Overview

Havana - 3 nights
Trinidad - 1 night
Cayo Santa Maria - 2 nights
Havana - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

THE BEST OF CUBA

Revealing Cuba’s charming past and present, unique culture, landscapes and colonial architecture whilst staying
in Cuban 5-star hotels

Accommodation is often limited and simple in Cuba, however we have been fortunate enough to secure space, at a favourable rate, with Iberostar hotels in Havana, Trinidad and Cayo Santa Maria, allowing for a tour of the island whilst staying in some of Cuba's best accommodation. Due to the popularity of these hotels, space is limited so early booking is highly recommended.

Cuba offers a unique and heady cocktail of experiences, blending beautiful white beaches, a wealth of well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and the effervescence and sparkle of its music and people. Havana has a wealth to explore with Spanish, Moorish, Italian, Greek and even Roman architecture lining the streets and squares of the Old Town.

An extended stay in Havana allows time to also visit the unique natural beauty of nearby Pinar del Rio, whilst Trinidad offers a living museum of preserved squares and colonial houses. Culminating on the beautiful island of Cayo Santa Maria, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, development is modest in comparison to other resorts.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
6 Lunches & 6 Dinners
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. Stay three nights at the 5-star Hotel Parque Central. (D)

Day 2 Travel to Viñales and Indian's Cave, part of the spectacular Santo Tomas cave system. Visit a cigar factory. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Full-day city tour exploring both old and modern Havana, including the Cuban Art Museum and a rum factory. Evening classic car tour and cocktail lesson. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit Cienfuegos old town and Palacio de Valle. Continue to Trinidad for overnight at the 5-star Grand Hotel Trinidad. (B, L)

Day 5 Trinidad tour including the city’s museum and La Canchanchara Bar. Later, visit the local sugar plantation at Manaca Iznaga. Continue to Cayo Santa Maria, along the causeway, for two nights at the 5-star Iberostar Ensenachos. (B, L, D)

Day 6 At leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit Santa Clara, view Ernesto Guevara Square and the Armoured train. Continue to Havana for overnight. Visit ‘Hemingway’s Haunt’. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Afternoon transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. (B)

Day 9 Arrive London.

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

Notes

On occasion, the rum factory (Day 3) and cigar factory (Day 2) may be replaced with an alternative visit due to closure at short notice.

The Havana hotel will be the 5-star Hotel Parque Central, located in Old Havana. The hotel has restaurants, bar and pool. In Cayo Santa Maria the Iberostar Ensenachos beach resort hotel is of Cuban 5-star standard with restaurants, bars and pools. In the Trinidad the Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad is 5-star standard with a spa and jacuzzi. WiFi (chargeable) is available at most hotels with the purchase of an internet login scratch off card, connectivity can be intermittent and expensive for one hour intervals.

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.

Meals included are in a mix of local restaurants on the tour and some hotels where food can be quite basic, consisting of rice, beans, pork, chicken and fish, although international cuisine is available in the hotels on the tour. All vehicles are air-conditioned and the highways are reasonable, whereas minor roads can be in poor repair.

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick
(September operates on Air Europa airlines)

Date Price
September 26 £2595
October 17 £1995
October 31 £2045

2020

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick

Date Price
January 16 £2295
January 30 £2295
February 13 £2445
February 27 £2295
March 5 £2395
March 19 £2395
April 23 £2295
May 14 £1895
September 24 £1895
October 15 £1995
October 29 £2095
November 19 £2145

2021

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick

Date Price
January 7 £2295
January 21 £2345
February 11 £2345
February 25 £2345
March 4 £2345
March 18 £2295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2019: Sep 26, Oct 17
2020: May 14, Sep 24 & Oct 15

Single supplement £295

Flight Options

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

Extension Options

Extension - Varadero 
Iberostar Varadero
3 nights £465 (Jan-Mar £595)
Single supplement £145

Independent Arrival

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

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 6 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 fee, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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