Overview

Havana - 3 nights
Viñales Valley - 2 nights
Havana - 2 nights
Trinidad - 2 nights
Santa Clara - 2 nights
Varadero - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night

HEMINGWAY'S CUBA

A comprehensive tour of Western Cuba’s most important cities and landscapes, discovering Cuba’s rich colonial history
and natural beauty

The beautiful island of Cuba is still redolent with imagery of the 1940s and 50s, whether it be Hemingway’s old haunts, museums to the exploits of the revolutionaries, the Tropicana Night Club, which still somehow echoes to the sound of Nat King Cole, the hotels run by ‘Long Legs Diamond’ and the events of the Bay of Pigs.

However, Cuba is not just about tourist clichés since there is much to see not only in UNESCO World Heritage site Havana, with its baroque cathedral, many forts and Old Town, but also the provincial cities and towns. Port city Cienfuegos, known as the ‘Pearl of the South’ was built around a stunning bay and its pastel-coloured buildings are a striking example of Spanish colonial architecture; UNESCO World Heritage site Trinidad is sometimes referred to as a living museum, with its preserved squares and San Juan de los Remedios, officially recognised as the oldest city in Cuba, is home to beautifully restored colonial mansions surrounding the main square.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing 

5 UNESCO Heritage Sites

No Single Supplement

Group Size: 5 - 25

Special Event

Hemingway's Haunt

Visit the bar frequented by Ernest Hemingway in Havana, El Floridita, and enjoy a cocktail.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Havana. Three nights at the 4-star Riviera Hotel. (D)

Day 2 Old and modern Havana city tour. (B, D)

Day 3 Visit the local botanical gardens, enjoy a Cuban cocktail and dance lesson, then visit Hemingway’s House where Hemingway wrote ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the rural community of Las Terrazas. Continue to Viñales Valley in Pinar del Rio for two nights at the 3-star La Ermita or Los Jazmines. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Viñales Valley, Indian’s Cave and Veguero House, a drying house for tobacco. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit Pinar del Rio, cigar and rum factories and Soroa botanical gardens. Return to Havana. Two nights at the 5-star Parque Central Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Day at leisure. Evening Hemingway’s haunt Special Event at El Floridita. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Cienfuegos (4 hrs). Tour includes Palacio de Valle and boat trip. Two nights at the 5-star Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad. (B, D)

Day 9 Trinidad tour. Visit the city museum and La Canchanchara Bar. Visit a former sugar plantation at Manaca Iznaga. (B, D)

Day 10 Morning at leisure. Travel to Sancti Spiritus for a panoramic tour. Continue to Santa Clara for two nights at the 3-star El Central Hotel. (B, D)

Day 11 Santa Clara tour of Ernesto Guevara Square, museum and mausoleum. Visit San Juan de los Remedios. Optional visit to the Sugar Factory Museum including a steam train ride. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit the Armoured Train. Travel to Varadero visiting Matanzas en route. Three nights at the 4-star Iberostar Tainos Hotel in Varadero on an all-inclusive basis. (B, L, D)

Day 13 At leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 14 At leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Return flight. (B)

Day 16 Arrive Gatwick in the early morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

On occasion, the cigar and rum factory (Day 6) and steam train ride (Day 11) may be replaced with an alternative visit due to closure at short notice.

Travelling in Cuba is a unique experience, however, tourism is still under state control and on occasion hotels of a similar standard to those listed in the itinerary may be used. Advance notification of this is not always possible.

Half board is included in most hotels on the tour and food can be quite basic, consisting of rice, beans, pork, chicken and fish, although international cuisine is available in Varadero (all inclusive basis) and Havana. All vehicles are air-conditioned and the highways are reasonable, whereas minor roads can be in poor repair.

Notes

Tourism is still under state control and on occasion hotels of a similar standard to those listed in the itinerary may be used. Advance notification of this is not always possible. Half board is included in some hotels on the tour and local restaurants where food can be quite basic, consisting of rice, beans, pork, chicken and fish, although international cuisine is available in Varadero, (all-inclusive basis) and Havana. In the rest of Cuba, especially in the west and centre of the island (excluding Trinidad), accommodation options are more limited and often simple so we have selected the most suitable hotels, a basic 2 and 3-star standard.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room

Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick
(19 Sep operates on Air Europa airlines)

Date Price
November 28 £2645

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room

Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick

Date Price
January 23 £3195
February 6 £3295
February 27 £2995
March 12 £2995
March 26 £3045
April 23 £2995
May 7 £2795
May 21 £2795
September 17 £2545
October 8 £2595
October 22 £2695
November 5 £2795
November 12 £2795
November 26 £2795

2021

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room

Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick

Date Price
January 14 £2845
January 28 £2895
February 4 £2895
February 18 £2895
February 25 £2895
March 4 £2845
March 11 £2845
March 18 £2845
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates
2020: May 7 & 21, Sep 17, Oct 8 & 22

Single supplement £445
(2021 £465)

Flight Options

Virgin Premium Economy from £545
Virgin Upper Class from £1845

Extension Options

Extension - Varadero
Iberostar Tainos - 3 nights
£265 
(Jan-Mar 12 2020 & Jan-Mar 2021 £345)
Single supplement £110

Independent Arrival

Save £700 
Arrival transfer add £15
Departure transfer add £75

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 14 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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