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Discover the many highlights of Cuba on this exciting tour

Exuberant people, interesting cities and fascinating architecture... this exciting 15-night tour introduces you to Cuba's cultural highlights.

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...

14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

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

Free bar open 12 hours daily in Cayo Santa Maria and 24 hours daily in Guardalavaca

Excursions 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


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Day 1 UK to Havana

Havana

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. 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

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

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 to Cayo Santa María via Santa Clara

Che Guevara

Today you depart Havana for Cayo Santa María, stopping 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 Cayo Santa María, a beautiful key or ‘cayo’, with a long sandy beach, on Cuba’s northern coast.

You'll spend the next two nights here on an all-inclusive basis at the locally rated 5-star Melia Cayo Santa Maria. Situated 10 metres from a white sandy beach the hotel has a choice of restaurants, a bar, pool, bar, beach bar and a snack bar. There are two swimming pools, a fitness centre and spa (charges apply). Each of the 360 air-conditioned rooms has a television, safe, minibar and hairdryer. B,L,D

Che Guevara Mausoleum Santa Clara Villa Clara Cuba Caribbean

Day 5 Cayo Santa Maria

Cayo Santa Maria beach

At leisure. Perhaps explore Cayo Santa Maria or relax on one of its beautiful beaches. B, L, D


Day 6 Cayo Santa Maria to Sancti Spiritus

Trinidad

An included tour visits Trinidad and the famous La Canchanchara Bar. Stay overnight at the locally rated 2-star Villa Rancho Hatuey. 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

Trinidad Sancti Spiritus Cuba Caribbean

Day 7 Sancti Spiritus to Camaguey

Sancti Spiritus architecture

Included city tours of Sancti Spiritus and Camaguey. Stay overnight at the locally rated 2-star+ Hotel Colon, 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 8 Camaguey-Bayamo-Santiago de Cuba

Tradional music

Included tour of Bayamo. Stay three nights at the locally rated 5-star Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel. 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 9 Santiago de Cuba

Included sightseeing tour and lunch at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 10 Santiago de Cuba

El Morro

You can spend today at leisure, taking advantage of the hotel facilities or exploring independently. B, 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 Santiago de Cuba-Guardalavaca

Tropical coastline

Travel to Guardalavaca pausing en route for lunch. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Sol Rio Luna y Mares. 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. B, L, D


Day 12 Guardalavaca

Cuban landscape

The next two days are free for you to relax on the beach or to enjoy the leisure facilities at your hotel. 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 Guardalavaca-Camaguey

Tropical beach

Enjoy the hotel facilities and white sand beaches. After lunch, travel to Camaguey and return to the Hotel Colon for an overnight stay. B, L, D  


Day 14 Camaguey-Havana

Havana

Travel back to Havana and stay overnight at the locally rated 5-star Melia Habana Hotel. 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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