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Viva Cuba

Cuba

from £2,499 per person
2 passengers 15 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £110 if not required
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • Full Board Full board

Discover the many highlights of Cuba on this exciting tour

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Cuba. From its classic old cars and dilapidated buildings, to its wide dignified streets and beautiful beaches, this is an island where the spirit of the people and its tangible history come together to create magic. Explore the colourful streets and old-world charm of Havana, uncover revolutionary history in lively Santiago de Cuba, and admire the elegant architecture of UNESCO-listed Trinidad. This all-encompassing tour takes in the lesser-visited east of the island, and offers great value with all meals included and an all inclusive board basis in two hotels.

This tour includes one night aboard aircraft.

Please note: Cuba is a unique and highly rewarding destination, but you will find that the tourism infrastructure and local cuisine can sometimes be quite basic. This tour explores much of the island and so involves a few long journeys.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

Dinner plate42 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours daily in Cayo Santa Maria and 24 hours in Guardalavaca (2021 departures), 12 hours daily in Holguin and Trindad (2022 departures)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus all this...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK

MapExcursions and visits

  • Tour of old and new Havana
  • Visit Santa Clara and the Che Guevara mausoleum
  • Guided tour of Trinidad
  • Sightseeing tour of Sancti Spiritus
  • City tour of Camaguey
  • Visit to Bayamo

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

2022 departures

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Day 1 UK-Havana

Havana, Cuba

After taking Saga’s included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Havana.

Stay three nights at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana Hotel (3Q). Facilities here include a main restaurant, five alternative restaurants, a bar, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa (charges apply), gardens and terrace. Each of the 397 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, safe and hairdryer. D


Day 2 Havana

Bartender making alcoholic cocktails

Contrast old and new Havana on an included tour and enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson, and dinner at a local restaurant tonight. Optional evening excursion to the Tropicana Nightclub. B, L, D


Day 3 Havana

Old town, Havana, Cuba

Explore Havana independently or perhaps join a full-day optional excursion to Viñales Valley. B, L, D


Day 4 Havana-Holguin

Holguin, Cuba

Transfer to the airport and take an internal flight to Holguin in the east of the island.

Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Sol Rio Luna y Mares (4Q). The resort is composed of two adjoining hotels with a beautiful sandy beach just 50 metres away. Facilities include a main buffet-style restaurant, plus a selection of other restaurants and bars, as well as a snack bar. There are three freshwater pools, including one in the wellness centre, a wellness centre (charges apply), sports courts, fitness centre, and live entertainment available. Each of the 444 air-conditioned rooms has a television, telephone, safe, mini bar, iron and ironing board and hairdryer.

The rest of they day is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D


Day 5 Holguin

Memorial of Christopher Columbus's landing, Bahia de Bariay

This morning’s included tour visits the archaeological Museo Chorro de Maita, which protects the site of an excavated Indian village and provides some intriguing insights into the life of indigenous Cubans before the coming of Columbus. It is set in a picturesque area on a hilltop in Holguin, five kilometres south of Guardalavaca.

Continue to the Bariay National Monument, the site where Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba in 1492. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 6 Holguin-Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Embark on a tour of Holguin City this morning, then begin your journey south to Santiago de Cuba.

Pause en route in Biran, the birthplace of Fidel Castro, to see the farm where he grew up. Visit El Cobre Basilica, the only basilica in Cuba. Perched on a hilltop north of Santiago de Cuba, the Spanish-style church was built around the Cobre shine in 1927 after the Pope visited and declared her the patron saint of Cuba.

Stop for photos at Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, before continuing to the locally rated 5-star Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel (4Q), where you’ll stay for three nights. The hotel has outdoor swimming pools and various sports facilities. Your included breakfasts and dinners are served in the hotel’s buffet-style ‘Las Columnas’ restaurant. For dinner, guests are requested to observe a smart dress code: gentlemen are not permitted to wear shorts or open-toed shoes. You can choose to dine in any of the hotel's other restaurants at your own expense. Each of the 302 en suite guest rooms has a satellite television, telephone, radio, hairdryer, minibar and a safety deposit box. B, L, D


Day 7 Santiago de Cuba

Former La Moncada barracks, Santiago de Cuba

The hazy Sierra Maestra Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to Cuba’s former capital, Santiago de Cuba.

Known for its lively soul, it was here that Castro kicked off his revolution and where Barcadi’s first rum factory was set up. Enjoy a morning tour of the nation’s second city, including a visit to Moncada Barracks and the Museum of the 26th July, commemorating Castro’s failed attack in 1953.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 8 Santiago de Cuba

The small island of Cayo Granma

Visit Santa Ifigenia Cemetery this morning, the resting place of notable Cubans including José Martí and Fidel Castro.

