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Explore and Relax in Colonial Cuba and the Mexican Riviera

14 days from £2138pp

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Explore and Relax in Colonial Cuba and the Mexican Riviera

14 days from £2138pp
 

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Day 1

Transfer to hotel in the historic centre of Havana.
 
You’ll be met airside and helped to pass quickly through customs as part of our VIP service. Transfer to your hotel just off the sea front in Old Havana.

Day 2

Guided excursion of Old Havana by vintage car.
 

Soak up the atmosphere from the seat of a vintage car as you are driven around one of the world’s most vibrant capitals and along the famous malecón (seafront promenade), including highlights such as the Revolutionary Square famed for  being the platform for Fidel’s lengthy speeches.  Before you climb into the back seat of your polished classic car you’ll stroll along the pedestrian cobbles of La Habana Vieja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Music seems to seep out of every doorway in the pastel-hued mansions and the more modest homes of narrow, shaded alleys of the busy centre. The subsequent restoration of this part of town has transformed it into what is arguably Latin America's finest colonial quarter, standing in marked contrast to the potholed streets and crumbling façades around it. 

Havana

Day 3

At leisure in Havana.
 

Day 4

Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage Site Trinidad, in southern Cuba.
 

Transfer by road to Trinidad, a beautifully preserved colonial town with numerous eateries and live music venues set in some of Cuba’s loveliest scenery. Trinidad was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Its popularity has not affected its colonial charm and unhurried atmosphere.

Low-rise, brightly painted houses with vast shutters open out onto cobbled streets, palm trees dot the main plaza and evening entertainment continues into the early hours with dancing and music each night. Your hotel is a restored colonial residence in the centre of town.

Colonial Trinidad de Cuba

Day 5

Guided city tour and visit to Sugar Mill Valley.
 

Drive out from Trinidad to the striking UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). The sleepy valley was once one of the most prosperous areas on the island, having built its fortune on the back of the African slaves working in its many sugar plantations. Climb to the top of the Manaca-Iznaga tower and enjoy panoramic views.

Next, return to Trinidad for lunch at a local restaurant and then wander the picturesque streets of this surprisingly vibrant colonial treasure. You'll pass the Plaza Mayor, visit the Museo Romántico and sample a traditional cocktail in an authentic bar before heading off to peruse the crafts in a ceramics workshop.

Day 6

At leisure in Trinidad.
 
At leisure. You could use your leisure time to take part in an excursion to walk in the cool, lush forests of the lake-dotted Escambray mountains in the hinterland of the city or head in the other direction to the beach at Ancón, which is only short a taxi ride away.

Day 7

Return to Havana.
 
Return to Havana by road.

Day 8

Fly to Cancún, Mexico; transfer to luxury hotel on Riviera Maya.
 

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cancún, Mexico, (2.5 hrs). Travel by road down the coast of the Mayan Riviera to your hotel In Tulum. A World away from lively Cancun and Playa del Carmen the vibe at Tulum is considerably laid-back on the chalky white sand beach flanked by swaying palms that hide friendly restaurants and low level beach hotels. 

The Hip Hotel property has a beautifully positioned thatched restaurant where the atmosphere is flip-flop relaxed but the service is slick and fresh seafood is always on the menu. The rooms are simple in style yet spacious with neutral colours and a natural feel.

 

 

 

Days 9-13

At leisure on the beach.
 

You have five whole days to luxuriate on the beach but if you can drag yourself away there are plenty of excursions which the hotel can fix up for you or advise you how to visit to local attractions independently including the local Mayan site of Tulum perfectly perched on a cliff overlooking a white sand bay.

You might consider hiring a car, as it is relatively easy to get around by road in the Yucatán or visiting the temples and pyramids of the many crumbling cities of the Mayan civilisation such as Chichén Itzá or Cobá. If water sports are your thing, you might arrange to go snorkelling or diving over the nearby reefs. Alternatively head off to nearby Playa del Carmen, a lively resort bursting with bars, restaurants and night life.

Hip Hotel accepts children of all ages. There are no specific facilities for children, but they are welcomed and rooms are spacious.

Tulum's laid back beach

Day 14

Transfer to Cancún airport, fly home.
 

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