- Historic Havana
- Che Guevara
- Colonial Trinidad
- UNESCO-listed Cienfuegos
- Viñales Valley
- VIP door to door
- Full board
- Highly Commended
Capture the true essence of Cuba
Discover Cuba's unique and colourful culture, unspoilt countryside and remarkable diversity, on this leisurely tour of the west of the island, visiting colonial cities, lush valleys and idyllic coastal resorts. Stroll the cobbled streets and admire the faded pastel mansions of atmospheric Old Havana, travel through the picturesque Viñales Valley, and tour the beautifully preserved, UNESCO-listed towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, before spending two days relaxing on the golden beaches of Cayo Santa Maria.
Please note: Cuba is a unique and highly rewarding destination, please bear in mind that the tourism infrastructure can sometimes be basic and late changes to the planned itinerary may occur.
12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
36 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 12 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink upon arrival at each hotel
- Farewell dinner
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK
Included excursions and visits
- City tour of Havana
- Visit to Las Terrazas Nature Reserve
- Viñales Valley boat trip and Indian cave
- Cienfuegos tour and boat trip in Cienfuegos Bay
- Guided tour of Trinidad
- Visit to Che Guevara mausoleum
- Trail of Ernest Hemingway
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK to Havana
- Day 2 Havana
- Day 3 Havana-Viñales Valley
- Day 4 Viñales Valley
- Day 5 Viñales Valley-Havana
- Day 6 Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs
- Day 7 Cienfuegos
- Day 8 Trinidad
- Day 9 Cienfuegos-Santa Clara-Cayo Santa Maria
- Day 10 - 11 Cayo Santa Maria
- Day 12 Cayo Santa Maria to Havana
- Day 13 Havana-UK
- Day 14 UK
Jagua Hotel by Melia
Melia Cayo Santa Maria
Day 1 UK to Havana
After taking your VIP door to door travel service to the airport, fly to Havana where you stay two nights at the 5-star Melia Habana (4Q) in Miramar, a residential district known for its hotels and large mansions, most of which were abandoned at the time of the revolution and now house foreign embassies.
The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and offers five restaurants, a snack bar, three bars, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. There are 462 air-conditioned rooms arranged over 19 floors and served by lifts. All have a satellite television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, minibar and room service (both extra charge). D
Day 2 Havana
Contrast old and modern Havana on an included tour. Enjoy lunch and dinner at a local restaurant, plus a Cuban cocktail lesson before dinner. Perhaps treat yourself to an optional Tropicana show this evening. B, L, D
Day 3 Havana-Viñales Valley
Travel first to Las Terrazas Nature Reserve, where you can explore and enjoy an included lunch.
Afterwards, continue to Viñales (117 miles, two hours and 40 minutes) where you will stay two nights at the 3-star Los Jazmines (2Q) or similar on a half-board basis. B, L, D
Day 4 Viñales Valley
After viewing the Jurassic limestone formations, explore underground caves on an included boat trip, then visit a Cigar Factory in Pinar del Rio at lunchtime before an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 5 Viñales Valley-Havana
Return to Havana (107 miles, two hours and 15 minutes) and the Melia Habana (4Q) for a further night on a half-board basis. This afternoon join an included excursion which takes you on the trail of the author and Nobel prize winner Ernest Hemingway who made Havana his home for nearly 20 years. B, L, D
Day 6 Cienfuegos and the Bay of Pigs
En route to Cienfuegos (188 miles, four hours), pause at the Bay of Pigs and visit the Playa Giron Museum, which tells the story of the 1961 attempted military invasion of the island by American-backed Cuban exiles.
Stay three nights at the 4-star Jagua Hotel by Melia (3Q). B, L, D
Day 7 Cienfuegos
Enjoy an included tour of the UNESCO-listed seaside town of Cienfuegos with its peninsula occupied by 1920’s mansions, and beautifully preserved French colonial heart.
You can also look forward to a boat trip, before lunch in a local restaurant. B, L, D
Day 8 Trinidad
Visit the historic town of Trinidad in central Cuba. Trinidad forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to cobbled streets lined with pastel-coloured villas, a 19th-century cathedral and a museum. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. B, L, D
Day 9 Cienfuegos-Santa Clara-Cayo Santa Maria
Head to Cayo Santa Maria (113 miles, three hours). Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and visit the final resting place of Che Guevara en route.
Spend three nights on an all-inclusive basis at the seaside resort of Cayo Santa Maria at the 5-star Melia Cayo Santa Maria (4Q). This seaside resort hotel is set next to a white sandy beach. It has a choice of restaurants and bars, two outdoor freshwater swimming pools, spa and fitness centre. The 360 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, safe, minibar and hairdryer. B, L, D
Day 10 - 11 Cayo Santa Maria
Spend the rest of your holiday at leisure or enjoying optional excursions. B, L, D
Day 12 Cayo Santa Maria to Havana
Travel to Havana (250 miles, five hours) for your final night at the 5-star Melia Habana (4Q). B, L, D
Day 13 Havana-UK
Spend the morning at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B, L
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Cruise the northern cays, swim and snorkel (masks and flippers provided, subject to availability), have lunch - and enjoy a complimentary bar on board!
Optional on 13 nights itinerary
Post-holiday extension - All inclusive
After your tour spend seven nights at the 4-star+ Memories Jibacoa (4Q) set in a tranquil, unspoilt location between the mountains and golden sandy beach of Arroyo Bermejo on the north coast of Cuba.. Excursions are not included. Single room supplement applies.