experience we have had for many years.

    A Touch of Cuba

    Raibeart - Warrandyte, VIC, 13 Dec, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    If you're considering the trip, we have one word of advice.   GO !  USA Immigration officials are currently holding talks in Havana.   Almost certainly Cuba will change in the next few years. It may become a better place to live, we hope so.  But it will lose that unique quality that makes it unlike anywhere else on the planet.   It's something that you must go there to experience. You will not regret it for one moment.

     

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Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Havana
End City: Havana

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