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Value Cuba: Cuba at a glance

12 days from £1,538pp

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Value Cuba: Cuba at a glance

12 days from £1,538pp
 

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Day 1

Arrive in Havana and transfer to hotel in the historic centre.
 

Transfer to your hotel in the historic centre.

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Capitolio in the centre of Havana

Day 2

Half day walking tour of Old Havana.
 

Soak up the atmosphere on a guided walking tour through the cobbled streets of one of the world’s most vibrant capitals. The streets of La Habana Vieja were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, and the subsequent restoration of this part of town has transformed it into arguably Latin America's finest colonial quarter, in marked contrast to the rambling, potholed streets and crumbling façades around it.

Stroll along the cobbles, between grand, pastel-hued mansions and bustling street life; music seeps out of every doorway and the narrow streets are clogged with gargantuan, crumbling 1950s American cars, which you will have the option of hopping into and cruising down the Malecón. You'll have trouble keeping your camera by your side as iconic images flash before you round each and every corner.

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Street performers in Havana

Day 3

Road transfer to Viñales western Cuba. 2 nights.
 

Drive to the bus station for the tourist service to Viñales, a small town set in a stunning, Jurassic landscape of serene valleys and weirdly shaped rock monoliths. This sumptuous landscape makes a good base for horse-riding, mountain-biking or day walks. Overnight in a local Cuban home allowing you to experience a more authentic setting where the welcome is always warm and invariably there’s lobster on the menu!

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Day 4

Half day bike tour of Viñales.
 

There’s a guided tour by bike through this lovely countryside. Cycling really is the best pace at which to enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful scenery. Tobacco and other cash crops are cultivated in the rich soils of the valley floor and you’ll stop at a plantation to learn about the techniques involved in the production of the crop, most of which are traditional.

There’s a brief stop at El Palenque, a tourist spot and restaurant reached through a narrow cave which bisects one of the area's limestone mogotes. At the end of the path there’s a re-construction of one of the nomadic homes set up by runaway slaves who lived and hid in the many subterranean caves and tunnels which are characteristic of limestone scenery and riddle the valley.  You’ll take a boat trip down one of these rivers, which issues from a cave called the Cueva del Indio.

 

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Bucolic Vinales

Day 5

Bus transfer to Trinidad, UNESCO World Heritage Site. 3 nights.
 

Transfer by coach 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. Stay at a hotel on the edge of the old town.

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Trinidad Cuba

Days 6-7

At leisure.
 

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 a short taxi ride away.

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Trinidad Cuba

Day 8

Land transfer to Cayo Santa Maria. 3 nights.
 

Travel by car through the heart of the Cuba and across the breathtaking 10 mile-long causeway to the sugary white beaches of Cayo Santa Maria. Stay in a lovely resort with an accent on wellness and relaxation, welcoming couples and families. There are plenty of activities on offer, with tennis courts, a gym with sauna, spa, water sports centre, and open-air swimming pool with poolside bar. You'll be staying on a full-board basis.

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Meliá Cayo Santa Maria

Days 9-10

At leisure on the beach.
 

These days are left free for you to get the best out of your time in Cayo Santa Maria - whether that's time relaxing on the beach or enjoying the range of activities offered locally.

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Cayo Santa Maria Cuba

Day 11

Transfer to Havana overland. Overnight.
 

Return to the centre of old Havana. We suggest you try one of the locally recommended paladares (family-run restaurants) on your last night.

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mojito

Day 12

Transfer to airport for international flight home.

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