Then, enjoy a harbour cruise of Santiago’s bay with lunch included on the small island of Cayo Granma. Santiago de Cuba’s natural harbour has made it an important port for the past five centuries and a cruise on its waters provides a new perspective on Cuba’s second city.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 9 Santiago de Cuba-Bayamo-Camaguey

The cathedral of Bayamo, Cuba

Travel to tranquil Bayamo, credited as the birthplace of Cuban independence and where horse and cart is the favoured mode of transport. Here, visit a Casa de Trova (community centre) where locals enjoy music and dancing. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Camaguey. Here, large rain-collecting urns decorate every street corner and the town plan was designed to trap raiding pirates!

Stay overnight at the locally rated 2-star Hotel Colon (2Q), an older hotel with an eclectic charm but very small guest rooms. However, what this small hotel may lack in facilities, it makes up for with its warm and friendly welcome. Rooms have air conditioning and a television. B, L, D


Day 10 Camaguey-Sancti Spiritus

Soledad Church in the centre of Camaguey, Cuba

Begin the day with a tour of colourful Camaguey, taking in the Ignacio Agramonte Park, Boulevard Walk, the Church of the Soledad and Workers’ Square. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Sancti Spiritus.

Stay overnight at the locally rated 2-star Villa Rancho Hatuey (2Q). The hotel comprises several accommodation blocks spread throughout the grounds and offers the chance to stay in an authentic, Cuban-style property, where amenities are functional, but may not be of the standard you will have experienced in other hotels. The hotel oozes character and along with the friendliness of the staff and locals you are sure to enjoy your stay here. Each of the 76 air-conditioned chalet-type rooms has views of the gardens and contains a satellite television, a telephone and radio. B, L, D


Day 11 Sancti Spiritus-Trinidad

Historic tower in Manaca Iznaga, Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad

Explore Spanish colonial Sancti Spiritus, the oldest European settlement on Cuba, then set off for Trinidad. Drive through Valle de Los Ingenios, a UNESCO-listed series of valleys that were the centre of sugar production from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. Visit Manaca Iznaga, one of the few plantations still intact, home to the 149-foot tall Manaca Iznaga Tower, used as a lookout for watching over the slaves.

Continue to Trinidad where you’ll stay for three nights at the locally rated 5-star Melia Trinidad (3Q). The hotel is set on the beach, just outside Trinidad and features outdoor freshwater swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre, gym, five restaurants and seven bars. All air-conditioned rooms have a television, hairdryer, minibar, safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, Wi-Fi (extra charge). B, L, D


Day 12 Trinidad

Courtyard and tower of Palace Cantero, Trinidad

Embark on a full day guided tour of Trinidad, with lunch included at a local restaurant.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinidad has hardly changed in more than four centuries. Admire the old Spanish colonial town’s elegant architecture and quiet charm and visit the Palace Cantero Museum, with its stylish neo-Classical decoration and dazzling artefacts. There's also a superb view over Trinidad from the top of its tower. Savour the atmosphere of Trinidad in the traditional La Canchanchara Bar, a 17th-century building that is one of the best-known bars in all of Cuba. B, L, D


Day 13 Trinidad

Trinidad

Today is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D


Day 14 Trinidad-Santa Clara-Havana

Che Guevara Monument, Santa Clara

Return to Havana, stopping en route for a tour of Santa Clara, capital of Villa Clara province.

In 1958, Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution, when Che Guevara stopped a train carrying weapons and reinforcements to attack the revolutionaries. Since 1997 Che Guevara’s body has lain in a mausoleum in Santa Clara, which you'll see on this sightseeing tour.

Stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana Hotel (3Q). B, L, D


Day 15 Havana-UK

Havana

An optional excursion traces Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba.

Travel to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. B, L, D


Day 16 UK

Arrive in the morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.


2021 departures

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Day 1 UK to Havana

Havana, Cuba

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Havana.

Stay three nights at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana Hotel (3Q). D


Day 2 Havana

Habana viejo

Contrast old and new Havana on an included tour and enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson, and dinner at a local restaurant tonight. Optional evening excursion to the Tropicana Nightclub. B, L, D



Optional excursions

Cabaret is very popular in Cuba and it is not just staged for the benefit of visitors! The most famous cabaret is staged at the Tropicana, where you can enjoy an open-air, traditional musical extravaganza in the Folies Bergères style.

Tropicana showgirl
Tropicana Nightclub Havana La Habana Cuba Caribbean

Day 3 Havana

Old town, Havana, Cuba

Explore Havana independently or perhaps join a full-day optional excursion to Viñales Valley. B, L, D



Optional excursions

Countless caverns pierce the Viñales Valley mogotes (strangely-shaped limestone formations), such as the Cueva del Indio, where you'll take a boat ride on a subterranean lake. You'll also see the vast Mural de la Prehistoria, commissioned by Fidel Castro, which is painted on a mogote in the valley of Dos Hermanas. Lunch is included in a Creole restaurant.

