Overview & Highlights
This group holiday travels overland across Cuba from tip to toe, in some places staying in family homes. Enjoy Havana, Trinidad and Santiago, the mountains of the Sierra Maestra, and Caribbean beaches.
- Baracoa: Yumari river
- Santiago: Moncada Barracks
- Bayamo: walking tour
- Sierra Maestra: visit to Fidel's hideout
- Sugar mills on route to Trinidad
- Trinidad: walking tour
- Santa Clara: Che's mausoleum
- Viñales: walks in the Viñales valley
- Havana: walking tour
Away from the all-inclusive resorts Cuba will capture your imagination and your heart. It is over 50 years since Castro's Revolution managed to both transform and petrify the island's society and economy. This holiday takes you to the authentic heart of the country - Cuba’s unique Latin American beat sets it apart from all the other islands of the Caribbean.
Crumbling colonial towns are characterised by dilapidated splendour, evocative of past elegance. The dusty alleys teem with barefoot boys playing baseball with bottle caps and rhythms pulsing out of every doorway. Vintage Cadillacs still roam the streets which, beyond Havana and a few trunk roads, are virtually traffic free. The youthful population has retained a natural exuberance, expressed in dance and music, which spontaneously breaks out day and night. The tropical scenery, unspoilt and pristine, is as stunning as it is varied, and the warm waters of the Caribbean lap against palm fringed beaches, enjoyed by local people and tourists alike.
UK clients depart Thursday on a direct flight, arriving Havana, Cuba, the same day.
Overnight in the capital.
Fly to eastern Cuba and travel on to the colonial port Baracoa.
Drive to Santiago.
Explore the city and take in a salsa show at night.
Drive to peaceful Bayamo.
Explore the Sierra Maestra; hike to Castro’s revolutionary hideout.
Visit the university town of Camagüey.
Explore and relax in Trinidad and on nearby Caribbean beaches.
Drive to Santa Clara; visit Che Guevara’s memorial, continue to Viñales.
Excursions and walks in and around Viñales.
Travel back to Havana via Las Terrazas.
Walking tour of old Havana.
Return by bus to Havana airport. Depart on international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day, Friday.
Things to do
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If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Cuba is a very diverse country and fulfilled our expectations. Parakeet is an adventure rather than a holiday so go with an open mind and immerse your self in the Cuban way. Colour, music and smiles more than make up for what some people may find frustrating if comparing Cuba to life in the UK.GW, BIrmingham
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Real Latin America Experts
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.