Enchanting Cuba

Vintage American car in Havana, Cuba
Vibrant City Streets in Havana
The mogotes of the Vinales Valley in Cuba
Stunning Landscapes in Viñales
Man on horse and cart in Trinidad, Cuba
Charming Colonial Squares in Trinidad
Beach scene in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
Idyllic Beaches in Cayo Santa María
Street performers in Havana, Cuba
Lively Parties in Havana
Square in Havana, Cuba
Historic Streets in Havana
Farmer and ox working a field in Vinales in Cuba
Tobacco Farms in Viñales
Man's hands playing drums in Trinidad, Cuba
Live Music in Trinidad

An extensive overview of all the enchantment that Cuba has to offer, this customisable tour will take you from the life and soul of Havana, to the rolling green countryside of the Valley of Viñales. From here you’ll visit charming Trinidad, a town frozen in colonial times, and finish off with a trip to the crystal-clear waters of Cayo Santa Maria - a paradise key off the northern coast of Cuba!

Three nights in Havana
Few cities in the Americas or the Caribbean boast the life and soul of the sultry showgirl that is Havana. To know Havana is love her – her buzzing street corners, where the bored and the busy-with-gossip congregate; her gorgeous colonial cityscape, her virtuoso musicians and dancers; her antiquated classic cars and her socialist slogans. Havana is at its busiest with tourism and private enterprise since 1959, with a new restaurant, shop, art project or hip private villa opening seemingly every week, regardless of announcements emanating out of the States. There’s never been a better time to join the party.
Two nights in Viñales
The Viñales Valley, which exudes a beauty that you will remember forever, is the perfect antidote to the intensity of Havana. Edged by the Sierra de los Organos, it is spotted with mogotes – tree covered limestone knolls rising dramatically out of the green landscape, where weather-beaten farmers in spurs and straw hats work the blood red earth. These rocks have been molded by underground rivers, which you can see in many caves. You’ll need to get out into that quiet humid green landscape, dotted with thatched huts for tobacco drying, and explore it on foot, bike, or horse. Then retreat to the picturesque village of Viñales to rock on the porch of your casa particular and enjoy a home-cooked Cuban meal.
Two nights in Trinidad
Trinidad is simply the most handsome town in Cuba, in one of the most idyllic provinces, Sancti Spiritus. Founded by Diego Velázquez in 1514, the giant village is wedged between the towering Escambray range and the shimmering coast. Trinidad grew wealthy on sugar in the 18th century, thus its museum-piece architecture dates mainly from this era. Walk a few streets and the village peters out into red earth, drooping palms and mountains. Drive five miles and you reach a perfect stretch of beach, Peninsula Ancon. At night, things come alive at the Casa de la Musica with its peerless, romantic setting at the hiatus of a grand stone stairwell.
Three nights in Cayo Santa María
Surrounded by aquamarine waters bordering white, powder-soft sands, Cayo Santa María is a tropical haven, an island of true natural beauty, and the largest of the Villa Clara Key islands that make up the archipelago Jardines del Rey. Connected by a 48km causeway to the town of Caibarien, Cayo Santa Maria is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in the Caribbean.
Your final night in Havana.
Rest up before your journey back home or take the opportunity to experience a few more delicious mojitos and fabulous live music performances,

CASA HAVANA 19

Casa Havana 19 is a charming private homestay, located within a beautiful colonial building in Old Havana. This first-floor apartment offers two airy bedrooms with king-sized beds. Each bedroom is installed with Air Conditioning, a fan, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a hair dryer and a large ensuite bathroom. Casa Havana 19 also offers a lovely living room with typical Cuban rocking chairs - perfect for winding down after a busy day in Old Havana. The host, Iriana, is extremely friendly and accommodating - going above and beyond to please her guests. She serves delicious breakfasts every morning, along with a selection of freshly pressed seasonal juices. Casa Havana 19 is conveniently located on a quiet residential street, which is just a 5-minute walk from some of Havana's top attractions (including the Museum of the Revolution, the Bodeguita del Medio, and Plaza Vieja). The nearest point for shared transfers is just 2 mins away at Palacio San Miguel Hotel.

 

CASA RIDEL Y CLARIBEL

Number one on TripAdvisor for Viñales B&Bs, Casa Ridel y Claribel is a friendly, welcoming home close to popular attractions. It has two guestrooms on the upper floor, both with double beds, air conditioning, fans, refrigerators and ensuite bathrooms with a hot water shower. The roof terrace offers panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, making it the perfect spot to relax with a homemade mojito or fresh cigar from the neighbouring tobacco farms. Breakfast comes highly-recommended with bountiful plates of tropical fruits, bread and eggs accompanied by freshly-squeezed juice and coffee.

 

CASA OSMARY ALBERTO

Easily spotted thanks to its bright-pink exterior, Osmary Alberto is one of Trinidad’s largest and finest casas particulares. Its simple, comfortable rooms are dotted around a pretty courtyard full of greenery and woven hammocks for relaxing. The location is fantastic, with the main square just a short-walk away, though the excellent on-site restaurant and bar make a night-in a tempting option. The friendly owners can even organise private salsa dance lessons to be enjoyed on the grounds, best enjoyed before a round of Alberto’s cocktails!

PLAYA CAYO SANTA MARIA

Boasting breathtaking sea views, Playa Cayo Santa Maria is an idyllic place to unwind and spend time with loved ones. The popular beach resort boasts a wide range of services and superb all-inclusive package with unlimited access to all its seven bars, five restaurants and ice cream parlour and plenty of on-site entertainment. You can find six swimming pools (two exclusively for children) dotted around its lush foliage-filled grounds as well as gym, Finnish sauna, Turkish sauna and clubhouse. On the paradise beach, you can enjoy unmotorised watersports as part of your all-inclusive package or simply chill out and enjoy the view. When night falls, professional performers delights guests with live music shows and more.

Its 793 rooms are spread across three floors with views of the sea, surrounding gardens and resort pools. Each is air-conditioned and comes equipped with a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe, satellite television, minibar, telephone and tea and coffee-making facilities.

£839

price from / per person

Private Tour

  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Leaving on: 25 May 2018
  • Casa Havana 19 + Casa Ridel y Claribel + Casa Osmary Alberto +Playa Cayo Santa Maríá
  • Havana + Viñales + Trinidad + Cayo Santa Maria
  • Private Tour
  • Price exclusive of international flights
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