Vinales Valley
Viñales Valley Viñales Pinar del Río Cuba Caribbean

Day 4 Havana-Santa Clara-Trinidad

Che Guevara

Today you depart Havana for Trinidad. You’ll stop en route for a tour of Santa Clara, capital of Villa Clara province. Founded in 1689 with the main square and church at its centre, it is home to good examples of colonial architecture including the Teatro de la Caridad, a Cuban National Monument. In 1958, Santa Clara was the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution, when Che Guevara stopped a train carrying weapons and reinforcements to attack the revolutionaries. Since 1997 Che Guevara’s body has lain in a mausoleum in Santa Clara, which you'll see on this sightseeing tour.

After an included lunch in Santa Clara, you'll continue to Trinidad. You'll spend the next two nights here at the locally rated 5-star La Popa Hotel (3Q). B, L, D


Day 5 Trinidad

Trinidad

Tour the Spanish colonial town of Trinidad, where sugar fortunes paid for brightly-painted mansions in the 1800s. Enjoy stunning views from the tower of Palace Cantero Museum and call in at the famous La Canchanchara Bar for a Cuba Libre. B, L, D


Day 6 Trinidad to Camaguey

Camaguey, Cuba

Travel to Camaguey. Here, large rain-collecting urns decorate every street corner and the town plan was designed to trap raiding pirates!

Stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star Santa Maria Hotel (2Q). B, L, D


Day 7 Camaguey-Bayamo-Santiago de Cuba

Travel to tranquil Bayamo, credited as the birthplace of Cuban independence and where horse and cart is the favoured mode of transport.

Enjoy a city tour, then continue to Santiago de Cuba for a two-night stay at the locally rated 5-star Casa Granda (4Q). B, L, D


Day 8 Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Enjoy a tour of the nation’s second city, including a visit to Moncada Baracks and the Museum of the 26th July, commemorating Castro’s failed attack in 1953. B, L, D


Day 9 Santiago de Cuba-Holguin-Playa Guardalavaca

Holguin, Cuba

Travel to Playa Guardalavaca, pausing en route in Holguin for a city tour.

Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Brisas Guardalavaca (3Q) in villas on an all-inclusive basis. B, L, D


Day 10 Playa Guardalavaca

Beach at Guardalavaca, Cuba

At leisure or join an optional excursion to the Chorro de Maita Museum. B, L, D



Optional excursions

Santiago de Cuba’s natural harbour has made it an important port for the past five centuries and a cruise on its waters provides a new perspective on Cuba’s second city. You will also be able to watch the Changing of the Guard at Santiago Cementario – a cemetery built for the victims of the war of independence.

Santiago harbour
Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba Cuba Caribbean

Day 11 Guardalavaca-Camaguey

Tropical coastline

Enjoy the hotel facilities and white sand beaches before travelling to Camaguey after lunch.

Stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star Santa Maria Hotel (2Q). B, L, D


Day 12 Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

After lunch, depart for this small island off Cuba’s north coast.

Spend two nights at the locally rated 5-star Melia Las Dunas (4Q) on an all-inclusive basis. B, L, D



Optional excursions

The archaeological Museo Chorro de Maita protects the site of an excavated Indian village and provides some intriguing insights into the life of indigenous Cubans before the coming of Columbus. It is set in a picturesque area on a hilltop in Holguin, five kilometres south of Guardalavaca. You also visit a small farm and replica village.

Visit a small farm
Holguin Holguín Cuba Caribbean

Day 13 Cayo Santa Maria

Tropical beach

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D


Day 14 Cayo Santa Maria-Havana

Havana

Take the long but scenic journey back to Havana.

Stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana Hotel (4Q). B, L, D


Day 15 Havana to UK

Hemingway's Bar

An optional excursion traces Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba. Travel to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. B, L



Optional excursions

This excursion focuses on Nobel prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway’s life in Havana, his home for almost 20 years. You'll visit his country home, which remains as he left it in 1959. You can explore the grounds and climb a small tower in the gardens which offers lovely views of the museum and Havana city. From there, continue to Cojímar, a fishing town on the outskirts of Havana, where Hemingway kept his yacht and took his inspiration for his Nobel Prize-winning novel The Old Man and the Sea.

You'll complete the tour by revisiting old Havana and the Floridita bar: a regular haunt for Hemingway and his literary and Hollywood friends.

Please note: due to the popularity of this excursion and limited availability of coaches, we are not able to guarantee that this excursion will operate.

Heminways Bar courtyard
Havana La Habana Cuba Caribbean

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.


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