Overview & Highlights
This group holiday uses private transport and good quality hotels as well as homestays. Experience the Cuban revolution, the arts scene and restored colonial architecture.
- Havana: guided tour of Old Havana
- Havana: drive in a vintage car
- Santa Clara: Che Guevara's mausoleum
- Trinidad: visit to Valle de los Ingenios
- Trinidad: walking tour
- Cienfuegos: Jardín Botánico
- Cienfuegos: walking tour
- Playa Girón: Zapata Peninsula tour and Giron Museum
- Viñales: guided walk in the valley
This group tour trip begins in Havana, Cuba's inimitable capital, with its faded grandeur enlivened by the sound of salsa and rumba. From here travel on to Santa Clara, home to Che Guevara's mausoleum, and on to the cobbled streets of colonial Trinidad. You then head west to Viñales, a fertile valley punctuated with lumpy limestone mountains in the island's tobacco-growing region.
Few would deny that Cuba is a unique holiday destination in a Caribbean Sea rich with gorgeous tropical islands. The turmoil and upheavals of its political and social history are overwhelmed by the sunny friendliness of the people and their love of music and dance. Go now, before the inevitable change happens, and witness the mixed results of a very Latin socialist experiment.
The nature of the infrastructure means there may be last minute changes of plan. A flexible attitude is essential if you want to make the most of this holiday.
UK clients depart on a direct flight arriving Havana, Cuba, the same day.
Overnight in the capital.
Guided tour of historic Havana and trip in a 1950s vintage car.
By road to Trinidad, via Santa Clara: visit Che Guevara’s mausoleum and the Valley of the Sugar Mills.
Explore Trinidad and the surrounding area.
By road to Cienfuegos. Walking tour of the city.
Trip to Girón Museum on the Bay of Pigs. Drive to Las Terrazas.
Optional hikes; continue by road to Viñales.
Walks in the Viñales region.
Return to Havana; at leisure
Depart on international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
“Everything, from the planning, through to the actual journey, was excellently arranged. All connections were smooth and punctual and there was detailed information disseminated at every stage.”DH, Tufnell Park
“One of my favourite moments on the trip was in Trinidad, listening to the music and dancing with the locals – with the tour leader’s guidance or walking around Havana, just taking everything in.”KSM, Luxembourg
"This was a very important holiday for us and we were a little apprehensive but it was a wonderful experience."HB, Perth
"Dancing at Cafe Taberna in Havana; going to the ballet in Havana on our last night. Both occasions unforgettable. But there were other highlights such as swimming in the Banos de San Juan, outside Las Terrazas; eating at El Paraiso (near Vinales) whilst watching the sun set; staying at Las Terrazas; going for an amazing massage in Trinidad; the trip in a Vintage car whilst in Havana; learning about the history and politics of the country, most particularly the Revolution; reading Graham Greene's Our Man In Havana whilst sitting on a terrace watching a thunderstorm in Trinidad."KG, London
"This was our second trip with you and we have again been very pleased with the whole experience: if we are going to spend such a lot of money on a holiday, we want to know that the company are real experts, and that everything will be done efficiently and professionally. Thank you."LK, Gerrards Cross
How, if at all, could your holiday have been improved? "I could not imagine that my holiday could have been better."
"Cuba is changing, so go now before it's too late. Take in the Music and Dance on every Street Corner. Beautiful people, and a hard won Socialist ideal."CA, London
Most memorable experience/aspect of your trip? "There are several - riding in different types of transportation i.e. coco cabs, bike taxi, American Chevy etc. The plantation walk in Vinales, meals arranged by the tour leader in paradors and the knowledge of the local guides."MR, Broxbourne
Highlights? "There were many. Cuba itself is a fascinating country, a unique combination of geography, history, politics, culture and music. Highlights include: horse riding through the Valle de Silencio in Vinales, riding in an old American convertible car in Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum and the Bay of Pigs Museum, numerous meals and drinks in restaurants and bars with great live music as a soundtrack to the tour, the intoxicating atmosphere walking along Obispo in Havana, a microcosm of Cuban life, the beautiful, faded architecture, different in each town we visited, the number of working horses everywhere, the resilience of Cubans in the face of grinding poverty and a repressive regime, spontaneous music performed everywhere at any time."DK, Coventry
"This was our third holiday with JLA and once again they did not disappoint."PP, Stafford
"Cuba exceeded my expectations : it is beautiful architecturally and naturally, fascinating historically, politically and economically and so full of life. Thanks to JLA for letting me get under the skin of Cuba just a little."HF, London
"I saw hummingbirds, swam in the Caribbean, had a ride in a 1952 bright pink chevrolet and had guava and pineapple for breakfast. There was music, fun and sunshine everywhere. Our guide wanted us to meet her favourites - musicians, craftsmen, service people, who all had passion."PB, Romsey
Tocororo is a great introduction to the sights and sounds of Cuba, with its stunning landscapes. architecture and the sense of being propelled back in time. The contrasting experiences of the atmospheric towns, beaches, countryside and nature make for a wonderful combination.
Edward Welham - Operations
Ed lived and worked in El Salvador before joining the company in 2006. His master’s in Latin American Politics fed his fascination with the social movements of Central America while he also loves the area for the vibrancy of its people, places and music.
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