- The vibrant capital, Havana
- Rhythms of Santiago de Cuba
- UNESCO listed Trinidad
- Lively Camaguey
- Touring Santa Clara
- VIP door to door
- 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.
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 Guardalavaca and Cayo Santa Maria
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK
Included excursions and visits
- Tour of old and new Havana
- City tour of Santiago de Cuba
- Visit to Bayamo
- City tour of Camaguey
- Sightseeing tour of Sancti Spiritus
- Guided tour of Trinidad
- Visit Santa Clara and the Che Guevara mausoleum
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 UK-Havana
- Day 2 Havana
- Day 3 Havana
- Day 4 Havana-Holguin-Guardalavaca
- Day 5 Guardalavaca
- Day 6 Guardalavaca
- Day 7 Guardalavaca-Santiago de Cuba
- Day 8 Santiago de Cuba
- Day 9 Santiago de Cuba
- Day 10 Santiago de Cuba-Bayamo-Camaguey
- Day 11 Camaguey-Cayo Santa Maria
- Day 12 Cayo Santa Maria
- Day 13 Camaguey-Trinidad-Sancti Spiritus
- Day 14 Sancti Spiritus-Santa Clara-Havana
- Day 15 Havana-UK
- Day 16 UK
Melia Habana Hotel
Sol Rio Luna y Mares
Melia Santiago de Cuba Hotel
Melia Cayo Santa Maria
Villa Rancho Hatuey
Melia Habana Hotel
Day 1 UK-Havana
After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Havana.
Stay three nights at the 5-star Melia Habana Hotel (4Q). 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
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
Explore Havana independently or perhaps join a full-day optional excursion to Viñales Valley. B, L, D
Day 4 Havana-Holguin-Guardalavaca
Transfer to the airport and take an internal flight to Holguin in the east of the island (one hour and 20 minutes), then transfer to the beach resort of Guardalavaca.
Stay three nights at the 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, a selection of other restaurants and bars, three freshwater pools, wellness centre (charges apply), sports courts, fitness centre, and live entertainment. 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 Guardalavaca
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.
Next, visit Boca de Sama School, followed by visit to a small local farm 'Casa de Campesinos'. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 6 Guardalavaca
Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D
Day 7 Guardalavaca-Santiago de Cuba
Embark on a tour of Holguin City this morning, then begin your journey south to Santiago de Cuba (119 miles, three hours and 20 minutes).
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 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. 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 8 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 9 Santiago de Cuba
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 10 Santiago de Cuba-Bayamo-Camaguey
Travel to tranquil Bayamo, credited as the birthplace of Cuban independence and where horse and cart is the favoured mode of transport (87 miles, two hours and 10 minutes). Here, visit a Casa de Trova (community centre) where locals enjoy music and dancing.
After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Camaguey (131 miles, three hours and 10 minutes). Here, large rain-collecting urns decorate every street corner and the town plan was designed to trap raiding pirates!
Stay overnight at the 2-star Hotel Colon (2Q). This older hotel has an eclectic charm but very small guest rooms, but makes up for its fewer facilities with its warm and friendly welcome. Rooms have air conditioning and a television. B, L, D
Day 11 Camaguey-Cayo Santa Maria
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.
Later this morning, travel to the island resort of Cayo Santa Maria (186 miles, four hours), one of Cuba’s northern cays, pausing en route for lunch at Rancho Palma in Morón.
Stay two nights at the 5-star Melia Cayo Santa Maria (4Q), on an all inclusive basis. Facilities include six restaurants, six bars, three freshwater pools, direct access to the beach, spa and fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with a flat screen television, hairdryer, minibar and air conditioning. B, L, D
Day 12 Cayo Santa Maria
Spend the day at leisure, making the most of the facilities. B, L, D
Day 13 Camaguey-Trinidad-Sancti Spiritus
Journey to Sancti Spiritus, visiting Trinidad en route (158 miles, five hours). Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed city, with lunch included in a local restaurant. 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.
Stay overnight at the rural 3-star 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 14 Sancti Spiritus-Santa Clara-Havana
Drive to Santa Clara (60 miles, 90 minutes) to visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum and see an armoured train from the battle for the city that was decisive in the outcome of the Cuban Revolution.
After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Havana (174 miles, three hours).
Return to the 5-star Melia Habana Hotel for an overnight stay. 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. B, L, D
Day 15 Havana-UK
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.
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.
Optional on 2022 departures itinerary
The Viñales Valley
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.
Optional on 2022 departures itinerary
Ernest Hemingway Tour
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.
Optional on 2022 departures itinerary